National Editor Tom Karst
National Editor Tom Karst

Let’s get real.

There is no “more real” topic than what we eat.

Arguably, there is no “less real” topic than what we say we eat.

In our idealized picture of our fresh produce industry selves, we are healthy eaters, consuming fruits and vegetables to the government’s recommended level and beyond.

Nine a day? Pshaw! I beat that like a drum!

And we can give advice, can’t we? I often lecture my adult kids that their diet is wanting. My oldest son, a grown man of 29, hardly shops for food at all, much less a basket of fresh produce. Chipotle is his idea of healthy eating.

Sadly, my upbraiding of family members on their paucity of produce is more accurately the pot calling the kettle black.

As much advice I give my adult children about the value of fresh produce consumption, I’ll admit I could do much better. Some would argue the U.S. food industry is to blame, but I am the one ordering fries instead of the side salad.

I eat the apple out of hand, the banana with cereal. But if left to my own fast-food centric devices, how would I begin to approach the recommended levels of orange and green veggies? I wouldn’t.

So I pose this question on The Packer Market:

 Do you feel like you are eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day? If so, how do you make sure that you stay on track?

If not, why not? Do you have the "want to" to eat more fresh produce - and can you make it happen?

How can industry help people like you and me consume "more" fruits and vegetables?

One Packer Market member, Max, said this:

I know from my own personal experience, the one thing that got me to consume more fruits and vegetables was juicing.

 Even if you don’t like certain vegetables because of the taste or texture, you can use them to your advantage in a healthy smoothie or juice.

My least favorite vegetables used to be: spinach, kale, cucumber, tomatoes, ginger root and or celery. Now these vegetables are a daily staple in my diet and my life. You can combine these vegetables into a juicer or a blender with a splash of water, milk (soy or almond milk works fine too), and add a few fruits, like strawberries, bananas, orange, grape fruit or whatever your preference is, and voilà! You have a fantastic breakfast, lunch, snack or any meal for that matter.

Starting your day off with a plethora of vitamins and minerals from your favorite vegetables and fruits can maximize your immune system, build stronger bones, increase metabolism, and lose weight and create better skin. You can increase your daily intake of vitamins and minerals with just one vegetable/ fruit juice a day and the results will quite literally blow your mind.

I believe from a promotional and industry point of view, to promote more people to consume more vegetables and fruits, is to show them how much healthier a person can be by eating cleaner and purer foods is by substituting a meal with a nutritious packed super juice.

So if you are looking to maximize your health, lose a little bit of weight and provide your body with all the essential nutrients and minerals, then give juicing a try.

Is juicing the answer for getting produce in the diet? It certainly is a big trend. As a source on this article from The Globe and Mail observes "even the most disciplined, health-conscious person has trouble eating the recommended five to ten servings a day.

Yes, the hyper competitive juicing scene in New York City is jaw-dropping for a Midwestern who is pleased enough with a banana-berry smoothie from McDonald's.

But I may just try, as Max suggests, to give juicing a try.

Chime in on the discussion at The Packer Market