Hey Starbucks…

Yo. Starbucks. I have a pretty legit beef with you.

How about if you’re gonna offer soy milk, you mention somewhere CLEARLY that a tall latte with soy comes loaded with 19 grams of sugar per serving? And a grande has 25 grams!! That’s the whole daily allowance for a woman — it’s 6, yes, SIX, teaspoons worth. It also has 250mg of sodium. Dudes. WTF?

That’s shameful. 

Some people choose soymilk because they’re trying to make a healthy choice, and you’re sabotaging those efforts. Your customers may not even know how much sugar they’re mainlining into their bloodstreams, especially if they trust you and think they’re getting what they asked for — soy milk — and not soymilk jacked up on vanilla and sugar. You are causing nationwide sugar spikes, and for diabetics and other people struggling with chronic illnesses, that’s really bad.

Here’s a friendly request, because I do think many of the folks at Starbucks want to do the right thing. Offer the unsweetened kind — if people want it sweeter they can add sugar.

Unfortunately, my brother didn’t realize his soy milk latte contained a sugar bomb until he’d drank half of it. We checked his sugar. It was high. So, the remaining half of the latte went down the sink, and his cup in the garbage–see below.

I do want to point out that while the soy milk latte was bad for him, the Bluebird Grain Farms Einka Farro bag that you also see in the photo contained some super delicious and nutritious whole grain farro. No hidden ingredients in that package, and for that, we are grateful 🙂

So many leafy greens!!

Since becoming plant-based eaters we got back into one of Bend’s local CSAs — Agricultural Connections. [ASIDE: that sounds pretentious and high-and-mighty, but shit, being plant-based is a really healthy way to eat, it’s better for the planet, and it might just add some years to my brother’s life! — see ABOUT.] This was this week’s bounty:

Hell’s yeah — but what on earth do I do with beet tops and dandelion greens when I’m heading out of town???? [Also, I keep going back and forth on the cursing thing. I’m an f-bomber. Do I really want to worry about censoring my natural language? Aren’t blogs supposed to be conversational? I still don’t know if I’m going to go back and change “the fuck” to “on earth.” The suspense is killing me.]

I’m pretty psyched about the quality and quantity of the veggies, but the volume they take up in our already-overstuffed fridge is pretty significant AND the potential for waste this week is pretty high given that we’re not going to be celebrating Thanksgiving here.

Anyway, somewhere along the way I figured out that if I parboil leafy greens BEFORE they go brown and liquified (you know what I’m talking about!) and then freeze them (this is so much more difficult than it sounds!), we get the benefit of local leafy greens all year long and in an easy, manageable package.


1. Parboil the green stuff you don’t think you’ll get to this week for about a minute. (And if it’s super stalky, like kale, remove the tough bits.)
2. Remove from the pot and then when your greens are cool enough, squeeze out excess water.
3. Chop up the greens.
4. Squeeze into balls, a little bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a tennis ball… Maybe the size of a big lime?
5. Throw into something you use for freezer storage (If you’re going to use a ziplock bag, commit to using it for a long time please. Plastic is evil.)
6. Freeze.

Throw your frozen balls (haha… I know, I can’t help it) into all sorts of stuff: smoothies, soups, pasta sauce, breakfast scrambles, soup, stir fry, curry, you name it. Remember that some greens, like beets and chard, might turn your stuff pink.

Okay, so that’s it. I saved the beautifully red water that I squeezed out of my beet greens to use in a smoothie, but that’s pretty anal. Oh yeah, I’m steaming the beets in the oven right now (in an oven proof dish, with about a centimeter of water, covered tightly with aluminum, on 350F, until tender). I’ll throw them into a salad.

Anyway, I’m curious about other ways to preserve and use leafy greens — let me know if you have any ideas!

UPDATE ON JAY: After almost three months of eating healthier, and 3 weeks of being plant based, my brother’s fasting blood sugar was 97 this morning!! Two hours after breakfast it was 106!!!! Here’s hoping he can get off his metformin soon!