By Courtney Vinck
Inspiro editor and accredited dietitian (BHlthSciMDietPrac)
In the Yarra Ranges area we are very lucky to have some amazing farms you can visit.
The school community is getting in touch with food through farm to plate programs like the Jamie Oliver and Stephanie Alexander projects (See our earlier blog post Healthy-eating-project-aims-to-slow-rising-obesity-in-Victorian-primary-schools). Your family can get involved too!
Jay Berries of Wandin East is an amazing farm that grow many different types of crop. They offer pre-picked vegetable packs and fruit products or, for just a few dollars, you can go and pick your own fresh produce!
Jay Berries was founded 20 years ago
Jay Berries was founded 20 years ago at John and Jola’s Wandin East property. Initially a strawberry farm, it now stocks all sorts of berries and vegetables. Jay Berries is a ‘u-pick’ farm that offers a great chance to see how a variety of veggies and berries are grown.
They are open for picking 6 days per week from October-March. You can check out Jay Berries on Facebook for events such as Easter egg hunts, Labour Day pickings and information on what’s currently in season, alternatively you can phone (03) 5964 4451, or check out their website at jayberries.com.au.
Eating a variety of foods is essential for good health
At Inspiro, we love Jay Berries because of the variety of fresh produce they offer. One of the five key nutrition guidelines in Australia is to:
Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups everyday
Is there such a thing as a superfood?
There is no single superfood that can provide all the nutrients in the amounts we need to keep healthy. To maintain good health we need adequate amounts of:
- dairy or alternatives
- meat or alternatives
- grains and cereals
The benefits of eating a variety of these foods include:
- Increasing the chance of meeting nutrition requirements
- Promoting good health
- Protecting against some diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity
- Reducing the likelihood of nutrient deficiencies
To find out how many serves of each food group you need each day click on this link: food-essentials/how-much-do-we-need-each-day/recommended-number-serves
“I’m using a multi vitamin every day. Isn’t that enough?”
Different brands of multi vitamins have different amounts of nutrients in them. They may not have enough or the right balance of nutrition for your body.
Nutrients from tablets are not always absorbed into the body in the same amounts they would be from actual foods.
Are you buying the best groceries for you family? Find out about Inspiro's free 2 hour supermarket tours led by a qualifeid dietitian. Click here Dietitian-Led-Local-Supermarket-Tours
Protect yourself against diseases with whole foods
More importantly, there are parts of whole foods -other than nutrients- that can protect against some diseases. We are finding more evidence about this every year.
Our recommendation is always to have good wholesome food first and then top up with supplements if needed. Be sure to talk to your dietitian, doctor or pharmacist about your vitamin and mineral supplements.
Keep enjoying a variety of healthy foods and when the season comes, check out Jay Berries.
If you would like to know more about improving your diet or using nutrition supplements, give us a call at Inspiro and make an appointment to speak with our awesome team of dietitians (03 9028 0153) or
Want to hear about another great farm? Check out the Strawberry-springs-millgrove-farm-gates blog.
If you live in any of these suburbs you are eligible to use the dietitian services available at Inspiro:
Badger Creek, Bayswater, Bayswater North, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Boronia, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, East Warburton, Emerald, Ferny Creek, Healesville, Heathmont, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth South, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Ringwood, Ringwood North, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin North, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Warburton, Wesburn, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.