Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Taco Tuesday!

Feast your eyes on my awesome dinner from today - and I assure you the pictures don't do it justice! I'm a big fan of simple and an even bigger fan of delicious and these tacos were both :) Here a quick ingredients list, with some notes about my choices.

  • Food for Life sprouted corn tortillas: Sprouting grains allows the human body to better assimilate the protein and fiber in a whole grain. They are easier to digest then their unsprouted, processed (flour - even the whole grain variety) counterparts and have higher vitamin and mineral content. The sprouting process also decreases the carbohydrate and calorie content of a grain.The ingredients list of this product is so wonderfully elegant: organic sprouted corn, filtered water, sea salt, lime.
  • Green lettuce
  • Red onions
  • Boca Meatless Crumbles: I probably won't be purchasing this product again for a few reasons. First, I'm cutting back (or cutting out) my consumption of soy-based meat substitutes. Boca, at least refrains from using GMO soy, but over-consumption of even organic soy can throw your hormones out of whack. More importantly, though, is the fact that the ingredients include "yeast extract" - a commonly used disguise for MSG.
  • Avocado
  • Frog Ranch hot salsa: Yummy and almost as fresh tasting as if I'd made my own salsa. Which is especially remarkable considering it's simple, preservative-free ingredients list (tomates, peppers, onions, parsley).
  • Organic Valley raw goat milk cheddar cheese: I'm actually working on eliminating dairly altogether from my diet. I haven't drank cow's milk in years, but I do still love "real" ice cream and cheese is a huge weakness of mine. I don't care much for soy versions of these items + see my above stance on eating soy... One of my interim solutions is to look for goat's milk products. For a number of reasons goat's is easier for the human body to digest, is less allergenic, and has less lactose. It also has more calcium, more B vitamins and a ton more potassium and niacin. So why the raw? Raw just means that a product has not been through the pasteurization process. But don't be alarmed! On a whole this process has been touted as being far more important than it really is and  what's worse it kills most of the nutrients and the flavor of foods.

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