• Aine Boyle

15 ways to get more fruit & veg

It can be a challenge to eat five portions of fruit & veg each day even when you like vegetables. And now a new report suggests that eating 10 portions is what we need to stay healthy for longer. Most people don’t come nearly close to having enough, and I bet you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to manage that. Read on for tips on getting more of the good stuff into your life in a super-easy way.

1. Make a Frittata

Perfect for a simple lunch or a lazy weekend brunch, whisk up eggs with veggies like onions, mushrooms and peppers – or anything else you have in the fridge. If you can make this a large, deep, Spanish-style omelette, it will even last you into the week.

2. Cauli rice

Cauli rice has a bit of a cult thing of late. You can buy it ready-made in practically any supermarket, but it is also very easy to whizz up yourself in a food processor. Simply chop into florets and pulse until the cauliflower is a fine, rice-like consistency. My favourite way to cook it is to drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, then roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

3. Broccoli rice

Broccoli rice is the lesser-known brother of cauliflower rice. You prepare it in the exact same way – pulse into rice-sized pieces. You can cook it in a similar fashion, too, but it is good lightly fried with a little coconut oil.

4. Pumpkin pancakes (or waffles

Waffles and pancakes don’t have to be naughty to be nice. Add some pureed pumpkin to your traditional mix or try this recipe for waffles:

Combine 120g buckwheat flour with 1 tbsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp allspice, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp cinnamon.