Day 1: OrangesI walked 20,550 steps today; well over the regular amount. I ate 2 oranges and a cucumber.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 100 percent of the recomended vitamin C intake.They provide good dietary fiber. An orange packs over 170 different nutrients. In addition, oranges are a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene.
Day 2: CucumbersToday I walked well over 20,000 steps and I one full cucumber.
Cucumbers pack a lot of nutrition. The flesh of cucumbers is a very good source of vitamins A, C, and folic acid. Their skin is rich in fiber and has a variety of minerals.
GrapesToday I ate 1 serving of grapes. I walked over 17,000 steps today.
Grapes are a good source of vitamin C, and potassium. An interesting fact about grapes is that the stronger the color of the grape, the higher the concentration of flavonoids.
Interesting fact about grapes;
It takes about 2½ pounds of grapes to produce a bottle of wine.
There are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes
Bell PeppersToday I ate 4 peppers, 1 orange, 1 cucumber, and I walked over 17,000 steps.
Peppers can be sweet or spicy. Peppers are a good source of vitamin C. Red bell peppers also have higher levels of nutrients than green bell peppers. Bell peppers also reduce the risk of heart disease and blood clot.
MangosToday I walked well over 15,000 steps. I ate a mango, a half a cucumber and a mandarin orange.
-Mangos are distant cousins of the cashew and the pistachio.
-The fruit of the mango is called a Drupe - consisting of the mesocarp (edible fleshy part) and endocarp (the pit).
-Mangoes contain as much vitamin C as an orange.
-Mangos have tons of nutrients. The vitamin content depends on the variety and maturity of the fruit. A green mango has more Vitamin C and a ripe mango has more Vitamin A.
StrawberriesStrawberry Fields Forever
Today I ate 2 servings of strawberries and an apple.
- The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- In Belgium there's a museum entirely dedicated to strawberries.
- California produces one billion pounds of strawberries each year.
- Each of the 'seeds' on the outside of a strawberry is considered its own separate fruit.
ApplesToday I ate a cucumber, an apple, and a mango.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apples float in water because 25 percent of their volume is air.
- Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a kind and generous American pioneer born in 1774 who planted apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
- Apple seeds contain cyanide but you need to chew and consume a fairly high number to get sick.
KiwiToday I ate a mango, some strawberries, and Kiwifruit.
- Unlike apple seeds, Kiwifruit are filled with hundreds of tiny, edible black seeds.
- Kiwifruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
- The scientific name for kiwi fruit is Actinidia chinensis.
- Kiwifruit can be used as a natural meat tenderizer. Just cut in half and rub kiwifruit over the meat or peel and mash with a before spreading it on the surface of the meat and letting it stand for 10-15 minutes.
CantaloupeToday I ate a cucumber, some strawberries, and a cantaloupe.
- Cantaloupes are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
- Cantaloupes are filled with nutrients that fight disease, including cancer.
- Cantaloupe is also known as muskmelon and rock melon.
AppleThere was no purpose for this post besides showing this cool picture I found of an exploding apple.
The Story Behind Mrs. ChiquitaMrs. Chiquita is an animatronic from a grocery store called Stew Leonard's which is near my house in Connecticut. It is widely regarded as the Disneyland of Grocery Stores and it is a big part of my childhood. It had many other animatronics too, like 4 chicken, a cow, and a ferris wheel.
BananaToday I ate a banana, a cucumber, and an orange.
- India is the #1 banana producer in the world.
- Scientists are trying to develop a hybrid, disease-resistant banana (a mutant banana HERE)
- Here is a song about bananas <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8JCXGtSHWA' >HERE</a .
The story behind Mrs. Chiquita is on the next post.
Final Thotz (Conclusion)I think I am eating healthier and becoming more active. My steps per day has steadily increased. I am walking double the amount I did at the beginning. My goal is lifelong but I hope I achieve it eventually.
P.S. Sorry about the watermark on the picture.