National Nutrition Week

National Nutrition Week 13 - 19 October 2019 #NNW2019
Tryfor5 - Embrace Your Veg Waste

National Nutrition Week is 13-19 October 2019 and this year’s theme is all about how to try for five serves of vegetables each day by learning to embrace your food waste!

We all know veggies are good for us – Mum’s been telling us for years! Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. But did you also know it can help us be happier, and may even help reduce the risk of developing depression?

Embrance your veg waste

Less than 4% of us eat our recommend five serves of vegetables a day. In fact, the average Australian eats eat only half that.

And yet, more than one third of rubbish bins in Australian kitchens contain leftovers and wasted food. That’s nearly $4000 worth of groceries per household per year that can end up in landfill, where food breaks down and emits harmful greenhouse gases. 

Nutrition Australia senior dietitian, Amber Kelaart says that with a few simple steps, you can discover new ways to add veg to your day and reduce your household food waste, while saving money and the environment at the same time!

“Eating your ageing vegetables, and eating the parts you usually throw out (like skins, stalks and leaves) makes every dollar stretch further, and reduces your household’s impact on climate change. It’s win-win!”

Making the most of groceries

So how can we make the most out of our groceries?

Amber says to start by using more parts of the vegetables you already have on hand. “Vegetable skins contain fibre, vitamins and minerals. Rinsing vegetables like carrots, potatoes and mushrooms, instead of peeling them, means you keep more of those important nutrients in your body, and out of the bin.”

“And don’t throw out things like broccoli stems or the leaves of leeks. You can chop the broccoli stems and use it in a stir-fry or soup. And chips, tart and stock made from the leaves of leek will add a unique new ingredient to your repertoire.”

If your vegetables are getting a little wrinkly, having some ‘go to’ recipes up your sleeve will help you use up your ageing vegetables.

“Give your ageing veg a second life by adding them to vegetable soups, egg frittatas or savoury muffins. Just add a few handfuls of chopped left over vegetables create delicious and colourful new meals or snacks. Plus they freeze well and can be added to the kids’ lunchbox or taken to work.”

Nutrition Australia also recommends learning how to store different types of vegetables, so they stay fresh for as long as possible.

"If you have bought a lot of something but only need a little, think about preparing the extra vegetables in a way that you can use in future. For example, chop up extra celery and carrots for snacks. And freeze herbs while they’re fresh so you can trim some off each time you need more,” Amber suggests.

Visit to discover news ways to add veg to your day, with heaps of handy tips to buy, store, cook and enjoy vegetables and manage waste.



NSW Events during :

National Nutrition Week / Tryfor5

14-20 October 2018 #NNW2018

Health Stand at SAN-

Hi 5! Our wonderful Health stand at SAN Hospital liked by many staff .Thanks to our Volunteers & sponsors !


Cooking Demo at GreenWood Plaza- North Sydney

NutritionAustraliaNSW Our cooking demo samples flew out the door at Greenwood Plaza North Sydney. Cooked Bircher Muesli and a vege and bean Chilli, showing the lovely peple of Nrth Sydney how to Try for 5. What a way to celebrate National Nutrition week!




Health Stall at Queen Victoria Building

We are so impressed with everyone's efforts in improving the health and well being of Australians. The health stall at QVB was a big hit . Our special thanks to Sydney Markets for proving us with Fresh Fruits! Keep on tryingfor5 by eating more fruits & vegetables.




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