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Remember that foods that are ‘low in fat’ may not be low in calories; always check the nutrition labels carefully.
Fruit and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals such as folate, vitamin C and potassium, all of which are needed by the body to remain healthy.
Unfortunately, potatoes don’t count towards your 5 a day as they are starchy foods (like bread, pasta and rice). However, sweet potatoes, parsnips, swedes and turnips do count!
Aiming for a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet is important because different foods contain different vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Canned fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 a day, as these won’t go off, you can buy them in bulk when they are on offer.
Loose fruit and vegetables can cost half the price of pre-packaged items; useful to remember when shopping for your 5 a day on a budget.
Adding extra vegetables to stews, casseroles and curries is an easy way to count towards your 5 a day.
It is important to get your 5 a day. A portion of each fruit and vegetable is about 80g and you should aim to eat a variety of types.
Replace snacks like crisps with an apple or banana, these cost around 20p, less than half the price of a chocolate bar!
To help children to eat more of their 5 a day, keep a well-stocked fruit bowl in the living room and encourage them to eat from this rather than eating snacks.
Fruit and vegetables can be cheaper when they are in season: buy carrots and cabbage in the spring and new potatoes in the summer.