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Did you know that different countries have different daily requirements for vegetables?

Australia

–Β In 2005, the Australian government launched “Go for 2+5”, meaning two 150g portions of fruit and five 75g portions of vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market

Photo credit: Brian Fisk

France and Germany

FIVE servings of vegetables a day are encouraged πŸ™‚

veggies

Photo credit: Shumpei Sano

United States

Sadly, the US abandoned the numbers in favour of a “fruit and veggies – more matters” campaign in 2007.

Oyebode said she thought the Australian example was probably the one to follow.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. “It is aiming for more and the balance is two fruit and five veg.Β From our study it looks like vegetables are better than fruit.

But I don’t feel very strongly that the guidelines should be changed because the majority of people know they should eat five (vegetables) a day and only 25% manage that.

We are definitely in the 25% category but we went on a “real food challenge” in 2012 and wow, it opened our eyes and taste buds to a whole new world of FOOD!

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J-pop

Last year, I blogged about the kids’ obsession with Crossfight B-Daman and how they would play “Truth” by J-pop star, Rin again and again and again on the iPad.

Even if I don’t understand Japanese, it is a catchy song.

Now?

Since they are watching episode over episode of Pokemon cartoons, I will soon be having the Pokemon theme song in Japanese stuck in my head.

It is fun to hear them sing and dance again during the school break because it brings back fond memories of my cheeky monkeys entertaining me since they were babies and toddlers πŸ™‚

When I was a kid (and a teen), we had a lot of singing, dancing and discoing at home that now I am thinking of getting a karaoke system or a neumann mic for them to sing their hearts out.

I wonder if this will end up as my Christmas present or theirs? πŸ˜‰

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