Tuesday, March 17, 2009
5 to 9 a Day!
I just can't stress enough the importance of eating Fruit and Vegetables. I grew up in a home where it was the norm to have my 5 to 9 a day, so it's not hard for me. However, I know some people just don't like vegetables or fruit. I think so much of that comes from thinking you didn't like something when you were a child, and you never gave it another shot.
I used to not like pears, cucumbers, and canteloupe, but now I love all of them! I still hate celery though... but I won't get into that! I was a vegetarian for 6 years, so veggies and I are best friends. And I love using fruit to get my sweet tooth fix!
One of the reasons I started this challenge now is because with Spring right around the corner, produce will be abundant, and the weather will be great for outdoor exercise!
To get your 5 to 9 in, and keep it exciting, what you might want to do is try preparing the vegetable a different way! You might be surprised how different it tastes in a new dish. You can also hide veggies from yourself! Vegetables are perfect for bulking up pasta dishes, meatloaf, soups, burgers, and soups. If there are only a few vegetables you like, only eat them, but eat them often and get in your 5-9!
Here are a few recipes of mine that are really bulked up by veggies:
Hidden Veggies Chicken Chili
Tons of Veggies Pad Thai
Rice Noodle Slaw Salad Bowls
Here are a few links to help you learn more about the benefits of fruits and veggies, the nutritional information about them, and some recipes!
Fruit of the Month with Information