It’s the Monday following Thanksgiving, and I feel like someone connected a hose to my belly button and pumped my stomach full of gas.
Bloated. Ugh. Bloated, like I packed my stomach tight with squares of white bread. Lots of potatoes are sitting heavy with the bread. And then there’s all that beer.
A lot of beige is in my stomach. Bland looking beigeness. Funny, in a season where it’s all about stringing decorations of colors, we tend to consume lots of colorless foods. Turkey is beige. Gravy is brown. Potatoes beige. Beigey bread. Pumpkin pie, brown.
All in all, there ain’t nothin’ necessarily wrong with this. It’s just that the lack of color means lack of nutrients. The pumpkin pie might be the most nutritionally filled food in that list.
Bottom line, be sure to eat your veggies, and not just a plop of dressing-drenched salad. Let’s get some real vitamins in there.
Broccoli: This superfood is pretty dang super. We got fiber and antioxidants, not to mention vitamin C to help you through the flu season.
Brussels Sprouts: Like broccoli, the Brussels sprout is like vitamin concentrate. Oil these with some salt and whatever herbs you want and toss ’em in the oven for crisp deliciousness.
Citrus, like grapefruit: I’m personally not a big fan of the tang of citrus, but their health benefits are worth the struggle. Plus, they can color up a salad.
Dark leafy greens with purple cabbage: Mix all this crap together in a slaw and enjoy it with your beige main dish. We might think of cabbage as a useless food, but it’s actually packed with necessary vitamins. Turn it into sauerkraut, and you’ll get even more health benefits.
The main thing is to balance the colors on your plate as well as the types of food. Different colors mean different vitamins. Balance is especially important during the gluttony of the holiday season.
Working Class Vegan Man
Vegan guy who likes sports, beer, and eating healthy.
He's no dummy either. He's got 3 degrees, including a master of arts in international relations. Formerly head grillbilly for the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team (and formerly 50 lbs heavier), he's on a mission to de-sissify eating healthy.