Summer is here to play
And your 2019 health journey is here to stay, and what better way to kick off the new year than eat delicious recipes filled with Australian seasonal foods of the summertime.
This summer while you make cherished memories in the sun with the sand between your toes, try to incorporate wholesome foods that your body will cherish too.
The AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing) released 2018 statistics for what is the recommended serving of fruit and vegetables a day. Under the NHMRC (2013) guidelines, the recommended serves of fruit per day are:
1 for ages 2-3
1 ½ for ages 4-8,
2 for ages 9 and over.
The AIHW 2018 guidelines show a recommended higher intake in vegetables for total health and nutrition. The minimum recommended serves of vegetables per day is:
2 ½ for Ages 2-3
1 ½ for Ages 9-11
5 for Ages 9-11
5 for females age 12 and over
5 ½ for Males aged 12-18, 51-70
6 for males ages 19-50
ABS figures in 2014-2015 show that only 5% of adults had sufficient intake of fruit and vegetables, with women more likely to eat fruit and vegetables (8%) than men (3%).
These are some worrying stats, and should push you to eat more wholesome foods for the betterment of your future, so why not start today?
So, you want to cook up some delicious and nutritious food for family dinner tonight? Well here are two nutritional recipes ready to go!
Perfect for on the go summer beach nights in the Eskie, Roasted Pumpkin Spinach, and Feta Slice. You can eat it hot or cold, and will undoubtedly get your tummies tick of approval.
For the ‘natural’ sweet tooths, rather than some ice creams from the store for dessert, try making some Homemade Berry Frozen Yoghurt. Mix it up with seasonal strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Make fresh memories and healthy choices this Summer.
The necessity for sunscreen is no different to the need for wholesome foods to fuel your body. Find joy in experimenting with seasonal foods of Australia and start 2019 the right way, physically and nutritionally.
Susan Byrne is a qualified naturopath and health professional. Susan has over 20 years experience in the health field, with in-depth qualifications in Nutritional Health, Herbal Medicine, Supplementation and Flower Essences. Susan has a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, Diplomas in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition, and is a member of the NHAA National Herbalist Association of Australia. Susan is not only qualified but genuinely passionate about helping others through their healthy journey.