Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 1kg sweet potato1 cup celery1 tomato diced1 carrot, diced1 long red chilli finely diced1.5L of vegetable stock1 cup fresh cannellini or borlotti beans (hydrate overnight) or organic tinned beans1 cup kidney beans1 cup of lentils, pre-soaked for 1 hour or tinned2 tsp of fresh ginger1 tsp of cumin powder1  tsp  or  coriander  powder½ a cup parsley or coriander leavesSea salt and pepper Instructions:Peel the sweet potato and cut into small cubes. Add it to boiling stock and bring to the boil. Add lentil, celery, carrot and tomatoes.Simmer for 15…

Shaking it up- Are meal replacement shakes a healthy option for us?

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Meal replacement shakes come at a high price and promise great results so are they worth the price we pay? In today’s article we’ll delve into the ingredients added to meal replacement shakes that may be doing your body more harm than good. Meal replacement shakes are usually processed products that people drink in place of eating one of their main meals. Dieters, the elderly, busy people on the go with little time to cook or those with digestive complaints are most likely to use meal replacement shakes. In the…

Coffee: Are you a Caffeind?

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Are you a Caffeind? Here are 8 health benefits of coffee that are backed by science. 1. Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet. Caffeine is not the only compound that makes up coffee. The antioxidants in coffee protect us from oxidation. Oxidation is thought to be one of the main mechanisms around aging and common diseases like cancer and heart disease. For people eating the standard western diet coffee may actually be one of the healthiest aspects of their eating habits. 2. Coffee can improve…

Bread, Gluten and some healthy bread options

Bread Gluten

Gluten in Grains Gluten comes from the Latin word for ‘glue’ which gives dough the elastic property that holds gas when it rises.  Bubbles of carbon dioxide are released from fermenting yeast, which become trapped by the visco-elastic protein, ensuring a light honeycombed texture for the dough. The elastic nature of gluten also holds particles of the dough together, preventing crumbling during rolling and shaping. Hence, gluten plays a vital role in the production of leavened baked goods. Gluten is the name given to the protein found in some, but…

Fuelling for Endurance- Kokoda Challenge

Fuelling Endurance

Fueling for Endurance – Kokoda Challenge  by Delina Rahmate BHSc Nutritional Medicine www.delina.com.au In recent years there have been several changes in the way that we see carbohydrates in everyday use and in our training diet which for most people is very confusing. Should we avoid carbohydrates, what type should we have and are they as fattening as what we are hearing? What should we be eating when we are fuelling for endurance in the Kokoda Challenge? As athletes, beginners to advanced,  our carbohydrate needs are not static, in fact…

5 Ways Alcohol Hinders Fat Loss!

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  Many people enjoy alcohol’s sedating influence and use it as part of our society’s traditions. Here, David Robson, has put together details about alcohol and explains the main concerns, how it is processed and more ALCOHOL SUPPLIES EMPTY CALORIES: CALORIES WITHOUT NUTRITION Alcohol use – as a well-established part of human culture – is something that has become almost as acceptable as eating and breathing. As a social facilitator and feel good drug of choice for many, alcohol is very popular indeed, with consumption at mass levels. However, alcohols well-documented deleterious…