growing up Southern…

Ahh… the land of fried chicken & overcooked greens. Have you ever been invited to dinner and had the chance to see vegetables at a Southern families house? They aren’t colorful. They are stewed until they loose their vibrant colors. Green beans look like that awful shade of puke green your grandmother’s bathroom is still painted. Corn is about the only vegetable that stays bright, maybe that has something to do with the non-organic varietal we creamed to perfection. Collard greens might be one of the most nutritional vegetables cooked in the average Southern household tho we leave them on the stove for 2-3 times longer than in other parts of the US probably. I mean no harm, no judgment, no criticism.

New Years means tradition- black eyed peas & collard greens, lightly sauteed and squirted with lemon and a touch of salt. My mom asked me how I cooked them, in water? Stewed basically. No mom. She seems excited at the idea of this new simple way to cook her greens while being skeptical that the collards might still be bitter. Just try it! That’s my motto.

Having lived in San Francisco for the past 6+ years has really opened my eyes to a new way of eating and living. Healthy has taken on a whole new meaning. My days don’t feel complete without eating greens. Currently, I am doing another cleanse and feeling good. My days are filled with delicious shakes, smoothies, green soups and whole foods. Occasionally, I fall ‘off the wagon’, especially when I’m in a baking frenzy. Especially during the holidays. While resolutions shouldn’t always be about being healthy, it’s a great kick start to being motivated. This year stick with it! The whole year! Now that’s a resolution..

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”

~author unknown

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