Driving me crackers

You are what you eat

Homemade and healthy

I had just returned after walking the dog and happened to catch something on BBC Radio Devons, afternoon programme that grabbed my attention.

A lady, born in Appledore, North Devon, now living in Canada was describing the larger individuals on this planet as ” Butterballs on legs “. Her words conjured up various mental images in my head, maybe the most amusing being a Mathews Butterball turkey – others are available -. The shape of this frozen lump of Xmas fowl with tiny arms and legs attached was reminiscent of many bodies seen on our streets today. How and why have they got to this stage? We all know we have to eat less and move more, but it’s not just a question of how much we stuff into our mouths it’s also the quality of the food and drink we consume that matters.

I quite agree with Boris Johnson’s statement regarding the state of the nation’s eating habits, especially in the light of the pandemic. We need to keep ourselves healthy and fit in order for our bodies to function efficiently and assist our immune systems in the fight against disease. I have always been an advocate of healthy eating and home-cooked, natural food, however, getting the message across is a difficult thing to achieve. Maybe the only way to make the general public see sense is to put a “Butterball” tax on all unhealthy, processed foods & drinks.

What drives me crackers, is crackers. A quick perusal of the savoury biscuit section in the Super Market the other day revealed that the second ingredient, after flour in any of the well-known makes of crackers is SUGAR. Why? To entice you into eating more, that’s why. Sugar is as addictive as nicotine and we all know what’s been said about that. Moving on to another aisle I am confronted with Sauces and Dressings. Barbeque, Tomato, Sriracha, Ceasar, Chilli you name it, the second ingredient after water, this time is SUGAR. apart from the fact that they are not just heavy on the hips, they are heavy on your purse as well.

Dietary No no’s

Making your own food, does not need to involve long complicated recipes or mounds of pots and pans to wash up. With a few simple ingredients you can produce, healthy tasty meals which are not swamped with sugar, salt and processed ingredients all added to give them taste and get you addicted.

Sugar laden dipping sauce

From the ingredients label on this sauce bottle, you can see that its main ingredient is water! what comes next SUGAR. This dipping sauce only contains 2% chilli & 1% garlic. That means that 97% of this bottle contains nothing that is actually good for you, or nutritious.

You can make yourself a perfectly delicious, quick dipping sauce, by finely chopping a 2 fresh chilli’s – remove the seeds if you don’t like heat – mix with 1 crushed clove of garlic, add 2 Tbspns Tomato Ketchup – contains SUGAR. mix well & thin with a little water, or red wine vinegar, if liked. To make a marinade simply omit the water adding 2 Tbspns oil & 1 tspn red wine vinegar. Brush onto chicken, fish, pork etc before cooking. A recipe for a spicy chilli chutney can also be found on this website.

Next time you are shopping, read the labels to find out exactly what you are eating. Help yourself to get and stay healthy, you will find you save money and you will feel more healthy. If you are a gardener you may like Love your Lettuce and other healthy recipes to be found on this site.

The rest is up to you. Stay Safe and Healthy.

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