It all goes back to when we’re just wee younguns, and we’d be throwing a tantrum at the table because our Mum (or the absolute devil, in this case) had just told us: “eat all your veggies, or no triple chocolate fudge brownie and peanut butter ice cream for you!”
…except that it was probably just good ol’ Peter’s vanilla, or even the classic Zooper Dooper, and not nearly as riveting.
Or maybe it was the typical situation where you’d complain you were hungry, and you’d get the choice between some carrot sticks or a Granny Smith.
And then your dad would proceed to attempt some kind of humour, and reply, “hello hungry, I’m Dad!” and would be all smug about his so-called “joke.”
Either way, it was entirely frustrating when all you wanted was a piece of flippin’ mud cake!
But the point is, we’re told from such a young, impressionable age, that fruit and veggies are the food gods; and are the best things we can possibly put into our body.
And hey, ultimately that’s a good thing, no matter how much we fought it just to get to the Maccas drive through!
Eating as close to nature is extremely important to ensure we’re not only getting enough of the macronutrients, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but all the little vitamins and minerals we need to function at our peak- and all of these are gained from eating a massive variety of fruits and veggies, as well as other natural wholefoods.
I’ll be the first to admit that I know for a fact that I don’t get probably near enough of a variety of such foods, and the lure of a peanut butter and honey sandwich can be all to strong at times, bullying the little tomatoes and carrots into a corner… poor little guys.
But I know that when I am eating a good, balanced diet of mostly (that’s the key here 😉 ) clean, wholefoods, I feel 100% times better, have way more energy, I sleep better, I’m happier and less likely to bite someone’s head off if they look at me in slightly the wrong way… the list of positives is endless! 🙂
So, I’ve decided to take on a the #plantPOWER challenge through the month of February. It was started by the health & fitness masterminds, Kasey who blogs over at Power Cakes and Heather over at For the Love of Kale, and is such an amazing initiative!
Because let’s be honest, when is it ever a bad time to try and get some more quality, healthy foods into your diet?!
It can only be a good thing! So if you’re interested in giving it a go, join in on the fun by using the hashtag #plantPOWER on Instagram and Twitter, to show off your yummy eats. 😉
If you check out this post on Kasey’s blog, you’ll find an awesome, comprehensive lists of some great examples of foods to incorporate into your meals for the month.
Find something on the list, and have no idea what it is, let alone how to pronounce it? Do a bit of Googling (c’mon, we’re all fellow research nerds here, you’re in good company) and get creative with some recipes!
May find a whole range of foods that you actually love, and without having done the challenge, you would have never even known about them.
Good luck everyone!
Here’s the #plantPOWER calendar for February, created by the geniuses themselves: Kasey and Heather: