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Friday, July 06, 2007

10 foods for the rest of your life

Polly just told me that she read that a great number of Americans live on 10 foods or so. (I hope I'm not stealing her thinder by blogging about this!) Among the most popular are: fried chicken, french fries, chocolate chip cookies and Kraft mac-n-cheese. Hmm. All I'm going to say is you are what you eat. But it made me think: What if I had to live on 10 foods for the rest of my life? Assuming I want to live a long life, I can't make those foods champagne, chocolate truffles and French cheeses. I'm a food geek, I know.
OK, so here is my nutritionally responsible list, because I'm in a good-food mood. Condiments don't count, right? Not on my list, they don't! What a tough list! This was a silly plan! Honestly though, these foods form the basis of my diet now!
1. Tofu. Rich, creamy, delicious. Fried, made into smoothies, substituted for ricotta in pastas. Yum!
2. Red peppers. In pasta sauces, sauteed in stir-fries, mixed into salads. So sweet when roasted, so packed full of goodness! (A great source of Vitamin C, with tons of beta-carotene)
3. Tomatoes. Seriously. I know it's a fruit, but have you ever met a more versatile one?
4. Eggs (cage free, vegetarian, certified organic. I'll pay the $2.50 a dozen at Madison's to know my eggs come from happy chickens.)
5. Rainbow chard good raw or cooked, it's as good for you as spinach and it's fairly mild in taste. Plus, it's just so pretty. Look up the nutrition on this one. It's a superfood in my book. And unlike a lot of greens, it doesn't taste like grass! 1 cup=35 calories!
6. Blueberries (or raspberries). Tough choice, but I think I like blueberries (especially wild ones) a little more. I love them with yogurt or just as a snack or dessert. Berries are SO good for you!
7. Yogurt. Not that HFCS-sweetened, fruity stuff in mini plastic cups. Nope, I want real, plain yogurt, low-fat or full-fat, never fat-free. Tangy, rich and full of active cultures that keep your insides happy!
8. Whole grains (probably quinoa or Trader Joe's Harvest Grains orzo-baby chickpeas-red quinoa-couscous blend)
9. Salmon. Alaskan wild. Be kind to the fish.
10. Chickpeas. Delicious, rich, and the basis of hummus! Who could resist!

So what 10 foods would you choose? (I just realized that I left out chocolate! Can I start over?!)



at 2:42 PM Blogger Cin Twin2 said...

I love this topic...Here are the 10 foods that I could not live without: oatmeal, Raisinets, wasabi peas, cottage cheese, apples, bananas, sushi, gum, coffee (is coffee a food?), and.....McFlurries - oreo cookie.

at 8:07 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

You know what is scary. I went and read this comment, and was like wow that sounds just like my twin. Sure enough it was! I can vouch those are her favorite foods! She also likes these Taco Bell warm up meals from Biggs. Ok here are my top ten: oatmeal, pink lady apples, reece pieces, salmon, sweet potatos, hot chocolate, carrots with hummus, edamame, pineapple, and canteloupe.

at 10:58 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Ooh, Twin Power!!!
Hummus rocks! I guess I could make hummus from the chickpeas on my list. Plus, then I could make roasted chickpeas, the world's second-best snack. I think edamame are fabulous, too. (Oops, they're off my list!)
Cottage cheese was my favorite food as a kid, but now I have to be careful with dairy :( it's so creamy and delicious! It's the one dairy food soy can't come close to replicating!

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