Recently I was flicking through some cookbooks and relishing the thought of my lazy weekend ahead. I’d been waiting for a chance to do some leisurely baking, but when I scanned the recipes, my enthusiasm dissolved into disappointment. The meals looked so delicious, but many of them used vegetables only as token decorations.
This is a real problem if you’re going to have any chance of eating the recommended five serves of vegies a day. And, interestingly, the more we find out about how a healthy diet contributes to lifelong good health and indeed a good long life is that vegies play a key role. Researchers are gleaning fascinating insights into ageing from The Blue Zones – these are five regions around the world where people commonly live to a remarkably old age – absent from health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer that beset us in our modern Australian lifestyle. Despite the cultural differences in these regions, that are as far flung as Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy and the Mormon city of Loma Linda in California, they’re united by some key food principles – in the much-quoted phrase of US author Michael Pollen ‘eat real food, not too much. Mostly plants’.
That’s why every Healthy Food Guide meal provides at least two of your five daily vegie serves.
But knowing what a ‘serve’ is can be confusing – is it a cup, a handful, or whatever lands on your plate? That’s where this month’s free portion size guide comes in handy.
To help you eat well, this handy poster lets you check your serves at a glance. It illustrates healthy serves of fruit and veg, along with other essential foods, (and even sizes up treat foods so you can have your cake and avoid weight gain, too!)
Healthy Food Guide has all the tools you need to eat well – easy, delicious recipes, dietitian-approved foods to improve your weekly grocery shop – and lots more insights into secrets of The Blue Zones. Don’t miss September’s Healthy Food Guide!