Posts tagged ‘vegetables’

A fruit by any other name is still a fruit.

OK, time for a game.

Which one of the following is NOT a vegetable?

1) Zucchini  2) Eggplant  3)Corn 4)Sweet Pepper 5)Beans

Stumped?

Here’s the answer: NONE. They’re all fruits!

Wtf!? Yes, I know, mind-blowing, I know.

Here’s the definition if a fruit: Plant parts that originate in the flower’s ovary and surround one or more seeds. The key word here is SEED.

Any vegetable that has seeds is really a fruit!   Can you think of some others?

Now get yourself to a party and wow fellow party goers with this awesome tidbit of knowledge.

And if you are really fascinated by this, take a gander at wikipedia.

July 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Getting Sneaky

I’ve been having a little bit of an issue lately (well, a few, but one in particular).

I haven’t been cooking as much as I normally like to. I’ve been so busy with school and work that quite honestly I’ve started to get into a lazy pattern of just eating whatever I’ve got on hand.  Now, if my darling husband (who is probably reading this) could work some cooking or prep work into his afternoon schedule, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Because I haven’t been cooking much, the amount of vegetables I’ve been eating has gone way down (and the amount of carbs way up). It’s been easier for me, at least, to grab Mary’s Gone Crackers (the world’s greatest vehicle for hummus and cheese and anything else!), than to get motivated to steam some broccoli. And yes, I am aware that steaming broccoli takes a minute amount of brain power and time.

I just feel crappier when I don’t eat a lot of veggies. Plus, my digestion suffers (and I’ll spare you of the details–but basically, I could use the fiber)

So, this morning I decided to get servings of veggies in the morning. As much as I’d love to whip up a gorgeous omlette with the works, I usually don’t have the time during the week. So instead I made my usual smoothie and put about 1.5-2 cups of kale into it. That’s right. I added a vegetable to my smoothie! Because I have the amazing Vitamix the greens get pulvarized into oblivion. The result: a poopy brown (but delicious) smoothie that is filled with fruits and veggies and kale. And all before 8am!

So give it a try. Throw some dark leafy greens into your morning smoothie. I also use spinach, which has a milder taste than kale, so start with that. And when you get really pro, you can add other awesome veggies to it. Experiment and have fun!

And just to divulge, my shakes consist of: 1 small banana, 1/2 cup bluberries (more or less), 1/2 cup strawberries (I buy frozen organic berries), 1 scoop of protein powder, handful of kale or other green, ground flax seed, 1/4c lite coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, 1T unsweetened cocoa powder, 2T maca/hemp powder, 1T Lucuma powder, almond milk, and some raw cacao nibs to give it a crunch. A hearty breakfast to get me going….AND a serving of vegetables!

What’s your go-to breakfast? Does it involve vegetables?

March 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Friday Nibbles

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have some great weekend plans ahead of you. I’ll be roadtrippin’ to Hartford, the Berkshires, and Saratoga Springs to see Phish play their final shows of their summer tour. Can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend! 

Thank you to those who left comments about topics they want to know more about. The invitation ALWAYS stands, so continue to ask away.

Here are this week’s top stories:

Most importantly, check out my post from Naked Apartments on what might be lurking in your reusable tote bags.

Do we need milk in our lives? I believe the answer is NO.

Some tips on how to build a better relationship with your food. Cause it’s all about the love.

Yoga and eating. A perfect partnership to curb your eating.

As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate!

All veggies are good for your health, but these are REALLY good.

All this talk about health care reform.  How about HEALING reform?

We all love dirty secrets. Especially ones about body fat.

Very important for summer–natural remedies for mosquito bites. Written by a fellow diva friend!

I knew it was too good to be true when the Arc trainer at the gym showed I had burned 200 calories in 15 minutes

August 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Naked Apartments-Debbie Meyers Green Bags

My post today over at Naked Apartments

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: Wilted lettuce in the fridge. Mushy cucumbers. Dried-out broccoli. Overripe bananas.  Yeah, thought so. It’s always been a race against time to finish all the produce I buy from the supermarket or farmer’s market. Especially during summer when everything looks so good and is quite irresistible. Unfortunately, I never seem to be able to eat all of my fruits and veggies before something starts to go bad,  squishy, or grow fuzzy mold.

I’ve found the answer to our problems, fruits and veggie lovers: Debbie Meyer’s Green Bags! You may have seen these at your local health food store or advertised on TV.  These greenies are storage bags for your produce that will extend the shelf life of your fruits and vegetables without chemicals. Cool, right?

Here’s how they work: after fruit and vegetables are harvested, they begin emitting a gas called ethylene, which speeds up ripening and aging.  Green bags (non-toxic) are formulated to absorb and remove the ethylene, thus keeping your produce fresh for longer.

Check out the website to order Green Bags and delve into the how’s and why’s of this cool product. A word of caution, however:  the manufacturers say that you can keep produce safe for weeks. I would advise, however, not to keep produce longer than a week or so. Taste something that’s picked fresh and then something that’s been lying around for too long, and you’ll see what I mean. Plus, fresher foods are more nutrient dense than the not-so-fresh.

Green Bags are a great addition to your kitchen, will keep your food fresher for longer, and will save you some cash, too—they’re reusable AND you won’t be wasting food anymore.

July 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm 1 comment


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