Tag Archives: nutrition

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

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The Impact of Technology on Your Wellbeing

It’s now midway through winter in Australia, many of my clients are spending longer hours immersed in technology, watching TV and playing games on the ipad.

However, this may be at a cost to health.

Check out my latest clip on the impact of technology use (particularly late night technology use) on your wellbeing. I’d love to know what you think.

With Love and Nourishment xx

 

An Easy Detox Cleanse for Optimal Wellbeing

As a Registered Nutritionist, I am regularly asked for my opinion on detoxes, cleanses and new diets. Are juice fasts beneficial? Will I lose the last 5 kilos? Will me energy levels increase? Should I become Paleo? Should I be vegan? Do I need supplements? etc etc

Check out my new clip for my thoughts. It is appropriate for almost all individuals…

 

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.

Exciting News

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I’m so excited to share with you all, I have been voted onto the Nutrition Society of Australia’s Victorian Committee!! It’s moments like this that make all the hard work and sacrifices worthwhile.
I’ve learnt in life some will support unconditionally and some will try to shut you down and tell you, you can’t.
But if you dream it, with hard work, persistence and dedication, anything can happen.
Just remember to keep the supporters close, they’re golden.

To celebrate, I’m off to do headstands. It’s just how I roll xxxxx

Kapai Puku Seed Mixes

Kapai Puku Tribal Blend

Kapai Puku Tribal Blend

 

I met Graeme Johnstone, the founder of Kapai Puku at the Mind Body Spirit Exhibition.

Graeme is 50 and he is a picture of health and vitality.

It is further proof that wholesome food choices and living well impact your health but also energy levels and appearance.

Graeme’s top tip for health, “eat real food and move your body”.

If you eat mainly plant based foods, most often, you’ll be rewarded with a glow and sparkle that is the essence of good health.

If you haven’t tried Kapai Puku, they are beautiful seed mixes.

I like it sprinkled on leafy salads, over roasted veggies, stirred through porridge for a little crunch and eaten alone with berries and kefir

Graeme Johnstone and I at the Mind Body Spirit Festival

Graeme Johnstone and I at the Mind Body Spirit Festival

 

Quinoa Sushi

I like to be honest and say things as they are; particularly when it comes to health recommendations. I’m not harsh but in my consults I offer realistic solutions instead of sugar coating and making blanket statements that lead to naught.

Having said that, a common question i’m asked is what my thoughts are on sushi. The common white rice sushi with the token vegetable and small meat, fish or tofu portion.

Honestly speaking, i’m not a fan.

There is too much white rice and not enough vegetable or protein for me to gloriously recommend this as a health food. Replace the white rice with brown rice, the fiber content lifts and the corners of my mouth begin to lift into a smile. Add more vegetables and i’m even happier.

However, one of my preferred sushi is quinoa sushi. This recipe is heavy on the vegetable load so is already a winner in this nutritionists eyes. The addition of quinoa boosts the good fats, protein and slow digesting carbohydrates. All up, this is an exceptional lunch offering that won’t have you yawning and reaching for those nasty chocolate bars by mid afternoon.

This quinoa sushi is also delicious with my aromatic prawns. See here for the recipe.

Aromatic Prawns with Quinoa Sushi

Aromatic Prawns with Quinoa Sushi

Ingredients:

1 Cup Cooked Quinoa

Water for Quinoa Preparation

1/2 Avocado

Tofu (or any other protein source you prefer, this dish is delish with cooked tuna or sashimi grade raw fish), cut into thin strips.

Nori (seaweed) Sheets

1/2 Lebanese Cucumber, thinly sliced

1/2 Cup Shredded Lettuce

1 Teaspoon Wasabi

Tamari and Fresh Grated Ginger for Dipping

Method:

Quinoa preparation varies according to grain size. Check packet instructions. However, as a general rule, allow 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. Bring to the boil. Add quinoa.

One boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Fluff with a fork.

Allow quinoa to cool.

Mash avocado, then mix with cooled quinoa. Set aside.

Place 1 sheet of nori on a flat surface.

Spread the avocado and quinoa mixture on 1/3 of the nori sheet. Spreading the mixture to the ends of the sheet.

Add shredded lettuce and cucumber over the avocado/quinoa.

Place tofu over the lettuce and cucumber.

Roll nori sheet away from you, tightly.

Seal the edge of nori sheet with small amount of wasabi. (a little water can be used in place of wasabi).

Cut the sushi roll into small pieces.

Serve with a dipping sauce of grated fresh ginger and Tamari.

Optional: Serve with more wasabi on the side.