I feel compelled to do a little blurb on veggies because I do love them and so does my whole family. Eaten raw they add valuable nutrients, minerals and fiber to our diets! Plus they clean your teeth and intestines…what’s not to love?!
The trick is in making it enticing and easy to snack on. A big problem in snacking is that chips, and crackers, and cookies, and candies are the most easy and convenient thing to grab most of the time and therefore has become a staple in the American diet. When grains were actually designed more for quick calories in a situation where animal fat, protein, fruits and veggies aren’t available. They provide little more than that nutritionally. But no one really feels like washing and chopping up produce when they want a quick snack right?
So, in our home, the weekly routine I have been doing to inspire everyone to go for the raw veggies and fruits is as soon as I get home from grocery shopping I cut up a selection of fresh veggies, stick them in a bowel lined with a paper napkin (to absorb moisture and keep them fresher). I cover with a snug lid and they last about a week. Its in a nice see-through glass bowl so they attract attention. Kids and husband can easily reach them in no time at all!
The next thing is for fruit. I have a variety sitting in another see-through bowl on the dining table, so everyone is naturally drawn to them before they even think of the baked goods stored on the back corner of the kitchen counter;) I want to highlight and draw more attention to this stuff whereas I keep the other stuff in containers not on display:)
This month I set the fruit bowl on a large glass plate my hubbies grandpa made, I decorated it with pine cones from the yard, and bright pine needles also from the yard and a beautiful fall leaf given to me by my kiddo–for a festive addition to the fruit display!