Cooking Vamp 92: The 300 MangiaTV Food Challenge

Bob chats with Ron from Cleandrop mobile app about drive-through time and accuracy. Vamp 92 covers MangiaTV’s 300 food challenge. Can you eat 300 different foods this year?

We are into the third week of the New Year and if you are like most people your New Year’s Resolutions have been made and are now a broken distant memory to be resurrected in 49 weeks. I have always preferred the slight edge revolution of making tiny changes that compound over time to make a difference in my life.

The MangiaTV 300 challenge is a little bigger than that when you look at the total (300 different foods), but taken over a year in smaller weekly goals, it is attainable. Humans of past regularly ate 1000 different things in an average year. We now on average consume only 30 different foods. Everything I have read and heard over the past years is that food diversity (eating the rainbow) is one key factor to feeling and being healthy.

Did you know there are over 20,000 edible plants on this blue dot in the matrix? If you seek out just a handful a week to try you can easily reach the 300 mark. For this experiment I am even using different varieties of the same food to count toward the total. The Google machine tells me there are 7500 different varieties of apple alone and 2500 of them grown here in the USA. Along with varieties add in all the different herbs and spices available and this experiment just might be the tastiest thing you have ever done in your life.

Of course trying these things with friends and family will add the other key component to health and happiness, community, and everybody is going to be healthier and happier in the process. So do yourself a favor…and cook someone a meal…they have never had before.

If you want help keeping track we have made a Google template for your use.