A few fun food facts attendees learnt during the workshops,
- Choose water! Did you know there are 11 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml sports drink and 16 teaspoons in a 600ml soft drink
- When comparing nutrients in similar food always use the per 100g column
- Ingredients are listed from greatest to smallest by weight. Use this to check the first three ingredients for items high in saturated fat, sodium/salt or added sugar
- Food with less than 400mg per 100g serve are good, less than 120mg per 100g is the best!
- Choose breads and cereals with 3g or more of fibre
Those that attended were able to put what they learnt into action by creating two healthy and delicious meals: a crunchy noodle salad and oaty bites! The oaty bites were so delicious we’ve included the recipe in this article (see below).
A huge thanks to everyone who attended and Foodbank WA for hosting these interactive, interesting and informative workshops.
Oaty Bites Recipe
½ cup pitted dates
½ cup dried apricots
1 cup untoasted muesli
¼ cup coconut
2 tablespoons water
Equipment: Knife, chopping board, stick blender or food processor, bowl, measuring cups and spoons, shallow dish.
- Roughly chop dates and dried apricots
- Add chopped dried fruit and muesli. Finely blend with stick blender/food processor
- Add a tablespoon of water at a time and mix until a soft dough-like consistency
- Roll into teaspoons of mixture into balls
- Place coconut in shallow dish. Roll balls in coconut to coat. Store in fridge.