We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
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Here's what Aunt Nettie suggests for Erica:
I think I know jes' the thing to help ya perk up to the energy a young lass like you oughter be feelin'. First off, I'm gonna give ya couple o' basics to help point ya in the right direction.
Protein is mainly fer buildin' brand new blood cells, repairin' 'em when they's all tuckered out, an' keepin' them cells in good condition. On a vegetarian diet those high protein foods would be mostly beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Even veggies have some protein. Tofu, made from soybeans, has a heap o' protein--extra-firm tofu can fix yer right up with a whoppin' 13 grams of it fer a three-ounce servin'. Now don't that make ya sit right up an' pay attention?
Fer energy, we gonna head right fer the carbohydrates--mainly fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds. On a vegetarian diet, lots o' foods high in carbohydrates kin also give ya lots protein, so you git double benefit. Now, y'all knows every car needs gas to make it go--carbohydrates are engine fuel fer the body, so be sure to eat regular meals every day and enjoy plenty o' those energy packed carbohydrates.
Right down below is a list comparin' the carbohydrates in the animal products you been eatin' to the carbohydrates in plant foods. Don't those numbers jest surprise ya? Mind you now, it's easy to see that the energy foods are mostly in the vegetarian category.
Vegetarian Stuff Apple, 1 medium 21.0 Carrot, 1 medium 8.0 Tangerine, 1 medium 6.5 Banana, 1 medium 26.7 Tomato, 1 medium 5.7 Cabbage, 1/2 cup 1.9 Split Peas, 4 oz. Cooked 23.9 Lentils, 1/2 cup cooked 19.9 Lentils, 4 oz. Sprouted 25.2 Potato, baked w/skin 28.6 Sweet potato, baked 27.5 Sunflower seeds, 1 oz, raw 5.3 Mango, medium 35.2 Almonds, raw 1 oz. 6.0 Bread, whole wheat 1 slice 14.0 Squash, butternut, 4 oz. 4.9 Cantaloupe, 1/2 cup 6.7 Fig, 1 large 12.3
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.