Tell me — If you had to choose, would you prefer Fruits or Vegetables?
I know, I know. Both are good for you. Both contain teeny amounts, if any, of saturated and trans fat. Both are cholesterol-free, relatively low in calories, and chock-full of nutrients.
But, assuming you could only have one or the other, which would you choose?
At this time of year, fresh fruits and veggies are readily available. Melons, grapes, bananas, peaches, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, apples. Green beans, peas, corn, squash, greens, peppers, carrots.
Even in the off-season, most are available either in the fresh, canned, or frozen form.
So which do you like better, Fruits or Veggies?
Doctors and nutritionists advise us to eat a variety of both. Some are higher in fiber than others; some contain different necessary vitamins and minerals. All help reduce the risk of diseases like high blood pressure, some cancers, and heart disease.
They tend to be colorful. And crunchy. Easy to eat (or snack). Kid-friendly.
But do you have a preference? Do you naturally gravitate toward Fruits? Or Veggies?
Most parents know kids typically eat more fruits than vegetables (unless, I suppose, they’re raised vegetarian). I certainly did.
Give me something sweet, call it good-for-me, and I’m in!
I came to veggies later (no thanks to school lunches).
And they had to be just so. Not hidden by sauces, not touching anything else on my plate, and only certain varieties.
I still won’t eat Brussels sprouts, Lima beans, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, squash…well, that list goes on and on!
My parents used to advise me, “Try it; you can’t know whether you like it unless you do.”
And I can remember sitting at the dining table for hours refusing to try something that smelled “icky” or looked odd.
I think I still have the stomach of a six-year-old because there are many more fruits that I like and eat than veggies.
How about you?