For many years the nutritional advice on fruit and vegetables has been 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit each day.
New studies are now finding that if you increase your daily fruit serves to 5 and vegetables to 10, this lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer by a further 8, 15 and 9% respectively.
As well as boosting your immune system more serves of F & V has a positive impact on cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
So how can we do introduce more fruit and vegetables to our daily diet?
Easy! Start with having some greens at breakfast – cooked spinach with your eggs and maybe grilled tomato. Introduce green smoothies for snacks – avocado, spinach, banana, celery and blend them so no fibre is lost. How about cooked sweet potato chips and carrot with hommous for a snack and increase the salad in your lunch time sandwich. Of course it goes without saying that we always have vegetables or salad with our dinner.