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16 October 2022

Want better grades? ‘Try for 5’ this National Nutrition Week!

Are you among the 91% of people not eating enough vegetables? We get it – sourcing, cooking and eating healthy food isn’t always the easiest or cheapest option, especially when you’re busy with study and other commitments.

We all know how important it is to have a healthy diet. This National Nutrition Week (16–22 October), we’re here to remind you of the power of vegetables and encourage you to ‘try for 5’ – eating five serves of veggies each day, that is!

Not sure what a ‘serve’ of veggies looks like? It’s roughly the size of your fist, which equals 75g – or half a cup of cooked or frozen veg, one cup of salad/raw veg, one medium tomato or half a potato.

There’s no better time to increase your brain power than in the middle of exams, so here’s why you need to boost your veggie intake ASAP. Your grades will thank you!

Get the most out of your veg. Tryfor5. Nutrition Australia. National Nutrition Week 16–22 October, 2022.

Nutrition and brain function are closely linked

Dietary nutrients are critical to the structure and function of your brain. Think of your brain as a car engine – the better the fuel, the better it will run. Eating food with lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress – which can damage cells and subsequently decrease brain efficiency.

Better cognition has been associated with the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, nuts, fruit, vegetables and fish, while a higher intake of processed foods has been associated with reduced functioning of the brain.

You don’t have to spend lots to eat well

We all know that a trip to the supermarket costs a lot more these days and that eating well isn’t always the cheapest option. During busy times, it’s easy to rely on takeaway food that’s high in sugar and fat with very low nutrient content.

Here’s some ways to eat well on a budget:

The Try for 5 website has even more ways to eat well without breaking the bank – from how to use the whole vegetable to a bunch of budget-friendly recipes. And check out these awesome supermarket hacks from Deakin’s student Money Matters team!

Need more veggie inspiration?

Good luck with your exams and enjoy the wonderful world of veggies!

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