Recent research conducted by SPAR has shown that 98% of Irish people plan to make better choices when it comes to looking after themselves in 2022.
The main reason for people wanting to make better choices was to improve their overall health and quality of life, with 44% saying that they will prioritise making changes to their diets and eating habits, while a further 44% plan to increase their physical activity levels and 12% say that they will prioritise their mental health.
The better choices that people intend to make this year include exercising more (73%), eating fewer treats and snacks (61%), eating more fresh food (54%), and eating more fruit and vegetables (53%), the research showed.
A quarter of all adults plan to eat less meat in 2022, but only 2% of those surveyed intend to turn vegan, and 1% will go vegetarian this year.
The Nation’s Favourite Foods
The new research released by SPAR has also revealed the nation’s favourite foods.
Porridge has been voted our favourite breakfast (31%), ahead of eggs (20%), toast (17%) and cereal (17%).
The classic soup-and-sandwich combo is the nation’s favourite lunch, with half of respondents choosing it over a salad (22%) or a toastie (31%).
Ireland’s treasured roast dinner was voted the home-made dinner of choice, according to over a third of the population, ahead of lasagne (16%), chicken curry (14%), spaghetti Bolognese (11%) and fish (11%).
Finally, Chinese (32%) is Ireland’s most popular takeaway treat, ahead of the chipper (20%), an Indian (18%), and Thai and pizza (both 15%).
SPAR’s Better Choices
Created in partnership with dietitian Ellen Roche in 2016, SPAR’s Better Choices programme has evolved year on year to carefully select the finest products and give customers guidance on choosing the best foods for their lifestyles while on the move.
Now available in more than 400 SPAR stores across Ireland, the range of Better Choices products is easily identifiable by its in-store signage.
Colin Donnelly, sales director, SPAR, said, “At SPAR, we are committed to providing our customers with the best product offerings across our stores.
“Our aim is to provide healthy and nourishing food choices to our customers and to give peace of mind, knowing that they can always rely on SPAR to have a great choice of healthier options in store,” Donnelly added.
SPAR ambassador Kellie Harrington is a busy athlete who appreciates the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.
“SPAR’s Better Choices range is the perfect solution to this, making healthier food and favourite snack choices available across Ireland, without sacrificing on flavour and taste,” Harrington said.