My Dad lived by specific culinary principles:
- Cake’s main purpose was to hold up the frosting.
- Pepsi was the beverage of choice because water was for bathing, not drinking.
- The only edible food was brown and white (unless it contained copious amounts of sugar), green food should be reserved for insects or chimpanzees
- Fruit was only safe to eat if it was in a pie.
If he had known that June 17 was National Eat Your Vegetables Day he would have celebrated with a loaf of french bread & butter downed it with a Pepsi and a cinnamon roll for desert.
On June 17 – National Eat Your Vitamins, Phytochemicals, Fiber, Potassium Day:
- Take a vegetable to lunch
- Be corny
- Drink Doctor PEPPER
- Stalk celery
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and National Eat Your Vegetables Day is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.
Each vegetable has its own nutritional content though generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of :
- Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates.
- Phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.
- Fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function.
- Essential nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
- Potassium may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help
- Lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
- Decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers
It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. This recommendation may vary, however, depending on age and gender. For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.