August 3, 2006


Cravings: A simpler way to better nutrition (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 03, 2006)

Here are some tips from the CDC to help you sneak a few more fruits and vegetables into your family's diet every day:

Start the morning with a glass of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice.

Slice bananas, strawberries or a peach onto your cereal, or sprinkle on a generous helping of blueberries or raspberries.

Eat a salad with lunch, and have some carrot sticks or a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack.

Try a new, exotic fruit or vegetable each week (and maybe let your kids pick it out to make them feel involved).

For busy schedules, buy pre-cut, pre-cleaned vegetables such as salad mixes and baby carrots, or produce that requires little preparation, such as cherry tomatoes, broccoli spears, cauliflower pieces, grapes, cherries, apples and bananas.

When you get home from the grocery, wash and prep anything that needs it, then store cut and cleaned produce at eye level in the refrigerator, or in a bowl on the kitchen table for easy access.

When eating out, try veggie pizza, wraps and soups, and a salad instead of fries.

Liven up salads with nutritious green or red pepper strips, broccoli florets, carrot or cucumber slices, or fruit such as oranges, grapefruit or nectarine slices.

For a nutritious snack after work or school, make a smoothie by pureeing a combination of 1 cup peach, banana, pineapple and berries with 1/2 cup of fruit juice, a cup of vanilla yogurt and some crushed ice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2006 8:07 AM

Try a new, exotic fruit or vegetable each week (and maybe let your kids pick it out to make them feel involved).

What kind of a Puritan nation lets kids decide what fruit to eat? And, even worse exotic fruit from foreign parts! The next thing you know the little savages will be demanding Thai take-out for Thanksgiving dinner. I know slippery slope arguments are...well...slippery, but aren't you worried they will grow up to be Supreme Court Justices incorporating foreign law? Shouldn't the state line rule apply to fruit as well?

Posted by: Peter B at August 3, 2006 8:38 AM

Thety love those star fruit thingamajigs.

Posted by: oj at August 3, 2006 8:57 AM

Like Cotton Hill said when Hank offered him some Kiwi fruit: "I told you before, boy, I don't eat hairy fruits!"

Posted by: Bryan at August 3, 2006 8:57 AM

One of my sister-in-laws claims to have never eaten a piece of fruit in her life.

We all believe her.

Lucky for her she has my wife's maternal grandfather genes -- the guy has begun every day of his adult life with bacon and eggs and ended it with red meat and several gin martinis, and he's now 90 and shows no sign of leaving us.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 3, 2006 1:27 PM

Consider feeding a carrot to a cow, then eating both!

Posted by: Just John at August 3, 2006 1:50 PM

Vegetables are what food eats.

Posted by: joe shropshire at August 3, 2006 1:56 PM

I'm O.K. with eating fruits and vegetables because they're good for you. It's whenever the witches start telling us that we shouldn't eat animals because for religious or ethincal reasons that I get ready to flic my Bic.

Did I ever tell you what God said to Noe about this right after the flood?

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 3, 2006 3:07 PM

Notice how they slipped "yogurt" in there. Yogurt isn't a fruit or a vegetable. Now we see the secret agenda. Now we see the tentacle-tip of their hidden bacterial overlords.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 3, 2006 4:03 PM