Thursday, March 1st, 2012
The need to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegies each day has been put firmly back in the spotlight with the recent release of the Queensland State Government's Child Health Status 2011 Report.

And while the report found that youth are getting more overweight and eating far less fruit and vegetables in their weekly diet, a Queensland company says it may have an answer.

Melinda Richards, CEO of natural food company Super Sprout, says one of the biggest battles is addressing the needs of fussy eaters.

“Its no secret that some kids just wont eat fruit and vegies and parents can be at their wits end for what to do,” Ms Richards says.

“Now they have an alternative with our range of 100 per cent pure fruit and vegetable powders which retain all the nutrients, minerals and flavours, just as if you were buying fresh produce off the shelf at your local supermarket or grocer.

“While we always encourage eating fresh food, the Super Sprout range can be added to food without them knowing and help kids get their two and five every day.”

With figures for healthy eating down, the report showed a significant increase in the consumption of takeaway foods in children’s diets – with 48.6 per cent eating it at least weekly.

Ms Richards says seeking healthier eating options for the family will help eliminate the other key problems at the same time.

“Replacing greasy burgers and fries with the recommended serves of fruit and veggies will subsequently impact both their weight and energy levels to be active to exercise,” Ms Richards says.

“Being undernourished makes you feel exhausted, weak, and sluggish which finds our kids wanting to just laze around in front of the TV.

“Healthy eating increases children’s physical energy and gives them more energy to keep playing sports outside.”

Ms Richards says another major factor contributing to the poor diets of families across the state is the lack of time parents have to make wholesome meals.

“Many families now have both parents working, which sees busy mums and dads cooking less and buying more takeaway food,” Mr Richards says.

“It’s really disappointing to see that less and less children are getting their two serves of fruit and five serves of veggies each day, when it’s so important for their health and wellbeing.

“The benefit of using Super Sprout powders is that you can add the goodness of real fruit and vegies into quick and easy meals and give them an extra kick of flavour as well as maximising the nutritional value.”

Super Sprout products can make life much easier for busy parents and those who struggle to get their daily dose of fresh fruit and vegetables in simple dishes.

The Super Sprout range can be used sprinkled over fruit salads, ice cream, yoghurt, and are delicious when added to muffins.

They can also be used in your favourite fruit smoothie recipe, adding real fruit taste without the mess.

The entire Super Sprout range includes broccoli sprout, wheatgrass sprout, apple, lemon, strawberry, beetroot, carrot, ginger, blueberry and barleygrass sprout and all have a shelf life of up to three months once opened.

For recipe ideas and more information about the Super Sprout range visit