Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recipe of the Week: No recipe, but a cool quiz!

Do you eat enough fruits and veggies? Put down that Twinkie and take this quiz based on the "Fruits & Veggies Matter" program.

1. The amount of fruits and vegetables people need is determined by age, gender and physical activity. How many cups of fruits and vegetables are needed by a 75-year-old woman who exercises fewer than 30 minutes a day?

a) 3 cups of fruit, 2 cups of vegetables

b) 1.5 cups of fruit, 2 cups of vegetables

c) 2.5 cups of fruit, 3 cups of vegetables

2. How many cups would a 19-year-old male who exercises more than 60 minutes a day need?

a) 2.5 cups of fruit, 4 cups of vegetables

b) 1 cup of fruit, 1.5 cups of vegetables

c) 3 cups of fruit, 5 cups of vegetables

3. What, according to program guidelines, constitutes a "cup"?

a) 16 grapes

b) 1 small banana

c) 12 baby carrots

d) All of the above

4. In an effort to get people to eat more spinach, the program promotes its high vitamin A content and says the vitamin ...

a) Keeps eyes and skin healthy, and helps protect against infections

b) Prevents joint swelling and painful conditions such as gout

c) Gives you bulging muscles (e.g., Popeye)

5. Another benefit of spinach is its high level of folate, which can cut a woman's risk of having a child with a brain or spinal-cord defect. According to the Institute of Medicine, how many micrograms of synthetic folic acid per day should women of childbearing age consume to supplement the folate they receive from a varied diet?

a) 200

b) 300

c) 400

6. Which of these is among the program's recommendations for using fruits and vegetables to help maintain your weight?

a) Eating a banana 20 minutes before a meal blunts an appetite.

b) Add in a cup of chopped vegetables while removing a cup of the rice or pasta in your favorite dish.

c) Try to consume broccoli at every meal of the day: in a breakfast omelet, a lunch salad and at dinner as a side dish.

I'll post answers and some yummy tips on SATURDAY!!!