Rediscovering Nature’s Abundance
More than any other foods, I recommend eating vegetables for rediscovering nature’s abundance. All kinds, from land and sea because vegetables have infinite culinary possibilities. They can be steamed, baked, roasted, grilled, eaten raw, fermented and pickled. Vegetables provide a vast amount of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and other cancer fighting properties. Because they are beneficial to the heart, gastrointestinal tract, the eyes, and they provide nutrients to all the organs, its a perfect example of nature’s abundace. Their abundance of colors make for beautiful as well as healthy eating.
If your typical plate consists of 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 meat or beans and/or grain you will likely have an easier time controlling weight, feeling healthy, getting essential needed nutrients and will be less likely to have cravings and health problems. As well as vital nutrients, vegetables have a good amount of water in them, which helps combat chronic dehydration – a condition many people suffer from.
Eat a rainbow!
To do so, buy a variety of colorful vegetables at the grocery or your local farmers market. Vegetables are not only delicious – they make for a visually exquisite meal. Put every color of vegetable on your plate and feel the love and joy of eating. It’s easy! To ensure you have eep a variety of fresh colorful vegetables at home, and every day take some out and put them on your plate. You can cook them, or just eat them raw and feel the satisfaction of eating from the earth – eating real food and getting essential nutrients.
Come to my class on the benefits of a plant-based diet on June 30th at New Leaf Market. As the famous food writer Michael Pollen says, eat real food, not too much and mostly plants.
Here is a wonderful sauce I’ve discovered recently to put over vegetables:
Curried Yogurt Sauce
- 1 cup organic, full fat, plain cow or goat’s milk yogurt
- a tsp curry powder
- clove grated garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Fresh squeezed juice from ½ lime or lemon
- Sea salt or Herbamare to taste
Lightly steam a variety of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, yellow squash, sugar snap peas, etc.).
While the vegetables are steaming, put yogurt in a bowl along with all other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then, put vegetables on your plate and top with yogurt sauce. This is a suitable meal on its own, or you may enjoy pairing with some lentils and/or a small piece of fish.
Read about getting more vegetables in your diet here!