Yoghurt: The best and worst

You may have noticed a heavy presence of dairy-related topics in my blog. Many of my posts centre around it in some form: I love all things dairy, whether it’s milk, yoghurt or cheese. My favourite snack currently is yoghurt and being the nutrition nerd I am, I compared over sixty yoghurts currently available in…

Sugar: Toxic or a treat?

Sugar. Something that makes the medicine go down? Or a sinful poison? Sugar 101 Sugar is a type of carbohydrate, a substance contained in most of the foods we eat. Some carbohydrate-based foods are healthier (think vegetables, fruits and dairy), while others are less healthy. The less healthy carbohydrates are chocolate, sweets, ice cream and soft…

10 Healthy Snack Ideas

When the mid-morning munchies strike, keep healthy snacks on hand to tide you over until your next main meal. Is it ok to snack between meals? A couple of small snacks a day in between main meals provides extra nutrition, stabilises blood sugar levels and stops us getting too hungry (meaning we are less likely to overeat at…

Food trends: Pea Milk

Move over kale and coconut water – there are some new food trends ready to take centre stage this year. This week the spotlight is on Pea Milk What is it? Almond milk latte, quinoa milk porridge, or a refreshing coconut milk on ice. The market for plant milks have surged in the past few years,…

A guide to: Yoghurt

Pot set, Greek or natural?  Australians love their yoghurt: for breakfast, as a quick snack, or added into dressings and sauces – with the average person eating around seven kilograms each year. And there’s a good reason for its popularity. “Yoghurt is a nutritious dairy food that provides us with calcium for strong bones and teeth,…

The Pegan diet: When Paleo Met Vegan

Earlier this year, a new diet trend was born that claimed the healthiest way of eating was to combine two popular diets.  The Paleo diet and the vegan diet. Although this may seem contradictory – after all, vegans eschew meat while Paleo encourage plenty of it – the diet believes combining the best parts of both…

5 Ancient Grains to try this spring

Ancient grains are grains that have been grown and harvested by different communities over thousands of years, but as modern grains such as wheat became easier to grow and harvest, these ancient grains were sidelined and became less prevalent. But now, these heirloom grains are being rediscovered and are increasing in popularity as they become more mainstream. The…

5 Food Labelling Tricks Debunked

You’re browsing the shelves in the supermarket, maybe you’re trying to choose a cereal or muesli bar. It sounds simple enough—but when faced with an aisle full of products, all boasting different health benefits, the decision can quickly become confusing. Do you choose this one which says it’s natural? Or that one which claims it’s cholesterol-free?…

Diet Soda vs. Normal Soda: Which one is better?

I’m sure I will surprise no-one when I say that the average Australian has too much added sugar in their diet. Reducing sugar intake is a hot topic in the health industry now. There are many ‘sugar-free’ diets gaining popularity and the World Health Organisation even released guidelines for a reduction of added sugar in our…

Can you be too healthy?

Being healthy is highly desirable – but can you have too much of good thing? You’ve cut out the Friday night takeaways, your morning mochas and you are feeling great. Maybe you’ve lost a bit of weight or your skin is glowing or you are full of energy. In fact, you feel so good you…

Superfood Salad!

  Its so chilly here in Sydney that I’m spending most of my evenings trying to perfect a way to drape myself over my portable heater in a way that warms me all over at once. To be honest, salad is really low down there on the foods I feel like eating right now. But…

Gluten-Free: is it healthier?

Your mum has lost 5kg since going gluten-free, heaps of celebrities are ditching gluten and you’ve heard it helps reduce bloating: you are starting to think that a gluten-free diet might help you to shift some weight before summer. But what exactly is gluten and will switching to a gluten-free diet help you lose weight…