The Su­per­food Dude

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - Su­per­food Salad Terry Bursey

This writer does his best to be a ra­tio­nal, skep­ti­cal and sci­en­tific hu­man be­ing.

I don’t be­lieve in ghosts, psy­chics or lit­tle green men in Area 51. I tend to hold the po­si­tion that sci­ence and ra­tio­nal­ity can an­swer ev­ery mys­tery in ex­is­tence given enough time.

As a chef, the things that par­tic­u­larly toss my roach are when peo­ple start throw­ing non­sense around about food.

Peo­ple such as The Food Babe (no re­la­tion), David Av­o­cado Wolf and a few oth­ers are ne­far­i­ous for spout­ing some sort of nu­tri­tion-based quack­ery to the masses. The big­wigs in this mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar mis­in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try un­for­tu­nately have their own “army” of fol­low­ers froth­ing at the mouth above their key­boards trolling against any sort of skep­tic in­quiry about their rad­i­cal food claims with alarm­ing fer­vor.

My dis­taste for these crea­tures noted, you’d be sur­prised to know that I was once one of them, and yes, it phys­i­cally hurt to type that just now.

Specif­i­cally, I was ob­sessed with this brand-new con­cept called “su­per­foods” which so­called ex­perts claimed had border­line al­chemic qual­i­ties that could boost en­ergy, help you live longer and could even en­hance your ‘ro­man­tic’ life de­pend­ing on the type of food you used.

Be­cause many of them had ex­otic-sound­ing names, I was quick to be­lieve it.

It didn’t take me ages put on my gloves of self-right­eous virtue-sig­nal­ing and, with ever su­per­food I could find in St. John’s, in­vent a few recipes … my favourite among them be­ing this one: ½ pack­age lean ba­con, diced 1 head kale 1 deck of nori (sea­weed), shred­ded 1 ½ cups sliv­ered al­monds 2 cups cran­ber­ries 2 heads ice­berg let­tuce 1 ½ cups cot­tage cheese 1 tsp cin­na­mon 2 tsp pink sea salt ½ cup ri­cotta cheese

Direc­tions

In a medium pan, fry diced ba­con on medium high un­til firm, dis­card roughly half the grease. On medium heat, sweat your kale for 2 min­utes with your ba­con and set aside. Af­ter wash­ing let­tuce, dice into large chunks and dis­card the heart and brown ar­eas. Add all in­gre­di­ents to a bowl and toss thor­oughly un­til salad is creamy and ap­pears uni­form. Chill and serve.

Through many

cringe­wor­thy on­line de­bates I be­grudg­ingly learned there is no such thing as su­per­foods.

The phe­nom­e­non proved to be lit­tle more than a buzz­word gen­er­ated to mar­ket some less main­stream foods that were a po­ten­tial new cash crop in the west.

They’re re­ally no more abun­dant in vi­ta­mins and min­er­als than many other foods that are com­mon here and through­out Canada and Canada’s Food Guide re­mains a solid ex­am­ple of get­ting the most nu­tri­tional ben­e­fit from our diet.

De­spite these vi­ral trends that change as of­ten as the tides, and cer­tainly don’t do a lot of the won­ders that peo­ple claim, they still per­sist seem­ingly through the sheer force of hu­man stub­born­ness.

A teacher of mine once said that be­com­ing right af­ter a bruised ego is far bet­ter than re­main­ing wrong with a false sense of pride.

No mat­ter what side of these de­bates you’re on or whether you have a stance at all… this is an in­cred­i­bly tasty salad.

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