Eating to Live on the Outside: The Coup

It’s the weekend, so why are you reading a blog and not playing outside! Well, hurry up and read, then get outside. Today Eating to Live on the Outside is off to The Coup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Let’s hope I don’t get picked up by a Mountie.

Alright, after scanning the menu, I see the usual mix, some good stuff and some iffy stuff. Here’s a quick list of food I might order:

Organic Edamame Soybeans

  • Soybeans with Himalayan rock salt; I love edamame beans, but I’ll nix the salt.

The Green House Effect Salad

  • Chickpeas, sheep feta, toasted seeds, pea shoots, shredded carrot, beets, kalamata olives, organic greens and dressing; pass on the feta, I’m okay with the olives and the dressing is going on the side.

Peanut Satay Salad

  • Steamed broccoli, sautéed tofu, organic greens, rice vermicelli and peanut satay sauce; I’m okay with the vermicelli pasta and the sautéing, but again, sauce on the side.

Lotus Root Salad

  • Asian greens, lotus root, cherry tomatoes, ponzu sauce, toasted pine nuts and crusted tofu; no problems here, sounds pretty good.

El Taco

  • Naturally sweetened beans, avocado, shredded veggies, quinoa, salsa, grilled sprouted tortilla and sheep yogurt or soy yogurt; I’m alright on the tortilla, but I’ll skip both yogurts.

Kinoko Hot Pot

  • Seasonal veggies, lotus root, edamame, soba noodles and spicy nori mushroom sesame broth; not too bad.

Pseudo Sushi

  • Veggies and fruit rolled up in brown rice; I love sushi!

Field Trip

  • Organic greens, sesame date yam dip, curry cream cheese spread, edamame, curry cashew pesto, smoked tahini balsamic eggplant dip and foccacia and lavash; I’m dropping the cream cheese.

Organic Greens

  • Greens, pea shots, shredded carrot, beets, seeds and dressing; nice and simple!

Greek Goddess

  • Tomatos, sundried tomatoes, red pepper, spinach, red onion, capers, lentils sautéed in lemon tahini sauce, topped with kalamata olives and feta on brown basmati rice; no feta for me.

Wild Rose Stack

  • Fresh greens, pan seared portabella mushroom, smoked balsamic tahini, eggplant, quinoa, sautéed greens and shallots and tomatoes topped with sprouts and hemp oil; even with the oil it still looks tasty.

Kinoko Hot Pot

  • Veggies, lotus root, edamame, soba noodles in a spicy nori mushroom sesame broth; another good one.

Dragon Bowl

  • Steamed and fresh seasonal veggies, stir-fried tofu on organic brown basmati or quinoa topped with seeds and cilantro; I’d go with the quinoa.

Now, if I REALLY had to pick something. I’d go for either The Green House Effect Salad or the Dragon Bowl. Although, the sushi is hard to pass up, I love sushi, fish or veggie, especially octopus!

The Coup works. A lot of tasty looking healthy food, not bad for my first “trip” to Canada, but what do you think? Come on, help a brother out. Look at the menu and let me what you’d order. Can you do that, aye? Peace.

Image credit: The Coup

Obese Moms Increase Infant Mortality Risk

New research Epidemiology claims babies born to obese moms are more likely to die in the first weeks of life than infants of normal-weight mothers. Scientists examined medical records of more than 4,000 babies who died in infancy and records of over 7,000 surviving babies and found among the babies who died, 8.8% had obese mothers, compared to 5.9% of surviving infants. And women who gained the most weight during pregnancy had the highest rate of infant mortality; Reuters reports.

A previous study determined a mother’s diet can actually influence the gender of her baby and gaining too much weight during pregnancy can increase a child’s likelihood of becoming overweight, even into their teenager years. Wow, good thing my mom ate like a bird when she was spawning me.

So, be careful when you’re pregnant! Dr. Fuhrman suggests avoiding things like cat litter, paint thinner and smoking and not eating foods like deli meat, sushi and alcohol.

Image credit: TheDrunkenClam.com

Jeremy Piven Sick from Sushi, Mercury...

Hollywood big shot Jeremy Piven has bailed on his Broadway show due to a high mercury count and the cause, eating too much sushi. Piven is a sushi fiend, eating raw fish twice a day. Piven told reporters he has 6 times the healthy amount of mercury in his system and complained of dizziness, fatigue and difficulty lifting his limbs. His doctors advised him to rest; Reuters reports.

Mercury freaks me out! And according to Dr. Fuhrman, mercury from fish, particularly fish with high levels, like swordfish, mackerel, tilefish, shark and tuna, can be hazardous, specifically in pregnant women. He advises expectant mothers avoid fish and for everyone else, don’t eat fish more than twice a week and choose low-mercury seafood, like sole, trout, flounder and tilapia.

Now, I love sushi, but I hardly eat raw fish anymore. Instead, I eat veggie sushi. It tastes great and it’s easy to make!