How are you doing with five a day?

@GardenGerty (102495)
United States
March 28, 2012 9:45am CST
Depending on what you read, you should be getting five fruits and vegetables a day or up to nine servings. . . how are you doing? I know some cultures automatically eat many more vegetable based meals than the average person in the US. I think I am doing okay today, but I do not every day. Today I have had a banana, and I also scrambled eggs and put raw spinach and onions in it. I served it topped with salsa. So I think I have had four fruits and vegetables today, and it is not ten a.m. yet. Do you make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables most days? Are there some you like better than others. I know for me there are.
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@AmbiePam (50090)
• United States
28 Mar 12
In the past couple months I have a made a major effort to get more fruit and vegetables in my diet. I have a lot more luck getting the fruit in than the vegetables. I am not crazy about that many veggies that are easy to make, and although a baked potato counts, the amount of carbs in them has me using them only as a rare treat. I do like onions and had been having a lot of luck putting them in my main dishes. I'll just have to try to make a bigger effort. I hate how fast the fruit goes bad though. Although the tomatoes I bought last week are still good, which surprises me. Target produce is always better than Walmart produce.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Salsa on a baked potato would be two servings, just make it a small potato. That is if you like salsa. I like hummus which is a bean dip, just as refries are. Of course we need fresh stuff as well.I do not have a Target nearby but prefer my produce from Dillons here. I love celery, but do not like to cut it--how lazy does that sound? I often wonder how much food value pickled veggies have. . . because they add a lot of variety.
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@AmbiePam (50090)
• United States
29 Mar 12
In the last month I've bought a lot of hummus. I decided to learn to like it because it was such a healthy option.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Since I have a food processor I try to make mine. Actually, Bob does not like it made with garbanzo beans, but I can take butter beans and do similar things to them and he likes that a lot. We are trying to make things that are healthy versions of things we like.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I do try. My weakness is bread. Need to leave it alone. I did manage today to eat a tortilla rather than bread with my meat. I snuck in some cheese too, but I put raw chopped onion and salsa on it too. I ate some dark purple grapes, some strawberries, and some apple juice. the kind without added sugar too!
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Salsa is a wonderful way to get fruits and vegetables. It sounds like you do pretty well. I am cutting back on bread, most days, but I really love good bread that has whole grains and maybe herbs.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Mar 12
hi debra and Garden I a lso love good whole grain bread. we get whole grain at times but mostly that icky white bread thats just not good for you.oh and herb b reads. vons bakery used to have some good whole grain breads with herbs and also garlic and onion.I always had to buy at least one loaf and sometimes I lucked ou t and got a loaf right out of the oven too. yum.they had a table where you could take fresh baked bread and have a slice with butter on it. but I guess it was too much trouble so they finally discontinued it.
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Now you are making my mouth water, Hatley.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
29 Mar 12
I did learn that we need to have our daily intake of veggies and fruits, that it is necessary but often times..we kinda ignore it. But luckily at home my dad is fond of vegetables so we do eat veggies..last night he made some dish out of ampalaya, squash..so we were able to eat veggies as for fruits, i am not into it..but i am trying to incorporate that.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Many people will tell you that vegetables are better for you than fruit. I think my favorites are apples and tomatoes, but I like lots of vegetables. However not everyone in my house does. I think it is important to have a large variety in our diet.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Mar 12
I think nutritionists suggest having a variety of colors as the different colored veggies have different things that are so healthy for us.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
29 Mar 12
Yes nutritionists do know which fruits are way better than the others.. we often have banana at home, mangoes as well..those are usually the fruits that are available..as for vegetables we have so many like pechay - green leafy veggies which i know are good for the body.
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@bostonphil (4403)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I try to eat very healthy. I am blessed that I live next door to a wonderful organics food supermarket which sells the best brands, produce, meat, fish etc. etc. etc. I am also fortunate that I can afford to buy the food because some of the products are pricey. I am aware of the importance of fruit and vegetables in my diet. I always include some every day. I do not count my servings. But I get my fruit and vegetables in different ways. For instance, I drink a lot of fresh fruit juice. I love good preserves like strawberry preserves. I buy fresh veggies from the salad bar several times a week and use them to make spaghetti sauce or out in rice. I try to buy and eat veggies from all the groups. I have more than one salad a week and I put salad fixings in sandwiches. This morning I had egg beater and added mushrooms, green onion and red pepper to it. This evening I am having rice and sweet corn among other things. I have had a couple of glasses of apple juice thus far. I have had a couple of teaspoons of strawberry preserves. I will later have a piece of blueberry pie. I used tomato ketchup and hot pepper sauce on my egg beater omelette. I also had hash browns with it (organic hash browns) and soy sausage. I may do a salad later. Eat healthy. Be healthy. It's more fun that way.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I think you have done a good job illustrating some of the extra ways we can get fruit and vegetables. I love fruit pies and cobblers. My sandwich at lunch had tomatoes and onions in it, because husband was willing to take the time to do it.
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• United States
29 Mar 12
Sounds like you have a good husband. I forgot to mention that I had two Dreyer's Fruit Bars today. I just came back from my organic supermarket. I bought some fruit from the salad bar. (a mini fruit bow) There are many ways that we can get our fruit and vegetables. We are not limitted to a whole piece of fruit or a side order of vegetables.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I'm terrible when it comes to Fruits and Veggies, even though I like both I don't eat enough of them. I only have maybe a banana or apple at work and then some kinda vegetable with dinner. That's actually an improvement since I never even use to do that. The same with water, The only water I used to drink was the water I made coffee with but then about a year ago I really started to drink water through out the day but once I'm off on my weekend....no water till Monday
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
It was sort of opposite for me. Most jobs I have kept or keep me from having water. . . so I keep some in the car.Often work keeps me from eating as well. I like to have apples and bananas in the car. Remember that if you like salsa on any of your food, or eat spaghetti or pizza, the sauce is vegetable too, if it is red sauce.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Mar 12
This is harder than I thought it would be for me. It's the darn grains that trip me up. But I have also found that raw veggies seem to give me indigestion now.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
MY grandfather, as he got older, found that he had to put cider vinegar on most raw vegetables to eat them. My husband has to peel his cucumbers. I find that fresh pineapple, when I can get it, can help me a lot with my digestion. We need grains as well. I really could overdo on them though.
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• United States
28 Mar 12
Morning GG, Unfortunately, I do not get enough fruits in my diet. I just don't like them that much but do eat a banana here and there. I think I eat them more in the summertime when I have more of a craving for something cool like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, ets. I tried to eat cantalope last night and only had a little bit. Just have no taste for it. Now when it comes to veggies, I do much better. I love vegetables and also have put spinach in my eggs too, yummy. I eat a lot of veggies with my dinner, plus I almost eat a huge salad everyday...and I mean huge, haha. I put in chi chi beans, tomatoes, mixed lettuce, avacados, onions, celery, and sometimes cheese. I drink the V8 Low sodium and get quite a bit of nutrients from that too. You sound like you're doing great with what you're eating. Good for you!
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I am not familiar with chi chi beans, but everything else sounds yummy. I do put beans on my salads when I go to salad bars, etc. I like fruit, but really some people say that the vegetables are much more nutritious. I like to make crustless quiche and then we reheat it for breakfast. Always have spinach and onions in it, and would like to have mushrooms. I just need to get consistent.
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• United States
28 Mar 12
Hi again GG, The other name for chi chi beans is garbanzo beans. They are little round brown colored beans which most salad bars have too. I forgot that I put mushrooms into quite a bit of my cooking also. I never tried to make a quiche but it sure sounds good.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
28 Mar 12
Ah, yes, chickpeas. I make them into hummus. Love that for a dip or a spread. Quiche is just a fancy name for an egg casserole. Usually cooked in a pie crust. I think Bisquick has a recipe as well. The thing is, the crust is not that nutritious and it is the most fattening part of the dish. I will do something like spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. I use 6 eggs, some bacon bits, a whole bag of thawed frozen spinach, two cups of Swiss cheese, some chopped onion and either a can of condensed (not sweetened) milk or 1 1/2 cups regular milk, any fat content. Salt and pepper if desired, and about eight drops of hot sauce or tabasco. Stir it all up, pour in the pan, cook about an hour or until firm, like you would a custard. It warms over well in a microwave and you have several days of breakfast. Change the cheese, add other spices, use a different meat or no meat, it is all very good.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I am hoping to increase my intake of food period, now that school is over. I rarely had time to cook, let alone eat properly..I did make a couple smoothies though, filled with spinach, banana, and other fruits and veggies, so that helped a lot..
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
28 Mar 12
Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and vegetables quickly. I hope you start having more time for yourself. I tend to do a lot of crock pot cooking, year around. Of course I like raw foods like salads in the summer.
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• United States
29 Mar 12
Well actually, I am in the middle of spring cleaning, plus I got to help my husband make a pirate ship for my son's play tomorrow night, so I just got home and very tired, but I had fun..
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
School plays are fun. I can imagine how tired you are.
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@allknowing (69319)
• India
28 Mar 12
I do not keep an account of what I eat but normally my food has vegetables and fruits besides meat, fish and other goodies.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I would imagine with your love for gardens you would have lots of fruit and vegetables. It is us westerners who tend to skip the veggies, and the delicious spices, so we try to keep track. I also think it is in part our personalities.
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@allknowing (69319)
• India
29 Mar 12
I do have several fruit trees and the fruits go waste as there is no market for them here.Birds however have great days! I do not grow vegetables any more but buy them.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I have fruit trees as well. I never use them all as well as I should. Birds and squirrels love our yard. Possums too.
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
30 Mar 12
Fruits is a bit expensive for an everyday consumption so I tried to at least eat veggies everyday, not five times a day, but with every meals (normally twice a day). I really wish I could eat ore fruits...
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
2 Apr 12
I eat more fruit when it is in season, then the price is better.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
2 Apr 12
Yes, that could be the solution...
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
29 Mar 12
I used to cook mixed vegetable but does it count as a single meal??? I don't think I get five fruits and vegetables daily. Usually just two or three meals of vegetables and fruits. I used to cook foods which mixed with different ingredients but I admit that I don't get it enough~ What to do? The ingredients are limited and same goes to the budget~(^^)
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
One half cup mixed veggies is one serving. One full cup is two servings. They do not have to be five different fruits and veggies. It is good to have variety throughout the week, but you eat what you have. You mix fruits and veggies into whatever you are eating. That counts salads, beans, etc. Yes, it is hard to have variety when your budget is limited.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 12
That means I could say that I am having less than 3 three servings per day and mostly just one~ I can't imagine we need that much up to five and nine servings daily!!! That is really over budget since here we got four to five people everyday. If we get to mom's house its almost ten people and that's much of fruits and veggies to prepare.(^^)
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• China
29 Mar 12
I understand doing with five a day to mean that we ought to eat five kinds of fruits and vegetables respectively a day.If so, my diet is nowhere near as many as it calls for.I think there is no need for me to do that mechanically.I like fruit and vegetable very much and am not particular about my food.I know well a balanced diet is good for my health.In addition, I like to pick edible wild herbs.A couple of days ago,I went to riverside to pick the alfalfa.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Edible wild herbs are the same as vegetables. I imagine you are really healthy. It is five servings, but they do not have to be all different. Depending on what I have on hand and how I am feeling, I may eat two apples in a day. Some weight loss plans suggest three apples a day. Some of our condiments and side dishes are vegetables as well. Like salsa--a fresh dressing made of hot peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
• China
30 Mar 12
What we must eat differs from person to person.Some of fruits and vegetables don't agree with someone,take raw spinach for example,they say that it shouldn't be eaten by people that suffer from arthritis or with poor kidney function.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Not so good at the moment. It's been a hectic week and we've been broke so I didn't go all out on fruits and veggies this week. Yesterday all I ate all day was a onion and mushroom calzone and a couple cookies! Today will hopefully be better.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Oh, I hope you take some time for yourself and feed yourself well. I do not know how you can keep up your schedule if you do not. I do understand about being broke really having an impact on your meals.
• United States
30 Mar 12
I was doing pretty good for a few weeks, eating healthy and drinking loads of water. But you know what, I didn't really feel any better than I normally do.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I like spinach with my eggs, too. I pay more attention than most people I know at balancing my food intake. Almost every day I do also supplement with a super food shake, which contains lots of green leafy things and much more, and which I also distribute in order to get back some commissions on what I and my referrals spend. It is sort of expensive, but what is one's health worth, and probably I get it back on savings as I don't ever need to pay for medical stuff. I like the taste of fruit better than veggies, of course, but I eat the veggies anyway, and there are many tasty veggies, particularly when prepared in an appetizing manner.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Knowing the different foods you have grown over time, I would expect you to be really aware of getting enough fruits and vegetables. I did a crustless quiche this morning for Bob and I, and my son requested a pasta salad with lots of various veggies this week. Bob does not eat pasta, so my son will have most of the salad. Lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and carrots and some ham and cheese.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
30 Mar 12
Sounds delicious. I love pasta, hot or cold, with just about anything. But I do try not to overdose on it. We had red rice tonight instead.
@babyanna (1217)
• China
29 Mar 12
Hi,GardenGerty~ It's 1:20 p.m. now and I just had a chicken stake not long ago. For me,it really depends. Most of the days I eat at a cafeteria. So one dish of meat and one of veggies. Some other times I eat out. And with an American boyfriend who loves beef, we sometimes just cook some stakes for dinner. But there are times we have broccolis,celeries and carrots with ranch dressing. I'm not making an effort to balance my diets. I get whatever I'm in the mood for. Probably it's a bad thing. Maybe I should try to eat more fruit and veggies everyday. And I love broccolis and tomatoes. They are yummy~
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Broccoli and tomatoes are very good. Steaks are okay as well. If you really pay attention your body may tell you what it wants.
@babyanna (1217)
• China
1 Apr 12
Hehe,probably. I think being thin is making me paying less attention to my diet. But I'm trying not to. Trying to do more workout and hope I would be healthy enough. Hope it works.
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
28 Mar 12
Well, vegetables are not weird in my country. I mean to be cooked as soup. It's different kinds of soup as from the US, but it's still delicious to me. :) I eat vegetables almost everyday, and I try to drink some juice too. I don't count how many kinds of vegetables or fruit that I consume daily, I just eat it. Lol. I just try to make a balance for my health as I am a coffee lover. You know coffee also has some bad effects to the body, so I try my best to keep myself healthy. Oh, and also drink much water. :D
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
Actually the most recent studies indicate that drinking some coffee is good for you and provides some things that other vegetables do not. I understand that you need to balance it, though. I think some countries have a better habit of eating fruits and vegetables than we do in the US. That is why we need guidelines like five a day.
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@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
29 Mar 12
Yes, I know coffee is good, but if it's not too much! I'm a coffee addicted, I can't live without it, so you can guess how much coffee I consume in a day and thank you for understanding that I need to balance it. :D And I think it's good for you that you have started to consume this five a day. Keep doing it, you will get the benefit from it. ;)
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@celticeagle (119847)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Mar 12
I am lucky if I get any servings of either. Especially this time of the month. Any of either that there is in the house I save for my grandson. My daughter cooks so about the best I get is canned green beans. Maybe some brocolli now and then. No need making an added effort if there is none to be had.
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I know a lot of people have trouble with this in the economy.
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@celticeagle (119847)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Mar 12
I sure can't.
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• United States
30 Mar 12
I usually eat many times more than the suggested servings of both fruits and vegetables each day. My husband and I are vegan and eat those two food groups all day long! So no, I don't have to make any effort to eat more of healthy foods since it has been my lifestyle for a decade now. I agree with you that many cultures have an advantage over the U.S. because so many cultures don't have such a reliance on meat, dairy, and grain foods as we do here in America. As for fruits and vegetables I like better than others...my husband and I adore brussel sprouts, broccoli, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and bananas best. I will not eat grapefruit, as the flavor is torture to eat, in my opinion. Vegetables are some of the most versatile foods...it truly is amazing what all you can do with them and all of the varieties of meals you can make out of just a handful of them. It's not hard at all to get the five servings unless you rely too much on other food groups; on any given day I consume ten to twenty servings of vegetables, but then again, I have a high metabolism and eating is my favorite hobby! I wish you luck when it comes to incorporating new vegetables and such into your diet. If you attempt to make the vegetable dishes that you eat the main entree rather than a side, it begins to get easier and easier to eat healthy. :)
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
30 Mar 12
Hubby was very excited to find that I had Brussels sprouts in the freezer. We had a bag of them for lunch. It is a fun time of year because asparagus is in season as well. I can hardly wait for garden time. Nothing really compares to fresh tomatoes in my book. Now I happen to like grapefruit, and will peel and eat it like an orange.
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I am pretty good about it. I usually get 2 servings with just dinner alone. I always make sure to get a serving at lunch and one in my afternoon snack. If I can I will squeeze a veggie in to breakfast like some onions, or green peppers. This morning I had a spinach omelet, I also had a half an orange. I have to be careful with the fruits because of the diabetes, but I still eat them, I am just careful about how much I eat at one time and pair them with proteins when needed.
@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
It does take planning to find the right combination for what you need to eat. I think you balance it well.
• United States
29 Mar 12
sometimes nothing sometimes lucky to get one fruit every week or two. prices are too high here and stores too far away for gas is too high. so sometimes fasting is good but wanting is another. to stick with the basic and can afford it all would be a rich or good working person..but if one could afford the basic meal good for them. one fruit a day and 2 vegs. I believe would be great if one can do that.
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
29 Mar 12
I know, sometimes our options are really limited. In the summer prices are less. I hope to freeze a lot of fruit this year from my trees.