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Cheapest Way to Five a Day.



  • wogglemaker
    wogglemaker Posts: 399 Forumite
    Potatoes are classed as a carbohydrate NOT a vegetable.

    Personally I can get up to 10 portions a day without really trying, especialy with hm Soup, salad sandwiches, fruit as a snack, vegetable lasagne or stirfry ( I love vegetables and fruit)
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  • BitterAndTwisted
    BitterAndTwisted Posts: 22,492 Forumite
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    Don't like any fruit whatsoever? Not even a nice ripe banana? Sweet and juicy raisins?

    If you don't like any boiled veg don't boil 'em! Steamed is much better and you can sneak veg into casseroles and stews so they're not even particularly noticeable.

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  • samhuzz
    samhuzz Posts: 721 Forumite
    Don't mind stew but only in the winter. No, I hate all fruit and I put not liking veg down to my mum's cooking when I was little, she used to boil the hell out of everything! I do try and eat salad a lot as I like that, but I definitely don't eat as much as I should. It's hard being a fussy bleeder, especially when you are trying to lose weight :mad:
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    samhuzz wrote: »
    Is there anyone else on here that struggles to get even 1 a day like me? Don't like any fruit and don't like boiled veg except potatoes. Only veg I eat is salad.

    You can eat 5 portions of salad and that's your 5-a-day :T

    There's an older thread here with lots of suggestions for how to do it.
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  • attentionseeker1
    See I like pretty much all veg (although not keen on soup) but I do prefer tropical fruit like mangoes and berries which are exorbitant, sometimes even when in season (e.g. blueberries)

    I don't think I would have a problem eating and enjoying enough fruit/veg but I just can't afford to- when it gets to the end of the month and it's a choice of putting money towards carbs/protein to fill you up, or spending a pound on a lettuce which though tasty isn't filling!
  • vodkawitch1
    vodkawitch1 Posts: 1,033 Forumite
    As I am on a tight budget I just make sure I use things like grated carrots to top up my fruit/veg.
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  • Pink.
    Pink. Posts: 17,675 Forumite
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    Hi attentionseeker,

    This thread has some suggestions on reducing costs of five a day:

    Cheapest Way to Five a Day.

    I'll add your thread to that one when you've got more replies to keep the ideas together.

  • HariboJunkie
    HariboJunkie Posts: 7,740 Forumite
    edited 17 May 2010 at 10:12PM
    You can eat 5 portions of salad and that's your 5-a-day :T

    However, current advice suggests that you should vary the five portions as much as possible to get the full benefit of the different nutrients that different fruits and veg offer. :)

    This Link shows how to eat 5 a day on a budget.
  • katholicos
    katholicos Posts: 2,658 Forumite
    What about making smoothies? You can add banana, apples, pears etc....but you aren't eating a whole fruit on its own. If you made yourself a smoothie a day, you could easily get your 5 a day in one smoothie. The fruit you use can be tinned as well, doesn;t have to be fresh, it still counts as your 5 a day.

    Also, lettuce doesn't have to cost more than a cheap packet of seeds which cost less than £1. Lettuce is one of the easiest veg to grow and all you need is a sunny windowsill to grow them on, though if you have the space outdoors, you can do successional you sow some seed now in a shallow seed tray...then in a few weeks, when they are starting to grow, you sow some more in another seed tray, and so on. You keep repeating this so that you have home grown lettuce, mixed salad leaves etc, for many months for just a couple of pounds.
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  • attentionseeker1
    attentionseeker1 Posts: 183 Forumite
    edited 17 May 2010 at 10:40PM
    :think:Acc to the NHS link Valli posted, a smoothie can only count as two portions?

    I think beans and juice are a good start though that I didn't know about- 1 portion from each is easy and then three from fresh maybe. The only prob is that the website said it needs to be 100% juice- does that mean not from concentrate?

    Also portion sizes are a good point- I would never have guessed that 2 broccoli spears or 1 tomato= 1 portion; I would have thought you would need to eat much more!

    Have just printed a poster from NHS to inspire me to stick on the fridge, now just need to trawl Aldi/Lidl to get some bargain veg!
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