Are you including enough fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet? A recent survey in Australia revealed some startling realities - that more than 10 million Australian adults (44.5%) eat two or less fruits and veggies a day - well below the recommended Australian Dietary Guidelines. What is more alarming, is that the survey found that almost one million Australian adults (3.8%) have absolutely NO fruits or vegetables each day. Generation Y is four times more likely than Baby Boomers to eat no vegetables in a day. I am sure it is similar in America.
Spurred on by these findings, Vitamix Australia is leading the green smoothie movement in Oz with their 7@7 Go-for-Green Breakfast Challenge - inspiring Aussies to include the recommended daily intake of 7 fruit and vegetables in a breakfast green smoothie. The challenge started on June 5th, and top Australian celebrities like Sigourney Cantelo, "Fast Ed" Halmagyi, Janella Purcell, Pete Jacobs, Teresa Cutter, Kemi Nekvapil, and Sally Obermeder all sharing their favourite green smoothie recipes and healthy living tips in a fabulous free eBook available to anybody who signs up for the challenge.
You can participate in this challenge at any time. It is a great reminder for anybody. Here is one of my super easy go-to green smoothie recipes that includes the RDA of fresh fruits and vegetables. I love the tropical flavours of the mango and pineapple, and love to boost the nutritional density of this smoothie with some hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds (linseeds in Oz).
So, take up the challenge, and see if you and your family can include 7 servings of fruits and vegetables for breakfast for 7 days!