We all hear about getting our 5 a day in. For those of us with Coeliac Disease or on a gluten free diet, it's even more important to have a fair share of fruit and veggies- they form a healthy, balanced diet and can help us get the needed vitamins and nutrition.
Why 5 a day?
The 5 portions you have a day should include a range of fruit and vegetables- not the same 5. Eating a range of them can help us to get a variety of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
- "Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
- They're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
- They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
- Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there's so much variety to choose from." - NHS 'Why 5 A Day?'www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/why-5-a-day/
So what does 1 of your 5 a day look like?
You can have fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced fruit and vegetables, and nearly all will count!
A portion of fruit or vegetables is 80g.
Here's some of our favourites:
- Chickpeas 3 heaped tbsp
- Baked Beans Half a can/200g
- Raisins 1 heaped tbsp
- Sweet Potatoes 80g/Medium sized
- Onions 1 medium onion
- Olives 80g/30 olives
- Guacamole 1 serving-1/2 avocado
- Unsweetened Fruit Juice 150ml glass
Please always do your own research to see if this is the best course of action for you. If you are unsure, please see a nutritionist and or a practitioner.
Information taken from the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/why-5-a-day/