Lessons learned in Nugget

Yesterday, I had a work from noon to 4pm at the Nugget here in Davis. I was sampling out a new Dreyer’s product – milkshakes and smoothies!

I, of course, tried them before handing them out to people (the chocolate and banana-strawberry were pretty good) and read all the ingredients and nutrition facts. The fruit smoothies are fat free and the chocolate and other ice cream flavors are all low fat. So, although relatively low in calories for ice cream, they have quite a bit of sugar in them. Over the course of 4 hours…

I gave samples to about 350 people

Only 3 people did not like the smoothies

Around 5 people read the nutrition facts or ingredients

1 person said they couldn’t have dairy

3 people said they were diabetic

and 1 of the 3 diabetics said this:

“These are fat free? Oh, I’m a diabetic, you see. I have to watch carbs. Not sugar, but carbs.”

First of all, sugar is carbs. Second of all, sugar is the number one thing diabetics need to watch out for, far moreso than carbohydrate content. And third of all, what doctor told you that?!

Obviously, I didn’t say any of those things. I nodded. It scares me how little the average American knows about basic diet and nutrition. And this woman can not even be considered your “average” American. She was shopping at Nugget, which is a very expensive specialty grocery store, so she likely has an above-average income. She was an adult woman, maybe in her late 50’s, dressed well, and living in northern California, one of the most health conscious places in the US of A. As a diagnosed diabetic, she has certainly been to the doctor at least a few times – and they clearly didn’t give her proper information about what diabetes is and how to treat it (besides with drugs). By definition, diabetes is lack of ability to control blood SUGAR.

I’ll end this rant here, but America has got to step it up. Our future is looking a bit…. bleak sick.

The weather in Davis has made a rapid transition to fall. It is getting a bit chilly and I have been craving oatmeal and soups lately. I wanted to make a peanut based soup and include the kale I recently got at Trader Joes (!). This soup can be made paleo, vegan or vegetarian really easily!

African peanut soup with kale

Recipe: Makes 2 large servings

3 1/2 cups veggie broth

1/2 cup peanut flour

1-2 tbsp peanut butter

1/4 cup half and half (or to veganize, another tbsp peanut butter)

2 tbsp curry powder

4 cups kale, shredded

1 cup summer squash, chopped

1/3 cup onion, chopped

1/2  lb beef (chicken or tofu or beans would work too, but beef goes really well with peanut)

The spices are to taste, they are listed in order of most to least used:

garlic salt, a couple shakes

salt

cinnamon,  1 shake

allspice

nutmeg

cumin

Directions – Cook the beef on the stove top until just cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. Chop the vegetables and set aside. Pour the broth into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the peanut flour and peanut butter and stir. Add the vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the spices. Stir occasionally. Once the veggies are soft, add the meat and stir. Add the half and half and stir. Serve immediately!

BTW – There is over 100 grams of protein in this soup…… 😉

Benefits:

Peanuts * a great source of manganese, Vitamin E, tryptophan (calming!), niacin, folate, and copper! Peanuts also contain lots of healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants! They have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and have been shown to significantly lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer.

Kale * Extremely high levels of vitamins K, A, and C! Also has manganese, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Onions * contain anti-aging antioxidants phenolics and flavonoids. A study by Dr. Liu showed that pungent and Western yellow onions protected the most against colon cancer, while pungent yellow, Western yellow, and shallots protected the most against liver cancer.

Lean beef *  An excellent source of iron, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and of course protein. Don’t be scared of beef’s fat content! Check out my post on saturated fats here.

Curry powder * reduces inflammation, contains antioxidants that fight cancer, and can help improve memory!

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14 thoughts on “Lessons learned in Nugget

  1. it is sad that americans are so undeducated in nutrition. Not their fault either. Carbs are sugar, yes indeed they are. And not all carbs are created equal. Hello glycemix index! oye!

  2. Over 100 grams of protein… from what?! Peanut flour and 1/4 pound of ground beef? Actually, that sounds about right… Crazy! I thought you would’ve dumped some peanuts in there or something. There’s actually a dessert soup in Asia that’s like cooked peanuts. They lose their crunchiness and become nice and soft and yummy… then I overeat them and forget that they’re still very energy-dense peanuts. 😀

    1. Also, I know what you mean about people who are just SO ignorant – I knew this girl who told me about this diet that when you’re on it, you can eat either sugar or carbs for the entire day. For example, if she wanted to have a popsicle after lunch, she’d stop eating carbs and just eat sugar if she wanted to all day. And visa versa. I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes and schooling her well.

  3. It is crazy how little Americans (or people in general!) know about nutrition. One of my pet peeves is when people “watch their carbs.” We NEED carbs to carry out life. Low-carb does not equal healthy! 😕

  4. Wow that’s a bit scary, I don’t like the idea that people don’t understand their own conditions!
    That soup looks delicious, just the kind of warming, hearty veg soup I need at the moment 🙂

  5. I get very heated/passionate about the fact that so many people know nothing about nutrition! And especially when it comes to an illness or disease that they have…that’s terrible. 😦

    But your soup looks delicious!

  6. I get SOOO heated about this topic! I don’t blame people who don’t know – it’s just ignorance and they just need to be educated. What blows my mind is the people who DO know and either “don’t want to know” or still don’t care! It’s so sad to see though that even patients with serious illnesses aren’t the least educated! A solution to this isn’t even close to being a reality – which is probably the saddest of them all! It’s cool that you get to see this and be up close & personal with it at Nugget. You can spread knowledge to the masses!

    Oh and once I detox from my recent peanut binge I will be trying this soup ( or perhaps when July weather in October sadly disappears and I have to finally invest in a winter coat!). Keep these “paleo adaptive” meals comin! i love them!

  7. What’s really frightening is how people are diagnosed with something, but then do 0 research about it. Most people just want a pill to feel better and could care less how to educate themselves. And then there are others who don’t want to change and think that taking a pill will take care of the issue. UGH. Drives me crazy!

  8. Part of the reason I started my diploma program in Advanced Nutrition is because I felt I was not educated enough in that department so I totally agree with you! I’m not saying we all need to go out and get diplomas in the nutrition field but I am definitely saying we need more education…The diabetes and obesity situation in both the United States AND Canada is absolutely terrifying…I want to change my family tree and start my children’s lives off right.

    PS reading your post just gave me warm fuzzy feelings for fall and winter…I simply love this time of year!

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