Tag Archives: Fruit

10 simple tricks to sneak more vegetables in your diet

Do your meals tend to look mostly beige on your plate?

When was the last time you had a portion of veg?

Can’t remember? Don’t worry – you are not alone! According to latest research, nearly 70% of Brits don’t eat their ‘5 a day’! *

How much is enough?

Nutritionists and food experts have been saying for some time now, that the  ‘5 a day’ rule is outdated and should be seen as the minimum, not the optimum recommended daily intake. But does this mean five apples a day will keep the doctor away? What are the rules?

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at www.SuperfoodUK.com, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing explains, “People don’t generally seem to have a problem eating fruit and the 5 a day concept is confusing – with some thinking that the message translates into 5 portions of fruit per day. Fruit, while nutritionally good for us, does still contain natural sugar (fructose) so the ratio should be 1 portion of fruit to 4 portions of vegetables. If you eat more than 5 portions of vegetables in one day, do not exceed more than 1-2 portions of fruit”.

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No more bananas?

As the 1920s popular song, ‘Yes we ‘ave no bananas’ suggests, bananas have long been associated with farce.

But they also happen to be nature’s handiest health and energy snack – and one of the most widely consumed fruits on the planet.

Which left us more than a little shaken by last week’s BBC headlines announcing that a deadly fungus could wipe out our banana supply.

Bizarrely, it seems pretty much every banana consumed in the western world is directly descended from a plant grown 180 years ago in one of Britain’s own stately homes.  Chatsworth’s Cavendish variety became the exporters’ banana of choice because of its resistance to the Panama disease fungus.


But a study at the end of last year warned that a new strain of the fungus is threatening to wipe out our favoured fruit.

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An abundance of fruit and weeds!

We spent another Sunday afternoon at the allotment today, after upgrading from a half plot to full size it’s been hard work, there is so much prep to do, the soil is very heavy clay and every time it rains it ends up flooded. Weeds appear overnight and the seeds don’t grow!

One thing that is doing well are the fruit trees, if nothing else we will have an abundance of fruit to eat!

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Top 15 organic food you must buy

organic vegWhen shopping on a budget but wanting to do the best for you and your family, it is sometimes difficult to balance things out so this handy chart above is brilliant.

It is a reminder to the fruit and veg that is most important to buy organic with the highest pesticides and the ones that are less risky.

We always try to buy as much organic food as possible, but we also know how sometimes there is rent and bills to pay. You have to make the best decision and priorities. So I would say do your best and don’t feel bad if one week you can’t get organic everything, just try to stick to the chart.

You could even print it out and keep it in your bag for shopping trips.

If you do buy non organic fruits and veg you can soak them in the sink with water and cider vinegar for 10 minutes to get rid of some more pesticide residue.