Hey, did you know? It's eat your veg day. Time to celebrate the 5-a-day to the max by eating double that. Studies have shown that eating 800g of fruit and veg a day, that's 10 portions of 80g, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 24%, stroke by a whopping 33% and even a 13% lesser chance of cancer.
Some polls show that one in five adults in UK have never eaten an avocado let alone some less popular fruit and veg. While for some it's out of fear of "avocado hand" others might need a bit more help getting their veg in.
It is really much easier than you think especially when it comes to fruit. Nature already makes many fruit in handy snack ready portions. Average sized apples, bananas, pears and oranges are all a portion each. Just add one to each of your meals or better yet swap out your sugary deserts for fruit and you'll be well on your way to your 10 a day. Smoothies are another convenient way to add a couple portions of fruit to your day. Be wary though, as smoothies release sugars from fruit in a way that can accelerate tooth decay in excess so limit your smoothie intake to just 150ml a day idea together with a meal.
Getting enough good veg might require a little more effort. It is best to prepare your own meals to avoid any junk additives in ready meals and add your favourite veg instead. Even a simple swap of your regular starchy potato chips to sweet potato will add a portion of veg to your day. A typical simple chicken salad with mixed greens, tomato and cucumber would be 3 portions of veg or more if you get creative. Check out the handy NHS guide for more specific portion guidance.
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