Many of us grew up in a home where meals came from a drive through or out of a box, bag, can or container. Therefore, today fresh vegetables often do not reside at the top of our list of things we crave to eat. Fat, salt, and sugar are at the top of that list because that is how we are hardwired. Understand that at the time of our wiring we did not have a drive through on every corner or grocery stores filled to the brim with fake foods.
All processed carbohydrates (buns, coatings, fries) behave like sugar in our brains making fast food, and most processed foods hit on all three cylinders and then there’s the copious MSG added. Examining the Standard American Diet the vegetable we most consume are potatoes, fried potatoes. All supported by the amount of fast and restaurant foods we eat. Although potatoes do offer some nutrition when baked, the sweet potato has more to offer us nutrition wise.
Growing up, my idea of a vegetable outside of potatoes was green beans or spinach fresh out of the can. Iceberg lettuce tomatoes and cucumber would make an appearance on the occasional spaghetti night. It was not until I learned about holistic health did I come to realize how many vegetables support health and help keep disease away.
Organic vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants all to support our wellness. I refer to vegetables as God food or food that loves you back. Foods created by God trump foods made by man every time!
The easiest way to fill yourself with more veggies is either to fill your blender half full with greens and then make a smoothie. Many favor young beet, chard & kale greens or spinach. Add frozen bananas, berries, almond milk or coconut water, maybe ground flax, chia or hemp hearts and you’re all set.
You can also finely dice up zucchini, yellow squash, carrots or use the food processor and add them to any meat or non-meat sauces, loafs, meatballs or patties. Invest $30 in a spiralizer and use zucchini or squash in place of pasta and don’t forget spaghetti squash for another way to sneak more veggies onto the dinner table.
Organic vegetables feed our bodies and mind better than anything you can get from a drive-through, box, bag, can or container. If the vegetables are raw, then all the enzymes are in play. If you’re only into sharing your love with those that love you back, then become more familiar with a true love, vegetables.
May your weekend be a great one, share as you like and Be Well!