Archive for January, 2011

January 30, 2011

Healthy Finds: Healthiest Foods

I love Real Simple magazine and its website. Their newsletter recently featured an article listing the “30 Healthiest Foods” that they’re assembled experts could find. They claim that most of us are probably already eating many foods on the list. I’m not convinced! Mushrooms? No thanks. Oats? Nope. Peanut butter, lentils, quinoa, almonds, bulgur, sardines, kidney beans, kale, walnuts? NO. I am not already eating many of these things! You might be. Read the full article for details.


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One healthy item, Quinoa, has been making headlines lately for its recent rise in popularity. Its claimed to be a new super food because it is a complete protein that can replace meat. It has all nine amino acids contained in meat but none of the fat or cholestorol. It looks like  a grain but its really a plant and provides the same energy boost as meat. Chicago is home to a restaurant called Protein Bar near the Willis (formerly Sears)  Tower. Almost all their menu items substitute Quinoa for rice. The restaurant is wildly popular and usually has lines out the door. I gave it a shot once, I’ll never go back. Still, I’m sure Quinoa is great for those vegetarians out there!

January 30, 2011

TasteeTrends: Twitter Top 100 Restaurants

Top Chef Masters/Frontera Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless (Credit:Tribune photo by Chris Sweda.)

If you’re like me, you get some of your food “fixes” everyday from restaurants, chefs, bloggers and foodies who tweet their daily specials, recipes and more. Here’s more to add to your addiction. Are you following any of these “Top 100 Twitter Restaurants of 2010“? Restaurant and food tweets may be the only thing I get out of twitter and some of my favorites are on this list!

January 30, 2011

Food News: Walmart to be the new Whole Foods?

Walmart to make and sell healthier foods? Sure, that’ll go over well. I was not surprised to see that First Lady Michelle Obama had something to do with Walmart’s announced efforts to reformulate thousands of products in the hopes that its stores, especially those in poorer areas, would be able to offer healthy alternatives and help the First Lady combat childhood obesity.

Oregon consumers respond to ABC Newswatch bascially saying that if the reformulated healtheir alternative products taste the SAME they would buy them. No kidding. If healthier alternatives tasted as good as fattening/high sugar/sodium items then we’d all be buying and eating them.

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January 30, 2011

Food News: Taco Bell Mystery Meat

Taco Mystery Meat

From: "Taco Supreme"

Taco Bell directs customers to “Think Outside the Bun” but recently most people have been wondering what’s INSIDE the taco?  Taco Bell “beef” has been making headlines.

Is it 35% beef or 88% beef? Fox News reports that taco bell beef menu items contain only 35% real beef. A recent class action lawsuit filed against Taco Bell’s parent company claims that Taco Bell’s meat mystery “mixture” does not meet minimum requirements to qualify as “meat.”

To be perfectly honest, when I have the option I am a Del Taco kind of girl. In the midwest, I eat Taco Bell every once in awhile and I have no problem believing that their beef is mostly filler. Even so, it’s fairly flavorful and I have no problem eating it even if it is mostly filler. What can you really expect for a .39 cent taco?

According to FoxNews, the lawsuit is based on claims for false advertising because Taco Bell says its products contain “seasoned ground beef.” Don’t they?? Apparently the California woman who filed the suit is not seeking monetary damages, she just wants the company to be honest about its product. Apparently she’d be happy if they were to start saying that their menu items contain “mixed meat.” Hmm.

What is Taco Bell’s response? Not what you might expect. New print ads say “Thank you for Suing Us.” Taco Bell has responded to these claims with ads and videos assuring customers that they use real beef. Check out this video statement: .

Taco Bell’s CEO claims they treat their seasoned ground beef like any home cook would make chili. 88% beef is mixed with seasoning, water and other items. He directs customers to their ingredient list on their website which contains more detail than I ever cared to know. Taco Bell’s official website response is here.

Who do you believe? Personally, I couldn’t care less which is true. I’d eat it either way.

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