I remember eating salad growing up. I remember carrots and potatoes placed beside the meat on my plate. I remember tuna added to the spaghetti sauce. I’m sure we had vegetables. My brother had a garden in our backyard. I remember pictures of him tending to it. Most of my knowledge about vegetarian and living food comes from my parents, but not when I was a kid. I learned most of it later on in life when they both started their own vegetarian/living food lifestyle.
The body requires electrically charged foods. This energy comes from sunlight and many veggies are a prime source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis, which is what plants use to obtain their energy from light. The body needs vegetables to aid in the making of essential nutrients. Leafy greens are a high alkaline food. They contain protein and important amino acids used in breaking down protein. Past eating habits have built up highly acidic environments in our bodies.
Broccoli-all parts of the broccoli are highly nutritious. An antioxidant, it also contains potassium, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium, beta-carotene and Lutein. Great for dipping, lightly sauteing or blanching. You can also make a raw broccoli soup by putting all parts of the broccoli into your Vitamix blender, combined with water, onion and any spices that float your boat.
Cauliflower-contains calcium, potassium, sulphur and silicon. Try juicing the leaves and the flower for a highly beneficial drink. You can also eat raw, make a mock mashed potato either cold or cooked, by adding garlic, olive oil and onion. Cauliflower also has sulforaphane which enters your bloodstream and helps your antioxidant defense systems.
Celery-mmmmmmm. A highly nutritious, alkaline veggie. Juice it with the leaves on or eat raw with almond butter topping. Celery can reduce blood pressure and help with appetite control. It contains chlorine, sodium, potassium and magnesium.
Kale-a favorite of mine for making green smoothies. Kale has phytochemicals high in sulphur and aids the body’s detoxification enzymes. It contains sulphorapahne which comes out when kale is chopped, chewed or juiced. Other nutrients in kale are calcium, iron, Vitamin A, C and K, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, with are known to help protect against molecular degeneration.
Beets-Ok, this in one veggie I haven’t gotten my daughter to eat. I think they taste like apple and absolutely love them either raw or lightly cooked. Victoria Boutenko says eating beets should not turn your urine red. Juiced beets can have a high sugar concentrate. Sugar beet juice was used in Chicago to help prevent ice build up on the roads (just a little tid bit for you). Beets are a very good source of betaine, potassium and folate and can help to replenish iron that is lost during the menstrual cycle. It is good for the liver and heart health.
Red Bell Pepper-source of Vitamin A, C and Potassium, it also contains Lycopene. Red is better than green when it comes to peppers. Green peppers can be hard on the digestion.
Avocado-another yummy veggie. High in heart healthy monounsaturated fat, it also contains Vitamin E and glutathione. We need fats in order for the body to work. Make guacamole by adding tomatoes, sea salt, and onion (optional). Dip other veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or mushrooms into it instead of chips.
Put a salad together with all the above ingredients and add flaxseed oil, a dash of any seasonings that you enjoy. You can also add apple cider vinegar or liquid amino and top with any sprouts you found at the local market.
How can you get your children to eat them if they won’t? First, keep trying to add different veggies to their plate. Babies have taste buds not only on their tongue, but on the sides and roof of their mouth. This means they could be very sensitive to certain foods. But as they grow, the taste buds disappear from the sides of the mouth. As you get older, your taste buds become less sensitive and you will most likely be able to eat foods that you didn’t when you were younger. Change it up. Add color and mix veggies in with pasta or soup, or use veggies to dip into their favorite dressing.
Enjoy your veggies!