Monday, September 5, 2011

Thirty Days of Saluyot and Camote Tops

Monday, September 5, 2011

I don’t know what got into me when I decided to eat just plain saluyot (jute leaves) and talbos ng kamote (camote tops or sweet potato leaves) with steamed rice every day for thirty days. I thought I’d be fed up with such modest fare after a few days, but the steamed green leafy vegetables dipped in fish sauce, chili pepper and calamansi (calamondin) appealed to my taste buds so much that I enjoyed every meal. I started the saluyot and camote diet on a whim, unaware of the plethora of nutritional benefits such greens can provide. A few days ago I learned that saluyot and camote tops contain antioxidants and are rich sources of dietary fiber as well as vitamins A and E, calcium, folate, iron, niacin, phosphorous, protein and riboflavin. 

Thirty days have passed and my diet still consists largely of beans, greens and grains. It’s not that I’m turning vegetarian or something. I simply realized that I can live without meat of any kind. Preparing all my meals at home makes me in control of what, when and how much I eat every day. I can choose to eat mostly vegetables yet not completely do away with meat. In fact after several weeks of pure greens, barbecued pork and fried chicken sounds really great. They must taste extra good after a monthlong self-induced meat deprivation.


Loree said...

I am not much of a meat eater but I also do not like greens much. I try to eat healthy but do not always succeed. I guess I do not have enough will power.

Anonymous said...

haha, panalo! baka di na maganda ang lasa ng meat pag kumain ka non. usually sa mga vegetarians pag binalikan nila ang meat nakakasuka na daw ung lasa. depende siguro kung how long naging vegan ang tao.

Anonymous said...

when cows eat greens they are lean. now that they feed them grains, they are fat. your secret is revealed. :)

Arti said...

I am a vegetarian Angeli and there are thousands of dishes that you can make!! Visit India to know the full range of vegetarian cuisine and you will never want to have non veg fare!!!
Have a fabulous week ahead:)

Unknown said...

angeli, challenge accepted! :-)

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