Okay, it’s time for a bit of honesty.
I want you to think back to the last time that you honestly – cross your heart – had five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit in one day.
Can you remember a day? I’ll be honest – I can’t. And I’m supposed to be the damn fitness and health writer, which is really embarrassing.
We’re all very aware of the statistics. Along with the food pyramid, they’ve been shoved down our throats since we were in kindy. We know what the recommended daily fruit and veg intake is. We know that we should be eating those apples and spinach leaves and peaches and tomatoes and strawberries and cucumbers and mangoes and broccoli.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Medibank. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
And yet – for some reason – barely any Australians do. In fact, some research conducted by Medibank Generation Better last month found that less than 15% of Aussies eat even two serves of fruit and veggies per day. This means that we’re significantly behind in the worldwide health stakes in meeting the daily fruit and veg intake as recommended by experts – everyone from the UK to China, even the US, eat more of the fresh stuff than we do.
Interestingly, according to recent survey results, we’re also the country with the second highest proportion of people who never exercise (a quarter of us).
Our reasons? We don’t have enough time. And when we do have enough time… we’re too tired to actually do any exercise, or go shopping for those veggies. It’s far easier to grab takeaway, go home and put our feet up on the couch.
And look – I know what life is like. Healthy living and eating does require an element of organisation, and organisation requires time – which can be incredibly difficult to find sometimes. And we don’t all have personal trainers and chefs to answer our every beck and call and keep us in line.
So here are a few ways to easily meet the daily fruit and veg intake recommendations this summer…
1. Blitz up some fruit and pour into ice-block moulds to make tasty but healthy ice-blocks for the summer.
They take less than 2 minutes to make, and they’re so good to have as an afternoon snack or as dessert on a warm summer evening. My current favourite combinations are watermelon/kiwi and peach/pineapple.