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I decided to take a little break from blogging, I was taking a break from a few things. I'm not out of my winter hibernation yet, but I am ready to re-enter the blogosphere.
I recently read Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto" which was absolutely fantastic. His thesis is that it's fine to eat traditional whole foods, even those which modern scientists have warned about, as long as you avoid overindulging. He presents the theory is that the dangers of the "Western" diet come from overprocessing and additives, like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
With this is mind, I made a very nutritious and delicious lunch for the week. An Italian lentil and rice soup followed with banana muffins that are actually healthy.
I should explain that, as a picky child muffins were on the "do not eat" list. I was suspicious of muffins, something that seemed so like cake, but didn't have icing and worse, may contain fruit. When I discovered that most muffins contained as much sugar and fat as cupcakes, I was morally outraged and continued my boycott.
Recently, however, I encountered a woman who put an end to all that. The lovely Nicole of www.pinchmysalt.com . She has a slew of muffin recipes that are made with whole wheat flour and oat bran and sweetened with honey. Yummy, satisfying and containing no refined sugar, flour or preservatives. Michael Pollan would approve.