Freshen up your fridge
To many of us, convenience food means microwave dinners, pre-packaged snacks, or things in cans and tins. Not only are these foods often full of preservatives and artificial flavourings that are detrimental to our health, all that extra packaging and freight is detrimental to the environment.
Luckily, a stronger public focus on sustainable living and clean eating has resulted in better and cheaper access to fresh, healthy produce. Now, wholesome and natural foods are just as—if not more—convenient than highly processed ones. Here are three ways to take advantage of this new trend towards cleaner eating and freshen up your fridge.
Farmers markets have grown in number and popularity in the past few years, and now most Australian cities have numerous weekly markets. Strolling amongst the stalls and taking in the colours and smells of fresh, organic produce is a perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. Farmers markets offer a diverse array of cheap, fresh foods and a warm community atmosphere. Researchers at Stanford’s School of Medicine found that eating organic foods reduces your intake of chemicals and pesticides. Perhaps the best thing about organic farmers markets, though, is the fact that you’re supporting your local growers. The stallholders are usually the same people who grew and harvested your food, so you can find out where it was grown and when it was picked.
Organic vegetable delivery
If you prefer to sleep in on weekends but still want to enjoy a fridge bursting with organic produce, sign up for one of the many healthy delivery options available. If online shopping is your thing, you’ll find receiving a box of vibrant fresh fruit and vegetables just as exciting as a parcel from ASOS or Amazon. Receiving an assortment of fresh, seasonal produce is a fun and motivating way to try fruits and vegies you haven’t had before, and be more creative in the kitchen.
Although a lot of fruit and vegetables are time-consuming and high-maintenance to grow, things like herbs, rocket, passionfruit, and chilli thrive even you lack a green thumb. There really isn’t a more convenient food than one that’s growing in your own backyard!