Nutritional Relativism, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Guest Posts

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t seen the movie in years, but for some reason the other day I was thinking about the movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

While I could probably recite every line from the first movie, the 2nd one I have only seen a few times. But there is one line that I remember well. Right after Nora has her baby her dad (Steve Martin) tells her, “There’s no way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a really good one.”

While I am not insinuating that healthy eating and parenting are much alike, I believe that this particular lines applies to healthy eating quite well, too. Think about it, “There is no way to eat a perfect diet but a million ways to eat a really good one.” Let’s start with the first line. While some of us may think we do, there really is no way to eat a perfect diet. For, if a diet is so strict that it never includes occasional treats that wouldn’t be much fun, so is it really perfect at all? But others might argue that a diet that includes treats and indulgences is not perfect because these “treats” might not be totally healthy. But, I see no reason to eat a perfect diet.

I also believe that different people are meant to eat different ways. While I do believe that there are some things that are inherently wrong in life, (I could write quite a little bit on moral relativism, but not today) I do not think that this philosophy extends to food. It seems like there are some carnivores who insist a healthy diet must include meat protein. Then, there are vegans and vegetarians who try to make omnivores feel guilty for including animal products in their diets. Or, people who insist on never eating anything with more than 5 ingredients and look down upon those who do not eat “all natural” foods. Can we please just all love and respect each other? What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. For example, you may need more protein in your diet and I may need more fat. There are tons of ways to be totally healthy; we need not get caught up in finding the perfect way and enforcing it upon others. We are all created differently and require different things to fuel us.  I think this is a beautiful thing and our various food choices should be embraced and certainly not judged.

Alright, on to more fun things: Chocolate Chip Cookies. Last weekend, with the family home, I made regular ol’ chocolate chip cookies. I feel a bit bad because I used to make cookies for my brother regularly, but the last few months before he went off to college I really didn’t make him anything because I was so focused on eating healthfully. I was so into healthy eating that I sacrificed bringing joy to family? Not worth it! I made up for lost time by whipping up some über delicious cookies. The whole time I was making them I was thinking about how easy it would be to make a few substitutions and, in turn, make the cookies way more nutritious. But, it wasn’t the time to take the risk of producing sub par baked good so I proceeded to follow the recipe. But this weekend was a whole other story. I set out to make healthy cookies that did not taste healthy at all. Not just cookies that I and a few other bloggers might enjoy, but cookies that people with totally normal taste buds would like and not guess that they were healthy. I set out on my mission, and, all in all, I think I was pretty darn successful in producing a healthier cookie without sacrificing any flavor. The texture is a tad bit more cake-y but still a really yummy and not healthy tasting cookie!

  • 1/2 cup + 2 T whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (I just blend my regular oats up in my magic bullet until they are flour-y in texture)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (Which I also blended up in my magic bullet)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used 60%, if you want something darker just chop up some baking chocolate)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, and salt. In a larger bowl beat together the butter, applesauce, sucanat, and vanilla until creamy. Beat in the egg. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove and let cool completely. Enjoy! Yield: makes about 2 dozen.

Delicious

With studying, mid-terms, and travel I’m not sure how much time I will be able to devote to blogging in the next couple of weeks. However, I’m working hard to post more regularly than I once did, so I was wondering is anyone interested in doing a guest post? If you are, please email me at theflourishingfoodie@yahoo.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann Claire

Guilt Free by The Foodie Mom

Hey guys! Today I present to you a very special guest post from non other than my amazingly wonderful mother! All culinary knowledge I have has come directly from her so I figured today I’d let you hear it directly from the source.

I love what my daughter is doing with her blog and I commend her healthy eating habits.  She has definitely been a positive influence on me and the rest of our family.  We have always eaten a lot of fruit, but now we eat more vegetables and leaner, smaller cuts of meat.  The main struggle I have with her dietary habits is the lack of dairy.  I have never been a milk drinker and I don’t believe that dairy is an essential part of healthy eating; I simply love cheese.  Here are some things I can’t live without: a hard cheese shaved over pasta, gruyere melted between buttery slices of whole grain bread, and, my favorite, sharp cheddar on a good, old saltine cracker. What I am willing and able to do is eat smaller servings of cheese and indulge in them less frequently, and I think that is a healthy balance.  Whatever your weaknesses are, whether it’s cheese or chocolate or Cheetos, I urge you not to live without them just moderate your intake and feel NO guilt when you partake.  Here is something I enjoy that you won’t hear about from my flourishing foodie:

Greek Yogurt Parfait – Fill a pretty, footed, individual bowl (Presentation is important to me; if it’s not to you, put it in anything you like.) with desired amount of plain Greek yogurt.  Slice a few strawberries and heap them on top.  Sprinkle with pistachios that you have toasted and lightly salted.  Finally, drizzle a little honey over the top.  You may repeat this order to make as many layers as your container allows.  This can be enjoyed any time of day, but I suggest you try it for breakfast. 

 

Blessings,

the foodie mom (Lesli)