It turns out the resolution I was inspired to make this January was to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I like to think I eat rather well (don’t we all), but in the winter I get bored quickly with squash and parsnips. Determined to eat as locally as I can, I just haven’t been getting enough of the good stuff in my diet. So I allowed myself to purchase some imported produce (no, oranges do not grow in Pennsylvania) and made five-a-day my goal.
P.S. Did you know that fruits and vegetables are no longer in the same part of the Food Pyramid?
(Apparently the government has figured out that if you combine them into one category, people might skip the vegetables altogether. They might convince themselves that a slice of apple pie, a banana muffin, some strawberry yogurt, and a cup of orange juice was all they needed to get their daily allotment of fruits and vegetables. )
The new Food Pyramid says I should eat:
- 2-4 servings of fruit a day
- 2-3 servings of vegetables a day
I didn’t want to be lame and go for the minimum servings (four), but I also knew that as a meat eater and a cheese-lover (I cannot overstate that), I would surely not be able to eat the maximum servings (seven) without also eating way too much food. Since I’ve been averaging a pathetic two servings, I thought five was a nice goal.