Felicity Curtain

Dietitian

Tag Archive for ‘healthy’

Tahini – so much more than a hummus staple

If you’re anything like me a couple of years ago, you probably have a solitary jar of tahini in the back of your cupboard, gathering dust after that one-time attempt at a home-made hummus. This article got me thinking about tahini, and how for me, like the legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, it has gone from mystery ingredient, to pantry staple. And with my dietitian hat on, it makes sense why. […]

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Cooking with cannabis – would you eat Hemp for good health?

There were surely some double takes on the daily commute this morning, as media reports announced hemp seeds might be approved for food use in Australia by late 2016. Yesterday, Food Standards Australia New Zealand announced the decision to permit foods made from hemp in the country, which are currently banned within Australia. Over in the US and the UK, the market for hemp-based foods is booming, with the stuff […]

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Ancient Grains – The Health and the Hype

Ancient grains have created a consistent buzz in recent years, with their popularity even surviving the grain-shunning Paleo trend of late. But what exactly are these exotic-sounding grains, and do their nutritional profile match up to the hype? Read on for all things Ancient Grains. What makes a grain ‘ancient?’ Much like the term ‘superfood,’ there is no official definition for an ancient grain. While the Western World has consumed […]

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Beyond Bone Health – 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dairy

I’ve been pretty quiet of late, as I knuckle down to finish off the last few months of my Master’s of dietetics. After finally completing a gruelling 60 days of clinical placement in a busy Melbourne hospital, I’ve been lucky enough to secure a community placement at Dairy Australia. I’ve always been pretty vocal on my kinship with dairy foods – in fact nine of my past blog posts have […]

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What to Eat for Fitness Success

Get the most out of your workout by eating foods to nourish and replenish. Here’s what to fill up on. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are vital for health and wellbeing. Whether it’s sun salutations in the morning or pounding the pavement in the evening, every bit of physical activity plays a role in improving our health and reducing the chance of chronic diseases. Good nutrition is important […]

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The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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