#[word of the day] #FAsupportsnutrition #SNAPfood : Choice | @feedingamerica

Feeding America has a Photo A Day Challenge happening for March for  National Nutrition Month. This was what I decided to go with for CHOICE.




It’s just rice. Plain white rice.

Brown rice is better nutritionally. All of us in our family prefer brown rice. It just isn’t in our budget. We could choose to buy brown rice but that choice would mean giving up another food from our shopping list.

I’m ok with white rice. It’s better than no rice at all. There was another time in my life I had rice but I had to make a choice whether or not to pick the bugs out of it or leave them in. Extra protein,right? I chose to pick them out but I’m certain I didn’t catch them all.  At least they were only teeny maggoty things and not one giant, live and wriggling one, like something a Survivor contestant would have to eat. They were cooked. I probably needed the protein, anyway.

2 thoughts on “#[word of the day] #FAsupportsnutrition #SNAPfood : Choice | @feedingamerica

  1. I have never been a fan of rice—I guess I have issues of where it was grown and how it was processed. I find that canned beans such as garbanzo (chickpeas) provide much protein and can be used in soups, casseroles and salads. I like to drain the liquid they are packed in and rinse them before I use them. Dried beans of course go further, but at the store when they have a 10 for 10 sale, buying a mix of canned beans is smart. Food does not have to be complicated. If you watch cooking shows you will be amazed at the sometimes expensive ingredients used—-most cooking shows are not geared toward those hanging on by their shoestrings. Rice just never filled me up, but beans provide fiber, protein and other nutrients. You can also mash them to make a spread for crackers.
    I do not intend to preach on this website, but if any of you read your Bible, look at how they ate—–fruit, whole grain bread, olive oil, honey, butter, beef, fish. Yes, these items can be expensive, but one can be smart in getting these. Maybe splitting the cost of a large package of beef and sharing meals with one another would help. Not only are you getting much needed protein and amino acids, but you have the fellowship of friends who are in the same situation as you. You can do the same with other foods that are healthful. The Biblical diet was designed to keep the people in good shape for the work they had to do. I believe it can do the same for us .

    1. If you poke around both here at the blog and the FB page companion, you’ll see lots of info on beans. It’s sort of a staple in our menu 😉

      I used to teach cooking and nutrition classes for low income people. I’ve learned a lot from being on both sides of the fence…and SO much more even just from the interaction with people on this blog. I’m rather privileged right now, even while living in poverty. Access to good food is not a problem for myself but it sure is for other people.

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