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1 Apple, 1 Orange, 1 Carrot

Last year on the radio, I heard a clip that if Americans would eat one apple, one orange and one carrot daily in place nutritionally bankrupt foods we would be better off. [Note: If you don’t like those fruits and vegetable, pick three you do keeping in mind it is a simple daily goal.]

I start almost every day with a fruit smoothie (fruit, 100% fruit juice, wheat germ). For lunch, I aim to pack a fruit and vegetable, while I’m making dinner I snack on a fruit or vegetable and have them available for post-workout snacks.

I found this tip to be especially helpful for packing my lunch on pool days (hurry up summer), especially because I can talk myself into using fun days as times to slack on nutrition. No offense to my mom, who always tried to sell carrots to us kids as nature’s potato chips, but I was never tricked nor am I fooled by the extreme baby carrot campaign (the original orange doodle? meh.).

Moving on, eating fruits and vegetables daily can be harder when I choose to punch in my eat out reward around work because the places aren’t known for their fruits and vegetable side items.

I’d love to know how you get your daily fruits and vegetables or if your parents had a clever way of getting you to eat them as a child 😉

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  • lunchitpunchit February 9, 2011, 4:49 pm

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  • Amy in OHio February 9, 2011, 12:53 pm

    This is a great tip.

    I love carrots, I wish I would think of them when I’m reaching for a snack (read: salty carb) at night. I need to figure out a way to keep them front and center. I’ll need to work on the citrus though, oranges are so messy I usually avoid them. I love grapefruit, but it takes so dang long to section the buggers.

    If only I had a pet monkey – he could get my carrots at night and then section my grapefruit in the morning.

  • Emmy February 9, 2011, 1:10 pm

    I love fruit smoothies for breakfast too!

    I can tell when I haven’t eaten enough fruits and veggies. I just feel a bit blah. I’m always loading up our meals with extra veggies. Last night I made pasta alfredo and loaded it up with broccoli and spinach. I love winter because it is soup season and so easy to add extra veggies. I also love trying new veggies and new varieties at the farmer’s market in the summer. I like pretty much everything but peas (I will eat peapods though, don’t ask, LOL).

    • Andi February 10, 2011, 4:15 pm

      I like peeling carrots and if I need a little dip, hummus works well. As for oranges, I bought my mom and I peelers. A coworker had one and I was envious of how quickly she could peel an orange. Then, I save the peels and put them in the compost bin.

      I know what you mean about your body indicating when it is lacking the good stuff. We’ll have to do some posts about making the most of your famer’s market and maybe you can do a guest post?

  • Emmy February 14, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Hi Andi, I’d love to do a guest post this summer 🙂