Typing that sentence while eating a salad for lunch, I find Larson’s quote appropriate. Trust me, raw spinach and chopped romaine, topped with a dab of fat-free ranch dressing, neither smells nor tastes anything like bacon. Or chocolate. Or anything smothered in cheese, for that matter.
Daily, we view a barrage of advertisements boasting the latest food crazes, promoting healthy living and weight loss, quick fixes to gain control of our ever-expanding waistlines.
Did we ever have control?
The International Food Council reports that Gen Y’ers are eating far more healthy than their parents ever did. The study purports that these millennials prefer a more flexitarian diet, believe chickpeas and peanut butter pack a protein punch and encounter more unique and unfamiliar veggies and fruits than mom and dad introduced. They prefer healthy grab ’n go options, so they can dine and dash to their next job interview or spin class.
News flash: the young’uns aren’t the only ones to corner the market on healthy eats.
At our house, meatless Monday is a tradition, much to Scott’s chagrin. Ask him how he feels about quinoa enchilada casserole. We snack on chickpeas, or it’s blended counterpart, hummus, regularly. Peanut butter is a pantry staple and isn’t just for delicious cookies with chocolate stars stuck in the center. And, I’ve exposed the grandchildren to star fruit, pomegranate, Brussel sprouts, kale and acai berries.
The four-year-old grandson asks for baby carrots at breakfast. Win-win situation. Okay, the three-year-old demands cherry cheesecake or cinnamon toast cereal some mornings, but he’s still a work in progress.
Sure, we splurge and dig into comfort foods, like homemade, thick crust, supreme pizza, my famous cheesecake with a gooey layer of caramel apples nestled inside or baked potato soup oozing with cheddary goodness.
And yes, we eat bacon. Real bacon.
We just don’t eat that way every day, and I’m guessing most of you don’t, either.
That’s why the IFC’s report intrigues me. Are they eating healthier foods or has the list of healthy options expanded?
The study reports that millennials have a stronger appreciation of global cuisine, especially Asian foods, than older generations and more often, the younger generation turns to Italian and Mexican cuisine for comfort.
Duh. Who doesn’t want a never-ending pasta bowl when the going gets tough?
Entrenched in a mindset that appears overly obsessed with airbrushed images, the latest fad diets and the need to be wafer-thin, isn’t it a little ironic that the battle of the bulge seems to be winning? That facade of perfection creates false reality, seldom attainable, totally subjective.
I’ll rely on food to provide sustenance and common ground, a form of sharing and identity generating more than a list of nutrients.
And I’ll keep in mind that all good things, like creme brûlée or a slab of lasagna, are okay in moderation.
And so is bacon.