11/11/10

The Right Stuff

Once again, I'm falling behind on my stack of enjoyable reading. I'm 7 interning days away (1 1/2 weeks) and 1 final away, from being finished with my 11-week, 372 hour, food service rotation. I can't believe it!! In 2 weeks I will officially be over half-way finished with my 10-month dietetic internship.

Nutrition Action is one of my favorite nutrition magazines and the material is absolutely excellent! The scientific advisory board is comprised if PhD's and MD's and there are even a few RD's on staff.

I love the back page of the magazine titled "Right Stuff. Food Porn".
In the July/August 2010 issue, the feature food (Right Stuff) was Orzo.
The magazine suggests RiceSelect Whole Wheat Orzo and DeLallo 100% Organic Whole Wheat Orzo. This product doesn't toss out the bran and germ like refined pastas. The Whole Wheat Orzo contains B vitamins, iron, fiber (6-9grams), 10% or more of a day's vitamin B-6, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium in each 200-calorie cup.

Whole wheat orzo has more fiber, protein and selenium than you'd get in brown rice, which takes longer to cook (unless you buy it parboiled).

You prepare orzo like any pasta, just boil it in plenty of water until al dente, about 8 min. (6 min if you'll be using it in a cold pasta salad). Drain the orzo and you are ready for business.

Toss the cooked orzo with plenty of chopped fresh basil and ripe tomatoes with a splash of EVOO. Or mix in some fresh dill, mint, scallions, feta cheese, lemon juice and olive oil. Or toss with roasted veggies - cherry tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, anything that's in season.

You can also treat orzo like rice. Try it in a simple risotto.

(I summed up the article for ya).

So now, I'm sure you are ready for the Food Porn.

SLAM JUNK
If you go to Denny's, you know your Slams. Take the Grand Slam (2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links). Its 860 calories, 14.5 grams of saturated fat, 500 mg of cholesterol and 2240 mg of sodium supply too much of almost everything before 9am.
Want a slam you can hold in your hands? Denny's has you covered. The Grand Slamwich has "two scrambled eggs, sausage, crispy bacon, shaved ham, mayonnaise and American cheese on potato bread grill with a maple spice spread." In case that's too skimpy, the Slamwich comes with hash browns.
Even without the hash browns, your sandwich hits 1320 calories and two days' worth of sat fat (42 grams) and sodium (3070 mg). It has the calories of 4.5 McDonald's Egg McMuffins..with an extra 20 grams of sat fat. Bonus: the Slamwich holds a regular smorgasbord of processed meats that may raise your risk of diabetes and colon cancer. And not a fruit or vegetable (other than fried potatoes) in sight!
With ordinary has browns, the sandwich hits 1530 calories. Get the Everything Hash Browns instead and the cheese and gravy boost your grand total to 1800 calories, 50g of sat fat and 6890 mg of sodium.
To be fair, Denny's lets you "Build Your own Grand Slam" with any four items. But other than oatmeal and egg whites, the best choices - like fruit and yogurt- cost extra. That should send many patrons scurrying back to the Build Your Own Belly side of the menu.