Healthy-body

Chilli, Coriander Squid Recipe

Contrary to the belief that seafood is a summer delicacy, it can still be enjoyed just as much in the cooler months. Enjoy Sally Matterson’s chilli, coriander squid recipe as a main, or serve as a warming side salad if you’re entertaining.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 red onions, peeled, halved and cut into wedges

4 tsp flaxseed oil, plus extra

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 chillies, finely chopped

1 bunch of coriander, finely chopped

600g (1.3lb) pre-cut squid rings or approximately 4 baby squid, scored and thinly sliced

1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

Handful of kalamata olives

100g (3.5oz) rocket

50g (1.75oz) or large handful of parsley, roughly chopped

Juice of ½ a lemon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place onion on a baking tray.
  2. Drizzle with half the flaxseed oil and balsamic vinegar and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place chilli and coriander in a bowl with the squid. Toss together.
  4. In a separate bowl, place cherry tomatoes, olives, rocket, parsley and onion.
  5. Heat oil in pan and quickly toss squid for 2 minutes or until tender. Add to bowl with salad and toss.
  6. Drizzle with remaining flaxseed oil and lemon juice to serve.

Recipe via Healthy Body

May 19, 2015

Savoury Superfood Bowl With Poached Egg Recipe

Who doesn’t love an easy meal that’s packed full of nutrition? Perfect to whip up towards the end of the week when cooking isn’t exactly a priority, this savoury superfood bowl – provided by Sally Matterson from her new book, Healthy Body – has the perfect balance of fats, carbohydrates and protein to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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Serves 2

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped off

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 eggs

100g (3.5oz) haloumi, sliced into 1 cm pieces

150g (5.25oz) quinoa, cooked as per instructions on packet

Handful of rocket

Olive oil, to drizzle

Salt (iodised or Himalayan) and freshly cracked pepper

Sprinkle of paprika or cayenne

Method

  1. In a saucepan, bring enough water to a simmer to submerge the asparagus. Add the asparagus and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until asparagus is bright green but still retains some crunch.
  2. Remove from the pan with tongs and cool under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. To soft poach eggs, fill a medium size saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Crack the eggs over a skimmer (poaching tool) to drain off the outer egg white. Carefully place the remainder of the egg into the water. Repeat with the other egg. Poach for 2 minutes or until the white is set.
  4. Fry off haloumi in a non-stick frying panover a medium heat until browned on both sides.
  5. Fluff quinoa with a fork and divide between two bowls. Top with rocket, haloumi, asparagus and a poached egg.
  6. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt, freshly cracked black pepper and paprika (or cayenne) to taste.
April 30, 2015

9 Fruits and Vegetables For Clear Skin

They say you are what you eat, so give your skin the extra help it needs by investing in delicious fruits and vegetables to make it shine from the inside out. Clueless about where to begin? Our easy guide below mentions a few options which should be in your shopping cart each week.

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Oranges

While we’re all aware that oranges are packed with vitamin C, did you actually know they are also a great source of natural collagen? Squeeze 2-3 oranges every morning and use them as a daily scrub to nourish the skin.

Spinach

Although it might not be to your liking, spinach is another vegetable which is also packed with vitamin C. Enjoy it with your eggs, in a salad, or even in a green smoothie.

Blueberries

Ranked as one of the number one source of antioxidants in berries, these delicious little fruits will keep your hair, skin, and nails looking healthy.

Tomato

Did you know that the secret anti-ageing properties of tomatoes are better absorbed when a dish is cooked rather than raw? Keep the pantry full of canned tomatoes and use them in your fresh and healthy pasta sauce!

Kiwi fruit

Since kiwi fruit is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, you know it has to be good for you! One kiwi fruit a day is enough to keep your wrinkles away, and prevent anti-ageing.

Kale

The mention of kale might be a touchy subject for some, but you can’t deny that it’s great for clear skin. Boasting a plethora of vitamins (A, B, C, E, K from memory), no wonder it’s good for your skin!

Cherries

On to something a little sweeter, cherries have high levels of polyphenols which actually help to clear simple blemishes.

Figs

Did you know that figs are packed with fibre and potassium, which clears any skin issues and helps to detox the body from the inside out? Well now you do.

Beetroot

While this superfood is usually used as a main ingredient for detoxing, it also has significant benefits for fighting against skin damage and premature ageing. Add a few slices into your daily juice for that extra healthy kick each morning.

Image via Redbook Magazine

March 30, 2015

Why Detox Diets Are Dodgy And Don’t Work

Have you ever been seduced by the phony weight-loss claims of popular detox diets?

You’re not alone. These days, everyone’s looking for a quick fix and multiple ads screaming at us to pop the latest pills and/or try “miracle” liquid diets can be very persuasive.

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Perfectly smart, sane women I know have completely lost their minds over these fad diets and been very disappointed with the results.

Leading Sydney dietitian, nutritionist and author Susie Burrell (pictured) says this isn’t surprising given detox diets are a sham and can do way more harm than good.

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Susie, who recently launched her new program: Shape Me, The 30 Day Plan, says our bodies are already highly efficient at waste removal.

“The first thing to keep in mind when considering a detox or period of rapid weight loss is that the body does not actually need to be detoxed – the liver and the kidneys already do a very good job of this,” Susie says.

“And for this reason, any pack of pills and potions that cost $39.99 and promise you the world are not likely to really be doing much at all!

“But what tends to happen is when people follow a strict regime, they lose weight quickly (or fluid) and think it is the detox diet when really it is just not eating much at all, or plenty of fresh food without the caffeine, sugar and processed foods,” Susie says.

“Poor diets without adequate fluid and fibre can mean we feel less than our best and think a detox program will fix that – instead, it just gives us something specific to follow.”

And here’s the important health warning, ladies: these bogus detox diets are not good for you, despite what clever marketers would have us believe, and do not provide any actual benefits.

“In general, anything that eliminates a large number of food groups; or encouraging no food is not safe or healthy long-term,” Susie says. “The dangers can include a reduction in metabolic rate as our body breaks down muscle to fuel itself; hunger; fatigue; abdominal distress; diet cycling and becoming obsessed with food.

“And another big issue I have with commercial detox programs is that they also may contain a number of additives which can potentially give cause for concern.

“While we do need a certain number of vitamins and minerals to allow our body to function optimally, more and more of these essential nutrients are not a good thing, and in fact could even be toxic long-term.

“For this reason, any program that encourages multiple vitamins, supplements, herbs and powders should be approached with extreme caution. Even the good, old ‘protein shake’ needs to be checked, as many varieties contain the full ratio of essential nutrients which means that consuming several of these a day may leave you vulnerable to constipation and exposed to a toxic level of some nutrients.”

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So, is good, old-fashioned regular exercise and a balanced diet still our best fast track to weight loss?

“Yes, boring but yes!” Susie says. “I also recommend calorie control, plus more fruit and vegetables; less crap and lots of movement.

“Eliminate all of your processed foods, cakes, bars and snacks and simply get all of your nutrition for a week or two from clean, whole foods.

“While it may not sound as flash as the latest and greatest program, you are guaranteed to feel better, lose weight and save some serious cash in the process, without doing any possible damage to your body long term.”

Meanwhile, the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) has also publicly condemned detox diets, saying the science shows they’re dangerous and they make bogus claims.

DAA spokeswoman Simone Austin, a Melbourne-based dietitian, says detox diets are to be avoided. “Do not believe the hype,” Simone says. “Don’t get sucked in by the fad.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“There’s no scientific evidence that shows detox diets actually work. And healthy adults have extraordinary systems for removing toxins from our bodies every day.

“Our lungs, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and immune system remove and neutralise toxic substances within hours after we eat them.

“For most of us, we can improve our diets simply by increasing our vegetable consumption in particular.”

Simone also believes detox diets are “unnecessarily restrictive and for some people, they can be very dangerous”.

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In addition, consumer watchdog, Choice Magazine, via choice.com.au, recently released a report condemning the growing popularity of detox diets, juice diets and highly restrictive eating regimes.

It put 10 popular detox diets and pills to the test, including Pure Natural Health Australia’s Lemon Detox, $87, as endorsed by none other than American reality star/socialite Kim Kardashian, through to the Skinny Mini 5 Day Detox and Weight Loss Program, $44.95.

And the results were conclusive: while they encourage a healthier lifestyle, detox diets do not work, contain potentially dangerous ingredients and have no real health benefits whatsoever.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the government body responsible for regulation of medicinal products, including detox diets.

We savvy consumers are warned to be very wary of any marketing claims on detox products, such as “aids” and “assists”, which largely absolve manufacturers.

Susie Burrell’s new e-book Change Your Mindset And Lose Weight Fast: The Motivation You Need To Lose Weight is out now. Visit www.shapeme.com.au or www.susieburrell.com.au.

What do you think? Have you ever been conned by a detox diet?

Images via www.pixabay.com

March 16, 2015

Get A Healthy Body With Chi Kung!


Chi Kung

What the hell is it? Chi (energy) Kung (skill) is an oriental therapy that combines movement, meditation and visualisation to boost your energy and keep it flowing through your body.

What does it do? It improves physical and mental health. The benefits of meditation include reduced stress, lower blood pressure and better attitude. Excercising the body as well as the mind increases your awareness of where your body needs work and when it needs changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Tai Chi

What the hell is it? Dubbed “moving meditation”. Tai Chi is an ancient exercise from China consisting of relaxed, slow and graceful movements. As you move you focus on your breathing.

What does it do? It eases stress, relieves pain, improves balance and increases your energy, creating a calm and clear mind. With training, Tai Chi can be an effective martial art.

April 2, 2001