A healthy way to save on Christmas groceries


As Australians prepare themselves for a busy lead up to Christmas, Bupa is helping its health insurance customers save on their festive season shopping by encouraging healthy eating.

During the pre-Christmas trading period, Australians are expected to spend $23.8 billion on food, an increase of almost 10 per cent on 2019 figures[1]. With spending on the rise, Australians will be looking for any way they can ease the pressure on their household budget.

To help people save on their festive shopping while encouraging healthier habits, Bupa customers can collect three points for every dollar spent on fresh fruit and vegetables and Macro Wholefoods Market products at Woolworths for the first 60 days after linking their Everyday Rewards account[2]. These extra points can be redeemed for instant savings on future shops. Bupa customers will also be able to take advantage of a range of exclusive offers throughout the year.

Emily Amos, Managing Director of Health Insurance at Bupa said customers have banked millions of extra Everyday Rewards points since the partnership launched in September.

“We know that during stressful times, people’s diets can suffer as they lose the motivation to cook or shop for healthy ingredients. For this reason, we are proud of the role we are playing in encouraging healthy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, we hope these savings can help our customers create festive meals for their families and ensure they are stocked up with essential summer supplies. It is so important we are able to come together and celebrate at the end of a challenging year,” Ms Amos said.

Research suggests the pandemic has reinforced the public’s focus on fresh, healthy eating with more than 40 per cent of Australians cooking more in 2020​​[3], a habit that can lead to healthier eating.

For those looking for ways to keep healthy over the festive season, Bupa nutritionist Jenny Boss has shared her top 5 healthy eating and cooking tips:

  1. Eat before the party. If you arrive hungry, you’re far more likely to overeat on party food. Before you leave home have a small snack that combines healthy carbs with protein, such as apple slices with peanut butter or cottage cheese on wholegrain crackers.
  1. Keep fruit and veg within easy reach. Surrounded by tempting leftovers? Make the healthy option a no-brainer by storing a container of chopped, colourful fruit and veg at eye level in your fridge.
  1. Don’t quench your thirst with alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will dehydrate you. Stay hydrated if you’re drinking by alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as sparkling water with fresh fruit or a squeeze of lemon juice.
  1. Have a platter strategy. Finger food can make it hard to keep track of what you’re eating, so opt for unsalted nuts and seeds, veggie sticks with hummus, and wholegrain crackers and cheese.
  1. Celebrate without guilt. Christmas Day isn’t the time to worry too much about what or how much you’re eating. After a challenging year, it’s a day to celebrate with the foods you love and the people close to you.

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Media reference number: 20/106

[1] https://www.retail.org.au/post/2020-christmas-retail-sales-set-to-grow-2-8-to-54-3-billion
[2] Only domestic Bupa health insurance policyholders (excluding Ambulance Only) who reside in Australia are eligible for this offer
[3] IPSOS. Woolworths Food & Health Survey. 2020