The healthy, good and affordable shopping basket in the Reus Markets

Opt for local and seasonal food, buy in bulk to reduce packaging and take home only the necessary items or take advantage of leftover cooked vegetables to make omelettes or scrambled eggs. These are some of the many tips received yesterday by Maria Dolors Garcia and Montse Carrera, the first two participants in a series of workshops that teach citizens to fill their pantries with healthy products and the best value for money. They toured the Mercat Central in the company of dietitians Rosa Albaladejo, Cristina Jardí and Cristina Bedmar. And they talked with the paradistas, who gave them several keys.

Some recommendations, the participants already knew, but others will begin to apply them now. "White chicken has less fat and yellow is better for roasting," they explained from the Caballé Riba business, where they were reminded that "we prepare the product in the way that the customer requests and in the quantity that they will need" and that "with eight or nine euros, one can have for several menus."

They were also given a brochure that answered two questions: how to avoid food waste and how to make more sustainable purchases. For the first objective, it is good to know that ripe fruit is used to make smoothies or jams, that creams or stir-fries can be made with vegetables that are a few days old, and that the cooking water is useful for making soups. In Catalonia, 34.9 kilos of food are wasted per person per year. In terms of sustainability, taking cloth or raffia bags to avoid plastic, choosing local producers or going to the market on foot can help.

The workshops are the result of the collaboration agreement between the City Council and the Col·legi de Dietistes-Nutricionistes de Catalunya (CODINUCAT). And they are launched after detecting that there is a lack of good purchasing methods and that the rising price of food means that less healthy foods are prioritized. Hence, the guides have also taken into account the aspect of the family economy. The president of CODINUCAT, Roser Martí, stressed that "it is about improving the habits of citizens" taking into account that only 56% of the Catalan population practices the Mediterranean diet and that more than 50% are overweight or obese. In addition, "in January the plastics tax comes into force" so it is convenient to reduce them.

For his part, the Councilor for Health, Òscar Subirats, stressed that the goal is to prove that "buying healthy, good and cheap is possible if we know how to select and plan." And the Councilor for Business and Employment, Carles Prats, celebrated that "the Markets are a benchmark for healthy food."

more sessions

The next sessions of the workshops to teach buying will take place today, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mercat del Carrilet. Tomorrow, Thursday, the same format will be repeated at the Mercat Central, also from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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