You Gon’ Eat Yo Cornbread?

One of the funniest movies ever made (in my opinion) was “Life” featuring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. One scene in the movie was where  Martin Lawrence’s character was asked was he going to eat his cornbread. After he said no and offered up his cornbread, Eddie Murphy’s character attempted to take up for him telling him he didn’t have to give up his cornbread and if the other guy wanted some more cornbread then he could get up and get some more from the line. If you haven’t seen the movie here is a clip so you can see where I’m going. Warning contains explicit language.

So what if we felt the same way about our vegetables as Eddie Murphy felt about cornbread. Would you fight somebody over some tender asparagus spears? Squabble over the last of the Zucchini at the dinner table? Have some choice words with someone who asks you can they have your bell peppers?

How often is it that when we sit down to eat we put meat and starch on our plate and don’t even think about putting vegetables on our plate? How often is it that even if we do put vegetables on our plate its just a small amount so we won’t feel guilty about not having them? How often is it that when we do eat vegetables we have to “Doctor” it up so that we can stomach it? We load our Broccoli with cheese. We drown our salad in dressing. Our collard and mustard greens get loaded with fat so that it gives us the desired taste. Why do we limit the one thing on our plate that should be the most plentiful?

Vegetables get no respect. Basic CMYKWe have heard it all of our lives that we need to eat our vegetables. So why don’t we? Well roll with me for a second so I can remind you why we need to load our plate with an array of vegetables each and every time we eat.

Currently, the average American consumes approximately 1 cup of vegetables per day, falling well short of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines that recommend a minimum of 2.5-3 cups for adults. Per one survey, convenience, price, and fear of spoilage are at the top of the  list of reasons for not eating more vegetables. Yeah ok. Lets just keep it real. You can buy a package of frozen vegetables for $1.00. I do it all of the time. If you EAT your fresh vegetables then they won’t spoil and lastly it doesn’t take long to steam vegetables. I’m just saying. So lets not let that be the reason.

Here are some key points about consuming Vegetables

  •  Variety is important when it comes to veggies
  • Different nutrients are found in different veggies. Vitamin A,C, Folate, Manganese, Thiamine, Beta Carotene and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to thrive.
  • For example, red peppers are excellent source of vitamin C while carrots are rich in beta carotene
  • Eat the colors of the rainbow to get the most nutrition with the vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals you need for good health.
  • Adding veggies is one of the best changes you can make in your diet to not only boost your health but also to help control weight
  • Vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat
  • Vegetables are also low calorie dense foods and water-rich – so they pack a lot of nutrition in a few amount of calories

Make eating vegetables fun.

  1. Have your family member (child, significant other etc..) pick a vegetable at the grocery store they’ve never tried and prepare it together for dinner
  2. Create a tally and see who in the family can eat the most vegetables each week then choose a fun reward for the winner

Convenient options to help you eat your veggies:

  • Green Smoothie in the morning for breakfast
  •  Lunch at work in a salad
  • Carpool line at school waiting to pick up the kids
  •  At home with meal

Examples of ways to slip veggies into your day even when you’re on the run

  1. Keep cut up veggies in a storage bag, for a quick on the go snack
  2. Quick snacks: 100% vegetable juice box, carrot/celery sticks package with low-fat dip or peanut butter
  3. Desktop dining for lunch: Single serve vegetable mixes – mix with leftover  brown rice or quinoa for a filling desktop meal.
  4. Soup up your lunch – boost the nutrition of canned soups like tomato by tossing in a handful of frozen vegetables during heating
  5. Super sandwiches – if you bring a sandwich from home, increase the veggie quotient by adding spinach leaves,tomato slices, sprouts and any other vegetables.
  6. For lunch, toss shredded carrots, broccoli florets and other precut veggies with bagged lettuce mixes for anabundant salad. Add precooked chicken strips for added protein.
  7. Stir-fry cubes of pork loin or frozen peeled shrimp with frozen Oriental vegetable mix, add hoisin sauce and serve over brown rice.

So see lets give Vegetables the respect that they deserve. The next time you are at the dinner table and someone asks you are you going to eat your cornbread, say, “Hell Naw, but I am going to eat my vegetables.”

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