One of my goals for this quarter is to eat at least 3 fruits/vegetables a day. I realize that is a paltry goal in a way, but it is something I felt was achievable at this time. When I set my goals too high, then I basically just give up on them and don’t try at all. So far, I’ve met the 3 each day on almost all days. There are a few days I’ve been at two. I also wonder whether to include legumes in this. On some of those 2 days I would be at 3 if I included beans.
Unlike a lot of people, I’m not a huge fruit fan. I actually prefer vegetables to fruit most of the time. And, really, the only fruits that I like are blackberries (my favorite), blueberries, and strawberries. I am neutral on seedless grapes and apples. I don’t usually eat grapes and apples since I don’t love them and I think their high sugar content isn’t balanced by enough nutrition. I just think that the berries are a better choice. I’ll occasionally eat a Clementine, but that is about it. Others in my family love bananas and I don’t like them at all.
For veggies, I’ve been doing a variety of things. I sometimes make salad. The biggest issue is that I’m the only one here who eats salads so unless I eat salads more often than I want to, I either quickly run out of salad ingredients or I end up buying too much and they spoil. So, when I buy greens and stuff for salads, I typically run out of the greens way before I run out of the cherry tomatoes or the red bell peppers.
I do buy some frozen vegetables. I usually avoid those with heavy sauces and cheese. I do eat a few with a little bit of oil in them or almonds and if they have a little bit of seasoning. I rarely buy the ones that have potatoes in them.
I did try something last night that was good. I love, love, love the Luvo Whole Grain Penne Pasta with Turkey Meatballs. I try to avoid a lot of frozen dinners, but these are very good, and use whole grain pasta. But, the only vegetables are the red sauce on them which isn’t much. So, I cooked an entire package of Green Giant Broccoli Spears and then mixed the broccoli in with the pasta and meatballs. Plain broccoli isn’t that exciting to eat, but adding this to the pasta and meatballs I was able to have the pasta sauce on the broccoli and it was really good and added nicely to my daily fruit/veggies count.
Oh…on an entirely different note…yesterday I did 40 minutes on the exercise bike and then did 20 minutes on the treadmill. That was my 4th exercise session this week so I exceeded my goal of at least 3 sessions.