What Do YOU Eat for Mad Men Marathons?

I mention in this week’s episode that this snack comes in handy during marathon Mad Men episodes. Before starting the medication that helped me get well enough to launch the show, I put a hurtin’ on entire seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Mad Men. These two shows got me through some hard health times. (The former gave me an even greater appreciation for Joss Whedon, the latter made me want to drink whiskey and smoke cigarettes all day).

I wanted a “healthy” alternative to movie-theatre popcorn soaked in god-knows-what concoction called “butter;” that yellow oil-oozy liquid that doesn’t seem to harden at room temperature. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some butter and salt. If we could know that our corn wasn’t genetically modified by the Montsanto agro-giant, popcorn covered in actual butter and salt’d be *nutritious too.

For something a bit more creative, fun, and mindfulness inducing, this is my go-to. The avocado pops my mind back into awareness (no pun intended) by breaking the monotony of the straight kernels with the change in texture and taste. As my brother once said, adding balsamic vinegar to anything makes it better. And though this isn’t usually a chief concern of mine, this snack is vegan too. Make this as a finger food when you’re entertaining (it pairs well with adult beverages) and you’ll not only be covering all the glu-free folks (who can’t have the crackers) but the vegan freaks too (who can’t have the cheese).

That said, the days of my eating corn seem to be drawing to a close. But that’s a conversation for another time.

Keep it real alert! I’d be lying if I didn’t admit my Pavlovian craving for Raisinets upon entering a movie theatre. I don’t give in 99% of the time, but ya’gotta keep that 1% to remind yourself of how terrible it feels afterward to eat crap. Or at least I do.

What do you eat when you go the movies? Can you sneak in your own popcorn? What’s your favorite way to jazz up a classic snack?

*Whole fat butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows is an integral source of saturated fat, which contrary to popular (and mythic) belief, is vital to our health. Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50% of our cell membranes, they lower the Lp(a) levels in our blood, they enhance the immune system, they protect the liver from toxins like Tylenol, alcohol, etc, they are needed for the proper utilization of EFA’s, and they have antimicrobial properties. Scientific evidence honestly evaluated does not substantiate the claim that saturated fat causes heart disease. In reality, it’s polyunsaturated fats that are most closely linked to heart disease. Sea salt is great source of usable iodine. (Nourishing Traditions, 11).



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