30-Day Healthy Living Challenge: Day 25 & 26

Sorry to those of you on the east coast for the lateness of this post. Because it’s a somewhat difficult challenge, I’m going to give you two days to complete it. How did you do with yesterday’s challenge? What every day items did you use to get some exercise while snowed in? I went for a pretty intense hike and then took some pictures at the top of the mountain. My boyfriend complained it was “too easy” in the beginning, but then it got really difficult and I passed him haha. Today’s challenge is an eating challenge.

  
Day 25 & 26: Get The Recommended Serving of Fruits & Vegetables

Servings sizing are very confusing, especially for those who don’t cook and can’t recognize 1/2 and 1 cup portions. Do you have any idea how many fruits and vegetables you’re supposed to eat in a day? Well the answer is 5 servings.  Does that seem like a lot? 

A serving of a fruit or vegetable is 1 cup, but what does 1 cup even look like? Because the challenge for today and tomorrow is to eat the recommended 5 cups of fruits and veggies, I want you to go into your kitchen and pull out a one cup measuring cup. Look at the size of it and then think of fruits and vegetables that are about the same size.  Here are some examples of fruits and vegetables that are one cup in their natural form:

  • Apple 
  • Pear
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Small zucchini
  • Bell peppers (usually about half a cup because of the hollow inside).
  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Small potato

Some other fruits and veggies are harder to measure because they don’t fit in a cup in their natural form. I suggest using a measuring cup to measure these for next two days.  This will give you an idea of  how much you are actually eating. Here are some examples of these types and fruits and veggies:

  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Large squash variety is, such as butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash and Delicata squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Fresh herbs
  • Leeks
  • Fennel
  • Celery
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Grapes

Eating fruits and veggies has obviously been linked to a healthier lifestyle. Eating the recommended amount in a day can help maintain a healthy weight and prevent serious diseases. For the next two days, try to measure out the amount of fruit and vegetables that you eat. See if you are eating 5-cups. If not, you need to step up your produce game! 

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