Jump to content

So who actually eats 5 serves of vegetables every day?


  • Please log in to reply
169 replies to this topic

#1 ~~~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

I was discussing this with DP and we just don't get up to 5 serves of vegies each day.

An example tonight is we are having schnitzel and vegies and green salad, but often we will not have the salad as well as vegies, so we would be nowhere near the recommendation. And we just don't have much in the way of vegies during the day. Maybe we just aren't big eaters?

I know its the 2 + 5 serves for the fruit and veg, but I'm curious to see how many people actually achieve that? And if you do, can you give an example of what you eat?

Thanks original.gif



#2 Spring Chickadee

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

I'm not sure how a 'serve' is measured but yesterday I had a banana, pear, 5 strawberries, half a tomato, 3 handfuls of baby spinach, a handful of basil leaves, 1/2T garlic and 8 or so long green beans.

That was between my fruit salad breakie, sandwich lunch and pesto pasta dinner.

#3 Broxie

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

I have 4-5servings of veggies a day and maybe 1 a week of fruit.

#4 cinnabubble

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

I manage it about half the time.

#5 *Lib*

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

Not even close.....and I doubt I even get them in a week.....

#6 ~~~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

I have found a link that explains the recommendations:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/healthya...f/Content/fact1
QUOTE
A serve of fruit is:
        1 medium piece, eg, apple, banana, orange, pear
        2 small pieces, eg, apricots, kiwi fruit, plums
        1 cup diced pieces or canned fruit
        1/2 cup juice
        dried fruit, eg, 4 dried apricot halves, 1 1/2 tablespoons sultanas.

    A serve of vegetables or legumes is:
        75g or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
        75g or 1/2 cup cooked dried beans, peas or lentils
        1 cup salad vegetables
        1 potato.


So you could say that at an extreme 5 serves of vegies could be 5x potatoes wink.gif And even looking at 2.5cups of vegies..... just doesn't happen for us daily.

ETA - I also probably only average one piece (therefore 1 serve) of fruit a day.

Edited by ~~~, 17 November 2012 - 05:26 PM.


#7 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

I don't even have five serves of FOOD a day.

Unless you count lollies Tounge1.gif

#8 noi'mnot

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:31 PM

I snack on carrots a lot - I'd normally have at least two per day, because I love them. This also means, though, that if I'm not having so many veggies for lunch/dinner then I'm generally safe with my veggie quota for the day, if that makes sense.

For snacks I have at least two pieces of fruit per day, as well as at least two carrots per day. Without the carrot snacks, though, I would normally still be having the recommended 5 serves per day because I really load our plates with veggies far more than anything else. Like with PP's example, if we were having schnitzel I'd be giving each adult at least a cup of steamed broccoli and cauliflower and other veg, plus some baked potato wedges (maybe one potato's worth). For lunch we generally have salads, bulked out with beans to make it filling (like kidney beans or butter beans or chickpeas) and plenty of other veggies, whatever is in season. I'm not a small eater, so this way I know I'm getting enough veggies and that even though I eat a fair bit it's veggie based.

#9 skat123

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

i eat 2 serves of fruit a day but sometimes struggle to get in five  serves of vege so I started juicing vege's which i can easily and quickly down and get all the nutrients from them in an easily digestible form.....

i dont juice fruit unless its say one green apple to sweeten a vege juice as by taking the fibre out of fruit your are just getting a massive sugar hit

#10 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 17/11/2012, 05:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't even have five serves of FOOD a day.

Unless you count lollies Tounge1.gif

.
Lollies and coffee, is coffee counted?
I would make myself sick if I ate as much as the recommendations say.


#11 Arthur or Martha

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

.............

Edited by ambwrose, 12 September 2013 - 06:13 AM.


#12 Escapin

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

hahahahaha, no.

#13 kiam

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

I usually eat 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day, sometimes it's more like 4 serves of fruit and 3 of veggies, or 1 of fruit and 6 of veggies, but there is usually at least 7 servings in there.

Things like avocado on toast, veggies in sandwiches, I usually have fruit or veggies for morning tea and afternoon tea, I'm a pescetarian, so it is rare for me to have a dinner without veggies in it.

#14 brazen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

yeah most days i would get that or more. occasionally i wouldn't.

fruit is where i tend to miss out more often

#15 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Yeah we'd meet the guidelines most days.

#16 gina70

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

I would easily eat 3 pieces of fruit a day, especially during stone fruit season.  I probably eat around 5 serves of fruit during the week, for example: a small bag of raw vegies for morning tea, vegies or salad with lunch and heaps of steamed vegies with dinner.  The weekend probably not so many vegies.

#17 Ladeeda

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

I'd say I would average 4 serves of veggies a day, but would be lucky to eat 2 serves of fruit in a week let alone in a day

Edited by Ladeeda, 17 November 2012 - 05:45 PM.


#18 Soontobegran

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

Maybe 5 out of 7 days?
I have a meat and vegie DH and so we usually do have varying cuts of red and white meat combined with lots of vegies and cooked in many different ways.  I make him have at least one pasta a week and I sneak in one take away wink.gif
We would have at least 5 different vegies with each of these meals and a couple of pieces of fruit.

I sometimes wish that DH had a finer palate than he does but I think it is too late.

#19 Froger

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

I would have much more, but I eat pretty much no sweet fruit, so I do eat more vegetables. I also eat no grains, so no bread or rice, so I guess  I naturally tend to eat more vegies instead (especially salads).

Today I have had a huge green salad with onions and olives, plus fried tomatoes, fried onions and fried mushrooms (plus eggs for breakfast).

Had a small bowl of cherries for a snack (my rare fruit).

For lunch had homemade almond cakes with horseradish and onions, plus fried greens (chinese veg type things).

For dinner my son is making beef stroganoff with mushrooms and onions. He is also making a salad with various green things (whatever we have growing), plus carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, olives. He is also making a berry crumble (not veg, but still okay - has berries).

The kids have eaten pretty much the same.

We almost always have a huge salad every day with at least one meal. Plus plenty of cooked veg with each meal eaten at home.

Edited by SarahM72, 17 November 2012 - 05:52 PM.


#20 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

I think I'd be close most days.

Banana in the morning
Salad on sandwich
Veges with dinner

Can I count my 2 glasses of wine as grape juice/fruit serves  wink.gif

#21 jessie123

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:49 PM

Only if I make a real effort. 5 serves of veggies is 375 grams that is a lot of food. I think the only way to do it is to spread it out over the day its too much to have in one meal. I would not do 2 serves of fruit very often as I have never been that into fruit.

Even salad on a sandwich would barely count as a serve as its meant to be 1 cup of salad veggies per serve.

I am not particularly bothered about it though.

Edited by jessie123, 17 November 2012 - 05:51 PM.


#22 Floki

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

QUOTE
I'd say I would average 4 serves of veggies a day, but would be lucky to eat 2 serves of fruit in a week let alone in a day


QUOTE
Maybe 5 out of 7 days?


Combination of both of these although with stonefruit season here now it will be peaches galore for me lol


#23 peking homunculus

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

I try but am not always successful.

We get a big box of F&V from a co-op each week. This makes me plan meals around vege rather than around the meat. I find this helps

also if you can have a salad for lunch it is usy 2 serves of vege which mans only 3 at dinner which is pretty achievable. I have a mixed salad with some canner lentils or chick peas. Fills you up and loys of vege.

#24 *Caro*

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

Yes, I would meet the recommendations most days.  I feel disgusting if I don't eat enough vegetables.  I remember travelling around the UK years ago with my family, eating pub meals along the way and feeling stodgier and stodgier as it went on.  One night we stumbled upon a buffet that had awesome salads and steamed vegies and my sister and I pounced on it, salivating!!

Do people not worry about the health implications of not eating enough vegies??

#25 Poughkeepsie

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

Yeah, we do. Not huge meat eaters in this family, so most meals are vegetable based.  My kids eat broccoli every night, but it took a while to get there!:) Fruit-wise, the kids eat 2-3pieces each day, but I usually have one maybe two at a push.  Now that it is watermelon season though, I will easily make my 2 serves a day.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.