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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I have a confession to make. And hey, why not do it where anyone with a computer can see? It all began in my childhood, at least that's what I tell myself.

My mom forced me to eat vegetables.

Yeah, I know that's pretty typical, or it was back in the--well, a long time ago. But I contend that my mom was extra stringent about the greens. They were put on my plate and expected to be gone by the end of the meal. And they were. I found very creative ways to make green beans disappear. I was known to hide them inside coloring books, inside play-do canisters . . . it was lucky I sat right in front of the hutch which afforded many hiding places. I would do anything to avoid the vegetable du jour.

As I stared at each distasteful pile of green, I was told I would love it when I grew up. And this is where the confession comes in. There is not a single green food I like. Not green beans, not broccoli, not spinach, not asparagus. (And just so you know, I'm discounting mint chocolate chip ice cream)

No, my taste buds never grew up. When everyone else is having grilled chicken salad, there I am with a burger and fries. Holidays offer a chance at a free-for--all of the foods I was denied. Chocolate covered marshmallow santas at Christmas, Peeps at Easter, Boo Berry at Halloween. Yeah, sad I know. And I'm not happy about it either. Maintaining health and weight would be a lot easier if I enjoyed vegetables. As it is, I guess I'll have to keep taking my Flinstones.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:01 AM  
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At 7:27 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I've discovered a new way to enjoy veggies, D, you might try it. Oven grilled. They are soooo good that way! Much better than normal cooking. You coat them with a little olive oil then put them in a hot oven for about 8 minutes, flipping them over half way through. I saw it on a cooking show. They're still kind of firm and not mushy and the flavor is so much better! Try it with asparagus or broccoli.

Do you like non green vegetables like carrots or squash? LOL

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I love normal vegetables. You know, green beans, carrots, potatoes, all that. Forget the brussel sprouts, asparagus, and veggies I can't spell. If I can't spell it, I ain't eatin' it. And spinach? Leave it for Popeye. That guy is just plain weird.

I knew a lady once who dug up greens in her backyard and fried them up with vinegar. Trust me on this. It does something to a person to see your neighbor grazing in the backyard.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...


C, I don't like non-green veges either except corn and potatoes, which I'm told don't really count. I might try the oven grilled way, but I'll be suprised if I like them.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

How about the kind smothered with batter and fried to perfection? Sometimes that helps. Hey, whatever it takes to eat your veggies, right?

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm usually a lurker but couldn't pass this one up! I could have written your post! I was made to try all those yucky veggies! To this day, I still don't like them. Sometimes I think it is all a control issue. (I am finally in control and can decide for myself.) Yet when I have tried them I still can't do it! I do like carrots but corn and potatoes are my very favorite! All those starchy and sugary things that aren't good for you. I absolutely love!(chocolate anything! right now because of the heat my dinner is usually ice cream. Really healthy right!? It is a dairy :)) I am trying to lose weight but it sure is hard when you aren't a salad or veggie fan. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!

As a side note-it is hard to encourage your own children to try them. This has been a struggle.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Andrea, yes, it's hard. I do encourage them to have a bite. After all, you have to try it to know if you like it or not.

I think you can get most of the things your body needs from other foods, though. And there's always vitamins. :-)

One of my boys loves veges. He regularly picks salad as a side instead of fries. He got Kevin's genes.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

My mom once made me sit at the table until 8 p.m. with green beans. I finally fed them to the dang dog, who was too stupid or smart to eat them. She let me go after that. And let the veggie thing go too -- and surprisingly, I eat them and love them now. It just had to be my idea. I only have one who struggles with the veggies, and I only force him if he wants dessert. : )

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

When a guy I know was a kid, he hated peas. Right before they left for the lake, his mom served peas for lunch. Then they drove several hours up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Neil was silent for most of the way. Finally his mom asked, "Why so quiet?" No answer. "What do you have in your mouth?" "Peas."

I haven't talked to Neil in a long time. I wonder if he likes peas now? Hmmm. Denise, as a kid, did you ever try that trick--holding the green veggies in your mouth so you wouldn't have to swallow them? LOL

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Pam, the only trick here is on the child in question who's holding those peas on his taste buds forever! The idea is to BYPASS the taste buds. Maybe it was more about control than taste for your friend. LOL

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Deena said...

"As I stared at each distasteful pile of green, I was told I would love it when I grew up."

I can't help but wonder...maybe it means we just haven't grown up yet??

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

LOL I was told that I too would love veggies growing up. Guess what? I hate vegetables. It really does something to you to be forced to eat canned green beans, run to the bathroom to throw up and then be forced to eat more. The only things I will eat is lettuce, celery and carrots. It's a good thing I love fruit. :)

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I *make a deal* with my kiddos.

I'm not big on veggies and have a hard time remembering to plan them into the meal. They're most often forgotten or are an after thought. So my kids have never seen many veggies. So we deal. I tell them they only have to eat *X* amount of carrots and they can leave the table. If it's a weird veggie, they just have to try it. :-)

At 2:21 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

This isn't a vegetable thing but I used to dislike Rice when i was a little girl .
Now I could eat it every day.
Somethings I guess you do grow up to like. :)
And I always loved vegetables I must be a little weird. lol

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love veggies! Mmmmm sometimes I even find myself craving cabbage or broccoli or spinach! I was actually a vegetarian for about a year but then I missed hamburgers...

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

Ok, Denise, it's a little late to be adding to this post, and you probably won't even see this, but I had to share! (We've been out of town for two weeks, and I'm just catching up with you all.)

My daughter has decided her favorite way to eat broccoli (and zucchini, no less!) is raw, dipped in chocolate. She says the chocolate-covered broccoli tastes like a chocolate-covered pretzel. She won't prove it by me, but she loves it.

I guess I shouldn't take my 12-year-old to baby showers when I have to help clean up and she's bored. That chocolate fountain was too tempting...apparently we'd put everything but the veggies away!?

But hey--as much as you girls love chocolate, maybe this would do it for you! LOL


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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