But did you know that canned fruit and veg can help make getting your 5 portions of fruit and veg every day easier, quicker and cheaper too? What’s more, canned fruit and veg can also provide the vitamins and minerals that are so important for a healthy balanced diet.
This means you don’t have to stick to fresh fruit and veg, which can be more expensive to buy, especially when out of season. Canned fruit and veg can also help you save on preparation time, particularly when you’re rushing to prepare your evening meal.
Canned fruit can help to make a tasty desert, but you do need to watch the sugar content, especially with canned fruit preserved in syrup. For a healthier option, look out for canned fruit in juice with less added sugar.
Keeping your cupboard well stocked with a variety of canned fruit and veg makes it easy to produce speedy meals. Try adding canned sweetcorn or garden peas to a tuna and pasta salad.
Did you know that baked beans count towards your 5-A-DAY? Potatoes don’t count, but parsnips do – why not make parsnip chips instead?
Canned tomatoes, garden peas, carrots, kidney beans and butter beans are great added to a tasty stew, hot pot or Bolognese sauce.
For more helpful tips and ideas on how to get your 5-A-DAY, visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell/5aday
Portion sizes (as recommended by the Department of Health)
Please note these are for fruit and vegetables in their own juice or water, not brine, syrup, oil etc.
|Apricots||6 halves||Ackees||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Cherries||11 cherries, 3 heaped tablespoons||Asparagus||7 spears|
|Fruit Salad||3 heaped tablespoons||Black Eye Beans||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Grapefruit||3 heaped tablespoons, 8 segments||Broad Beans||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Lychees||6 lychees||Cannelloni Beans||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Mandarin Oranges||3 heaped tablespoons||French Beans||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Peaches||2 halves or 7 slices||Kidney Beans||4 heaped tablespoons|
|Pears||2 halves or 7 slices||Runner Beans||4 heaped tablespoons|
|Pineapples||2 rings, 12 chunks or 3 tablespoons (when crushed)||Carrots||4 heaped tablespoons|
|Prunes||Chick Peas||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Raspberries||20 raspberries||Lentils||3 tablespoons|
|Rhubarb||5 chunks||Peas||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Peppers||Half a pepper|
|Pigeon Peas||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Sweetcorn||3 heaped tablespoons|
|Tomatoes (Plum)||2 whole|