Getting the proper nutrition by eating vegetables has become difficult, for some people, to say the least. According to a recent New York Times article only 26 percent of the nation’s adults eat vegetables three or more times a day. French fries are not included in this number, of course.
Why is it so hard to get adults to eat their vegetables? Perhaps it’s the fast food nation mentality that we as a society have adopted. We want things that are quick, easy, and essentially hassle-free to get us through each meal. Pre-washed lettuce and baby carrots along with microwaveable bags of produce line the shelves in an effort to get Americans to opt for healthier meals. Unfortunately, people have become so sensitized to flavor, that when cooked, some vegetables come off as bland. In a land where every flavor of chip imaginable can be found, some folks choose Doritos over broccoli. When making dietary changes, it may take some time to adjust taste buds to the flavor of fresh food that isn’t processed with chemical flavorings.
Taking the time to prepare fresh vegetables for each meal isn’t something that most people are inclined to do. But, if you adopt the cook once eat two or three times method, you can increase your vegetable intake. For example you can bake several sweet potatoes and keep them in the refrigerator to enjoy all week. You can also invest in a vegetable steamer and some delicious condiment options to create simple, healthy, and delicious meals quickly.
Try cooking with friends. It not only gives you an opportunity to share recipes and leftovers, it’s also a nice way to spend time together outside of noisy restaurants.
As we can see from the article eating habits of Americans aren’t easily changed; however, if we change our view of what mealtime is all about, we will get our RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vegetables without even trying. Our meals will go from quick acts of sustenance to enjoyable events that connect us with our environment and others around us.
How do you get your RDA of vegetables without trying? Leave your suggestions in the comments to help others who find it difficult to eat healthy balanced meals.
Check out our recipe page for easy to prepare vegetable dishes.