Yep, you read that right. I think my new official title should be vegetable pusher (no not drug pusher). Everywhere I go I end up telling people which vegetables they should eat or that they should simply eat MORE vegetables. Most recent example- an innocent “victim” at the local Hy-Vee grocery store.
Last night I ran into Hy-vee to grab a few things. I’ve been slacking on my greens (mostly just because there weren’t any in my fridge, proves myself right that if they’re there and ready to eat you’ll eat ‘em but if not you forget about ‘em) so I stopped to grab a bunch of kale. There were two people standing right in front of where I needed to get to grab a bunch.
I overhear the man say to the woman “Kale is really the healthiest thing we have in the produce section and most people either don’t know what it is, don’t know where to find it or don’t know what to do with it.”
I reach over and grab a bunch of dino kale and he says “see even she’s getting it, I bet she knows it’s healthy!”
I respond “Oh, you HAVE to try some! Put it in smoothies, make a salad whatever but it’s great! (insert sour face from woman so I back pedal a little) it took me a while to sincerely like it. I’d make salads but mix it with romaine or spinach because I knew it was so good for me, but now I love just kale salads.”
I flashed a smile and I walked away….
20 minutes later I go to check out and who’s in front of me but the lady! She has a bunch of kale on the conveyor belt thing! I was so proud of her. We exchanged an awkward kind of glance but I didn’t say anything. Just smiled a little toothless smile.
Moral of the story. Don’t be afraid to share advice with people at the grocery store. I think that’s why I enjoy shopping at farmers markets and co-ops so much… people are so open and willing to share how to make this or what goes good with that. It’s like people really really care about their food. It’s not just something to wolf down the chute it’s mother natures gift to us! Food is really the easiest, least expensive thing we can do for ourselves to prevent all the yucky expensive problems that come from not taking care of our bodies!
So go to the store, hang out in the produce section and share with others! You never know… they just might end up with a bunch of kale…