The money expert who puts avocado on her plate each day

Journalist and author Jessica Irvine, 41, shares her day on a plate.

7am Instant coffee with splash of milk before the school run.

9. 30am Two scrambled eggs and an Aldi sausage after filing a column.

11. 30am A second instant coffee with a splash of milk. Chopped red apple with a dollop of peanut butter.

1. 30pm Salad of butterleaf lettuce, red cabbage, fresh mint and snap peas, topped with sliced avocado, pork mince and spring onions.

3pm Four mini Easter eggs stolen from my son’s rapidly dwindling stash (shush, don’t tell).

3. 30pm Bowl of Greek yoghurt, chia seeds and fresh passionfruit.

5. 30pm Baked salmon from the freezer with mashed potato, peas, carrot and corn mix (my top parenting hack), onion fried in coconut oil and gravy.

Dr Joanna McMillan says:
Top marks for … Using your freezer to help you get a nutritious meal on the table! Freezing preserves nutrients and helps to reduce food waste. If the fish is in a sauce, check for sugar, salt or artificial additives.

If you keep eating like this you’ll … Fall short on the fibre that delivers optimal gut health. While you did well on fruit and veg, this day lacked wholegrains and legumes. These are key sources of fibre and beneficial for fuelling a healthy microbiome.

Why don’t you try … Adding baked beans and/or wholegrain toast to breakfast, or canned beans to a salad. Leave the skins on the potatoes when you make mash, and swap the coconut oil for extra virgin olive oil to benefit from the antioxidants.

(John Wiley & Sons) by Jessica Irvine is out now.

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