The Process of Eating Less Processed

Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies

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30 Day Fruit and Veggie Challenge

946418_4788937597180_403803275_nHere we are, New Year’s Day (Happy New Year!) and like most of you, I’ve got my resolutions. Some of them are doable, some ridiculous and bound to fail, and some that will be hard but I really do want to make happen. One of the big, and most important ones is to really eat better and lose some weight. Because let’s face it… I turn 40 in a few short months and it’s not going to get any easier. I know… we all have that vague “I’m going to eat better” resolution, and in most cases it ends up failing – in large part because it is so vague.

Soooo… This year I’m getting more specific. I’m not going to just “eat better”, I’m going to eat more fruits and veggies. And, I’m not going to just “eat more fruits and veggies”, I’m going to eat at least 5 servings a day (combined). To help me do this, I’m putting together this challenge. And if anyone else wants to play along – GREAT!

Here’s how it works… and I want to make it relatively easy so that I can actually do it. For thirty days I’m going to get at least five servings, with either a fruit, veggie or both at each meal. I’m going to mark each day on the calendar.

Here are some of the ways in which I can get those servings in (and sadly wine doesn’t count as grapes…)

Breakfast smoothie – This one is a great one in that I can squeeze several servings in, including adding spinach and getting veggies in the morning.

Salads – Yeah, I know… obviously salads are veggies. But I can go beyond just lettuce adding in apples, orange slices, dried berries and of course lots of fresh veggies.

Frozen fruits and veggies – Don’t underestimate the advantage of this one. Many fruits and veggies are just as healthy frozen as they are fresh – without the added prep time. Just try to stay away from the ones covered in cheese, butter or other unhealthy sauces

Pureed veggies – I add a wide variety of pureed veggies to all kinds of things like tacos and mac and cheese

Soups – Make up a big batch of veggie soup, then freeze it in little single serving bags. Just heat and serve for a serving or two of veggies.

Snacks – Whether it’s a whole piece of fruit or some carrot or celery sticks with hummus, this is a good place to get some extra produce in, and in the process cut back on unhealthy snacks.

Add-ins – Add some berries to your yogurt, add cut up banana to your bowl of cereal, mix steamed broccoli into your mac and cheese or pastas, or drop some blueberries or even shredded apple into your pancake or waffle batter. I like to take a serving of frozen berries, microwave them for a minute and then add to greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Yummy.

Roasted with dinner – This one is a little more time consuming, but very tasty. At my house we roast a lot of broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and even brussels sprouts. My oldest boy loves his veggies this way as well.

Swap out some of your meat and carbs at meals for an extra serving of veggies. Double whammy of more veggies and less of the more fattening stuff.

What are you going to do to get your five (or more) servings in? Visit Less Process Family on Facebook and let me know how your challenge is going!