I was on a long flight the other day, flying coast to coast. I was remembering when being served semi-warm over-cooked rubberized airline food was an afront to our tastebuds. Boy, who figured we’d ever consider those the good old days? Now we get pretty much nuttin’!
These days I’m usually good about packing myself a healthy lunch or snack before I fly, but this trip I just didn’t make the time. Consequently, when treats from the ‘munch basket’ were offered by the flight attendant, without much hesitation, I said ‘yes, please’, as hunger had taken over. There was no other choice, much less a good one. Other than the size of my snack (a pittance), the real insult came when out of boredom I looked to see what was listed under ‘ingredients’.
Now, I’m not a label fanatic, nor do I feel that an occasional snack in a pack is a bad thing, but what I read just reminded me that I am wholly responsible for what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat. Innocent enough looking was “Kings Delicious Savory Snack Mix’, but how all these ingredients get crammed into a little less than a palm full of kibble boggled my mind. So, just for fun…
INGREDIENTS: Mimi Pretzel Twists (enriched flour [Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Monoitrate, Riboflavin and Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt Corn Syrup, Yeast, and Baking Soda), Honey Roasted Sesame Sticks (Unbleached Wheat Flour [Contains malted Barley Flour as a Natural Enzyme Additive], Soybean Oil, Sesame Seeds, Honey Coating [Sucrose, Wheat Starch, Honey], Bulgur Wheat, Tack Blend [Maltodextrin, Xanthan gum], Salt, Beet Powder, Turmeric), Cheddar Corn Sticks (Corn Masa, Soybean Oil, Seasoning [Dehydrated Cheese flavor (Cheddar Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, enzymes], Whey, Salt, Disodium Phosphated, Yellow 5, Yellow ), Dried Whey, Salt, Buttermilk Powered, Dextrose Monohydrate, Natural (ha!) and Artificial Flavoring (Containing Maltodextrin, Food Starch Modified,(Enriched Wheat Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, reduced Iron, Thiamine Nomonitrate, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid] partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Whey, Nonfat Milk, Corn syrup, Yeast, Citric Acid, Sour Cream [Cream, Cultures, nonfat Milk] Dextrose, Onion, Torula Yeast, Tomato, Garlic, enzyme-Modified Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, Calcium Chloride], Natural Flavor Malic Acid, Extractives of Turmeric Disodium Phosphate and Sodium Diaxide).
The whole point of this little parable is to point out how taking just three little minutes to pack up some nuts, a piece of string cheese and an apple, would have resulted in a much healthier, delicious and most importantly satisfying meal replacement. Besides, I can pronouce apples, nuts and cheese!