The July issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: ancient grains, Dry July, eatKit, Low GI Rice, newsletter, oats

The July issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter is out now!

In this issue of The Foodwatch Newsletter we look at the role of oats in our diets and why they are one of my Top 20 “Super Foods”. We also take a look at Dry July and Stress Down Day – two worthwhile initiatives aimed at helping Australians live a balanced, healthy life – emotionally and physically. As always we love to get your feedback on anything you’ve read in the newsletter or anything you’d like to see covered. 

Q. Which foods should someone with coeliac disease avoid?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 15 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, breakfast cereals, carbohydrates, food labels, food safety, gluten, gluten-free, grains, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, low GI, meal planning, nutrients, nutrition, special diets

Q. I have recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Could you tell me which specific foods to avoid?

A. Coeliac disease (pronounced seel-ee-ack) is the result of a permanent intolerance to gluten. If left untreated, it damages the delicate inner lining of the bowel preventing food from being digested and absorbed properly. Symptoms most often reported have been related to an ‘irritable bowel' - bloating and tummy pain, diarrhoea, weight loss and even vomiting.

 

5 easy swaps to make your kitchen heart-friendly

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 09 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, fibre, healthy heart, heart health, high cholesterol

5 easy swaps to make your kitchen heart-friendly

Troubled by high cholesterol? Or has your doctor said you need to get your cholesterol down? Before you start on medication, try my five easy swaps that will work painlessly with your body’s metabolism to get things lower. It’s not just a matter of buying skim milk and margarine. There are a whole range of foods that can actively help drive cholesterol down. Some block its absorption into the body, others help speed its exit so the end result is your blood levels drop.

clipboard  This post is sponsored by HeartActive milk  

Product Review: Menu Planner App

on Friday, 05 July 2013. Posted in Reviews

Product Review: Menu Planner App

Guest review by Michele Pink, Accredited Practising Dietitian at Good Health Nutrition and Dietetics

I am a big believer in menu planning for a number of different reasons; it saves money, makes healthy eating easier, decreases stress levels, saves time, encourages variety in eating and allows you to take into account life's busy times. So when the opportunity arose to investigate a new menu planner App, called 'Menu Planner', I jumped at the chance.

Product Review: Saffron Tea Taste Test

on Thursday, 04 July 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: saffron, tea

Product Review: Saffron Tea Taste Test

This post has been sponsored by Novin Saffron of Saffrondust

clipboardSaffron tea is the simplest and quickest way to take in saffron regularly but when my first tasting of it wasn't what I thought it would be like I called in expert help! I'm not a saffron user but I knew a colleague of mine has been cooking with saffron for years – and she was more than willing to pitch in! Here's how the Novin brand of saffron stacks up against another similar brand.

Product Review: Saffron and Saffron Rice Taste Test

on Thursday, 04 July 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: chicken, gluten-free, grains, indian, review, reviews, rice, saffron

Product Review: Saffron and Saffron Rice Taste Test

This post has been sponsored by Novin Saffron of Saffrondust 

clipboardSaffron is the world's most expensive and highly-prized spice. It's been known since antiquity for its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. I've often read how it adds a wonderful subtle flavour to just about anything from rice dishes to chicken, prawns (think paella), sauces and even puddings. I have to admit I have never used saffron before so I called in my colleague Munaiba to help me understand what I'm tasting and what to look for. We started with a saffron tea.

Product Review: Novin Saffron threads from Saffrondust

on Thursday, 04 July 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: anti-aging, antioxidants, cravings, dementia, depression, drinks, saffron, superfoods, tea

Product Review: Novin Saffron threads from Saffrondust

This post has been sponsored by Novin Saffron of Saffrondust

clipboardSaffron is considered the world's most expensive spice, and I was recently asked to review the saffron on offer at Saffrondust, an Australian importer and retailer of a range of quality saffron from Iran, Spain and Australia.
I tested their Novin brand saffron threads (filaments) which are their highest grade. We tried it in a tea, with rice and in a pilaf. In addition to cooking, saffron also has some amazing health claims so I have also decided to review the mounting case for including saffron in my list of Super Foods.

Q. How can I manage on a salt-free diet?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, diet foods, diet meals, eating out, food labels, health, healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy heart, healthy lifestyle, heart health, nutrition, salt, sodium

Q.  How can I manage on a salt-free diet?

Q. My doctor's just ordered a virtually salt-free diet which I'm finding is a challenge! It seems anything with flavour has way more than 120mg per 100 grams, the limit to which I have to keep under. Most store bought items seems to have an excess of salt - even Tim Tams and milk are outside my range. I am in desperate need of HELP. Where can we find nutritional and tasty meals without salt?