Junk Food advertising is often blamed for increasing childhood obesity and poor diet, but according to a recent study, parents should also take a good look at how they stock their fridge and cupboards.
Scientists surveyed 878 children about behaviour change and diet and found that children ate more fruit and vegetables if their parents always had a good supply in the house and served them at meals. This research shows that children are influenced by what they see. If parents opt for junk food, children can’t be expected to relish regular helpings of fruit and vegetables.
In Australia, more than a third of children aged four to 11 had not eaten fruit, and more than 20 per cent had not eaten any vegetables, on the day prior to the last National Nutrition Survey.
Tip : Be a great role model for your children… encourage your children to eat fruit and vegetables everyday!
Weekly Healthy Recipe: Asian-style fish
6 x 200g swordfish steaks
300g fresh oyster mushrooms
2 tblsps olive oil
1/3 cup of coarsely chopped coriander
salt & pepper to taste
1 bunch choy sum coarsely chopped
1 bunch baby bok choy coarsely chopped
1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Toss fish, oyster mushrooms, olive oil and coriander together in a large bowl.
- Cook fish and oyster mushrooms on a heated, oiled grill pan or barbecue hotplate, until tender. Transfer fish and mushrooms to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the thick ends of the choy sum and boil for 1 minute. Add remaining vegetables and cook for 30 seconds. Drain well.
- To make oyster sauce, combine vegetables in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and the remove from heat. Serve fish on vegetables and drizzle with oyster sauce.
* Sydney Markets – Serves 4
Weekly Motivational Quote
‘Humans and domestic pets are the only creatures on earth who don’t have to move to eat. We just sit there and get fed.’
– Dr. John Tickell’s
Eat well, live well and stay happy