We have always been told that we should eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day. But do we really know what one portion of fruit or veggie is? Would a juice count as one?
To answer all of your questions here are some facts about this saying that we heard A LOT 🙂 (even as adults)
1. What is exactly 1 portion of fruit or vegetables?
It represents 80 or 100 grammes, which is 1 banana, 1 apple, a handful of peas, a handful of sweet corn, 1 avocado, a handful of raspberries and so on… To have a clearer idea of what to eat in a day, here’s what we would suggest:
- 8 am: 1 handful of raspberries (or any other berries for that matter) with your breakfast
- 10 am: an apple for your break
- 12 am: a handful of veggies of your choice with your meal (carrots, broccoli, Brussel sprouts,…)
- 5 pm: a fruit of your choice for your snack (yes, even adults can snack after their work)
- 8 pm: a handful or two of veggies with your evening meal! And voilà 🙂
2. Does 1 fruit juice counts as a portion?
Yes! If you are the one who made it (hand-pressed it even). Nothing better than a fresh orange juice in the morning. Or even a smoothie, that contains many different types of fruit or veggies (avocado and spinach go super well together). Try to avoid sodas that will actually add more sugar to your diet than vitamins!
3. Are frozen veggies and fruit as efficient as fresh products?
YES! It is actually a very good way to keep all the nutrients and vitamins. If you want to have strawberries or blueberries all year this is the GO TO solution my friend! Don’t hesitate to add frozen fruit or veggies in your smoothies! Not only it’s super delish, full of vitamins, but it also replaces ice cubes, and it’s way yummier 😉
4. Eat more veggies than fruit!
As a matter of fact, fruit have excellent sources of minerals, nutrients, fibres and vitamins essential for our health. BUT (there’s always a but) if you eat them too much you might end up with stomach problems, caused by the acidity of certain fruits, which will end up in going to the loo a lot. Ideally, it would be to eat way more veggies on a daily basis, so think about that next time you eat at Grannys and dig in those fresh carrots and peas mate!
5. FUN FACT: Brussel sprouts (loved by adults and kids) are actually one of your best allies!!!
Filled with fibres, vitamins, minerals and lots of other good stuff it is one’s best veggie to have in your fridge! But the best of this wonderful green creature is that in contains no FAT nor calories! And still fills you up! So start to learn how to love this amazing sprout!
6. FUN FACT 2: Did you know that our beloved tomato is actually a fruit?
Well it also means that you’ve been eating fruit salad with mozzarella for the past couple of years 😉