At work we are starting Wegmans Eat Well Live Well Challenge. The program is designed to get you moving and improve the amount of vegetables & fruits you eat every day. At work we formed teams with each team member setting her daily goal for number of steps and cups of vegetables and fruits. To determine your number of daily steps you wear a pedometer plus other activities such as working out converts to steps. I love this approach since your overall physical activity counts towards your steps whereas some programs only consider steps counted using a pedometer. We also strive to have one half-plate a day where half your plate is fruit and vegetables and the other half is your meat and carbs. Wegmans has a really nice website where you can enter your goal and daily information. Our company is providing team and individual awards throughout the challenge. I got elected the team leader of our team, which means I have to review if everyone is entering their information and review how we compare to the other teams. Each week I will provide feedback to my team and help encourage them to reach their goals. We voted on a team name and we are VC Snickerdoodles!!! VC stands for our company name – ValueCentric. Snickerdoodles is a fabulous cookie that hopefully people see the humor in our name!
My personal daily goals are 7,000 steps and 4 cups of fruits and vegetables. I have all week to make my goal; therefore if one day I am short on my steps I can make up the difference another day. Given that it is still winter and the weather is not too nice I will need to be creative to get in my steps. The fruits and vegetables are much easier for me as I can plan out my meals.
Below is an easy blueberry protein smoothie that provided 1 cup towards my goal and of course is packed with wonderful antioxidants. Wish VC Snickerdoodles!!! the best on our challenge. I will be posting updates on our progress and how I am increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables.
For the blueberry protein smoothie I used the following ingredients:
2 cups Skim Milk
2 cups Frozen Blueberries
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
Fresh Blueberries for toppings, optional
Instead of skim milk you could use low-fat plain yogurt or ½ cup yogurt and ½ skim milk. Place all ingredients into a blender; add more milk if the smoothie is too thick. Pour into two large glasses and enjoy!