How To Eat Five portions of fruit and vegetables A Day

5 a dayWe all know that we should eat at least 5 portions a day of fruit and vegetables every day but no-one really tells us how to eat five a day. Many people can get through three meals and a couple of snacks every day without a sniff of a piece of fruit. Perhaps you take an apple or banana with you to work but after it’s been bouncing around in your bag or briefcase all day it no longer looks as appetising as it did when it was smiling at you from the fruit bowl that morning and that bar of chocolate or packet of crisps looks much more appealing.
If you are one of those people that doesn’t currently eat five a day and you want to change that without a major overhaul on your diet then there is one simple thing that you can do every day that will enable you to eat 5-a-day in one big glass! A delicious healthy smoothie that’s bursting with healthy ingredients, there’s no better way to start your day and many people find that after a healthy start they are more inclined to continue making healthier choices throughout the day. Ok I know it’s not officially a way to eat five-a-day more like drink but as you will be putting the whole fruit into the blender it’s the same as eating it without the chewing bit!
However we aren’t talking glorified milkshakes here we are talking proper fruit smoothies. Many people make smoothies using milk and some, heaven forbid, even add sugar! But if you want to achieve your five-a-day then you need to be thinking ‘innocent’ type smoothies only fresher! Just fruit (can also throw in some vegetables) some liquid such as mineral water, coconut water, fresh fruit juice or nut milk and then drink it straight from the blender while the fruit is still full of enzymes and classed as alive! Well maybe you would want to pour it into a glass first!
I know that on most 5-a-day lists a juice or smoothie only counts as 1 of your 5-a-day, however if you ate an apple, a banana, a small bunch of grapes, a handful of strawberries and a handful of raspberries then this would be classed as eating 5 portions of fruit so if 5 portions of fruit go into a blender with some orange juice then how can only one portion of fruit be in the blender after you’ve whizzed it all up? They simple answer is: It can’t! But most people’s idea of a juice or smoothie isn’t as healthy as what we are talking about here and if people think they can achieve their five-a-day by drinking milkshakes with a few strawberries added and a couple of big glasses of supermarket shelf fruit juice then they would just be kidding themselves. Sometimes fruit that is slightly under-ripe can be a bit sharp if this happens add a little good quality honey or stevia (a healthy sugar alternative).
Do try out different ingredients and rotate them to get a good range of nutrients into your diet and once it becomes routine then try adding a handful of raw spinach to your fruit. I can hear you cringing from here but this is a perfect way to get some raw vegetables into your diet. Spinach or lettuce are mild tasting so doesn’t alter the taste much at all. Start off with just a few leaves and you can build up to a level you are happy with and also, especially with spinach, you will get the added health benefits of calcium and iron in your diet.
So by starting the day with your 5-a-day already under your belt any other fruit or vegetables you eat throughout the day will just be a bonus!

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