Friday, January 21, 2011

Date Night, You'll Be SOOOO Jealous!

Tonight my husband and I left the house after making sure our sick, little guy was peacefully asleep.  We went to dinner at Casa de Luz.  I love the walk to the restaurant.  It feels so peaceful and quaint.  Almost like I'm making my way to a secluded bed and breakfast.  Ahhh, away from the fitful cries of little people at night.  Wishful thinking and I digress!

It is a small, Macrobiotic, vegan restaurant that serves local organic seasonal cruisine.  In fact above their stove is a quote that says something like "Our menu is planned by nature."   There is no "traditional" menu.  Dinner consists of a soup, salad and main dish that is served to all customers.  Our mystery soup was Red Lentil and our mystery plate I now know was Mixed Grain (Millet, Quinoa & Brown Rice), Sautéed Mushrooms with purple cabbage, Rutabaga with Leeks & Scallions in Bechamel Sauce, Mixed Blanched Greens with Mustard Sesame Sauce, and Red Sauerkraut.   I can tell you what we ate tonight because I read it on the website.  Without that help I would have had no idea.  Oh, and you serve yourself. 

The first time we went we had to watch other customers and follow their lead.  All the employees were eating or cooking.  It is an interesting place to say the least.  I must like it as this is our second time this winter.  It does have a certain charm about it.  However, the few times I have eaten there it really makes me want to break out in song, One of These Things is NOT Like the Other One (my husband and I were definitely the oddballs there).  If you live in Austin it is definitely worth trying.  It is an experience.

After leaving the restaurant we headed to Whole Foods.  Doesn't this sound like a romantic date night?  Well after the day/week I've had with sick kids, I gladly took it and enjoyed it!  At Whole Foods I learned a bit more about the ANDI scores and wanted to pass this along.  Obviously this is not the only food that should be included in our diets.  It is just something to be mindful of and a good start to making healthy eating choices.  

Top Ten ANDI Scores

"ANDI stands for "Aggregate Nutrient Density Index." An ANDI score shows the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. The Aggregate Nutrient Density Index was developed and patented by our Health Starts Here affiliate, Eat Right America."   Whole Foods Link

VegetableANDI Score
1. Mustard/Turnip/Collard Greens1000
2. Kale1000
3. Watercress1000
4. Bok Choy/Baby Bok Choy824
5. Spinach739
6. Broccoli Rabe715
7. Chinese/Napa Cabbage704
8. Brussels Sprouts672
9. Swiss Chard670
10. Arugula559


VegetableANDI Score
1. Radish554
2. Bean Sprouts444
3. Red Pepper366
4. Radicchio359
5. Turnip337
6. Carrot336
7. Cauliflower295
8. Artichoke244
9. Tomato190
10. Butternut Squash156


FruitANDI Score
1. Strawberries212
2. Blackberries178
3. Plum157
4. Raspberries145
5. Blueberries130
6. Papaya118
7. Orange109
8. Cantalope100
9. Kiwi97
10. Watermelon91
11. Peach73
12. Apple72
13. Cherries68
14. Pineapple64
15. Apricot60


VegetableANDI Score
1. Lentils104
2. Red Kidney Beans100
3. Great Northern Beans94
4. Adzuki Beans84
5. Black Beans83
6. Black-Eyed Peas82
7. Pinto Beans61
8. Edamame58
9. Split Peas58
10. Chickpeas (Garbanzos)57


Nuts & SeedsANDI Score
1. Sunflower Seeds78
2. Sesame Seeds65
3. Flax Seeds65
4. Pumpkin Seeds52
5. Pistachios48
6. Pecans41
7. Almonds38
8. Walnuts34
9. Hazelnuts32
10. Cashews27


Whole GrainsANDI Score
1. Oats, old-fashioned53
2. Barley, whole grain43
3. Wild Brown Rice43
4. Brown Rice41
5. Barley, pearled32
6. Wheat berries25
7. Cornmeal, whole grain22
8. Quinoa21
9. Millet19
10. Bulgar17


MeatANDI Score
1. Bison, top sirloin39
2. Bison, chuck roast36
3. Pork Tenderloin34
4. Flank Steak27
5. Chicken Breast27
6. Turkey, light meat25
7. Turkey, dark meat24
8. Pork Chops24
9. Ground Beef, 85% - 90% lean20-23
10. Beef, top round22


FishANDI Score
1. Tuna*46
2. Flounder41
3. Sole41
4. Salmon39
5. Mahi Mahi39
6. Shrimp38
7. Swordfish*38
8. Trout36
9. Snapper35
10. Haddock35
*May contain high levels of mercury.


CheeseANDI Score
1. Feta21
2. Cottage Cheese, low fat18
3. Mozzarella, part skim16
4. Ricotta, part skim16
5. Swiss15
6. Parmesan15
7. Mozzarella, whole milk14
8. Gouda13
9. Provolone13
10. Gruyere13


Refrigerated Dairy CaseANDI Score
1. Tofu37
2. Nonfat Skim Milk36
3. Soy Milk33
4. Plain Nonfat Yogurt30
5. Egg Substitute30
6. Egg White29
7. Low-fat 1% Milk28
8. Egg27
9. Hemp Milk27
10. Tempeh26

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