Breakfast was from Quaker oats, and just paled in comparison to yesterday's steel cut oats from Bob's Red Mill. Matthew Cox from Bob's Red Mill said that the secret ingredient is love. and clockwise stirring. Secret to life right there my friends.
From the Ground Up: Topsoil to Table
First Wayne Carlson, from The Teff Company spoke. I love Teff-it's a gluten-free grain that is very high in Calcium. My favorite way to eat it is as a breakfast porridge-try swapping out your oatmeal with this recipe! Then we learned all about the milling process in a presentation by Chris Miller, Instructor of Milling Science, Kansas State University.
After a fruit snack break we talked about "Gluten Free and Sprouted Grains" with Tom Payne, Director of Marketing, King Arthur Foods (yay new england!) & Kyle Bonorden, President, Sol Grains. This is an interesting new market for whole grains, and there definitely is consumer demand for both. Before wrapping up Mike Holleman, Corporate Chef, Indian Harvest Specialtifoods, talked about the importance of sampling and tasting in introducing new whole grain products to consumers. Tasting is believing-so let the public grab their forks!
I had a fantastic time at the Oldways Past Traditions and Whole Grain Council Conference! I met some fantastic people, and even missed a snow-apocalypse! I have a whole afternoon in Portland to enjoy more great food and wonderful company, as well as leading a Webinar for dietitians across the country. Stay tuned for more updates and reviews! Thank you again for this opportunity Oldways I hope to help you change the way people eat!
2 side notes...
A MUST READ: Mark Bittman may have left the Minimalist but he's still at NYTimes, and wrote a fantastic food manifesto for the future-amen!
On Oprah and Being Vegan......
In case you didn't hear Oprah and her staff are going vegan for a week. While I think this is a fantastic thing, especially since she is one of the 50 most powerful people in food, there has been a lot of buzz in the twitter and blog world about it. I did not see the show, but as a vegan of two years there are a few notes I'd like to make. First of all I love being vegan. I don't focus on the things I don't eat but rather the abundance of the foods I DO eat-there are so many fruits, vegetables and whole grains to discover and experiment it never gets boring! I am not a fan of faux meats-they are highly processed and really don't taste that great. I'm a little upset that Oprah advocated them, without just saying "eat more fruits and vegetables" I am not a total stickler, and would rather eat honey than HFCS, since my primary reasons are not for animal rights reasons. However the fact that 10 BILLION animals are killed every year for us to eat is pretty gross. Also becoming vegan isn't a way to automatically lose weight. It may happen for some people, but you shouldn't think that just because you aren't eating animal products you're going to lose 20 lbs. For me personally, my skin is much clearer as a vegan and my energy levels are amazing. But this can also be accomplished by simply cleaning up your diet. While I love eating a plant-based diet, I know there are ways to eat very healthfully as an omnivore. And let's not forget how important your relationship with food is, and the style in which you are eating. If you want some more opinions I really love Health on the Run's take, and the comments she is getting on her blog. I recommend that people shift towards a more plant-based diet, but focus on nutrient rich legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, steering clear of highly processed junk vegan food. Ok. Stepping off my platform now.
but I'd love for you to weigh in-what do YOU think about Oprah going vegan? or just eating a plant-based diet in general?