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2/25/13 6:00 P

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Hi, I would suggest starting small-if you are already tracking your food on the food tracker, take a look at how many veggies you have been getting to get a starting point for yourself. One serving is just a 1/2 cup so perhaps try adding just one serving to what you normally have for your dinner. Then gradually add another one to lunch, also-don't get overwhelmed with trying to eat a lot at one sitting-try having a snack of veggies like carrot sticks, green pepper sticks, cucumber circles, zucchini, etc.-they only have to be a 1/2 cup-that would be an additional serving right there. Be creative and make it fun to find ways to add the extra servings-you will be hitting 5 a day in no time! Good luck!

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2/25/13 1:38 P

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I new to this challenge, I do have some problem getting all my fruits and veggies in every day.

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2/25/13 9:01 A

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I read on spark people that you should fill up half of your plate with fruit and veggies compared to the rest of the food groups on your plate. This has helped me, especially during the holidays when there are so many goodies out at family gatherings. Each time I go up to the counter for food, I first fill up half my plate with fruit and veg, and then put on the other things I want. This helped me not gain weight last Thanksgiving and Christmas with the multiple family gatherings that we went to during those months. I have also begun to bring my favorite fruits and veggies to family gatherings to ensure that I have ones that I like available to me.

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2/24/13 6:27 P

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@MAUVEBEAR3, you are quite welcome. I also make my eggbeaters in batches as well. Enough for 3 days or so. They will have some condensation from the veggies. But I just reheat them in the skillet and the juices will simmer out when reheating. This way I have eggbeaters for 3 days and only really preparing them once. I change them up daily do they are not the same. One day I will eat them with a piece of wheat toast and turkey sausage, one day with salsa and just a little cheese and maybe one day with the tomato sauce over them. That way I am not bored with the same thing every day.

Another suggestion for anyone who likes spaghetti is to mix spaghetti squash with your spaghetti pasta. You will get more veggies, less starch and carbs and will not miss the spaghetti. I use 1/2 cup of each. Really yummmy.

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2/24/13 5:41 P

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@Dutch1811 Thank you for such a great suggestion! I took one of my favorite bottled spaghetti sauces that I always put additional seasonings and onions in it to make the taste more like I enjoy it and took your suggestion by adding in more vegetables that I like. I put the reinvented sauce into a container in the fridge so when making my breakfast or lunch, its ready to go. So much easier and faster than the stop and fix it method-also works well in my "no excuses" promise to get the veggie count higher in my daily menu. Thank you! emoticon

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Dee--- Georgia USA

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People say God is their co-pilot...fortunately, I know how I drive so I have made Him my pilot. It seems the wiser choice.


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1/31/13 9:14 P

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1/2 cup is one serving

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1/31/13 9:27 A

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Thanks, Jenae... can you tell me how much equals one serving? 1/2 cup?

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yes

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1/31/13 9:16 A

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Does anyone know if tomato sauce counts as a veggie? Thanks!


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1/31/13 12:47 A

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Good luck with your challenge.
If you have a hard time getting in veggies and easier way is to add them into dishes you already eat. I already love veggies. But I add them to my Eggbeaters. I will add green peppers, or any peppers for that matter along with onions and mushrooms. I will also add spinach as well. You can also add asparagus with yellow peppers and yellow squash. Very delicious. I also add veggies to my homemade vegetarian spaghetti sauce. I add lots of veggies to that. Anything that looks good in the market that day. By adding the sauce over the eggs that already have veggies I get up to 7 servings of veggies at breakfast. Without the sauce it is usually 3-4 servings of veggies. I take the same base of Spaghetti sauce and add fresh and frozen veggies for Tomato Vegetable Soup.

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1/30/13 4:44 P

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Good luck to you

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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1/30/13 4:33 P

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TY so much for all the helpful advice. Now I can begin my challenge with the knowledge I need :)

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1/30/13 10:03 A

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you will notice a difference. I take both with normal amounts of fruits and veggies each day

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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1/30/13 9:54 A

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Thank you! I am going to order these for my son, who is a veggie hater! :-)


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Here is the link for the supplements

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IEXVGM
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I paid 25.00 which included shipping so if you order be careful of the places that charge more for the same ting. Sam's Club used to sell them, that was wear I got my first supply

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1/30/13 9:30 A

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I make a smoothie every morning and that guarantees that I get 3 servings right off the bat. Then I usually eat a veggie with hummus in the afternoon (that's 4) and a piece of fruit which makes 5. If it wasn't for the smoothie in the morning, I would never be able to eat 5 a day (I just don't like fruit that much). :)

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1/30/13 9:24 A

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Can you tell me more about "fruit and veggie capsule supplements"? Never heard of them.
Thanks!

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just had my orange juice and since it is still only breakfast, throwing some strawberries and blueberries on my waffles

One thing I am also doing is taking fruit and veggie supplement capsules only for the purpose of getting more into my system than I could possibly eat in a day. It really does help a lot

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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1/30/13 9:17 A

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I am doing a lot better with the fruits & veggies, and I can feel it in my energy levels. I haven't had that mid-afternoon dip, like I had been getting. This week I've been big on kale, blueberries, brussels sprouts, and pears. Have also found I'm getting a lot better at "eyeballing" 1/2 cup - been putting out what I think is 1/2 cup, then measuring. Today I hit the blueberries right on the mark. :-)

How's everyone else doing so far?

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if you are not getting the right about of blueberries in your pancakes, but the extra on top and eat them outside the panckaes.

I actually carry little bags of fruit and beggies with be so I can munch on them throughout the day making sure then I get in the right amount of servings

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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I've sometimes counted blueberries in cereal or pancakes (whole grain, of course!) as a serving of fruit, but I don't think it really can count unless it equals 1/2 cup.

If you have 2 cups of vegetables, and 1/2 cup is a serving, then, yes, you would have 4 servings.

I like this SparkPeople article for determining serving size. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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I know I should get 5 a day of fruits and veggies. If I eat blueberries in my oatmeal at breakfast, I have a salad with romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, avocados and mushrooms for lunch, and I have green beans,corn and roasted chicken. Would this count as 5?


Next question: If I have 1 cup of corn (1/2 is one serving) and 1 cup of beans (1/2 is one serving would this equal 4 servings? ( The amounts are just examples of and not the true serving amounts)

I'm starting my challenge tomorrow and want to be sure I'm doing it correctly.

Thank you,
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