Forgot to Wash

I forgot how much I like homemade pita chips. I used to make them all of the time, but somehow I forgot about them until last night.

Mal did the meal planning for the week and picked a recipe that I saved from last year’s Healthy Living Summit for Southwest Taco Salad. It called for tortilla chips, but he forgot to buy them at the grocery store, so I suggested the homemade variety. Problem solved!

To make the pita chips, I cut a whole-wheat pita into small triangles.

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Then, I brushed them with extra virgin olive oil (or you can coat them with cooking spray), sprinkled them with sea salt, and toasted them for about two minutes until they started to brown. (I’ve also added Garlic Gold, garlic powder, onion salt, paprika, and cinnamon to my pita chips in the past.)

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I think the homemade variety actually tastes better than real tortilla chips!

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The Southwest Taco Salad was excellent”” one of the best salads I’ve made at home!

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In the mix: salad greens, crumbled feta, shredded chicken breast, grape tomatoes, and red onion. The recipe called for Kraft Light Ranch Dressing, but Mal made a recipe from Ellie Krieger, which was awesome, and we have lots of leftovers for tonight’s dinner! 😀

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Mal and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV like we normally do.

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[fast forward to this morning]

I woke up bright and early to meet my Back on My Feet team at Father Bill’s Place for an early morning workout. Like usual, we headed over to the YMCA to walk/run on the track.

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This morning, we only had 9 residents in attendance, which was a much smaller group than a few weeks ago. The majority of people who came today are the die-hard runners, so it’s good to see them stick with it.

I also think the B.A.A. 5K is motivating a few of them. John Hancock is sponsoring five members of the Father Bill’s team to run of the B.A.A. 5K, but, as part of the deal, they must attend a Red Sox game the day before. Sounds rough, huh? 😉 A road race and a Red Sox game? Sounds like a great deal to me!

Breakfast

When I got home, I wanted to eat everything in sight! My stomach was growling so loudly! 😯

As soon as I walked into the kitchen, I spread almond butter on a whole wheat pita, sliced up a Granny Smith apple to add to it, and called it breakfast. I chowed it down in probably three minutes or less.

I made (and ate) my breakfast so quickly, I didn’t stop to wash the apple. I don’t always wash my produce before I eat””it’s a 50/50 chance that I will or won’t””but I’m trying to be better about it, especially with the conventional produce.

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My first breakfast really didn’t satisfy me, so a little while later, I made a piece of toast with peanut butter and pickled prunes spread on top. It hit the spot.

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Feel Great Weight

As you know, I’m trying to lose the extra pounds that I gained from marathon training by watching my diet and sticking to my workout schedule. I’m still training for races (four half-marathons are currently on my calendar), but I’m fueling my body with healthier foods. Check out this week’s post: How to Fuel Your Body for a Run””When You’re on a Diet.

Cakes Bakery & Café Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Cakes giveaway! Here’s your winner:

Alaina

Ooh, probably the roast beef with Boursin. My husband used to make that, on the skillet, and it was soo good. And for dessert, some type of fruit tart. :-)

Congrats, Alaina! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your prize!

Question of the Day

Do you always wash your produce before you eat it? How important do you think it is to wash conventional produce versus organic produce?

108 Comments

  1. Well my organic produce often arrives dirty so I’m good about washing it. Apples and things where I eat the peel I buy organic about 70% of the time and still wash. The thought of other people handling my apple with unwashed hands grosses me out.

    Would you lick a stranger’s hand? I didn’t think so, wash your produce. 😉

    1. that totally grosses me out…you are right, you would never lick a strangers hand!!! I am making sure “everything” is washed now.

  2. I always wash produce! My apartment was filled with fruit flies one summer, and my Aunt told me that fresh fruit can carry fruit fly eggs. When you bring them home, they can hatch and that’s where the infestation comes from. Knowing that, I always wash fresh fruit as soon as I get home from the store, especially during the warmer months.

    Washing romaine lettuce is such a pain, but it is way less annoying now that I have a salad spinner to dry it off.

  3. I am pretty good about washing my produce, several rinses under running water, a good scrub if it is a root like item. I don’t use additives to my rinse. If I buy it bagged and the bag says pre-washed then I skip it to save time 🙂 Of coarse, we all forget sometimes 🙂

    I must admit that I do hate to use fresh washed lettuce because it takes time to dry and if I need it right away my plate just ends up collecting the water. LOL

  4. I always wash everything that I won’t be peeling (so not bananas or oranges), but probably not as well as I should. I just give things a quick scrub/rinse with water, but I always suspect that I should be washing them more thoroughly.

  5. I always wash off produce before eating it. All produce can have dirt or bugs on it. I have found plenty of small bugs on organic fruits or in the folds of organic lettuce.

  6. I buy mainly organic produce, and I think it’s important to wash all of it. Yesterday, for instance, I was cutting up kale and found BUGS. I washed that kale REALLY well. Other times, I’ll notice dirt build up around apple stems. The only time I don’t wash is if it’s bagged lettuce that says, “Washed three times.”

  7. I always wash because organic isn’t in my budget.. but without a salad spinner washing greens is always a chore I wish I could skip.

    Four Half Marathons!! Sounds intense, but challenging in a good way. Good luck with it!

  8. I am like a paranoid washer… think about when you buy apples and cucumbers and how many you touch before you find the right one and how many people have touched that before you… sorry; it grosses me out

  9. I always rinse my produce, but I don’t really scrub it down the way you’re supposed to. Like potatoes, I try to get visible dirt off, but if I don’t get it all off, I don’t really sweat it. I’m sure this isn’t advisable, but, well, I’m still alive, so I guess it can’t be that bad of a practice. 😉

    I don’t really change my produce washing habits when I buy conventional produce vs. organic. I just feel a little better about it when it’s organic. 😛

  10. I often don’t wash my produce, I know it’s bad =(

    I loved both your articles, it’s good timing too since I am training for my first full marathon and I would like to lose some weight!

  11. I was everything. If you think about the number of people who potentially touched each piece of fruit or vegetable it’s pretty gross!

  12. I typically rinse my produce briefly under running water. I honestly don’t worry about it that much. There’s only so much running away from invisible chemicals we can do and eating a little dirt has yet to hurt me. The only time I actually soak my veggies to disinfect them is when cooking with produce in 2nd or 3rd world countries.

  13. I don’t always wash, nope. I sneak a few grapes in the store to make sure they’re good before buying! I know this is 1) stealing and 2) gross, but I think a lot of people do it and I’m sorry, but grapes can be very bad sometimes! 🙂

  14. I always wash all my produce, conventional and organic. When I have the time and energy, I will fill my sink with water and little bit of vinegar and dunk my produce giving it a good “bath”. I get grossed out by the thought of all those hands on my produce.

  15. I just told my husband today while we were making lunch “I know I’ve not always done this but will you please wash all produce from now on”. I used to be so bad at washing it because I wasn’t sure if it made a big difference but I’ve read information recently that says even a quick cold water rinse really cuts down on pesticides and bacteria. I still occasionally just clothes buff my apples though. 🙁

  16. I always wash produce. I use to not always wash it…and then I got food poisoning from a salad. My boss and I both got sick from it and we had different dressings, so we know it was something in the salad.

  17. I wash my produce no matter what. Even though organic doesn’t have pesiticides, people still touch the fruit while picking them out at the store & that kind of sketches me out lol

  18. I always wash my produce. I used to be more of 50/50, but then I got food poisoning from a salad. That was 4 years ago, and now I wash everything.

  19. I used to never wash my produce, but I’ve started to lately because of all the scary stuff I’ve learned about food borne illnesses in my nutrition classes. 😛 I think it’s still equally important to wash organic produce since they could have bacteria on them from the soil.

  20. I don’t always wash my produce, but now I’m a little grossed out by all the comments above me!

    Although I know that washing your hands for less than 20 seconds actually does more harm than good – more bacteria/germs on your hands. I wonder if it’s the same for produce..?

  21. Hey,

    I’ve never really commented on your blog before but I am a HUGE fan and I follow it daily. I love all the foods that you eat, you are such and inspiration to me to eat healither so that I can lose weight. It hasn’t been easy but its a daily learning experience and your blog really helps. Keep the food pics coming!

    Oh and I sometimes don’t wash my produce either. Sometimes I’ll just inspect it for noticable debris but I try not to worry, as a biology student I know that the acid inside our stomach is there to protect us from the produce we forget to eash!

  22. I know this is bad, but I rarely wash my produce…that is unless someone is watching. How gross am I? I will say that I DO wash my produce when I am cooking for someone other than my husband and myself and I am sure when I have children I will become more paranoid about this.

  23. I always wash my produce… I have done it since I was a child, so if I don’t do it now, I feel like I am eating gross, nasty stuff and I can’t handle even taking a bite. My opinion.. WASH IT! You never know what has been sprayed on it or whatever else!

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