This is a disturbing article on CalorieLab, especially:
The study shows that 27 percent of adults and just 13 percent of adolescents report eating three or more vegetable servings daily.
Wow, I have more vegetables in my breakfast smoothie than most eat in a day and probably more today than most eat in a week! I noticed at our Christmas gatherings, many of the guys in particular put minimal amounts of veggies on their plates, opting for more of the starch and protein-based dishes and getting seconds of them. While visiting family in Florida, I noticed they opted for easier vegetables, such as frozen or canned, citing that it was too much work to stock and keep track of fresh before they go bad. I don’t like to talk or brag about my eating habits, but I try to maintain them around family and friends instead of indulging just to prove it can be easy and enjoyable to eat better.
Anyway, the first thing we did with our new juicer was juice a ton of apples and carrots and promptly discovered those produce a lot of pulp. Remembering Gena’s pulp cracker post, I tried a variation of my own using slightly less flax seed, but upped the curry a bit.
Like my organic shaping? :-) The crackers were great, had a flavor and texture very similar to Wheat Thins only better with more flavor. And I thought they were very attractive looking with swirled orange carrot and apple chunks.
I’m super happy at the turnout and am looking forward to making more. Problem is I’m either going to need a bigger dehydrator or more leather trays for my current one. I’m thinking of making a trip to the Excalibur shop, I love that they’re manufactured in the US and locally to me. I just need to do a little kitchen reorganization to free up the counter space for such a monster. Something to look forward to in the new year after paying off Christmas I think.
For dinner, I did another monster salad with the fiery avocado dressing from the Cafe Gratitude book, but kicked up the cayenne pepper a bit. It was very good and could have been even more spicy. The water could be reduced a bit for a thicker dipping sauce as well.