Got Eggplant?

Kale and beet chips are some of my absolute favorites, but who knew that vegetable chips were just as delicious using eggplant?  They’re super easy to make.  Simply combine Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, your favorite fresh herbs (mine are oregano and thyme), salt, and black pepper in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine one egg and a few teaspoons of water.  Mix well.  After that, thinly slice the peeled eggplant.  Dip each eggplant slice first in the egg mixture and then in the Panko bread crumb mixture.  Arrange the eggplant chips on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the chips are golden.  Finish with a dusting of salt and black pepper, and watch them disappear!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Eat Well Guide

This week’s post is inspired by a long time friend and supporter of “Project Lunchbox: Let’s Eat!”  Thank you Sheila!

Sheila recently shared a link with me:  www.eatwellguide.org

This website is the perfect resource for eating healthfully, locally, and seasonally, no matter where your travels or adventures take you this summer, and all the year through!  Simply insert your current U.S. location in the search bar, and also add in what type of eating or food facility (restaurant, store, etc.) that you are searching for.  Additionally, you can choose a radius in which you would like your search to be limited to (i.e. 10 miles from Boston) to ensure that you are not driving the day away searching for your next food and beverage pit stop (Eat).

Furthermore, in the top right hand corner of the website, there is a “Guides” section where you can choose to view eating facilities in major American cities.  After you choose a restaurant or store that you are interested in visiting, you can then view their menu, and also read a summary of the eatery which explains their culinary inspirations and creations.  There is a schedule at the bottom of the page detailing the opening and closing hours of each eatery, as well as the phone numbers, website addresses, and social media outlets for the location (Eat).

Again, thank you so much Sheila for bringing the “Eat Well Guide” to my attention!

What do all of you think of this website and its mission in promoting the consumption of nutritious food wherever you are?  Are you interested in using it this summer and in the future?  Please let me know!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Eat Well Guide. n.d. Grace Communications Foundation, 2015. Web. 14 July 2015. <www.eatwellguide.org>

The Skinny on Oreo Thins

Let the countdown begin for Oreo lovers… in less than a week, Oreo’s new brainchild, Oreo Thins, will be available for purchase in the United States.  Evidently, these Oreo Thins taste the same as their surviving ancestors, the original Oreo Cookie.  It appears as though the only meaningful difference between the two cookies from a nutritional point of view is the number of calories.  Three Oreo Cookies boast 160 calories, while four Oreo Thins boast 140 calories.  So why would Mondelez International Incorporated create this skinnier spin on an old American favorite, and why would they do it now? (Choi).

Senior Brand Manager Patty Gonzalez addressed these questions by stating “At Oreo, we know that some of our fans have grown up and that their tastes have grown up too.  The crisp and delicate texture of Oreo Thins was specially designed for fans who love the taste of Oreo but are looking for a more sophisticated cookie” (Putnam).  Personally, sophistication and Oreos are two words that I would never, ever put in the same sentence, but to each his or her own.

According to the Business Insider, “the Oreo Thin package weighs 10.1 ounces while the original Oreo package weighs 14.3 ounces” (Garber).  However, it is interesting to note that the Associated Press claims the pricing of a container of Oreo Thins and a container of Oreos will be equivalent (Choi).  Exploring the optics in this scenario would lead me to believe that Mondelez International Incorporated is more determined to generate a larger profit for themselves than elevate their cookies to appeal to a mature audience.  The premise of this deduction could be valid for two reasons:

1.  In 2014, Oreo Thins graced the market in China after cookie sales had begun to dwindle (Choi).

2.  Cookie sales also dwindled in the U.S. in January, February, and March of 2015 (Choi).

How does the skinny on Oreo Thins sit with you?

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Choi, Candice. “Oreos get thin, going for ‘sophisticated’ air.” Associated Press. 6 July 2015: Associated Press. Web. 7 July 2015. <http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1d13badff94b4397beb39179b5c12d2d/oreos-get-thin-going-sophisticated-air>

Garber, Jonathan. “Here is something Oreo hopes you don’t notice.” Business Insider. 7 July 2015: Business Insider Incorporated. Web. 7 July 2015. <http://www.businessinsider.in/Here-is-something-Oreo-hopes-you-dont-notice-/articleshow/47977957.cms>

Putnam, Lindsay. “Skinny Oreos are a Double Stuf lover’s worst nightmare.” New York Post. 6 July 2015: NYP Holdings, Incorporated. Web. 7 July 2015. <http://nypost.com/2015/07/06/skinny-oreos-are-a-double-stuf-lovers-worst-nightmare/>