Hi guys!!! Thank you for being here.
Let’s talk about eating fruits and vegetables. Countless times,I have heard people proudly say “As for me, I don’t like fruits” or I’m not a goat so I don’t eat grass” referring to vegetables” 😳 Yes, really! That is how bad some people make it seem 🤣It saddens my heart when I hear such comments but that is what it is.
Fruits and vegetables can be eaten whole as you know it, made into juices, purees, smoothies, added to staple foods etc. There is a lot we can do to enjoy fruits especially with children. One common mistake I see with parents who don’t like fruits is that sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly, they push their dislike to their children. Children learn more by modeling than by instructions and so they do exactly what we are doing rather than what we tell them to do. Whatever mummy or daddy eats is most likely what they will grow up liking or eating. I see it with my boys all the time. They are eager to eat anything that is served on a regular bases but new fruits or dishes sometimes pose a challenge. After a few attempts, I am always tempted to give up.
But then it occurred to me how they adore their dad and always copy what he does or says (advantages of the monkey stage of life 😂) So we started being ingenious about it… Get super hero dad to try out “new” dishes and fruits in front of them and voila!! Wink. If daddy takes and says “wow!! Soooooo delicious.. or 😋😋.., everyone wants to try it. Sometimes, you see the disappointment on their faces but hey daddy says it’s delicious so it is… lol. We keep at it until they are comfortable with the new food or meal. Sometimes too, just sharing a bowl of fruits with them encourages them to eat because everyone is eating.
The World Health Organization recommends a daily fruit and vegetable serving of 400g a day to help minimize the risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart diseases. This translates to about five servings a day.. What is a serving? A serving of fruits or vegetables can be simplified as the size of your fist (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations). So, make a fist and that is about the amount of fruits and vegetables you should be taking at least five times a day!
Benefits of eating fruits and vegetables
Am I really attempting to talk about the benefits? 🤔
Where do I start and finish? Anyway, let’s take a look at a few.
1. They are rich in fiber thereby makes you fill up easily and keep fuller for longer. Fiber also improves your digestive system function and that is why from days of old our mothers gave us oranges when we were constipated. 🤣
2. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they keep you energized and free of infections and chronic diseases.
3. Ever heard of eating the rainbow? Yes! That’s what fruits and vegetables give you. They make your plate colourful and make eating times happy times especially for children.😅
4. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been shown by numerous studies to reduce high blood pressure. So,if you are hypertensive, go ahead and reduce those 2 balls of banku or kenkey to one and replace with vegetables and fruits to fill up. 💪🏾 5. Finally, fruits and vegetables also reduce the risk of developing most types of cancers especially cancer of the breast, prostate, stomach and esophagus…
There are a million and one types of fruits and vegetables wherever the Lord placed you. So many options with no hassle at all. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try out as many fruits and vegetables as possible. You will definitely find a few that gel with you.🤗