Posts tagged healthy eating
French Fries are Vegetables, Right?

"Twenty-five percent of the vegetables consumed by Americans are french fries" -according to Dr. Susan M. Krebs-Smith, author of a study in the journal Cancer.

I first saw this statement in a book I was reading several months ago and it floored me! I think I told everyone I came into contact with over the next several days about this shocking statistic. But when I really thought about it maybe it wasn't so outrageous.  I had an extremely difficult time thinking of a restaurant that didn't offer french fries as a side if not the standard side for their entrees. 

Many Americans are actually eating more vegetables compared to Americans in the 1970's but as always it comes down to quality not quantity.  So what can we do to increase our veggie intake but still fill our obvious french fry obsession? My solution: veggie fries!

We tried several different variations using everything from carrots to zucchini, baking instead of frying. Here are a couple favorites.

Rutabaga Fries- These were by far my favorite as they maintained the satisfying starchy quality potatoes have but with a more complex slightly peppery flavor. We kept it simple with just a coating of olive, salt & pepper and baked them in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 min turning them half way.  (We serve these with our very popular Salmon Cakes).

Sweet Potato Fries- This variety is a little more familiar to the french fry lovers of the world but we spiced ours with a little cayenne before baking to cut down the sweetness and make them irresistible. 

Parsnip Fries- If you are not familiar with parsnip they are in the carrot family and have a less sweet flavor then their orange counterpart. They also stayed a little crispier than the carrots we tried. We did olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary on our parsnip fries although roasted garlic would be just as delicious. 

Fries we tried but didn't love: Carrot, Beet and Zucchini. 

Whether you are trying to quiet the french fry loving children in your life or just need a treat without the guilt, veggie fries are the answer. Enjoy!



The G-Word

Alright we are going to talk about that very bad, naughty, nasty word that everyone is buzzing over......GLUTEN! 

Hopefully some of you have seen "This is the End" starring Seth Rogen. They pretty much sum up what most Americans know about Gluten.


Jay (Baruchel): You have no idea what gluten is.

Seth (Rogen): I do know what gluten is. Gluten is a vague term. It’s something that’s used to categorize things that are bad. You know, calories, that’s a gluten. Fat, that’s a gluten.

Jay: Somebody just probably told you that you shouldn’t eat gluten and you’re like “oh well gee I guess I shouldn’t eat gluten.”

Seth: Gluten means bad sh** man, and I’m not eating it.

Seth is not wrong. For some people Gluten does mean bad s**t. People with Celiac Disease (their bodies cannot process gluten and can cause anything from stomach aches to migraines) or people with serious gluten intolerance.  These people should not consume Gluten even in small amounts. 

But let's not get ahead of ourselves...what is Gluten? Wikipedia says "Gluten is a composite of storage proteins termed prolamins and glutelins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids. Gluten is appreciated for its viscoelastic properties."

Yawn right? 
Basically if you need to avoid gluten don't consume items containing wheat, rye or barley. Oats are gluten free but many are processed within facilities that process wheat so make sure you look for oats labeled "gluten-free". 

Now that we have all that covered let's talk about why the Gluten-free diet is blowing up in your face. 

Let's look at this logically. The average American is consuming a lot of food products that are not recognizable as actual food. Fast food, processed foods, processed wheat products, all contributing a lot of our calorie intake and all containing Gluten.

So someone decides to try a Gluten-free diet, they really have to start looking at what they are putting in their bodies. This means no more McDonald's, no more Wonder Bread, no more Oreo's and certainly no more Cool Ranch Doritos. It is no wonder they feel better after eliminating these "food" products from their diet. 

This article is not in any way attempting to be discouraging to those who have tried any elimination diet and found success. We are firm believers in eating what makes you feel like the best version of you. However if you have not been diagnosed with Celiac or Gluten Intolerance we encourage you to try some things we love.  


Sprouted Grains, many artisan bread companies and some tortilla companies have started using sprouted grains.  These grains are soaked and left to sprout. They tend to be easier for people to digest. 

Whole Grains or high fiber grains; barley, wheat berries, wheat bran, whole wheat cous-cous. Grains containing high amounts of fiber actually help with your digestive regularity and can provide a significant amount of protein. 

In conclusion do what makes you feel good. We just can't imagine making our sandwiches with a lettuce bun!!