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It’s Day 2 of Week 1 and I just came back from Trader Joe’s. The grand total for produce was $33.61.
Now for the tough part.
Did I buy the right amount of produce for my family to hit all of the MyPlate requirements?
Vegetables: 73.5 cups
- 7 cups dark leafy green
- 20.5 cups red and orange
- 21.5 cups starch
- 6.5 cups beans and peas
- 18 cups other
Fruits: 52.5 cups
- Whole fruits whenever possible
WHAT I ACTUALLY BOUGHT:
Vegetables: 67 cups
- 6 cups frozen organic spinach
- 9 cups tomatoes and tomato soup
- 16 cups potatoes and sweet potatoes (5lbs total)
- 0 cups beans and peas
- 36 cups other (celery, cabbage, organic romaine lettuce, cauliflower, garlic and frozen organic broccoli)
Fruits: 24 servings
- 7 apples
- 3 lbs oranges
- 7 bananas
I didn’t realize until I got home that I forgot beans and peas. I also didn’t realize that I hadn’t bought enough starches. 5 lbs wasn’t enough? Holy heck!
I guess I should have also bought two bags of frozen corn or squash. But that would mean we would be eating potatoes, sweet potatoes squash or corn at every dinner. It normally never occurs to me to do that.
But I’m still going to make the MyPlate requirements this week.
That’s because it’s Day 2.
Yesterday we ate snap peas and there are still some left overs in the fridge. We had oven fries with dinner and there’s a bunch of frozen fruit in the fridge.
Of course, I typically don’t count french fries as a vegetable!
Today I learned that $33.61 wasn’t enough money to buy MyPlate produce for my family for seven days after all.
But maybe it was enough for six days?