Try these surprising ways to get your 5-a-day
Monday, 31 May · 1 min read

It’s recommended you eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. This is to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals and fibre you need to stay healthy.

Getting the right amount of nutrients can help lower your risk of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer, so it’s important you try to reach this target.

A single portion of fruit or veg is roughly 80g, while 5 portions equal a total of around 400g. This may seem like a lot, but there are plenty of simple ways to squeeze more into your diet.

To increase your fruit and veg intake, try:

  • topping breakfast cereals or yoghurt with sliced banana or berries
  • adding vegetables like tomatoes, pepper or spinach to scrambled eggs and omelettes
  • having a 150ml glass of pure juice or a smoothie with your breakfast
  • adding lettuce, tomato or cucumber to your favourite sandwich
  • swapping ready-made sauces for tinned tomatoes when making pasta dishes, stews and curries

Remember, aim to eat a variety of fruit and veg to get a wide variety of nutrients from your 5-a-day.

Quick Quiz
Potatoes count as 1 of your 5-a-day. True or false?