I used to think my sister-in-law was crazy for raising chickens. I educated myself on nutrition and realized that what Atticus Finch told Scout in, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was a prediction of the future. He said not to judge a person until you had heard their story. I now realize that I was ignorant and superficial in those days. We have to keep ourselves realistic because we are all products of the society in which we were raised. We don’t know everything, we know what we are told. Atticus was right; As was, Hippocrates when he said , “Let food be the medicine”. Thank you for this post because we all need to educate ourselves and not judge others–they may just be two steps ahead of us!
Continuing on with what I can eat, here are some things I’ve not only learned to like, but I actually look forward to eating them.
I used to think people who were vegetarian were strange (no offense) and I thought that veganism was half-crazy. Now, I am deeply remorseful for my hasty judgement. With all I’ve learned about plants as food lately, it seems as though they have had the last laugh.
|Falafel with Homemade Tzatziki
First favorite – soy milk in coffee. What a blast of fantastic flavor. I first tried it as a shot of soy in my Starbucks espresso. It was heavenly and I doubt that I’ll drink coffee any other way. Putting dairy milk in my morning coffee was the last bit of regular milk I had failed to give up…milk’s off my list.
Beans, lentils, legumes, peppers, onions! For lunch today, I made falafel with tzatziki. Last weekend, lentil soup. Tonight, my sister’s recipe for Chicken Marbella. Black beans go in my salad, refried beans with salsa are a quick hunger cure, chickpeas in a salad…good all around.
And finally, as a grand gesture apology to all my vegan friends – silken tofu! It is amazing when blended with non-dairy milk and fruit. Check out this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs: Strawberry Mango Fruit Ice.
Remember that protein plays a key role in providing energy and feeling full. The reason we are told to stay away from “the white stuff” like sugar, white pasta, white bread, white rice and potatoes is that these foods are quickly digested, simple carbs made with one or two sugar molecules, they lack fiber and pass quickly into your bloodstream. Complex carbs contain a string of sugar molecules that digest slowly and keep blood sugar stable, full of fiber and filling. Because they are found commonly in whole plant foods they are high in vitamins and minerals.