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concerned about getting enough fruit and veggies???

I notice alot of posters lamenting either they don't like veggies or don't get enough. I want to point out that a serving of fruit/veggies is very small and very achievable. When is the last time you saw a small apple in the store? Most apples and bananas are 2 servings. Try measuring out a half cup of broccoli-it isn't very much is it? We are so used to supersized portions that we don't recognize how small a portion is-bad news for those with big appetities, but good news for those who don't think they can possibly eat 9 servings of fruit and veggies. Start with just five by checking out this link for ideas on how to do it.


Sat. Feb 11, 7:22pm

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Great tips!

I have already heard about this site - and love the concept. It's so easy to share with others in a fun way. I agree that once you start working in fruits and vegetables, you realize it isn't that tough.

Here are some things I do to make sure I have enough fruits and veggies:
- Throw some veggies into a pasta dish or couscous. They add color, lots of health benefits, and the taste and texture can be great. Some of my favorites are green and red peppers, peas, zuccini, spinach.
- Take some carrots into work. They're a great and healthy snack, especially if I'm munching because I'm bored instead of being really hungry.
- Use spinach instead of iceberg lettuce in salads, sandwiches, tacos, etc. Better for you!
- Have fruit as a dessert, whether it's a banana (perhaps with some yogurt?), mango, apple, orange, strawberries, etc...
- Go to farmer's markets when it's the season and enjoy local veggies! Some farmers will help provide you with tips on how to prepare the items they sell.
- Make your own salsa. Yum!

Have fun with it! It's worth it and your body will thank you!

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 9:58 PM

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Sorry, LOVE veggies.

I'm one of those freaks that can go all day just eating veggies.
HOWEVER, I can't just have a steamed day. Need seasonings and FLAVOR.
For a quick snack, I'll have a can (2 serv) of greenbeans with hot sauce, and salt free spices. Yum! I think I trick myself into thinking they're buffalo wings.
makes the calorie counting super easy too.
Helps to mix it up-change side dishes, trade recipes, add cheese, sauces, spices etc. Your body will thank you.

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 10:07 PM

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ANother tip: Have them delivered to the door. There are a ton of online deliever services that typically will bring you a box of them weekly or bi-weekly. Buying the veggies is half the battle. Once they are in the house, it's so much harder to sit and watch them rot.

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 10:23 PM

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I take a multi-vitamin for this exact reason. I figure, I eat a lot of fruit which is good. This is a great thread by the way.

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 8:47 PM

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I think you're wrong about an apple being two servings. Most of the apples I see are medium sized, and this is from the 5-a-day website:

What is a serving?

1 medium-size fruit
3/4 cup (6 oz.) of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice
1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or canned fruit (in 100 percent juice) or vegetables
1 cup of raw leafy greens
1/2 cup peas or beans — cooked dry, frozen, or canned
1/4 cup dried fruit

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 11:13 PM

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