Easter’s almost here! It’s a great time for good friends, good family, good faith, and good food. In honor of our favorite cuddly holiday friend, the Easter Bunny, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about “rabbit food.” Not for real rabbits, but for people!
“Rabbit food” is a term that lots of folks use as a joke to make fun of healthy foods (usually vegetables) that don’t seem very fun to eat. When people think of “rabbit food,” they think of carrots, sprouts, kale, lettuce, and any other veggie you might find on a good salad. It’s assumed that the only reason you’re eating it is to be healthy, rather than because you enjoy it or because it tastes good. However, we know that couldn’t be further from the truth!
In this day and age, people have become accustomed to eating foods that have tons of salt, sugar, artificial flavoring, additives, and other “flavor enhancers.” If it doesn’t taste salty or sweet and isn’t covered with a fine dusting of powdered cheese-like product, people think it tastes bad. If it doesn’t match the flavor profile of foods we think of as decadent or indulgent, then it’s something you have to force yourself to eat for the greater good.
Let’s kiss those thoughts goodbye and embrace just how good “rabbit food” can be! Here are some of our favorite healthy foods that can be livened up.
Carrots – Try cooking them with high-quality (Grade B) dark maple syrup to create a glaze, then sprinkle with a touch of sea salt, cracked black pepper, and a tiny dash of cayenne for a little kick.
Sprouts – Packed with vitamins and nutrients and easy to add to everything! Try different kids, since they all have different flavors. You might prefer radish sprouts, or pea shoots, or alfalfa! Pile them on a sandwich.
Kale – This superfood is absolutely teeming with essential vitamins. Some people are put off by the tough leaves or bitter taste, but that may be because they’re not preparing it right. You have to MASSAGE your kale! Do a search for the technique and try it out. You might be surprised what a difference it makes.
Dried Fruit – If you’re craving something sweet or tart, dried fruit is really the way to go. You can eat them on anything, and there’s something for everyone. If you don’t care for raisins, try cranberries. Cranberries too tart? Try mango. Want something mild? Dried banana chips!
These are just a few “rabbit foods” for you to try that will make you revisit the way you think about fruits and vegetables. Happy Easter!