Vegetables and fruit are now number 3 in Julian Mellentin’s food, nutrition and health trends for 2013.
Julian is a leading industry expert in the business of food, nutrition and health. Each year he forecasts and analyses trends in these fields.
Vegetables and fruit are number 3 in his 10 Key Trends in Food, Nutrition and Health 2013.
- New brands based on vegetables and fruit sell at premium prices.
- As vegetables and fruit are ‘naturally healthy’, adding them to other products give resulting products a healthier image.
- Consumers know vegetables and fruit are healthy. Worldwide there is more legislation about health claims and people want evidence-based information. Vegetables and fruit have the advantage of an existing strong association with health in the mind of the consumer.
- Strong scientific research is increasingly showing benefits from eating vegetables and fruit in relation to digestive health, immunity, satiety, sports recovery, glucose uptake and insulin response, energy and mood.
Click here to download a free copy of the poster Fresh New Zealand grown veges – what’s good for your body
Your kids are invited to join the 2013 Food Revolution Day – a global stand for good food and essential cooking skills on 17 May – with New Zealand’s teen cook Claire Gourley.
Claire will host an online interactive cooking session as part of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s 2013 Food Revolution Day to celebrate real food, where it comes from and how to cook it.
“This is a chance for everyone to see how easy it is to make a delicious meal, keep cooking skills alive and improve our food knowledge!” says Claire.
“Knowing where food comes from and how to cook it properly is something that, no matter what your age, you can really benefit from. I’ll be cooking two staple dishes that should always be in a cook’s backpocket – creamy fish pie and cottage pie. By the end of the hour together we’ll have made the best mashed potatoes and the best ever potato topped pie! I’ll also cover how to hold on to a knife, cut an onion, make a white sauce and substitute vegetables.”
Anyone can join Claire from 4pm on Friday 17th May online at www.itsmyturntocooktonight.com to participate in the 2013 Food Revolution Day. All you need to do is purchase the cooking ingredients beforehand and be online at 4pm to watch Claire.
Here are the superstars of nutrition in each colour group:
Green: Your daily vegetable intake should be based on green vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables are high in folate, a B vitamin that shows promising results in preventing heart disease. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane, a potent phytochemical found in all cruciferous vegetables that has been found able to detoxify carcinogens before they do damage to the body. Sulforaphane is also a potent antioxidant which can remain in the body for up to three days, vastly surpassing many other antioxidants in staying power. Go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/nutrition/benefits_tips-green.asp for more information on green vegetables.
Reds: Red vegetables are full of lycopene, the carotenoid that offers high levels of protection against prostate cancer. Lycopene is found in red capsicums, watermelon and tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes contain much higher levels of lycopene than raw tomatoes. Red cabbage is rich in Vitamins C and K, and has all the anti-cancer benefits of other cruciferous vegetables. Go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/nutrition/benefits_tips-red.asp for more information on red vegetables.
Orange/yellow: Orange/yellow vegetables are high in beta-carotene, which may prevent cancers of the lung, oesophagus and stomach. It also lowers the risk of heart disease and boosts the immune system which keeps infections away and makes sure cancers don’t start. Go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/nutrition/benefits_tips-orange.asp for more information on orange/yellow vegetables.
Blue/purple: These vegetables are known cancer fighters. The anthocyanins which provide their distinctive colour also give these foods the ability to ward off heart disease by preventing clot formation. Go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/nutrition/benefits_tips-purple.asp for more information on blue/purple vegetables.
White/brown: Potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions and garlic are each unique in what they have to offer. Potatoes offer more potassium than just about any other food. Mushrooms are good vegetable source of Vitamin D. Onions and garlic are legendary for their ability to fight cancer, heart disease, and increase the overall antioxidant level of the body. Go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/nutrition/benefits_tips-white.asp for more information on white/brown vegetables.
Cinco de Mayo is a party held on May 5th to celebrate Mexican heritage. What better excuse for a party – especially with cold Margaritas and spicy eats?
As well as celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mexican food is great at any time of the year – just add Tomato salsa and Guacamole with corn chips to your menu.
Tomato salsa – makes approx 1 cup
2-3 tomatoes, cored and diced
1 spring onion, finely sliced
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce
Mix all ingredients together. Add more chilli sauce for a hotter sauce.
1-2 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Blend avocado, chilli sauce, tomatoes, lemon juice, and onion together. Season to taste and serve with corn chips.
The Kantar Media UK TGI Shopper describes seven mutually-exclusive archetypes of grocery shoppers – which one are you?
Convenience Kings are driven by convenience in general; locality, opening hours, parking, ease of use etc.
Ethical Empathisers are driven by ethical considerations such as Fair Trade, animal welfare, and protection of the environment.
Accustomed Acquirers are driven by routine, have a narrow brand repertoire, are more likely to be sole shoppers and tend to stick to tried and tested products/brands.
Promiscuous Purchasers are driven by value, are bargain hunters, have large brand repertoires, and don’t like the idea of sticking to only a few brands.
Quality Crusaders are driven by superior quality and are happy to pay a premium for it.
Conscious Connoisseurs are savvy and passionate shoppers who gain food knowledge from magazines, professionals and word of mouth, and they read ingredients and labels.
Strategic Savers are driven by the lowest price to meet a strict budget, and are attracted by sales and promotions, special offers and loyalty schemes.
Have you ever wondered what a serving size means? As a guide, a serving is the amount of food you can comfortably fit into the palm of your hand.
Therefore, little hands = a smaller serving size.
Here are some serving sizes which come from the Ministry of Health (2005) Eating for Healthy Adult New Zealanders, Code 1518. Vegetables are cooked except for those marked* which are raw.
|Potatoes||1 medium potato||135g|
Eat more vegetables like broccoli, carrots, capsicums, sweet potatoes, and spinach is the latest message to Australians.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises Australians about the types and amounts of foods needed to maintain a healthy diet and reduce the risk of lifestyle-related disease.
Every day drink plenty of water and enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods chosen from these five groups:
- Plenty of vegetables, including different types and colours, and include legumes/beans
- Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley
- Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
- Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat (reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years)
To download a brochure about the benefits of eating different coloured vegetables go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz/resources/1files/pdf/leaflet_eatcolours.pdf
Vegetable popsicles are very refreshing at any time of the year.
Carrot and orange popsicles
1½ cups cooked carrots
1 cup orange juice
½ cup carrot cooking liquor
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Place in popsicle moulds and freeze for about 8 hours or until frozen.
Cucumber and lemon popsicles
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
1 telegraph cucumber, peeled and deseeded
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Heat water in a pan, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool.
Place sugar water, cucumber and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Place in popsicle moulds and freeze for about 8 hours or until frozen.
Variation: Freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. Place in a glass and pour chilled sparkling water over.
A new study from Plant & Food Research offers hope to those who love red meat but worry about the effect it may have on their digestive system. Scientists have discovered that vegetables play a role in promoting healthy digestion of red meat.
Scientists investigating the effect of red meat consumption with and without fermentable carbohydrates (most fruits and vegetables) on the large bowel health in rats found that the impact of red meat consumption on bowel health may be reduced by consuming it alongside fermentable dietary fibre, such as that found in potatoes.
The 8-week study investigated the effects of cellulose, potato fibre, and potato-resistant starch on a range of gut health indicators in rats fed diets containing cooked red meat. The results showed that dietary combinations of red meat with potato fibre or potato-resistant starch had significant effects in the large bowel, including higher concentrations of beneficial bacteria and positive changes with respect to short-chain fatty acid concentration.
More information can be obtained from Mike Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beetroot and watercress salad is a very easy salad to make and the flavour combinations are delicious. Always use fresh New Zealand grown vegetables in salads.
Five salads are featured in the Salad Days leaflet which is available to download from the vegetables.co.nz home page (under featured resources).
Beetroot and watercress salad
2 medium beetroot
2 handfuls watercress
2 Tbsp crumbly blue cheese
2 Tbsp French dressing
Place beetroot in saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until tender. Cool and remove skin. Slice beetroot into cubes or sticks.
Place watercress in a bowl or platter, add beetroot and cheese.
Drizzle with French dressing and serve.
Tips: If watercress is not available use any salad leaves. Try feta instead of blue cheese for a different taste.