5 easy hacks to help prevent weight gain this Christmas and New Year!

Did you know that 50% of peoples annual weight gain occurs over the Christmas holiday season? Christmas and New Year are loads of fun where we socialise, eat and drink and generally have a good time. Here are some simple nutrition and exercise hacks that can help prevent the post-prandial paunch. Eat a protein rich snack: Eat something rich in protein before you eat a high sugary or carbohydrate meal, snack or dessert as it can curb your appetite leading you to eat less. Protein will slow down the blood…

Getting through the “Silly Season”

Silly Santa

Getting through the “Silly Season” by Delina Rahmate- Clinical Nutritionist Healthy food substitutes for common ingredients As Christmas is approaching we can start to panic about parties, gift baskets, alcohol and snack foods being readily available. We may have worked hard to be healthy and then it all goes out the window once the drinks and snacks start to flow. Socialising is important and most likely inevitable and there is a good chance that we will most likely over indulge. To stay on track in the silly season here are a…

Shitake Mushrooms

The benefits of mushrooms are numerous. Each variety of mushrooms provide a host of different healthful and medicinal properties. The shitake mushroom may help to fight cancer cells and infectious disease, boost the immune system, promote brain function, and serves as a rich source of B vitamins and vitamin D. Other shiitake health benefits include its ability to aid weight loss, support cardiovascular health, improve energy levels and reduce inflammation. Shiitake mushrooms have a woody flavour and meaty texture; they can be purchased dried, cooked or raw. Add shiitakes to…

Healing bowls

tumeric and mashed sweet potatoes

Healing bowls with turmeric sweet potatoes, poached eggs, and lemon dressing INGREDIENTS TURMERIC MASHED SWEET POTATOES: 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks a swish of olive oil 1-2 teaspoons turmeric 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups vegetable broth LEMON HERB DRESSING: ¼ cup lemon juice ⅓ cup olive oil 1 small clove garlic 2 teaspoons agave ¼ cup parsley leaves ¼ teaspoon salt (more to taste) HEALING BOWLS: poached or scrambled eggs brown rice or quinoa arugula or spinach or greensss pistachios or other nuts for topping INSTRUCTIONS TURMERIC…

Moong Dahl

metabolism recipe

Good for your metabolism Serves 4-6 300g split mung beans (moong dahl) – preferably soaked for a few hours 600ml of water 2 tbsp/30g olive oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee 1 red onion, finely chopped 1-2 tsp coriander seeds 1-2 tsp cumin seeds 2-4 tsp fresh ginger, chopped 1-2 tsp turmeric ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper – more if you want it spicy Salt & black pepper to taste Drain and rinse the split mung beans. Put them in a pan and cover with the water. Bring to the…

Coconut Banana Bread

The following is not your average loaf of bread. It is a great sugar-stabilisng snack that will not only keep you from reaching for the sugary treats, but will help kick your metabolism into gear. Serves 6. Ingredients 4 tbsp Protein powder 2 bananas, or at least 1 heaping cup of chopped bananas 4 fresh dates, pitted and chopped (soak in warm water if they are quite dry) 4 medium organic free-range eggs 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2…

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…

Pineapple & Turmeric Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

smoothie

This smoothie is not only yummy but also excellent for anyone with a winter cold or flu or a training recovery drink. So you’ve read about the health benefits of turmeric, but not sure how you can use it? Here’s a smoothie recipe that uses it in the most refreshing way while offering a host of health benefits! Turmeric would have to be one of Mother Nature’s best gifts! With uses from detoxing the body, lower inflammation and support healthy immune system. Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, a natural enzyme that supports the…

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

meal replacement

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…

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

To fast or not to fast….understanding intermittent fasting Over the past few years intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular, but is it good for us? Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves periods of food restriction (fasting) followed by normal eating. Interestingly this pattern of eating has been proven to help in weight loss, disease prevention and increasing the lifespan (1, 2). Experts seem to agree that it is more beneficial for metabolism than overall daily calorie restriction which may decrease metabolism (3). The following is an article written by…