Monthly Archives: July 2018

Nasty Foods

Recently while dining at a local TGI Fridays’ restaurant, Kathy a member of our dining party blurted these words that irk me every time I hear it.

She said, “This food is nasty.”

What’s nasty about the food? I asked, desperately trying to hold back my indignation.

“I don’t like the taste,” She replied.

Well then, I quickly responded with an angry flare of disgust–rather than saying the food is nasty, why didn’t you simply say, I don’t like the taste. Is it spoiled? Is it contaminated?

“No”! She replied. “But something’s missing from the mashed potato, it doesn’t taste right, the steak isn’t cooked, and the corn is hard. I can’t eat this!”

To call any food nasty is an inappropriate comment to be made by anyone. For, while one person may not like the taste, for whatever the reason–someone else will gladly devour a portion and may even ask for more. I’m convinced, It’s our abundant supply that affords us the luxury of waste.

My travel experiences have taught me to embrace customs and cultures, outside my own. The strange taste of different foods of foreign cultures or the lack of a familiar flavor does not mean, the food is nasty. In most instances, it takes several samplings to acquire the new taste.

Anyone who’s been hospitalized for more than a week quickly adapts to the new diet–which in most cases is never the same as at home. Is the hospital food nasty? Some would hasten to answer– yes, but the doctors don’t think so– they recommend a simple diet. The dietitian, the cook, and other staff members gladly prepare and serve all meals–room service–and patients are never required to tip.

Webster defines the word nasty as– dirty, foul, disgusting, filthy or unclean. However, when people describe their food as nasty, they are in fact saying, the taste is different to that which they are accustomed, and so, they refuse and waste.

Furthermore what Americans dispose of as “day-old” would certainly be –fresh supplies to many in foreign countries, as close to us as Haiti.

In a 2012 report, the Natural Resource Defense Council Agricultural Program confirmed that Americans discard over 40% of their food supply–an amount estimated at $165 billion annually. No–not millions, but almost inconceivable-billions-and this occurs year after year.

Yet, prime time television solicits “Feed Americas Hungry.”

Americas Hungry? Yes indeed, right here in the richest country in the world, there are millions of hungry people.

A Hunger and Poverty fact report of 2014 stated that 46.7 million people in America live in poverty. This number includes 15.5 million children under the age of 18, and 4.6 million seniors sixty-five and over.

Sadly, while thousands gather to applaud hot dog eating championships, millions go to bed hungry every night.

Moreover, the sale of cats and dog food rose from $19 billion in 2012 to a staggering $21.4 billion, In 2014. I’m wondering– what is the percentage of hungry dogs in America, as compared to hungry children, under the age of twelve?

I have watched time and again as patrons of all-you-can-eat restaurants pick over their food at the table–putting the greater portion in the trash. It is at times like these that I recall the many days–I wish I could have had, what I now see thrown in the garbage can. I guess if I were to ask, why are you throwing out that food? The typical response would be-“This food is nasty”– yet others in unhealthy, uncontrollable gluttony stuff themselves to discomfort.

In our family of eight boys and five girls, we all learned the value of every precious piece of bread. The only reason we had a dog was–Dad strictly instructed– “I don’t want to see any food in the trash.” Our dog Max, ate the bones, and any crumbs that fell from the children’s table.

Born and raised in a third world country-I remember those dreadful days when we had to eat yams, (not candy yams) cassava or boiled green bananas–these were foods I did not like (even to this day) regardless of their nutritional value. Mom would often say, “If you don’t like it sit close beside it.” What she meant was–there were no choices.

Whatever she cooked is what we eat. If Mom chose to cook her favorite–fried green bananas with smoked herrings for lunch then, we either eat lunch or it was reserved for our dinner.

Remaining hungry was never a wise choice, and to partake of her dinner menu, you had to have eaten what was served for lunch. Mama always insisted-“we should always be grateful for whatever God provides because there is always someone, somewhere who has nothing to eat.”

So, as we celebrate the holidays, (Thanksgiving/Christmas) in this nation of plenty. let us be careful to maintain an awareness of God’s goodness–his bountiful blessings of food and drink.

Instead of wasting, let’s consider sharing–not from the leftovers, but from the abundance. Remembering, the Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

I have learned by my experiences–we’ll never truly appreciate having if we’ve never been without. I don’t mean lacking for that short period before the end of the month when the check comes in, or the time it takes to get to the food pantry-No… I’m referring to the plight of millions who have no clue as to where or when the next morsel of bread will arrive.

Ways To Incorporate Brain Food For Kids Into Their Meals

How you support your child’s brain development during his early years will have an impact on his health later on. There are indeed a lot of responsibilities attached to being a parent. One of these is to provide nutritious meals to your child and family every day. This is very crucial when your child begins to attend school and learn more about the world.

During the early years, you must give your child proper nutrition to boost brain development. You must prepare meals loaded with EPA, ALA, DHA, fiber, vitamins and mineral to support proper brain functioning. Foods containing these essential nutrients will include oats, berries, beans, fatty fish, whole grains, milk, eggs and green vegetables such as broccoli.

Most of these types of brain food for kids aren’t pleasant to the little ones. You might experience some trouble getting your kid to eat what is nutritious just because they do not like its taste or appearance. Experts have shared some tips on how you can easily provide nutritious meals to your child.

5 Tips To Preparing Healthy Meals For Your Child

Make the food eye-catching – Children are usually eating with their eyes first. Thus, you need to be very creative in preparing their food. Add artistry to the food you are serving to them. They will definitely have a bite if they are pleased about what the food looks like. You can actually try bento making or turning everything into cartoon characters or cute little shapes that your child admires.

Add chopped vegetables and berries to patties and meatballs – This is an excellent way of concealing healthy ingredients into food that your child loves. This trick will guarantee that the necessary nutrients are present in what your child is eating. Moreover, this can enhance the meat’s texture and save you a lot of money since you won’t use as much meat.

Make sure that everything is cut into bite-size pieces – Your kid can easily pick things out and eat them if they are small enough to just easily be popped into the mouth.

Make homemade dips and sauces – You can use pureed beans and vegetables to make dips and sauces. A smart technique against the little one who have texture issues is mashing the ingredients.

Make a sandwich spread out of salmon – To create a nice sandwich filling, you can add salmon to aromatic herbs and veggies with mayo. If your child does not like fish because of its fishy taste and smell, the other ingredients can actually mask this unappealing taste and smell.

Consider When Buying An Aloe Vera Drink

When you are looking to buy Aloe Vera to boost your immune system or any other function you need to do a number of factors for you to buy the right one. Some of these things include:

Be cautious of the ingredients used in making the drink

High quality and natural Aloe Vera should be 100% but very few manufacturers are able to achieve it. Many of the manufacturers will state that the product is 100% aloe Vera but in the real sense, it isn’t. When you are buying the product, you shouldn’t pay a lot of attention at the front of the product-pay close attention to its back too. Before you make the purchase confirm that the first product at the back is aloe Vera.

If you are looking for 100% Aloe Vera, you should go for one that is sold in a refrigerated cabinet. If it isn’t in a cabinet, it definitely it isn’t 100%. There is nothing wrong with buying a product with a lower percentage of the active ingredient. You only need to ensure that the right amount is correctly indicated and priced appropriately.

Pay attention to the type of aloe Vera

There are many types of this product that you can buy. The most common types include: whole leaf, double strength, tablet, concentrated, filtered and many others. To get each type of the product, the plant has to be subjected to different processes. To buy a high-quality product, it’s highly recommended that you avoid a product made using unnecessary processes.

For example, you are discouraged from going for the whole leaf as the outer skin of the leaf is highly toxic. If the leaf has been filtered to remove the toxic outer parts, the product won’t be nutritious thus of no value to you. Experts also recommend that you avoid double strength aloe Vera as it is made from freezing and boiling. Boiling and freezing results to loss of the nutritional value of the product.

Go for a product certified by the international aloe science council

The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) regulates all the aloe Vera drinks in the market. Its role is to ensure that the drink has all the ingredients mentioned in the list. It’s good to note that not all products bearing the seal have been approved by the council. To ensure that you are buying a high-quality product, always ensure that you check the council’s website for a list of the manufacturers that have been approved to sell the product. As rule of thumb avoid a product being sold by an unregistered company.

Pay attention to the color of the drink

If you can, take a look at the color of the drink you are going to buy. If possible, even taste it. Studies show that most of the drinks on the market have extremely high amounts of water. If the product you are planning to buy looks and tastes like water you should stay away from it. A good quality drink should be yellow in color and have a strong taste.