I call this a challenge because it can really be mind-boggling to stuff those nutrients in on a daily basis.
I went through phases with this one and it all really started when having our little one. My initial phase was called stress! I totally freaked out if I had missed one of the 5, sounds silly but having our son made me go to extremes until it eventually got easier. Second phase was educating myself and becoming more nutrition conscious, getting to know that I can base all meals on fruit and veg and that’s all it takes. Third phase was finding a practical cooking way that fits into our routine comfortably enough and I started to call this ‘bulk cooking’.
We will be talking about ‘bulk cooking’ in a future blog as it is one of the easiest methods we like to use. Soups fall under this category as well as other dishes and I really find it easier in winter time as we love soup and I can bulk them up with our favourite veggies (I use fresh veg for soups) and munched with some iron fortified white bread or a slice of wholemeal. I also like to include beans and lentils so that gives us most of the wanted daily nutrients.
So, the NHS course had also thought me that 5-a-day is best taken as 2 fruits and 3 veg. That makes it easier doesn’t it?
Our daily routine starts off with squeezing fresh OJ, then little C likes his banana over breakfast, Jas takes his an hour before his morning gym session and I take mine as part of my mid-morning snack. That’s 2 out of 5 in already J Then 3 different types of veg over lunch and dinner is not really a big deal so basically if you follow a basic routine, that’s you done! Of course, the more veg the merrier so variety is the key.