Australia Day can be a time for friends and family to come together around a delicious table of food. While it’s a time to enjoy good food, it’s also an opportunity to make smart choices that align with your health and wellness goals. As a Dietitian, I’m here to share some tips on how to make better smart food choices during such times. 

     

      1. Prioritize Lean Proteins:
        Why not replace the T-bone steak and sausages for lean protein options like skinless chicken tenderloins, turkey mince burger or fillet of fish on the barbecue. These choices are lower in saturated fats which are beneficial for heart health.

      1. Load Up on Colourful Veggies:
        Make your barbecue vibrant by incorporating a variety of colourful vegetables. Add to the barbeque bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms for a delicious and nutritious side. Make a refreshing and exciting salad with fresh vegetables, crunchy roasted nuts and a delicious vinaigrette dressing.

      1. Mindful Portion Control:
        Enjoying your favourite foods doesn’t mean overindulging. Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues to guide your choices during the celebration. Fill up your plate with 50% vegetables, 1/4 plate protein and 1/4 plate carbohydrates!

      1. Hydrate with Care:
        Stay hydrated by choosing water as your primary beverage. If you’re looking for something with a little more flavour, opt for Kombucha, flavoured mineral water or diet tonic water. Be wise with your alcohol intake

    This Australia Day, make mindful and smart food choices that contribute to your health and happiness. By incorporating these tips, you can have a fantastic celebration without compromising your well-being. Cheers to a healthier lifestyle habits for 2024 🙂

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