10 ways to get the best from fruit and vegetables

  1. Don’t buy fruit and vegetable dishes that come with sauces. They often contain a lot of fat, salt and sugar.
  2. Dried, frozen and tinned products can be just as good as fresh, but watch out for added salt, sugar or fats.
  3. Vary the types of fruit and vegetables you eat. Each has different health benefits and it will keep your meals interesting.
  4. Don’t add sugar to fruit or salt to vegetables when you cook or serve them.
  5. Vegetables keep more of their vitamins and minerals if you lightly steam or bake them, instead of boiling or frying them.
  6. If you boil vegetables, use as little water as possible to help keep the vitamins and minerals in them.
  7. Experiment with other ways of cooking vegetables, such as roasting or grilling them, for new tastes and flavours.
  8. Stir-fries are great for getting lots of vegetables into one meal. So are freshly-made soups.
  9. Make fruit smoothies with lots of fresh fruit and low-fat milk or yoghurt.
  10. Replace sweet snacks, such as chocolate or biscuits, with fruit or raw vegetables.

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