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Adding extra vegetables to stews, casseroles and curries is an easy way to count towards your 5 a day.
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.
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.
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.
Remember that foods that are ‘low in fat’ may not be low in calories; always check the nutrition labels carefully.
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.
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.
Replace snacks like crisps with an apple or banana, these cost around 20p, less than half the price of a chocolate bar!
Fruit and vegetables can be cheaper when they are in season: buy carrots and cabbage in the spring and new potatoes in the summer.