First up, a little introduction. I’m Jane Prichard – the wife of Matthew (or the Matt in “Mate & Matt’s”)… Today is my first blog so please be kind. I’d love your feedback as I’m learning about this blogging world as I go. I’ve got a few ideas for upcoming blogs – including some of my recipes, staff profiles and information about what’s in season and even a few behind the scenes shots on how our farm operates day to day. But for my first blog I thought I would start with something not enough of us know about but I feel is of great importance, It’s also something that Mate & Matt’s can help you out with…
So without further awkward introductions allow me to ask…
Do you eat your recommended 2 & 5 everyday…?? Well, do you???
Most Australians eat only half the amount of fruit and veggies recommended for good health. Adults need to eat at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of veggies each day.
The dietary guidelines for Australians advises the key to eating well is to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from each of the five food groups. Most Australians eat only about half the recommended quantity of fruit and vegetables.
A standard serve of vegetables is 75g and a standard serving of fruit is 150g. To give you more of an idea 1 cup of leafy green raw vegetables in your lunchtime salad is considered one serving. One medium banana is considered to be one serve of fruit. Given that most Australians only eat half of their recommended 2 & 5, the next question I hear you asking me is how can I increase my intake without feeling like a walking, talking fruit & vegetable shop? Here is a few ideas…
Make meat go further by adding extra vegetables in a stir-fry or casserole
Top toast with cooked mushrooms, tomatoes, capsicum or sweet corn
Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces and thread onto skewers for a colourful kebab
Freeze bananas, grapes, strawberries and oranges for an icy snack