Want to boost your vegetable and fruit intake? Victorian State Nutritionist, Veronica Graham shares some great winter recipe ideas.

Ninety per cent of Victorians do not eat the recommended five serves of vegetables every day for health. Fifty per cent of Victorians do not eat the recommended two serves of fruit. It’s recommended that you eat at least five and at least two.

Today we’re going to go through lots of simple and practical ways on how you and your family can boost your fruit and vegetable intake, especially during the winter.

Sautéed brussel sprouts
Many of us are used to the brussel sprout being overcooked and boiled to death. Never do that to the poor thing!

Slice the brussel sprout like a baby cabbage, put it in the pan with some garlic, a little bit of olive oil and maybe some mint (even some Vietnamese mint) and sauté for two minutes. It’s a whole new experience – the lightly cooked brussel sprout sautéed.

Baked vegetables with chickpeas
Another great way to get warm, hearty meals in the winter without being fat and stodgy is getting your vegetables and baking them in the oven. Brush with a tiny bit of olive oil. Try things like your sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin – even leeks, purple onions, white onions. You can have a whole meal of baked vegetables. Then with a little bit of tofu or chickpeas, you have a complete meal.

Pear and apple crumble
Apples and pears are lovely baked in any way you like to think of it. A personal favourite of mine is a combination crumble with natural muesli on top, leaving the skin on just adds the extra fibre in. Really easy to do, you can look on the Better Health Channel for the recipe.

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