Anti-Food-Snob

The current issue of Time Magazine features stories about food and diet–the “Anti-Snob-Diet”.  Here’s the cover:

Dr. Oz was on the Today Show Monday to talk about the benefits of frozen foods and how you don’t have to dry up your bank account to eat a healthy diet.  Frozen fruit – long freezer life, no waste, nutrients are flash frozen.  Canned salmon – technology has advanced so less salt is needed for canned foods.  Meat – buy small portions and use in a dish loaded with veggies and grains (which cost less).  (Video here)

Also in this issue, Cheap vs. Expensive Food.  For example, eggs:  $1.69 for a carton of 8 vs. $3.29 for a carton of six (organic/cage free). The verdict:  Spend more if you can but otherwise save your money.  Nutritionally, an egg is an egg.  They are a good source of protein, choline, and Vitamin B (and OK to eat in moderation if your cholesterol is in check).  The cage free/organic eggs bring no additional nutritional value to the pan.

Olive Oil:  $5.49 per bottle vs. $25.29 per bottle.  The verdict:  Save your money unless you are cooking at a restaurant as a professional chef!  The article makes the point that store brand olive oil is as heart-healthy as a fancy brand.  Both have the same nutrition picture but if you’re a true foodie, you can probably taste the difference.  My favorite olive oil?  The fresh oil in Greece or Italy that pretty much comes from grove to table!

What are foods that you splurge on?  Are there certain foods that you have to buy the name brand because you think it tastes better than the generic?  
I am the opposite…my favorite peanut butter is the local store brand – it is organic but so a bit more expensive, but I buy it because it’s unsalted and I prefer the taste.  A food splurge is the Whole Foods Market in-house oven roasted turkey from the deli.  But…I see a roasting pan in my future so I’m ready to start in-condo roasting.

 

 

 

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Friday Round-Up

Wednesday I thought it was Friday.

Friday I feel like it’s Monday all over again!

A few fun stories from the week…

Dog tracks down owner at local hospital–Zander, a 7-year-old Husky who was a shelter dog, walked to the hospital (2 miles) where his owner was being treated for a skin infection.  The pup was so distraught that his “person” wasn’t home that he found his way to the hospital but following his person’s scent.

That is loyalty and dedication.

I think Kostas would come and look for me…if I kept a spoon full of pb with me at all times. He’d be motivated by that!

I have not had the requisite Fall blogger drink at Starbucks…the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  There’s a run on the PSLs…The Wall Street Journal is calling this a Halloween Horror Story!  Packaged Pumpkin Spice Latte Via packets are selling for $17+ on eBay!  About 4x the retail price.

This reminds me of the canned pumpkin shortage of 2009.  Bad weather ruined the pumpkin crop so canned pumpkin was at a premium.  Cleared off shelves by October.  I bought the local Whole Food’s last 15 cans and was determined to ration it to make sure I had enough for Thanksgiving pies.  I was also hopeful that I’d have the $1M can of pumpkin and be able to capitalize on the shortage.  Alas…that never worked out!

A new James Bond movie is out and big news is that the new theme song features Adele.

This released last night and it was promptly pushed to number one on iTunes.

What’s on tap for this weekend?  Any round-up links to share?