We all know that we should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to optimize the intake of these essential vitamins and minerals.
Many of us drink fruit juice as a quick and easy alternative to overcome the boredom of apples and carrot sticks.
According to scientists at Bangor University, however, fruit juice should not be among our five a day because it contains too much sugar.
The sugary taste, scientists report, triggers a psychological cycle of consuming sweet food and beverages that is actually harmful to our health. Read the full article here.
With a quick fix out of the window, here are our three top replacement tips to cheat your way to your five a day:
1. Smoothies and Soups
Unleash your inner goddess by serving up some delicious smoothies and soups for a healthy meal or snack.
Not only are they easy to prepare, they are also packed with these vital vitamins and minerals.
For the ultimate skin-promoting smoothie, mix strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with a little natural yogurt and manuka honey.
All of these fruits are incredibly rich in vitamin C, which promotes the production of collagen and keeps the skin firm, supple and youthful.
2. Decorate your meals with fruits and vegetables.
Add dried or fresh fruit to your regular breakfast for effortless additional health points.
Dried Raisins, dates and apricots are great in cereal, and banana puree is (we think) pretty tasty on toast!
If your tooth is more tasty, add fresh tomatoes and mushrooms to your omelet, or scrambled eggs.
3. Take sides
Add a side salad to every meal to get a light green hit .
Not only does this count as one of your five a day (two if you also have one for lunch), but it will also help increase the alkalinity of your diet.
A slightly alkaline diet is considered difficult and allergic or sensitive skin.