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May 28, 2008

Vegetables on a budget

Providing healthy food for your family can be a struggle with rising food prices.

Keeping the family healthy on a tight budget may be easier if you make some changes to the shopping list, according to the Healthy Eating - Healthy Action (HEHA) Team at the West Coast DHB. HEHA Programme Manager, Kim Sinclair says for example many people don't realise that frozen and canned vegetables are just as healthy as fresh.

"Take a look in the freezer section of the supermarket and you will often find frozen vegetables on special. There's no wastage if you have a freezer, and canned and frozen vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals."

HEHA Coordinator, Andrea Kendrick says buying seasonal vegetables can also be much cheaper with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage all currently in plentiful supply.

"Try to make sure that half the food on your plate is vegetables. Loading up meals with vegetables means you can keep costs down and put more goodness on the plate. Aim to make at least half the meal non-starchy vegetables like cabbage, silver beet, broccoli, carrots, peas and salad vegetables".

Other tips include serving a range of colourful vegetables and trying one-pot meals with lots of added vegetables.

Vegetables also make great warming snacks for children coming home from school cold and tired. Soup left over from the night before also makes a warming winter afternoon tea the next day, she says. Other options include sliced tomato or tinned corn and a sprinkle of grated cheese grilled on a muffin or wholemeal bread.

For more information contact:

Kim Hawkes
Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) Education
Brick Building
PO BOX 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone: (03) 768-1307, Ext 2

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