Here at HFG, we’ve decided to take our dedication to bringing you healthy and delicious recipes to the next level. We’ve added a new stamp that will tell you, at a glance, just how many servings of vegetables you’ll get from each recipe.
Research suggests at least half of Australians are not getting their recommended five serves of vegetables a day. Our new ‘serves of vegies’ stamp is aimed at making it easier for you to keep track of you and your family’s vegetable intake.
In the PDF attached to this web article (download at right), you’ll find our handy guide to what actually constitutes a serve of vegies. It’s not an exact science – some vegetables are easier to ‘measure’ than others. But if you follow this guide, rest assured you are on the right track.
As a guide, we count one serve of veg as weighing about 75g. Use this as a benchmark, and you should come very close to meeting your daily vegie requirements. We’ve translated this weight into a cup measurement and, where relevant, other basic measures such as ‘half a bunch’ or ‘5 spears’. This should help you to determine if you are getting enough vegetables.
A note on potatoes and sweet potatoes – we do count these as a serve of veg, but don’t recommend more than one serve a day due to their high carbohydrate content. Where salad or steamed vegies are included in a recipe’s nutritional analysis, we also count these in the total vegie count.