Apple Spiced Porridge

Porridge is such a comforting breakfast. So is apple pie. This recipe combines both of these. It’s got a hefty dose of antioxidant-rich spices (gram-for-gram, clove is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants!). There’s lots of soluble fibre from the apple, oats and flaxseeds. The flaxseeds also provide omega-3 fat. It’s perfect for a cold winter morning!

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Is Soy Healthy?

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Whether or not soy is healthy or even safe to consume has been a source of continual controversy over the past few decades. In fact, it’s one of the most researched foods in the world. In the centre of this controversy are it’s effects on hormones and nutrient absorption – and all of the voices for and against it. Mixed messages make for confused consumers, and in such situations it might seem best to avoid soy to be on the safe side. Using research is always important when looking at the nutritional qualities of a food, so I’ve trawled through the latest evidence to come up with the current facts about soy.

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Kidney Bean Curry

This curry is bursting with flavour. It’s a powerful immune system strengthener with garlic, ginger, turmeric and vitamin C from capsicum and tomatoes. If you have the time and prefer fresh-cooked food, you can cook up your own kidney beans and use extra fresh tomatoes in place of canned. I top mine with lots and lots of coriander for maximum flavour!

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5 Nutritious Ingredients to Sprinkle Over Your Food

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Health food shops sell an array of mysterious extracts and food products with simple labels that can leave us unsure about what the product is, what it tastes like and what it’s used for. Some of these products have amazing health benefits, while others don’t have the science to show that they’re worth including in our diet.

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Why You Should Be Eating Beans!

Beans, peas and lentils (known collectively as ‘legumes’) are a forgotten nutrition champion, having been condemned for their gassy properties and image as a bland vegetarian food for hippies. I often bring up beans with my patients, not only because most people don’t eat them at all, but also because they are such a universally beneficial food, shown to have benefits for many common chronic health conditions.

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Why See a Dietitian?

This blog was written for The Bod Squad blog.

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Often the word ‘dietitian’ gets a pretty bad rap, just like anything with the word ‘diet’ in it!

The word ‘diet’ is often associated with feelings of hunger, guilt and misery and in this sense, a dietitian might sound like someone who thinks thin is the only size to be and prescribes rigid diets to stick to that leaves you feeling starving and grumpy all in the name of weight loss.  Or maybe you might think that a dietitian is someone who recommends all the latest ‘superfoods’ like cacao, kale and goji berries to people looking for that extra one-up for their health.

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