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Just cook enough for your family

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, March 09, 2018

WHEN it comes to shopping the Narubes prefer to do their shopping at MH Superfresh and Kundan Singh Supermarket in Tamavua simply because both shops are convenient and a few minutes drive away from their home.

He said he shops for six people and his shopping list includes milk, cooking oil, flour, butter, meat, fruits and vegetables.

Mr Narube shops two times a week and spends $200.

He says he always takes his grandchildren with him when he goes out shopping to push trolleys and search for items.

"I place a lot of importance on choosing healthy foods. I use soya milk, choose fresh rather than frozen meat, I keep away from mutton and sausages and buy wholemeal bread," Mr Narube said.

"I don't buy so-called 'junk food". The food that we buy are either raw or cooked because they are extremely important to our wellbeing. It keeps our doctors bills small."

He prefers shopping at MH Superfresh and Kundan Singh because they have clean and uncluttered aisles and very friendly staff members.

Mr Narube said taking a shopping list and sticking to your budget and the items on your list was important because it stopped you from impulse buying.

He says budgeting is very important because the prices of goods increases all the time.

"Buy items on special. Use coupons when available. Take care when you are pushing trolleys, so you don't bump into other shoppers," Mr Narube added.

He said he loved egg fried rice.

"My grandsons like to eat rice so there is always a lot of left over rice. I use all leftover rice so they are not wasted.

This is a simple recipe and perfect for Saturday lunch.

"I lost 20kg in 2007 through proper eating and making healthy choices was tough but I persevered through willpower. I have managed to maintain my weight since then and my health has greatly improved since I lost weight."

With increasing non communicable disease (NCDs) statistics recorded over the years he said parents should monitor what their children ate.

"This is a daily struggle at home. In my view, parents are too liberal with the quality and quantity of the food our children eat. We are not doing more to promote their good health," he said.

Mr Narube advised everyone to shop and cook smart.

He said most of us tended to cook more than what we should eat.

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