Quicker, Easier Food Shopping with Health Stars

March 17, 2017

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Have you heard of Health Stars? They’re the ratings on packaged food that help guide healthy shopping decisions. So how do they play out in your local supermarket? Let me take you on a tour…

Health Stars in the Fresh Fruit & Veg Section

Got ya! Fresh fruit and veg are top-notch nutrition, and as such, they won’t display a Health Star Rating which only applies to packaged food.

Health Stars in the Breads and Cereals Section

Ever wondered how the sugars, fats and salts weigh up for your favourite cereals — now you’ll be able to find out. Look for products that have ratings as close to five as possible, for the healthiest options

Health Stars in the Dairy Section

There are SO many options in this section and no wonder: my kids love cheese and yoghurt, so this was a great opportunity to see which brands offer the healthiest options.

Health Stars in the Condiments / Tea Coffee Section

Condiments (such as vinegar, herbs and spices) are defined as non-nutritive – same goes for tea and coffee – so you won’t see any health stars here.

Health Stars on Juice

Juices are something I like to have on hand when I need a treat, so it’s great to get some clarity on which are the best for my kids.

 

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Remember, health stars are used to compare similar products such as one breakfast cereal with another – you can’t compare different kinds of foods like bread to yoghurt.

One more thing to note: the Health Star Rating system is voluntary and appears on packaged food products at the discretion of food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets). The system was developed by the Australian, State and Territory governments along with public health, consumer and industry groups. It launched in 2014 and you can check out the full list of brands that have adopted Health Star Ratings here http://bit.ly/2mdGgsh

Have you spotted Health Stars on the shelves? Have you found them useful?

For more information visit http://bit.ly/2mdGgsh 

 

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Supermarket Shopping Made Easy with Health Stars

March 7, 2017

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Remember when you could wander the shopping aisles in peace and quiet? When you could decide what you wanted on the spur of the moment and could take your time weighing up the nutritional benefits of various ingredients by scrutinising the back of the pack? Ha! These days, with kids in tow, it’s more like Fruit Ninja meets The Hunger Games: frantically shoving apples, biscuits, milk, etc into the trolley with Miss 2 grabbing at your phone (um, the screen she cracked last time doesn’t deter her?), Miss 8 dragging her feet, and you hoping no one realises that your “dress” is actually striped PJs you’ve been wearing for the last three days straight 🙈

Forget taking time to choose the healthiest stuff. The quicker you can get it done, the sooner it’ll be over. Into this groundhog day hectic mess, comes Health Star Rating: a front of pack labelling system that makes it easier to compare the nutritional ratings of similar packaged foods in a flash.

 

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Who Developed the Health Star System?

The system was developed by the Australian, State/Territory governments along with public health, consumer and industry groups. It launched in 2014 and is currently being implemented by food brands on a voluntary basis. You can check out the full list of brands that have adopted Health Star Ratingshere.

 

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What’s the information next to the star rating?

This shows the quantity of nutrients, specifically:

  • Energy (kilojoules).
  • Risk nutrients – saturated fat, sodium (salt) and sugars.
  • Positive nutrients – dietary fibre, protein and the proportion of fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.

These are measured either per 100g, 100mL for liquids or per pack for single serve foods or per serve/portion (as specified).

 

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Do all foods have a health star rating?

The Health Star Rating system is voluntary and appears on packaged food products at the discretion of food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets). There are some food products which are not expected to display the Health Star Rating, which include:

  • fresh unpackaged food (such as fresh fruit and vegetables);
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • formulated products for infants and young children;
  • non-nutritive condiments (such as vinegar, herbs and spices);
  • non-nutritive foods (such as tea, coffee);
  • single ingredient foods not intended to be eaten on their own (such as flour); and
  • foods where a Nutrition Information Panel is not required.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/2m2SdBR

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Super Fresh & Easy Family Dinner Ideas with Continental

March 2, 2017

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Confession: my two year old is a… tomato monster 🍅😆

Nope, she won’t eat carrot or potato. But those tiny sweet little romas? She. Cannot. Get. Enough.

Because she’s obsessed, our whole family is obsessed too. When we visit my uncle who grows tomatoes, it’s like Easter — everyone hunting around and marvelling when they find a ripe one — only better because we’re devouring food that’s healthy, nutritious and fresh.

Seeing that excitement and delight, I’ve always wished we could connect with tomato growers on our street or block who wanted to share. Enter Continental and Ripe Near Me.

Continental is famous for their incredible flavours and Ripe Near Me is an Australian start-up that connects home cooks with local growers of herbs, fruit and veggies.

Together, they offer a new way to explore, experience and enjoy food in a way that makes you feel good!

For us, that started by exploring the Continental website and finding a recipe that would work for our family. The recipes on the site are fantastic: simple enough for weekday meals, diverse enough to keep things interesting.

As a mum of a fussy 8-year-old and messy 2-year-old, I have some pretty specific things I’m looking for in our dinner these days:

  • Miss 8 is interested in veggie meals (less meat, where possible)
  • Miss 2 wants hold her food and is learning to feed herself
  • Mum wants something that’s healthy, quick and leaves minimal mess

That’s not asking too much is it? 😂

Corn Fritters ticked all the boxes. Even better: right there on the recipe page (bottom right corner) the Ripe Near Me app invited me to pop in my postcode to view the range of fresh fruit, herbs and veggies that are all, well, ripe near me.

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After entering my postcode, results popped up immediately, showcasing avocados, lettuce and (yay!) tomatoes all on offer from local growers.

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After collecting our fresh ingredients, the recipe was a cinch to whip up. The stock powder was an inspired addition: adding minimal salt (the recipe highlights Continental Chicken Salt Reduced Stock Powder) with maximum flavour.

In good news for my eldest daughter, a little birdie at Continental told me that they’ve just released a new vegetable stock powder (yay!) so soon we’ll be able to make these fritters and they’ll be completely vegetarian – with the extra flavour hit!

 

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