3 THINGS : you should eat everyday

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ages ago i wrote a post about 3 things i eat almost every day. it was a fun post to write, and you guys really seemed to appreciate it too.

so here’s the 2nd edition !
3 types of food that i love for their taste, versatility, price, and nutrients – and that i eat more of less every day.

cabbage
i really feel like cabbage needs a better pr manager dude. when you hear cabbage, you think some brown, tasteless soup from a gulag somewhere. so undeserved !

just think about it – savoy, kale, purple, napa, bak choi, brussels sprouts, white, pak choi, broccoli, collards, cauliflower. the list goes on an on, and there’s no end to the yum factor possibilities.

we can steam, sauté, grill, boil, shred, fry it – even make it into wraps and rolls. and my personal favourite : fermenting it into sauerkraut and kimchi oh yum.

it will help us prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, boost our immune system, and even reduce cholesterol. it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
got stomach problems ? cabbage can heal that shit.

so stop bad-mouthing cabbage, it’s the king of veggies. well, all veggies are sort of royalty aren’t they, but cabbage has got a special place in my heart. plus, it’s dirt cheap and always in season. beat that.

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legumes
of course all them legumes have to be on this list. they’re staples in most vegans diets, and should be in omnivores’ diets too.
legumes is a collective term used for all lentils, beans, and peas. so everything from green beans to tofu, from soy milk to lentil soup, from hummus to bean burgers will fit in this category. no to mention those weird ass chickpea water vegan meringues – what’s up with those ?

the ways i usually eat legumes is in the shape of tofu and soy milk, as well as the whole beans/peas/lentils that you buy dried and cook yourself. i normally don’t soak, i just cook them until done. that can take anywhere from 15 minutes (red lentils) to 3 hours (fava beans). cooking a lot at once and keeping them in the fridge is always a good idea, just popping them out for salads, stews, soups or with rice for the next few days.

legumes are a great source of energy, high in both carbs and protein. besides that they’re of course packing minerals, vitamins, and a bucketload of fiber. they can help reduce your cholesterol, and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

again – so hella cheap too.

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onions
what would eating be without onion ? i don’t even want to think about it to be honest.
and there are so many of them too – red, leek, spring, garlic, silver, shallots, chives… making food taste better everywhere.

just like my other favourites on this list, onions can be found all over the world at any given time. and just like the other favourites, they’re serious about their nutrients. besides from all the usual stuff, onions have been shown to increase bone density in humans if eaten daily. neat huh ?

i like eating them raw as a topping. most meals we have some onion slices on top actually, even if we’re also having them cooked in the dish too. they’re just so crunchy and flavourful when raw, delicious ! i do know some people say that they get bloated when having raw onions, but i haven’t noticed anything. maybe it’s a habit kind of thing, getting used to eating it raw ?
either way, i’m loving it.

what do you eat everyday ? any favourites ?

love // jenny

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13 Comments

  1. Porridge Oats (Oatmeal), soaked overnight in cold water in the fridge — you don’t need Oat Milk, as the Oats themselves release a lovely creamy liquid: top with, for example, sliced banana,berries,Alpro, and a little Agave Syrup: this is a lot of food, but as Breakfast it lasts me ’til evening — sometimes it’s Dessert….

  2. Loved the post. Thèse are Staples now in my diet ( wich i knew about them when i was teen…)
    I would add oats to the list as i eat it for breakfast, make veggies burgers and balls and cookies with them

  3. Things I eat every day:
    – Coconut oil. It’s part of my breakfast smoothie, so I never miss out.
    – Garlic. Ok, so not *every* day but I looooove garlic and it’s so healthy, I don’t think any vampire would survive long in my vicinity ;-)
    – Raw vegan chocolate from the lovely (and Irish – but shipping worldwide!) http://www.magicmayan.com

  4. I recommend checking out the Facebook group: vegan meringue – hits and misses, if you´re intrigued. So many awesome ideas!!

  5. I must admit I’m a chilli and garlic hog, just love incorporating them in most of my cooking or raw in salads. Great in rice paper wraps and dipping sauces with lots and lots of spices and herbs.

  6. Great post!
    Let’s see what are mine “every-day-ingredients”…
    I could not miss all kinds of seeds: for brakfast with fruits, as topping on salads or soups, as patés, etc.
    Green leaves are a must every day.
    And oats!

  7. I would add oats to the list, too.
    Also root vegetables . You can find them very cheap in the colder month, everywhere.
    Like carrots, beats, radish or potatoes.
    And not to forget the sweet things :-).
    You will always find in my home a few nuts/seeds like walnuts, almonds, sesame or sunflower and dried fruit.
    Not to forget fresh fruits like appels and banana.
    With them you can pop up your breakfast, make spontaneous little desserts like an energyball or a sweet smoothie.

  8. Ah ah ! As most of your readers, I would add oat (:
    Thank you for that post. Now, I think I’m gonna try different types of cabbage…
    I am forgetting that I also eat dates everyday.

  9. mine would be:

    oats – almost every day for breakfast. i like my porridge slightly cooled, weird I know but it tastes amazing to me.

    berries (swedish blueberries, lingonberries, blackberries, or currants) – i eat 1 dl of these everyday too. either for breakfast or as dessert!

    roots – carrot, parsnips, beets, swedish turnips. love them oven baked with herbs

  10. Wow, garlic is a definite staple in my home today, and growing up with an Italian mom who hardly ever cooked without it! Sorry, Jenny, since I know you ban oil from your diet
    Also, I have 4 mason jars that my mother recently made for me. One had sun dried tomatoes marinated in olive oil, garlic, and herbs. Another jar had mushrooms marinated in the same. The third jar had eggplant, and the fourth, roasted peppers in a similar marinade. Oily, but awesome, especially aged (if you’ve never tried it) and it will last a few weeks. I put them in wraps, in pasta, or bruschetta.
    Cabbage is staple, and must always have oats, some tea, coffee and soy milk. That’s it!

  11. I totally agree with your recommondations!
    The only thing I was wondering about is: do you get a weird aftertste after eating raw onion, spring onlion, shallot… and how do you get rid of it?
    I get it every time and even brushing my teeth or chewing some parsley does not help at all.
    Somehow I am allways craving cocoa or chocolate when I have what I call the “onionmouth” so I cut raw onion out of my diet completely even if I liked them.

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