Sunday, March 9, 2008

Five a day

One of my resolutions for this year had been to eat more veggies. It is so easy to start living on bread, pasta with cream sauces, sandwiches... Especially during the week when I have two of my three meals away from home and have to make do with what I can find, and that's usually bread, rice, bland lettuce and bananas.

So at least for the weekends I want to make veggies a priority and boy, me and my husband seem to do a great job. When I came home from grocery shopping Friday evening my husband asked me if we were expecting guests. I had bought a ton of fruits and veggies. But only 48 hours later, we had managed to chow down on all of the following:

1 pound green beans
1 pound potatoes
1 pound bell peppers
1 pound savoy cabbage
1 pound lambs lettuce
1 pound spinach
1/2 pound zucchini
1/2 pound brown portobellos
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes
1 eggplant
1/2 cauliflower
1 avocado
1 beautiful nameless lettuce

1 pound oranges
2 pounds strawberries
1 pound apples

That's 8 pounds of veggies and 4 pounds of fruits, or 2 pounds of veggies and 1 pound of fruits per person per day. Maybe there are raw-foodists who easily top this but for us this is a lot. Hehe, I guess this weekend we came close to changing the interpretation of the slogan "five a day".

We turned this into: roasted veggies, savoy cabbage with quinoa, braised eggplant, spaghetti with creamy spinach sauce, and vegan pizza topped with a lot of veggies.

More veggies and fruits? Mission accomplished, at least for the past weekend.


Jennifer said...

Good for you working to get more fruits and veggies, once you start it's pretty amazing how much you can eat in a weekend huh?

That lettuce is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous! Too bad you don't know what kind it is!

VeggieGirl said...

Sounds like you've DEFINITELY accomplished your mission to eat more fruits and vegetables!! Keep up the great work! :0)

Happy Herbivore! said...

wow! good for you! very impressive and inspiring. I try to eat raw at lunch every day to pack in the pounds of fruits and veggies... I always feel so good after lunch!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Woah, the first picture looks like a rose! (I'm guessing that's the "beautiful nameless lettuce"?)

dreamy said...

Yea I thought it was some kind of flower too haha...

I love veggies and fruit! And like you I am eating far too little especially when I eat out.

Vegan_Noodle said...

That's awesome!! I don't think I've ever tracked the actual weight of veggies and fruits I consume, sounds like a good test.

stonielove said...

wow, that's an amazing amount of veggies! i'm impressed! i adore your photos of the veggies - how pretty :)

Priscilla said...

Ooh, the cauliflower and strawberries caught my eye...veggies are good!

Billy said...

Wow, congrats on downing all those veggies. I'm impressed! I need to do the same.