Are you getting enough veggies each day? Most of us aren’t, but it’s easy to sneak in more. The recommended daily veggie intake from the US Department of Agriculture is at least 2.5 cups for women and 3 cups for men. Since you’re probably not going to be carrying a measuring cup around with you, the goal of this challenge is to sneak veggies into as many meals and snacks as you can throughout each day.
How does the challenge work?
Between 12/1-12/31, every time you eat a vegetable, track it in the challenge. Each veggie = 1 point. (Hint: variety gets you closer to your goal.)
Your goal is to hit 100 points in 31 days. That breaks down to about 3 veggies a day (plus a little more for added nutrition). You just hit the US Department of Agriculture’s recommendation for daily veggie intake. High five.
One winner, $500 up for grabs. Each person who hits 100 points will be entered into the cash drawing.
Need some ideas? Give these a try.
- Add spinach or kale to your smoothie
- Throw cooked broccoli, zucchini, spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms into an omelette or scramble
- Add cucumber, radishes, peppers, or greens to your avocado toast
- Snack on carrots or bell peppers with hummus
- Go old school with ants on a log (celery topped with peanut butter and raisins)
- Throw torn kale leaves on a baking sheet with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper and roast to make kale chips
- Add a leafy green salad to your meal (go light on the dressing)
- Swap “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) or carrot spirals for your pasta
- Grate cauliflower and use it instead of rice or buy the pre-riced bags from your local store
- Chop and roast cauliflower with garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper (it’s delish)
- Roast, mash, or microwave sweet potato for a hearty, healthy side
- Throw chopped cucumbers and celery into your tuna or chicken salad