Berry Berry Nice, It's 5 a day!

According to a Safefood report, only one in five Irish men and women (less than 21% of adult men and 19% of women) are meeting the required World Health Organisation target of 5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables (400 grams). Young Irish children are eating even less.Fruit & Berries

Everyone; men, women and children alike need 5 a day. Of course children need smaller serving sizes but as much variety as possible.

Many people know they should be aiming for 5 a day, but are uncertain as to what this means. Ideally we are recommended to eat at least two fruits and three vegetables each day. A small glass of juice can count as one of your 5 a day.

A serving is any one of the following

One medium apple, pear, orange or banana
Large slice of melon or pineapple
1 handful of grapes
8 -10 strawberries
3 whole dried apricots
3 heaped tablespoons of peas
1 cereal bowl of mixed salad
7 cherry tomatoes
2 satsumas
2 broccoli florets
Half a large cucumber
3 heaped tablespoons of carrots

Fresh, frozen, chilled, canned in 100% juice and dried fruit and vegetables all count. But obviously for optimal nutrients and taste, fresh, local and in season are best.