Sunday, October 23, 2011

November's Vegetable Challenge

Being the king of my own home is nice, since it allows me to make random decrees like a power hungry tyrant. I recently came up with an idea to introduce my kids to more vegetables, so I have decreed that November will be vegetable awareness month. Next month we will make sure that we eat a different vegetable every day of the month.

We recently came up with a list of 31 vegetables, and my kids were definitely more excited about some of them than others. We will include a different vegetable every day until they are all crossed off the list at the end of the month.

I know that winter is not the most ideal time of year to take on this project, since local fresh produce is no longer plentiful, but I think we can do it. It was actually quite challenging to come up with a list of 31 vegetables. Most of us probably rely on eating the same 10 -15 popular ones over and over. Making a game out of this will give us more variety in our diet, get my kids involved in planning some meals, and hopefully help them overcome their fears of being poisoned by eating "yucky" vegetables.

I'd encourage you to join us during the month of  "Novegetablember". If you are not up to the challenge, then at least see if you can make a list of 31 different vegetables. This exercise will help you realize which ones you seldom eat and can get you thinking about trying some new ones.


Kelly said...

Actually I think it's the perfect time to do this. I recently joined a group called the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We pay a weekly fee to have the local Amish farmers and then pick up fresh produce for 8 weeks. Their vegi season starts Nov 2nd. I can't wait to see what we get! Good luck with your healthy eating this month.

Raymond said...

Great idea my family is primarily vegetarian anyhow so its not too hard to reach that goal.
Another way I like to eat more vegetables is to make desserts with them like lime-avocado pie, zucchini baklava or pumpkin choc- chilli pie.

Michael McIntyre said...

nice idea on bringing the family together for a little project, hopefully they like the majority of the 31 vegetables and actually want to eat them as part of their normal diet.