Fruit boosts

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

Paula Mee’s fruit and veg­etable tips for par­ents:

New guide­lines sug­gest we in­crease our fruit and veg­etable con­sump­tion to seven-a-day. As a rough guide, one serv­ing is the amount they can fit in the palm of their hand.

One 150ml glass of unsweet­ened 100% fruit or veg­etable juice can count as a serv­ing, but only one glass counts. Prefer­ably eat the whole fruit or veg­etable in­stead.

A handy wa­ter bot­tle with in­fuser can in­tro­duce a hint of flavour to wa­ter and cost as lit­tle as five euro in su­per­mar­kets, in­stead of buy­ing fruit­flavoured wa­ters.

Pre­pare fruit and veg­eta­bles as close to eat­ing or cook­ing them as pos­si­ble as they can be­gin to lose some nu­tri­ents as soon as they are chopped.

Re­mem­ber chil­dren have to taste a new veg­etable more than 10 times be­fore they de­velop a taste for it, so don’t give up. Keep try­ing. It’s worth it.

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