healthy food

Moves under way to introduce healthier foods to Samoan markets

The Savalalo market has been selected for the first phase of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project because of the popularity of stalls selling fast food and sugary drinks there.

A number of vendors have attended workshops highlighting healthier options and recipes.

Galumalemana Steve Percival, from the Tiapapata Art Centre, is helping with the project.

He said non-communicable diseases were on the rise across the Pacific because of unhealthy diets.

Are potatoes healthy?

But because its nutrient profile and composition is different from other vegetables (it has more starch than leafy greens, for example), it shouldn't be the only vegetable in your diet.

Though potatoes may be thought of as a fattening food, a medium, unsalted plain baked potato with skin has only 160 calories and is naturally fat- and cholesterol-free. Each potato also packs about 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, which keeps us feeling full.

12 healthy foods you should always keep in your pantry

And real meals are so much better than the sad, pseudo-meals of a poorly stocked pantry (here’s looking at you, dehydrated ramen cups and stale potato chips).


But what exactly is a real meal? It’s usually one that’s full of the right balance of nutrients (fiber, protein, fat, complex carbohydrates), but also delicious and satisfying. These 12 ingredients are the ones you’ll want to fill your pantry with to make these kinds of meals a regular reality.


1. Tomato paste