Love them or hate them veggies will always be the most health promoting food group on this earth as they contain wonderfully good components like antioxidants, fiber and strong phytochemicals. Getting people and most importantly kids to eat their veggies basically come down to presentation, the better and more appealing the presentation the higher the odds will be that they will not only be eaten but eaten with joy and compliments. “If veggies are only served in ways that don’t match your personal flavor preferences, they won’t seem exciting,” says Karen Collins, MS, RD and nutrition advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research. So on one side if you love spicy food, you won’t like veggies served plain but if you love ordinary, earthy flavors, veggies covered with rich sauce won’t appeal.
Every person that has a dislike for a certain vegetable developed that dislike for some reason, and interestingly enough bad food preparation ranks amongst the top of the distinguished list. Yes some of our dear mothers had a rough time getting certain vegetables like carrots, broccoli and green beans into our diets and suffered much even though they knew that these great superfoods had superpowers that would help you later in life, and some of us found excuse after excuse as to why not to eat her prepared veggies. Being forced to eat the veggies on your plate by our dear parents who knew these foods were good for us also ranks amongst the top reason as to why some of us do not like eating veggies.
Sadly in most homes overcooking and under seasoning veggies is a way of life and being able to prepare foods the proper way has become an important skill to have especially in this day and age of television cooking shows were you can find a show or even better YouTube anything that has to do with cooking and see and learn. So aside from time there is really no excuse for anyone not to take advantage of all the sources of information on how to properly cook food, BUT in the defense of many wonderful people who just do not have any cooking skills, you can find good Asian restaurants, vegetarian restaurants and seafood restaurants were you will be able to get your fare share of wholesome and fresh veggies just stay away from those fast foods restaurants featuring fresh diet salads as these salads have been tested by independent labs and revealed that they contain more bad fat and carbs than the greasy burgers that they sell.
What this all boils down to is you are what you eat, if you include fresh natural vegetables in your meal and snack plan you will be a whole lot healthier that if you were not including it in your diet and just eating foods served in fast food restaurants that care a whole lot more about their profits and control than they do about customers and their health.
Top veggies that are out there and should be taken advantage of are…
- Brussels sprouts
- Green, yellow or red bell peppers
By finding fun and interesting ways to prepare your veggies you will gain confidence and grow as a cook and even better as a provider and caretaker of your loved ones.