Sunday, October 16, 2011

Food for Thought: Blog Action Day 2011

Carlos Candelario was born without arms and legs. 
His mother had been exposed to a cocktail of toxic pesticides 
whilst harvesting tomatoes (photographer unknown)

Today is World Food Day, and it is also Blog Action Day. This year's topic is food. 

We all have different experiences with food and we all need food for life.

As I've been working on being a more conscious consumer, I have questions about food, and what it means to all of us.

Please feel free to respond in the comments!

Questions for you!

Where does your food come from?

Is your food a world traveller? Did it come from an exotic locale? Did it fly on a plane, sail on a boat, ride on a truck?

Or is your food a native, or a local? Did it come from a nearby farm? Or your garden?

Nopales cactus
at Mexican market in Phoenix, AZ
How long is its life cycle?

Who grew or raised your food?

What is it? Animal? Vegetable? Fruit? Fungus? Spice?

What's in your food? Is it GMO (genetically modified organism)? Was it raised with pesticides or chemical fertilizers?

Right 2 Know March
to Washington, D.C.
is a group of concerned people
who want GMO foods to be labeled

How does the food you eat affect your body?

Does your food cause disease? Does it lead to sickness and early death? Do you eat the "Standard American Diet (SAD)"?

Does food give you life energy? Does food heal you?

Do you have a favorite market?

Do you like to try new things?

Or do you like to stick to what you know?

What's your favorite food?

What attracts you to food? Color? Smell? Presentation? Package? Price?

This is my 100th blog post!

I'd like to celebrate with you, by sharing some recipes I like.

Enjoy in good health!

1 small can chickpeas, with 1/2 of the liquid 
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
salt and pepper if desired

Blend ingredients in a blender. Serve with warm pita bread and raw vegetables like carrot, celery, tomato and spinach

Massaged Kale Salad

Wash kale and remove the stems. Tear it into small pieces and put into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and squeeze lemon juice on top. With clean hands, "massage" the kale by squeezing and pressing it. Do this for a couple of minutes and the kale leaves will start to wilt and turn dark green in color. It will release a beautiful floral fragrance!

Enjoy the kale like that, or you can add raw, cut-up vegetables and salad dressing, to make it into a mixed salad.

Green Zinger Smoothie

1 apple, cut and peeled
1 banana
1 celery stalk
1 slice of melon
1/2 cucumber, peeled and cut
handful of baby spinach leaves
small piece of ginger root, peeled and cut
coconut water or filtered water

(these ingredients are suggestions, use whatever you have available)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. If the mixture is too thick, add water or coconut water. Drink immediately.


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