Five A Day Live

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

I am busy reading and writing toward better eating habits, even while I am away visiting at my parent’s family farm. How are you doing on the June Reading Challenge to be more aware of what and how much you eat?

Now that I recognize and record what I am eating, I need a little push to change what I eat. At lunch I read the serving size for baby carrots and realized I would need to eat 10 carrots. While that would only equal 40 calories, in my mind that was a lot of chewing. I put five on my plate. So, now, I introduce the third challenge in my healthy eating plan for June:

Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day for one week.

This challenge is inspired by my children’s participation in the Dole 5 A Day Live show in Mrs. Vanvickle’s 3rd-grade class at Lowell Elementary School. Each of my three children starred in this eat your fruits and vegetables skit as Bobby Banana, a salad sister or an announcer. The catchy songs (we even sing them together at home) and presentation motivate me every time I see it to really try to eat my five fruits and vegetables.

You can listen to the Salad Sisters singing from the salad factory here.

Eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day provides a variety of health benefits. Fruits and vegetable are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber and other nutrients and contain hundreds of phytochemicals. Along with physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day promotes good health and reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
Dole 5 A Day Facts

The Dole Food Company is a founding member of the National “5 A Day for Better Health Program” and its 5 A Day website has some great printable resources for families, including a 5 A Day Challenge Chart, which I am going to use to track my progress.

Do you want to Try It With Me?

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.


  1. Minna Dyer
    Jun 17, 2008

    I was just thinking about this yesterday, but mostly about how I am going to get my children to eat more vegetables.
    I need to learn more tricks to influence them.
    We will try it with you!

  2. Alison
    Jun 17, 2008

    A great new item – V8 Fusion – a serving of fruits AND a serving of veggies in each 8 oz. glass! I can’t stand the stuff but Zac loves it!

  3. Rebecca
    Jun 17, 2008

    I definitely need to do better at this. I just mindlessly ate almost a half bag of frozen chocolate chips. I need some portion control intervention! Your post is a good reminder.

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