Getting Enough Calcium on a Dairy-Free Diet

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Dairy consumption has taken quite a hit in the past few years as more and more people opt to cut it out, by choice or necessity. Many of my patients have tried cutting out dairy for various different reasons. One of the things I often find with these patients is that they have not appropriately planned their no-dairy diet so that they can still get all of the nutrients they need, the main one being calcium.

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Nutrition and Immunity: Fighting Colds and Flus with Food

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It’s the middle of winter here in Australia and there are a lot of people coughing, sniffing and blowing their noses profusely right now. In fact, the number of flu cases in Adelaide has so far doubled that of this time last year.

Here’s something you should know: you don’t have to suffer through lengthy, debilitating bouts of sickness every winter or every time you come close to someone else with a bug or virus. The immune system can take a bit of a beating from our diet and lifestyle habits, so it’s important to keep these in check around wintertime to protect ourselves as best we can.

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Mango Lassi Chia Parfait

It’s been five months since the end of mango season here in Australia and lately I’ve been desperate to eat them again. I always freeze some in Summer, so I brought out my frozen stash and used some of it to make this delicious chia parfait. With the coconut milk and cardamom, it has a real mango lassi taste which I love. One important step in this recipe is grinding the chia seeds. While it’s not necessary for the recipe to work, it is necessary for the body to digest the seeds, rather than having them pass straight through the body, which allows us to absorb all of the nutrients provided by the seeds. This goes for flax seeds too, however it’s not as well known that this is important for chia seeds as well. Chia seeds are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, calcium and iron. For plant-based eaters, particularly those who don’t take a vegan DHA supplement, chia and flax seeds are an important source of omega-3, which is much less abundant in other plant-based foods.

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Greek-Inspired Stuffed Eggplant

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Greek-Inspired Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplant is one of my favourite vegetables, and one of my favourite ways to use it is in Greek-style dishes, à la these beautiful stuffed eggplants. Loaded with rice, vegetables and lentils, they make for a really satisfying meal and are bursting with garlic-y, herb-y, nutty and slightly acidic flavours that taste so delicious together! I also love eggplant for it’s health benefits. That dark purple skin is full of anthocyanins, potent antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation and may play an important role in the prevention of many chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. These take a little longer than my other recipes to prepare, but they’re definitely worth it! I make double the recipe to have for lunch the next day.

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