Time to Get Some ‘Spring’ on Your Plate!

Spring is here and with it comes the inspiration to get outdoors, wear a splash of colour and nudge our eating habits out of the winter ‘comfort-food’ zone and into the ‘crisp salad’ zone. Think green. Think fresh. Think crunch. Think herbs.

Eating produce in its prime gives us maximum taste, nutritional benefits and is great value for money. But without looking up a chart, how do we know what is seasonal anymore?

Thanks to technological advances in the storage of fresh produce, and our vast transport networks, we have the luxury of accessing many varieties year-round. Convenience aside, is this a good thing?

A UK study suggests long distance transport of food dilutes the nutritional content of our fresh produce, and when we consider the carbon footprint of transporting by truck and environmental factors like soil quality or pesticides, there is growing appeal in planting your own veggies and visiting the local Farmers Market.

October 11-17 marks National Nutrition Week and this year Nutrition Australia have teamed with Australia’s produce industry to promote a joint campaign: ‘Pick Right. Feel Bright!’

We are being encouraged to eat more vegetables every day because more than 90 per cent of us don’t eat the recommended five servings every day for good health.

They’ve challenged us to register online and try to eat five serves of vegetables every day during National Nutrition Week, which we think is no small feat. But, as the saying goes, the difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is a bit of ‘ooomph’. So here’s to enjoying the colours of the rainbow raw, steamed, blanched, roasted, grated, mashed, chopped, diced and sliced!

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For recipes and fresh ideas to help you buy, grow, cook and enjoy fruit and vegetables, visit: www.pickrightfeelbright.com and http://www.veggycation.com.au/

Disclaimer: All dietary suggestions are general in nature and may not be specific to your individual needs. For individualised advice speak to an Accredited Practising Dietitian via the Customer Care Line: 1300 342 238 or a representative from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) on 1800 812 942.

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