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How to get your five-a-day the fun way

Claire Dodd

17th December, 2012

by Claire Dodd

How to get your five-a-day the fun way

Christmas is a time of joyous foodie excess. But you don’t have to go cold-turkey this January. Our top tips show you how to get your five-a-day without cutting back on taste. We’re here to prove that being good doesn’t have to be boring.

You’ve distributed your presents, you’ve slaved for hours in the kitchen and duly rewarded yourself with a two-day food coma after sampling the results. What’s more, you’ve loved every last minute of it.

The outcome? You’re now cultivating a tum that Santa himself would proud of. January can present a challenge to foodies as we repent and try to cut back and behave ourselves.

But forget the detox. January shouldn’t be about depriving yourself. With cold bugs rife and the weather still dismal, it’s time to load up on your five-a-day. We show you how to eat healthily, and sneak in those extra nutrients, while enjoying every minute of it.

Persimmon porridge

Tip 1: Start early

There’s no time like the present. Add interest to everyday meals by using your favourite fruit or veg as a garnish. Why not start with breakfast? This porridge recipe with persimmon and apple will make your morning that bit more interesting.

Beetroot juice

Tip 2: Speed it up

In a rush? With the best will in the world, consuming fruit and veg, can feel like a chore. For a start, there’s the washing, and the peeling and the chopping… Food lovers though we are, it can all seem like a bit too much effort after a rain-soaked journey home from work in temperatures that would make an Eskimo shiver.

Bypass the effort without sacrificing your vitamin intake and prepare beetroot, apple and grapefruit juice in minutes.

Chicken salad

Tip 3: Keep yourself interested

Behaving can seem dull, so interject some bold flavours into your meals to make them feel like a treat. This chicken salad with cashews and mint is brightened by shredded mango.

Butternut squash soup

Tip 4: Opt for comfort

Yes, pies, bangers and mash and roast dinners all do the trick when it comes to comfort food, but often there’s no substitute for a vegetable-laden chunky soup. Make a pot at the beginning of the week and eat fresh or freeze. This butternut squash soup uses garlic and ginger for added warmth.

Tip 5: Be sneaky

Create lower fat versions of your favourite treats by adding extra vegetables and removing the main sources of fat. A sprinkle of grated carrot on top of a tomato-based pasta dish still adds taste and interest. Don’t think of it as trading down. Think of it as trading up.

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