Diet Culture and Kids.

by (Dietitian and Sports Dietitian)

 

Cassandra Stuchbery, Dietitan.

How ‘dieting’ might be affecting your kids.

The phrase ‘diet culture’ has been gaining a lot of interest in the past few years. It’s used to describe any words, phrases, products or activities that encourage eating according to strict rules. Here are some signs that you might be a part of ‘diet culture’:

  • You use words like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ to describe foods (apart from milk that’s gone bad for example)
  • You follow a set of rules when you eat eg. Not eating after 8pm, not eating bread, only having low fat foods
  • You are avoiding a certain food group to try to lose weight eg. Keto, paleo, vegan
  • The way you eat tends to get in the way of your social life or family life (maybe you’re cooking separate dinners, can’t eat out etc.)

The problem with this kind of thinking is that it teaches us to ignore our internal body signals. At the end of the day even the smartest people in the world can’t know what your body needs better than you (the person walking around in it!). Kids have an amazing innate sense of hunger and fullness which guides them in how much to eat … read more »

‘Bring a plate’ Salad Options

by (Dietitian and Sports Dietitian)

It is coming into the Christmas season and with many parties coming up you may be asked to bring a salad or plate of food to share. Why not try one of these yummy dietitan approved salads!

Green Bean Salad with Basil and Balsamic

  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:15 minutes
  • Yield:Serves 6

To save time, while the water is coming to a boil, prep the other ingredients.

INGREDIENTSbring a plate beans

  • 700g trimmed green beans, cut to 5cm long pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

METHOD

1 Soak chopped onions in water: Place the chopped onions in a small bowl of water. This will help take the edge off the onions. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.

2 Blanch the green beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (2 Tbsp salt for 2L of water). Add the green beans to the water and blanch only for about 2 minutes or so, until the beans are just barely cooked through, but still crisp. Fresh young beans should cook quickly. Older, tougher beans may take longer.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Options

by (Dietitian and Sports Dietitian)

Looking for something yummy to mix up your breakfast routine but also want something healthy? We have you covered with these dietitian endorsed recipes below.

AVOCADO TOAST WITH LEMON AND KALE

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS:Healthy Breakfast Avo Toast

  • 1 cup shredded kale (no stems)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 slices multigrain bread
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 thin slices radish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a bowl combine the kale, olive oil and juice of 1/4 lemon.
  2. Massage with your hands for about 1 minute, until the kale softens.
  3. Slice the avocado in half, reserving 1/2 of one avocado for thin slices. Scoop the rest into a small bowl and mash gently with a fork. Season with salt, black pepper and juice from 1/4 of a lemon.
  4. Toast the slices of multigrain bread.
  5. Spread the avocado mash across the toasted bread, top with slices and sprinkle with cumin (more lemon juice if desired).
  6. Top each with the massaged kale, radish and chia, finish with pinch salt and black pepper to taste.

Recipe from skinnytaste.com and endorsed by our dietitian Cass

 

Skinny Green Tropical Smoothie
Serves 2

Ingredients:Healthy Breakfast Green Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • ¾ cup
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Healthy Muffins and Fritters with Salsa

by (Dietitian and Sports Dietitian)

Vegetable Muffinsmuffins
As a dietitian I see a lot of people struggle to include vegetables in their diet. These muffins are a great way to mix and match your own favourite vegetables, or use up whatever produce you have left over. Plus, they’re delicious!

 

 

Makes 12 prep time 20min, cooking time 20min
Ingredients Method
1 cup of Self Raising Flour

1 cup wholemeal flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon of salt

¾ cup of grated cheese

½ cup of milk

3 eggs, lightly whisked

60g of melted butter

3-4 cups of vegetables*

1.      Preheat oven to 210c and thoroughly grease a 12 case muffin pan

2.      Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add vegetables and cheese, toss to combine until all vegetables are well coated

3.      Whisk milk, eggs and butter. Pour mixture into the centre of the vegetable mix.

4.      Fold together until just combined. (overmixing may cause tough muffins)

5.      Spoon mixture into prepared tins and bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

* Here are some of my favourite vegetable combinations. But get creative, find your favourites!

·         Roast sweet potato, grated zucchini and

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