For dinner half of my plate usually consists of a salad - about a cup of dark leafy greens, with half a tomato and half an avocado (and maybe a few other toppings if I've feeling festive!). It also helps me keep my meat serving in check as my plate is already plenty loaded, and I often don't even bother with a starch.
Setting out a plate of raw vegetables along with a fat-free Greek yogurt dip at lunch and frequently at dinner helps......
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I have had a similar goal since SP changed their Start page to have individualized goals up front and center. I have: "Eat a fruit at breakfast" -- "Eat veggies at lunch" -- and "Make half my plate fruits/veggies at dinner."
Admittedly that last one is TOUGH, but the reminder is there and even when I don't make it half, I'm still striving for more than I did before.
It's summer here which makes getting in fruit and veggies easier. I usually have
1/2 a banana before the gym (3 days a week) 1/2C strawberries and 1/4C blueberries with greek yougurt for breakfast 1 piece of veggie quiche and 2C of baby spinach with dressing for lunch 1-2 servings of veggies for dinner (usually broccoli, silverbeet, spinach, etc) I also try to snack on fruit if I'm hungry.
A great trick to get in more veggies is to add them to ground meat. You can use half the amount of meat and then add grated zucchini, grated carrots, lentils... anything small enough to mix in with the meat.
I don't really have tricks, I just make sure I add something fresh at every meals. I put onions and fresh peppers in taco meat; tomatoes, bell peppers, onion and garlic in pasta sauces; smoothies are a great method to get fruit or vegetables in- I can get 2-3 servings in one smoothie. And vegetables or fruits as part of a snack. Of course, I make HUGE salads and that helps kick up the veg count, as well.
I love green smoothies (fruit + leaty greens + optional add-ins such as flax seed, avocado, cinnamon, etc) for breakfast - usually that can take care of most servings, while giving me a lot of great energy for the day!
Also, a large salad at lunch can be several servings in one.
Or add veggies to omelets, soups, casseroles, roasts, stir-fry, etc.
What a great goal!! How'd you do on your first day/few days?
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First off, remember that a "serving" is generally only a half cup! Not a lot really....
I've found I do best if I make sure to start out early: fruit serving with breakfast usually (frozen berries); sometimes a veggie omelet. Your morning snack can be a half of banana and nuts. Then try to get 2 servings for lunch: I like leftover dinner veggies or a large salad (often times that's 3 or 4 servings!); perhaps Vegetable soup... And then make at least one vegetable for dinner. Hungry for munchies?? Fresh veggie sticks or cut up a tomato & enjoy a bit of dressing on it.
Do you take your lunch? I used to open a can of green beans, toss them in a plastic container with a bit of Italian Salad Dressing and a cut up tomato or left over broccoli. By lunchtime, its a wonderful marinated lunch!
I'm sure you will get many more creative answers than I have! Enjoy trying them all!! patti
PS...I'm guessing from your user name that you hike often?! Ever put a fresh tomato in the top of your pack? By lunch its a refreshing treat! And if the weathers nice & sunny...it will have that fresh garden taste!
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 12/29/2013 (14:04)
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My new goal for the month of January is to get my 5 servings of veggies in every day! I would love to hear how you all do it!
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