Happy almost-September! Hooray for back-to-school and all that.
Here at Plant & Plate headquarters (that would be my kitchen), we’re doing a new challenge. No, not another month without sugar. (Although cutting down on sugar is one of the best things you can do for your health, I found that going cold turkey for a whole month made me cranky.)
Nope, this month we’re trying a more fun challenge: to eat more plants. Not just larger servings, but more different kinds of vegetables and fruits.
How many? You can pick your own number — just try to get a little more variety than you get now. Put a different kind of fruit or vegetable in your lunchbox each day. Try another different one with dinner. That’s 14 different things a week right there! Some of them will be new things, and some will be old favorites. That’s okay. And yes, you can eat the same thing more than once — just only count it once per week.
My goal is to eat 25 different kinds of vegetables and fruits each week. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 3 or 4 each day.
And for you rules-type people (I’m just making these up, so you can change them to suit your needs):
- Eat ___ different kinds of vegetables and fruits each week
- Keep track with a list — on your phone, on the fridge, whatever’s easy
- Each fruit or vegetable only counts once per week (but you can eat and count it again the next week)
- My rule is that I can only count it if I eat at least 3 big bites
- Raw, cooked, whatever, as long as it’s still recognizably a plant (in other words, frozen or canned are fine, but ketchup doesn’t count.)
- Have FUN!
Let me know how you’re doing by posting in the comments or on Twitter — I’m @plantandplate