Tuesday, March 6, 2012

You Know What Happens When You Eat Asparagus

Since learning that I am not eating enough fruits/veggies daily, I have revamped my breakfast. That has working pretty well until this morning. I decided to pack my breakfast one of my snacks, which left me with either oatmeal or no snack.  Hmmm.. but those coupons from CrackDonalds came yesterday. 2 for 1 on the breakfast sandwich.

Wait a minute, LaShaune... You're supposed to be eating clean for the next 90 days and I doubt that CrackDonalds counts as a clean meal.  Hell, not even a cheat meal.  So off to Staryucks I go - grab the protein box.  I even tried to eat the power muffin that comes with it.  Today, it tasted AWFUL. One bite and BAM! in the compost pile.

Whew! Breakfast crisis averted for today. Tomorrow is another story.  I really need to roll to the supermarket.

Now my other issue with fruits/veggies is dinner time. Living with The Fella has been a bit different.  His ideal meal is lots 'o meat and lots 'o carbs. Well, now that I'm attempting this 90 challenge (What? I didn't tell you about the challenge..hmmm...ok - well, we are going to eat as clean as possible for the next 88 days. Sorry Buddy). Yes, The Fella reads my blog too. Last night I had to laugh as I was serving plates.  I reached for the spinach and he says...but we have asparagus.  Little did he know I was sneaking in 2 veggies for dinner. Spinach as the base of the meal, layered with couscous, topped with baked salmon with a side of asparagus.  How's that for getting in my recommended serving?

Do you sneak in veggies? Do you have a difficult time getting your family to eat more fruits/veggies?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Are you getting served?

I've been keeping track of my calories (I'm in to the 2nd week so far) as my Lent resolution and I've noticed that most days I am not getting the recommended serving of fruits and veggies.  Funny how you think you eat healthy all day, most days until you track what actually goes in the pie hole.

For the past 10 days, I'm lucky if 50% of them I will even get 2-3 serves of fruit and/or veggies. I haven't been juicing once a week either (too lazy at the end of the day and it's too noisy in the early morning), so that idea hasn't panned out.

Any other options to getting in the recommended daily servings?  Does anyone even know what the recommendation is?  Well, it's 5-6 cups dependent upon age and sex (yeah, that's clear).

So here's my game plan to increase my fruit/veggie intake...Eat them at breakfast. I have a small betno boxes that I carry my lunch in.  So my new breakfast will consist of carrots with hummus, tomatoes, and fruit (whichever I have on hand for the week - this week, it's grapes and apples) with either a high fiber piece of toast with honey or English muffin with honey and of course, coffee. My lunch will also have a fruit or veggie side.  Today it's an apple. Yesterday it was carrots. Tomorrow will be another apple and a tangerine.  When the weather changes, dinners will include a salad.  I am thinking of going for a salad a day for 30 days (but not until the weather changes).

I know I need to make a better effort to snack on fruit and nuts vs. animal crackers or almond cranberry bars.

How do you get in your recommended serving of fruits and veggies each day?