Ummm, but isn’t that a bit obvious?

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Stuck in a doctor’s waiting room this morning I was assaulted with the thrilling spectacle that is morning television. Luckily for me I arrived just as they presented a segment on ‘eat your way to looking younger’. Perfect timing since last week my daughter said, “Mummy, I’m just going to call you a lady, because you’re not a young lady but you’re not quite an old lady either.” Ahhhh. Another moment of kid truth that DOESN’T FEEL AT ALL OUCHY.

Anyways, I tuned in to the TV, all ears and was shocked to discover that…. I need to eat more fruit and vegetables. No shit. I mean, really? Does anyone think as they scoff a lolly or cinnamon doughnut that they are doing themselves a favour?

Regardless of the ailment, I seem to hear this same message repeated by health professionals over and over again. Eat less processed foods. Eat more fruit and vegetables.

Don’t we KNOW this by now? Am I overestimating the food education of our society? I think this is basic, boring drivel. Which is why I never bother to give that part of the message here – it’s a given, isn’t it? I’m more interested in giving inspiration for what to do with all that gorgeous fresh produce so that your kids will love it, too.

And my kids do love this vegie stew/soup. Clean bowls every time (when assisted with some fresh baguette slices). Originally I posted this as a pressure cooker recipe, but I’m happy to report that I made it in the slow cooker last night and can confirm that it needs 4 hours on high (which should translate to 8 hours on low). And chop your sweet potato and cauliflower into little pieces so that they can break down and be gorgeous.

See the original recipe here

Soup + winter = cosy.

There’s still enough winter left to enjoy this.

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14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Nicky Haywood said,

    BAnahahhahahahahah! Love your posts! x

  2. 3

    Polkadot said,

    you’d think people would know this it’s the same when people ask how ive managed to lose weight and when I say “eating right and exercise” they look surprised as if it really couldn’t be that simple

  3. 5

    Judith said,

    I think you’re preaching to the converted on this Blog … maybe a large number of The Morning Show viewers are not so aware …. I believe there are still many out there that still don’t get it! …and I feel your frustration!

    • 6

      wendyblume said,

      I know that people only follow me if they’re already interested, but the basic health messages seem to be so prevalent that I’m a little shocked that people wouldn’t know them. But I did watch Jamie’s show trying to get people cooking and eating better at home – that was an eye opener! Change is a difficult thing.

      • 7

        Judith said,

        …and did you see his ‘School Dinners’ series ?? I’m still shocked by some things still on sale in Aussie school tuck-shops.

  4. 8

    Corli-Anne Rzasa said,

    I think people DO know it but they don’t want to hear it or listen.I am always so surprised that we have such an obesity problem in AU when we have such amazing produce available all year round and generally a climate that supports an outdoor lifestyle!! Sad really…

    I love this stew and clean bowls in our house also! But I am making your vegetarian cottage pie tonight 🙂

  5. 10

    Elly said,

    Hahaha ….. You can lead a horse or whatever it might be but you can’t make it drink. Thanks for all your hard work.

  6. 11

    Lisa said,

    Just look at all the ‘food’ at the supermarket, lots of people think that is what you need to eat. And that isn’t including the fruit and veg section. Plenty of people are astounded I go to the supermarket once a month. The idea that my food comes only from the green grocer, butcher/fishmonger and co-op for bulk flour/rice/lentil/nuts/seeds is incomprehensible. Like the parents who shrug and say “my kids just don’t like veggies” I don’t understand what they eat!

    • 12

      wendyblume said,

      Hmmm, yes, ill have people say ‘my kids don’t eat vegies’ all in the past tense as if they’ve given up altogether and don’t even try anymore. I don’t know what they eat either.

  7. 13

    Mrs P said,

    I feel your frustration. My lovely friend who is also a big fresh foodie eater relayed a story to me recently about how her extended family believe a McD’s Chocolate Thickshake IS healthy. Apparently it’s dairy so that makes it healthy. I was a little flabbergasted. IMO there’s nothing wrong with drinking one every now and then but don’t pretend it’s healthy!

    BUT for me, it is a great reminder to be appreciative for all the hard work my parents put into my education. Without the thirst for knowledge they encouraged, I may not have fully discovered the benefits of fresh produce and I might still be stuck at the supermarket putting processed food filled with health claims in my trolley (and thinking I was eating healthy) instead of shopping at the butcher and greengrocer.

    I’m not suggesting you need a high education to know better, but in my case it helped. My parents both think I’m crazy OTT for how much ‘time and effort’ I put into preparing meals.

  8. 14

    Tracey Rose said,

    Mmmm … morning TV … so educational … said no one ever! 😉

    ps. that soup looks de-lish and is making my mouth water!


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