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Week 1: Health Food Challenge: Two fruits and vegetables per meal


The Real Food Challenge (Week 1):
Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.

A Chinese Breakfast

Since we usually eat a hot breakfast like Chinese congee, there’s always a green veg as accompaniment or I’d include diced tomato/bell peppers into our scrambled eggs. It’s impossible to work in TWO fruits unless tomato is counted as one.

Lunch – carrot and celery congee

The toddler will have no problem since she’s always having a soft congee like this colorful potato, carrot and celery congee:

Carrot-potato-celery-porridge-for-toddler

For lunch, I fixed this salad for myself during the first week of the “Real Food Challenge” , which is a protein + vegetable salad or 香肠 (sèlā).

Fake salad

Ingredients:

Lettuce leaves (生菜, shēngcài)

Cherry tomatoes (西红柿, xīhóngshì)

Cheese sausages (香肠, xiāngcháng)

Balsamic vinegar dressing (色拉调味料, sèlā tiáowèiliào!!!)

Method:

1. Tear up lettuce leaves into squares or strips.

2. Wash and half cherry tomatoes. You can also leave them whole.

3. Cut slits in the cheese sausages and grill them in the oven for 4-5 minutes.

3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar dressing all over the salad and dig in!

P/S I later realized that the cheese sausages aren’t exactly very healthy but it’s the only quick source of protein this working Mom could throw into the oven 😉

Tea

We will have one type of freshly-cut fruits for snacks!

Reminds me of the good old days at my grandmother’s house – fresh, juicy fruits to cool down the body during summer yum yum

Dinner?

I had no problem having 2 vegetables for dinner when my ayi was around because she’d always cook a BIG plate of leafy greens…

I need to learn how to cook yummy stir-fry zucchini like this:

Hmm…looks like this Mom will have to do a bit more meal planning to achieve this goal.

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