Day 12 – Day 18: Fruit and Veggie Challenge

This week flew by! I didn’t realize how many days had passed without me documenting my journey through the fruit and veggie challenge! So, this will be a bit of a long post to make up for it 🙂

The activities I completed this week were:

Meatless Monday: Went a full day without eating any meat! The point of doing this is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables since a diet high in fruits and vegetables is better for your overall health. Research has shown that following a vegetarian diet may decrease your risk for chronic diseases and certain cancers.

Aim to get one fruit and two veggies for breakfast today. I just added some fresh fruit at breakfast.

Free Day! Glad I got one freebie for the week. I didn’t track on Saturday, so I took advantage of the free day!

Double veggies in a recipe. I doubled my spinach serving from 1/2 cup to 1 cup.

Stock up on frozen fruit. I had a lot of fruit leftover, so I cut it up and threw it in the freezer for later. I also always have Kroger’s Private Selection mixed fruit in the freezer, too. It is a great mix of mangos, pineapple, peaches, strawberries and grapes.

Monday:

1.5 cups mixed frozen fruit (1.5 fruit servings)

More crockpot BBQ plus 1 cup of broccoli (1 veggie serving) and 1/2 cup brown rice.

Grilled chicken wrap with lettuce and tomatoes (1/2 veggie serving) with celery and carrots (1 veggie serving)

1 cup papaya (1 fruit serving)

Veggie servings: 2.5

Fruit servings: 2.5

Tuesday:

1 egg + 1 egg white w/ 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and spinach (1/2 veggie serving) w/ 1/4 avocado (1/2 fruit serving)

And more crockpot BBQ over 1/4 cup brown rice with 1/2 cup steamed broccoli (1/2 veg serving) w/ 1 cup romaine (1/2 veg serving) w/ garlic lemon vinaigrette with 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, hearts of palm and onion (1/2 veg serving)

3 oz broiled turmeric chicken breast w/ 1 cup sautéed asparagus (lemon, garlic, turmeric, olive oil) (1 veg serving) and 1/2 baked sweet potato w/ lemon juice (1/2 veg serving)

1 cup papaya (1 fruit serving) and 1 cup sliced mango (1 fruit serving)

Veggie servings: 4

Fruit servings: 2.5

Wednesday:

1 egg + 1 egg white w/ 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and spinach (1/2 veggie serving) w/ 1/4 avocado (1/4 fruit serving) + coffee w/ coconut creamer +  1 cup papaya (1 fruit serving)

3 oz broiled chicken breast + 1/2 baked sweet potato w/ lemon juice (1/2 veggie) + 1 cup romaine (1/2 veggie) w/ 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and hearts of palm (1/2 veggie)  w/ garlic lemon vinaigrette

1 cup grilled asparagus (1 veggie) + 1 cup frisee w/ garlic lemon vinaigrette (1/2 veggie) + 3 oz sirloin

1 cup papaya + 1 banana (2 fruits)

Veggie servings: 3.5

Fruit servings: 2.25

Thursday:

1 egg + 1 egg white w/ 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and spinach (1/2 veggie serving) w/ 1/4 avocado (1/4 fruit serving)

2 cups romaine (1 veggie serving) + 1/2 cup tomatoes, onions and hearts of palm (1/2 veg) + 3 oz chicken + 1/4 avocado (1/4 fruit serving)20170319_131045.jpg

3 oz chicken + 1 cup sauteed spinach (1 veggie serving) + 1/2 sweet potato (1/2 veggie serving)

1 apple (1 fruit serving) + 1 orange (1 fruit serving) + 1 cup mango slices (1 fruit)

Veggie servings: 3.5

Fruit servings: 3.25

Friday:

1 cup papaya (1 fruit) w/ coffee and coconut creamer

I had another salad from Taco Cantina today. Soooo good!!! Lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh corn, cilantro, jalapeños, black beans, white onions, guacamole, salsa (app. 1.5 veggie servings)

Black bean veggie burger in a lettuce wrap (1 veggie serving) + side salad w/ lemonette dressing (1 veggie serving)

1 orange (1 fruit serving)

Veggie servings: 3.5

Fruit servings: 2

Saturday: I used today as a free day 🙂

So at the end of week 2 (day 8-14), I did not meet the 3 fruits and 3 veggies each day 😦 No bonus points for the week for me… I was close, but getting 3 fruits is tough! The veggies aren’t an issue. Week 3’s goal is to vary my fruits and veggies to add in something new. I ordered my Fresh Harvest basket this week, so I will get to try purple sweet potatoes at home for the 1st time!

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