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The lowdown on reducing sugar

Posted 05 September 2017 Food Facts, Nutrition, Tips, Wellbeing

What exactly is sugar? The generic name ‘sugar’ refers to sweet, soluble carbohydrates, which takes many forms including granulated sugar (white, raw, brown, caster), honey and corn syrup. Sugars occur naturally in some foods, such as fruit and dairy products. They are also added to a wide variety of commercially produced foods. The simplest form of sugars

Tips to make comfort food healthier!

Posted 03 August 2017 Nutrition, Tips, Winter

Don’t let your favourite comfort foods weigh you down. Small recipe modifications can make even the most indulgent winter recipes better for your health and your waistline. Read our top tips for creating healthy comfort food: Mashed Potatoes– replace half the potatoes with steamed cauliflower for a lighter texture, boost of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Nutrition to ward off cold and flu this winter

Posted 05 May 2017 Nutrition, Tips, Wellbeing, Winter

As the wintry weather hits, it’s time to think about how to ward off nasty cough and cold! As with many aspects of health and wellbeing, prevention is best approach. Get ready to arm yourself with the weaponry you need to keep the germs away and prepare your immune system for the chilly days and

How healthy is a ‘detox’?

Posted 31 March 2017 Nutrition, Tips

Ever been tempted to try a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’? After a busy holiday season or jam-packed social calendar filled with an abundance of food and booze, it is understandable that many of us can feel tired, bloated, and possibly even begin to carry a few extra kilograms. Why you should re-think your ‘Detox’ Flushing out

Cooking with kids – Part 2

Posted 17 March 2017 Nutrition, Tips

Cooking with kids gives you the chance to introduce them to fresh, healthy food and interesting ways of preparing it. It is a great way of spend time with your children to educate them about the benefits of nutrition and a balanced dietary intake which as discussed in part 1 of this blog, is vital

Cooking with kids – Part 1

Posted 03 March 2017 Nutrition

In Australia we are overweight and alarmingly so, this trend is increasing. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Survey Data from 2014-2015 revealed that a staggering 63.4 percent of Australian adults are overweight or obese which is well over half of our population and represents almost two in three adults.   This data also revealed

How restaurant savvy are you?

Posted 17 February 2017 Nutrition, Tips

How many times a week do you cook at home? Do you eat out regularly? Do you bring your lunch to work or grab something quickly at the nearest restaurant or café? There is no doubt that eating out is easy and convenient, but it may also be taking a heavier toll on your health

Air travel – Did you know?

Posted 15 February 2017 Did You Know?, Tips

Air travel doesn’t have to be unhealthy! Most major international airlines offer a variety of special meal options suited to specific medical or dietary conditions. Make sure to let your travel agent know if you require a low calorie, low cholesterol/low fat, diabetic, gluten free, low sodium, low lactose, nut free or vegetarian meal option

Wash your veggies – Did you know?

Posted 07 February 2017 Did You Know?, Tips

You can minimise the risk of ingesting residues, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides by washing all fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Discard outer leaves of leafy vegetables and remove the ends of root and tuber vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beetroot, pumpkin and parsnips as residues can accumulate in the soil and leach into

Halal – certification or marketing technique?

Posted 03 February 2017 Food Facts

If you are a label reader you just might see it – the small symbol that identifies a food product as “Halal”. Halal certification has swept across our nation with not only meat products now carrying certification. Everything from packaged food to pharmaceutical products and even Aussie favourites such as Anzac biscuits are now being

Vegetarian diets – Did you know?

Posted 03 February 2017 Did You Know?, Nutrition

Going vego? There are various types of ‘vegetarian’ diet. Demi-vegetarian; vegetables, dairy, eggs, seafood but usually excludes poultry and red meat. Lacto-ovo-vegetarian; all dairy and eggs but no animal flesh. Lacto-vegetarian; dairy but no eggs or flesh. Vegan; plant based foods only with no animal or animal derived products including rennet, gelatin and honey.

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