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The No-Excuses Appeal of Fruits and Veggies

Check Your Reasons at the Door


8/23/2010 2:14:33 PM

PEGSUM's SparkPage
Those of you who LOVE vegetables. You are really lucky. I wish I loved them too, it would be really great. Rubbing it in our faces is unkind.
8/23/2010 1:45:45 PM

It amazes me when I hear adults, who are aware of the importance and benefits of consuming fruits and veggies, say they don't like ANY of them, refuse to eat them or complain about the cost. Yet, they're willing to purchase a Family size bag of chips or packages candy/cookies with all kinds of chemicals in them.
I think our society overall has gotten in the habit of replacing fruits and veggies for salty and sweet processed snacks.
7/5/2010 12:25:42 PM

TRINIGAL22's SparkPage
With my job it is had to eat fresh vegs. but I have learned to prepare my lunch at night by half cooking it and fishing it by putting it into the microwave before I eat. I love fruits and can eat it all day.
7/1/2010 12:14:37 PM

SYLANN56's SparkPage
I really have gotten very sick of vegetables lately since I have been filling up on them for a couple of years, and I am very sensitive to raw veggies, even if I wash and peel them so as not to get pesticides, but the organic is the same for me. I get itchy throat, inside my ears, and my lips welt up. So, unless they are cooked really well, as well as the same things go for fruits, I need to have them cooked, except for bananas, blueberries and I think that's it. So, it limits me, and canned veggies are terrible. Salad seems like it doesn't even have anything in it, and if I buy it in a bag, it only lasts a couple of days. So I have compensated by eating fruit sauces, and roasted veggies, w/olive oil and seasonings. This way I can eat them and don't have any of the symptoms I get from raw fruits and veggies. Still trying to master the art of roasting veggies...
6/17/2010 4:33:46 AM

"Cook only until crisp and tender.... A good way to achieve this is steaming rather than boiling your food."

Another good way to achieve this, of course, is "stir-frying". I notice that this method of food preparation tends to not get mentioned often on this site.

Typical home-style Asian cooking (NOT the Chinese Restaurant kind, which may use loads of cheap palm oil and a ton of sodium) is actually abundant in vegetables and very healthy. (Meat, when used, is treated more as a condiment).
5/13/2010 12:57:43 PM

I wish these were one of my excuses. I plain just do not like that many fruits or vegetables. I'm a moody eater especially about sweets, salty snacks, and fruit. The plus side is the mood for these items is rare the bad part is that it includes the fruits I do like. Most vegetables are just plain gross unless they are drenched in butter and salt or cheese so I don't have to taste them. And if it isn't the taste it's the texture. I just can't bring myself to eat certain textures. It's very frustrating to eat healthy when I like so few foods. My doctor has me on daily vitamins and additional Vitamin C and E to help keep me healthy. Ideas would be great.
4/18/2010 8:20:26 PM

You read my mind, I have been eating more fruits and vegetables lately it is very rewarding. I also brought a steammer which I love. My veggies taste delicious comparing to previously. Great article by the way! Thank you.
4/18/2010 5:47:22 PM

JMFOGARTY11's SparkPage
I love my fruits & veggies! But I cannot fathom why I NEVER thought of using my steaming water to make homemade veggie broth!!!! Thought of using it on houseplants but not in broth...duh...OMgosh...what a lightbulb moment for me...especially as I hate the prices they want to charge for simple broths & stocks...
Thank you!!!!
12/20/2009 12:23:29 PM

NEED2GETFIT09's SparkPage
Great article, I'm smacking myself in the head saying "why didn't I think about that" regarding this tip, Buy both ripe and unripe items (for example, yellow and green bananas). That way you have some for immediate eating the first few days while the others are ripening. Before reading this I was throwing away too many bananas, now zero. Thanks for the article!
12/6/2009 5:54:17 PM

JULIEN*'s SparkPage
I think using nutrient loss as an excuse is pretty lame. Even if your produce loses *some* nutrients while being shipped or cooked, it's still better for you than a bag of cheetos.
12/6/2009 9:35:00 AM

REALLY liked this article...
11/12/2009 9:35:40 AM

UMAVARMA1's SparkPage
Thank you for the article, i always buy fruits but never eat them. I am trying my level best to eat .. all the best to me :)
10/19/2009 1:18:53 PM

KARRINAK's SparkPage
I find it interesting that anyone would use the pesticide excuse for three reasons: 1. there are plenty of grocers selling organic 2. Read the label of the snack or food item you have chosen instead - I bet you find a few chemical compounds designed to enhance the flavor or longevity of your food. 3. If the first two don't get you; check out the packaging of your "alternate" snack...nothing like leaching a little plastic into the blood stream to make you feel GREAT!

Also, for the veggie haters our there check out the - a real tasty way to get your veggies!
10/8/2009 2:05:38 PM

I can not fathom adults who don't eat vegetables/fruits. It's something tantrum-y kids do, rage against veggies ... I just don't get it! Of course, I was raised eating a fair amount of veggies (though I eat way more and a much much larger variety than my folks did/do). My siblings, raised the same way and eating the same meals, are picky and whiny about freggies. They "hate" most of them. I think it's just nonsense and they are being silly. Heh.

I guess it's not a surprise to my parents that, of all their kids, I'm the one who's been vegetarian/vegan for a decade. Ha.I've always loved my freggies and normally am over my fiber requirement each day due to all the delicious produce I eat. I have off days where I only eat 2-3 servings, true, but they are few and far between and I never feel good on those days. Mmmm... pass the produce!

10/8/2009 12:32:05 PM

When I started spark 2 years ago, I disliked almost all fruit and only liked certain vegetables. if you force yourself for long enough, you'll get used to it. some things, like Celery, I refuse to eat, but by allowing yourself to be choosy and picky, youre only harming yourself in the long run.

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