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I am counting down to TTC in about 11 months and have been trying to think of ways to prepare and get healthy in the meantime. Last week, I started trying to eat more produce.
Does anyone else feel like 5 servings a day is really a lot? Any tips for adding more without eating entire meals of just lettuce or bananas? What do you do for fruits/veggies in the winter? On a budget? How do you count servings?
Thanks! Tips and tricks would be appreciated; even strategies that nudge little ones into eating more would be appreciated
What has really helped me is drinking a green smoothie every day (well almost every day) I put 1 banana, several scoops of plain lowfat yogurt, a handful of frozen strawberries, a good pour of orange juice, and then a big handful of spinach and blend that up. To do this on a budget I get my frozen strawberries in bulk from Sams and the other ingredients are really pretty cheap. 5 servings really is a lot but if you divide it out over the day (the smoothie is about 3 servings usually when I make it) Then I just need one serving with breakfast and one with dinner and it is more manageable.
Here are very general guidlines on measuring servings:
Fruits/ raw veggies - 1/2 cup = 1 serving
Berries - 1/2 cup = 1 serving
Spinach/ leafy greens - 1 cup = 1 serving
Whole fruit (banana, orange) 1 = 1 serving
Dont know any tips or tricks for little ones. Dont have any of those yet (and most ladies on this board dont)
Ditto to Elle
I make green smoothies as well...It's very handy when you prepackage them and freeze them..put all the chopped and prepped veggies and fruit in a gallon size bag then in the morning, grab one, throw it in the blender, add liquid...there ya go.
Mine are a little different than Elle's
we do a handful of spinach, handful of green kale, a couple baby carrots, a little bit of celery, little bit of broccoli, then frozen berries...most of the time I use mangos and pineapple instead. and I add aloe or coconut water plus green superfood powder, flax and chia, sometimes maca powder...and half a banana every now and again.