Eat more fruits and veggies challenge (and Ebates Savvy Living Live Chat)

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I find it hard to eat the RDA of fruits and veggies.  It requires a real effort for me to even come close to the amounts recommended.  And once I stop thinking about it, I fall back into bad patterns.

Getting the kids to eat fresh fruits and veggies is even harder.

Lately, I’ve been trying to do better and most days, I manage to meet the goal.  Here are a few things that have been working for me: 

The first step was figuring out how far off the RDA I was.  You can find out more about the RDA here.
Eat more salad.  This is a no-brainer.  I’ve been trying to make a big salad soon after buying groceries.  If I wait until dinner to fix it, it gets neglected.  Not that ripping lettuce is hard, but it’s easy to skip when I’m in a hurry.
Vary the salad veggies.  Add romaine, spring greens, spinach.  Put in shredded carrots, tomatoes, peppers, etc.  I change it up and try to do different things each week.  Still, I’m not going to lie – salads get tiresome after a while.  I’m working on loving them.
Double the veggies in pasta dishes.  We love our pasta around here.  Lots of my recipes have veggies, so I’ve just tried adding more.  The kids don’t notice and tend to eat the veggies too.  It’s an easy way to get more of the good stuff.
Try filling half the plate with fruit/veggies.  This one is hard for me to do, but it’s a good visual goal.
Eat fruits and veggies as snacks.  I’m a big snacker.  Lately, I’ve tried to keep my extra snacking to only fresh fruits.

Want to join me in my challenge to eat more fruits and veggies?  Tonight (Thursday 4/12) at 9pm Eastern, I’m co-hosting an Ebates Savvy Living Live Chat on Fruits and Veggies.  We’ll be talking about:

  • eating more produce
  • growing our own fruits and veggies
  • recipes
  • convincing kids to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • how to save money on produce
  • and more!

You can join in the live chat right here on this post or in the Ebates Savvy Living Community.  I’m co-hosting with Kelly from Kansas City Mamas and Rachel from Following in My Shoes.  I hope you can join us!

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  1. YES I accept the challenge……….I was just reviewing my food diary and noticed I eat very little vegetable. So this challenge is perfect timing. Thanks Debbie

  2. I try to make sure we have three vegetables in every lunch and dinner. If I make tuna salad, it has onions and celery in it and I put spring greens on the sandwich. Whenever we have pasta, I doctor the sauce with matchstick carrots, onions, mushrooms and zucchini. My meatloaf has matchstick carrots and onions in it. Fish is topped with chopped tomatoes and onions. We have fruit on hand to have with breakfast and for desserts. I buy A LOT of frozen vegetables: French cut green beans, broccoli, spinach and cauliflower and recently I’ve taken to buying frozen raspberries, blackberries, cherries and blueberries to mix with plain Greek yogurt for my breakfast. Two things we do not eat are corn and peas. These do not count as vegetables. they count as carbohydrates.

  3. It would help to know where you live. I’m in central/northern Minnesota, so I have a short grionwg season.For tomatoes, Early Girl is an easy one that is very reliable disease free with good yields decent flavor. It is a large tomato, though, as are most varieties. Don’t bother with those store bought cages, they are too small. Look for a very large, heavy duty cage, or go online for instructions on how to build a cage. My favorite tomato is brandywine, but it is a huge plant the fruit do crack. But omg, it is the best tasting tomato ever!Beans are great! If you keep them picked, they will yield for a long time.I try to grow veggies that are more expensive to buy. In my area, potatoes are really cheap because there are farms all over the place, so I just buy those. Same thing with onions no farms around here, but I can get them cheap. Carrots too. Expensive veggies are tomatoes, peppers, herbs, beans, snap peas etc. Also, home grown tomatoes taste sooo much better than store bought. A lot of people who aren’t really into gardening will grow tomatoes just because of that.If your garden is small, skip corn, squash pumpkins.They are space hogs.Trellis your cukes you won’t miss picking any, and they seem to yield a week earlier. We trellis our tomatoes too our melons beans peas, but it does get to be a lot.All veggies are good for you. When you pick them fresh, they have more vitamins than when you buy fresh at the store. Store bought frozen produce has more vitamins than their fresh stuff does, for the most part.

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