Is the Foodie Culture Making us Fat?

Foodie Culture Making us FatBacon. It’s not really a meat so much as a culture. Wrap it in bacon, stuff it with bacon, infuse it with bacon. It’s a trickle-down effect from the foodie culture. But could our new edible obsessions be making us fat?

Restaurants are serving up standard American dishes with a new foodie flare. A hamburger is served between two Krispie Kreme doughnuts, bacon is battered and deep-fried, macaroni and cheese is stuffed with bacon and deep-fried. The list of artery clogging food goes on and on.

We encourage outlandish food choices, with awards going to most indulgent dishes.  Right now, there’s no correlation between the foodie culture and obesity, but do we need one more issue?

Our diets need a major overhaul that will help bring us back to the basics. On-the-go diets promote unhealthy eating habits that translate into our lives. Whether it’s a burger at a fast food joint or a sit down meal at a dive, we’re consuming more calories than we ever have before.

So, do you think the foodie culture is making us fat?

 

The Art of Impressing People

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Looks fancy, huh? Except it was really easy.

Getting invited to a potluck is stressful, right? Suddenly your lackluster cooking skills are put on display for all to see. You imagine your barely-touched dish sitting amongthe food. You pray no one asks what you brought. You leave the party without the dish, despite the fact that you cooked it in a family heirloom.

Okay, maybe that’s dramatic, but it could happen. I’m certainly not a master of impression or cooking, but I do know one thing for sure, other people can’t cook either. Unless you’re going to a party of aspiring chefs, other people are likely having the same doubts and fears as you.

Great news! Most people don’t make homemade dinners anymore. Whatever is most convenient often ends up on the dinner table. If you make something from scratch, people will usually be thoroughly impressed. The trick is to pick a dish with a fancy name and presentation. These are usually pretty easy to make.

My roommates and I used to have a monthly vegetarian potluck. I made something called “Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets“. It has a long name and the dish looks fancy. Despite all that, it was unbelievably easy and quick to make. It was a smash hit at the potluck, and I got raving reviews on it.

I never did reveal that it took me only a couple minutes to make, or that I used store-bought tartlets to speed up the recipe. When cooking for a crowd remember two things: people like good food and people like pretty food. They’ll never know if the recipe took you two hours or two minutes, they’ll just know if it makes their taste buds happy.

Make people’s taste buds happy. 🙂

Why Homemade is Better

Who has time to make things homemade anymore? In a fast-paced world where convenience is key food has become more of a science experiment and less of a meal. This week, I encourage you to explore making some staples at home.

These are quick, easy recipes for food you’d normally buy. Not only does it taste better, but it’s cheaper too. Added bonus: you know what’s in it. Let go of the stigma that you need to be a stay-at-home mom or Martha Stewart to whip up some satisfying homemade items.

Homemade Applesauce    

homemade applesauce in mason jarIf you have four ingredients and four minutes, you can make this applesauce.    No, seriously. You can get as creative as you like, but bare bones applesauce only requires apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar. I used Sarah’s Applesauce Recipe.

Just peel the apples, use an apple corer, and put them and the other three ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Cook that over medium-high heat until the apples are soft.

Now you can either put that through a food processor or use a potato masher to soften the apples. I used a potato masher for slightly chunkier applesauce. I also used some nutmeg, allspice and apple pie spice for extra flavor.

Keep in mind that the type of apple you use will affect the recipe. If you’re using a sweeter apple, opt for less sugar. For my paleo friend’s out there, choose coconut sugar instead of white sugar. 😉

This is an easy dish to make and store for a few days. It’s kid and adult friendly, too. Plus, this is a delicious evening snack. Just warm it up and add a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Granola 

homemade granola Have you ever bought a bag of granola at the store? Just 10 ounces could run you upwards of $7. Not cool. Homemade granola is a much cheaper alternative and you get to pick the ingredients.

Instead of spending half your time picking around the stuff you hate, just leave it out. Hate raisins? Good. Don’t use ’em.

Making granola couldn’t be easier. You just need one bowl and one baking sheet. The mess is minimal, but the reward is great.

You’ll need some basic ingredients such as rolled oats, brown sugar, and oil. Aside from that you are free to mix and match to your hearts desire. Throw in nuts, dried fruit, vanilla, chocolate pieces or anything else you like.

It only takes about 15 minutes of prep time, and while its cooking you can get in a nice workout. Hello healthy.

There are plenty more foods you can make at home on the cheap. Keep up with my blog as I slowly transform to a paleo diet, make more homemade dishes and find ways to create healthy baked goods. I’ll keep you hungry, I promise. 🙂