This year, National Nutrition week celebrates the true superfoods – Fruits and Vegetables!
Did you know that simply eating enough fruits and vegetables can help reduce our risk of lifestyle related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and several types of cancer.
Yet 95% of Australians aren’t eating enough vegetables – in fact most Australians eat less than half the recommended number of serves.
So why not get on board the National Nutrition Week challenge and Try for five!
This means eating 5 serves of vegetables every day for the week – which is the amount we should all be aiming for everyday!
So what does a serve of vegetables look like?
- ½ a cup of cooked vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach or pumpkin
- 1 cup of green leafy vegetables or raw salad vegetables
- ½ cup of cooked, dried or canned beans, peas or lentils
- ½ medium potato, or other starchy vegetable such as sweet potato, taro or cassava
- ½ cup of sweet corn
- 1 medium tomato
Different coloured vegetables contain different nutrients, which play a unique role in good health – so the key is to choose as many different types and colours as you can, or in other words, PICK RIGHT, FEEL BRIGHT!
So why not get on board this week and set yourself a challenge to choose more vegetables and fresh fruit over processed foods. You can sign up for the challenge here: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org
Need a little inspiration for the challenge? The Nutrition Australia “Pick Right Feel Bright” website has loads of great information on buying and growing fruits and veggies, choosing seasonal produce, as well as plenty of delicious recipes and meal ideas: http://pickrightfeelbright.com
If you’re an instagram buff, get snapping and share pics of your favorite veggie meals on instagram, using the hashtag #TryFor5.