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The World Health Organisation recommends we eat 400g of fruit and vegetables every day

Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy lifestyle and they taste great too!

The World Health Organisation recommends we eat 400g of fruit and vegetables every day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Breaking this down to 5 different 80g portions of different fruits and vegetables means you benefit from different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Look out for the five a day logo on food packets – when you see this logo you can be confident it counts for at least one portion.

Here are some easy ways to make fruits and vegetables a regular part of your diet:
Have a piece of fruit with breakfast every day – why not chop some banana or strawberries into your cereal

Stock up on spices and experiment with Indian vegetarian recipes – easy, exotic and hot stuff

Get in the habit of eating salads with everything

Buy fresh fruit in season as it can be cheaper and tastier

Drink fresh fruit juice and smoothies instead of coffee and tea during the day

Have two vegetable side dishes with every evening meal

Snack on raw vegetables

Keep a bowl of fruit in your workplace

Stir fries are a quick, inexpensive and tasty way to eat veg

Keep a few pots of fresh herbs on your window sill

Buy a vegetarian cook book and experiment with vegetables you have not tried before

Grow your own! Even if you do not have a garden, you can grow salad leaves and tomatoes plants on window sills and hanging baskets. Your own produce usually tastes better and it can’t come fresher!

Have vegetable soup as a starter – fry an onion, lob in a few vegetables (or a tin of tomatoes) and some garlic, add a stock cube and water, simmer for 45 minutes, liquidise or sieve, add salt, pepper, herbs and some lemon juice, and serve

Fresh, frozen, chilled, canned, 100% juice and dried fruit and vegetables all count – but you can’t include potatoes! Kidney beans count, as do mushrooms – add them to stews and casseroles

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