One of my vulnerabilities is making assumptions. I assume one thing, make decisions based on that assumption, and the result is a SNAFU: situation normal all fouled up, because the assumption was faulty. Usually the dubious assumptions result from moving too fast through life, not stopping to question, ask, confirm, or as Ronald Reagan made popular, trust but verify.
My biggest pitfall is mis-remembering appointments. I trust my memory, but shouldn’t. Several times I’ve had an appointment or engagement in my head, assuming it for a particular date/time, but was wrong, and not in the face-saving way of arriving beforehand; I miss the event altogether.
Other assumptions that lead me astray arise from clever food labeling, like the Tart Cherry Juice below. I thought the only difference between this organic cherry juice
and the more expensive jar of organic cherry juice
was $4. Silly me. Of course the difference, had I stopped longer to read the label closer, was the less expensive bottle was a blend of juices.
Then I discovered my favorite bottle of yogurt ranch dressing
had ingredients that were unfamiliar and nearly unpronounceable. But it was only 45 calories per serving! And made of yogurt! As Alison wrote about last week in Why Not Start a Whole Food Journey?, when considering the Whole Food journey, she says
Reading labels is the first place to start ~ even and maybe most especially on those foods that purport to be healthy or low-fat.
Assuming my favorite healthy and low-fat product was in fact good and nutritious was my mistake. Had I read the not-so-fine print closer, I would have found the added ingredients
in the dressing were not what I wanted to consume.
Homemade salad dressings are an easy starting point when embarking on a whole food journey; they contain simple ingredients and require minimal preparation. So to you dear posse, a yummy homemade dip for your crudité. It tasted even better than the bottled version; what took me so long?
- 1/3 cup nonfat Greek style yogurt
- 1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
- Salt to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix to combine.
February 23, 2015