F is for Fruits & Veggies

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Often when I tell people that I’m gluten free and vegan, I am asked the question “so what do you eat?” At the top of my list is always fruits and vegetables and I am not ashamed of that fact!

I love fruits and vegetables and try to include a wide variety of them on a daily basis. We talked a lot about them this summer during the 4 weeks to 5 servings challenge and I also touched down on some of their benefits in my apple post. I separate our grocery list by where I’m going to get the items, and the list for the fruit and veggie stand is always the longest!!

I do try to buy organic whenever possible, but that is a personal preference. While there’s been much debate over whether organic produce is better for you, I try to avoid putting extra stuff in my body, so I don’t like the idea of pesticides going in! I also find that organic produce just tastes better than it’s conventional friends (or enemies)

Here’s my fruit and veggie tally from yesterday:
banana (morning snack)
tomatoes, zucchini, sweet potato & green beans in my curry (lunch)SANY2344
carrots in my soup (dinner)
spinach, cucumber, peppers and green onions in my salad (dinner)SANY23451 c. grapes (evening snack)

Everything I ate yesterday was delicious, colourful and so filling. I tweeted last night “Just had the BEST supper - you know the ones where you're making sounds because it's so good?!?” – I love that feeling!!

If I had to choose a favourite fruit and vegetable… I would have to say mango and Brussels sprouts, both full of vitamin C and fiber (although strawberries, kale, broccoli, avocados would be very close in the running!)

What is your favourite fruit and veggie? How to you maximize their presence throughout the day? 

 

9 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I'm not called "VeggieGirl" for nothing!! ;) My favorites are kale, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, apples, avocado.... the list goes on!

GF Gidget said...

Well, my fav fruit and veggie tends to be whatever I am eating at the time! hahaha
I do add spinach to almost everything... and Asian Pears/Pear Apples are the love of my life at the moment.

Lauren said...

I eat a fruit or veggie with every meal! :)

My favorites are broccoli rabe, artichokes, kale. For fruit I am going to say strawberries, grapefruit, avocado, mango!

TJ said...

I love any veggies- I walked around the farmers market yesterday and I bought a HUGE bag of string beans- came home and steamed them up with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic (gives them a great flavor!) I eat them like candy....I snack on them all day long-love em! :)

LauraA said...

When people used to ask me the "what do you eat?" question and the first thing I said was "lots of fruit and veggies" I would often get a smirk or a pitying look in response - never mind that fruits and vegetables are supposed to make up the bulk of a healthy diet, whether or not you are vegetarian/vegan or have special dietary considerations! Sigh...

It's hard to pick favourites but if I had to choose I would say cherries for fruit and spinach for vegetables!

Linz said...

You can't make me pick favourites - it's not fair!!! :)

Currently drinking a mango/peach/strawberry smoothie - so easy to always keep exotic frozen fruit on hand along with the local fresh stuff.

Lately I've been adding greens to my smoothies! Pea shoots are amazing in a mango smoothie, believe it or not!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I have fruit every morning in some form of breakfast, and veggies or fruits in every meal at lunch and dinner. I try to have them at snack times but sometimes I fall to granola bars instead. :)

Meg's Gut said...

Choosing a favourite fruit and vegetable is like asking a child to choose their favourite toy! I love so many...but if I were to choose just one, I would say my favourite fruit is apples and my favourite vegetable is squash!
Yummm.

imanorganicgirl said...

I love brussel sprouts and kabocha squash and bananas. I have alot of others that I love but those are my favs. My meal center around vegetables so it easy to egt alot in.