We hear all day long that we should eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, but it is sometimes difficult for us to apply this precious advice in our daily life. The aim of this initiative is to change the behaviour of people with regard to their eating habits.
Did you know that?
What does it mean to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day: do we absolutely have to eat 5 fruits and 5 vegetables a day or do we have to eat 5 fruits and/or vegetables a day instead? Do you know what you are doing? Phew, we’re helping you. If you guessed it right the first time, congratulations!
Why are we strongly advised to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day? Simply for our own good! We hope not to surprise you if we tell you that fruits and vegetables are necessary for your body. Indeed, they bring you vitamins, minerals, energy and they are antioxidants (they boost you)! In fact, this is one of the reasons why joggers often take a fruit with them to eat after exercise.
Did you also know that fruits and vegetables prevent certain diseases? For example, red beetroot prevents skin cancer and kiwi fruit prevents cardiovascular disease. And that’s not all, fruit and vegetables can also help you to have a beautiful fresh complexion, don’t you think the beautiful carrots in the vegetable garden?
Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day
These fresh products also contain an essential element for your well-being: fibre. They regulate your intestinal transit and help improve the absorption of fats and carbohydrates into your body. In other words, they are natural appetite suppressants that will be real allies if you want to diet. Fibre still has a lot to offer you.
So if you’re out of shape right now, your current diet may be the cause. That’s why we’ve come up with a few solutions to help you change what’s wrong with you.
We offer you two options: consuming 5 fruits and/or vegetables per day in liquids or solids.
The drinks: have you ever heard of juicing and smoothies?
Juicing is the act of mixing fruits and/or vegetables in a special device called a juicer. The juicer allows you to drink the nectar of the fruit you are blending raw.
The smoothie, on the other hand, uses the same process: you mix the fruit of your choice in a blender but you add water, milk or yoghurt to it according to your taste.
The advantage of these two homemade juices is that you can concoct your own recipe. This way you can improvise your drink every day according to your desires.
Do you like a snack? It’s good for us too! At the editorial office, instead of throwing ourselves on dark chocolate bars or pastries from the bakery downstairs, we prefer to eat green snacks. At least, that way we eat without moderation and especially without feeling guilty. We like cherry tomatoes, celery sticks cut into sticks, small carrots, radishes and dried fruit.
The great thing about raw vegetables is that in addition to being delicious, they are all natural appetite suppressants. They are low in calories, high in fibre and filling.
What are the drawbacks? There aren’t any, so treat yourself!
A variety of salads
Summer is not only the season of good weather, long terrace brunches and Italian ice cream, it is also the perfect season to concoct tasty salads with fresh fruit and/or vegetables. You can also find plenty to choose from on the market stalls:
Vegetables: eggplant, broccoli, carrot, cucumber, zucchini, turnip, corn, pepper and pumpkin, etc.
Fruit: apricot, avocado, kiwi, redcurrant, mango, melon, blackberry, papaya, plum and wild strawberry, etc.
A gourmet dessert
Who says you can’t treat yourself? Why not roll up your sleeves and prepare an apple pie, blackberry jam (but be careful, it’s sweet) or rhubarb compote? The site offers new recipes every week.