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Fruit and vegetables


Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. In general, the more you can eat the better.

Three reasons why you should eat fruit and vegetables

  • They provide fibre, and many important vitamins and minerals 
  • They are generally low in calories and fat
  • They provide protection from cancer and other diseases

What counts?

  • Fresh, local and in season fruit and vegetables are best and can be very good value
  • Eat a variety of different colours – green, yellow, orange, red and purple – to benefit from the variety of vitamins and minerals they provide
  • Frozen, tinned, dried, juices and smoothies also count towards your five a day
  • Limit fruit juice or smoothies to one small glass a day

How much should I eat?

Aim to eat five or more portions a day. 

How much is a portion of vegetables, salad and fruit 

  • 1 medium sized fruit - apple, orange, pear or banana
  • 2 small fruits - plums, kiwis or mandarin oranges
  • Small fruits - 6 strawberries, 10 grapes or 16 raspberries 
  • 150ml unsweetened fruit juice
  • ½ cup cooked vegetables – fresh or frozen
  • 1 bowl of salad – lettuce, tomato, cucumber
  • 1 bowl of homemade vegetable soup

Four easy ways to eat five or more a day!

Breakfast

  • Sprinkle cereal with chopped fruit
  • Enjoy a small (150ml) glass of unsweetened fruit juice (remember only counts as one of 5-a-day)
  • Top wholemeal toast with a banana

Lunch

  • Add crunch to sandwiches by adding veggies
  • Finish off lunch with a piece of fruit
  • Salads make a nice alternative to sandwiches for lunch
  • Homemade vegetable soup makes a hearty lunch

Dinner

  • Add extra veggies to stews, sauces, stir-fries, casseroles, omelettes and curries – fresh, frozen, dried and tinned all count
  • Try adding fruit to yoghurt for dessert
  • Serve two or three different vegetables with dinner

Snacks

  • Fruit and vegetables make a great snack
  • Vegetable sticks and a nutritious dip are very tasty – choose hummus or cream cheese

Eating out

  • Order a side of vegetables or salad
  • Add an extra ingredient, for example ask for extra mushrooms on your pizza
  • Order a smaller portion of an adult meal for children – these are more likely to contain vegetables

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