A Bushel of Antioxidants in Two Little Ounces Plus Iron
We value convenience over choosing healthy food most of the time in the whirlwind that represents modern life.
When the work day is finally over, domestic errands like the unending job of food shopping starts. Unless you have a vegetable garden outside with a private gardner, an exhausted supermarket trip most likely includes processed food.
Great bags of potato chips and sugary cereal beckon from the endcaps. At times a helpful associate places a coupon next to something that is quick and easy to make.
The produce aisle has much smaller signs. Vegetables are sold in cans, fresh, or frozen. Often the cans have the cheaper price. Two for one offers grab our attention in the canned vegetable aisle. Or, you just have to buy some frozen french fries, because your kids are ravenous after school. French fries, pizza and fast food are what they and their friends crave. Large scale agribusiness has shamelessly marketed to our children.
Agribusiness shamelessly markets to children; cereal boxes should be rated X
When I was coming up, I confess that I liked the toy included in cracker jacks. A few years ago I bought an overpriced box just for fun; the toy of my youth was a flimsy paper ghost of past trinkets.
A generation ago, our grandparents survived the Great Depression by growing as many vegetables and fruits that they would use. Whole days were spent in my family taking fresh vegetable and canning them. It was often a group effort with my aunts and my grandmother. I was just the innocent child bystander.
Now, I wish I had paid attention to my relatives’ canning routine.
In other words, we have come back to the future. Now, my husband, who has become a viable balcony farmer, grows our herbs. I babysit for my snow bird neighbors plants every year. Their mint and oregano are my grandchildren. We place them in the sun and water every night.
A friend just told me about a condo that had a whole terrace. Immediately I visualized all of the vegetables that I would buy seeds for.
Nutritionists and doctors to the stars lecture about the importance of eating mostly fruit and vegetables. Our plates should be a rainbow of colors to catch all the antioxidants.