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Eat Healthy: Getting Five a Day in Hawkesbury

By Jacqueline Ball
Archived 26 Aug 2019 - Posted: 27 Jun 2019
As many as 96% of Australians don’t get the appropriate servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The fact is, eating enough fruits and vegetables has a major impact on health. Not only do plants have important nutrients and vitamins that are hard to get from other foods, but a more heavily plant-based diet can also reduce the risk of common medical issues such as heart disease and stroke.

Thankfully, there are a lot of options for making healthy eating fun in Hawkesbury and the surrounding area. In fact, the Hawkesbury Valley has a long history of local agriculture that makes it easy to find high-quality, local, produce. From farmer’s markets to health food stores, getting five a day in Hawkesbury is easier than ever.

Five Fruits and Veggies a Day

Making healthy eating fun is one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting all the right nutrients -- the trick is to break up set consumer habits that have you eating the same junk day after day. It’s easy to get set into a pattern like this, and so establishing healthier eating habits is a lot about getting out of your comfort zone.

One way to do this is to switch up where you shop. Try an organic market like Eclipse Organics, which represented NSW at the Fine Food Australia trade exhibition last fall. Nut and fruit mixes and organic granola are the main fare, and these make a much healthier snack than the ubiquitous crisps and other processed goodies. Another way to sneak in fruits and veggies is to add juicing or blending to your diet. It can be a lot of fun to try out new combinations, and it can be easier for busy people to take a juice on the go than spend time eating a whole salad.

Healthy Eating Around Hawkesbury

With so many local farmers markets and community growing projects, there are lots of fun ways to integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. From pick-your-own produce to classes where you can learn about cooking healthy, growing your own food, and more, the Harvest Trails and Markets cooperative makes it easy to find fun food events in the area. The trick is to turn healthy eating into a fun outing rather than a chore.

You might challenge yourself to try a new local fruit or vegetable in your cooking every week. This is a good way to learn where to find quality produce, and how to cook new foods that incorporate fruits and veggies while spicing up dinner at the same time. Or, take a day to tour a local farm, learn about how produce gets from seed to your plate, and get excited about eating healthy in Hawkesbury.

Plus, the more you learn about eating healthy, the easier it becomes. Not only are you helping yourself stay healthy, exploring the local produce scene can be a fun way to get to know Hawkesbury better too -- and you might be surprised how exciting it can be to discover new foods, new markets, and new communities, all centered around healthy eating.

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