5 a day fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are a source of vitamins, minerals and fibre which may help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and some cancers. We all know that it’s important for us to eat a variety of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, but how many of us actually manage it? Luckily, it can be easier than you think to get your 5 A DAY. The great thing is that you don’t need to make a big change to your diet or do without the foods you love. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can keep the costs down by buying canned fruit and vegetables, which doesn’t go off as quickly. Choose canned fruit in its own juice – it’s healthier than fruit in sugary syrup. Or try canned vegetables in water with no added salt or sugar.

Frozen is even handier, as you can use what you need and put it back in the freezer! And buying fresh fruit and vegetables when it’s in season is usually cheaper too. Local markets can be great places to pick up fresh and tasty produce at really good prices.  Just add a portion of vegetables here, sprinkle a portion of fruit there – and you’ll hit your 5 A DAY before you know it!