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Chocolate Hazelnut Banana "Ice Cream" with Sea Salt and I'm now a Jamie Oliver Groupie

Posted Apr 18 2011 1:30pm
Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution?  He is an English chef on a mission to change the way we eat. It is FABULOUS! In the last episode I watched had had moved his family to Los Angeles and wants to help revolutionize school lunches.  Not turn everyone into vegetarians, mind you, just to make healthier choices for what we already are eating.  There are so many of us that think we are eating healthy but we just lack the knowledge to know that what we're eating is actually harming us.  His first challenge was the fact that the LA school board would not let him in to see the food so he built a kitchen and had the kids bring their school food to him. 

Brownies for breakfast? Those prepackaged sticky buns? Chocolate milk that contains more sugar than a soda? Wait! There was at least fruit…..canned in sugary syrup. 
Then he did a demonstration on beef processing.  He brought in his “stunt cow” to show people what parts of the cow the cuts of meat they buy at the grocery store come from.  In the background he had a butcher with large portions of meat carving it up.  When the butcher was done Jamie picked up the white, gelatinous mass of ligaments and tendons and intestine and stomach lining and asked the butcher what he would do with this.  Well, he replied, “I would throw it away”. Jamie said in other countries this is what might be used in dog food. 
But in the US, this is where the process starts. 
In the demonstration he took the meat and put it in a dryer to simulate that the “leftovers” are centrifuged to get any possible bits of meat off.  What is left is filled with e coli and salmonella and other bacteria.  So they put a solution on it to kill the bacteria.  The solution is made with ammonia.  Have you ever smelled ammonia?  It will knock your socks off. 
Once the ammonia step is done the color and taste is all wrong so they have to add artificial flavoring and color to mask this.  Once that was done he had the butcher run the meat through a grinder.  It looked just like ground beef.  This is called “filler” and they put it in our burgers. Up to 15% but there is debate on how this is regulated.
I have also seen photos of what the chicken “filler” looks like which prompted me to go to the McDonalds website to see if this could really be true.
According to the McDonalds website : The Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips are made from: (I love the fact that these are the PREMIUM and SELECT BREAST strips).
Chicken breast strips, water, food starch – modified, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, maltodextrin, chicken broth, natural flavor, spice, chicken fat (ew), salt, sodium phosphates, sunflower lecithin, maltodextrin (listed again, weird), natural flavor (listed again, weird).
Battered and breaded with, wheat flour, water, food-starch modified, salt, spices, leavening, baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, garlic powder, onion powder, dextrose, spice extractives, extractives of paprika.
Prepared in vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ (Yay! My favorite!), citric added to preserve freshness and finally dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent (for all those times when your chicken might start foaming).
Should I put what is in the burgers?  The shakes? No. I might run out of space. 
Kathleen Damiano , took the initiative to build a school garden on her own to provide the kids with fresh veggies and use it as a tool for learning.
So this is where we need to step in as parents.  Provide fresh and whole foods for your kids that also taste good.  Get kids involved with cooking.  My 2 year old helps me all the time and is getting really proficient.  This is QUALITY time we are spending together. No TV. No Internet.  Talk to your school administrators and let them know your thoughts.
Let’s cut down on the white sugar and use honey or maple syrup.  Fruits, veggies, whole grains.  Hormone and antibiotic free meats that don’t have any sodium solution injected.  According to an article written by Cooking Light  . “To know if you're picking up an enhanced product, squint at the fine print, which will list something like, "contains up to 15% chicken broth." You can also check the ingredient list, and, of course, look for the sodium content on the Nutrition Facts label. If the chicken is truly natural, the sodium content won't stray higher than 70mg per serving.”
The funniest thing about Jamie Oliver’s whole demonstration is that afterwards the parents were horrified and the kids still wanted chicken nuggets.  What does this mean? We need to guide them as parents until they are able to make their own (we hope healthy) decisions. 

Even if a child is not overweight this does not mean we can slack off with nutrition.  What they are eating now could affect their health down the road. Cancer. Diabetes. Hypertension.  The list goes on and on of ailments.   

Well what the heck DO I serve then?
Here is a dessert suggestion for you. We make this almost every night.  My daughter gets strawberries sometimes and this was my version.

I know, I know, you have already heard of the brilliant idea of making banana "ice cream".  Number of ingredients...1.
I've decided to make things a bit more interesting as I try and get off sugar and add a few more ingredients; namely some hazelnut extract.

Ok so this isn't Nutella BUT it is a much less caloric and addictive chocolate and hazelnut dessert that I think is pretty damn good. Chocolate Hazelnut Banana "Ice Cream" with Sea SaltServes 1
1 frozen peeled banana, chopped into piecesDash each of raw cacao powder, hazelnut extract, sea salt
Directions 1. Place the banana and cacao powder in a small food processor or blender.  Blend the hell out of that banana till it looks like ice cream. This will take a few minutes.  Sprinkle sea salt to taste.  Nutrition Facts
1 Serving
***Technically 0 WW Pts PlusAmount Per Serving
 Calories 113.1
Total Fat 0.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 156.4 mg
Potassium 479.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Sugars 14.7 g
Protein 1.3 g
Vitamin B-6 34.2 %
Vitamin C 17.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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