Category: Nutrition

Trying to go Eco-friendly from Shop to Kitchen
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Trying to go Eco-friendly from Shop to Kitchen

It is so fascinating to observe and evaluate your own environment-friendly practices when a forced change is on its way.  I am talking about the imminent plastic shopping bag ban on all single use plastic and even biodegradable single use plastic shopping bags taking place on 1st July in Queensland.   Now is the time to...

Getting Men in the Kitchen (if they are not already there)
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Getting Men in the Kitchen (if they are not already there)

Many of our great chefs are male, but it seems women are the primary food gate keepers in our homes.  Some men cook to share the family load and others rarely cook – except for the meat on the barbecue. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for young male home leavers to rely on meal delivery services...

Hearty Winter One Pot Meatball Pasta Bake
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Hearty Winter One Pot Meatball Pasta Bake

(serves 4) This easy one-pot dish is perfect for a hearty, winter meal and is a firm favourite for all family members.  Serve it at the table with a large bowl of steamed greens for everyone to enjoy. Ingredients 500g lean beef mince 2 garlic cloves, crushed ⅓ cup multigrain bread crumbs 1 egg, lightly...

Reduce your Food Waste in the Home
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Reduce your Food Waste in the Home

Are you guilty of throwing out spoiled fruit and vegetables from the crisper after you have done your weekly grocery shop; binning yoghurts past their use-by date; finding three sour creams at the back of the fridge that you buy just in case; and finding that week-old leftover meat that you were supposed to make...

Boosting your Immune System with Food for Winter
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Boosting your Immune System with Food for Winter

As the cooler months settle in and the prevalence of the common cold and respiratory infections increase, how can you improve your immunity with the foods you choose?  When your immune system is run-down (possibly with stress or poor lifestyle choices) you will be more prone to infection or illness.  Ensure that you get some...

Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Are you confused over what oil that you should use in your cooking? When I ask my clients about the oil in their pantry, they tell me they use olive oil in dressing, canola oil in baking, rice bran oil in sautéing, grapeseed oil for the BBQ and peanut oil in stir-frying.  “Why don’t you...

Shuttle Run Dinners
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Shuttle Run Dinners

Let’s face it, our weekday dinners need to be nourishing and tasty but just as importantly, quick and convenient.  Many families have extra-curricular activities (e.g. sports, music, meetings) that go well beyond school finish time and into the early evening.  Often, there are multiple activities with multiple children on multiple nights.  Feeling tired and hungry...

Love thy Fruit and Vegetables
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Love thy Fruit and Vegetables

With current recommendations suggesting that we have 8-10 serves of fruit and vegetables a day, the days of eating vegetables just at dinner are long-gone.  Adding more plant foods into your day is tasty, colourful, nourishing and affordable.  I recommend every meal and every snack to include some fruits and vegetables and there are many ways...

Have you had your 5 Veges today?
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Have you had your 5 Veges today?

We all know a diet rich in vegetables is the foundation for health and should be commonplace in our everyday eating.  Eating more plant based foods by virtue, encourages us to eat more real, nutritious and wholesome foods that are as close to nature as possible and eating less processed foods that are quite high...

Health benefits of fermented foods and how they can help you
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Health benefits of fermented foods and how they can help you

For centuries around the world, fermenting foods has been a way to preserve food and lengthen its shelf life, whilst producing a unique flavour. Fermentation relies on the natural action of micro-organisms (yeast and bacteria) to convert carbohydrate in food into short chain fatty acids and other by-products.  It is the ingestion of these fermented...