Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I don't like vegetables?!?!?!?

I met a man a while ago who exclaimed, "I just don't like vegetables." This made me pause for several reasons. I'll only write about 2.

1)Vegetables should be a staple in the diet because of all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and phyto-nutrients to name a VERY few.

2) There are soooooo many vegetables to choose from that to negate an entire group of food is plain silly.

Let's go through the common types of vegetables

Bulbs- Garlic, onions, chives, etc.

Fruit-Cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, squash, etc.

inflorescent- artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower and more

Leaf- cabbage, kale, collards, spinach, etc.

Root- Beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, etc

Stalk- Celery, fennel, kohlrabi

Edible pods- Green beans, peas, sugar snaps, etc.

Tubers- potato, sweet potato, jicama, yam and more

Fungus- mushrooms

Now, can you imagine not liking vegetables?...any vegetables? These amazing foods should comprise 60% of our diet. Preparing them raw, lightly steamed, sauteed, stir fried, marinated, baked and boiled are just places to begin.

As a special treat to my boys I tell them that they can choose any vegetable they want and we'll learn about preparing it, it's health benefits, etc. It's fun and educational for all of us

Assignment: Pick a vegetable that you don't know much about or have never had and give it a try. The internet is a great resource for recipes and ideas. We've found some of our new favorite vegetables this way. We love raw jicama peeled, sliced and eaten.

Quote: "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." Anre Gide

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