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Need camouflage? Its OK

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You’ll come across all kinds of healthy eating nuts that believe that you should eat all of your vegetables raw and plain. Salad dressing, butter and salt are all big no-no’s for these extremists. I have some bad news for them. You need some fats for your body to absorb all of the nutrients in the vegetables you’re eating. So There!

And here’s another newsflash – most people won’t eat vegetables at all if they have to eat them that way.

I’m not saying it’s 0k to drown your vegetables in butter and salt, but if you toss in a little butter and salt for flavor, it’s ok.

 If you put regular salad dressing on your veggies, it’s ok.

 Whatever you need to do to get yourself and your family to eat vegetables, do it. If I serve broccoli salad that contains mayo, and sugar, and bacon, and I get people to eat a cup of broccoli that they never would eat otherwise, so be it.

If you have to have a little sugar on your strawberries, go ahead. It’s better to eat the strawberries that way than not eating them at all. Growing up, one of my favorite things at breakfast was an orange cut in half and sprinkled with sugar. You’d scoop the orange out with a spoon to eat it like you would a grapefruit. Another favorite was sliced bananas in milk, again sprinkled with sugar. Remember, I was raised by a southern family.

When I ate broccoli, I ate it overcooked and totally covered in cheese. Then I had a kid. My daughter always ate raw broccoli. I couldn't eat it without some sort of camouflage. But I had to be a good example and encourage her taste for raw vegetables. I would dip it in red French dressing and then I could eat it.

I still say the reason more kids don't eat vegetables is because of their parents. The kids actually like them. The parents don't. So the kids don't learn to eat them regularly. If you're a parent, you've got to bite the bullet and find a way to eat the stuff. In time you'll find that you need less cover-up.

The real problem today is all of the sugars we’re getting in packaged foods. Cut out the packaged foods and fake stuff, and replace with real food and you’ll be just fine. When you use butters, sugars, and salt – use real stuff, and use it in moderation. Extremism never works. Moderation works like a charm!

Go ahead and enjoy your food. I give you permission ;-)

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