Fast food and processed food are gaining ground in Korea, but it’s nothing close to the U.S. In general, Koreans still have a better appreciation of ‘good food’ as nutritious food.
This is so simple, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit. But the Korean way of eating has taught me many easy ways to include vegetables in my eating:
- A friend was stealthily eating a cooked, whole sweet potato on the bus for her breakfast (eating in public is frowned on here)
- Snorkeling trip snacks were boiled new potatoes and slices of steamed pumpkin. Neither were peeled, and both were warm and delicious treats as we stood devouring them, wet and shivering.
- For lunch, our Korean teachers usually bring small containers of a variety of foods: rice, kimchi, and other stuff, which is then shared. So, bringing a small container of broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, or sauteed veggies is a welcome addition. Broccoli requires no seasoning. Zucchini and eggplant are always great with oregano or basil or a bit of tomato/spaghetti sauce.
- Fruit is considered dessert: apple slices, or bananas sliced into yogurt.
But, I did come up with a new one they hadn’t tried. Apple slices dipped in peanut butter!