Thursday, September 19, 2019

Are Plant Burgers BS?

As a cancer survivor, I'm all about healthier living compared to when I started out.  Daily tequila shots have been replaced by flavored coconut water and the occasional tobacco or other leafy product is...gone.  This food journey has been quite the trip but in some ways, vegan products have disappointed me the most.  From baked goods that are too dry and sweet to pasta made from cornmeal that can only be enjoyed al dente because it disintegrates once hot marinara and veggies get mixed in.

However, the plant protein burger is where I have mixed emotions.  One thing I like is that these have fiber and don't come with the same heart challenges as their meat (except turkey) cousin.  As far as the taste goes, it's not a favorite.

While I haven't had the casual/fast food restaurant offering, I have made these at home more than once.  This is the time when a person may want to prepare some onion or garlic toppers because the cooked smell is beyond horrid.  Like old beans, cheese, and processed pork products that have expired.

The taste to me is somewhat unfamiliar and this comes from someone who enjoys everything from Angus to venison, so I know my meats.  Although you may not care, what I did find interest was some factors I've learned through working with a client that's one of the two big names.

  • Although these are marketed as vegan, Impossible Foods (Burger) has joined forces with the OSI Group, a meat producer whose biggest client is McDonald's.  While contamination is an obvious concern, a separate production facility is being built.

  • According to Harvard Medical, the use of coconut oil in these burgers doesn't provide the right kind of heart-healthy properties. As far as calorie and fat content goes, there's not much difference in the numbers.  However, the best choice is to eat all burgers (even those bean-based patties) sparingly.
Even better, make your own at home.  I still love food as much as I did before the cancer but cooking has become a second love.  Here's a few burger brecipes worth trying..and they probably cost less than a pack of plant burgers from the supermarket freezer sections

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

You Spend Too Much Money

Yep, I said it. You...that person that must live at the mall for hours or spend hours at the computer while life is happening.  And you know better...the question is will you do better now that the holidays are around the corner?  Like anything else, rather than say you'll do the right thing to save face, first understand why you do the wrong thing.

You probably know about the many millionaires that live the frugal life but what are your plans?  Do you have plans?  Trust me, if you work for someone need plans for the day your services are no longer needed.
Shopping is both a necessity and a vice for some women.  Many of us were brought up to believe that the fiercest looking chick would become the woman who got ahead.  Really?  Well, some cultures (namely AA/ADOS/Black communities) generally would rather look fly rather than invest...NOT ALL but enough to make a difference.  Although dressing "to the nines" is a form of communication that says 'take me seriously', there's a happy medium that'll help you save money instead of wasting it.


So, getting back to the matter at hand.  Whether your shopping is a planned extravaganza or starts off simple but escalates out of control habitually, knowing the reason why can help reel things in.  The answer(s) may be surprising and it may be something you've never thought about.