The Dutch Just Love a Good Treat – From Candy to Snack Vegetables!

I’m about to make a bit of a confession here. Contrary to what you might think, I actually have quite a few vegetables in my refrigerator. I love a baby spinach salad with sliced red peppers; I crave baby carrots generously dipped in hummus. Yes, in addition to consuming more than my fair share of candy, I also make plenty of room in my diet for the good stuff. The way I see it, if eating right helps you live longer, that will give me more years to eat candy, too! That said, for as much as I really, truly enjoy fruits and veggies, I do get more excited about candy. But hey – I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, and if someone does, I’m not listening!

So where am I going with all this veggie talk on a candy blog? I’m going to The Netherlands. Not literally, as I have work to do and an impromptu trip like that would be pricy, but I did come across an article earlier today about The Netherlands, so let’s just pretend we’re actually there, shall we? The article from FreshPlaza.com is titled, “Netherlands: Growth of snack vegetables many times higher than candy.” I was surprised by this because in The Netherlands that exists in my mind, everyone is wearing clogs and eating candy bars, sipping good coffee, and just generally being happy and awesome. Never did my mind’s eye picture the Dutch noshing on miniature vegetables! Well, friends, I’ve been wrong before and I’m sure I’ll be wrong again. The Dutch are most definitely eating their veggies!

The article highlights that while Dutch people do “spend a lot of money on candy and snacks,” that “the purchase of snack vegetables increased by 337% from 2009 to 2012, while the growth of candy increased by only 16% in the past five years.” That’s a lot of snack vegetables! And, truth be told, a 16% climb for candy sales really isn’t so small. It just looks tiny comparatively. It turns out that not all vegetables are receiving equal love. Snack “tomatoes represent 92% of total sales of snack vegetables.” Honestly, I’d be more inclined to lean toward the aforementioned baby carrots and pepper slices, but to each their own!

I have seen grab-and-go containers here and there, but they’re typically overpriced, and overall, at least somewhat hard to come by. Do you think you would eat more vegetables if they were more affordable and readily available in convenience stores and the like?

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