It would seem that some people in London and elsewhere want to ban Coca Cola and McDonalds from the Olympics. Citing the irreconcilability between junk food, processed sugar, and amazing athletic prowess, due in no small part to an obviously healthy diet.
Here’s the problem; with Coca Cola sponsoring the Olympics since the late 20s, and McD’s since the mid-70s, the Olympics wouldn’t really be able to survive without their sponsorship. There simply wouldn’t be enough money. Rock? Meet Hard Place.
I don’t think I need to tell you that most of the people spectating from home eat less like Dara Torres, and more like Paula Deen, but will changing the sponsors, possibly causing less portions of the Olympics to be featured or included at all, fix that? We still sit on our asses to spectate whilst eating gooey butter insulin cake…Can we change that by changing sponsors? By losing my view of Ryan Lochte, just out of the pool?
Probably not. McD’s is always going to run 10,000 ads a minute, hocking their deep fried kids meals, luring kids in with toys tied in from popular movies and tv shows. The only difference here is that it will be sandwiched between swimming and gymnastics, with special sauce on top. (That special sauce is made of victory. Victory, and mayonnaise.)
McD’s answer to the criticism is that they have a wide variety of healthy menu items like grilled chicken wraps and fruit smoothies. Grilled chicken parts wrapped in white flour tortillas, and fruit smoothies with more sugar in it than most desserts. Every once in a while, this stuff won’t kill you. Eaten with any regularity? Yeah, it might.
I don’t foresee a way to divorce the crappy advertisers from the Olympics until healthy options are the more popular ones. Chobani is already sponsoring the US Olympic teams, and I’d love to see Cascadian Farms and the like join in. Hell, coconut water is Mother Earth’s sport’s drink, I don’t think it’ll be long before we see giant coolers full of chocolate coconut water. (tastes like cocoa pebbles…not lying. It’s heaven.) Just think, if you pour that out over your coach, they’ll just smell like sunscreen!! (and of course, victory.)
Pretty sure we have a long way to go before soda and fries are no longer the sponsor of blood, sweat, and tears, but we’re getting there.
Maybe if they celebrated Meatless Monday at Olympic Stadium. I celebrated it in my apartment! It’s nearly the same thing…or at least as loud. My kids have pipes. I have advil.
Yesterday I made a spicy grilled tofu sandwich with my own “special sauce”. The tofu was crunchy on the outside, spicy, and so, so good. The special sauce was fabooooooo. It required that many O’s. Don’t judge.
grilled tofu sandwich
- 1 lb tofu, sliced into 4 slices, pressed for 1 hour
- +to press tofu
- place each slice on a tea towel, folded into eighths
- weigh each slice down
for the tofu marinade
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- cracked black pepper
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used chobani 0%)
- 1/3 cup tomatillo salsa
stir together marinade ingredients
marinate the pressed tofu for one hour, flipping halfway through
stir together salsa and yogurt
grill tofu on greased grill 2 minutes per side on med-high
dress with sauce and place on bun or in baguette with salad fixings.