What’s the secret to healthy glowing skin, hair and nails? A good mix of essential vitamins and nutrients, as well as getting a good night’s sleep.

As a leading nutritionist, I can also tell you that eating the right mix of ‘good’ carbohydrates, such as whole grains, and seasonal fruits and vegetables, will provide you with phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Phytonutrients isn’t a word you hear all that often but it is one of nature’s ‘miracle’ ingredients – it is naturally occurring and is found in much higher quantities in rye-based breads than wheat-based breads. Both phytonutrients and antioxidants help fight free radicals – which means less sniffles and less wrinkles. What more can a girl want?

If you team rye-based breads, such as Country Life Bakery’s new wheat-reduced range of breads, with some healthy toppings, you can not only become a modern day domestic goddess but feel great as well.

My favourite recipe is ‘Banana, Ricotta and Cinnamon Toastie’, perfect for winter. Simply toast some Country Life Bakery Country Grain and Organic Rye bread and top with ricotta, banana and cinnamon. Drizzle honey over the top just prior to eating. It’s one of my favourite ways to start the day.

So tell me, what’s your favourite health tip or recipe? Or, feel free to ask some questions and I’d be happy to answer them for you.

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Kathleen Alleaume is the founder of The Right Balance Consultancy. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist. For the past 10 years she has worked with hundreds of clients including food industry, corporations, celebrities, executives, coaches and journalists. Kathleen also features on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and ABC radio.

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