Raising the Australian average of fresh veg consumption
By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach
I'm just back from a two day conference on obesity and food governance which was a meeting of brilliant minds, all of them saying we didn't eat enough fresh produce. I knew that!
A standard serve is about 150g (350kJ) or:
Now while all that knowledge is important, it's more important being able to achieve in your busy life.
I thought it might be worth giving you an example of a healthy veggie-filled day. Once you get the idea you may help raise the Australian average
Start the day with a green smoothie made with 1 cup green leafy veg, ½ an apple or pear, 2 stalks of celery and some mint, a small piece of lemon, 1 date and some ice cold water - 2 serves
Veg = 1 ½ serves - Fruit = 1 serve
Muesli, fruit and yoghurt
Combine ½ cup muesli with ½ cup diced fruit and serve with yoghurt
Fruit = ½ serve
Salad and cheese wholegrain roll
Pile in the grated carrot, beetroot, sprouts, green leaves, tomato
Vegetables = ½ serve - Fruit = ½ serve
Raw carrot and raw nuts snack
Vegetables = 1 serve
Grilled chicken with ½ cup roast pumpkin, 75 g beans and 75 g asparagus
Vegetables = 3 serves
Daily Total - Veggies = 6 Fruit = 2
Now I don't know about you but I think to achieve that requires a bit of careful thought and planning, which, once implemented makes achieving the health goal very attainable. It requires some conscious thought at the start but once off and running and once you realise the many health benefits that come eating 5 - 6 serves of fresh veg a day, the more you will be propelled to continue.
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