Just two years ago I was a fan of broccoli (only cooked) and corn but I am thankful to a dear friend who introduced me to a simpler way to consume more fruits and vegetables daily with a whole food product. Now pretty much any vegetable that is in the green hues is a favorite! This nutritional product I speak of is backed by over [thirty-one] scientific studies and it provides the nutrients from 25 fruits, veggies, grains and berries. You become what you eat. What are you eating?
Tonight as I prepared an easy but nutritional meal, brown rice, organic stir fry vegetables (steamed) and Gardenburger's Veggie patty (2), I thought about how much I love veggies. This is a testimony in itself. Five years ago I thought I could forever live off of Little Debbie snack cakes or EL Fudge's coconut chocolate chip cookies. Oh yea I have a BIG sweet tooth. That hasn't changed much but I choose better options now - anything I eat that's sweet, I read the label and make sure there is no HFCS or hydrogenated oils or artificial colors. Now the sugar intake may still be great but I'm not going to eat all of it in one sitting. Other things that are sweet that have no labels (such as at a potluck or mom's night out/in), I take a chance and eat a little. Who knows at that point if I've avoided the top 3 ingredients but that's the "in-moderation" for you!
My favorite veggies are: asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant (wow I can't believe I even wrote that, this is a new veggie to my list since Sept 2010), green beans, kale, onions, potatoes, spinach, squash, and zucchini.
What are some of your favorites? You can keep it to the Top 5. How do you like to prepare your favorites?