Recently The New York Times  article, “Why Eating Processed Foods Might Make You Fat” by Anahad O’Connor, reported on a study that compared a “typical” American diet of processed food and a natural, plant-based diet. The study determined that eating processed food causes most consumers to overindulge, gain weight, and suffer health issues. As O’Connor states: “Observational studies of thousands of people have found that eating high amounts of these [processed] foods is associated with a greater likelihood of early death from heart disease and cancer.” The study extolls the virtues of eating a natural, plant-based diet in order to achieve optimal health.

Why, then, do people “treat” themselves with processed foods like take-out pizza, potato chips, and mass-produced candy?  It’s simple. Big food companies spend a lot of money finding that sweet spot that combines the perfect ratio of fat, sugar, and salt that makes processed food addictive. There’s a reason we “can’t have” just one chip. Companies have worked over decades to “tweak” their recipes to make sure we keep eating and eating until the bag is empty! And then what happens? We buy more to satiate our cravings and the companies make more money.

So why not flip this narrative? Instead of craving take-out-pizza, why not make your own healthy version? Choose what you put into your body. Why not dream about a hearty meal with Vegan Pesto Parmesan Grilled Corn? If you retrain your brain, slowly, to crave these types of food, treating yourself will feel a lot better. 

Vegan Pesto Parmesan Grilled Corn
 
Ingredients:
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Vegan Pesto 
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese
  • Cold water
Materials:
  • Grill
  • Grater
  • Large bowl to fit corn husks
  • Salt
Directions:
1.  Pull the outer husks down the ear to the base.  Strip away the silk from each ear of corn by hand.  Fold husks back into place, and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.
 
2.  Remove corn from water and shake off excess.  Place the corn on the grill, close the cover, and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender when pierced with a paring knife.  Remove the husks and remove the kernels.
 
3.  Serve vegan pesto and freshly grated vegan parmesan on top of kernels.  

 


 
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