Thanks to everyone who sent through breakfast suggestions. It's amazing to see how many vegie options there are for breakfast. Some great ideas included: frittatas, asparagus with eggs and rhubarb with yoghurt.
What caused the most debate here though was what actually constitutes a ‘vegetable'. In particular, there are several fruits masquerading as vegies such as tomatoes and avocados. The most interesting vegetable impostor is the eggplant. Yes you heard right. Despite looking wholehearted like a vegetable, eggplant is a fruit.
Not your usual fruit salad ingredient.
The second cool thing about eggplants is that according to my vegetable dictionary, they belong to the ‘nightshade' family. How deliciously dangerous-sounding. The Tony Soprano of the fruit bowl.
With so much duplicity going on in the fruit and veg world, is there an easy way to tell them apart?
The Collins English Dictionary defines them as:
Fruit - the ripened ovary of a flowering plant containing one or more seeds (ew!)
Vegetable - any of various herbaceous plants having parts that are used for food - thanks for clearing that up!
But even if you fall for the wily ways of these faux-vegies, the good news, according to Beth Scholes, one of our dietician friends at VicHealth, is that many fruits such as eggplant "would substitute well for a vegetable as it has similar nutritional benefits such as fibre and, vitamins and minerals."
So how did I go with my challenge?
Here's how I went overall:
Wed - 4 serves - all at dinner
Thurs - 4 serves - however in a breakthrough I managed to bring some carrot sticks into work for morning tea.
Fri - 5 serves - hurrah! Finally. Don't have to resign now. 2 serves at lunch (lentil soup) and 3 serves at dinner (minestrone)
Sat - terrible - can't discuss
Sun - back on track but only 4 serves - 2 at breakfast though
Mon - 5 serves - carrot sticks a winner, spinach at lunch - only had to eat 3 serves for dinner.
Tues - 4 serves all for dinner - back to bad habits
Ok, so I made it up to 4 serves every day for a week and on two occasions I hit the elusive 5. Not bad by my reckoning.
A couple of things occurred to me during the week:
These last two questions certainly require further investigation so I am going to extend my challenge by another week.
I'm going to see if I can crack the 5 each day. How did you go? If you could have a whole-food vending machine what vegetables would be best for people on the run?
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