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 milk has surged in the past few years,…

A guide to: Yoghurt

A guide to yoghurt Pot set, Greek or natural?  Australians love their yoghurt: for breakfast, as a quick snack, or added to dressings and sauces. In fact, the average person eats around seven kilograms each year. And there is a good reason for its popularity. “Yoghurt is a nutritious dairy food that provides us with calcium…

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…

Ask the Dietitian: Is Gluten-Free 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? Will switching to a gluten-free diet help you lose weight and…

Ask the Dietitian: Will eating bread make me gain weight?

Will eating bread make me gain weight? This is a question I hear often. My clients tell me they are specifically avoiding bread to help them lose weight. And it’s not just me who is hearing this; a recent survey by Bakers Delight found that: One in five Australian women feel guilty when eating bread 40%…

Food trends: Bone broth

Move over kale and coconut water – there are some new food trends ready to take centre stage this year. This week we are looking at…Bone Broth What is it? While there is nothing new about broth; bone broth has been gaining popularity recently, mainly with followers of the paleo diet, who have spruiked it into…

What’s the difference between dairy-free milks?

From soy to almond to quinoa, there’s a wealth of non-dairy milk alternatives to choose from. It’s confusing knowing what to buy. If you’re not drinking cow’s milk due to intolerance or other reasons, finding a milk alternative can be confusing. There is a plethora of milk alternatives available, and each variety boasts different health benefits. When…

Nona’s Gone Crackers! Delicious gluten-free, vegan crackers.

I love Mary’s Gone Crackers, but at $9 a box in Australia they are so expensive. So I got busy in the kitchen this weekend trying to recreate a similar cracker. Nona, my mum, is the genius here, she hit upon an amazing recipe that I actually prefer to the original. I ate about 5 straight from…