Spoiler alert: Some of your most cherished food and/or drink cravings may be forever tainted after you read this. Sorry to be that guy, but unfortunately I am that guy – so no, I’m not actually sorry to say this because it’s the truth: Some of our favourite things to eat and drink are actually quite gross if you think about it.
Of all the relationships we have throughout our lifetime, the one we have with food will always be front and centre. Like any relationship, it will go through phases; sometimes it will be a healthy relationship, other times it won’t. Regardless of what each of our relationships with food looks like, one thing remains constant for all of us:
[In case you missed the news this week about sugar, this short video by the CBC sums it up nicely.]
Scroll to the bottom for my recipe for Miso-Tahini Noodles with Garlic, Mushrooms, Spinach and Marinated Tofu.
Let’s face facts: When die-hard meat-eaters imagine vegan or vegetarian food, they tend to imagine food that is bland, flavourless, and unsatisfying. To some of us, the idea that a “proper” meal contains anything other than a hunk of meat, a side of vegetables, and a lump of starch is a foreign concept – one that angry, smelly, vegan-nazi hippies pretend to be able to understand.
The benefits of getting cruciferous green vegetables into your body are endless. They add large quantities of fibre and micro-nutrients, they help with weight management, they make your skin shine, and the list goes on and on into forever.
But the reality is that while some of us love green vegetables, others hate them. I love green vegetables, but that’s because I acquired a taste for them when I was very young. If they’ve never been a significant part of your daily meals, trying to get more green vegetables into your body can seem challenging.
Technically, yes, kale is a carb; however, its carbohydrate content is indigestible (also known as fibre) – which means that our bodies don’t respond to kale’s fibrous carbs in the same way as starchy ones, like bread, potatoes, rice, and the rest of the usual suspects.
In other words, kale won’t cause you to gain weight; it will cause you to poop.
While I eat kale constantly, I have a little kale confession to make: I don’t love the taste of it. I find the flavour a bit like a fart (not that I’ve ever tasted a fart, but you get what I mean).
So why, then, do I eat it all the time if I don’t like the taste?