Eat Your Vegetables! High Five or Vegephobic?

VegephobicDo you eat your vegetables?

Do you eat enough to maintain good health? Here’s a pop-quiz to measure your results.

Circle the fruits and vegetables you have eating in the last week. Give yourself a point for every serving. (A serving is defined as 1 cup lettuce or raw leafy vegetables; ¾ cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice; ½ cup cut–up-fruit or cooked vegetables; 1 medium whole fruit; ½ cup cooked beans or other legumes or ¼ cup dried fruit.) Count the total and read below for your score.

Bananas

Dates

Dried Fruit

Squash

Baked Potato

Steamed Vegetables

Corn on the Cob

Papaya

Carrots

Strawberries

Salsa

Berries

Apples

Raisins

No cheese Veggie Pizza

Apple Butter

Green Salad

Pineapple

Mushrooms

Garlic

Celery

Grapefruit

Onions

Avocado

Pears

Cantaloupe

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes

Cauliflower

Applesauce

Lettuce

Spinach

Apple Juice

Oranges

Sprouts

Beans

Bean or Split Pea Soup

Orange Juice

Cucumbers

Find out if you eat your vegetables…

35 or more: High Five! You are well on your way to robust health, thanks to five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

20-35: Almost to your goal; try to increase the variety and servings of fruits and vegetables you eat, starting today.

10-20: Send yourself on a field trip to the produce department right away and pick up some of those pre-cut vegetables for tonight’s dinner.

Less than 10: Vegephobic? Re-educate yourself to the health benefits you may be missing.

Remember – to maintain good health, you need to eat your vegetables. Mom was right!

1 Vegetarian Times, March 1997