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Healthy Habit part #5 - What can I improve upon?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I actually love both fruits and veggies and will eat both as either snacks or side dishes at meals, providing it’s EASY. So, if they’re already cut up, and ready to take along or to put with a meal, it’s not so hard. What happens is I get in a hurry and either there’s nothing in the fridge, or it’s not cut up to go along, and I grab something else. Carrots are one of my favorite snacks. I buy those baby carrots (I know they’re not really babies, but that’s what they’re called), and keep them in the front of the snack drawer in the fridge. emoticon They’re already cut and washed, so it’s simple to grab a handful and run…or to put some in a baggie to take along on a trip or to the office. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so it’s no big deal if I don’t have access to one, or even if they get hot. Grapes are also one of my favorite portables, emoticonbut they’ve gotten so expensive, I’ve backed off of them some. emoticon Maybe when spring comes, they’ll be more reasonable…(they’re like $6 / lb last time I grabbed some in the store, thought I’d have a stroke after I got home and looked at the receipt!).

I think I can improve by expanding my “go to“ list of fruits and veggies. Fruits are a little easier, we just normally eat whatever is in season here, but this isn’t a good mix throughout the year. We get almost all of our local fruits in winter, and for the rest of the year, it’s imported from elsewhere (because in summer it’s too stinking hot to grow anything) ! We had citrus earlier in December / January, strawberries now, and we'll have mangos in May (I have a mango tree in my yard, and usually get hundreds, even after the squirrels eat what they want.)

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, I really need to try more things, and start buying a better mix of produce (or put it on the list…you may remember I DON’T shop unless forced!) So, my efforts to improve will be focused on buying and eating a better variety of F&V, for a better nutrition mix, (and also to keep from getting bored)!
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    What variety of mangoes do you have? Hayden?

    It's too hot to grow fruit? Wow. That's pretty hot.

    1625 days ago
    Alie, You are so inspiring to me on your diligent way of Your F&V intake. That's a great idea for keeping stock of good F&V and have handy for cutting up in advance. emoticon for sharing the tips. I feel so motivate about my F&V habit.
    1625 days ago
    Great way to improve what you are doing! emoticon
    1625 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Variety is the key. Here's to success in expanding your selection of freggies!
    1625 days ago
    I am a picky eater so I feel like I eat the same fruits and veggies all the time. I need to start trying different things cause I have noticed that my tastes have changed some over the years.
    Fruits and veggies always seems to cost more in the winter but I decided if I like it and will eat it I don't mind paying more for it. Really it has made me eat them better cause I know how much I paid and am not gonna lose that money!
    I am glad your doing so good with it!
    Keep up the good work!
    1625 days ago
  • MARTY728
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    1625 days ago
    I like your thinking! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1625 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great plan. We have very little local fruits available so I just plan to pay a small fortune for my goodies. emoticon
    1625 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good plan. I need to take your advice.
    1625 days ago
    I don't like grapes and most winter fruit like apples and pears have no taste. Oranges are so acidity for my system, so have found my frozen fruit from our orchard taste better. I have been putting peaches or blueberries in my blender with a tiny bit of splenda and a tiny bit of milk and blending and makes a sort of iced fruit slush. Then too I've been eating more dried fruit in winter. I have my home canned apple sauce and dried apples and then purchase dried apricots and plum..find they are much more appetizing. Just can't eat many as being dried the sugars are concentrated and makes them higher in calories. Drinking water helps as well. But sounds like your plan with the veggies and fruit cut in small portions for snacks is the way to go.
    1625 days ago
    I need to take your advice. Keep us posted.
    1626 days ago
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