As promised, although a day late, below is a recap of my food log from last week specifically concentrating on the variety of vegetables as recommended by the USDA.
After reflecting back on my food log from last week (via My Fitness Pal), I was honestly expecting it to be a lot better. According the My Fitness Pal parameters, I exceeded my sugar amount (by a good bit) every day. I did not have as wide a range of vegetables as I had in the first week of this challenge. Lastly (and possibly most important), there were a few days I didn’t even eat enough, meaning I had a surplus of calories left at the end of the day. It was not like I was intentionally starving myself and the scale did not reflect this deficit, but it could be why there were a few shortcomings reflected on my log. One specifically being in the dairy category.
My goal is to develop a more balanced diet and maintain my weight while eating the appropriate amount of nutrients. I also would selfishly want this new diet of mine to reflect a fun-energetic lifestyle because I really do enjoy food! It is what motivates a lot of my daily decisions, impacts the way I relate to others and why I love experimenting in the kitchen. In fact, one of the new stars in my repertoire includes a new recipe I found last week on Pinterest here: http://bit.ly/12Iui8t and pictured here:
VEGGIE Report: This is how I fared against the vegetable requirements for the week:
Dark Green Vegetables (1.5 cups recommended, ate 3 cups): Spinach Salad, Arugula (in featured salad above), Broccoli
Red & Orange Vegetables (5.5 cups recommended, but only ate 2.5): Sweet Potato Fries, Tomatoes in various dishes, Carrots
Beans & Peas (1.5 cups recommended, ate 3.5 cups): Black Bean Burger, Hummus, burrito bowls with more Black Beans
Starchy Vegetables (5 cups recommended, but only ate 2.5 cups): Summer Sweet Corn, green peas
Other Vegetables (4 cups recommended, ate approx. 6 cups): Beets, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, lettuce
*Avocado – unsure what category this falls under, maybe other?
So enough veggies, but not enough variety this week…according to those standards that is! I’m trying to stay closer to target this week though!