Fast Food, with a side of God

Today’s verse:   Romans 12: 1-2  I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

I do not like fast (read junk) food.   I rarely eat at anyplace that has a drive thru window. I do not like the food, and they can dress it up all they want, but it is still not good for you.   Junk food is an addiction, like any other addiction.

That being said, my husband is the type of traveler that wants to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.   So his rule is that when he stops for gas, we have to use the restroom, find something to eat and get back on the road ASAP.  This often presents a challenge to try and find a healthy meal.

The other day, we were returning from a tour and we stopped to get a bite to eat at a place called Cook Out.   If you are from the South you will recognize this place.   They serve burgers, fries, pulled pork, etc. but they also advertise that they have over 40 flavors of milkshakes.  Yummmmmm….. I am thinking chocolate (my weakness).

We ordered burgers and I ended up also getting a triple chocolate shake.   It was delicious beyond belief (later I was regretting my choices, as I felt bloated and yucky). As we were eating, I glanced at the carry out bag and was pleasantly surprised.  Fastfood

The bag had a religious comment on it.At the bottom of the bag is said “Thank You God for America”!   This is almost unheard of in this day and age.  It made me feel somewhat better about stopping at this place rather than McDonald’s or Burger King, even though I knew I was polluting my body with junk food.

It is encouraging to see a company go against politcal correctness in the name of God.  So although I gave in to one of my addictions, I applaud Cook Out for their bravery in sharing their values.

We can resist the temptations of our culture by concentrating on God’s truth.   He wants us to honor him with our bodies.  We can let the Holy Spirit guide and shape our behaviors, and try to live a life to glorify God by eating healthy.  Blessings to you as you eat your way to health – try out the sample menus at the end of each day’s post!

Healthy Living Menu (adapted from Prevention Magazine’s 28 day challenge)

Breakfast:  Granola-Berry Bowl

Top 5 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup low-fat granola and 1/2 cup each strawberries and blueberries.  Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. each sliced almonds and ground flaxseed
12 oz. coffee

Lunch:   Black Bean Tostada

Rinse, drain and mash 1/2 cup canned low-sodium black beans.  Spread onto 2 corn tortillas (baked until crisp).  Top with 1 oz. shredded Jack cheese and broil until cheese melts.  Top evenly with 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2 Tbsp. salsa
1  medium nectarine
12 oz.  green or herbal tea or water

Dinner:  Veggie Casserole

Saute 1 cup diced cauliflower, 1 small red potato, 1/2 cup green beans, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1 Tbsp. curry powder in 1 Tbsp olive oil in broiler-proof skillet until tender.  Top with 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs and broil until browned.
12 oz. herbal tea or water


6 graham cracker squares
1 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 Tbsp. apple butter

Optional Snack:

2 low-sodium stone wheat crackers
5 baby carrots
2 Tbsp. low-fat Ranch dressing



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