This week, I'm focusing on tracking to be sure I'm getting enough servings of F&V. Since I already track all my food, this is mainly a matter of checking the F&V servings and being conscious of including enough into my meals and snacks for the day.
This week has been a little different since I am home, but my husband is mostly away, a switch for us. I'm much better about planning meals when he's here, and when not, tend more towards snacking rather than preparing a full meal, but somehow still staying within all my ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein, and ALSO getting at least 5 servings of F&V..whew! Since I mainly snack on carrots, celery or fruit, or make a salad when I don't feel like cooking, that's working out ok, the danger on these days is more that I will not even reach the minimum of my calorie range, so the tracking becomes a different thing altogether.
I find that this week at least, I would have been a bit short on the F&V without thinking about that in addition to the other daily ranges. So far, I've managed to be on track every day, but this was due to actively thinking about it, so I'll need to continue.
DH came home last night and leaves again in the morning, but he was working in a part of the state that's famous for strawberries and it's season, WooHoo. We love strawberries, but don't get as many as when we lived near there, so he always picks up a flat (a box with 6 of those little green baskets in it) and he did this yesterday from the morning's pick. Last night, after dinner, I was thinking to have a little low fat ice cream and cut up my breakfast banana (that come home from the office since I never found time in the day to actually eat it) to go on it and I saw I was a bit short in the F&V area, so was FORCED to add a half dozen fresh strawberries to my vanilla ice cream with banana...YUM! Every night should have that problem...and solution of course.
In fact, I think I'll do that again tonight (sans banana) even though I already have enough F&V for the day! Hey, ice cream used to be one of my downfalls, but now I get the low fat, and only have one serving (1/2 cup) and it still satisfies...(of course, the strawberries help too)! Tomorrow or the next day a good half of them will most likely go into a pie, so that'll replace ice cream for a few days until it's gone. Oh, yes, it get's tracked too! I've put it in the recipe calculator and it's only a little over 200 calories a serving...ok, I cut the pie in 8 pieces instead of 6 like we used to, but it's still just as yummy.
Sorry, just got the strawberries on the brain today...can't help it...they smell delicious all the way from the kitchen, and are definitely calling me! As my 4 year old grandson says "I wuv them".