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Today I'm talking with Michael Moss, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before coming to the Times, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I read his book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, in preparation for this interview and wish its contents could somehow be required reading for anyone who sets foot in a grocery store. More on that later...let's get right to the questions.
1) What’s your latest book, Salt Sugar Fat, all about, and what are you hoping to accomplish with it?
It’s an expose of the processed food industry, based on a trove of confidential documents that put me at the table of the largest food manufacturers as they are planning, plotting and formulating new products. These documents, which I fully footnote in the book, in turn, enabled me to identify the key players in processed foods – scientists, marketers, CEOs – and convince them to talk to me and reveal even more secrets about their heavy dependence on salt, sugar and fat to maximize the allure of their products. I’m hoping the book is a wake-up call for the processed food industry, and at the same time empowering to consumers, in that simply knowing everything the companies are doing to compel consumption of their products is in itself a powerful tool in learning to shop and eat more healthily.
This is a guest post by Lindsay Ostrom with the blog Pinch of Yum. Lindsay is a former 4th grade teacher turned full-time food blogger with a love for spicy food, noodles, and dark chocolate. In addition to sharing simple and mostly healthy recipes on her blog Lindsay, and her husband Bjork are also co- founders of Food Blogger Pro, a learning community where food bloggers can discover how to grow and monetize their blogs.
I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Lisa as nothing makes me happier than real food!
I started Weelicious six years ago after the birth of my son when I couldn't find interesting homemade baby food recipes online and information on how you actually get kids to become great eaters from day one. But as the baby food stage quickly disappeared I found myself in the abyss of wondering how to feed my toddler. Like many moms I was scared of him choking, needing an epi-pen if he tasted peanut butter, or not getting enough nutrition when feeding himself.
Last weekend we hosted our very first Dinner Club in our new home! It was so nice to be settled enough to entertain friends (although, believe me, we still had plenty of unfinished projects going on in the background - welcome to moving!).
It's no secret that we've done our fair share of traveling so far this summer. If your family still has some fun trips coming up - whether by car or by plane - below are some snacks that we think are great and easy to take along. Even if you just can't (or won't) stick to a real food diet once you get to your destination, I think it's great to have some items for the road trip there or even to supplement meals once you arrive. What good is a vacation if you feel sluggish (or even sick) from some not-so-great airplane or gas station food? And yes, you can take your own food and empty water bottle through airport security, provided you follow TSA guidelines for anything considered a liquid.*
1) Homemade Trail Mix or Granola
Trail mix is easy enough - just mix together a variety of nuts, seeds, and even dried fruit then divide up into little baggies or reusable containers. Or alternatively bag up some yummy homemade granola cereal that you can just eat dry out of your hand. These options can be an especially filling snack for taking up such little space.
2) Simple Store Bought Fruit & Nut Bars (or homemade!)
For the store bought versions be sure to check the ingredients for a short list of items you are familiar with and would cook with at home. We personally like Lara Bars, Kit's Organic and Raw Crunch. (Tip use coupon code "100DAYS" for 15% off your online Raw Crunch purchase.) And yes it's extra work, but I promise the homemade version of dried fruit and nut bars are even better than you could imagine :)