Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Eat Your Veggies Day

Did you know today is Eat Your Veggies Day? Well you do now, and we're going to celebrate TruckLogics style with some great tips to incorporate vegetables in your diet and which ones are the most travel friendly.

Believe it or not your body craves fruits and vegetables more than any other food because we tend to cut them out of our diet. Most of the time we don't even realize we haven't had one fruit or veggie in a day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the USDA both recommend at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies per day to maintain your health. While on the road, here are some great ways to get your 5 a day:

 - Add fruit to your morning cereal (or any other time, I believe cereal can be eaten any time of day, it's just that delicious) or oatmeal.

 - If you are a yogurt fan, create your own flavors by adding your favorite bit-sized fruit to plain yogurt. 

 - Forget the creamy snack dips and opt for chunky salsa. Most grocery stores now carry freshly-made 
super chunky salsa with all kinds of ingredients. I always go for anything with fresh cilantro, I just don't believe it is salsa without cilantro. 

 - Snack on raw veggies or fruits instead of chips and pretzels. I always keep fresh green beans to snack on in the summer time. Other great veggies to snack on are carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and celery. 

 - Pre-make a few fruit/veggie cups for the day. Then you can just grab & go. Tip: add a little lemon juice for apple slices to keep them from browning. And if it is in a cup then you already have a conveniently located cylindrical-container stabilizing device (also known as your cup holder) for optimal snacking efficiency.

Fruits & Vegetables Made For The Road
The length of your trip is a major factor to what foods you stock. Some fruits & veggies don't have a long shelf life but others can last you a whole week, or longer. Here is a shelf-life chart to help you plan your healthy meals for a week:

1-2 Days
Artichokes     Cherries              Strawberries
Asparagus      Corn                  Watercress
Bananas         Green beans
Broccoli         Mushrooms

2-4 Days
Arugula          Grapes        Zucchini
Avocados       Lettuce
Cucumbers     Limes
Eggplant         Pineapple

4-6 Days
Apricots                 Grapefruit       Oregano     Peppers         Watermelon (yum!)
Blueberries             Leeks              Parsley      Plums
Brussels sprouts      Lemons          Peaches      Spinach
Cauliflower             Oranges          Pears         Tomatoes

7+ Days
Apples         Celery                 Potatoes
Beets           Garlic
Cabbage      Hard Squash
Carrots        Onions

If you get more fruits and veggies into your diet, you will be amazed at how much better you feel. All of your cognitive functions will improve and you will be a better driver. Stay safe Trucking Nation, and let's get healthy. 

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