Nutrition isn’t just about eating, it’s about learning to live. - Patricia Compton
And then there was that pickle.
When I was a kid, my mom had dinner on the table by 5:30 every day when my dad walked in the door. We were a meat and potatoes kind of family, but my mom always made sure we had at least one vegetable and we rarely had dessert. My dad was especially fond of steamed spinach, yuck. There was a general rotation – ham and pineapple, scalloped potatoes, pork chops and mashed potatoes, and so on.
We were big fans of pickles – ate them with lunch most days and sometimes as snacks. But one night, unbeknownst to me, my dad had purchased a spicy pickle made with jalapeño brine. We were eating outside at our picnic table in the summer – burgers and corn, and pickles! Well, I put that pickle on my plate, and took a big bite, not noticing he was watching me out of the corner of his eye. You know when a cartoon character has smoke come out of their ears? Well, that happened. Maybe not literally, but it felt like it. I can’t say I’ve never eaten a pickle since, but I eye them pretty carefully before I take a bite!
Home-cooked meals are harder to come by as an adult – I have to do the work myself! Which means that making choices to eat healthy, spicy pickles or no, is also on me. My mom was great at providing us balanced, nutritious, hot food! I strive to reach that same goal.
This month is National Nutrition Month. I hope you’ll join me in aiming to get more fresh food and home cooked, healthy meals each day. And I dare you to try a spicy pickle!
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Dr. Julie Drolet
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