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22/07/2010 11:25:05 AM
Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan has become the club's Health Ambassador to help teach families about healthy eating.
With the waistlines of Australian children continuing to increase, Australian avocado growers have once again recruited rugby league teams to pass on the important message of healthy eating.
“It’s not just football players who need to lead a healthy and active lifestyle – it’s important for all Australians. With one in four Australian children currently overweight or obese , we need to address the issue early so children don’t grow into overweight adults,” says Ryan, the Wests Tigers health ambassador.
“That’s why in 2010, avocado growers are again working with football teams including the Wests Tigers to show Australian families that healthy eating can be fun and flavoursome.”
To celebrate the partnership between avocado growers, NRL and Junior Rugby League teams, Wests Tigers fans are being urged to nominate Tigerific Try-line Pizza as their favourite recipe in season long on-line recipe competition.
By doing so, Wests Tigers fans could win tickets to the NRL Grand Final, a signed jersey from the winning team as well as $5000 for their team’s community and health programs.
“Staying healthy is so important to me, both on and off the football field. Simply remembering to swap butter for avocado is a great start,’’ Ryan said.
“I love to entertain with my friends and family for relaxing weekend lunches - rolls with salad, meat and avocado.
“My favourite recipe for avocados this season is the ‘Tigerific Try-line Pizza’ that has avocado, chicken, feta and a few other simple ingredients. It is a perfect, simple recipe for entertaining friends on the weekend or while watching the footy.”
Tigerific Try-line Pizza
Serves: 3 - 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 large pizza base
½ cup tomato based pizza sauce
1 chicken breast fillet, cooked and finely chopped
¾ cup crumbled low fat feta cheese
1 avocado, pip and skin removed, chopped
1\. Spread pizza sauce on the pizza base
2\. Top with chicken and feta
3\. Cook in 220C oven for 20 minutes, until golden
4\. Serve with the chopped avocado on top
Zoe Bingley-Pullin, nutritionist and internationally-trained chef, says avocados are a good healthy choice.
“Avocados are a wonderful fruit containing a mass of vital nutrients needed for a healthy body. Avocados are low in sugar, salt free, contain fibre and per 100g contain; 11% of the RDI of vitamin A, 11% of Thiamin, 19% of Riboflavin, 21% of niacin, 42% of vitamin C and 13% of magnesium, to name a few.
“With many families looking for healthy options, the recipe competition can inspire mums with menu ideas that are bound to be well received by kids; and what can be better than to eat the same food as their footy champions,” says Bingley-Pullin.
In 2009 Michael Hodgson’s “Bulldog Bruschetta”; an avocado and basil bruschetta dish, won the competition with 24% of the total votes. As a result, the Bulldogs received much needed funds to invest in their community and health programs.


Does Ryan even play football anymore…..


He'll next be seen on Master Chef. Good initiative all the same.