There are good things and bad things about cutting out (almost) all processed foods from my diet. The good stuff is obvious: eating higher quality, better tasting food. And any of the bad really comes down to convenience, though I’m pleased to say I’ve mostly gotten over that hump. I make time to cook almost every day, and even when we go out to eat on occasion we’ve tended towards places like Eat n’ Park.
Don’t laugh. Seriously, don’t. When was the last time you really paid attention to what Eat n’ Park is up to? Besides being committed to serving and promoting locally-grown produce in their restaurants, they also have an amazing set of nutritional resources on their website and blog. They are hands-down the easiest restaurant for me to track food in LoseIt! and they’ve been doing for years what the health care reform registration will require all restaurant chains to do: make nutritional labeling consistent and accessible for patrons. Plus, LEED-certified restaurant in Waterworks? Opening in May? Bring it on. (Side note: I totally called them on the Fox Chapel/City of Pittsburgh/Waterworks thing on Twitter last fall, but let it be known that I was NOT the anonymous commenter on their blog. Also let it be known that I was totally wrong: @SmileyCookie pointed out that Waterworks shopping center is in fact within Pittsburgh city limits – something I did not know at all – but apparently I was not the only one confused by that.)
Anyway, back to my original intent, which was whining about the lack of convenience of eating healthy. Except it really isn’t so inconvenient after all. And this week, since I’m on vacation, I’ve had the flexibility to do mid-day cooking as well.
Trusty wok, meet stew meat and vegetables
Stew meat and vegetables, meet mushrooms.
And stew meat, vegetables and mushrooms, meet spinach.
Now all of you, get in mah belly.
Nutritional information for one serving of stew meat with vegetables and wilted spinach, approximate: 266 calories, 12.2 grams fat, 3.9 grams saturated fat, 81.3mg cholesterol, 104.7mg sodium, 8.2 grams carbohydrates, 2.6 grams fiber, .1 grams sugar, 30.6 grams protein.