By Miriam Ruthenberg (BSc. Nutrition, Bsc. Health Promotion)
Eat cheap and healthy according to the seasons
Buying fruits and vegetables that are in season this summer has three great benefits: (1) they are at their cheapest prices all year, (2) they are at their nutritional peak, and (3) they taste better when in season!
SUMMER IN-SEASON PRODUCE: banana, oranges, rockmelon, watermelon, strawberries, cherries, mangoes, pineapples, plumbs, stone fruit, grapes, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, eggplant, capsicum and corn.
Fruits and vegetables are also super healthy as they provide your body with fibre, vitamins (such as vitamin C), minerals (such as iron) and carbohydrate, as well as being a good source of water during the warmer months.
Health experts recommend that adults eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables everyday, and that everyone aims for a wide variety in their diet.
One fruit serve = 1 medium size fruit (e.g. apple), 2 small fruit (e.g. apricot) or 1/2 cup diced fruit. One vegetable serve = 1/2 cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup salad vegetables.
Summer in Australia is certainly the season for fantastic fresh fruits – who wouldn't enjoy a platter of grapes, mango, peach, nectarine and watermelon whilst sitting back and watching the cricket?