On Monday, January 31, 2011, the feds made these recommendations PDF (per New York Times which paraphrases as follows):
As the nationâ€™s obesity crisis continues unabated, federal regulators on Monday issued their bluntest nutrition advice to date: drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and cut down on processed foods filled with sodium, fat or sugar.
More important, perhaps, the government told Americans, â€œEnjoy your food, but eat less.â€
One day later, the enormous snack food industry announces that it has benighted February as “Snack Food Month”.
As if they dont already spend vast quantities of money to sell enormous tonnage of snack foods into our children every day of the year.
As an antidote to this and a way to raise awareness of how toxic this non-food is, Roger Dorion and Kitchen Garden International has started a campaign called #20ate.
Here are some details from their site 20ate.org:
#20ate is a crowdsourced, open-source campaign to encourage people 1) to opt out of unhealthy, processed snack and junk foods for the #20ate days of February 2) opt in for real ones instead (which often cost less when made at home) and 3) to donate the money saved from #1 to a healthy food cause. Please see the oh-so-satisfying, meal-sized version (well-balanced, of course) for some ideas on how you can join the campaign and help our country’s good food movement to grow. Please use the #20ate hashtag and avatar/badge to show your support.
Here are 4 things you can do to help reclaim February for the good food cause:
1) Opt-out of Snack Food Month by not buying processed snack foods or junk foods for the month of February and opt-in for real foods which taste better, make you feel better and often cost less when you make them yourself. White bean hummus with home-made pita bread chips anyone? You say hummus, I say yummus!
Here are some links to some healthy snack resources that might inspire you:
2) Sing your participation in the 20ate campaign from the rooftops on twitter and facebook using the #20ate hashtag.
Here are some sample tweets or facebook statuses that might inspire some of your own:
- Did you know that the big food companies are calling Feb â€œNational Snack Food Month?â€ #20ate Bite back here: http://20ate.org
- Iâ€™m opting out of National Snack Food Month and opting in for real food instead. How about you? #20ate http://20ate.org
- February=National Snack Food Month? Not in my house! #20ate http://20ate.org
- If February is National Snack Food Month, then March should be National (in the blank) Month! #20ate http://20ate.org
- National Snack Food Month? Whatâ€™s up with that? Help me reclaim February for the good food cause. #20ate http://20ate.org
- Iâ€™m opting out of National Snack Food Month this February because I like my butt just the way it is. #20ate http://20ate.org
Be aware that your participation in the campaign may lead to snack food withdrawal symptoms such as the jerky jerk, twinkie twitch or oreoitis, but donâ€™t fear: thereâ€™s a large twitter community on call to help.
Want to show the world youâ€™re a #20ater (or is it #20eater?) in a more visual way? Grab the the #20ate badge/avatar here for use on your blog, twitter or facebook profile.
3) â€œLikeâ€ KGIâ€™sFacebook fanpage to help us build our online presence. My pride is riding on this one: the freaking â€œcheese puffâ€ fanpage has more fans than we do. Thatâ€™s so wrong and in so many ways.
4) Donate some of your savings from #1 to a healthy & sustainable food cause youâ€™ve always wanted to support. If you donâ€™t have one, KGI would love to be your cause. Weâ€™re currently raising funds for coordination of â€œWorld Kitchen Garden Dayâ€ (August 28th), food gardenersâ€™ answer to Snack Food Month.
My contribution to this will be today’s recipe for a very healthy snack indeed!
Sprouted Whole Wheat Crackers
- 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
- 1 cup dry corn masa
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- montreal steak salt
Preheat to 375 F.
Mix the dry ingredients, add the softened butter and incorporate until butter is fully mixed into flour. Add the milk and mix dough until stiff and not sticky.
Take a portion of the dough and roll out to about 1/8th thickness. Cut into squares and poke with a fork. Add salt and herbs if desired.
Put on a baking sheet and bake some 15-20 minutes until the desired color.