It is no secret that I love my vegetables. Especially right now I am on a huge veggie kick and I want to share some of my everyday recipes with you. Today we have a raw kohlrabi pomegranate slaw. Realistically I am not baking and eating all of the time so I think it is important that I also display balance in what I share here. I don’t want people to get confused in thinking that chocolate is the only topic I cover, just because of the name of my blog. “Because I Like Chocolate” is a mentality. It does not mean that everything I make contains chocolate, or even sugar for that matter. It’s more like, “because I like chocolate, I will eat it without guilt, but I will also strive for balance in my diet and in life.” For you it may not be chocolate that gets you going. The point is, you should eat what you want, when you want, if that is what makes you feel good. We should not be constrained by societal expectations of what is “acceptable” to eat and what is not. Every now and then you can indulge and should not feel guilty for it. Anyways, that is my spiel.
More about those vegetables. Here is some interesting research for you, video games can get kids to eat more vegetables. In 2011 a study out of Baylor College of Medicine found that kids ate 2/3 of an additional serving of fruits/vegetables per day after playing an adventure video game that focused on skills related to behaviour change, like decision making and goal setting. I must say though, I don’t find this earth-shattering. Although they ate more, it did not even amount to 1 full serving. Nor was there a change in physical activity levels or body composition. As is often the case, a lot more research is necessary. We know that video games can lead to violence in children though so it would be pretty amazing if we could use them to induce positive behaviour change! Vegetables and science!
Kohlrabi Pomegranate Slaw
3 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and julienned (cut into matchsticks)
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
1 tbsp. grainy mustard
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
3-4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
To make the dressing, whisk together the grainy mustard, dijon mustard and honey. Then whisk in the apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the kohlrabi and pomegranate seeds with the dressing and serve.