With new research showing that we should be aiming for 10 portions a day regarding fruit and vegetables I thought about how we are making sure our children got at least their 5 a day and whether we were fulfilling our commitments to keeping them healthy. We worked out that we are hitting the minimum 5 but could we make it to 10?
Thankfully all of the children love fruit and more than often will pick up a banana or grapes in place of sweets, their current favourites for breakfast include blueberries, grapes, banana and strawberries, served up with a big dollop of honey yogurt and a glass of fresh orange juice! Amelia is a little partial to croissants too – Breakfast of champions!
The girls in particular love fresh orange and did you know that just one 150ml glass gives 1 of your 5 a day! We have had issues with the boys teeth in the past due to sugary drinks but so far the girls have managed to escape with minimum problems and I am sure this is partly down to the fact that they prefer fresh fruits and water over sugar laiden pop and fizzy drinks.
We all know that there are so many benefits of 100% pure fruit juice that is drunk as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
It is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and folates, amongst other nutrients. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, potassium and folates help with cell and muscle tissue repair. Because of its vitamin C content, consuming fruit juice as part of a meal can help to increase the absorption of iron-rich foods like (some) fortified cereals, beans, pulses, spinach and kale. (You can find more information about juice here: http://www.bfja.org/FAQs.)
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