Website Review: Healthy Food Guide

The companion website for Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine, the Healthy Food Guide website aims to make healthy eating easy and delicious. It provides accurate and evidence-based information from nutrition experts on a range of nutrition topics from A(dditives) to Z(inc).

The site features some great tools for judging portion sizes and reading food labels, menu and exercise planners, and product reviews to keep you up to date with new foods as they hit the shelf.

There are hundreds of recipes which have been developed in consultation with dietitians and nutritionists so you can be sure that they deliver on their healthy promise, without compromising on taste. The recipes cover different meals and occasions, seasons, and special diets from dairy and gluten-free to diabetes-friendly to low sodium.  They also have a number of recipe ‘collections’ including ‘5pm panic’ (healthy meals in under 30 mins), ‘homemade takeaways’ (healthy homemade versions of your favourites) and ‘meals for one‘ (for those who cook for themselves and don’t want to eat the same meal 4 nights in a row!).

You can sign up for their e-newsletter and even get 5pm Panic! recipes sent straight to your inbox.

For nutrition information you can trust and help with within delicious healthy meal ideas, this website is worth checking out.

Book Review: Food as Medicine

Written by fellow Sydney-based dietitian Sue Radd, this beautiful cookbook offers 150 delicious plant-based recipes designed to optimise your health and reduce disease risk.

Sue runs popular monthly ‘Cookshops’ in her practice at Castle Hill and many NND clients have enjoyed attending these.  She has incorporated her favourite recipes from these classes into her new book, making them available to anyone looking to build more healthy plant-based meals into their diet.

At almost 400 pages, this book is packed not only with recipes but also plenty of information on the role of diet in reducing disease risk, setting up your pantry, food storage and cookware, kitchen equipment and shopping tips.  For those who like more structure Sue outlines her top ten ‘food rules to live by’ and provides four seasonal menu plans.

Spiced Celeriac Wedges, Roasted Vegetable Salad with Creamy Orange Tahini Dressing, Black Bean Burgers with Fresh Salsa, Walnut & Mushroom Meatballs in Tomato Sauce and Freekeh with Aromatic Spices & Pine Nuts are just a few of the tasty-sounding recipes on offer.  Those with a sweet tooth might like to try the Smooth Vanilla Bean Tofu Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts (made from black beans).  All recipes are entirely plant-based.

There are sections for Salads & Vegie Sides; Wholegrains & Healthy Carb Sides; Lighter Plates;  Main Plates;  Soups; Dips, Spreads and Pastes; Sweet Endings; Snacks, Nibbles & Sweet Morsels; and Drinks.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for incorporating more plant-foods into your diet, this book is well worth adding to your Christmas wish list!

Available in all good bookstores or online at Booktopia.

Website Review: Healthy Weight Guide

 

The Healthy Weight Guide is an Australian Government website aimed at providing Australians with the information they need to be able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

The interactive website has tips and tools to help you set goals and plan the steps you will take to achieve them, as well as keep track of your achievements. If you register, the Healthy Weight Guide website will store and track your progress online.

The website includes information on setting realistic and achievable weight goals and has a handy goal setting form  you can download.

There’s plenty of information on getting active and eating well, along with handy meal and physical activity planners.  The website also includes tips on monitoring your progress and overcoming challenges.

This is a great resource to help you in achieving your weight loss goals.

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