So, did you all see Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution last night? I know you stayed home from the bar, or Sweet 16 watch party, or movies, to watch this new show!! Right?! Well, when I wasn't watching basketball, I did catch the show. The first of the two hours was a replay of what the 'sneak preview' from Sunday. The second hour was just as good and just as disturbing. He took the family he worked with during the first episode to the hospital to get check-ups only to find that their 6th grade son is morbidly obese. He tried to shock parents and students by physically showing them all the nasty food the children eat at school in a week and the fat they eat in a year (I think he got this tactic from Gillian McKeith and her show You Are What You Eat). The thing that made me the most sad, I think, is when he went into the classroom and learned that the children couldn't name vegetables by sight. They couldn't recognize the tomatoes that make ketchup or the potatoes that fries come from. The teacher did work with the students to teach them, but isn't that one of the basic things parents should be teaching their kids? Overall, it was another eye opening episode and I'm a bit disappointed there are only going to be 6 in all. Perhaps ABC was hedging their bets and didn't want to stick their neck out too far if this turned too controversial.
And speaking of food....
I had two great meals yesterday. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely satisfying. I've had a can of tuna I wanted to make a sandwich with but we don't buy mayo anymore and I didn't have another idea of how to make tuna salad...until I read that you can mix the tuna with hummus! I had never thought about that. Am I alone here? Turns out, it works deliciously!
As I continue to expand the types of grains we use, I cooked barley for the first time the other night. Last night I used some of the leftovers (grains can be used for several days after cooking, so it's fine to cook a big pot and use them in multiple ways for different meals) last night and combined with fresh and frozen veggies (fresh: red & yellow peppers, frozen: broccoli and french peas) and also threw in a vegan burger and topped it off with a little soy sauce. It was nutritious and filling. Loved it! My big bowl of barley & goodness!
And the BIG news:
The Spartans beat Northern Iowa last night and is playing Tenessee in the Elite 8 tomorrow! This is the seventh time Tom Izzo will be taking the Spartans to the Elite 8 and it will be the first time in school history for Tenessee. I am not one to take things for granted, especially when it comes to Michigan State athletic teams (we are also know for spectacular losses), but I have faith in the team and can't wait to see this game tomorrow! After the game last night, Izzo put it simply to ESPN "I love March!" We love you Tom Izzo!
Have a great Saturday!!