What’s in a serving?

I keep heclip-art-question-mark1aring how we should be eating four to five servings of fruit & vegetables daily BUT I honestly haven’t known exactly what constitutes a “serving.” Do you know what I mean?

A new friend who is a RD (Registered Dietician) helped clear this up and I’d like to pass it on to you!

One serving = 1 cup and, generally speaking 1 piece of fruit = one serving  i.e. 1 apple * 1 pear * 1 banana

When it comes to veggies and smaller fruit …

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It’s Fruit & Veggie Day!

Join us for Fruit & Veggie Day!

Join us for Fruit & Veggie Day!

I really look forward to Mondays these days. It feels GREAT to be taking good care of myself and filling up on the “good stuff.” (Do you know that country song?!) It is also a treat to have a day off from cooking, prepping and cleaning up. I figure this activity gives me at least two hours of FREE time – me time while re-energizing, healing and thrilling my body. What a GREAT way to start the week!

Adding into the practice today … I am taking the day off from T.V. and radio.

Was just reading that “TV viewers are 47 percent less likely to walk 10,000 steps than nonwatchers. And, scientists now know that for every hour of TV you watch, you reduce the number of your steps by 144.” Source: Fit to Live: The 5-Point Plan to be Lean, Strong, and Fearless for Life

With an extra two hours in my day I think I can fit in a little extra walking … hmmm. What else?

What about you?


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Fruit Smoothie, Veggie Greenie & Supplies for Monday

I’m back with those recipes for our Monday Fruit and Veggie Day. Have fun picking them yourself over the weekend or just pick-them-up at your local grocer. Do feel free to post and share your own recipes using the “Comment” option below!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Serves 2 to 3
8 fresh strawberries
1 ripe banana (could be frozen), cut into chunks
3/4 cup fresh strawberry juice (or black cherry juice)
1/2 cup almond or cashew milk
Ice cubes (optional)
Blend all ingredients and serve. If you want it thicker and colder, add ice cubes.
VARIATION: Add mango, papaya or pineapple for a Tropical Smoothie.

-adapted from recipe in The Healing Power of NatureFoods: 50 Revitalizing SuperFoods and Lifestyle Choices that Promote Vibrant Health

Ba-Ba-Ba-Beeting with Energy!
Serves 2 to 3
3 medium beets, quartered
6-8 carrots
6 leaves of Romain lettuce
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cut fresh kale
1 cucumber
handful parsley
inch of ginger
Juice all the ingredients and serve immediately. Add a squeeze of lemon. Sip slowly and enjoy.

-adapted from “Beet Veggie Juice” recipe in The Healing Power of NatureFoods

If you don’t have a juicer, just pick up a carton of all-natural, fresh apple, carrot and fresh green at your grocery or health food store. Check the “Sell By” Dates to get the freshest juice possible. Stay away for the sugary fruit juice drinks.

Also pick up a gallon of distilled water. Festive umbrellas are optional for recommended!

Cheers! Viveca

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