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Easy ways to reach your five a day

For busy people, it can seem difficult to reach your five a day. We all know that fruit and vegetables are incredibly beneficial to our health, but fewer than 40% of us actually meet the "five a day" target.

This simple tips can help you to up your fruit and veg intake quickly and easily.

How to reach your five a day

Eat a piece or fruit or vegetable with every meal

Get into the habit of including at least one piece or fruit or a vegetable with breakfast, lunch and dinner. This means that you only have to fit in another two pieces throughout the day. Simple ideas for incorporating fruit and veg into a meal include:

  • Eat an apple after a bowl of cereal in the mornings
  • Add salad to your lunchtime sandwich
  • Add a pepper to pasta for dinner

Look for soups that count towards your five a day

Many fresh soups - either homemade or from supermarkets (the ones in chilled isles) - contain a portion of vegetables. This is especially good during chilly winter days when you don't want to tuck into a salad.

Add fruit to your cereal

Raisins, currants or other dried fruit can be a tasty edition to your cereal. Likewise, you can also add fresh fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and bananas work particularly well.

Keep grapes by your desk

If you have an office job, you may feel the urge to graze in the mid-mornings and afternoons. Keep a bunch of grapes (or another fruit that keeps well at room temperature) on your desk to nibble on throughout the day.

Pack your lunch

You're more likely to reach your five a day if you pack your own lunch. It's not hard to stray from the healthy option if you're faced with lots of tasty choices in the shop or cafe. Bring along a couple of pieces of fruit or veg to eat with lunch.

Invest in a smoothie maker

Simply add a chopped banana and some skimmed milk for a delicious and guilt-free treat that counts towards one of your five a day.

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