We all know fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It is important that we get enough of them.
The 5 A DAY message highlights the health benefits of getting five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day. That’s five portions of fruit and veg in total.
In Japan, we have a little different approach: 30 foods per day.
You count the number of foods in your meals. For example, if you have a toast, yogurt and a banana for breakfast, that makes three. And if you have a ham and cheese sandwich and an apple for lunch, that gives you three more. You do not count the same food twice, so you do not count the bread you have for lunch. However, if the bread contains caraway seeds for example, you can count that as one.
These days, this approach is losing popularity due to the changes in our life style and diet. We have more foods which are not considered to be too healthy. We also have many processed foods that we don’t know how to count, cereal bars and smoothies for instance. Some also say that this approach encourages us to over eat.
But it is good to include a wide variety of foods. Try counting. You will find it quite a challenge to have 30 different foods a day.
I knitted this for my kitchen to remind me the importance of eating greens.
Isn’t that nice? Do you feel healthy already?
The kart and the wheels have a light weight cardboard to keep their shapes. The poles are made with wooden skewers wrapped with yarn.
The awning is just a knitted piece, sitting on top of the poles.
This project is a bit like making items for a doll house and can be enjoyed with children.
It was a lot of fun to make these little veggies. (They are about 1-2 cm,) It took me a while to fill the kart, basket and crate, but it was so rewarding to see the finished set.