(Closed) How many different foods do you eat per day? Australia recommends 30

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

30 seems like a lot but if we’re counting spices it seems reachable. So far, I’ve only eaten breakfast which was egg whites, turkey sausage, toast, and fruit which is 4. However, if I count the spices that went into making it, it would be 10. I’m going to try to aim for the remaining 20 for the rest of the day and see if it takes a lot of effort.

Post # 4
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Breakfast: honey nut cheerios, milk, strawberries (3)

Lunch: CPK BBQ chicken pizza – bbq sauce, cheese, chicken, red onion, dough + spices (5+)

Dinner: cabbage rolls – cabbage, ground beef, rice, onion, paprika, tomato sauce, garlic, stock + spices (9+)

Drinks: water, tea (2?)

And I will have a snack somewhere in there, I’m sure, but I don’t know what yet.

So my meals get me 17+ different foods. I don’t know what spices are used in the pizza, and I haven’t yet decided what spices I will throw into my cabbage rolls. I don’t know if drinks count either.

30 still seems pretty high!

Post # 5
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

30 seems like an awful lot? I eat healthily and would still struggle to this this number

Breakfast: Egg, ham, laughing cow cheese thing, milk, tea (does tea count?): (5)

Lunch: Chicken, lettuce, quinoa, asparagus, cucumber, sprouts, bell pepper, beetroot (8)

Snack: Apple, peanut butter (2)

Dinner: Shrimps, mushrooms, broccoli, beans, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, brown rice (8)

Snack: Tea, biscuit (2)


That’s only 25 things 🙁

Edit: If we are taking into account dressing and sauces then I could hit 30 at a stretch (soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, chilli)

Post # 6
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Breakfast: Cap’n Cruch with Berries with milk, coffee with creamer = 4

Snack: smoothie with spinach, peanut butter, banana, Greek yogurt, chocolate protein powder, chocolate almond milk = 7

Lunch: chicken and dumplings (carrots, celery, peas, chicken, dumplings, broth) = 6


18 so far today.

Post # 7
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

ETA nevermind, I see the daily rec now. The checklist said week, but the rec said day =) That’s tough!

Post # 8
1066 posts
Bumble bee

Nah the aticle DOES say 30 per day…So far this morning I have been able to consume…1 coffee! Great start LOL

Post # 9
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

Do spices count?

I’m guessing carcinogenic mystery chemicals in processed foods don’t!

Things can have more ingredients than they seem. This morning I had “oatmeal and coffee” (2 “things”), or actually: oats, blueberries, water, salt, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, milk, powdered cacao, coffee (9 things)

Post # 10
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

Breakfast: honey almond flax seed cereal with non fat milk = 4 (honey, almond, flax, and it had a cereal base, plus milk)

Snack: Fiber brownie = 1

So five so far…

Lunch will probably be chicken feta arugala (sp?) salad with an olive oil dressing or a turkey sandwich (we have a lunch meeting and it is supplied today) so that is about 5…

My afternoon snack is almost always a protein bar so thats 1.

My dinner will be green beans and tri tip with garlic and onions so that is 4.

A total of 15 for the day, lol!

Post # 11
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmm I think I eat a lot of different foods but I’m Not sure about 30! Breakfast: apple, coffee w/cream, Greek yogurt, English muffin w/almond butter, apple butter, and Chia seeds (7) Snack: string cheese (1) Lunch: tortilla, salmon, Hummus, mustard, pickles, Bell pepper, lettuce, grapes, pita chips (8) Snack: Luna bar (1) Dinner: Tofu, green beans, bell pepper, onion, rice, EVOO, tomatoes, candy but I won’t count that (6) So that’s a total of 23 only, darn! Not sure what else I could add haha, but I think I’m pretty healthy so Whatever!

Post # 12
2755 posts
Sugar bee

That sounds like a lot, but if spices are counted it could be doable! So far for me today:

Breakfast – old-fashioned oats with 1 tbsp. dark chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. peanut butter (3)

Lunch – couscous w/ olive oil and leftover baked sweet potatoes and pork, both spiced with cinnamon, chili powder, pepper, a teensy bit of salt and brown sugar (9)

Snack – Luna bar (1)


So by this point I’m up to 13… if we count the coffee + creamer then 15. Hm. That’s a LOT leftover. I’m not sure about this haha.

Post # 13
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I totally get where they’re coming from. More variety in your ingredients means more opportunity for a balanced diet, plus a lower reliance on storebought/convenience foods like frozen pizzas and canned soups.  I actually can get to 30 or very close on most days, without counting spices, and without trying too hard. Here’s an average day for me:

Breakfast: granola, blueberries, strawberries, banana with soy milk (5)

Snack: a small wedge of blue cheese (1)

Lunch: potato roll, sliced turkey, pickles, with pickled tomato and a Special K bar (5)

Snack: almonds or a pear (1)

Dinner: homemade black bean soup: chorizo, black beans, garlic, celery, red pepper, green pepper, onion, carrot, chicken broth, olive oil, tomato juice, red wine, topped with fresh salsa of tomato, onion, spring onion, lemon, plus avocado, cheddar, sour cream (19)

Snack: popcorn or cashews (1)

So that is 31. Of course I don’t have homemade soup with a million ingredients every night, but I do cook soup once or twice a week and always have the leftovers the next day.  I also try to get some variety in every meal, like if I make Beef Stroganoff, I use 3-4 different kinds of mushrooms, or if I cook green beans, I throw some roasted peppers and slivered almonds in with them. I think the variety keeps food from getting boring, and when I get to work with all sorts of different ingredients, then cooking doesn’t get boring either.

Maybe challenge yourself to see how many extra ingredients you can use, not counting spices, without making a lot of extra work for yourself.

Post # 14
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I looked at the site, and it’s not something I agree with.  They suggested eating 30 foods in a week, but had categorized them.  Ie.  All non-alcoholic drinks were in one category, alcoholic were in another, water was a separate group and there was freshwater fish and saltwater fish.  There were only 54 categories.

I know people who cannot eat many of the 54 categories because of allergies and intolerences.

Eating a variety of stone fruit is likely better than filling up on pork, beef and chicken, but the first will give one point where the latter will give 3.  Is drinking tea and carrot juice really less healthy than drinking coke and vodka?

It could be a good idea for some people, but isn’t something that is suitable for all dietary requirements.  I think a national guideline should try to include the needs for as much as a population as possible.  Some food guides try to achieve this by including ranges and large, generic groupings of foods to eat.

Post # 15
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@RunnerBride13:  LMAO I read that as “apple coffe…” I was like WTF is apple coffee?!?!

Post # 16
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not a chance, my meals have always been very simple.

Typical breakfast:

  • bagel and cream cheese (2)
  • french toast (bread and egg) and maple syrup (3?)
  • congee (rice, pork, oyster, red date, kingko nut)  (5)

Typical Lunch:

  • Rice or noodle with a meat, veggie and soy sauce or other simple seasoning (4)
  • Sandwich – bread, meat, lettuce, mayo (4)
  • Soup or chili  (4 or 5?)

Typical dinner:

  • Rice, meat, veggie, simple seasoning (4)

Coffee, water

I’m guessing maybe 20 tops a day.

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