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Five (5)-a -Day - Made Easy!
by Philip - Thursday, 9 May 2013, 04:46 PM
What's the big deal with Five (5)-a-Day?

applesThis mix of fruit and vegetable portions is seen as the minimum healthy diet every day. It's a useful guide.

Fruit and vegetables are where we get essential vitamins, minerals and fibre (which is vital for a healthy gut)/ We also need complex plant compounds called phytochemicals. Some of the vitamins and phytochemicals are also antioxidants. These help reduce your risk of developing serious diseases as many health issues are caused by oxidation. That's why we hear the five-a-day message so often.

The following are all equivalent to one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables:
  • One apple
  • Seven strawberries
  • Three whole dried apricots
  • 150ml of fruit juice – note that however much you drink, fruit juice counts as a maximum of one fruit portion a day
  • A large carrot
  • Three heaped tablespoons of peas
  • Three heaped tablespoons of cooked kidney beans
  • around 16 okra

How do I get my five-a-day? Always eat breakfast (which is good in itself) and add some fruit. Cut a Kiwi fruit in half and eat it like a boiled egg. Add grilled tomatoes to your scrambled egg. Don't waste overripe fruit, try making home-made smoothies. Add dried apricots to your cereal. Pack a fruit snack. Spice up your favourite dishes with a new fruit or veg. Swap potatoes for roasted parsnips. Give your pizza a boost with some more peppers....

Have you ever tried juicing - a fab and really tasty way to get loads of goodness - in a glass or on the run!

Fruit and Veg keep us healthy and help fight illness and stress!

(Edited by Philip - original submission Friday, 24 September 2010, 10:57 AM)

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