five servings a day

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!


  1. says

    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! :)

  2. says

    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 says

      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. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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. :-)

  8. says

    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!

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