America is a sausage fest. Aside from the obvious patriarchy reference, I mean that phrase to be taken literally. We eat too much meat. Our meals are planned around it, especially in the fast food market. Entrees almost always consist of a meat filled sandwich or sometimes we drop the distracting carbs and just dive into straight up hunks of meat, fresh out of the microwave.
In no way whatsoever am I calling meat out as bad. Protein is essential to our diet and should be consumed regularly. Rather I am suggesting that we focus our meals around the annoying cousin of the food pyramid, vegetables.
Now I am not attempting to condescendingly show you the path to salvation through a tuber. Obviously, people eat vegetables, they aren’t anything new. I just want to argue their value on the U.S. Ikea dinner plate.
America is one of the unhealthiest countries in the world, and it’s no big surprise with fast food chains dominating most dinner tables, and lunch benches, not to mention breakfast nooks. I am not blaming them for selling delicious slop; that is their prerogative. It is our appetites that keep them in business after all, so it is our appetites that need to consider an adjustment.
Vegetables are the way to go. To start off they are free of dairy, soy, and gluten, hold for applause. This makes them a fantastic food for even the most sensitive bellies or trend-followers.
Another beauty of vegetables is their variably low calorie count, so you can basically eat your weight with no consumer’s remorse, and they have a few necessary vitamins and minerals plus fiber, but that’s just an added bonus.
Break stereotypes and have them as your main course, lunch or dinner preferably. Breakfast is the best time of day to get carbs and protein into your system. There are many ways to dress them up with different cooking techniques and spices. If you’re feeling adventurous, raw is always an option for a variety of vegetable. Some, many you have never even thought of trying raw, like green beans and spinach.
Bottom line, they are truly and undervalued food group and I’ve nominated myself to be an irritating groupie that won’t shut up about how great they are until you listen to, I mean eat them. Whichever you choose, however you choose to eat it, dig in.
Got questions about health or nutrition? Comment or message me and I just might sit up all the way in my bed to write an article about it.