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Smart Eating 
Spring newsletter
With long winter days finally behind us, Spring is the perfect time to refresh your recipe repertoire! 
In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the latest research around fruit and veggie’s mood-boosting power, as well as a rundown on what fresh produce to focus on this season.

In the wake of footy finals, we’ll also offer a snapshot of what it takes to fuel peak performance – hint: it’s all about home-cooking!
Dietitians: Save money by spring cleaning your pantry
This Spring, make it your goal to keep your pantry stocked with healthy staples to help minimise food waste, starting with a pantry clean-out.

Check out our top tips for making meals from leftovers, and extending your food budget this Spring and beyond.
Take a look at the full media release here.
Eating like a finals hero: What it takes to fuel a premiership team
This season, Hawthorn stars have kicked goals on the field and in the kitchen, with the footy favourites revealing their top home-cooked meals to fuel a gruelling season.   

Take a look at the full media release here for Simone Austin, the Hawks’ Accredited Sports Dietitian’s inside tips on fuelling for sports performance, as well as some key player’s go-to home-cooked meals.
What's in season?
Fruit: Bananas, pears, passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple, melons, lemons.
Vegetables: Peas, asparagus, rhubarb, leek, artichoke, spinach, fennel, cabbage, beetroot, avocado,
Research highlights

Fruit and veggies give you the feel-good factor

In case you needed another reason to eat your vegetables, new research suggests up to eight serves a day can make you happier.
The study, carried out in collaboration between Universities of Warwick and Queensland, followed more than 12,000 people, who kept food diaries and had their psychological wellbeing tracked.  After two years, the authors found ‘happiness benefits’ for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to eight serves per day. These positive benefits seem to happen much quicker than the well-known physical health benefits of vegetables, such as protecting against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers commented that the seemingly rapid mood-boosting ability of veggies may be a strong motivator for people to up their intake.
For delicious veggie-filled recipes, check out our recipes page!

Both statins and a Mediterranean-style diet can help ward off heart disease and stroke

Cholesterol lowering drugs, known as statins, play a key role in treating cardiovascular disease. But research continues to strengthen when it comes to a Mediterranean style diet for preventing heart attacks and stroke.  One study in particular reviewed the diets of 25,000 people over seven years, then rated their food choices out of nine.  The closer their score to nine, the greater participant’s diets resembled a Mediterranean-style diet.  Those with higher scores benefited from a 37% lower risk of early death.
So what is a Mediterranean diet?  There is no one diet, as it really describes dietary patterns typical to Mediterranean countries like Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Spain.  But what these all have in common are: plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fish, small amounts of meat, legumes, dairy foods, olive oil, and modest amounts of red wine.
 Find out the skinny on olive oil in this Nutrition A-Z page, via the SEFY section of our website
Smart Eating Nutrition A-Z and Recipe
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Give this Honey-Soy glazed pork with broccolini noodle salad a try for a quick mid-week dinner – also great for lunch-time leftovers!
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