What counts as your 5 a day

Eat healthy and get moving

What counts towards your 5 a day

Pretty much all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 a day.  So what counts:

  • 80g of fresh, canned and or frozen fruit and vegetables.
  • 30g of dried fruit. 
  • 150ml fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie – you can only count once a day.
  • 80g of beans and pulses – you can only count once a day.
  • Fruit and vegetables cooked in dishes such as soups, stews or pasta.
  • Fruit and vegetables in convenience foods, such as ready meals and shop-bought pasta sauces, soups and puddings. (check salt, sugar and fat content in convenience foods).

Potatoes do NOT count towards your 5 a day, but the alternatives below do:

  • Sweet potatoes, parsnips, swedes and turnips do count towards your 5 A Day, because they are usually eaten in addition to the starchy food part of the meal.

Combine healthy eating with the recommended exercise guidelines of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise and you are on the way to a healthier lifestyle.  To make it easier to achieve split your exercise into bite sized chunks of 30 minutes x 5 to fit into your busy schedule.

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SOURCE: NHS CHOICES