5 a day

I’m working on my ‘nutrition and entrepreneurship’ assignment today and I’m focusing on ways to improve the nutritional intake of students.

As a nation we on average eat only 3 portions of fruit and veg a day with only 15% eating the recommended ‘5 a day’ (British Dietetic Association). A survey I gained ethical approval for at my university confirms students there on average, eat only 2 portions a day.

Fruit and vegetable juice drinks or smoothies are a great way to increase intake. A group of us are in the process of developing a health promotion called ‘Nutri-juice’ and are working with the university catering team to run an event in January. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

One 150ml glass of unsweetened fruit or veg juice can count as one portion. But it must be made of 100% unsweetened juice and if you have 2 glasses it still only counts as one of your ‘5 a day’.

Banana, walnut, milk and Manuka honey is a favourite smoothly of mine and it’s a great energy boost before you go for a run!

Val

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