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Burger Kings Veggie Burger by smwarnke4

Burger King's Veggie Burger by smwarnke4

 

 

In order for consumer diet trends to spark change in corporate America, it has to be an extremely popular idea that’s initial buzz propels through time. Think of this in terms of the South Beach or Atkins Diet. Although these diets were drafted years before they gained popularity, special food products or restaurant menus didn’t show their support until our nation became carbohydrate-phobics, forcing these organizations to revamp their products and direct their marketing to the bandwagon dieters.  It seems that corporations are ready to except that vegetarians are here to stay and unless you offer a healthy meat-free option, they (all 10% of the population) are unlikely to visit your restaurant. Although many local and national chains offer veggie-filled courses, fast-food joints (especially in Tennessee) don’t have much for vegetarians to choose from beyond side items or hold-the-meat salads. 

Burger King’s partnership with Morningstar Farm now allows them to sell the oh-so-popular veggie burger and black bean burger. Even though both Burger King and McDonald’s attempted veggie burgers in select locations in the past…from what I’ve read their blandness didn’t exactly win over vegetarians who (to contrary opinion) actually eat food that tastes, smells, and looks delicious. Burger King is finally upholding their promise that customers can “Have it their way.” Some of us just like it with fiber and nutrient rich veggies that aren’t laced with growth hormones or non-sustainable, non-organic options.

 

So, bravo to Burger King. No longer will little vegetarian children everywhere have to refrain from attending popular fast food birthday parties because they can’t eat anything. And finally, long-distance travelers aren’t limited to boring Wendy’s potatoes, fat-laced  McDonald’s salads, or Subway sandwiches.  Although I haven’t tried the burger out because I’m not big on Burger King (bad experience with a Whopper swimming in mayo), I plan on giving the veggie burger a try the next time I’m traveling long-distance and won’t have time to pack a lunch.

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Michelle Obamas Garden Photo from Huffington Post

Michelle Obama at the White House Garden- Photo from Huffington Post

 

 

As we all know the job of the President is extensive–Commander in Chief, leader of the executive branch of the federal government, performing checks and balances on the judicial and legislative branches, and the appointment of justices, cabinet members and other federal officers. But, the President is also a beacon of hope to a nation in turmoil. The way he carries our his daily life impacts the nation. Citizens across the nation are losing the ability to pay off their loans because their unemployment status leaves them empty-handed. Our nation is plunging feet first into debt that we may never find our way out. My cynical nature finds it hard to pull myself out of the downward spiral and see the positives of the situation at hand, but there are many. For one, times of struggle make individuals more aware of their surroundings. Spending is more focused on needs rather than wants. Who says a little frugality is a bad thing? We begin to alter our daily lives–turning off the lights to save energy, eating out less and spending more time cooking with family, riding a bike or taking the bus to save gas, buying reusable grocery bags, and planting a garden to reap the benefits of cheap, healthy produce. Clearly there are  solutions to the financial and personal crisis of our nation, and who better to lead us than the leader of our nation.
If you’re a person who’s only looked at the stock market, CNN, or the Wall Street journal for recession-worthy news, you may be missing the world of good that is coming out of these trying times. For example, the Obama’s planted an organic garden on the White House lawn in mid-March. The garden is more than a food source for the Obama’s, it is a symbol to Americans that you too can grow your own food and succeed. Michelle Obama recruited23 school children to help her with the job. The interaction between Madame Obama and the children strived to show the newest generation that we can succeed by employing the habits of self-sufficiency learned by our grandparents and ancestors from the dawn of time. 

 The Obama’s garden

1,100 square feet plot that is visible to passerbys.

For Mexican food cilantro, tomatilloes and hot peppers

Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic.

For colder months spinach, chard, collards and black kale.

For desserts, there will be a patch of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil.

A White House carpenter who is a beekeeper will tend two hives for honey.

The plots will be in raised beds fertilized with White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand.

Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.

– Courtesy of A. Siegel from the Huffington Post

New York Times reporter Marian Burros has an interview with Michelle Obama about the garden. It is a great read.

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