Category Archives: The Blog Diet Ingredients

I Call Shenanigans. Juice OK.

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Yesterday Martha Edwards posted the following on the “health and fitness blog” That’s Fit:

We often forget about soda’s equally harmful cousin, juice. Sure, juice contains nutrients that soda is missing, but they share a number one ingredient: sugar. It might even be fair to say that juice is merely a type of non-fizzy soda aimed at children. [link]

Um.  Soda comes from a factory.  Juice comes from trees (bushes too).  And I like juice so I’ve got juice’s back on this one.  Of course look to see that it is actually juice. (I call double shenanigans on Martha’s weak response that “Kool-aid counts as juice.”  I don’t think so.  And I think kids understand the difference between fruit juice and fruit drink.  Juice tastes like a fruit while drink tastes like a color. Remember those green foil capped containers of purple, green, red, and orange drinks?  I think they’re basically un-frozen freeze pops, myself.)

Juice bad for you?  I don’t think so. Make sure it’s juice and isn’t loaded with extra sweeteners and don’t drink a gallon a day and you’ll be fine.  But a glass here and there over the course of a day?  Tasty and nutritious.

Juice: Definitely a valued part of The Blog Diet.


Blog Diet Follow Up : Water

Looks like water, as everyone already knew, is good for you. Thank you scientists.

Water is vital for optimal brain function

via: That’s Fit

Blog Diet Staple Redux: Subway’s Veggie Delight on Wheat

Ah, Subway.  The House that Jared Built.  When you just don’t know what to eat in my opinion you can’t veer too far off the Blog Diet Path if you choose to enter the hallowed halls of Subway.

For some reason the Subway Veggie Max / Garden Burger post is pretty popular.  I guess people are hungry for any info on that particular sandwich. (Hungry, get it.  Yeah, Lame.)

Lately though I’ve been eschewing the Veggie Max for the just as filling veggie delight.  Why?  Well, it’s less expensive.  It has fewer calories (525 vs. 780).  It tastes pretty OK.  And, since Agent Merlot brought it up, it conforms more or less to the Michael Pollan food philosophy of “eat what you can recognise.”

I have no idea what a veggie burger is other than a mash of vegetables and mushrooms with some sort of binder ingredient.  So, the Blog Diet Staple has gotten altered a bit.

Drop the burger from the veggie and add a “Delight.” What you’ve got is a salad in sandwich form.  You can’t go wrong with that.  (It’s pretty filling and it’s also a “$5.00 foot long.”)

After A Good Meal: Underberg

To Feel Bright & Alert

“Since 1846 Europeans have known Underberg as a remarkably satisfying way to conclude a meal.”  Well, it’s been only a few months since Jermoir Saucier discovered what those smarty-pants Europeans have known for 162 years.  Those closed lipped Europeans and their wonderful digestifs!

Anyway, part of The Blog Diet™ is that you’re actually not supposed to mind following some of the tips.  Case in point: Underberg.  Yes, it tastes like liquefied Ricola but it really does give your stomach a nice warm fuzzy feeling.

It’s also 88 proof!  So you get to drink and it’s good for you!  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Underberg:  After a good meal to feel bright and alert.

Weekly Water Goal: 06/02 – 06/06

A picture says a thousand words, but since this is a blog I’ll just spell it out. 9 litres of water at work. Not too bad, but still 6 litres shy of the 3 litre a day goal. Still, that’s a lot of water.

Blog Diet Staple: Subway’s Veggie Max (formerly GardenBurger) on Wheat

The Subway Veggie Max

The Veggie Max. Its more than just lettuce and less than a BMT. It’s the compromise food solution. And it’s actually pretty good and very filling.

The consensus seems to be that a 6″ Veggie Max has around 390 calories. All I know is that it has to be better for you than the cold cut combo. And way better than a Big Mac.

And it’s great with Tabasco Brand pepper sauce.

So if you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat, you might want to eat this. Or, you could just eat a salad.


Photo: Copyright 2007 Bear Clause

My Vegetables. Let Me Show You Them.

In Space Zucini\'s Can Hear You Scream

Big surprise. Another key ingredient of the blog diet: VEGETABLES. Who would have thought right?

I think you can have as many veggies as you want, no questions asked, as long as they aren’t covered in dressing, fried, fondued, etc. Basically, if it’s more or less eaten pretty much on its own, eat as much as you want. Why? Because you can only eat so much of anything and at least if you gorge yourself on veggies you’re eating something that’s good for you.

Personally, I effing love broccoli. It’s really good. If you don’t like it there’s something wrong with you or your upbringing (maybe both). Don’t give me the whole “I have that gene which makes broccoli taste bad. Whoa is me. ” I don’t care. No one ever liked whiskey the first time either. Acquire the taste.

Enough on broccoli. There’s plenty of vegetables out there that you can consume. For example, Agent Merlot has a thing for beets. Why? Who knows. The point is that she likes them and they are good for her and chances are no one will raid her larder and steal all her beets so she’ll always have something healthy to eat. Kind of like me and my penchant for stockpiling Beach Cliff Sardines in Louisiana Hot Sauce. (A future post, don’t you worry.)

Broccoli, beets, rhubarb, whatever. You’ll find something you can munch on.

To help here is a quick and relatively painless snack I had last night when I got home from work:

Saucier’s Stinky Snack Solution Numero Uno


  • A bunch of asparagus (chopped in quarters)
  • A few small tomatoes (quartered)
  • Some broccoli (whatever size fits in your mouth comfortably)
  • Two cloves garlic (pressed – I really like garlic)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (whatever you’re comfortable with)

Mix it all in a bowl. Eat it.

Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Stinky factor: breath bad, urine bad. That means it’s working!



Artwork Copyright Till Novak (2006). Image acquired from