20 years of public health initiatives and people still are not eating their vegetables. The food industry has tried to package vegetables in ready to eat forms and some schools even have vegetable vending machines. Still, the numbers are terrible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 26% of the nation’s adults eat vegetables three or more times a day. Part of the problem? We’re not preparing them! Only 23% of the meals include a vegetable. The number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17%. At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to just 5%. In case you’re wondering… french fries do not count as a vegetable!