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5 Easy Ways To Get Your Five a Day

Updated on June 10, 2010

You probably know that you should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, but it can be difficult to fit them all into the average day. This article offers some advice for increasing your quota of these foods so that you can get your 'five a day' with minimum fuss. 

1. Hide vegetables in other food

This can be a good way to take your attention away from the fact that there are vegetables included in the dish, especially where children are concerned. For example, you can hide vegetables in dishes such as lasagne by tucking it away between the folds of the pasta. The majority of children will be oblivious to its presence as they cannot easily see it on the plate. 

2. Drink fruit juice

Drinking a glass of fruit juice is a quick and easy way to notch up one of your five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Read the packaging carefully before buying as many supposedly natural fruit juices are full of sugar and preservatives, and actually contain little in the way of real fruit juice. 

3. Substitute snacks

Instead of reaching for crisps, biscuits or sweets as a snack between meals, try opting for a healthier option by munching on a piece of fruit or some raw vegetables such as carrot. As well as being lower in salt, sugar and fat, this allows you to sneak in another of your fruit and vegetable portions for the day without really having to think about it. 

4. Add fruit to your breakfast

If you eat cereal for your breakfast, why not add some fruit on top? This can include strawberries, chopped banana or apple and can provide a more natural sweetener instead of adding sugar. 

5. Try smoothies

If you do not fancy drinking fruit juice, swap your cola drinks for a smoothie. These can be bought ready made from shops, or you can try blending your own if you are feeling adventurous or do not fancy the flavors in the shops.


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting and helpful

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      thelast5 8 years ago

      Nice article, i definitely try to eat a salad a couple times a week and smoothies are a must lol