Last week on our crazy apartment hunting spree we stopped for coffee. (I think we’ve found a place by the way!!!) The line was so long after I placed my order that I decided to roam around the deli section of the grocery store. I came across this:

Even though I’m more of a eight to ten-a-day kind of girl, I like the idea of getting five servings of fruits and vegetables in during one meal. I also loved that they included some healthy fats and a bit of protein with the hummus, nut butter and seeds.

I decided that I needed to make my own version.

Eight A Day: 

  • carrots (1 cup)
  • peppers (1.5 cup)
  • cucumbers (1.5 cup)
  • apple slices (1 medium apple)
  • hummus (4 Tbsp)
  • almond butter (2 Tbsp)
Calories: 449
Protein: 13.5
Fiber: 14.4
Servings of Fruit & Veggies: about 8
PS. I can’t believe that most Americans don’t even get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day!

24 Comments (Reply )

  1. Anna Johnson
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I like your version and picture! Now that it’s starting to get cold – I don’t know what it is but I don’t enjoy fruit anymore? uh oh…. maybe I need to start doing smoothies again to get some back into my diet. And YAY for apartment! :)


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:24 am

      I would suggest moving to LA – it is warm year-round! :)


  2. Katie
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Love this idea! Did this keep you feel full long enough? PS: I have yet to try Justin’s. Those little packets seem so convenient and will have to pick some up for road trips. I also cannot get enough of apples these days. I have one every day! :)


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:32 am

      The packs of Justin’s are great for road trips, you can squirt them right onto a whole apple too!
      I would have to add a little more protein to make it a lunch (for me)- maybe some deli meat or cheese, half sandwich, etc.


  3. Mellissa
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    It shocks me how little fresh produce most people eat, it really isn’t that hard!


  4. Cielo y Miel
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    That’s a super idea. I always keep a pyrex full of pre-cut veggies in my fridge to be sure Mr. S and I keep up on our daily veggie intake but it’s hard to create the convenience on the move.


  5. Faith @ for the health of it
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Im so with you on being shocked that it’s difficult for many people to hit 5 a day! Sure, I have some days when carbs are the vast majority of my diet, but it seems so effortless to get in 5+. I suppose we take our access to fresh, healthy things for granted – awesome idea on the manufacturer’s part to make one easy package with all of the servings!


  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Gorgeous photos! I could eat that entire thing for lunch and be happy :)


  7. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    At least pre-packaged products like that exist… its a step in the right direction. Maybe they will replace Lunchables someday soon!


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

      We can only hope!


  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Glad you made progress on the apartment hunt! I love how you laid it out like that- it really does make it seem easy to get in all those servings. :)


  9. Evan Thomas
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    When they lay it out like that it looks so simple. I agree with you: 8-10 is where it’s at. When vegetables taste so delicious, why stop at 5?


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

      I have no idea why people stop at 5, I can’t! :)
      (Most days)


  10. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Congrats on finding a place!

    I LOVE the tasting plate!!! It’s such an easy way to boost your veggie and fruit intake….I WISH we had Justin’s nut butter here in Canada…


    • Emily
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

      That is a bummer, do you have any nut butter in a squeeze pack? I’ve seen a lot of other companies that are starting to do the same thing…


      • katie@real food katie's way
        Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

        Not that I’ve found! I make my own nut butters and normally thats A-OK but a blog friend from Kansas sent me some Justins about a month ago and I AM HOOKED now!


        • Emily
          Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

          Well let me know if you ever need to replenish the stash! :)


  11. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    I, too, can’t believe people don’t eat fresh produce either! Or even frozen or even (gasp) canned. It’s just ridiculous to me because it’s so yummy. :)

    P.S. I love how you cut your cucumbers! I’ll have to try that, a fun variation.


  12. devorelebeaumonstre.
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    yummy! I love veggies! x

    p.s. I’m having a dress giveaway from shabby apple if you’d like to check it out.


  13. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Yay for the apartment! Hope it works out.

    I havent’ seen that product. It could be handy, like for tomorrow when I have to bring a sack lunch as I help supervise my daughter’s class at the pumpkin patch. :) But, yes, most of the time is much cheaper and quite easy to make it yourself.

    ps – great picture of your 8 a day plate!


  14. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    I love the portability of that 5-a-day “lunch box”! I get excited when I see healthy convenience meals for sale in grocery stores. We need more options like this!

    Your version looks even better (of course!). I think it’s super easy to fit in 8-10 a day when you have nutritious and delicious dips like hummus and almond butter to dunk them in. :-)


  15. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I hate to admit, but I actually feel like I may not get 5 servings every day! :( This really puts into perspective how easy it can be though. Just the visual of the prepackaged 5 servings and then seeing your version makes me realize that there is no reason for me not to get at least 5 servings a day! Thanks Emily! Glad to hear you may have been successful with the apartment search!


  16. Corinne
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Love your site! Good stuff lady! And love your 5-a-day to-go pack!:)


  17. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    This is why I love you so much!!!! :D


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