On Your Plate – Make the change

Good food: Eating healthy doesn't need to be complicated. Simply chose fresh, local ingredients and steer clear of packaged food.
Good food: Eating healthy doesn't need to be complicated. Simply chose fresh, local ingredients and steer clear of packaged food.

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When it comes to eating healthy the easiest thing to do is think fresh.

Don’t get caught up with the fad diets promising anything from weight loss to better skin to more energy.

Just follow this simple rule: fresh is best.

Change

Making the change to fresh food may be daunting for some but the benefits far outweigh the small amount of extra time it will take to buy fresh produce.

Steer clear of the packet-mix isle at the supermarket and stick to the fresh produce section. 

If possible start shopping at the local fruit market or greengrocer.

Make it colourful

Fruit and vegetables can actually be broken up into five colour categories: red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown.

These colours don’t only look good they also indicate the different types of health properties that piece of fruit (or vegetable) contains.

Nutrition Australia recommends eating each colour everyday to get a range of nutrients.

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Time

Time constraints are often a barrier to buying, preparing and eating fresh food but that simply shouldn’t be the case.

Eating healthy should be a top priority so allowing time for shopping and cooking is important. 

Planning meals and knowing what you need to buy will help save time at the shops.

Cost

Money is often considered another barrier to eating fresh foods.

However, shopping at the local fruit and vegetable store or markets can often end up being cheaper than the supermarkets. 

Plus, in most instances, the produce is fresher so it will taste better and last longer once it’s in the fridge or fruit bowl at home.

Knowing what is in season is also a great way to save money.

Fruit and vegetables that are in abundance will be cheaper.