Trouble eating a balanced diet...
So I've been trying to get me and my husband on a more balanced diet. I went to the USDA's website to figure out how many veggies and such we need to eat. I figured I could do the math and then do my meal planning around those numbers.
Well, I found out that we each need about 3 cups of veggies per day. That doesn't sound bad until I realized that's about 10.5 POUNDS of veggies per person per week. So I need to by 21 pounds of vegetables to eat a healthy diet. With the high produce costs here in snowy MN that's over half my grocery budget in vegetables alone! I mean, one pack of frozen peas is 1lb. Could you imagine buying 21 bags of veggies for one week? We're only two people and a baby!
I guess I don't really know where to go from here. Is it just me that thinks that's an unattainable expectation? How many veggies to you buy each week? Do you feel like your family has a balanced diet?
I'm in a cold climate too so I understand how tough it is to find affordable vegetables. Do you guys do Bountiful Basket out there? I recommend it 2000%, every other week we get a huge box of fruits and veggies for $15. And since we know we have to eat it all before the next box comes, it's not a problem to get plenty of good stuff in our meals :)