Eating well and having enough healthy food is a priority for many people at the moment. While it is always important to eat well, it is especially important during this time of uncertainty. Food can help provide a sense of normality, control and routine. Although our budgets may be tight, eating well can be achieved on a limited budget.
Why is it important to eat well?
Eating well during this time is especially important as it helps to:
- provide essential nutrients and energy to get through our day
- keep our immune system strong for fighting infections
- help us sleep better
- improve concentration
- reduce stress and maintain mental health and wellbeing
- improve our blood pressure and cholesterol levels and reduces our risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and osteoporosis
- keep our teeth and gums healthy.
Eating well videos
Wellbeing SA, CSIRO and the Dietitian’s Association of Australia have partnered to inspire you to cook quick, healthy and cheap meals. You can find these videos below or download the recipe information (PDF 254KB) including the ingredients lists, methods and nutritional information for each recipe.
What does eating well look like?
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a simple guide to help us eat enough of the delicious healthy foods we need; it can also help save money on our food budget too. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends enjoying a variety of foods from the five food groups every day and eating discretionary (sometimes) foods only sometimes and in small amounts.
There is no need to panic buy or stockpile food. Supermarkets are essential services, and the food supply to supermarkets is ‘business as usual’; any product shortages are a result of panic buying. While food shopping is essential, we should go with a well-planned list to limit our number of weekly shopping trips as much as possible. Whether you are living on your own, or with friends, or a partner and/or children, this is a great time to try preparing a meal plan for the week. This will not only save money and cut down on food wastage, it will also mean you will not need to ‘pop to the shops’ as often.
Kids in the Kitchen
Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to teach them new skills. Research shows that when children are involved with food, they are more interested in food and eat well. Wellbeing SA and CSIRO have partnered to inspire you and your children to cook quick, cheap and nutrient packed meals. Check out the recipe cards, or visit our YouTube page for step-by-step videos.
Need help while quarantining or self-isolating?
If you are in mandatory quarantine or in self-imposed lockdown because you have COVID-19, have returned from interstate or overseas, or have come into contact with someone who is infected and you need personal hardship assistance, food relief or short-term accommodation advice, you can call the South Australian COVID-19 Relief Call Centre on 1800 705 336. The COVID-19 Relief Centre operates between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm every day.
Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
Read about the Australian Dietary Guidelines, which contain the latest scientific evidence to get all the nutrients you need for a long and healthy life.
Eating well can be achieved on a limited budget by focusing on easy recipes with simple ingredients. Get free inspiration for cooking delicious, nutritious and low-cost meals here!
Buying healthier takeaway food
Making healthier choices when buying takeaway can really make a difference, especially if takeaway is more than once a week. Read our 12 tips for healthier takeaway choices.
Eating less salt
By lowering the amount of salt in your diet you can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and death from heart disease. Discover our 4 easy steps to cut down on salt.
Eating less saturated fat
Too much unhealthy fat can increase the amount of bad cholesterol in our blood, which leads to clogging of blood vessels and heart disease. Try these 10 easy swaps to limit unhealthy fats.
Eating less sugar
While sweet foods may be comforting in times of uncertainty, when chosen they should be enjoyed sometimes and in small amounts. Learn 7 easy ways to cut down on sugar.
Eating more fruit
Eating at least two serves of fruit each day is one of the most important dietary changes we can make to be healthier. Read our healthy tips to enjoy more fruit every day.
Eating more vegetables
Eating at least five serves of vegetables each day is one of the single most important dietary changes we can make to be healthier. Discover our 7 healthy tips to enjoy more vegetables on your menu every day!
Eating well on a budget
Are you worried about how you can afford healthy food? Try our tips on smart shopping for tight budgets and find the support options available to you.
Five food groups
The key to eating well is eating a variety of foods from the five food groups every day. But what is a recommended serve? And how many serves should you be having? Find out here.
There are times when our income may not stretch far enough to afford enough healthy food to meet our own, or our family’s needs. Here we list an range of support options available to you.
Stocking your pantry with healthy basics
It is useful to keep a small store of basic food items in the cupboard, fridge and freezer, so you are prepared for cooking at home. See our tips for shopping for pantry basics and simple meal ideas.
Want to have more energy to get through your day, and save money too? Learn about sometimes foods and why they are not needed for a healthy diet.