Healthy Eating: Good Crop – Bad Crop


From a pure health standpoint, which of these two salads do you think is the most nutritious? Now that’s a tough one ain’t it? Which one do you think represents the most typical one served up in a restaurant? (Hint – it’s the one that will wilt overnight in the fridge.)  Yes, the chef truly has your best health interest in mind now doesn’t he! 🙂

I know people who eat out frequently and like to include this wonderful dish on the left with their order.  This sets them at ease since they often don’t eat so well at home!  Yes, under analysis it sounds pretty absurd, but it really boils down to a simple matter of habit now doesn’t it?

Salads have traditionally be associated with healthy eating.  This usually is the case, but only if you are consuming a real salad.   The one on the left with it’s useless iceberg lettuce, peeled cucumbers and a few onions bits and tomatoes is actually only slightly better than a side order of fries or chips.  You aren’t getting the much vaunted vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients right there in exhibit B, you’re really only filling a vacuum in your stomach and easing your conscience a bit.  But it’s pretty easy to change all that.

Next time shopping reach for green leaf lettuce or romaine, include the broccoli and the peppers, and be sure to put them all in that bowl.  It takes only a minute or so to add them, but that minute makes all the difference in the world from a health perspective.

Don’t like the taste or all those weeds?  That’s what your dressing is for.  Select one you like and it might mask the taste – until you develop an appreciation for healthy foods.  There’s a simple solution for everything.

Like they say always select the highly colorful vegetables on the counter.  Their pigments are caused by the very ingredients that promote your health.  If you eat a drab, dull limp tasteless salad that’s exactly what state your health will be!  Why not go for the gusto?

Here’s another tip that can ramp up the benefits:  It’s been said that when vegetables are cooked they lose some of their nutritive content.  That is very true, especially when cooking excessively or at high temperatures.  (slight sautéing can be healthful, as it can break down cell membranes for better digestion – and use olive oil!)  Steaming is usually the best choice for vegetables.  My suggestion is this – as you’re cutting em up, be sure to crunch on a few raw in the process.  Yes, picking is a good thing.  This way you get that unprocessed benefit.  The little things count, and add up.  Your health is truly in your hands.

Speaking of that, this is what I spied hanging on the side of the road while walking the dog.  They’re everywhere!


To your health


About Warren Dostie

Fitness trainer, author and avid anti-aging specialist. Age 55
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