My Health Insurance Makes Me Sick

HellmannsOliveOilMayoWow. Unbelievable. Today I received coupons in the mail from my health insurance provider –  Blue Cross Blue Shield. The coupons were for fat-loaded, sweetener-filled junk foods that should not be part of anyone’s healthy diet: Sweet Freedom Ice Cream Bars, Fudge Lites and Ice Cream, Weight Watchers Ice Cream Sandwiches,  C&H and Domino Sugar Blends and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil. Really?? I should be loading up my diet with sugary snacks, processed food and olive-oil-fat-filled mayo?

Why isn’t Blue Cross promoting healthy hummus instead of mayo? Or frozen vegie-fruit smoothies instead of ice cream junk food?

Because Blue Cross is in bed with big food corporations and the $$$ that mailing coupons for these corporations produces. Further, as a healthy person I don’t generate much income for health insurance companies (healthy people have lower premiums), health care services, or the drug industry. To increase their profit margins it is much better for me to be chronically sick, taking diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol medications – ideally for the rest of my life.

How best to do this? Promote bad health, of course! Junk food coupons – here we come! Worse, I’m paying the cost for this unethical marketing with my insurance premiums.

Don’t assume your health insurance or health care providers are even remotely interested in maintaining your good health. Always ask, “Who benefits?”

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Lunch To Go

Photo: AptTherapy Grab and Go

Photo: AptTherapy Grab and Go

Maybe you’re looking for ways to make lunch more interesting. Or maybe you’d like to be able to pack a quick picnic in the evening. If so, here’s a post from Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchen – Grab and Go lunch using canning jars.

Canning jars don’t leak, clean up in the dishwasher and they allow you to cook or bake safely in a microwave – without the lid of course.

The article lists five fun and unexpected ideas for lunch: layered salad, miso soup, chili with cornbread that bakes in the jar, vegie sticks in hummus and a crustless quiche – 3 ways from the blog Krista and Jess. Check it out, then try it out!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Photo ForTheLoveOfFoodBlog

Today I tried something new in the smoothie arena. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I have been experimenting with smoothies for awhile now as a way to eat healthier and tastier.

Now that we are in the season of squashes – particularly pumpkins – why not try a smoothie that tastes like a pumpkin pie? I did. It was fast and easy.

  • 1 14 oz. can of cooked pumpkin (or 2 cups fresh, cooked pumpkin)
  • 2 cups kefir (creamy plain yogurt or silken tofu could be substitutes)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (honey could be a substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pumpkin pie spices to taste: ground cinnamon, ginger & cloves

Combine all ingredients in blender and puree. Makes 2-3 servings. That’s it. Drink up.

The kefir adds a whipped-creamy taste to the pumpkin. The spices make it taste like a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass – but without the fat, carbs and salt.

The smoothie will look identical to the photo above – even though that is a different recipe – “pumpkin spice smoothie” that also looks like it would be good to try. You can find it at For the Love of Food Blog here.

You may also like Vegie Smoothies and Grand Marais.

Mango Delight



Mangoes were on sale at my grocery store, so I bought one. Today it was perfectly ripe so I decided to make a smoothie with it.

  • 1 mango cubed
  • 3/4 cup of silken tofu
  • 1 ripe tangelo (or orange)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Puree in blender. Drink. Delicious. Makes about 2 servings.

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