February 23, 2011

newsworthy: Bittman, Oatmeal, and McDonald's

Soapbox alert: Fast food is NOT HEALTHY and it shouldn't be a part of anyone's daily diet. Can we agree?

Before you tell me that your life is too busy to live without fast food, I want you to ponder the effects that most fast foods have on our health and our environment. Cheap calories, as Mark Bittman points out in this opinion article, are often the unhealthiest of the bunch. From corn-fed beef to chemical-laced breakfast options, there's nothing healthy that comes off a fast food menu. (To be fair, I do enjoy Chipotle and think they offer good options, including organic vegetarian black beans and locally-sourced vegetables. But that's the only fast food place you'll catch me at!)

As Bittman points out with the oatmeal scenario, it is actually faster, cheaper and umpteen times healthier to make your own oatmeal at home. (I think the same can be said for salads, sandwiches and even french fries; and we should all just quit eating corn-fed beef burgers and mechanically-separated chicken nuggets cold turkey. Ahem.)

In the spirit of offering you an inexpensive, easy, and fast oatmeal recipe (even though I highly recommend this pumpkin oatmeal), here's something to fit the bill. It's ready, from scratch, in about six minutes. It's sweet without white sugar, and packed with protein, potassium, fiber, omega-3's, heart-healthy whole grains, and deliciousness. To add to the healthy factor, we always use local honey, local and organic pecans, and organic rolled oats, bananas, and almond milk. Mmmmm.

Banana Oatmeal

1 cup milk (we use unsweetened almond milk to add more protein)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 very ripe banana
1-2 tablespoons honey, to taste
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons pecan pieces

In a small saucepan, stir together the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Using the back of the spoon, mash up the banana in the saucepan. Heat this mixture on medium just until it begins to boil. Add the rolled oats and stir. Add the honey, flax seed, and pecans, and continue stirring and heating until the oats are cooked through, about 3 minutes.


Elizabeth said...

Chipotle is the only 'fast food' restaurant I frequent too. Oh wait, and the occasional free chick-fil-a although I don't like that I cave to them for many reasons (hfcs, who knows how the chicken is handled, etc).

Thanks for the recipe! We love oatmeal around here, I love the idea of mashing up a banana into it for the sweetness.

dana said...

I did weight watchers. it worked, but It took FOREVER. last year, a month before my best friend's wedding I wanted to lose 11 Pounds, and my mom found this diet that works fast. I lost 10 Pounds in about 20 days, and it wasn't one of them creazy low carb diets or anything. they give you this menu that you need to follow, and it menipulates your hormones, and forces your body to burn fat. here's a realy cool website I found about this diet- some girl tried this diet, and she created a blog and reported every single day untill she reached her goal weight. check it out- this diet is easy to follow and I lost the weight fast and haven't gained it back since :)
Here's a link to this girl's blog:

bing said...

hi there! i just stumbled on your blog and found it to be an interesting read. :)
i read about an old post about going vegetarian (conflicted food journey), and was amazed about how you decided to go veg even though you've been raised on a farm, because i thought that in such a case, going 'organic' would be enough.
i like what you're doing, the sustainable diet (your recipes look really good!). keep it up!! :)