Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A List In Response...

...to the post about Michael Pollan's books.

A little advice on eating the "whole foods" way at college (something I am trying hard to do):

1. The salad bar in the dining halls or the salads at Houston are a good option.
2. When Houston has apples or pears, those are good, too.
3. The bookstore has decent fruit salad, although at $3.95 it's a little pricey. Ahh, bursar.
4. When you're at the store, buy fruits and vegetables that last a while, like bananas, oranges, apples, and baby carrots. Good general rule: shop around the outside of the store, and eschew aisle shopping.
5. Don't buy big bags of snack foods.
6. Freeze your breads.
7. If you want something sweet, make it yourself. Home-baked goods are much less likely to have yucky ingredients, plus you can control fat and sugar content. And you're guaranteed no high fructose corn syrup.
8. Generally speaking, don't buy packaged foods at all. If you must, good options are Amy's Kitchen (vegetarian canned soup, frozen dinners and snacks, etc.) and Kashi (7 whole grains on a mission!).
9. Real sushi isn't bad, except if you read the ingredients for Penn Dining's sushi...unpronounceable ingredients AND high fructose corn syrup!
10. Find a friend, and cook together. That way you know you're eating more healthily and you automatically have an eating buddy.

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