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Join me on the five vegetable challenge

Wednesday 18 August, 2010

Which vegetable goes with porridge? Carrots? Sweet potato? Pumpkin? For some reason I can't get past orange vegetables.

I have a confession to make. While I am often communicating the value of eating two serves of fruit and five serves (roughly a half-cup per serve) of vegies a day, I struggle with the vegetable part of the equation - particularly at breakfast and lunch and then attempting to squeeze the whole shebang into dinner.

So in order to rid myself of this terrible hypocrisy I am going to strap on a whole lot of earnest and do something about it.

Armed with only a vegetable dictionary, and a skyscraper-sized sense of guilt, I am going to attempt to eat five vegies a day for an entire week and then report back here.

Before we get to my action plan, why do you need eat five serves of vegetables a day?

The technical answer is that fruit and vegetables are high in nutrients that are potentially protective against cancer. They also play an important role in weight management. As obesity is a convincing risk factor for cancer of the colorectum, kidney, pancreas, oesophagus, endometrium and breast (in post-menopausal women), fruit and vegetables may also protect against cancer indirectly by helping to maintain a healthy body weight - because they are high in fibre, low in energy and satisfy feelings of hunger.

The non-technical answer I suspect might also be that by the time you've crunched through five serves of vegetables you might be too exhausted to mow through a box of chocolates.

So the plan of action. Because let's face it, it takes some planning to get those five serves in.

This is what I'm figuring:

Breakfast - 1 veg

Lunch - 2 vegies

Dinner - 2 vegies

Hence my opening line. What sort of vegetable is good for breakfast?

Sure, spinach goes nicely with eggs. But it's also eating into some pretty serious sleeping time. 

Do you manage to get your five serves of vegetables a day and if so, how?  Anyone want to join me on my challenge? Post your name below and let us know how you go.

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