Why so many? The World Health Organisation (WHO) says eating 400g or more a day (5 x 80g portions) of fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.
It’s not easy getting fruit & especially veg into kids’ diets. Here are some kid-friendly ideas of what a day could look like.
30g plain flaked or hooped cereal with milk and berries (can be microwaved from frozen!)
Tuna, low fat mayonnaise and sweetcorn sandwich with a pinch of black pepper or paprika for taste.Cucumber and carrot stickswith 2 tbsp low fat hummus. Packet of plain or salted popcorn
Fruit medley such as orange segments & chopped grapes
‘Hidden’ veg spag bol made with red pepper, mushrooms, carrot and courgette.
Break up some low sugar biscuits, pack them into the base of a small cup or dish.
Mash a banana into plain yogurt and layer on top of the biscuit.
Serve with chopped kiwi or another fruit of choice for a low sugar cheesecake!
For plenty of other ideas, check out Change4Life: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes