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Ellie is the acting assistant digital editor for Healthy Food Guide. She loves cooking, dabbles in Crossfit and is a true believer that peanut butter makes everything better.

Warmer rays and sunny days have got us feeling good. So good, in fact, that we’ve gone and hit the refresh button and given Healthy Food Guide magazine a little bit of a summer spruce. Yes, we present to you our new-look, new-feel August issue! And what better month, with its garden of seasonal produce, to focus on the importance of eating your daily fruit and veg? But we know it isn’t always easy to hit the magic 5-a-day. So we’ve got tips, guides and recipes designed to help you reach your daily target with minimal effort and maximum nutrition.

NEW SECTION! Will you live to 101?

In the first of our brand new extra sections, we’ve enlisted the expertise of Dr Dawn Harper to tell us how to live our best life – not just today and tomorrow, but until the age of 101! From stress-busting tips to exercise, diet and mental health, GP Dawn explains the dos and don’ts when it comes to increasing your life expectancy – and staying healthy. In her own words: ‘This section isn’t just about living a longer life – it’s about living life well.’ Find out exactly how it’s done…

Dr Dawn Harper

DO YOU GET YOUR DAILY VEG?

Need a little push in the right direction when it comes to getting your 5-a-day? Our must-have guide makes it easier. Dietitian Juliette Kellow answers all your burning questions (how much is in one portion, are five enough, and do smoothies count?) and we’ve even included a handy portion guide to help you on your way. Flick through the issue to find HFG nutrition editor Amanda Ursell’s top 10 seasonal fruit and veg, too – pick up a copy to find out which one made the top spot…

GET COOKING

We’ve given you the building blocks you need to create veg-packed meals – so head to the kitchen and get cooking! From midweek meals to healthy ‘fakeaways’, brilliant barbecue dishes and lovely lunches, we’ve been packing extra veg into our recipes – 19 of them have all your 5-a-day in one meal. We’ve even given your favourite classic bakes – lasagne, moussaka and cannelloni – a healthy makeover to help you hit your daily target.

Clockwise, from top left: beef and bean burgers with mushroom buns, veggie lasagne, summer salad jar, and spicy chicken kebabs and sweet potato wedges.

HEALTHY STORIES

In this month’s How I Stay Healthy feature, we chat to The Happy Pear about their journey from being meat-and beer-buffs to plant-based Instagram sensations. And Kay Featherstone (one half of Pinch of Nom) talks about her own weight-loss journey, being ‘ordinary’ and the stigma around being overweight.

The Happy Pear

We always aim to build an issue that provides you with the tools you need to make better choices, and this one offers you the best kickstart to a veggie-packed diet. Pick up a copy to find all this plus lots of health and nutrition advice, or subscribe so you never have to miss an issue again.