Making it easy to eat well in National Nutrition Week

INVOLVEMENT: Cooking with kids starts when they are young. They can take on more responsibility as they grow older, eventually cooking the whole meal.
INVOLVEMENT: Cooking with kids starts when they are young. They can take on more responsibility as they grow older, eventually cooking the whole meal.

IF YOU are what you eat, this is a good week to prove it.

It's National Nutrition Week and its aim is to raise awareness about how food and lifestyle choices impact on health, according to Nutrition Australia.

It says the food and lifestyle choices we make impact on both our health and the health of our planet.

"With childhood obesity rates now around 25% and with Australians identified as being among the highest producers of waste globally, we need to address these issues urgently," says the health organisation.

Nutrition Australia raises awareness and supports the community to look at these challenges during National Nutrition Week.

This year's theme is Project DinnerTime - Cook, Eat, Enjoy, which aims to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen by empowering people to prepare more meals at home more often.

Today Show nutritionist and mum Dr Joanna McMillan offers the following tips:

Plan your dinner menu for the week on the weekend and shop for the ingredients. Then all you need to do is stick to the plan.

  1. Eggs are hard to beat for a quick easy meal at any time of day. Rather than ordering takeout, whip up an omelette, a big salad and toast some grainy bread.
  2. Make good use of leftovers. A Sunday roast provides leftover meat to make into a quick pasta or rice dish on a Monday night, then the bones can be used to make a stock for a soup or casserole later in the week. Cook extra of any dishes that can be frozen so that you have a few home-cooked prepared meals ready to go.
  3. Stock your pantry and freezer with key ingredients to throw together for quick mid-week meals. I always have frozen meat or prawns, frozen veg, canned tomatoes, beans and whole grains so that an easy pilaf or pasta dish can be thrown together.
  4. Give the kids a night each where they are head chef. They get to pick a dish to make, make a shopping list and get the ingredients and help you prepare the meal - or make it themselves for older kids.

Local retailer supports good eating

On the Northern Rivers, electrical retailer The Good Guys Ballina is polishing the cutlery, pulling out the good plates and partnering with Nutrition Australia to help inspire locals to get involved in National Nutrition Week's Project Dinnertime, beginning tomorrow.

A celebration of nutritious home-cooked recipes, the pilot initiative aims to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of local households, helping them cook, eat and enjoy good food every day.

In order to help establish the basics of healthy food preparation in the home, The Good Guys have joined forces with Today Show nutritionist and mum, Dr Joanna McMillan.

The retailer, which also supports Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia, will host a barbecue tomorrow.

Watch out for National Nutrition Week events in your area.



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