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This is what we’re supposed to eat

If you really pay attention to all the diets, life style eating plans and health commentary on food, we're supposed to be eatting fresh fruits and vegetables. Here's what they look like. If I went any fresher, there would be dirt and bugs on them still, but this year I was traveling so much I didn't get out to my garden.. the bugs are sad because they're being over run by spiders and the saga continues.

fresh produce
fresh produce

We eat a lot of vegetables in our house. Contrary to my mother's perspective of our crappy eatting habits, we consume 100 times more brocolli and spinach than we do soda. My kids eat have their favorites and are usually willing to try something new, so we explore and eat the greens.

 

Some cool things you can do with vegetables….

Make smoothies – throw spinach and tomatoes in the blender with berries and oranges and other than the really ugly green color, you can hardly tell there's a vegetable nearby. Don't try to mix in mustard greens, I'm telling you now, just trust me!

Eat fresh salad – we eat a lot of the same salads… tomatoes, romaine lettuce and spinach. However, you can mix it up and add all kinds of different things to come up with a new flavor every day. If you think you're kids won't eat it, try again… mine grab salad on their own and I swear I don't bribe them.

Cook it up and taste the difference – I'm not a fan of soggy, mushy veggies, so I tend to eat salad more than cooked veggies. Make soup with the vegetables or sauces and I'm all for it! I recently learned that tomato soup is actually tomatoes, carrots, celery and you can even mix in a little spinach… so yummy!

fruit and vegetable smoothie
fruit and vegetable smoothie

Fruits are all well and good, but you need the good stuff in those veggies too, so if you aren't already, I highly recommend grabbing an array of choices and experiment. I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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