Vitamins are heavy.
Well, not all of them; Vitamin E is pretty light.
120 tablets of Calcium, on the other hand, weighs 8oz (240gr).
220 tablets of a Multi-Vitamin (with Lycopene) weighs 12oz (350gr).
How do I know this?
Duh! I weighed them!
WHY do I know this?
Because I carry them back with me from the US. With all the new airline weight restrictions, every ounce adds up in a hurry. One requires math to pack.
Why do I carry them back?
Because they’re lots cheaper in the US, and easier to find.
Now: the BIG question…
Why do I take them?
I don’t know.
If they are more expensive, with a much smaller selection and much smaller ‘quantities’ (30-day is the norm) here, in France as well as most of Europe, I assume that means that most Europeans don’t take them.
So, I repeat, why do I?
Still don’t know….
I used to take a multi, calcium, E, C, and a constantly varying set of minerals and supplements according to the newest studies…
That got to be heavy, er, I mean, costly.
Now I take a multi and calcium. (And a ‘baby’ aspirin, having reached ‘a certain age’.)
And I’m still wondering ‘Why?’
I eat a healthy and varied diet, trying to eat different fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins each day of the week.
I eat lots of stuff that’s good for me: yogurt with active cultures, dark chocolate, red wine, (Oh, how I suffer…) fatty fish, olive oil, nuts….
Have I been taking vitamins in pill form for so long that my body depends on it?
Or, is it only my psyche that depends on it?
What do you take?
Do we need them?
Or, do we just think we do?
Someone must support the drug companies after all….
But, frankly, I’d rather be spending my money on food.
Things like Pimientos.
Pimientos, pimentos, cherry peppers… all the same.
They are a large, heart-shaped chili pepper most commonly seen in the US as the red bit in stuffed green olives.
In the US, they are most often found in tiny jars, diced, and used to garnish various dishes…. Sparingly.
In Spain and Andorra they are found in big jars and are used with abandon.
In a perverse, reverse way, I rather like to stuff them with green olives (in a goat cheese-egg mixture).
They are more flavorful, aromatic, pungent, then regular, old, red bell peppers.
(Another question: Are the Roasted Red Peppers one buys in jars in the US red bell peppers?)
Peppers, capsicums, are so full of vitamins: C, A, B6, K, B1, E, and minerals: manganese, potassium, copper, that they could probably make a tasty substitute for my multi-vitamin. Plus the red ones contain Lycopene!
The questions remain…
How to get more of these wonderful vegetables into our diet?
What to do with that little, half empty, 2oz jar of diced pimentos lurking in the refrigerator door?
First: buy more.
Second: make this pretty potato salad for your next picnic.
Think of all the strange looks you’ll get when you offer to bring the potato salad… And it’s pink instead of yellow.
Be prepared for a deluge of compliments.
Potato Salad with Pimento Dressing
3 medium potatoes, about 16oz (500gr)
1/2 – 2/3 cup Pimiento Dressing
a bit of diced pimento for garnish ;-))
Slice potatoes for salad. Cook in boiling, salted water, partially covered, until done, 12 – 15 minutes. When done, drain, toss a bit to cool, and put into serving dish. Add dressing and stir gently to coat. Serve.
4oz (125 gr) pimiento (pimento)
1/2 cup plain or Greek yogurt, 4oz (125ml)
1/2 cup mayonnaise, 4oz, (125ml)
1 tbs fresh chopped oregano
1 tbs fresh snipped chives
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
Snip/chop herbs. Drain pimento. Put pimento and yogurt into a blender and purée. Pour the yogurt mixture into a small bowl. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs, stir to combine.
I used the rest of the Pimiento Dressing on a Roast Salmon and Brown Rice Salad.
I told you I ate healthily….
My mother could make that little 2oz jar of diced pimentos last years….
Garnish with abandon!