Fast Food Facts:

Something more to chew on (or not):

•    Your fast food hamburger could contain a mixture of meat from thousands of different cows!
•    The majority of beef in the United States comes from cows that are fed corn, not grass.  By feeding cows a diet that isn’t natural for them, they become diseased much more easily and require increasing amounts of antibiotics.  Harmful, acid-resistant E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria can flourish in cows that eat corn.
•    Hamburger is routinely cleansed with ammonia to kill E. coli.  This method doesn’t always work.
•    Most egg-laying hens in the U.S. are raised in battery cages, with so little room that they can’t even spread their wings.  They also can’t nest, perch or dust bathe.
•    Chickens are engineered to grow more quickly, with much larger breasts than nature intended.  The shift in body composition makes it so they can’t walk more than a few steps without collapsing.

Okay, so now that we know these shocking truths, what can we do?

•    Eat at Chipotle or Bowl of Good (local in Harrisonburg) if choosing fast food, as they source local, organic, and humanely-raised sources of produce and meats whenever possible. Local Chop N Grill in downtown H’burg also serves a much higher quality of food, local and organic (and they have a GREAT all-natural bison burger with duck fat fries & peach ketchup that is TO DIE FOR).

•   Other good choices are Panera Bread, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Q'Doba, and locally Jalapeno Southwest Grill (very fresh Mexican-style).
•    Create demand for higher-quality meats by purchasing grass-fed organic beef and pastured chicken whenever possible. Naturally-raised meats can be found at health food stores, farmers’ markets and online.  Search craigslist for local sources of beef.

Guilt-free French Fries!
Sweet potato fries are not only yummy but healthier than normal spuds. So try this at home, and indulge in some guilt-free munching.

 Calories: 160
Servings: 2

Sweet potatoes, 2 (cut into thin strips of ½'')
Olive oil or avocado oil, 1½ tablespoon

Optional dipping sauce:
Mayonnaise or sour cream, 1/2 cup (best is a safflower oil mayo from a health food store)
Garlic, 1 clove (minced)
Freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon

Sea Salt, to taste

In a large bowl, toss the potato fries in olive oil and spread them on a baking sheet, making sure it is not too crowded, or the fries won't be evenly cooked. Bake them in a preheated oven at 400° F for 40 minutes. Check on your fries from time to time, or they might get overcooked and dry.

While the fries are baking, mix the minced garlic and mayonnaise. Once the fries are cooked, let them set for 2 minutes, and then sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Toss with a spatula and serve with the garlic mayonnaise and lemon wedges.
(You can use the same recipe for a baked version of everyday potatoes.)