Yes, 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. This is the amount recommended for people eating 2,000 calories a day. We all know we should be eating more fruit & veg. The more fruit & veg you eat, the less likely you are to suffer from heart problems, cancer, and cancer. Plus it’s good for your gastrointestinal system, your vision, and pretty much everything else.
One of my more ambitious goals is to live forever. (Yes, okay, I know what you’re thinking!) I do actually think it might be possible, with life-extension technologies and advancements in medical care. But it’s going to require a baseline of good health (and I’ll probably need to be rich, but I’ll worry about that when the time comes).
So. The challenge.
9 servings of fruit and vegetables. Every day.
I went food shopping yesterday:
I’ll be updating at the end of the week with pictures and recipes and to let you know how I did! In the meantime my rough plan looks like:
Breakfast ideas to help eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- Poached eggs on vegetables
- Green smoothies (I have a pretty standard banana, blueberry, spinach, yoghurt smoothie, but you can find some other recipes here)
- Chopped fruit with yoghurt
- Scrambled eggs with spinach
- Breakfast salad
- Grilled mushrooms
Lunch ideas to help eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
Leftovers + salad (this is pretty much my standard lunch. Because I’m on my own right now, I cook enough food for two and just pack the rest for the day after)
Dinner ideas to help eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
I’m subscribed to the stonesoup meal plans at the moment, which tend to be meat & vegetable based. I’ll be trading out the meat for extra veggies for most meals. I’ll be using cauliflower rice instead of rice, and courgette strips (zucchini) instead of pasta. Sadly, I don’t have a spiraliser, so my ‘pasta’ always looks ridiculous. But tastes good!
Snacks to help eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
Carrot sticks, fruit (apples & oranges)
Desserts & sweet treats to help eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- Microwave baked apples
- Banana ‘ice cream’
- Fruit and cream
- And probably a number of raw vegan cakes…
But what about protein (and fats, etc.)?
Really important stuff! I track my calorie intake with an app called cronometer. This lets me see if I hit my nutrition goals. I don’t take a multivitamin, for various reasons, so it’s important I get all my essential vitamins and minerals through my food. The nice thing about this challenge is that I can eat anything I want, as long as I get my 9 servings of fruit and vegetables in. So if I want to eat a big-mac or a meat-feast pizza, I totally can.
As far as my shopping goes: along with my fruit and veg I have lentils, a whole load of frozen chicken breasts, cannelloni beans, coconut milk, goats cheese, and eggs.
And chocolate. Obviously.
Do you want to take the challenge?
If you do, leave a comment and let me know! Or give me a shout on twitter @suziehunt .