Four Reasons to Love Fruits and Vegetables
Hi friends! Today we have a guest blog, the first of many I hope to have in the future. The following was written by a dietetic intern I am working with. Enjoy!
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (Genesis 1:29)
It seems like everyday we are bombarded with new food products and new diets. Whether it is the radio, television, or friends, everyone seems to have an opinion on what products or diet to try and not to try. It can be overwhelming going to the grocery store and knowing what to buy.
What if we were able to make going to the store a little bit simpler? Wouldn’t that make our busy lives a little bit easier?
My name is Katy, and I am a dietetic intern in beautiful Beaumont, Texas. In two months I will be able to take my board exam to become a Registered Dietitian (like Allyson)…no pressure right! Allyson gave me a great opportunity to make a guest post on her blog and so I am going to take this chance talk about the simplicity of fruits and vegetables. We know we are supposed to be eating fruits and vegetables everyday but sometimes they can be easily skipped.
Have you heard of diets like the Paleo Diet or Daniel Diet? The Paleo Diet is a based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food. The biblical prophet Daniel inspires the Daniel Diet. This plan encourages replacing sweets and processed food with more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
There are even more diets out there that suggest increasing fruits and vegetables and decreasing processed foods. My goal today isn’t to talk about diets. If you want more thoughts on diets check out Allyson’s Deciphering Diets post. My goal is to leave you feeling passionate about fruits and vegetables, because I am passionate about them. Sure, there are many diets out there that promote them but diets are complicated and fruits and vegetables are simple.
Here are four reasons why I personally love fruits and vegetables:
- The healthy glow. Adding orange fruits and vegetables into your diet will help you have radiant skin! Beta-carotene, an orange plant pigment, starts a healthy glow that begins on the inside. So skip the risk of skin cancer from too much sun exposure and eat some carrots!
- Convenient travel. A good snack should not generate a lot of waste, think of all the wrappers and boxes we throw away in our lifetime, it is building up in a landfill somewhere. Fruits and vegetables like cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, blueberries, and celery travel really well. Some transport better in some type of container. Fruits like apples are super convenient to throw in your bag and rinse when you are ready to snack.
- Antioxidants. Antioxidants protect cells against free radical damage. They are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are protectors. How cool is that! The foods we consume are actually helping us decrease the free radicals in our bodies. Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, and selenium all have a unique function and play different roles. So it is important to eat a variety and fruits and vegetables to get a variety of antioxidants.
- They are unique. How cool do fruits and vegetables look? Each one is so different and there are a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Have you seen @UglyFruitandVeg on instagram? There are some hilarious looking fruits and vegetables! God made fruits and vegetables like he made us: no two are every exactly alike and that makes me love them even more. Have you ever been to a farmers market and seen some unique looking produce? I know I have, and I always try to find the strangest one to take home and cook.
When I was younger I avoided vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts! I remember having terrible feelings about Brussels sprouts and thinking of them as soggy balls of sadness. As I got older I tried them different ways, for example, in salads, with turkey bacon and roasted. Now I love them! Gone are the days of steamed or boiled Brussels sprouts. Sometimes it just takes a new technique of cooking to realize the full potential of a vegetable.
So, I would like to challenge you. The next time you are at the grocery store, pick out a fruit or vegetable that you have not eaten since you were a child, find a great recipe, cook it up, and maybe you will fall in love. Or let you child choose one that catches their eye. Involving the kids in cooking might just spark something within them and lead them to become a fruit and vegetable lover themselves!