While it is true that I am a little bit of a foodie, it is in a relaxed way… no crazy trends like microfoods or molecular techniques, but good, fresh, organic when possible, food. I like peasant food, too, probably because the chopping and prep is much less rigorous (my reasoning is that as a peasant you don’t have lots of time for prep so a large dice is about as good as it gets).
I like to cook, don’t count calories, although perhaps I should (no judgment) and I do like to have an idea on the nutritional value of the food. I know that quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a complete protein source, couscous is more like pasta but faster to cook (read is my go to when I forget to start the brown rice in time). Sometimes I am creative about dinner and other times…well, I may be asleep at the switch, phoning it in, in a rut…no, never!
So when Shaw’s supermarkets contacted me to join them for a blogging event about healthy eating, I was all in. Their parent company is rolling out a program called Nutrition IQ which they developed with the dietitians at Joslin Clinic – they have targeted items all over the store with these colorful food tags with easy to read information.
I went to Shaws in Chestnut Hill ( a gorgeous store) and met with their dietitian Jennifer Shea and some other Boston mom bloggers. It was such a nice and accommodating event especially for mom bloggers with young children because the children were invited and encouraged to participate, too. We had healthy wraps for lunch and all tried healthy items that the kids could try – or not try – in a fun game setting. The healthy choices were not standard fare but having rarely met a food (parsnips, spam and sardines excepted) I didn’t like, I had tried all of the offerings – spaghetti squash, avocado (the first food for my babies) jicama, sweet potato, pomegranate…it was fun!
Disclaimer: For attending the event, I received a gift bag with food items and coupons. Shaw’s did not ask me to create a blog post about this event; my enthusiasm for nutrition iQ is my own.