Top 10 tips to help you get your five fruit and veg a day
Ensure you eat your five fruit and veg a day
For a balanced, healthy diet it’s important that you have a minimum of five fruit and veg a day; whether it be from a smoothie in the morning, a piece of fruit at lunch, or peas for dinner — there are hundreds of different ways to ensure that you get your five-a-day. Here are 10 top tips for getting your five a day by eating a healthy mix of fruit and veg ...
- Chop up some carrots, peppers and cucumber and keep it in the fridge for when you feel hungry. If you have some reduced fat hummus or low-fat soft cheese, dip your crudités in!
- Always have a store cupboard full of canned vegetables and fruit such as chopped tomatoes, baked beans, sweetcorn, peaches and grapefruit. Look for fruit in its own fruit juice; this is a better choice than ones in syrup.
- If you like dried fruit; keep raisins, prunes and apricots in your kitchen. Chopped up, you can add them to a can of rice pudding for a nutritious dessert.
- If you are in a rush and depend on ready meals, add some frozen vegetables to the meal to balance it out. Try to have a piece of fresh fruit for dessert.
- Quick food needn’t be unhealthy food; stir-fries are an excellent way to increase the amount of vegetables you eat.
- Try making a list of meal ideas and a shopping list for the week, keeping in mind which days you’ll have time to cook from scratch and which days you may want something easier to assemble. You will be amazed how much easier it is to achieve your ‘five-a-day’ as you’ve planned in advance your week's fruit and vegetable intake.
- Pure fruit juice is becoming increasingly popular. But before you reach for a large glass, remember that one portion is 150ml (5oz). It can be counted as one portion of your five-a-day and ideally should be consumed at the same time as a meal. The UHT tetrapaks (on the supermarket shelves) are as nutritious as the ‘fresh’ juices you see in the refrigerators, this is handy as you can always keep some in the cupboard.
- Use pulses. One portion of your five-a-day can come from pulses such as lentils, beans or peas. Try adding a can of baked beans to the next pie you make.
- Got some fruit lying around? Make a smoothie! Bananas are an excellent base for a smoothie, but any fruit will do. Add semi-skimmed milk and use a hand blender to **** it all up.
- Have you ever had bored children at home? Why not get them involved in the kitchen, ask them to help you with something fun like baking a fruit cake or making a dessert such as a fruit crumble. Eating the end product together is great fun!