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5 of the best foodie Xmas gifts

There’s no better time of the year than Christmas, and no better gift than a food-themed one. Here’s my wishlist for the year – some realistic, some maybe a bit of a stretch… 1) Yonanas: I’ve wanted this for a while now. And since burning out the motor in my low-powered food processor, I’m in need of a replacement for whipping up healthy summer desserts. So what does it do? […]

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5 of the best tips for reading a nutrition label

Nutrition labels can be extremely confusing. Clever wording and marketing techniques can mislead and even trick consumers into thinking their junky purchase is a healthy choice. Luckily, government bodies like Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) produce food labelling guidelines, outlining rules by which food producers must abide to keep things as transparent as possible – usually. But it’s not just the plethora of health claims that have us consumers […]

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5 of the best yoghurts

Yoghurt is one of my favourite foods, for its taste, multifunctional uses and nutritional profile. It can be difficult to reach the recommended 2.5 daily serves of dairy (or alternatives) foods that are oh-so-important for maintaining optimum bone health and reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis later on in life. Yoghurt is a high calcium food that’s easy to incorporate into your diet in a number of creative ways. Yoghurt […]

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5 of the best Melbourne cafes for specialty diets

Look back as little as ten years ago and the incidence of food allergies and intolerances seemed far less widespread than they are now. Today, 1 in 20 children and 1 in 100 adults are affected by some form of food intolerance. Results of a survey conducted by The Vegan and Vegetarian Society of Australia in 2010 found that around 5% of us identify as vegetarian, with a tiny 1% vegan. […]

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NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK 2013 – Project Dinner Time – 5 of the best ways to Cook.Eat.Enjoy.

This week is National Nutrition Week, and the theme this year is Project dinner time – cook, eat, enjoy. Aiming to improve individuals “knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen,” the ultimate goal is to bring back the home cooked meal – both for the sake of nutrition and sense of community. Tying in with this theme was Wednesday nights Eatkit twitter chat; in which the in’s and out’s of […]

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5 of the best … Brain Foods

If you’re at uni…. Exams are fast approaching. If you’re at the strange Uni I’m at…. Exams are next week. The brain consumes 20% of the energy we take in through food. But far more than just supplying us with energy – and enjoyment – the food we eat has the ability to influence essential cognitive processes. This theory was tested in a UK prison, in which a double-blind, placebo […]

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5 of the best ‘Short on Time’ breakfasts

This week the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 1 in 7 Australian children skip breakfast.  This is worrying, as such strong evidence exists to confirm breakfast consumption in school kids is linked with greater cognitive function – including memory and academic performance – school attendance and overall wellbeing. But it’s not just children missing the most important meal of the day. Last year Kraft’s ‘Aussie Breakfast Report,’ announced more than […]

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