Finally my embarrassingly, extra-large veg habit has been vindicated with the latest report from Imperial College London.
As a dedicated grabber of life over 50 ( or #GLO50 for short) I’m always up for doing what I can to stave off the ravages of heart disease and cancer. And having been a fan of Weight Watchers over the years, I’ve grown to depend on lots of fruit and veg in my daily diet (they’re almost all 0 SmartPoints in their counting system). It can sometimes be almost too embarrassing to eat with others, as I down a whole bag of wilted spinach, a pile or carrots or (often ‘and’) a mountain of Brussel Sprouts with my grilled chicken or tuna.
So here is how I get my 10-a-day. Tell me how you do, or don’t, get yours……
Emma’s easy recipe for 10 fruit and veg a day:
Breakfast summer fruit: Eaten with my perennial favourite Icelandic breakfast = 1 portion of fruit and veg
Fruit: A crisp Conference pear and an apple during the morning = 2 portions of fruit and veg
All year round salad: OK there’s been a run on Iceberg lettuce lately but you can always find some leaf-based salad in the supermarket (forgive me the food-miles). My favourite salad lunch comprises leaves, chopped up raw courgette, baby corn, tomatoes and Pepperdew peppers topped with tuna in spring water, capers and a drizzle of dressing = 2 portions of fruit and veg
Home-made vegetable soup: It’s so easy to throw some veg in a big pan with water and a bit of veg stock. I’ve just made Kale and Turnip soup – tastier than it sounds – and a warming bowl is a great way to beat an afternoon hunger dip. Here are some soups I made earlier. I award myself = 2 portions of fruit and veg
3 veg dinner: I always have at least two or three veg with my evening meal, usually easy things like steamed carrots, broccoli and green beans – and LOTS of them. They are so filling and cheap (compared to meat, fish or ready-meals) and it doesn’t feel as bad going back for seconds of veg instead of more mash or pasta (although I have been known to do that too!). Creating a veg-based dish also makes it easy to add to the 10-a-day. Check out my Sicilian caponata recipe = 3 portions of fruit and veg
Banana: For good measure, and just in case I didn’t get my 10 portions of fruit and veg already, I may treat myself to a banana in the evening, perhaps with some sugar-free jelly or a bit of low fat yogurt = 1 portion of fruit and veg
Now let me know how you get your 10 fruit and veg a day. Or if you struggle to eat 5!