10 fun foods that DO count as one of your child’s ‘5 a day’

January 20, 2020 11:19:45 AM

Oh, if only chips counted as one of your ‘five a day’ – we’d all be eating French fries for dinner nightly, doused in salt with copious amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise.

Well, according to children’s fruit snack company, Fruit Bowl, one in 10 parents genuinely believe chips count as one of their child’s five a day.

They’re made from potato right? And potatoes are vegetables, correct?

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There is a certain logic, but in fact, potatoes do not count towards your five a day . According to the NHS, potatoes are a great source of energy, fibre, B vitamins and potassium, as well as vitamin C, but, “when eaten as part of a meal, potatoes are generally used in place of other sources of starch, such as bread, pasta or rice. Because of this, they don’t count towards your five a day.” Sorry guys.

Fruit Bowl’s research indicates there is quite a lot of confusion around what does and doesn’t fit the bill though, which is a problem when its findings suggest around 90% of children under 10 in the UK aren’t hitting their full daily fruit and veg quota.

So what fun foods – albeit not as amazing as chips – do count?

1. Baked beans
Sighs of relief all round, baked beans really are good for you it turns out.

2. Hummus
Grab the carrot, cucumber and pepper sticks and dunk away.

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3. Sweet potato
Your standard white potatoes don’t cut it, but sweet potatoes do. Mash the bright orange flesh and zing it up with a squeeze of lime.

4. Spaghetti hoops
Sibling to the baked bean, tomato sauce drenched spaghetti hoops are a nutritional win (because of the tomato not the pasta).

5. Guacamole
Half an avocado counts as one of your five a day, bulk it out with chopped tomatoes and red onion for bonus points.

6. Kiwis
Furry, bright green and happily eaten with a spoon like a boiled egg, kiwis are basically a joy to eat (and travel well in packed lunches).

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7. Tinned pineapple
As long as the tropical, mouth-puckering rings come in their own natural juices or water, to eliminate added sugar.

8. Raspberries 
Even as an adult, how can you resist popping a raspberry on each fingertip, like you would Hula Hoops?

9. Mango
Slippery, slimy and a total nightmare to chop up, mangoes are delicious, however weird their texture.

10. Beansprouts
Crunchy and moreish, sit down with a bag of beansprouts and you could almost, almost trick your brain into thinking you were eating chips.