This photo has been used for illustrative purpose only.
After watching too much news about everyone who insists their way is right, I needed to write this column. In fact, the recommendation for us to eat a diet rich in plant foods is about the only thing experts and food gurus from all sides of the diet spectrum do not argue about.
Sometimes knowing is not doing, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. (That’s 2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit every day for most adults.)
Think about this: Nutrition researchers estimate that if just half of us decided to add one more serving of a fruit or a vegetable to our daily diet, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year. Why don’t we do it? Here are some excuses I often hear:
“I don’t like it.” I’m not naming names, but my grandkids can fall into this pattern. “It’s too expensive.” I guarantee a bunch of bananas or a bag of carrots costs no more than a bag of chips. And don’t let anyone make you feel guilty if you can’t always get organic produce. Lists of “clean” and “dirty” fruits and vegetables are not supported by research done by food toxicologists at the University of California. Both organically and conventionally grown foods have been shown to boost our immunity and help us stay well.
“I don’t like to cook.” I can respect that. Keep reading.
“I don’t have time to prepare vegetables.” Ah ha! This is absolutely no longer true. Pre-washed salad mixes take about a minute to throw in a bowl and add dressing. Some even come with dressing. Granted, it might take another minute or two to wash a tomato, cucumber or whatever you have to add. It’s worth it.
I was recently introduced to a new line of ready-to-eat salad bowls called Fresh Takes by Dole. For less money and time than a drive-through, pre-made salad bowls offer a complete meal, protein and all. These even come with a fork!
I had to wrestle my husband for the Santa Fe Style bowl: romaine lettuce, chili lime seasoned chicken, fire roasted corn, Mexican blend cheese and taco ranch dressing. For just 210 calories, it meets my criteria for a balanced meal: protein, vegetable, dietary fiber with other key nutrients such as potassium, iron and calcium. Add a few crackers and/or a beverage if you like and voila! A fast delicious way to add more vegetables to your day.
I understand we all have individual attitudes about food. Let’s look for solutions instead of excuses.
Tribune News Service
Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit.
The vitamins and minerals that our body needs in small quantities are most often neglected which results in 'nutritional deficiencies'.
With the sales of chicken and mutton going down due to the coronavirus scare, it is the humble 'kathal' (jackfruit) that is emerging as an acceptable alternative.
The animal was ridden by Charlotte Casiraghi, a niece of Prince Albert of Monaco and a competitive showjumper who is also a Chanel brand ambassador.
The women have produced 4,400 roses — meant to symbolise the blossoming careers of the successful athletes — for more than 1,200 bunches of flowers.
The social media giant said it hopes the machine will help lay the groundwork for its building of the metaverse, a virtual reality construct intended to supplant the internet as we know it today.