Why should we make fruits and vegetables such an important part of our diet?
Fruit and veg are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energised. They provide you with fibre that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.
Fruit and veg are also usually naturally low in fats and calories so eating them can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy too.
Fruit and veg taste delicious and there’s so much variety to choose from but what counts as a portion?
- one medium sized piece of fruit such as a banana, apple, pear or orange
- 30g or one heaped tablespoon of dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or sultanas
- 150 ml glass of fruit juice
- three heaped tablespoons of vegetables or pulses (beans, lentils, chickpeas)
- one dessert bowl of salad
Here are some ideas of how to power pack your day.
- choose a wholegrain bowl of cereals with Ivy House organic milk and / or Brown Cow organic yoghurt and add apple, sultanas or banana
- a glass of fruit juice counts as a maximum of one portion a day
- have some fruit as a min-morning snack
- at lunch and supper make vegetables about half of what you put on your plate
- eat a colourful variety of fruit and veg every day
Will you get your five-a-day today?