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Our guide to the perfect picnic

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Our guide to the perfect picnic

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Our guide to the perfect picnic

As Australia emerges from the grips of lockdown, we are starting to catch up with our family and friends, and not via FaceTime! At the same time the weather is warming up and our local beaches, lakes and parks are calling. Did someone say picnic?!

We have put together a collection of our favourite spring time, picnic perfect recipes. They are all easy, affordable, and can be served chilled. All that’s left to do is call your friends, choose which dish you’ll bring along, and organise that long awaited gathering. Remember to adhere to COVID regulations and to slip, slop, slap while you’re soaking up that vitamin D!

Our picnic tips

  • Save your money and the planet, and invest in some reusable picnic ware - it may seem like an extra cost to begin with however in the long run it will pay for itself, after all picnicking is the new going out!

  • You can buy everything you need from variety stores such as Kmart - from individual plates and cutlery to a complete wicker basket with a tartan picnic rug. Or have a rummage around to see what you can find at home! Maybe you could hint to Santa about what an excellent gift a picnic set would be…

  • It’s super important to keep your food chilled, no one wants to end the perfect catch up with a bout of salmonella! If you don’t have an esky don’t worry, supermarket cooler bags will do the job. If you don’t have ice bricks, fill some zip lock bags with water and freeze (just make sure they are sealed properly).

  • Keep those summer pests at bay with a food cover. Find them in the food storage sections of most supermarkets. Aldi often have them in their special buys, otherwise a cotton tea towel will do the trick - just make sure it is clean!

  • No one likes cleaning out spills and leftover food scraps after a long day of lazing in the sun. Always carry a plastic bag for your rubbish and another to put all of your dirty plates and cutlery in - trust us on this!
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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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