Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gluten free ... PS

Several years ago we purchased a gluten free bread product from this company (below).  We didn't happen to use it for our guests who were eating "gluten free", so  it went unused.  For two years it sat on a shelf in our basement.  It didn't spoil. It didn't rot. It didn't mold.  No insects took an interest in it. The bread remained intact on the shelf for TWO YEARS.  I am suggesting that such a product is not real food.

For what it is worth, this is the label for a gluten free cake mix.  Great ingredients?!

Sweet pea spotted this owl on yesterday's early morning walk.

This is the trail.  What a delightful sign this is for walkers and runners!  We "travel."

An alternative to stuff in a box:  a fresh fruit bowl topped with organic low fat yogurt (sweetened by the fruit).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gluten Free Junk Food

For decades we were the eaters of whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, whole grain crackers and chips. Going gluten free four and a half years ago made finding whole grain products much more complicated. These are some labels from our kitchen. I'm not particularly proud of having purchased some of them.

Food products with many more "starch" ingredients can be found on the grocery shelves in stores. My main point in all of this is: "STARCH" is NOT food!

Nice to know there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, but there isn't much real food in this product.
White rice flour and sweet rice flour are pretty much devoid of nutrients or fiber.
And this "whole grain" bread....
 How in the world can it be whole grain with all those "starches"?
 Beats me!
Each of the next 3 labels indicate a soy ingredient.
I question the wisdom of feeding soy to children.
Now how about some real food?
The next three are pasta, cereal, chips:
Whole Grain, NO STARCH
Check this out. Perhaps the prize of all: Whole Grain Quinoa, the grain that has all the amino acids for complete protein, gluten free. Quinoa is easy to cook, versatile to incorporate in meals, nutritious and tasty and gluten free. And of course, oatmeal.....
There is real food that does not come in a package with an ingredient list. I like the idea of food that grows on a plant, not food that is manufactured in a plant.
We eat vegetables, fruit, lean meat (including chicken, turkey, fish). This amazing plate of left-overs includes, chicken with homemade cajun sauce, squash, green beans, spinach with quinoa and organic mustard and a strawberry for garnish.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

High Line Garden NYC

Fabulous view of Manhattan as we circled over Brooklyn to land at LaGuardia.

With four and a half hours in New York City, we walked from Penn Station to the amazing garden on the old high line rails, three stories above the street, and a mile long. The garden was featured recently in National Geographic.
Even in April flowers were a delight.
The Empire State Building from the High Line Garden.
Even though hundreds of folks turned out on a Saturday afternoon, there was space for brisk walking.
Here and there, sculptures decorated the gardens.
Nothing boring about the route, with platforms stretching out over city streets
An abundance of varied seating with interesting views
Flowers and flowers and flowers
Glass protection from the wind
More flowers, with some sort of self watering system which I have not studied
These folks are seated over the street, where they can view the traffic passing under, from the left in this picture.
Note the train wheels on the train tack under this seating.
The High Line train delivered food/produce to the third story, out of the way of traffic and pedestrians. Shown here, the train actually passed through some buildings.
Planting among the rails
Great place for children
Displays detail the history
Chalk art
Midway along the mile, looking over Chelsea, where we walked by busy ball parks, and finally to Good Foods store.
Roast turkey in a box and a Starbucks latte for supper before the train ride from Penn Station back to Summit, New Jersey.