Fruit and veg make such a good source of vitamins like C and Bc (folate); minerals such as potassium; dietary fibre; and other naturally-occurring valuable plant nutrients known as phytochemicals.
Eating more fruit and vegetables can increase the nutrient density of a diet and is one of the best things we can do to improve our diet (the World Health Organisation recommends eating at least 5 different portions of fruit and vegetables a day – about 400g weight in total).
And while many of us know we should be eating more fruit and vegetables, few of us actually manage it! In the UK, fewer than a third of us are getting that 5 a day - intakes are low among teenagers and young adults.
The role of fruit- and vegetable-based drinks
- Recent studies suggest consuming fruit and vegetables as drinks where the fibre has been left in can be a very useful way of increasing fruit and vegetable intakes
- 5 Such drinks appear to be an acceptable, palatable and practical way to increase daily fruit and vegetable intakes and provide a useful source of plant nutrients bring well absorbed by the body
- Whilst fruit or vegetable juice can only count as one portion, a drink made using a mix of different portions of whole fruit or vegetables will provide two of your '5-a-day' as this retains the fibre of the whole plant
- To do this you need at least 2 different portions of 80g each
- These count as a maximum of 2 of your 5, no matter how much you drink
Overcoming barriers to eating more fruit and vegetables
- In the UK our low intake of fruit and vegetables may be due to cost, inconvenience, lack of ideas how to use them or a busy lifestyle
- Using fruit and vegetable based drinks may help overcome some of these barriers
- For example there are potential cost savings in making your own drinks, as opposed to buying them
- You can use value ingredients in season, or economy-range produce which may look odd in the fruit and vegetable rack, but tastes good when blended into a drink
- You could use home-grown, local produce or organic produce if you want to be kinder to the environment as well!
- Why not freeze then blend if you have a surplus?
Why do we need to eat more fruit and vegetables?
- Fruit and vegetables provide powerful plant nutrients; for example, lycopene in tomatoes, carotene in carrots and the flavonoids in grapes and apples, oranges and berries
- In addition, these tend to be low in calories with a low glycaemic index and high fibre content.
What counts towards my '5-a-day' ?
- Fresh, frozen, canned and even dried fruit and vegetables all count towards your 5-a-day
- Fruit or vegetable juice counts once only
- However, drinks where the fibre from the whole fruit or vegetable has been left in can count as up to two of your 5
- It's a good idea to eat a range of different-coloured varieties ('eat a rainbow' - since protective plant chemicals are often those colours)
- Delicious and nutritious examples which could be used in drinks include apples, pears, bananas, oranges, grapes, berries, avocado and melon, as well as vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, green leafy vegetables including spinach, spring greens and kale
- Frozen and canned varieties such as tinned pineapple or peaches also count
- Portion sizes are around 80g for an adult
- This equates to 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables or cooked or canned fruit; a piece of whole fruit the size of a tennis ball; two smaller egg-sized fruits such as plums or satsumas; or a slice of larger fruit such as melon or pineapple - or a handful of berries
- For children, a portion is smaller: roughly what fits in the palm of their hand
- We throw away up to an amazing 25% of all fruit and vegetables we buy
- 6 Drinks are a good way of using up plentiful, slightly over-ripe or wilted produce
- Uses up everything including the skin, seeds and stalks
- Children and young adults who might be picky about what they eat may appreciate their own customised mix of fruit and veg in drink form
- A fun way to increase intakes for active, on-the-go people of all ages
- A portion is roughly that which fits into the palm of the hand
- Trying them young helps establish good habits that can last into adulthood
- Unpopular vegetables for kids are green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots but often raw and salad are more popular such as spinach leaves, pepper and lettuce
- Whole oranges pears, and grapefruits are unpopular but you can mix with more popular types such as bananas, apples kiwi peach, melon and berries 7-8
- Studies show that the greater the variety of fruit and veg offered, the more likely children are to eat them!
- Extracted drinks can also increase the consumption of other nutritious foods in the diet which are particularly low in the UK
- For example you can add yoghurt or milk to your recipe to provide calcium for strong healthy bones
- You could also add nuts and seeds to provide other valuable nutrients including iron, vitamin E and plant based protein to help fill you up
- Some examples are: almonds, cashews, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds?
- You could also mill whole grains such as oats into a powder and add to your drinks
Here it is - the NutriBullet Nutrition Extractor with 9 Accessories, Recipe Book and Pocket Nutritionist Book, all designed to help you get the maximum benefit from all your fruit and vegetables!
- Extract goodness from your food
- Get the most from fruit and vegetables
- NutriBullet uses 'Cyclonic Action' to break down ingredients
- 600-watt motor, extraction blade and patented Cyclonic action
- Completely breaks down ingredients to their most nutritious state
- Don’t just juice it - extract it!
Don’t just juice it - extract it!
Unlike everyday juicers and blenders, the Nutribullet completely breaks down ingredients to their most nutritious absorptive state. 'We are what we eat' - so using the NutriBullet, we can get the most from our fruit and vegetables
Using the unique combination of its 600-watt motor, extraction blade and patented Cyclonic action, the NutriBullet unlocks the goodness contained in our food!
- High-Torque Power Base
- 1 Extractor Blade
- 1 Milling Blade
- 1 Tall Cup
- 2 Short Cups
- 1 Handled Lip Ring
- 1 Regular Lip Ring
- 2 Stay Fresh Re-sealable Lids
- User Manual/Cookbook
- Pocket Nutritionist
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