Friday, July 10, 2015

The Half Plate Challenge

Join us for the Half Plate Challenge by filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruits! Share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook by using #halfplate
I will be sharing recipes through out the competition.

Date: July 13th-August 9th  

Rules: Whole foods only

Serving Size: Portions will vary from person to person
One serving is equivalent to the size of one fist, with the exception of leafy greens; one serving of leafy greens is equal to the size of two fists.

No Supplements such as greens plus or greens to go or any other fruit or vegetable based supplement, powders, or additives. Bars, fruit leather, fruit snacks, and other such processed foods will also not count.

Vegetable and Fruit juices are not eligible. However you can drink vegetable and/or fruit smoothies.  Juices are defined as liquid based drinks extracted from fruits and vegetables and exclude the peel and or seeds. An example would be V8 juice, Bolthouse, or any other variation made at home with a juicer.

Smoothies on the other hand include the peel and/or seeds and are generally made in a blender, and can be counted as fruit and vegetable servings.
Chips, fries, and potatoes in any form will not count as a vegetable serving.

The USDA's Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health.

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