A few weeks ago my husband, Bruce, mentioned that he read an article in the April edition of “Men’s Journal” (Article found HERE) about eating at least 25 different vegetables a week to help cut down on inflammation in our gut by increasing the “good” bacteria. We talked about how awesome we did at eating vegetables, but seriously did not think we came close to eating at least 25. I try not to, but sometimes I feel like I cook the same vegetables over and over again.

So, the seed was planted (pun intended) and I decided to take on the challenge! From Sunday to Saturday we ended up eating 23 vegetables. We tried to eat at least a serving of each vegetable (1 cup or more depending on vegetable), which was easier for Bruce to do than me. We ate vegetables at all three meals and for snacks (raw carrots, baby cucumbers, etc. to go). Breakfast was eggs with spinach, peppers and whatever protein and other veggies we had on hand. Bruce eats leftover dinner for lunch (thank goodness as it helps with leftovers!) and I almost always have a huge salad for lunch with lots of veggies, chicken, hard-boiled egg and olives. Dinners consist of some protein and lots of vegetables.

Even though tomatoes, avocados, squash and cucumbers are scientifically classified as a fruit (go figure) we ate them as a vegetable. Here’s what we ate:

  1. Acorn Squash
  2. Asparagus
  3. Avocado
  4. Beets
  5. Broccoli
  6. Brussels Sprouts
  7. Butternut Squash
  8. Carrots
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Celery
  11. Cucumbers
  12. Green Beans
  13. Kale (cooked and raw)
  14. Lettuce
  15. Mushrooms
  16. Peppers (Orange, Yellow & Red)
  17. Radishes (roasted – yum!)
  18. Rutabaga
  19. Spinach (cooked and raw)
  20. Sweet Potato
  21. Tomatoes
  22. Yellow Squash
  23. Zucchini

So, there you have our 23. However, one night we had the conversation of what is an olive? We love olives and I eat them every day (one of my healthy fats!). Hoping against hope to include it on our list we Googled it. It’s one of those “veggies” that is really a “fruit” but people do count them as a veggie! I just know that they go really well with pickles at a picnic. I guess I could have added them to the list to give us 24, but for some reason just did not think it right. I should have just cooked the darn artichoke and cabbage we had and we would have met the challenge!

Let’s do another Talon Challenge and see how many vegetables you can eat in a week! With the warmer weather upon us try sweet potatoes or even romaine lettuce on the grill! Let me know how you do.