So, the ’10 a day’ news story has caused a bit of debate over the past few days. However, it’s always been the case that we need to include as many fruit and vegetables in our diet as possible for excellent health and performance.

Here are a few tips on how you can start to accumulate your 10 a day…The 5 S’s!
1) Smoothies– They take two minutes to make (providing you have a blender) and you can chuck a mixture of pretty much any fruit and vegetable in them for a tasty breakfast or snack. To prevent food wastage, have a few frozen fruits and vegetables stocked up in the freezer and whizz them straight up.
2) Soups– A bit more effort that a smoothie, but you can include as many vegetables as you want for a comforting lunch or dinner. You can make a big batch to last you for the week so the time making it is worthwhile!
3) Snacks- Fruits AND vegetables make great, healthy snacks.
4) Swaps– Your usual foods can easily be upgraded for healthier alternatives. Pasta can be replaced by spiralised courgette or carrot, rice can be substituted for grated cauliflower and potatoes can be changed for roasted carrots, parsnips or sweet potatoes.
5) Seasonal– Eating seasonally means you are more likely to get a variety of nutrients year round. Rather than sticking to your usuals, look at the seasonal options available to you and include variations more frequently. Eating seasonally also means you are more likely to end up buying something from the UK, which is always a nice thing to do if you can!

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