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Old School Lunching

Long View: What Food Group Includes Olive Loaf?

My childhood lunch menu:

Appetizer

  • Banana
  • In-season apple

Entrée

  • Olive loaf sandwich on soft white bread, with lavishly applied mayonnaise (The sandwich had to be cut on the diagonal, or I wouldn’t eat it.)
  • Fresh Fritos in an individual bag serving

Dessert

  • Hostess Ding Dong or Sno Balls

Beverages

  • Sweet tea, chocolate milk, or Kool-Aid

There was little variation in this menu when my brother and I were little kids, and our mom saw little reason to change it. She, and countless other mothers at that time, felt this was a nutritious, filling lunch for 2 growing boys. On the positive side, the Fritos were made from corn, so it counted as a vegetable.

After lunch, Mom expected us to lie down and take a nap. We never went to sleep for some reason, but at least she got a few moments of peace and quiet.

OK, so this was probably not the most nutritious meal we could have eaten, but our supper was usually a well-balanced meal. However, dessert was a nightly occurrence, and a spectacular Jell-O salad often graced the table. Neither my brother nor I seem to have suffered any ill effects. At least not yet.

Remember, this was a time when candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars were common treats for kids. Flavored sugar water in tiny wax bottles was a Halloween staple, for reasons that are still unclear to me now. SweeTARTS were an odd and unexplainable pleasure, and we ate them by the fistful.

In retrospect, my food preferences have certainly changed over the years. I refused anything with cheese in it, except for a grilled cheese sandwich. I guess in my head, the grilling made it acceptable. I wouldn’t eat a vegetable unless it was cooked to death. That is definitely not the case now. I needed all my seafood encased in a crispy, fried batter, and I remember hating beets. Wait, I still hate beets.

I think we all develop our palates over time and grow to have more complex taste preferences. Healthier eating seems a lot more attainable these days, at least if we make the choice.

But occasionally, I still grow nostalgic for the treats I enjoyed as a child. I recently bought some olive loaf and white bread so that I could recreate my childhood favorite.

It was disgusting.

 

Patrick Harness is a community liaison with a long history of experience in health insurance. If you ask him to pick a color, he always chooses orange, and he is known for his inability to parallel park.

Checkup for Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid Awareness Month

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Do you know how important your thyroid is?

The Importance of Your Thyroid

 

About 1% of Americans will develop enlarged thyroids, and it affects  5-10 times more women than men.

Women and Thyroid Problems

 

Most of the 30 million people with a thyroid condition don’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone.

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Thyroid cancer can be painless and without symptoms. Learn more to protect yourself.

Thyroid Cancer Danger

 

To find thyroid problems and cancer early, learn how to do this simple Neck Check self-exam.

It’s extremely important to take care of the thyroid during pregnancy and infancy. Why?

Your Thyroid During Pregnancy

Medication adherence is key for those with hypothyroidism. MyPillCheck can help.

Taking Your Thyroid Meds
Healthy Summer Drinks

Healthy Summer Drinks

Looking for something cool, refreshing, and healthy to sip by the pool or for your kids to sell at their stand? We have the perfect healthy summer drinks for you!

First up was a Watermelon Agua Fresca that lets you drink your favorite summertime fruit.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

This Sugar-Free Lemonade also tastes great made with sparkling water, and it’s much better for you than soda.

Sugar Free Lemonades
Image and Recipe via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

 

Honeydew and Raspberry Agua Fresca is refreshing way to drink your fruit.

Honeydew Raspberry Agua Fresca
Image and Recipe via The Wanderlust Kitchen

 

This Homemade Strawberry Lemonade will be everyone’s favorite summer drink, so it’s a good thing it’s a big batch.

Sparkling Mint and Blackberry Agua Frescas are such a pretty drink that they’re sure to impress the guests at your next summer party.

Sparkling Mint and Blackberry Agua Frescas
Image and Recipe via The Novice Chef

 

Vanilla Berry Lemonade is a more sophisticated take on the classic childhood drink.

Image and Recipe via BakedBree

 

This Peach Agua Fresca is the perfect drink to enjoy beside the pool or on picnics, and the jalapeño garnish adds the perfect kick.

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