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Food & nutrition
March 19, 2019

Why you don’t have to be scared of bacon

What’s breakfast without bacon or a sandwich without ham? Although these meats make for convenient tasty meals or sides, they may also harm your health. Cured meats are loaded with salt, preservatives and sugar, and there’s much debate about how the process of preservation for meat, fish and vegetables changes their nutritional value. There’s also a lot of confusion about nitrates and nitrites in food. These two compounds are found naturally in vegetables but are added to processed foods (like bacon) as a preservative. There is conflicting evidence about the role of these compounds. Some research labels them as potentially…
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Recipes
March 19, 2019

Yummy, homemade salad dressing

Let’s be honest; the salad dressing is usually the star of the salad. If not for the punchy flavour of a tasty dressing, we’d probably all be less likely to chomp on our greens. But before you drizzle that dressing on your bowl of veggies, know that it isn’t necessarily the healthiest topping. A salad is a nutritious option for a side or main meal, but once you load it up with dressing, you may be undoing its healthy benefits. Unfortunately, store-bought salad dressings are often packed with sugar, salt, and lots of calories. What’s more; they’re usually chockful of…
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Recipes
March 19, 2019

Seasonal recipes to ease into autumn

How much do we love autumn? Not too hot, not too cold – and all those great seasonal veggies to incorporate into your favourite meals. Here are some savoury combinations. Grilled portobello mushrooms Ingredients 12 large portobello mushrooms, stemmed with gills removed. 6 tbsps balsamic vinegar. ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil. Sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs. 1 cup grated Parmesan. 4 tbsps freshly chopped parsley leaves. 4 tbsps freshly chopped basil leaves. 12 slices fresh mozzarella. Method Preheat the oven to 220˚C. Toss the portobellos in the balsamic vinegar along with, ¼ cup of…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 19, 2019

How to lose belly fat

You may have noticed that, as you reach middle age, your proportion of body fat to body weight increases. If you’re a woman, chances are that these changes coincide with menopause. Many of us are quick to dismiss these changes as “a normal part of ageing” but ignoring a growing waistline isn’t a good strategy. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk for life-threatening diseases, especially as you get older. Fat around the belly is dangerous, with research showing that it increases the risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and some types of cancer. While researchers still don’t know…
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Recipes
January 23, 2019

3 soup recipes to boost your health

Your immune system needs a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help it to function properly. Soup makes for a delicious, nutritious meal that can help boost your immunity. Lentil soup Lentils contain nutrients that give your metabolism a helping hand. In this way, your body burns fat faster. Lentils are also a good source of fibre, which may help to reduce cholesterol levels. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp dried oregano 1 bay leaf 1 tsp dried basil 1 can crushed tomatoes 2…
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Recipes
January 23, 2019

3 mouth-watering vegetable recipes

Vegetables don’t always have to be the side dish. You can create wholesome, healthy, vitamin- and mineral-rich meals with just veggies on your plate. We share three delicious and nutritious recipes.   Cauliflower couscous salad 1 small head cauliflower, broken into chunks (6-7 cups) 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped 2 green onions, chopped For the dressing 6 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil 6 tbsps freshly squeezed orange juice (1-2 oranges) 3 tbsps apple cider vinegar 1-½ tbsp honey Salt and pepper to taste Method Put the cauliflower into a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower looks like…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Why do you have a sweet tooth?

Cupcakes, ice cream, doughnuts and chocolate. Hmm… It’s past your bedtime, yet you can’t fall asleep because you’re thinking about sweet treats. But why have you suddenly been hit with sugar cravings? A food craving is an intense desire for a specific kind of food. Sometimes that desire can be so intense that you won’t feel satisfied until you have that specific food. Where’s it coming from? There are a few reasons why you crave sweet foods. 1. Your hormones aren’t balanced Hormones play an important role in food cravings. An imbalance of hormones like leptin (which helps to regulate appetite,…
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Child HealthParenting
January 23, 2019

Teach your child to love vegetables

Vegetables are incredible. They’re high in fibre and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. To a child though, they’re usually seen as “yucky green stuff” that should be avoided at all costs! Getting your child to eat vegetables is frustrating and may seem like an impossible task but understanding why they don’t like vegetables can help. Why do kids hate veggies? Quick bursts Children are generally more active than adults and so, need more energy. Foods high in sugar glucose are the body’s preferred sources of energy, which means they’d rather reach for sweet treats than nutritionally-dense veggies. What’s more;…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 23, 2019

How to lose weight and not gain it back

Dropping five kilos with a crash diet for your upcoming date sounds like a good idea - but it’s not! Everyone loves a quick fix (particularly when it comes to shedding weight). But, quick weight loss is bad for your health and it’s also unsustainable. Slow and steady wins the race Implementing drastic changes makes you feel good because it gives you hope and a sense of achievement. In the long run though, if your goals are too radical, you won’t be able to keep up. You might get to a point where you revert to bad habits. For example,…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Is soy really good for your health?

There are good reasons why many vegans and vegetarians swear by soy. It’s versatile, packed with protein and other nutrients, plus, it makes a tasty meat alternative. Although soy is lauded for its many benefits, it comes with a few negatives, too. Let’s take a look. The good Soy is a legume. But, unlike many other legumes, it’s an excellent source of plant protein. Soy is naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, making it a healthy, plant-based alternative to meat. Soy can boost your fibre intake, which helps to sustain a healthy colon. Soy contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which…
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