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So, to help keep your healthy eating on track, this week, we’re talking about fruits and veggies, and the importance of your 5-a-day!
What does 5-a-day actually mean?
To reach your 5-a-day target you need to eat a total of 400g of fruits and vegetables. That’s 5 portions, each weighing 80g. Roughly speaking, 80g is about a handful – and that’s why when we’re suggesting sides for your Jane Plan meals, we talk in handfuls – we like to keep it simple 🙂
What counts towards your 5-a-day?
A common misconception is that only fresh fruits and vegetables count towards your 5-a-day. Whilst there are many benefits to eating only the freshest fruits and vegetables, when it comes to getting your 5-a-day, the guidelines go beyond eating ‘fresh’.
Here’s what’s included:
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Frozen fruits and vegetables
Vegetables (and fruit) in a soup, casserole or pasta dish
Tinned fruit and vegetables – avoid any that have added salt or sugar!
Fruit juice – but be