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Reflections on my lunch break

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

I am sure you've already read about reading the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence today, and remembering why we celebrate the 4th of July (hint: it's not to sear meat and singe eyebrows, although I've yet to meet a soldier who doesn't like barbecue) so I will skip to my ponderances.

Today I'm studying for tomorrow's exam. Lots of RNA polymerases, centromeres, telomeres, transcription factors, and stuff like that. I broke for lunch and wanted to note something.

I've been wondering exactly how much vegetables I eat. A cup seems huge to those of us who periodically check our eyeballed measurements out of curiosity (or necessity, if you're a calorie-counter. Benefit to cave eating=no measuring unless you want to). I thought, well, since people complain about getting in their vegetable servings on the boards (you eat them), and since we SHOULD get a minimum 3 cups per day of leafy greens (next to our 3 cups of cruciferous/sulfurous vegetables and 3 cups of colored vegetables and fruits, per the TED talk I posted a bit ago), I thought I'd measure for a bit to see how much I actually consume.

I took my spring mix (best salad green mix EVAR) and lightly packed it into my dry measuring cup. I put it in my bowl and did this twice more.

I realized that, unless you count side salads I've been served elsewhere and the iceberg lettuce of my youth (iceberg lettuce is more like filler), I have NEVER eaten a salad with much less than 3 cups of greens, and if I did, it was only by a leaf or two.


I topped it with about 2/3 cup grape tomatoes, leftover chicken sausage, and a nice dressing I made out of mayo thinned with lemon juice and EVOO.

My other reflection was this: you know your mayo is homemade without vegetable or canola oil when crying over a spilled spoonful doesn't seem silly.

My third reflection is that according to my spell checker, "ponderances" is not a word. I think it should be, so I'm not changing it.
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    I dunno. We'll have to look that up and see. I THINK the spring mix has more because the greens are darker, but I know romaine trumps iceberg hands down. I'mma go google that.
    Edit: I just realized how dumb I've been for the last five minutes. I can get the romaine out of the fridge and read the package.
    2328 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/6/2012 11:39:46 AM
    I have big bowls and I just fill them until I can't safely mix the salad around with a fork anymore without fear of flinging salad everywhere. I guess it's three cups...hmmmm....I usually get romaine because it is cheaper but I am sure that the darker greens have more nutrients.
    2328 days ago
    Yeah, never any reason to skimp on the salad, I've been very happy knowing that I underestimate the greens I eat....of course the converse is true to.....eyeballing other food items means I underestimate them too, so I weigh everything.

    The new love of my life in salads is coconut oil! one tablespoon does wonders, try it!
    2330 days ago
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