Pregnant? Here are some easy ways to get your 5 a day

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Pack in plenty of vitamins and minerals each day to benefit both you and baby

Fruit and vegetables in a basket

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Making sure you're eating five portions of fruit and veg a day can seem a bit challenging, particularly if you're busy and used to grabbing quick and easy food on the go.

Fruit and veg are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre that you and baby need, so including them in your diet is important.

Luckily, it can be easier than you think to get your 5 a day. You don't need to make drastic changes to your diet to incorporate what's good for you.

At breakfast try some chopped banana or berries on your cereal. Don't forget that drinks count too, a glass of unsweetened pure orange juice is full of vitamin C and counts as one portion of your 5 a day. Don't forget that juice can contain quite a lot of fruit sugar, so it's best to limit the amount you drink.

You can keep grocery costs down by buying canned fruit and veg, which doesn't go off as quickly. Frozen veg is really handy too, it cooks quickly and you can just use what you need and put it back in the freezer.

When it comes to lunch, try a handful of carrot or celery sticks with your sandwich, or a box of raisins.

Buying fresh fruit and veg when it's in season is another great way to cut costs and it might even encourage you to try something new. Local markets are good places to pick up fresh and tasty produce at really good prices.

Nearly all fruit and veg, whether it's fresh, dried, frozen, tinned or canned counts towards your 5 a day. So do beans and pulses, lentils and kidney beans, which are really cheap and tasty in dishes such as stews and curries.

Smoothies can count in your 5 a day too but only if they contain all the edible pulped fruit and/or vegetable in the amount that you drink. Check labels to make sure or try making your own smoothie at home.

Click here to find out more about how to get your 5 a day on the Change4Life website.

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