Chewing the Fat Away

According to the CDC, obesity has doubled in the past thirty years, which means more than ⅓ of children are overweight. This affects about 17% of children in the U.S. Obesity also affects children’s school performance. “Wow” may be one of the words you are thinking right now, but we can change this. You can change this!

There are many causes of obesity such as feeling stressed or depressed, poor eating, binging, lack of exercise, family history or problems, medical illness, medications, and  low self-esteem. Because of this, there are also many risks at stake for obesity like increase of heart disease or heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing problems, trouble sleeping, and different types of cancers. This is why kids should stay active so they don’t experience these types of risks.

Some, but not all,  children find many different sports and activities to stay active. Some children are too lackadaisical to get up and be active so they sit at home and eat. I believe that all children should participate in at least 2 activities that will help them stay active and healthy.

Samantha’s Stevens story is very similar. Samantha is 4 years old and weighs about 54 pounds, which is in the obesity category. Her mother tells ABC News that she would constantly go for junk food and is also the biggest girl in her class. Samantha’s pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff helped her with finding fun activities that a 4 year old could do that would be considered working out like playing red light green light or carrying heavy bags while a monster is chasing you. Samantha would play different games and activities to stay active. She loved them and had fun playing these games.

Samantha’s mother Cohen also contributed to help make Samantha’s healthier lifestyle better. Cohen has taught Samantha a routine that helps her stay away from junk food like if a food is a green its healthy, if its yellow not so healthy, and if its red its a once in a while.

Samantha’s goal was to get out of the obese category. She lost 3 pounds! Now she reached her goal and is out of the obese category. There are many ways to rectify obesity, but not everyone’s way is the same. Everyone has to try different activities to see what works and what doesn’t work in order to become healthier and that is exactly what Samantha did.

My routine in order to live a healthy lifestyle is running every other day and along with that, doing different little workouts and stretches. This is my way to stay healthy and it could be completely different from someone else’s way, but that’s okay!

There are many ways to reduce the obesity amount in this world and now its your turn to make a change. So get up and be active!

T.G.I. Friday’s

With 992 locations in the U.S.A., T.G.I. Friday’s is a restaurant that serves decent food and is for “casual dining.”

 

When I first heard about T.G.I Friday’s, someone said to me, “don’t go there for the steak.” And I did. Well, let’s be honest here. So, imagine a plate divided into four quarters. In one quarter is the 6-ounce steak. In another is some broccoli. The rest of the plate is mashed potatoes. After I was done with the mashed potatoes, I got so full that I didn’t want to eat the rest of the steak. The steak wasn’t that great anyway, but the mashed potatoes were pretty good. The items that were tasty were the appetizer and the dessert. We ordered a Pick-Three-For-All with barbeque boneless chicken wings, warm pretzels with Craft Beer cheese sauce, mozzarella sticks, and celery. I guess they sort of needed to throw in some vegetables. This dish is great to share with three other people. I had the Oreo Madness for dessert. It is Oreo ice cream sandwiched in between two pieces of chocolate cake to look like an Oreo cookie. There was also chocolate sauce and caramel next to it.

 

The decorations in the restaurants were awesome. There was everything from skis to old records. The service did not take too long, but we were having casual conversation, so it didn’t really matter. The waitresses were also pretty tolerant of us noisy middle schoolers.

To sum it up, they have decent food with good portions and good service.

 

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Summer: A Poem

Photo Credit: Varun Kapoor

Photo Credit: Varun Kapoor

Long days, short nights

Walking Barefoot

Playing with kites

 

Going to Camp

Staying out late

Meeting with friends

Fishing with bait

 

Doing what you please

Climbing up trees

Going to the beach

Not having to recite a long, long, long, long speech

 

Cinnamon bun

Water gun

Midnight sun

That long run

 

Hamburger bun

Tanning under the sun

Having fun

Until summer’s done

 

Going on a family vacation

Touring the nation

Playing games outside

Eating foods that are fried

 

Swimming in a lake

Stuffing your mouth with cake

 

Not an old plumber

Not a big fat bummer

But Summer

Summer.

 

Jaw Dropping Restaurant

 

Wanting to be casual but, you want superior food? I would suggest 2 Ovens and, it is located in White City Plaza, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Their food is just mouth watering. You can order pizza, salad, sandwiches, burgers, and you can get some snacks to nibble on before dinner. The atmosphere is fascinating, the food is so fresh, and the waiters are welcoming.

The atmosphere can grab your attention in a good way, but some things not in a great way. Right as you enter the restaurant, somebody is there to help seat you or let you know the wait times. Be careful, the waits can be long because it is a very popular and amazing restaurant, so you might want to call ahead of time. Temperature wise it is comfortably warm because of their hot brick oven where the cook the pizza in. When it is busy, it can be a little loud. That is the only reason I do not like it, but it is not always loud. You can see the kitchen and how they make all your meals right in front of your eyes. I thought that was really interesting.

from: http://www.2ovens.comthe restaurant website

from: http://www.2ovens.com
the restaurant website

The food is freshly made and delicious. The dough of the pizza is homemade and cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. Homemade is always so much more tastier in my aspect. Adding to that,  it makes it so much more appetizing that they do not just cook it in an electric oven, but they take the time to make it perfect in a brick oven. Two of my friends and I got a chopped salad and a large margherita pizza. The salad was fantastic! The lettuce was so green and crunchy, the tomatoes chopped up small and super fresh, the avocado was all chopped up nice and to perfection and was just so tasty, the cucumber just delicious like everything else, and the blue cheese was just right. We had passed on the wasabi dressing because we do not like wasabi but we had got Italian and it was delightful. Now, to the fresh crunchy, crisp, jaw dropping margherita pizza. It was a perfect amount for the three of us. The crust was thin and cooked to perfection, the tomato was juicy and fresh, and the mozzarella cheese was just scrumptious with nice warm and tasty taste.

Before you can get your food, you have to order, and by ordering you have to tell the waiters what you want. The waiters are very welcoming. They are polite and helpful. They do not rush you on your order and they can help you make tasty decisions. When you get your food, they do not just throw it down and say enjoy like they have a recording in them, they kindly place your food down and ask if you need anything. Also, they make sure the food is to the supreme and you are cared for.

Overall, 2 Ovens is an amazing restaurant to go to. The food is great and the people are lovely. You can just buzz down and not have to get all dressed up. Now, go and enjoy some delicious food.

 

from: http://www.2ovens.com
the restaurant website

Cities of America: It’s Boston!

It’s Boston! It’s one of the most famous cities on the east coast with professional sports’ most passionate fans. Boston is home to many famous sports teams, historical sights, and exquisite restaurants. Boston is New England’s biggest city and Massachusetts’s … Continue reading

The History of Food: The Best of the Best: ICE CREAM!

The earliest known form of ice cream was in the Persian Empire when grape juice concentrate was poured on top of snow for a treat when it was hot outside. People have been doing this for centuries. Sorbet is said … Continue reading

The History of Food: Sushi!

Some love it, some hate it. Either way, you probably wouldn’t find yourself eating the traditional form of sushi: the narezushi. The term “sushi” translates to “sour-tasting.” The narezushi was first invented somewhere in Southeast Asia, traveled to China, then was introduced … Continue reading

The History of Food: Escargot

Ewwwww… escargot. These creatures are a treat for the French, but we think of it as being disgusting. These are snails that have gone through heliculture and have been stuffed back into their shells with garnishes. Years ago, in ancient … Continue reading

Edy’s Grand vs. Blue Bunny Premium

imgres-1

Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping

Ice cream is a beloved treat for many youngsters and adults alike.  I have two favorites that, in my opinion, delight the taste buds like no others.  Those two are Edy’s Rich and Creamy Grand and Blue Bunny Premium, both in vanilla… the original and best ice cream flavor.  Overall, I believe that Blue Bunny is better, but Edy’s comes in a close second.  According to foodfacts.com, both ice creams are awful for you, which is as expected since neither are fat-free or low calorie. Edy’s received an F and Blue Bunny received an D+, based on foodfacts’ rating system.  Both of these ratings were mainly due to fat, sugar, and cholesterol content, but these shouldn’t be a problem as long as you don’t consume too much ice cream.  Also, something that surprised me was that Edy’s included some “controversial ingredients” like carrageenan, which comes from seaweed and is used as a thickening ingredient.  Despite both ice cream’s health issues, they both have many other pros and cons.  Edy’s is often more easy to find and at every grocery, convenience, and superstore whereas, at least here in the NE, Blue Bunny can only be found at Walmart.  With Blue Bunny you can get more ice cream for less money.  Another thing that I noticed when I am having Edy’s is that it seems to get freezer burn much more easily.  Finally, the most important factor, the taste, is slightly in Blue Bunny’s favor.  Both ice creams are very good, but Blue Bunny is better tasting ice cream for a better price and I highly recommend it.