Food is having a #moment. Not that it's ever been far from mind, considering the familiar churns and groans of a digestive system that reawakens every couple of hours but in this particular instance I'm talking about #FoodPorn, people. You know #FoodPorn whether the terminology is familiar or not - the popular social media posts of people's eats that are sometimes tantalizingly healthy (#BEETS!) but often totally tragique (hello, #cheezburger).
Turns out there is quite the inequity between social sharing of healthy food vs. unhealthy food in the #FoodPorn world, a fact I discovered recently after a friend introduced me to FoodPornIndex.com. Possibly my new favorite site, it's playful and informative and musical and makes me want to eat so many cucumbers. Created by Bolthouse Farms in an effort to inspire healthier eating and sharing, the site highlights the popularity of sharing pics of unhealthy foods like #bacon and #pie over the sharing of fruits and vegetables. Relying on an algorithm that live-tracks the hashtagged use of different foods on the internetz, it features 24 commonly hashtagged foods from #melon to #donut. Click on the interactive image of a featured food and wait for the fun to begin.
A good place to start? A is for avocado, and the Guac-a-Mole game you encounter upon clicking on the green fruit features avocados jumping out of holes, then going kersplat across your desktop. At last count, the number of #avocado pics hovers around 11 million. Quite fun.
I clicked on #IceCream next, and was transported into Ice Scream - a pink landscape of floating ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, and popsicles set to cutesy jewelry box music. Click on any of the floating treats and...AHHH. The terrible screams of death by ice cream pervade, the screen going black and white. Number of hashtags - around 23 million.
It's a fabulous website, uniquely informative and brings attention to the fact that there is disparity between the sharing of crap versus the sharing of fruits and vegetables. As a health conscious chef and socially conscious consumer of food, I take strides to eat and cook healthy foods above everything else. Inspired by FoodPornIndex.com, I'm choosing to take part in the mission to showcase the healthy eats I'm puttin' in this bod by capturing images of some of my favorite summer fruits and vegetables. Hope you like my selections and share with me all the #nectarines, #beets, #onions, and #carrots you're eating too! Lastly, to show that you can eat well without sacrificing health, I suggest you check out my recipe for Roasted Stone Fruit below - the perfect afternoon snack or party treat that fancies up the flavor of peaches and nectarines.
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Roasted Stone Fruit
[tabgroup layout="horizontal"] [tab title="Ingredients"]Variety of stone fruits: peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots
Balsamic Glaze or Balsamic Vinaigrette
Yogurt (optional as a dip)
[/tab] [tab title="Procedure"]1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. Slice fruits in half, then quarters. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic glaze or vinaigrette.
3. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes until tender and beginning to brown. Serve on short wooden sticks and dip in yogurt.[/tab] [tab title="Notes"]Difficulty: Easy
Time: 35 minutes[/tab] [/tabgroup]
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Bolthouse Farms and Style Coalition, but all of the thoughts and feelings are my own.