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5 A Day? What Counts

Posted on 27th March 2018

We are always told that we need our 5 a day, but what actually counts? It may sound simple, but it can actually feel like a bit of a mine field! We’ve put together a list of foods that make the cut….

What counts as 1 of your 5 a day?

  • 2 broccoli spears

  • 4 tablespoons of kale

  • 3 tablespoons of carrot/peas

  • 5cm cucumber

  • 7 cherry tomatoes

  • Canned Veg – Choose ones in water, not juice

  • 3 tablespoons of beans (max of 1)

  • Smoothies, fruit/veg juice – 150ml (max 1, releases bad sugars when blended)

  • 14 grapes

  • 20 raspberries

  • 7 strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon raisins

  • 8 Brussel sprouts

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • 1 Sweet Potato


Surprising Facts

Potatoes do NOT count of 1 of your 5 a day, this is due to them being high in saturates and carbohydrates, as they are usually used as the staple within a meal.

Dried Fruit counts – but not in between meals to reduce tooth decay

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