When I was a child, I hardly ever ate vegetables. I remember my mother eating a salad and of course, I had to taste what she was eating. The salad was very tasty and since then, I enjoy eating salads.
Grandma was notorious for making sure my brother and I ate our turnip greens (not my favorite at the time), but now I enjoy greens and it doesn’t matter what kind.
I thought it would be fun to list a few things that I know about vegetables. Feel free to take part in this exercise. How might you ask? Leave a comment and add your 2 cents.
1. Vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber acts as an intestinal broom, cleaning out the debris.
2. Vegetables are low in calories. Trying to lose weight, increase your vegetable intake.
3. Vegetables come in many different colors, sizes and shapes. Eat different colors. Think rainbow, when eating your veggies!
4. Vegetables help prevent cancer. Eat your broccoli, cabbage and other green leafy veggies that are high in sulfur. Well, just eat them all.
5. Vegetables are builders. They are high in vitamins, nutrients and especially minerals.
6. Eat vegetables in many ways. You can eat vegetables uncooked, steamed, baked, roasted, stir fried, etc. You won’t get bored eating vegetables.
7. Vegetables are high in minerals. The human body needs minerals in carrying out reactions in the body. What better place to get your minerals than from your veggies.
8. Vegetables help improve hair, nails and skin. Hair, nails and skin love vegetables, especially those vegetables high in sulfur. Sulfur is not the only thing you need for hair, nails and skin improvement, but definitely at the top of the list.
9. Vegetables help aid in weight loss. Those of you who are on a weight loss journey, remember to eat your veggies. High in fiber, low in calories, good carbohydrates; you can’t get any better than that.
10. Okra is not a vegetable. Yeah had to throw this in, because I’ve always thought of okra as a vegetable, but it’s not. Produce with seeds present are technically classified as fruits.
11. Grow your own vegetables. You can grow your favorite vegetables, almost effortlessly. Well, not quite. You will need to invest some time and give your garden the tender, love and care that it needs. You will save money growing your own vegetables.
What do you know about vegetables and don’t tell us that you hate them?
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No I love veggies. Here in Oz we say 2 fruit, 5 veg a day is what we should be eating. With it being summer here now, that is easy to get 5 veg in the salads :-)
We didn't get a choice about eating veg as children so to me eating healthy was normal. Mum grew most of the veg and we had fruit trees too.
Too funny that you have a health blog when you didn't like your veggies as a child. Just goes to show, we can all change our eating habits and get healthy :-)
And I loved your list of all the positives of eating veggies.
Patricia Perth Australia
Wow, I didn't realize it was summer in your area. I should know things like this. You're right about it being easy to get 5 veggies in with a salad. It is a great way to get those servings in. Good tip!
You've been exposed to gardening all of your life. I see why you know so much about growing lovely lavenders. ;)
It is amazing how we can change, especially when we learn all the good things and the benefits that come from eating healthy.
Thanks, Patricia and enjoy your day
I love vegetables! My dad had a garden when I was a kid, and we ate fresh asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage all summer long. To this day my favorites are Brussels sprouts - the veggie everyone loves to hate. Sounds like your grandma taught you how to love veggies, too!
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I so love gardening. It is one of my passions.
Wow, that sounds good. Can you believe I had asparagus for the first time when I was in graduate school. Yeah, I love it!
Brussels sprouts and cabbage are awesome. Everyone loves to hate these, but they just don't know how powerful they are. I think of Brussels sprouts as little baby cabbages. Packed with good stuff! :)
Yeah, my love for veggies came from my grand. I also got my passion from gardening from her too.
Enjoy your day!
Vegetables are part of my family life every night now..we must have some form of vegetables..thanks to you Evelyn..
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I'm happy to hear that you and your family are eating more vegetables. You've made my day! :)
Thank you, now if I can keep there, I'll be fine!
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I love veggies! I know adults who won't touch a veggie unless it's a french fry. That's so strange to me. I've noticed that when the majority of my diet is fruit and veggies, my skin clears up really well. I've noticed my finger nails are stronger. So they're a great beauty aid! Oh, I didn't know okra was a fruit. Interesting! Thanks for this post Evelyn:)
That's great, Dandy!
Yeap, that'll do it. I've noticed the same things too. It so great to know that what we need to can get from our food. Truly a good beauty aid! ;)
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I think it's important to know that vegetables are not across the board happy and healthy for everyone unless your digestive system is in perfect shape.
A number of vegetables are high in oxalates, which can trigger or contribute to pain in inflammation. Spinach and chard are two examples. I avoid them like the plague! Then there are the dear nightshade vegetables...tomatoes, potatoes, peppers... which can trigger arthritis in some people.
Now, not to be a downer or anything...I think the ticket is knowing what's healthy for you, which may very likely be different than the person next to you.
Yeah, you're absolutely right.
I don't think you're being a downer about this, because what's good for some may not be good for others. I myself don't eat a lot of spinach or chard because of what you've mentioned.
I'm glad you shared this information, it is very helpful.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend,
Hi Evelyn, thank you for connecting with me yesterday about good sources for health blogs. I'm really happy to be introduced to yours - there's so much good information posted here. I'm looking forward to reading here regularly.
There's no denying that vegetables are great. Another good source of information on healthy eating that I suggest to many of my patients is the book Anti Cancer by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. It's both an interesting read and a great resource as well.
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You're welcome! Great! I was happy to provide you with the health blog information.
I love reading and I especially love reading about healthy eating topics. Thank you for sharing this book. One more book to add to my reading list. :)
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I'm not a fan of veggies so I have to work at it, and continue to learn to like them.
Like you, I did enjoy salads though, and that's still the best way I get vegetables (besides whatever lands on my pizza ;)
A friend of mine juices her vegetables and I think that's great. That's a path I might try.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is one of the biggest advocates of vegetables I know, with the science behind it and his focus is on nutritional density. It's another great argument for vegetables.
I'm curious -- what are the specifics on how sulfur relates to cancer?
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That's fine, because we all are working on something. I always tell people that I'm a work in progress. Learning as I go.
Yeah, juicing is a great way to get your veggies. I'll be doing more juicing myself. I'm bad at not juicing and I know it is beneficial. See I told you, I 'm a work in progress. ;)
I have one of Dr. Furhman's books and you're right.
I really don't know the specifics of how sulfur relates to cancer. But I do know there are some veggies that are high in sulfur that are good at helping with cancer. Here's an article I found that you may find of interest.
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
Very nice post of vegetables! I never knew that okra was not a vegetable, now I know :)
Vegetables are crucial for our bodies. I personally started eating lots of vegetables around 2-3 years ago. I always eat squash, cabbage, spinach. Thanks for sharing :)
Veggies should definitely be the main part of our diet... they are so beneficial to our health. I always opt for veggie burgers during lunch... when I eat too much meat, I don't have as much energy during the afternoon
Thanks for your suggestions on healthier eating. While I don't have a strong disregard towards any one particular vegetable. Well, I take that back, brussel sprouts are a definite no, no. My motto is, "Butter makes anything taste better!" :-)
I laughed when you said "butter makes anything taste better." I watch Food Network quite often and Paula Deen is the queen of butter. When you made that statement I thought about her. lol
As a vegetarian child in Vegetarian family, I had no other choices to eat. However, I did have disliking to some vegetables which I am still getting better at, such as eggplant, mushrooms and bitter gourd. Improvement happening though.
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I'm not too fond of eggplant myself and I've never had bitter gourd. The bitter part sounds like it's not something I would like.
Thank you! I'm done tinkering with my Theme. No more changes...well maybe next year. :)
Yeah, it's like tomatoes. Anything that has a seed inside is technically a fruit. But we tend to lump okra and tomatoes in the veggie category. Some would call them vegetable fruits. :)
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I guess, as kids, most of us didn't like to have our veggies :) Other then the bitter gourd I like almost all the vegetables but I read somewhere that bitter gourd juice cures haemorrhoid, it was surprising to learn that vegetables can cure certain illness. I'm more a non-veg but after coming to know about the benefits of vegetables I've realized that its better to lean more to a vegetarian diet.
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