Tag Archives: food and beverage

Get Your Daily Dosage of Fruits and Veggies!

Are you getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet? Today I read an article on how to get your daily dosage of these health foods and how easy it actually is!

Garden Delights by Springbok. 1000 pieces. Size: 24″ x 30″

Before, it was recommended that 5 to 8 servings a day of fruits and veggies. But a “serving” is kind of vague, and so it’s since been updated to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day.

Remember that these foods count in every form, including

  • 100% juice
  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Dried
  • Whole
  • Chopped
  • Puréed

Then there’s a whole list of examples for how fruits translate into a cup so you can get 2 cups daily :

  • 1 small apple
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 small wedge watermelon
  • 2 large or 3 medium plums
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 32 grapes

Fruit Market by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

For 2 cups of veggies try:

  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 large stalks of celery
  • 1 cup of cooked greens or 2 cups of raw greens (spinach, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens)
  • 12 baby carrots (or 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large ear of corn
  • 10 broccoli florets

Canned Veggies by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

Science tells us that healthy foods like fruits and veggies reduce our risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. They are also full of vitamins and minerals that help our bodies stay in tip top shape!

Challenging Puzzles: Disorganized Messes

Just the other day we did a post on Things Organized Neatly. But some of us aren’t so neat. We may separate our edge pieces from our jagged pieces, but otherwise, we’re not so organized and prepared. We’ve got some puzzles for you too! Things that are a little messier, maybe even a little harder because these colors and patterns repeat.

What do you think—neat or messy? What’s your favorite? Let us know!

Colorful Rubber Boots by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 300 pieces.

Beading Bliss by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Yard Sale by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Crazy Toys by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Polish Cuisine by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

Grandma’s Attic by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Blow Pops by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Kitchen Cupboard by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.


Things Organized Neatly

One of my favorite blogs on the Internet is Things Organized Neatly. It is basically a catalogue of photos of random items organized in a visually pleasing way, whether that’s a dismantled camera, things that are cyan-colored, a collection of beach findings, a collection of antique bottles, lunch, or bathroom supplies.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Virgo, but I really like things that have a precise organizational system. Looking at pictures of them is soothing. Organizing them myself is soothing. Sometimes I even make infographics organizing information about my life, like how many books I read. I imagine that doing a puzzle with a picture of things organized neatly would be even more soothing (for me personally) than just doing some random puzzle.

So, without further ado, here, in alphabetical order, are some of the puzzles we have of things arranged in a really aesthetically pleasing manner.

Canned Veggies by Springbok / 500 pieces / Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″

Childhood Friends by White Mountain / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 24″ x 30″

Killer Cupcakes (World’s Most Difficult Series) by TDC Games / 500 pieces / Finished size: 15″ x 15″

Kitchen Herbs by Ravensburger / 1500 pieces / Finished size: 31.5″ x 23.5″

Pasta by Piatnik / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 26.5″ x 19.4″

Pencil Pushers by Springbok / 500 pieces / Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″

Plenty of Yarn by Cobble Hill / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Spices by Ravensburger / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 27″ x 20″

Spices in Stone by Ravensburger / 1500 pieces / Finished size: 33″ x 23.5″

Teapots by Cobble Hill / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Tiny Treasures by Springbok / 2000 pieces / Finished size: 34″ x 42.5″

Wine Gallery by Piatnik / 1000 pieces / Finished size: 26.5″ x 17.4″