During the recent National Nutrition Week we were encouraged to eat more veggies. This message comes in the wake of figures that showed that less than 4% of Aussie adults and less than 1% of children are eating their recommended 5 serves of vegetables a day. Why is it so important to eat veggies?

  • Vitamins and minerals in veggies promote healthy teeth and gums
  • Raw veggies, such as carrots and celery, help stimulate saliva, which naturally cleanses our mouths
  • Their low sugar content ensures that your teeth are not over-exposed to the nasty decay-causing substance
  • Antioxidant-rich veggies can help to fight cancer-causing radicals in our bodies

How can you increase your vegetable intake?

  • Eat the whole vegetable – skin, stalk and leaves
  • Use up your ageing veggies that otherwise would be thrown out – use them in stocks, soups and stir-fries
  • Choose ‘ugly’ and ‘imperfect’ veggies at the shop – they are just as nutritious, and often cheaper. Otherwise they end up in landfill!
  • Add them to smoothies together with fruit and berries
  • Have some cut up and ready to go in the fridge for a quick guilt-free snack (e.g. carrots, cucumbers, capsicum sticks)
  • Dice, grate, mash them into your meals – picky kids won’t even know they are hiding in your patties and spaghetti Bolognese sauce!
  • Be adventurous – use them in your desserts, such as pumpkin or sweet potato pie and beetroot chocolate mud cake

So go on, AIM FOR 5 A DAY!