Seeing Red…..But I am not angry :-)

Less than a year ago, on a Saturday evening when everyone in our family had been entrenched in activities or work all day we would’ve called the local pizza joint or visited the drive-thru of one of the numerous fast food joints in our area. Thankfully, our habits have changed! While my husband and daughter enjoyed leftover chicken parmesan I made last night, I pored over a mountain of spiraled beets from my garden appreciating every little strand of delicious nutritious goodness.

Can you realistically go meatless?

Absolutely.  Though the information my be a bit dated, as of several years ago, about 2.5 million people in the United States were vegan and 7.5 million people were vegetarian. For a more personal experience into the vegan life, check out https://easyeatz.com/.

Can you realistically cut out fast food?

Yes. The percentage of Americans who never eat fast food is less than five percent, but it’s not zero. It is absolutely possible not to eat fast food, especially when there are delicious convenient alternatives.

Can you find a happy medium?

Yes. Personally, I’m a huge fan of dairy. I enjoy Greek yogurt, goat kefir, eggs, and bone broth from bovine and fowl. I would have a really hard time giving up tuna, salmon, shrimp, scallops and shark. I enjoy all of these meats in moderation, but my go-to foods are usually from my garden or other organic sources (e.g. organic dried beans that I preserve myself without salt).

August 22, 2017
Dilled Shrimp Salad with Spiraled Red Beets and Feta

Seriously, how can you make a meal out of spiraled beets with hemp seed hearts?

You’d be surprised how satisfying “real” food is when your diet is absent of refined processed foods full of empty carbohydrates and sugar. There is a SERIOUS amount of protein in hemp seed hearts, and unlike other seeds such as flax or chia, they have a rich buttery taste. Red beets are an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.

Personally, I am satiated by the fact that these beets were homegrown in my organic garden. Root vegetables such as carrots, beets and potatoes can be stored for weeks or months and still maintain their freshness. I harvested these beets on November 9, 2017, and they tasted as though they were right out of the ground. Why not grow your own and enjoy seeing red?  Grow Your Own Red Beets 

©Room2GrowGarden.com, December 2, 2017

References

Tepper, R. (2013, August 6). 8 Out Of 10 Americans Eat Fast Food At Least Once A Month, Says Gallup Poll. Retrieved December 2, 2017, from HUFFPOST: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/fast-food-poll_n_3714988.html
The George Mateljan Foundation. (2017, December 3). Beets. Retrieved December 2, 2017, from The World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49
World, T. O. (2010, June 10). The Opinioness. Retrieved December 2, 2017, from 10 Myths About Vegans: https://opinionessoftheworld.com/2010/06/10/judge-me-tender-10-myths-about-vegans/
Zagorsky, J. L., & Smith, P. (2017, July 12). No, poor people don’t eat the most fast food. Retrieved December 2, 2017, from CNN Health: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/12/health/poor-americans-fast-food-partner/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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