HAWMC: Superpower Day

by Molly on April 3, 2012

in about the kitchen

For the month of April, I’m participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge from Wego Health. Each day I’ll be writing a health-related post based on the HAWMC prompts, aiming to challenge myself as a writer and health activist. Thanks for following!

If I had a superpower, it would be the ability to make all vegetables taste like chocolate.

All I’d have to do is put the vegetable in question into my magical cocoa bean bag and shake it a couple of times. When that veggie emerges, it will look exactly the same. In fact, even a nutrition scientist wouldn’t be able to detect any changes in that plant’s DNA. But a single bite will prove it: it will taste like rich, creamy, smooth chocolate.

Farmers around the world would have to start growing a colorful variety of crops again, rather than the single crop fields blanketing the US landscape, full of corn and soybeans. People would come from miles around to receive my magical power, especially parents with children who refuse to eat their broccoli. It might still take some convincing, but once they try that first bite, melting in their mouth like a square of Valrhona Guanaja 70%, how could they ever say no again?

The best part about the superpower is that it wouldn’t affect the nutrient content of the vegetables. You’d still receive all the same amounts of vitamin K and iron and calcium and vitamin C that you would in a non-chocolatey bunch. That may be the only way to get the masses eating (and enjoying) the 4-6 servings of leafy and crunchy vegetables they should be having daily.

But for the time being, while the superpower people continue to work hard on my magical cocoa bean bag, perhaps you could just pretend? After all, digestion begins with our eyes. When you look at that plate of vegetables that you’re about to consume, imagine that it will give you just as much pleasure while you chew it as a bar of your favorite chocolate would. There’s nothing wrong with a few mind games to keep you on your path to health!

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