Tag Archives: breakfast

Fibre: The Original Sexy Superfood

When was the last time you discussed your bowel movements at a dinner party? It seems fibre intake and subsequent bowel activities are not a popular dinner conversation. Trendy superfoods like acai and goji berries, spirulina, cacao and wheat grass seem to be the focus when discussing superfoods.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love an acai breakfast bowl – spirulina shot and raw cacao coated goji berries do excite me. However, expensive ingredients from exotic locations are omnipresent whilst fibre is often considered passé.

Long before noni juice was purported to aid digestive discomfort and maca was heralded for …

Read the complete article on TheUpside Blog HERE

For wholesome nourishing and utterly delicious high fibre breakfast options, see HERE

Advertisements

A Healthy Chocolate

There is something you may not know about me, I don’t like very sweet foods.

I use to love sultanas, their sticky sweetness sandwiched between apricots and almonds was my go to snack. Fast forward a number of years and quite frankly I’d prefer a bowl of crisp raw veggies. Seriously, what beats the crunch and refreshment of cucumber and celery.

However, after the gorgeous boost of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals there is space for some wholesome chocolate in the form of homemade chocolate bark. Even the virtuous are allowed a chocolatey snack occasionally 🙂

This recipe is easy peasy and mighty delicious. Sub any of the ingredients for other nuts, nut butters, seeds and dried fruit. You could even impress the guests with the addition of edible rose petals, lavender or freeze-dried raspberries. You are limited only by your imagination.

chocolate bark

Ingredients:

250mL Cacao Butter

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Buckwheat Groats

1/3 Cup Almonds

1/3 Cup Goji Berries

Method:

Over a low heat, melt the cacao butter.

Once melted, remove from the heat.

Stir through all remaining ingredients. Set aside.

Line a flat tray with baking paper.

Pour the chocolate bark contents into the tray.

Place in the freezer until set.

Once set, break up into ‘bark’ pieces.

Store in the fridge.

 

 

Food Fads Worth Embracing

As a nutritionist, one phrase I despise is “food fad”. I’m obviously in support of food, so the food component is fab. But add a fad to the end and suddenly everything changes.

apples

Really, another one?

Food fads are usually heralded by minions shouting “I SAVED MY LIFE THANKS TO …” only to be forgotten two minutes later when the next magic pill arrives.

One delivery followed by another; weight-loss pills, the key to anti-ageing, potions for eternal bliss, scents to stave off hunger, superfoods to make you shine, elixirs to boost your metabolism, and so on. It still amazes me what desperate measures some individuals take in the name of health.

So what’s wrong with a little fad? The main qualm I have with fads is their tendency to encourage obsessive behaviours. Such actions are unsustainable in the long term and facilitate poor self-esteem.

I wholeheartedly support proactive health measures and preventative nutrition. However, there is no need to increase the mortgage on your house to fund these exclusive potions.

Miracle Pill

There is no such thing as a miracle pill

 

Look at Mother Nature

One fad that has been around for some time and is probably more a way of life than a fad is the kitchen garden program offered by many primary schools. Thanks to the vision of Stephanie Alexander and her desire to provide regular kitchen and garden classes to children, the next generation is learning vital skills for optimal well-being and healthy living.

Teaching a child how to love and nurture vegetables is crucial for their future health.

I appreciate that maths, geography, history and the like are essential to the school curriculum. However, teach a child how to grow tomatoes and show them some kitchen recipes that transform these beautiful sweet morsels into delicacies and you will improve their lives. It will encourage them to develop a healthy relationship with food and a positive regard for their body. This is turn will boost their self-esteem.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

Self love

A child with food knowledge and kitchen skills is more likely to develop into a physically active healthy adult. They are more likely to consume wholesome foods regularly and respect and nurture their body.

Contrast this with a young adult lacking in basic food knowledge. They are often the yo-yo dieter who loathes their body.

I spend much of my time in schools and corporate offices giving nutrition seminars and running wellness programs. Adults who were encouraged as children to take part in food preparation and cooking lead healthier lifestyles as they grow.

But if you weren’t a child of home harvesters, it is not all doom and gloom. There’s no time like the present to start.

Fast fads & detoxes

Drastic fad diets and detoxes might facilitate short-term weight loss. Yet fast forward two years and it’s likely all lost weight plus more has appeared. Glorifying short-term skinniness is like celebrating the success of a cheater. The truth will eventually out in the most inconvenient circumstances, such as a burst zip, when the weight reappears.

A final message

Stop over-complicating everything.

Seek professional help if you would like a targeted approach unique to your lifestyle. Otherwise, simply consume far more vegetables than you think you need. You might notice the improvements to your health. You might even notice your skin develops a radiant shine that the $350 superfood failed to deliver.

And, with love and kindness, please drink some water.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Stephanie Alexander or her programs, nor do I receive royalties or bonuses for promotion.

My Piece Published in The Weekly Review 14th March 2015

Honesty is the Best Policy

Something honest and authentic….

Many claim to be nutrition and health “experts” yet what they offer is shonky claims based on nothing but hocus pocus. I don’t follow the status quo just to win popularity contests. Your health and wellbeing is far too important and so is mine.

photo (4)

I prefer to let my work and achievements speak for themselves rather than dismiss specific individuals, products or services that oppose my core principles.
But the truth is, for too long my industry has been attacked by “experts” with no basic nutrition education and training.

Nutrition science is far more complicated than coconut oil, kale smoothies and chia pudding.

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

I am a Registered Nutritionist, registered with a professional body. (See here)

Every three years I need to accrue a minimum of 300 continuing professional development points in order to retain my registration; even though I have studied nutrition for over 6 years, have 2 nutrition degrees (one undergrad and one postgrad) and have been in this industry for more years than my young face may indicate.

I don’t say that to satisfy my ego, you simply deserve to know what my qualifications and credentials are. It is why I pride myself on honesty and authenticity.

And so with that, I have just received my updated certificate, registering me for the next three years.

Happy Days xx

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Sugar or Agave (Cactus)

A little wellbeing tip for the morning…

Agave (also referred to as Agave Nectar/Syrup) is not a health(y) food!!

Commonly considered a nourishing replacement for sugar, it has found its way into numerous recipes and raw desserts. Agave is derived from a cactus plant, and therefore some consider it to be “natural”.

However, in actual fact, the finished product undergoes far too much processing and does not resemble the natural cactus of its origin.

Yes, agave may be low GI and therefore considered beneficial for diabetics. For your information, my laundry detergent is also low GI but you don’t see me recommending that to my clients.

21 Days To Wellness

As a Nutritionist I love seeing others passionate about their health and motivated to consume wholesome foods.

However. something I wish was that self nourishment was a constant, a non-negotiable, rather than an activity reserved to get in shape for summer, the special event, your vacation or the other fleeting activity that inspires health.

I wish that instead of seeking unrealistic weight loss, each and every person sort health and wellness.

Health and wellness is important every day of the year.

It’s the only way to ensure we can be our best.

So, having said that…

I am bursting with excitement to announce the 21 DAYS TO WELLNESS  

I have put together this free pack to guide you on your journey. Twenty one days is only 3 weeks.

It is a perfect time to encourage healthy practices.

Instructions:

  1. Download the 21 Days to Wellness Templates
  2. Stick it on your fridge, wardrobe, bathroom mirror or anywhere else you think relevant.
  3. Use my suggestions or make up your own on the blank template.

The only rule is the wellness activity should be manageable, realistic and maybe even something fun.

It can be ever so small, just something that is like a loving hug for your body and mind.

21 Days to Wellness (2)

And, if that wasn’t exciting enough…

I want to celebrate you, your health and the goodness about to approach.

In honour of this special occasion, I am running a competition.

The following gift hamper could be yours.

Products from Brookfarm, Byron Bay Tea Company, Loving Earth, Moxie, Kosmea and Jacqueline Evans Skin Care

Products from Brookfarm, Byron Bay Tea Company, Loving Earth, Moxie, Kosmea and Jacqueline Evans Skin Care

All you need to do is:

Follow this facebook page.

All the details will be listed on this page from Thursday 11th September.

It‘s pretty simple, Just follow this facebook page

Looking forward to hearing about your goodness,

With Love, Sharon xxoo

A Gorgeous Green Smoothie Bowl

One of my favourite breakfasts is a green smoothie bowl.

Yes, i’m one of those people.

Aside from the flavour, the beautiful vibrant colour and the stunning antioxidants contained within, I just love the thought of eating vegetables for breakfast.

Yes, I really am one of those people 🙂

Although this is a stunning breakfast to kick start the day, it would also make a beautiful afternoon tea or post workout recovery meal.

A Gorgeous Green Smoothie Bowl

A Gorgeous Green Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

2 Cups Spinach

½ Medium Lebanese Cucumber (skin on)

2 Ripe Kiwi Fruits

½ Medium Banana

½ Ripe Small Avocado

Handful of nuts (approximately 8-12)

Puffed amaranth*

2 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs

2 Tablespoons Goji Berries

 

Method:

In a blender, add spinach, cucumber, 1 kiwi fruit, banana and avocado.

Add a ¼ cup of water to assist blender movement (note: high speed blenders such as a Vitamix may not need water). Water addition will create a thinner smoothie, so add in small quantities.

To Serve One:

Pour green smoothie into bowl.

Chop the second kiwi fruit then stir through smoothie.

Top smoothie bowl with nuts, amaranth* and cacao nibs.

Enjoy

* Amaranth is an ancient grain rich in B vitamins to assist with energy transport around the body. It is also a good source of fibre to keep bowels regular. Amaranth can be found in all health food stores.