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?

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    04/04/14
    Do what you can and eat a good diet/meal, incorporate veggies and fruit into every meal. We drink wheat grass juice which 1 ounce is equal to 4 pounds of vegetables minus the fiber!
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    04/04/14
    We grow it in our greenhouse, we juice it with our juicer and i mix mine with organic grape juice. It makes the grass taste like bananas when mixed.
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    04/04/14
    Through Gourmet Greens we sell wheat grass all over the USA.
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      04/04/14
      8Theresa Gould
      We definitely don't eat that much veggies in winter. I feel we eat more when we can munch on them fresh out of the garden. For us it depends but I feel we could improve.
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        04/04/14
        When I was pregnant I had to see a dietitian because I developed gestational diabetes. We would get into arguments because she would give me these outrageous diets to follow and I simply just could not eat that much. Now that I'm not pregnant I've tried to go back to her handouts and try again and it's still ridiculous.

        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 :)
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        I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.