Angellica Bell Challenges the Nation to Eat Grapefruits Rather than Greasy Fry Ups
Posted Apr 29 2010 12:00am
29th April 2010 – Raw, squeezed or even in a smoothie, children are missing out on vital vitamins as 59%* of parents find it difficult to include the recommended daily five pieces of fruit and vegetables in the family diet.
A staggering 88% of busy mums admit they have to opt for a ‘quick fix’ burger or pizza instead of preparing a meal with fresh fruit and vegetables. Half (53%) of time-pressed mums say home and work pressures leaves them little time to create home cooked meals research commissioned by Florida grapefruit reveals.
Leeds parents and children have perfected the healthy lifestyle, as the region munches through the most fresh fruit. Londoners closely miss out with 67% stating they would eat more fruit and vegetables if they knew how to incorporate it into homemade dishes. Although health campaigns including Jamie Oliver’s school dinners and health4life have increased the national fruit and vegetable intake by 25% * in the last year school children in Manchester missed out on vital vitamins C as only 34% eat one portion of fruit a day to counterbalance an unhealthy lunch.
This week, The One Show reporter, Angellica Bell, is challenging mums across the country to share creative and easy tips to help fellow parents to include the five portions of fruit and vegetables within the family diet.
Angellica says: “Every parent I know is always rushed off their feet and become overwhelmed at the thought of having to cook a family meal after a busy day. I am hoping this challenge will show how easy it can be to include fresh fruit and vegetables into a diet throughout the day whether it is a snack or a meal. ”
The ‘eat your five a day’ challenge, hosted by the social networking site www.mumsnet.com, is available to all across the UK. Mums will be invited to enter the challenge by submitting their creative tips on how they encourage their children to eat fresh fruit and vegetables into a diet. The best entry will receive £400 to put towards cooking equipment for their home and their child’s school.
Nancy Brown, marketing manager at Florida grapefruit offers a selection of quick and easy tips to show how to include fruit and vegetables into the whole family’s diet:
·Keep some bite-size sections of fruit in the fridge at eye level and ready for a quick snack
·Squeeze Florida grapefruit juice onto your food to give it an added zing instead of using salt
·Plant fruit and vegetable seeds in your garden with your child and let them take care of the plant while it grows
·Take your family to picking farms at harvest time to pick your own fruit to include in your meals
·Try cutting fruit and vegetables into different shapes and let your children make a picture before eating them