Do you get your 5 fruit and vegetables a day?
The various 5 a day campaigns over the latter part of the last decade became pretty much ubiquitous – but did we get the message? I’m pretty sure that we got the message in terms of knowing what we should be eating – but how many of us are actually getting our 5 a day?
Going by my own consumption patterns, I’d definitely say I get more fruit and veg than I did before these healthy eating campaigns were aired. But I’m not sure that I make the 5 a day every day. I’m big on fruit – and most days you’ll find me happily tucking in to apples, bananas, kiwi fruit, plums, and those little things that used to be tangerines whose name I always forget. Plus for some reason I am a citrus addict generally, so I’m often juicing lemons and limes for cooking or sometimes even just for a refreshing (if sharp) drink.
But there’s a whole world of fruit and veg out there, so it’s always good to try something new. Having a healthy diet is all about moderation and variety. Personally I’m also lucky in that I am a big fan of fish, which is low in fat and can be made into any number of healthy and tasty meals without it ever feeling like you’re having to hold back on flavour for the sake of health.
For more on healthy 5 a day stuff and tips on how to get your 5 a day without spending too much money, check out the NHS Choices 5 a day pages.
Do you have any 5 a day experiences to share – maybe 5 a day helped you lose weight or introduced you to a whole new way of eating? Let us know in the comments below.