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Challenge of the Week: Eat Vegetables
Vegetables often get a very bad rap and are the least favored food by many people, almost never being incorporated into the diet, specifically the American diet. Plenty of people go to the grocery store and have no idea what the vegetable section even looks like. They may go their lifetimes without having ever tasted a vegetable, possibly only liking one or two vegetables, because that is all they have ever been exposed to eating.
For those who do not like vegetables, they may turn to the only two vegetables that are favorable: corn and potatoes. These, however, are not the healthiest vegetables in the bunch, with green vegetables usually being overlooked. Green vegetables are the healthiest and yield great complex carbohydrates into the system, which are necessary for the body to get the essential nutrients.
Many of these vegetables can be acquired through your local grocery store or Trader Joe’s. It is preferable that you buy fresh vegetables or the frozen packages, as canned goods may contain preservatives and others chemicals that the body does not need.
Vegetables are not as bad as many people think and do taste great. There are some that do have an acquired taste, while others may be mixed with other foods in order to create a great taste, and there are plenty more vegetables that taste great on their own. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you which ones taste the best, because everyone’s tastes are different, but here is a list of vegetables that you should try this week, as part of a side dish in your main meal.
Your challenge this week is to try a different vegetable everyday to see which ones you like and could start implementing into your diet, as part of a healthy diet. There are various ways to cook these vegetables, including frying or baking, and some may even be eaten raw.
Aubergine (UK) = Eggplant (US)
Azuki beans (or adzuki)
Chickpeas, Garbanzos, or ceci beans
Lima beans or Butter bean
Mangetout or Snap peas
Bok choy (known as Bok choy in UK and US)
Broccoflower (a hybrid)
Fiddleheads (young coiled fern leaves)
Herbs and spices
Cilantro seeds are Coriander
Lettuce Lactuca sativa
Maize (UK) = Corn (US) = Sweetcorn (actually a grain)
Mushrooms (actually a fungus, not a plant)
New Zealand spinach
Leek Allium porrum
Spring onion (UK) == Green onion (US) == Scallion
Peppers (actually fruits, but treated as vegetables)
Green pepper and Red pepper == bell pepper == pimento
Chili pepper == Capsicum
Beetroot (UK) == Beet (US)
mangel-wurzel: a variety of beet used mostly as cattlefeed
Swede (UK) == Rutabaga (US)
Salsify (usually Purple Salsify or Oyster Plant)
Squashes (actually fruits, but treated as vegetables)
Courgette (UK) == Zucchini (US)
Cucumber (actually fruits, but treated as vegetables)
Marrow (UK) == Squash (US) Cucurbita maxima
Tomato (actually a fruit, but treated as a vegetable)
Sweet potato (Yams and Sweet Potato are same)