I don’t know how the examination of menu planning from the 20th century is impacting you, but it has really been giving me some things to think about. It’s not that this is the first time I’ve looked at the information.
Perhaps I needed to take this walk down “memory lane” to remind me how much our grandmothers depended upon their kitchen gardens. Anyone who is older than, say, three knows that recommendations for healthy eating change faster than a Midwestern sky during tornado season–eggs and margarine being prime examples of this. But, one thing that seems to remain constant is the directive to “eat your fruits and vegetables.” In fact, The Basic 7, that we’ll be looking at today, consists of three different groups related to fruits and vegetables.
What are your thoughts?
Eat Your Basic 7 Every Day
For Health…Some Food From Each Group…Every Day!
Green and Yellow Vegetables (Raw, cooked, frozen, or canned)
Green Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, chicory, collards, dandelion greens, endive, escarole, green peppers, kale, lambs-quarters, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, okra, parsley, green peas, snap or string beans, spinach, turnip greens, water cress, other greens
Yellow Vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, rutabagas, squash-winter or Hubbard, squash-yellow summer, sweet potatoes, wax beans, yams, yellow turnips
Oranges, Tomatoes, Grapefruit* (or Raw Cabbage or Salad Greens)
Oranges, Tomatoes, Grapefruit: Citrus juices, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, tomato juice, tangerines
*Note from Dr. J: Grapefruit interacts with many medications. Check with your pharmacist to see if it will interact with any of your medication before eating it.
Raw Salad Greens: Cabbage, chicory, dandelion greens, escarole, green and red peppers, lambs-quarters, leaf lettuce, parsley, water cress, other raw greens.
Potatoes, Other Vegetables and Fruits (Raw, dried, cooked, frozen or canned)
Other vegetables: Jerusalem artichoke, beets, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fresh lima beans, kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, salsify-oyster plant, sauerkraut, summer squash, turnips-white; All vegetables not mentioned elsewhere
Other fruits: Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blackberries (the kind you eat, not talk into), cantaloupe*, cherries, cranberries, currants, dates, figs, gooseberries*, grape juice, huckleberries, loganberries*, muskmelon, mangoes, nectarines, papayas*, peaches, pears, persimmons*, pineapple*, plums, pomegranates, prunes, quince, raisins, rhubarb, strawberries*, watermelon, youngberries; All fruits not listed elsewhere
*Seasonal alternates for Group 2
Milk and Milk Products (Fluid, evaporated, dried milk, or cheese)
Fluid-whole, fluid-skim, buttermilk, cultured milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, dry whole milk, dry skim milk, cream, cheese–all kinds, ice cream
Meet, Poultry, Fish, or Eggs ( or Dried Beans, Peas, Nuts, or Peanut Butter)
Meat, Poultry, Fish (Fresh, canned, or cured): Beef, veal, pork (except bacon and fat back), lamb, mutton, variety meats (–liver, heart, etc.), miscellaneous meats (–bologna, etc.), poultry (–chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea, squab), rabbit, fish (–fresh or salt water, shellfish, other sea food), game, eggs (–fresh, dried, or frozen)
Dried Peas, Beans, Nuts: Black-eyed peas, cowpeas, field peas, split peas, Great Northern beans, kidney beans, Lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, soybeans, other dried beans and peas, lentils, peanut butter, nuts
Bread, Flour, and Cereals (Natural whole grain –or enriched or restored)
Breads: Whole-wheat, enriched white, pumpernickel (enriched rye), rolls or biscuits made with whole-wheat or enriched flour, oatmeal bread
Flour and Meal: Whole wheat, enriched white, whole corn meal, other whole grains
Cereals: Whole wheat, mixed whole grain, rolled oats, brown rice, prepared cereals–whole grain, restored
Crackers (Dr. J note–It just says “crackers” without any elaboration)
Butter Margarine (With Vitamin A added)
Foods Commonly Used but Not Included in the Seven Food Groups
In buying foods from this list, remember that they furnish mostly calories and few minerals, vitamins, or good quality proteins.
Milled cereals and products made from them: White flour (not enriched), white rice, white bread or rolls (not enriched), cornstarch, white corn meal, hominy grits, macaroni, squaghetti and other pastes, crackers (white flour not enriched)
Sugars, sirups: Sugar, candy, molasses, corn sirup, can sirup, maple sirup, sorghum, honey, preserves, jams, jellies
Other Sweets: Cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pastries, sheret
Fats and Oils (Other than butter and fortified margarine): Lard, salt pork or fat back, other shortenings, bacon, suet, mutton tallow, salad oils, french dressing, mayonnaise, other salad dressing, all other fats not included in other lists.