WHAT BROUGHT ON THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MICHELLE BRIDGES AND WOOLWORTHS?
Michelle’s audience has a strong appeal with Woolworths customers – they like her positive and inspirational approach to healthy lifestyles and her weight management programs provide results. When it comes to healthy eating the meals are balanced, encouraging Australians to choose the right amounts from each of the 5 food groups. This approach aligns with Woolworths guidance on healthy eating as they take advice from the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
HOW MANY STORES IS THE DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS RANGE AVAILABLE IN?
The Delicious Nutritious range is in the majority of Woolworths stores nationally in the deli aisle.
WHAT IS IN THE RANGE?
Whole Grain Penne Bolognese with Roasted Vegetable (RRP $6.50)
Butter Chicken with Whole Grain Rice (RRP $6.50)
Beef & Barley Casserole with Roasted Vegetables (RRP $6.50)
Italian Style Chicken with Whole Grain Penne Pasta (RRP $6.50)
Lentil & Chickpea Dhal with Roasted Vegetables (RRP $6.50)
HOW DO WE KNOW THEY ARE HEALTHY?
All meals in the Delicious Nutritious range carry the Health Star Rating on the front of pack to help customers make healthy choices when comparing to other ready meals. All the meals have a 4 or above health star rating, and have been developed with the Woolworths nutrition team to get the right balance of nutrients, whilst keeping saturated fat, sugar and sodium levels down. Every meal contains less than 450 calories and with either 2 or 3 servings of veggies.
The Health Star Rating system is a Government led initiative designed to help customers choose healthier products within a category based on a product’s nutritional value. Foods are rated from ½ to 5 stars, the more stars, the healthier the choice. All meals in the Delicious Nutritious range have been designed by nutritionists to be 4 stars or above.
HOW DO READY MADE MEALS FIT IN WITH MICHELLE’S FOOD PHILOSOPHY?
The reality is that many Australians are busy with work and family life and preparing meals for both lunch and dinner from scratch every single day of the week can be difficult. Many Aussies are consuming far too much junk food, take away food or on the other end of the scale skipping meals altogether. Delicious Nutritious range with Woolworths provides everyday busy Australians an alternative healthy and easy meal choice. It’s about having more options available that help people achieve their health and fitness goals.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITION CRITERIA?
All Delicious Nutritious meals:
- Health Star Rating of 4 or above
- High in protein
- Good source of fibre
- 2-3 full serves of veg per meal
- Less than 450 calories.
WHAT ABOUT THE PACKAGING?
We use environmentally friendly packaging and all the packaging is recyclable.
HOW ARE THE PRODUCTS SOURCED?
All meat products are sustainably sourced. We use RSPCA Approved chicken and No Added Hormone beef.
DOESN’T MICROWAVING DESTROY THE NUTRITION CONTENT?
Some nutrients break down when they’re exposed to heat, whether it is from a microwave or a regular oven. Vitamin C is perhaps the clearest example. But because microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with a microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that break down when heated.
ARE THE DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS MEALS OK TO HEAT IN THE OVEN?
All Delicious Nutritious meals are prepared to be cooked in microwaves only.
ORIGIN OF THE INGREDIENTS
Working closely with the Woolworths produce buyers we aim to source the best quality ingredients taking into account seasonality, availability and consistency of product.
- We comply with FSANZ and ACCC guidance on country of origin labelling.
- All our meals are made in Australia from local and imported ingredients. All beef and chicken is 100% Australian.
- Our vegetables are sourced from Australia and other regions.
- We always try to source Australian ingredients wherever possible.
THE PORTION SIZE LOOKS A BIT SMALL FOR MEN / ATHLETES
Delicious Nutritious is a complete, balanced meal for one, a good source of protein and provides two – three serves of your daily vegetable intake. If your energy needs are greater than the average Australian adult then you may need to supplement your meal with extra core foods. Please consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian for specific individual dietary advice.
DO THEY HAVE ANY PRESERVATIVES?
The Delicious Nutritious meals found in the deli section are preservative free as a result of the Retort cooking progress. The shelf life is 30 days.
ARE THE MEALS SUITABLE FOR KIDS?
The Delicious Nutritious range has been designed as a complete nutritionally balanced meal for Australian adults.
ARE THE MEALS SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
The Delicious Nutritious range is suitable for pregnant women.
ARE THE INGREDIENTS NON-GMO?
WHAT ABOUT THE SUGAR AND SALT LEVELS?
We have selected a wide variety of ingredients, herbs and spices to create the best tasting meals whilst keeping salt and sugar levels down.
CAN DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS BE USED FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Delicious Nutritious range with Woolworths provides everyday busy Australians an alternative healthy and easy meal choice. It’s about having more options available that help our customers achieve their health and fitness goals.
ARE THE MEALS GLUTEN FREE?
Please check the ingredient list and allergen statement on pack for gluten containing ingredients. While our meals have not been analysed for gluten and we cannot claim they are gluten free, the Italian Style Chicken meal does not contain gluten ingredients.
DO THE MEALS CONTAIN PALM OIL?
None of the Delicious Nutritious range meals contain palm oil. They do contain canola oil.
FRESH VS FROZEN VEGETABLES?
Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, increasing our consumption of vegetables is one of the easiest things we can all do for better health and wellbeing. This is important given 9/10 Aussies do not consume enough vegetables.