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03/17/2010

If you are eating veggies, whatever the time of day-keep it up!

Filed under: Healthy Snacks, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — fruitchick1 @ 11:06 pm

Ooh boy, I didn’t realize LinkedIn would be a report card for this blogger…It’s been 49 days since my last post. Yikes! Don’t worry, I HAVE been eating my vegetables. It’s just that after dinner I never feel like “writing!”. And let me tell you, for some reason dinner=vegetables in my brain. How about you?
I’ve had readers suggest V-8 for breakfast, yet honestly I can hardly even talk myself into veggies at lunch.

One thing I have definitely noticed is that despite trying to add veggies in on their own, I am still only drawn to dishes that incorporate a ton of vegetables all at once, such as salsa, soup, and around here, pizza and pasta. I “know” it would be nice to space them out throughout the day, but for me it’s not realistic.

I recently met with a nutritionist because I was worried about my eating patterns (lots of little “snacks” but no real big meals). She said as long as you eat those mini-meals (apple and peanut butter, cheese and fruit, etc) then why put stress in your life trying to change what is working?” I was so relieved to not walk out of there with a whole new plan I had to follow. So I am adapting that mentality to my preferred vegetable consumption habits!

Consider what works for you. Throw veggies in your omelet, baby peeled carrots in your lunch bag, and have a nice salad any time. Snack on celery sticks, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, broccoli florets, you name it.

Me, I’m off to enjoy my St. Patrick’s Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, all cooked together. Just call me the one-dish wonder!

*As always, before changing or even continuing an eating plan, always check with your doctor if you have any health issues or concerns.

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01/27/2010

The “Fruit Chick” Vows to Eat Her Veggies

Filed under: Uncategorized — fruitchick1 @ 5:04 pm

  Wow. Growing up in a produce family, you’d think I’d have learned to love all kinds of produce. Well, I do! I love to look at tv chefs doing amazing things with it. I love to read about it.

I’ve got my fruit consumption levels where they should be and enjoy occasional servings of salsa, veggies on my pizza, and baked potatoes. So I figured I was probably doing OK, but didn’t give it much thought.

 Then I took Dr. Oz’s “Real Age Quiz” and found out that despite the fact that tomorrow is only my 44th birthday, my “Real Age” is 52.2. My body is almost a decade ahead in aging? What a harsh reality check! And much to my chagrin, one of the most detrimental aging factors revealed is my lack of vegetable consumption. (Don’t tell my family, I might get fired or disinherited! or both!)

 So at age 43 and 364 days, I am committing to myself and my readers that I am going to add more veggies to my diet every week! Stay tuned for the Fruit Chick’s Veggie Diary…and you’re invited to take the veggie challenge along with me! And by all means, feel free to share any neat tricks you’ve discovered that help you get more veggies into your days!

08/11/2009

Boost your Vitamin C intake…with potatoes?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — fruitchick1 @ 2:16 pm

A friend of mine asked today “Most of us know that oranges have Vitamin C. What lesser-known merits of fruit do you have to share?”

That is an intriguing question that will likely inspire many posts to come! The first idea that came to mind is sharing unusual or under-appreciated sources of Vitamin C.

While citrus fruits certainly deserve their rep as a good way to get Vitamin C into your diet, Kiwifruit has 2x more than oranges. So if you’d like to add more Vitamin C to your diet but would like a little variety, try a kiwifruit! Easy eating tip: “Cut and scoop”! Slice a kiwi in half width-wise, and then use a small spoon to “scoop” out the fruit, holding each half as if the skin were a cup.

Speaking of Vitamin C, did you know that potatoes contain 45% of the RDA for this vitamin?! I knew that I liked potatoes anyway, but this gives me a whole new appreciation for them. I’m thinking a baked potato with cheese and broccoli for lunch sounds like a good plan!

While I am known as the “Fruit Lady” and/or “Fruit Chick”, I am also trying to be an equal opportunity proponent for both fruits AND veggies. To that end, here are a few more produce items that might not spring to mind when looking for items high in Vitamin C:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts (!), Green Cabbage, Radishes, Strawberries, Honeydew Melons and Cantaloupe.

Those are a few nutritional tidbits off the top of my head (and after brushing up on the Vitamin C specifics via idahopotato.com and fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com) Stay tuned for more blog posts that reveal fruit and veggie benefits you might not have heard of  before.

08/06/2009

“Sweet” Summertime

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — fruitchick1 @ 12:51 am

Mmm…sweet watermelon… juice dripping all over the place-yep, feels like summer! This watermelon (tonight’s dessert) was fabulous!! I was too impatient to completely unwrap the ¼ section we got from Peapod. I opened it just enough to start slicing little pieces off the top. Because the heart of the watermelon is just THE BEST!

For those of you with a little more patience, or an interest in tackling a whole watermelon,  the folks at the National Watermelon Promotion Board offer a helpful video on cutting watermelons. I’ve always lived by the attack-it-any-way-you-can method, which involves trying to hold onto the thing and to slice the melon but not my fingers. So far, so good, but not recommended.

And while I usually try to eat a “balanced” dessert or snack, the joy of eating watermelon all by itself is just too good an experience to mess with. (Of course, diabetics and others with any sugar issues should continue to follow their doctor’s orders).

If you have a sweet tooth and like ice-cold desserts, how about trying watermelon instead of ice cream one evening? You’ll get plenty of water (to combat dehydration) and its sweetness will ensure that you won’t feel “cheated”!

And consider this little tidbit from the watermelon board: “Watermelon Is Practically A Multivitamin Unto Itself: A 2-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B6 and C”.  Wow. A dessert you can enjoy AND feel good about!

For the watermelon-cutting video and other helpful hints, visit watermelon.org


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