57 days to go and this was my breakfast this morning.
Government ‘Healthy Eating Guidance’ is to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. But it doesn’t flesh out the whys and the wherefores.
What you see here are pineapple, melon, blueberry, kiwi, banana and orange……………..
……………….what you don’t see are the vitamins, minerals and fibre. Let’s chat about those.
There’s vitamin C, enough across this mix of fruits to provide your recommended daily amount. There are vitamins, B1, B2, B5 B6, choline and folate, A, K and E; the minerals, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, beta carotene, serotonin, antioxidants, anthocyanin and other flavonoids. Additionally, all fruits provide valuable fibre.
These micronutrients are essential for many bodily functions and provide us with many benefits.
So there you have it. Next time you’re wondering what to have for breakfast or dessert, chop yourself a bowl of fruit. As to macronutrients it will provide plenty of carbohydrate but for some balance add some greek yogurt to provide some protein.
It’s best to choose fruits and vegetables of a variety of colours as each colour provides a different combination of micronutrients. Also to aim for at least thirty different fruit and vegetables a week. For more info see January Day 8 of Heart Healthy Habits on therunninggranny.co.uk
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