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How to get your 5-a-day

Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables can be a daunting prospect but with a little thought you can achieve it (and possibly more) with ease.

Here are some simple ideas to help you.

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Stir a chopped apple or banana through porridge
Top porridge, muesli or breakfast cereal with berries
Swap your mid-morning biscuit for some dried fruit
Have a small piece of cheese and an apple as an afternoon snack
Make an egg frittata with onions, tomatoes, peas, sweetcorn, peppers, mushrooms or spinach
Make jellies using apple juice and add berries
Add a topping of mashed avocado or banana to a slice of toast
Spread goats cheese or brie onto apple, pear or celery as a snack
Add peas, sweetcorn or chickpeas to jazz up your rice
Add grated carrot into pizza dough and top with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and sweetcorn.
Swap chips for sweet potato wedges roasted in olive oil
Add cucumber, lettuce and red pepper to sandwiches
Use tinned tomatoes and onions to make an easy tomato sauce rather than ready-made sauce
Add grated carrot, courgette, sweet potato or butternut squash to Bolognese sauce
Add canned lentils or beans to soup, casseroles or mince dishes
Add berries or fresh fruit to plain live yoghurt
Make cakes and brownies using courgette, carrot, squash or beetroot
Make a stew with meat and root vegetables (carrots, butternut squash, parsnips sweet potato)
Steam cabbage leaves and use as a gluten-free wrap for fillings
Add chopped onion, carrots, parsnips or peppers to your roasting tin when roasting potatoes
Have some carrot, cucumber or pepper sticks with hummus as a snack

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