Dear Millennials, I am worried.
I am worried for our future.
Our brains, our guts and the whole functioning of our body depends largely on our food intake.
I worry for our whole generation.
Sure, we are completely turned off and plugged online - but we need to take a stand.
When will we realize we are in the hands of giant corporations controlling our food.... we can take a stand simply by buying real food and preparing our own meals.
Sometimes when shopping I find things that absolutely blow my mind.
This week was one of those times.
If our generation needs help making potatoes into fries, making gravy and pouring that gravy and sprinkling cheese over fries, then I'm concerned.
I appreciate the effort. At least we're in the kitchen, prepping our own meal, sort of.
At least we're thinking about making our own food, sort of.
But in order to feel good we need to be eating real food, not packaged stuff. And this really takes the cake.
I like poutine. My clients like poutine. It's a classic Canadian treat. But just that............. meant to be eaten out as a treat, not something we have in our freezers to heat up and snack on regularly.
And if we're going to make it at home, can we at least bake our own fries, buy our own gravy packet (if we don't have the time to make it ourselves) and sprinkle cheese curds?
It's really that easy.
If you're going to make it yourself there are many recipes online, which I know since we're all on our phones online - we're adept at searching.
We don't need to rely on boxed foods to teach you how to cook.
This isn't real food, and it isn't cooking. Search online, make food, buy real food and make it.
Processed foods steal nutrients from our body, stress our digestive system. One of the reasons I have a career in Holistic Nutrition is getting people off of processed foods and get them cooking and eating more real food so they can feel better! Real food = more energy.
I tell my clients not to read the "Nutritional Facts label" calories and just pay attention the ingredients. We are looking for foods with the LEAST amount of ingredients, if any at all. (Whole foods don't have ingredients, they are just food - the best ingredients you can buy!)
Ingredients in packaged poutine:
Fries: potatoes, soybean and/or canola oil, salt, caramel colour, paprika, sodium phosphate.
Sauce: water, cooked chicken, cream (milk ingredients, carrageenan, monoand diglycerides, cellulose gum, polysorbate 80), tomatoes (contain tomato juice, citric acid, calcium chloride), onions, butter, modified corn starch, chicken paste (chicken meat, chicken juices, potato flour, flavour, carrot powder, turmeric), spice blend (spices, garlic powder, onion powder, colour, papain), sugar, salt, garlic, ginger purée, concentrated lemon juice, canola oil, cilantro, potassium sorbate, caramel colour, paprika extract, rosemary extract.
Cheddar cheese curds: milk, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme.
There's added sugar in your poutine. Oh, and about 31 other unnecessary ingredients too.
Ingredients in a homemade poutine:
Fries: potatoes, grapeseed or olive oil
Sauce: packaged organic gravy like this one contains more natural ingredients and less chemicals.
Cheddar cheese curds: whole milk, bacterial culture, microbial enzyme
Knowing that foods that have less ingredients are better for you, is it worth the extra time to make your own homemade food?
Poutine is not something I typically talk to clients about or share recipes of but when I saw it in the store it made me realize just how far it's gone - how incredibly dependent we've come on very basic foods and simple recipes (like gravy and cheese on potatoes) that we could so easily make at home.
Its scary how dependent we've become on food processors. We are addicted to their sugary, tasty foods that don't give our body any nourishment.
What would YOU do if the grocery stores all closed tomorrow? Besides growing our own food, we need to learn how first to cook with real foods.
Just take the challenge of making one food/treat that you usually buy packaged and preparing it yourself at home from scratch. There are so many recipes online that you can find quickly and easily.
It's a powerful move.
What other packaged foods or dinners do you have on hand that you could easily make at home?
Have fun taking a stand!