There are opposing sides in Blossom Valley when it comes to food: those who love to eat the deep-fried and sugary concoctions that will kill you, and those who believe in the kind of ultra-healthy fare that makes you think you’d rather die than eat it.
Dana is a junk food junkie. Left to her own devices, she would eat Cheetos and Twinkies every day, maybe even at every meal. Her biggest problem is sneaking those foods into her diet when no one is looking. She works at a farm and spa that promotes healthy living, so she often finds only vegetables and whole grains waiting in the farm’s kitchen. After work, she goes home, where her mom is always pushing chicken breasts and broccoli for dinner. The only time she can get any relief is when she stops at one of the local fast food restaurants to indulge in cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes.
On the flip side, Zennia is a health nut through and through. Her goal is to make people fall in love with eating foods that are good for both your body and your soul. She loves to introduce spa guests to dishes they might otherwise never try, like tofu fish sticks. Nothing makes her happier than when a hesitant and slightly fearful Dana finally agrees to try one of her dishes and actually likes it.
As for myself, I fall somewhere in the middle. I’ve never met a bowl of macaroni and cheese I didn’t like, but I am trying to eat healthier, especially when it comes to vegetables. Unfortunately, with all that chopping and prepping and trying to get the entire meal on the dinner table at once, vegetables often get dropped off the list. It doesn’t help that every time I put a plate of roasted broccoli or a platter of asparagus on the table, my husband asks me if I’m mad at him. It’s probably too late for him to change his anti-vegetable ways, but I can still save the kids. I’d love for them to incorporate at least a few green items into their eating repertoire (and green Skittles don’t count). I think the secret is to introduce the new foods slowly and make sure everything else I’m serving that night is something they like. That way, they might accidentally eat a pea while they’re gobbling up the rest of the meal.
And, of course, covering everything up with a heaping spoonful of cheese sauce can’t hurt.