Television to Reality

So I’ll admit it…I may watch a little TV during the day, probably a little more than I should 😉 However, yesterday morning I came across a commercial  for Tyson’s Chicken Nuggets.  It starred a young girl eating what looked like delicious chicken nuggets. While I am sure they were delicious, it got me thinking, how does television advertising play into what people purchase at the store or what they consume?  I wanted to take a deeper look into this.  I found an article from Yale University discussing the effects food advertising has on compulsive eating as well as the choices the consumer makes.  In the findings of their study there was a direct correlation between unhealthy eating habits, snacking at nonmeal times, and over consumption of unhealthy food. How do we change these types of behaviors.  I think it steams from choosing healthier alternatives from the advertising we see on TV.  While it may take a little more time, it will help in the end and make for a healthier you.   Super interesting article if you are one for reading scientific articles (seems weird…in college I never wanted to read much into these things, and now I can’t get enough of them!)

Anyways….what did I do do you say? I decided to make the chicken tenders, but not from the bag….I made my own!!! A much healthier alternative and plus it was fun!

Homemade Chicken Tenders

adapted from

8 chicken breast tenders-excess fat cut off

4 Tbsp old bay seasoning (you can use any other seasoning for chicken for desired heat)

2/3 cup bread crumbs

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

2 tsp salt

2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried basil

1/4 cup unsalted butter

Season the chicken tenders with seasoning.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl combine all dry ingredients and set aside.  Melt 1/4 cup butter in separate bowl.  Take each breast and individually place in melted butter to coat.  Then move over to breaded mixture and coat each chicken tender.  Place each chicken tender on a non-greased cookie sheet.  Continue this procedure until each chicken tender is on your sheet.  Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on your desired crispness.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  You can serve with ketchup, bbq sauce, or ranch.

I also got real excited to try something new last night.  We bought a small 2 quart ice cream maker with some of our money from our wedding and have been making some mean vanilla bean ice cream.  Now I love vanilla bean don’t get me wrong, but I needed something different and man did I get it! STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM! Delicious, creamy,oooo baby was it good! Now if you don’t have an ice cream maker I would suggest getting one ASAP! but until then enjoy the picture and the recipe below!


Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries

1/2 cup whole milk

2/3 cups sugar

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean (actual bean or paste)

Cut strawberries in half and place in food processor.  Pulse until strawberries are finely crushed.  In a medium bowl combine whole milk, sugar, and salt.  Using a hand mixer combine well until sugar is dissolved.  Stir in heavy cream, vanilla bean, and strawberries.  Place bowl in refrigerator for 1-2 hours or overnight.  Pour strawberry mixture into 2 quart ice cream maker and mix for 15-20 minutes or to desired thickness.  Freeze for 1-2 hours before serving to harden. 

Have a great day gang!!



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