We all know how important eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is in overall health and wellbeing, such as maintaining a healthy weight and cutting our risk of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
But it can be easy to miss out on your 5-a-day if you lead a busy lifestyle that leads you to eat on the run or order a pizza after a long day at work.
With the summer months just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about finding ways to introduce more fruit and veg into your day.
Here are some easy ways to get your 5-a-day, with less effort than you might think!
* Start the day with a smoothie: you can find loads of tried and tested recipes for smoothies that contain both fruit and vegetables – a great way to get one if not all of your five portions in one hit! = up to 5 portions
* Take fruit to work: keep a bag of apples or oranges in your desk so you can nibble on them when you get peckish, instead of being tempted to hit the canteen for a chocolate bar. = 2 or more portions
* Keep fruit in your bag or car: the same as at work, keeping a piece of fruit in your bag means you have a healthy snack for while you’re out and about. = 1 or more portions
* Add frozen veg to everything: if you’re making a curry or similar dish with a jar of ready-made sauce, give it a vegetable boost by throwing in a few handfuls of frozen veg – broccoli, green beans, or a bag of mixed veg work particularly well for this, and you’ll have another portion or two in no time. = 2 portions