Over the weekend, I had a discussion with some friends about vegetables. It was your everyday, ordinary Saturday night pregame: laying on the floor, pouring wine, listening to Top Hits Pandora and discussing how and why we get our veggies.
It’s a common fact that most of the population doesn’t eat their daily recommended dose of greens and my friends sounded similar sentiments. People find a lot of barriers to eating vegetables. They don’t like the taste. No one else around buys them. They don’t know how to cook em. They only like a select few. Etc.
So I decided to turn to my family and ask my individual family members how each of them finds ways to incorporate vegetables in their daily life, hoping to compile a list of tips that could appeal to all sorts of different people with different taste buds and different schedules.
Well after I got a Facebook response from my brother, I knew his POV deserved it’s own post. My brother, Josh, is a junior at the University of Iowa and nicknamed “Greens” by his buddies for his frequent wearing and eating of all things green. Not bad for an (almost!) 21-year-old boy.
How To Incorporate Veggies Into Your Daily Life
Option #1: Eat like this guy…
copy & pasted from our facebook message thread
Josh K: I rarely eat a meal without a green vegetable.
At least one of my meals a day (sometimes 2-3 ha) involves pasta, so I always have some green veggies ready to saute and toss in with the sauce and cheese
Jen [girlfriend] makes fun of me when we go grocery shopping because like most normal people, she buys all of her produce/food based on the meals she will make that week. I on the other hand buy assorted veggies, peppers/onions/tomatos/mushrooms/spinach/zucchini etc along with bread, tortillas, cheese, dairy etc. Jen makes fun of me b/c she calls me an ‘ingredient shopper’, but I like it this way. (Ed note: I’m the same way!) Whenever im bored or hungry, I cut up the veggies and toss them in tupperware. This way, in the morning when I make an omelet or dinner when I make a pasta dish or lunch for a sandwich or something I can just toss in the veggies. No real effort to go out of the way to eat em, there just always there.
Yes I am weird.
*oOo and green is jus my favorite color soooo i jus gravitate towards green foods naturally duh
and yes i take pictures of my food
Me: Thanks Josh! But WHY do you choose to eat them?
Josh K: Cause they taste GREAT. They add texture, color and flavor to my favorite foods….Um. I guess I don’t think about it much. Most food is junk and processed these days, so its nice to mix in something that is REAL and FRESH and natural.
And that, my friends, is how Josh sees it.
Break Away Tips:
– Buy a wide selection of vegetables to have on hand
– Try to add at least one to every meal
– Cut up veggies in advance to store in the fridge
– Ignore other college aged male’s reactions
Next post: my mom, my sister, and my step-dad’s take
Did you eat your veggies in college?