Monday, June 17, 2013
I like these obscure days, some of them make you think.
Today is eat all your vegetables day. That's a great idea! I'm surprised it has to only be one day. If you've been here long enough, you know that vegetables are a key part of weight loss and maintenance. It's also "Meatless Monday", so coincidence, I don't think so?
I am not one to avoid meat completely, but it's not a big part of my day. I prefer a good salad and I'm probably going to do a vegetable stir-fry for dinner. I love me a good ratatouille occasionally. I'd do tomato anything every day if I could!
Vegetables should not be something to be thought of as that icky thing you have to eat to be healthy. (Canned peas? No thank you!) There are many ways to make it your main course! It doesn't have to be some mushy side dish that looks unappealing.
You could easily do a different salad every day for two main meals and not get bored with it. One day have a Strawberry Fields salad, then have a nutty salad with a little cheese and a balsamic dressing, apples make for a good topping. Try just tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, perhaps diced up cucumber in it, you don't need lettuce to have a salad!
As the seasons progress, so do the varieties of vegetables to be had. Peas and beans will be showing up in gardens soon. Radishes can be harvested every month. You have lettuces getting ready to harvest.
As summer progresses (did you plant more radishes?) there will be broccoli and zucchini, carrots (I have purple dragons in my garden), and cabbage. Tomatoes are starting to produce, try something different than the red variety you see in the store, go find a farmer and try some yellow or orange varieties, they're my favorite!
In the fall you have plenty of squashes, the winter squashes are getting ready to harvest, there's a reason that acorn squash is at the Thanksgiving table. Potatoes and Yams will be ready, corn is now ready in the local area! Peppers are finally in full color!
These are some of the times they're ready in my local short-growing area, you may be lucky enough to live somewhere that has warmer weather for longer.
Thought you didn't like vegetables? Then you just haven't tried enough of them. Honestly, broccoli is my favorite. I know, many people say eew to that, I think it's just the media hype once again, it's a sweet vegetable with a ton of nutrients!
So find some good vegetables and make it a priority in your life. It's the best way to fill up with few calories and the densest nutrients! Make it the main course and everything else can be the side to those vegetables.
Today's other Holidays: Ride to Work Day (this is for motorcycles, not bicycles), Disneyland Opens 1955, Stewart's Root Beer Day, World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, National Cherry Tart Day and National Apple Strudel Day.