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Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Fruit


Welcome to day 6 of the Blogging A-Z April Challenge, 2013!  Each day in April (except Sundays) I will be posting here, and the posts will be in alphabetical order!  This blog is all about my journey to weight loss / good health & fitness. 

For some shameless self-promotion, I have 2 other blogs in the challenge, too.  Check them out!
Maple Grove Cemetery - Halloween related, but don't worry - no gore.  
Random Ramblings - lives up to its name.  Totally random.

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Fruit - according to the USDA's ChooseMyPlate.org, you're supposed to make half of your plate fruits & veggies.  That's nice.  How much should that be??

Inside The Pyramid

How much fruit is needed daily?
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The amount of fruit you need to eat depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity. Recommended daily amounts are shown in the chart. 

Recommended amounts are shown in the table below. 

Daily recommendation*
Children
2-3 years old
1 cup**
 
4-8 years old
1 to 1 ½ cups**
Girls
9-13 years old
1 ½ cups**
 
14-18 years old
1 ½ cups**
Boys
9-13 years old
1 ½ cups**
 
14-18 years old
2 cups**
Women
19-30 years old
2 cups**
 
31-50 years old
1 ½ cups**
 
51+ years old
1 ½ cups**
Men
19-30 years old
2 cups**
 
31-50 years old
2 cups**
 
51+ years old
2 cups**
*These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, beyond normal daily activities. Those who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs. 
** Click here to see what counts as a cup of fruit. 

Key Consumer Message: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

And besides.....fruit tastes good!
banana

 apple

 fruit cocktail

mango

grapes

 orange

 grapefruit

 peach

 plum

strawberries

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9 comments:

  1. Yep. I like my fruit, every day. And veggies and salad too :)

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    1. P.S. Visiting from the A to Z.

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    2. Since I joined WW, I've really started enjoying fruits & veggies much more.

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  2. I am so bad at making sure that I am eating what I am supposed to. I'm getting old enough, I really need to start paying attention.

    Dropping by from A to Z. It's my first year participating.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

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    1. It takes some planning, but it's do-able!

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  3. Thank goodness for juicing and smoothies. I so find it hard to eat fruit but if I throw it in a blender ... daily requirement all consumed in one go! Well done me ... cause I am hopeless at remembering to eat it otherwise.

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    1. That's a good way to get them in! And since smoothies usually taste good, too - that makes it easy! Have you made one with spinach in it? Makes a bright green mess, but you can't taste it in there.

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  4. Great information on fruit! Three blogs? Are you A to Zing with all three? Best of wishes with the A to Z!
    Trisha Faye
    http://calicoconnections.wordpress.com
    http://binkeyandbubblegumbooks.wordpress.com

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    1. Yes, I'm doing all 3 and it's my second year doing so. It's easier this year. Last year I thought I made a BIG mistake!

      Are you doing both of yours?

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