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How To Include More Fruit And Veg In Your Diet

Including more fruit and vegetables in your diet is key to getting the right nutrition to support your overall health. Research from the Food Foundation found that the nation as a whole is eating less fruit and veg, with the amount of vegetables being bought by UK households having fallen to its lowest level in 50 years. The BDA also states only 27% of adults (19 to 64 years) and 35% of those aged 65 years and over actually achieve the 5-A-Day recommendation. 

Whilst there are a number of social and economic factors that come into play with these statistics, many of us struggle with incorporating fruit & veg consistently into everyday meals. Find out our top tips to include more fruit and veg in your diet!

Why Do You Need To Eat Fruit & Vegetables? 

Fruit and vegetables are a core food group to maintain a balanced diet. The NHS recommends 5 a day as it lowers the risk of developing serious health conditions. They also: 

  • Reduce the risk of developing heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes and other serious or chronic illnesses 
  • Lower blood pressure 
  • Are a source of vital vitamins and minerals 
  • Are a way to contribute to a healthy weight 

Incorporating fruit & veg more into the diet is a contributor to getting better overall physical health.

Top Tips To Include More Fruit & Veg In Your Diet

We have collated our top tips to incorporate these consistently within your diet and gain better eating habits. These include: 

1. Include In Your Shopping List 

Better eating habits start with the food shop. Including fruit and vegetables in your list will help you remember to get them in your shop and actively think about what you want to eat for the upcoming week. This may also sway you away from other snacks, in which fruit can replace. Keeping on top of your inventory and having them accessible in the household will increase the chances of you eating them. 

2. Keep As Visible As Possible 

In your cupboards or fridge, we recommend you have your fruit and veg more visible, rather than at the back. Unfortunately, simply having the ingredients in the house doesn’t necessarily mean it will get eaten. Ensure you keep your fruit and veg placed in a visible spot to be a reminder. Plus, this will reduce food wastage!

3. Start With The First Meal Of The Day 

Begin your day by getting one of your 5 a day. Including fruit in your breakfast is a great way to start. Adding either fresh or dried fruit to your existing go-to breakfast or even making a fruit smoothie can go a long way to habit building! 

4. Meal Plan 

Meal planning is key to remembering to include vegetables and fruit into your meals. By knowing what you are going to eat for all of your meals that week, you know you will be getting enough nutrition and can add them in where possible. Most meals can benefit from the fact that they don’t have to be changed, you can always add different vegetables to them. 

5. Try Something New 

You could not be eating enough fruit and vegetables because you are stuck in repeatedly buying the same things. If you can, try out a new product every week or when it suits you to broaden your tastes. Check out our recipes – you might find something you love this way! 

6. Swap Out Your Usual Snacks 

If you find yourself reaching for snacks often during the day, you can always swap to fruits! You will naturally then be eating more of your 5 a day and also form better eating habits. 

7. Order A Customisable Fruit & Veg Box 

By ordering a custom fruit & veg box you can plan your meals effectively, try new flavours and tick them off your shopping list! It is an easy and convenient solution to incorporating more into your diet, as you only order what you need and choose a flexible delivery slot. 

Order Fruit & Vegetables From Marvellous Greens & Beans 

Here at Marvellous Greens & Beans, we offer fully customisable boxes with UK-wide delivery, that can be tailored to your specific needs. We stock a range of fruit boxes and veg boxes with a selection of sizes to suit your household, where you can add and take away the different products when you need to. Contact us for more information or call us on 0203 633 9822 where we can offer assistance with ordering.  

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