If I could make only one recommendation about eating better, it would be this: count your veggies. Current recommendations are that we eat 5-9 servings of fruit/vegetables each day.
What this means is that, at a minimum, you should be eating 2 fruits and 3 veggies every day. I know what some of you are thinking, “Minimum? That sounds impossible.”
But try thinking about it this way… Do you think you could eat one salad, one hot or cold veggie (e.g. a few carrot sticks or some green beans) & a glass of tomato juice every day? That would take care of your vegetables. Add a small glass of orange juice and an apple (or nectarine or other seasonal fruit) and you are there!
This can be applied to your kids as well and I can tell you what works for mine. We have ice cream in the freezer at all times. At the end of the day they come to me and ask, “Can I have chocolate ice cream?” I ask them to name their fruits and veggies and if they can list five, I say “yes”. Otherwise my answer is something like “after you peel and eat a carrot.”
I ask myself the same question every day too. My “treat”, however, is more likely to be a chocolate martini…