How to bounce back from a food blowout

  The occasional overindulgence isn’t going to harm your health, but get back to normal the next day. “It’s normal to overindulge and go out and enjoy yourself on occasion, but it’s how you redeem yourself after the fact as to whether you see weight gain or weight loss,” says dietitian Lauren McGuckin. What to do after a food blowout Wait until you’re hungry. Then have a light, healthy, protein-rich…

April 4, 2015
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10 winter feelgood foods

April 4, 2015

Don’t blame your blah mood on the rain. Winter misery might have more to do with what you put in your mouth. Here are 10 winter foods to boost your mood. Spinach: Containing folic acid, it helps to protect the brain. Low levels of folic acid can impair concentration {nomultithumb} Oats: Traditionally used to sooth nervous exhaustion and fatigue and jam-packed full of nutrients, oats also help reduce cholesterol, improving…

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Chocolate cloud cake

Cake without added sugar sounds like an oxymoron, but the nutritious whole food ingredients and dark chocolate provide ample sweetness. Ingredients 350g dark chocolate, broken into pieces 50g butter 2 tbsp raw honey (optional) 10 eggs, separated ½ tsp vanilla bean powder Thick cream, to serve (optional)     Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes     What you’ll do Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan-forced). Line the…

April 4, 2015
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Coconut soup with seafood

Looking for healthy soup ideas? We love this low-fat coconut soup recipe. It may smell like your favourite Thai takeaway, but don’t be fooled. Based on stock and coconut water, rather than coconut cream and oil, this aromatic broth is low in fat and KJs. Ingredients (serves 4-6) Time: 20 minutes Cooking times: 25 minutes   2 tbsp coconut oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2…

April 4, 2015
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5 ways to curb your sugar cravings

April 3, 2015

Are you addicted to sugar? Dr Mark Hyman has 5 tips for curbing your cravings. 1. Balance your blood sugar  Research studies say that low blood sugar levels are associated with LOWER overall blood flow to the brain, which means more BAD decisions. To keep your blood sugar stable: • Eat a nutritious breakfast with some protein like eggs, protein shakes or nut butters. Studies repeatedly show that eating a…

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Healthy fats are KEY to a good diet

Healthy saturated fats are KEY to a good diet, says doctor Anastasia Boulais. Didn’t you get the memo? Fat is officially back. Anastasia Boulais is a medical doctor and spokesperson for the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand, which considers healthy saturated fats to be important within a good diet. “I prefer to steer people away from focusing on a single nutrient and encourage them to concentrate on real foods,” Boulais…

April 3, 2015
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8 strength training snacks

April 3, 2015

High protein snacks with that will refuel your body after a heavy strength training session. Protein bar Protein bars (65-80g) help boost your recovery after a heavy gym session, Milk Milk provides the protein needed to maximise muscle adaptation. It also contains the optimal amount of the branched chain amino acid leucine to promote muscle building after exercise. Fruit milkshake Use milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit for an excellent mixture…

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5 liquid meal myths

Not all protein shakes and smoothies are created equal. Here are 5 liquid meal myths disproved!   1. They are lower in calories than ‘real’ foodReally? Would you use an entire avocado on your toast or eat six bananas in one sitting? Probably not, but once you get blending, super-sizing quantities can be pretty easy to do. Try measuring your ingredients as you add them to your blender. Think of…

April 3, 2015
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Vietnamese salad with chicken

Looking for healthy lunch ideas? We love this Vietnamese salad from Amanda Battley. Ingredients (serves 6) •    100g (1 cup) white cabbage, shredded•    60g (1 medium-sized) carrot, shredded•    150g (1 medium-sized) zucchini, shredded•    150g (1 medium-sized) pear, shredded (not ripe)•    150g (1 medium-sized) apple, shredded•    200g (3 medium-sized) cooked chicken breasts (shredded or cut into fine slices)•    1 bunch (about 1 cup) coriander leaves•    1 large bunch (about 1 cup)…

April 2, 2015
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Red rice paella

We love this red rice paella with chicken, mussels, prawns and spicy chorizo. Ingredients•    600g (2½ cups) red rice•    100ml (5 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil •    30g (3 medium cloves) garlic, finely chopped•    150g French shallot, finely chopped•    600g (4 medium-sized) chicken thighs, cut into 2cm chunks•    2 large spicy chorizo sausages, cut into slices•    1 cup cherry tomatoes plus extra for garnish•    250g large mussels, cleaned•    150g (1½…

April 2, 2015
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