Just in case you have been under a rock for the last three years or so, the 5 a day campaign is something that government has put in place to encourage us to each fresher fruit and veg. It's the guideline that we should try and hit both for yourself and your family each and every day. Sound great, but when you are working, and have fussy family eaters, it can be anything but. So read on for some advice on getting at least five a day without spending long hours in the kitchen.
Breakfast is a vital meal as it helps your established fire up for the rest of the day, meaning it can make your body work more efficiently at burning food as fuel.
A super quick 5-day addition to breakfast is freshly made fruit juice. You’ll need a juicer for convenience, of course. Don’t worry about that though, as if you are looking to buy a juicer? Here’s a complete guide to help you! There you will find information on the pros and cons of different brands to help you make the right decisions. One that will make your breakfast time go a lot smoother, while still ensuring it is as healthy as possible.
You can even try it as an accompaniment with blueberry quinoa porridge as well. Then you have 2 of your five a day sorted first thing.
Snacks are such a great time to include fruit and veggies in your family's diet and help them achieve their 5 a day. They are so quick and easy too. All you need to do is pop pieces of fruit that come ready to go in their lunch box. Bananas, oranges, or apples are great for this.
Lunch can be a little tricky in term of fruits and veg in the main dish, especially if you are making packed lunches and the little one don't want their sandwiches going soggy. To get around this why don't you provide separate containers with tomatoes and lettuce in that they can add to their sandwich or wraps themselves?
Another alternative is to create batches of pasta salad with chopped raw veg like peppers and spring onions in. This can work well as its quick to make for the whole week, and sometimes the little ones are more keen to eat stuff when it's mixed in with another ingredient.
Carrots are the perfect choice for a PM snack, they are sweet and delicious and super healthy. Some folks buy the precut sticks but washed mini, carrots work just as well as are a little healthier because they have the skin on. Serve with a healthy yogurt or hummus dip too for extra snack appeal.
Last, but certainly not least we have dinner. It should be easy to get at least 1 serving of veg or fruit in here eight? Unfortunately, that isn't always the case, as some kids have an uncanny talent for eating the protein and carbs and leaving anything green on their plate.
To solve this take a balanced approach here, make vegetables more of the main attraction by having them as an integral part of the dish. Good examples of this being vegetarian main courses like carrot and hazelnut tart and vegetable lasagna. Then you kids won't be able to help to eat at least 1 of their 5 a day because it is dinner, not just a part of it.