TIP FOR THE DAY - Vegetables, Fruits, and Us

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Can't get the kids to eat their veggies?

The U. S.Government Food Pyramid, a wondrous simplification prepared with our tax dollars, purports to tell us what we should eat more of, less of, and only a little of.[NOTE: You can come back at the end of this article and check out that pyramid and what look like hundreds of others by clicking on this link:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Free+Printable+Food+Pyramid&FORM=RESTAB.]

It is clear, however, that fruits, vegetables, and grains should be making up more than half of what shows up on our plates over the course of each day no matter where we are eating during each day.

Also, a portion of the fruits and vegetables should be eaten raw (after proper preparation) for the essential enzymes they provide are largely destroyed by even relatively low temperatures of cooking.

For children, many of whom turn up their noses at consuming any vegetables, one good approach is putting vegetables and fruits (combined with other ingredients) into delicious "smoothies!"

"Green Smoothies" for adults are getting good responses from many adults who can testify to their improved health that results from including them in their diets, not to mention savings in their food budgets.

Our youth obesity problems come in large part from refined sugar which has nearly no place to hide in any Food Pyramid.

Another white crystal, namely salt, is an important part of our diets, but our needs for salt vary widely depending on our work and leisure lifestyles.

Meats and fats have their place in the Food Pyramid, too, but the typical portion of meats that we are accustomed to is over-sized just as many of us are. Cut down on sugar, salt, meats, and fats. Try to make the daily portion of grains and nuts a healthy portion, too.

While moderation applies to all food types, a good balance in keeping with the government's Food Pyramid suggestions, is a great starting point. Doing so will give vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy their proper prominence in maintaining a healthy weight for life.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I like the hub as I do with healthy oriented good material ones. Most kids will eat vegetables if there is nothing else...Always put out a tray of peppers, cucumbers and carrots and they will eat them. I do like the smoothie idea...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks Carol. One mother wrote that her new blender had "made all the difference" with her kids, so we know it works. The best approach is the one you suggest, especially if it is started early on. I know, because I have grandchildren who prefer raw vegetables over lots of the favorites other kids swear by. They don't mind eating tasty fruits either.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Lately I try to eat healthier. I want to set an example to my child when it comes to eating properly. She's just 15 months but she is already eating many of what we cook apart from her baby food and milk.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

hey Perspycacious, good information. We need to pay attention to what we eat, it is evident our country isn't paying attention to the food pyramid. I try to eat healthy, but it's so hard to give up my favorite foods! It's just an ongoing journey with "one day at a time" mentality! Thanks for the information.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Good reminder that you are what you eat. Amazing how you can put just about anything into a smoothy and kids will drink it.

The" My plate" illustration ,from your bing link, was the one I was taught when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I don't include the fruit. More than one doctor has told me that fruit has too much sugar to consume large quantities.

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