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Can convenient foods really be that healthy?

It’s getting harder to differentiate between tasty-healthy and sort-of-healthy foods when grabbing something on the go.  When faced with options of something that looks healthy and tastes pretty good, it’s also good to know that your meal is packed full of nutritious goodness.

That is why Dineamic have developed a range of fresh, ready to go meals packed with nutrition and flavours.  No hidden ingredients to worry about.  Every reason to feel good about just heating and eating

So, when checking us out at Coles, it’s worth having a think about these handy tips to give yourself the best chance of choosing the healthier options without stress.

Tip 1.  Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are linked to reducing heart disease and improving overall good health when eaten in moderation and in substitution of saturated fats.  In small quantities unsaturated fats such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil can actually be good for you. Not only does it help the food taste great, it can also improve your good cholesterol.

Tip 2. Super Carbs

Carbs are an essential nutrient group that our body needs for fuel.  Like fats, carbs are not made equal so it is important you choose good quality carbohydrate as your main source of energy. There are plenty of exceptionally nutritious foods that are also high in fibre, that helps keep your digestive health happy and keep you feeling fuller for longer. These include wholegrain breakfast cereals, quinoa, brown rice, bananas and oats. Some carbohydrate sources have a low glycaemic index (GI), which allows for a slower digestion and better appetite control.  

Tip 3. Protein options

When it comes to protein, conventional thinking suggest the more protein the better. This is not always the case as the average person with a standard level of activity generally can only digest up to 25g of protein in a single meal. While its true that animal sources pack a protein punch, 49% of the protein supply comes from non-meat sources. These include beans, eggs, quinoa, nuts and dairy. Not only are they affordable but they also offer other micronutrient benefits

Tip 4. Vegetable

There is no disputing the health benefits of eating five serves of vegetables a day. They’re nutrient power houses that are rich in vitamins, fibre, potassium, minerals, antioxidants that are repeatedly shown to play a role in reducing chronic diseases. One serve is about 75g (e.g. for cooked greens half a cup and for raw salad mixes 1 cup). The great thing is the more the merrier - as long as you are getting lots of colour and variety into your diet.

1 comment

  • Bought an ‘Indian Vegetable Curry’ from Coles Oakleigh and thought it was delicious. A generous portion as well.
    Will definitely buy it again and try others from the selection. SD.

    Sheila Driscoll

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