How many fruits and veggie servings PER day do you consume?
Be honest – I will not judge you. My consumption of the all-important fruits and vegetables food pyramid category has been slim to none over the last few months. It pains me to even write that because I actually like fruits and vegetables, but my body craves complete crap and lately, I have had not much willpower. That’s a story for another day.
Back to the good stuff…and my question.
How many fruits and veggie servings PER day do you consume? Go ahead and answer.
Do you know how many servings you should be having?
4 vegetable servings and 3 fruit servings per day, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Of course, this is a guideline based on how many calories you should be consuming daily. Either way, I think we can all agree that eating more fruits and veggies is a good thing, right? How do we make that happen? How do we make it part of our daily habits?
Here are a few ways to up the fruit and veggie intake:
- Eat a side salad with lunch or dinner, of if you’re gung-ho and love salads – do BOTH.
- Snack on an orange, a small apple, or small banana as you go throughout the day. Each of those count as one serving. A large apple counts as two servings
- Shred, grate, and cut your fruit and veggies to make them more appealing.
- Pair them up with other foods. Apples/bananas/celery with peanut butter, carrots/cucumbers and hummus, broccoli with a Greek yogurt/lemon concoction.
- Add either or both to your breakfast. My current favorite breakfast meal is avocado/egg/corn tortilla. My second favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs with chopped onion/green bell pepper/red bell pepper. My third favorite breakfast is a spinach/frozen mixed berries/banana/lime smoothie (throw in flax seed and chia for extra health benefits).
- Have a yummy salad as your main dish at least once per week. Our family’s favorite main salad is taco salad (minus the shell). Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, black bean, corn, carrots – I let the kids make the salad with the veggies they like. Add a quesadilla or two and you’re done!
- Package fruits and veggies in snack baggies on Sunday night for an easy grab-and-go snack for the next few days.
- This might sound silly and it does require a little prep, BUT making a mini fruit or veggie tray and then PUTTING IT ON THE COUNTER before meals or during snack time with easy access does the trick for our family.
What are some ways YOU make sure to get in fruits and veggies in your mouth throughout the day?