Wednesday, 28 September 2016
3 Easy Ways To Help You Reach Your 5 A Day
The government guidelines recommend we all eat 5 portions of fruit & veg every day, although actually experts suggest we should be eating at least 7 portions to maintain optimum health & wellbeing. I'm a fruit & veg lover, always have been and always will be, so I have no problem getting in 10 a day but I know some people struggle with incorporating fresh fruit & vegetables into every meal. I have 3 easy, cheap and quick ways to help you reach your 5 (or more!) a day -
Zoats With Berries
Many people eat porridge or oatmeal for breakfast, it's a nutritious and delicious start to the day and will fuel you until lunchtime but have you tried zoats? Zoats are zucchini (courgette) oats...yeah, sounds weird but go with it, you make your oats on the stove as usual and add in grated courgette to the end. The courgette mixes into the porridge perfectly, adding extra volume and a potation of veg! I was wary of zoats but trust me, once the grated courgette is mixed in you can't taste it at all and now I really miss my zoats if I have no courgette in the house! Try topping your zoats with berries for extra fruity goodness.
Zoats recipe here.
I'm a smoothie-aholic and have a smoothie most days. A smoothie packed with banana, spinach, kale, almond butter, oats and almond milk is an amazing way to start the day and will help you hit at least 2 potations of fruit and veg! Or if you're a snacker like I am, a smoothie is a yummy and satisfying afternoon pick me up, try blending mango, raspberries, blueberries and coconut water for a fruity and refreshing smoothie. If you're a chocolate lover there's even a smoothie for you....yes, a chocolate smoothie could count towards your 5 a day - my favourite thick & creamy chocolate smoothie is loaded with goodness and tastes incredible and it contains half an avocado for veggie goodness and healthy fats. Recipe here.
Crudités & Hummus
As mentioned above, I'm a snacker and always have 2-3 snacks throughout the day. My go-to healthy, delicious and filling snack is crudités dipped in hummus with my favourite being carrot sticks or celery stalks - super yummy and will boost your veg intake! You could also have cucumber, pepper or sugarsnap peas.
Hummus recipe here.
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