Food Face-off – Fast Food vs. Co-Op

PRI recently had a radio piece discussing food.  They stated that the American diet had more fats and sugars than any other country in the world. What used to be a treat is now a staple. Companies add whipped cream and fries free of charge because the fat, sugars and salts rewire brains to think about food in an entirely different way. You can find the entire article at

There is a world of difference between good fat and bad fat. I’m not talking about a medical explanation, I’m talking taste buds. A dollop of whipping cream with real sugar on your espresso is a completely different thing from the packaged, pre-made sweets we are encouraged to buy every day. Number one bad guy on my list: High Fructose Corn Syrup. If the government is serious about paying down the national debt they should levee a one cent tax on every grocery item that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup.

So many people think they don’t have time to make healthy snacks. Let me ask you, how long does it take to slice a tomato and put salt and pepper on it?  How long to wash a carrot? How long to wash a piece of fruit?  I hear some mothers say, “Oh, but my kid won’t eat that”.  Have you ever compared a chain grocery store carrot (even an organic one) to one from a co-op or CSA share?  I wouldn’t eat those nasty, woody grocery store things either.

Here are some simple snacks that my 7 year old son (who, incidentally has decided there is not much he does like) actually eats. Remember, if it is not refrigerated at the grocery store, it does not need to go in the refrigerator at your house.  Here is a hint for creating your own food trigger – leave your fruit out. For that matter, leave the salt and pepper right next to it. People are so easily coerced. You see it, you want it, you eat it.


One good, fresh organic tomato. Slice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. How easy is that?

Caprese – Sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced organic tomatoes, fresh basil, balsamic vinaigrette olive oil, salt and pepper.  Put the sliced cheese and tomatoes on a plate, drizzle the olive oil and vinaigrette over the top, sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.


Sliced cantaloupe with salt and pepper is a favorite of my sons.

Green Mangos sliced or cut small and sprinkled with Chat Masala.

Take five minutes to cut up a variety fruits, banana, apple, pear, peach and give them to your kid or eat them your self.

I really believe that people don’t enjoy fruit and vegetables because the one’s they get at the grocery store are not enjoyable.  If you are willing to cut coupons and travel to the stores to use them, then you can shop at the co-op.  There are two locations 3111 Pacific Ave. Olympia, WA 98501 Tel: 360-956-3870 and 921 rogers St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 Tel: 360-754-7666. The Co-Op has a membership fee. Grand total $29.  Bonus: they have coupons.


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