Saturday, July 23, 2011

Food Revolution Road Trip11 Days 9 &10: No Brainer

Where we are: Moab, Utah

Plan for the Day: Jeep the Dome Plateau Trail. It's long, remote, and the book says not to do it alone. Which, of course, we do. The next day we go through Onion Creek and the La Sal Mountains.

Food Revolution challenge: Does the way companies pack their food make us eat more?

The first day of jeeping wore us out. As we bounced in the car back to civilization, Kevin and I almost fell asleep. So on day 2, we chose a trail that was fun but possibly not as exhausting. Dome Plateau has something for everyone-steep and rocky places to scare the pants off you and make things interesting for the driver, pretty scenery, and lots of stops along the way.

slowly, jeep, 4x4, Moab, Canyonlands, Utah, Dome Plateau

One of the steep-ish spots where Hubs had the chance to show off his mad driving skills

caves, Moab, Utah, Dome Plateau, jeep, 4x4

Caves! You can see more photos on my Flickr stream

Suddenly, Kevin and I have a craving for Oreos. You see, right before we left on our road trip Kraft Canada gifted me with a beautiful basket chock full of all sorts of road tripping/summer goodness. One of the things in the basket was a bag of Oreos.

Oreos are, without a doubt, the only packaged cookie I eat. They are a sinful treat that I almost never buy because I could easily eat the entire bag, so they are reserved for special occasions. We had rationed out the cookies all the way through Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota, and now we were craving more.

Only, when we went to the store we noticed something interesting. Oreos from the USA have more weird ingredients than Canadian Oreos. Or, at least, it looks that way. I don't currently have a bag so I can't prove it to you here. Another thing we couldn't figure out was the packaging.

See, in Canada Oreos are packaged in a plastic container, where all the cookies line up neatly in a row. You can slip the container out and choose a few cookies, then slip it back into the bag, fold the top, and seal it up. These packages were weird. You just rip off a piece in the front, and there's the cookies. How do you seal it? Do you then have to eat most of them? Won't they get broken and fall out as we're trying to drive and pack them around? Also, why would we want to eat Oreos with high fructose corn syrup and all that other weird stuff?

We left the bag on the shelf, but it left us with lingering questions. Is this why people eat more? Does packaging contribute to the obesity problem? Interesting food for thought.

That evening once things cooled off, we took Kevin bouldering out at the Big Bend Bouldering site, where he met some local guys who we chatted with a bit. Kevin tried his hand at climbing, which was a lot harder than it looked!

climbing, Moab, Big Bend, bouldering, Utah

The next day we drove out to the La Sal Mountains, skirting along canyon rims and enjoying weather that was much cooler. In fact, it was so much cooler we turned off the air conditioning and opened the windows!

On the way to Onion Creek, Moab, Utah, desert, drive, 4x4

Lunches were veggie sandwiches. Between our nightly trips to the Peace Tree and our veggie sandwiches, we were eating better than ever!

Veggie Sandwich, lunch

The easy thing is instead of using mayo or a 'sauce', you mash up avocado and slather that on both sides of the bread. Layer in sweet pepper, sprouts (pictured are sunflower sprouts), thinly sliced red onion, shredded carrot, cukes, and pepper jack cheese, and you have one delicious sandwich. We paired it up with fruit, Fage Yogurt and trail mix, and nobody went hungry.

Food Revolution had become a no brainer. Or had it?

Just wait. You guys haven't seen the automatic pancake maker.

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