Interesting Ways To Get Your Five-A-Day Over Christmas

Clever Ways To Eat Your Five A Day At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 22/12/11 13:06 Updated: 22/12/11 13:06

Eating your five portions of fruit and veg a day is hard enough as it is, but with endless temptation of tasty Christmas food, it's even harder to stick to the five-a-day rule during the festive period.

So without being a complete Scrooge, find out how you can cleverly get your five-a-day in your diet without spending your Christmas miserably chomping on a stick of celery, with these 10 interesting ways to get your five-a-day.

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  • Alternative Ways To Get Your Five-A-Day

  • Make A Lettuce Wrap

    "For fajitas and other food traditionally served in a wrap, try wrapping in whole lettuce leaves. This increases your vegetable intake as well as being helpful for people trying to reduce their wheat or gluten intake and a great, easy way to get one of your five-a-day." Daisy Connor, Nutritional Therapist at the <a href="http://www.nna-uk.com/" target="_hplink">Naturopathic Nutrition Association.</a>

  • Try 'Carrot Cake' Porridge

    "Add grated carrot or an apple, ground almonds and cinnamon to plain porridge." <em>Yvonne Bishop-Weston, Nutritionist for</em> <a href="http://www.foodsforlife.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Foods for Life</a>.

  • Add A Vegetable Twist To Your Mash

    "Use mashed mixed root veg as an alternative to mashed potato, such as carrot or squash and swede, or mashed cauliflower. "Potatoes don't count as one of your five-a-day, so this way, you can still enjoy mash but with a five-a-day boost." <strong>Clare Casson</strong>, <a href="http://www.clarecasson.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach</a>.

  • Choose Tofu

    "Swap beefburgers for tofu burgers - these are made with the soy pulp left over after soy milk has been extracted from ground, soaked soybeans, which contain all the fibre from the beans." <strong>Clare Casson</strong>, <a href="http://www.clarecasson.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach</a>

  • Add Veggies To Your Cakes

    "We all know about carrot cake, but other vegetables work just as well. Beetroot makes a delicious addition to chocolate brownies. "Halve the amount of sugar recommended in a recipe, to make them super-healthy." <strong>Clare Casson</strong>, <a href="http://www.clarecasson.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach</a>.

  • Frozen Fruit Treats

    "For a fast treat that packs in plenty of fruit, try instant frozen yoghurt: Blend equal quantities of frozen berries and natural or soy yoghurt. "Sweeten to taste with honey or xylitol and serve immediately. Raw fruit that feels like a treat!" <strong>Daisy Connor</strong>, Nutritional Therapist for <a href="http://www.nna-uk.com/" target="_hplink">Naturopathic Nutrition Association.</a>

  • Learn To Love Lentils

    "Blend cooked courgettes and lentils into plain tomato pasta sauce to give extra vegetables plus protein. "For a creamier sauce, try blending pine nuts and adding to the sauce for creaminess with added vegetable protein and healthy fat." <strong>Daisy Connor</strong>, Nutritional Therapist for <a href="http://www.nna-uk.com/" target="_hplink">Naturopathic Nutrition Association</a>.

  • Make Your Own ChickPea Pasta

    "Pasta doesn't count towards your five-a-day, but what if you make your own? "Use chickpea (gram) flour to make home made pasta. Chickpeas are a great five-a-day source." <strong>Clare Casson</strong>, <a href="http://www.clarecasson.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach</a>.

  • Blend A Veg-Packed Pasta Sauce

    "Blend cooked courgettes and lentils into plain tomato pasta sauce to add extra vegetables plus protein. "For a creamier sauce, try blending pine nuts and adding to the sauce for creaminess with added vegetable protein and healthy fat." <strong>Daisy Connor</strong>, Nutritional Therapist at the <a href="http://www.nna-uk.com/" target="_hplink">Naturopathic Nutrition Association</a>.

  • Create Your Own Veggie Smoothie

    "Include a handful or so of cooked, bland-tasting cooked beans like butter beans in a fruit smoothie to add thickness and protein as well as an additional one of your 5-a-day," says <em>Clare Casson, Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach.</em> "Try a bespoke veggie smoothie with avocado and celery! Because it includes avocado, which many people aren't keen on but find it surprisingly tasty when mixed with fruit," says <em>Daisy Connor, Nutritional Therapist. </em>

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