Recently I spilled the proverbial beans about my inability to consume a respectable amount of fruits and vegetables despite my claim of being a healthy eater. I called it my Lame Food Confession and since confessing that I have trouble finding fruits and vegetables in my mouth, not just my refrigerator, I have learned a great many things.
1. I actually like the taste of most fruits and vegetables. Plain fruits. Plain vegetables. Don’t even have to do anything to them and they already taste pretty good.
2. Before I’d been eating way too many granola bars – Clif Kid Organic Zbar in Chocolate Chip – I love you, but you get in the way of my fruit and vegetable consumption.
3. As it turns out, I know someone who works for the used-to-be 5-a-day folks. It’s now called Fruits and Veggies: More Matters – and even she has trouble fitting it all in. The new name actually clears up confusion about the amount, although it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
4. Many people I spoke to didn’t know about the new name AND didn’t know what qualified as a serving.
5. My trousers are already fitting a bit looser.
6. I’m less hungry during the day.
7. I feel more virtuous when I actually remember.
8. Some friends even sent in recipes during the first Lame Food Confession.
Here’s one I apdated from Leili –
Cut up fresh brocoli
Throw in some blueberries ( I used thawed frozen organics from Trader Joe’s)
Raisins (for some extra sweetness)
Sliced almonds (for some extra crunch)
Flax seeds (for some extra fiber)
Combine with some ginger vinaigrette.
I used Annie’s Naturals Gingerly Vinaigrette
Food photography: Harder than it looks!
Care to share YOUR fruit and vegetable confessions? What about tips, techniques and recipes for getting your daily allowance in? Leave a comment and you may find your recipe featured here someday.