Are You Ready to Embrace Your Waste? National Nutrition Week 2019 is almost here!

13-19 October is all about how to try for five serves of vegetables each day by learning to embrace your food waste!

Scary Stats

Less than 4% of us eat our recommend five serves of vegetables a day and only 1% of children / teenagers! In fact, the average Australian eats eat only half that. Not only can eating a healthy and balanced diet help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases but it may even reduce your risk of depression. And yet we throw a lot of good food away.

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, including methane, which affect air quality and public health. Wasting food also waste the resources used to grow it (water, soils and energy) plus energy to process, package and transport food.

What can you do?

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!

Here’s some quick tips to get you started:

  • Eat more parts of your vegetables such as skins, stalks ad leaves.
  • Use up your ageing vegetables that would otherwise go in the bin
  • Choose ‘ugly’ and ‘imperfect’ vegetables to prevent them going to landfill. They’re just as nutritious, and often cheaper
  • Give ageing veg a second life by adding them to vegetable soups, egg frittatas or savoury muffins
  • Have some ‘go to’ recipes up your sleeve will help you use up your ageing vegetables.
  • Learn how to store different types of vegetables, so they stay fresh for as long as possible.

tryfor5.org.au is your go-to resource and is loaded with everything you need to know from handy hints and tips to practical information. Get on board!
 

 

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