|Roasted Broccoli, Source: Dana Treat|
This woman I work with said, "I don't like vegetables. My kids don't like vegetables." Who says that? Even if you really feel that way, that is not something you should really say aloud as a grown ass adult. Really? Grow the f@#% up.
But the reality is…what she said is probably not even true. If I was a person who bets, I would bet money that this woman eats mashed potatoes, potato salad, corn on the cob, probably collard greens, sweet potato pie, zucchini bread, spaghetti sauce, french fries and probably a ton of other vegetables prepared in traditional soul food and American fashion.
Someone might respond by saying, "Well, that's probably not what she meant." Well, that's what she said and I think you should say what the hell you mean and mean what you say. Words are too powerful to use them any old way. Choose your words carefully. They reflect your thoughts and beliefs and guide your actions.
My other problem with this is she's a mother. If she has this attitude toward the only food group beside fruit that provides antioxidants and critical vitamins and minerals…how in the hell is she going to raise healthy kids? That's a problem…to me. And it's really mostly an attitude problem.
When someone thinks this way, they aren't going to experiment in the kitchen and search for different ways to prepare vegetables. They don't even consider the possibility that preparation makes a world of difference in the final outcome. If you boil broccoli and feed it to your kids, you shouldn't blame them for not liking it. It's not them, it's you. Roast it and sprinkle it with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Put some marinara sauce on the side so they can dip it in something that's not fat laden. Feed it to them raw. You might be surprised.
You have to experiment with food, particularly vegetables, because it's highly likely that your parents didn't and therefore you didn't learn how to cook/prepare vegetables. Don't do the same disservice to your kids and yourself. Don't do it. It's not right and it's not fair to the children. Be an adult and make responsible decisions and pay attention to the words you say. Be a positive role model. It's important.