Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Good thing it’s Sunday because I’m feeling a little preachy.

By now we’ve all heard about New York City’s ban on supersize sodas.

And we all seem to have an opinion about it.

Then I heard that there is a Soda Summit in Washington D.C. this weekend.

A

Soda

Freakin’

Summit.

To discuss the impact of sugary beverages on the American public.

My gut instinct is to rebel against the idea that big government should have a hand in what goes into my mouth.

But the other part of me is irritated that obesity has become such an epidemic that the government is practically forced to take action.

I was all prepared to wax poetic about how we don’t need laws to tell us what to eat, we need education.

But according to Marion Nestle, a leading authority on food and politics, education doesn’t work.

But I don’t think a ban on sugary beverages is going to put a dent in the epidemic either.

Does prohibition ring a bell?

I can’t seem to shake the image of tween-agers smuggling big gulps into their tree houses.

The modern day speak-easy.

What really grinds my gears is that the government played a critical role in creating this epidemic in the first place by subsidizing the corn industry (and thereby making the high fructose corn syrup that sweetens your soda dirt cheap).

See?

Preachy.

I could spend all day discussing this topic but I was never one of those people who appreciated church sermons that lasted beyond lunch time.

In short, I actually don’t think soda is the devil.

But it is a treat.

To be enjoyed occasionally.

And should probably come in less than a 64 oz. container.

It should not be your main source hydration.

But just in case you’re craving a sweet, bubbly beverage, I’ve got the answer to your prayers.

This blackberry flavored soda contains whole fruit and calorie- free club soda.

Nothing else.

BLACKBERRY FIZZ

10 oz. club soda

1 cup frozen blackberries

Tidbit: Frozen raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, and strawberries would all be great soda flavors. Remember that since there is no added sugar, it will be slightly tart, but that’s what makes it so refreshing.

Pour club soda and blackberries into a blender.

Blend.

Sip.

Thank God for whole foods that are naturally sweet.

Now let us pray.

Dear Lord, please help Americans be less idiotic.

Perhaps people could eat more of the food you provided for us

and less of the food PepsiCo chemically created.

And also maybe more people could read my blog?

I’m afraid my mom is getting sick on clicking the link 17 times just so it looks like I have more than 2 readers in that statistical tracking thingamajig that pops up when I log in.

I should probably say something about world peace too.

Let us live in a world full of good food and good hydration!

Peace.

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3 thoughts on “Lead Us Not Into Temptation

  1. I’m right in the middle with you. I dont think its right for the government to regulate what we can and cannot consume…but it’s also insane to see how many people don’t regulate it on their own! I wonder if the outcome will treat soda like other “controlled substances” like tobacco – the government promotes it as a toxic substance (think tobacco) but allows adults to consent to purchasing it, if they feel like they want to make that choice.

  2. As usual, so funny, so true. I’ve really been digging the combo of fizzy water poured over frozen fruit with fresh mint and/or lime squeezed in there, but I haven’t tried blending the whole thing together….I’ll have to get on that!

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