The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in Additives & labels

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system ranks food products on a scale from half to five stars on the front of food packs. Like the energy rating you spot on fridges and washing machines, the more stars the better. Foods with five stars being the best nutritional choice.

It’s meant to help us decide whether or not to buy a packaged food product like a bar, cereal, bread or meal base, but how useful is it really?

My 5 best foodie experiences in Sardinia

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 15 August 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: Mediterranean, Mediterranean diet, Sardinia

My 5 best foodie experiences in Sardinia

In June I went on the holiday of a lifetime - a 10-night group tour of Sardinia and Corsica with the bubbly Maeve O’Meara of the Gourmet Safaris fame. It was a wonderful foodie experience and I wanted to share my highlights with you - not to brag but to share what I experienced (in case you’re thinking about travelling there) and to reflect on the famed Mediterranean Diet, which is currently held up as the pinnacle of healthy eating the world over.

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, muesli, review

Product Snapshot: Kellog's All-Bran Fibre Muesli

Better known for its puffs, pops, flakes and sugary cereals, Kellogg's has never gone into the muesli market. It's copped a lot of criticism for its pre-sweetened cereals aimed at kids and recently for its liquid breakfasts so I was quite surprised to receive a sample of its new High-Fibre Muesli under the better-for-you All-Bran brand which has long held reign as the cereal you reach for when you want the most fibre.

August Foodwatch Newsletter - the amazingly diverse world of yoghurt!

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: August, Foodwatch Newsletter, healthy eating, newsletter, Product review, Subscribe, Yoghurt

August Foodwatch Newsletter - the amazingly diverse world of yoghurt!

I'm guessing most of us have some yoghurt in the fridge. Whether it be full fat, low fat, no-fat, plain, fruit, sweetened, no-added sugar, pot set, cow's milk, goat's milk or soy we all seem to find a place for yoghurt in our diets. But how much do you know about yoghurt? Read the August edition of the Foodwatch newsletter to find out.

Product Snapshot - Five:AM organic sweetened yoghurt

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: breakfast, dessert yoghurt, healthy eating, Liquid breakfast, Product Snapshot, review, yoghurt

Product Snapshot - Five:AM organic sweetened yoghurt

I love yoghurt! I eat it with my breakfast muesli and any time I feel like a decent snack. Oh, and served with strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit as a quick summer dessert. I keep being impressed with the flavour and ingredients in this organic yoghurt called “FIVE:AM”, that I found at the supermarket. So I thought I’d delve deeper ...

EatKit August 2014 - In search of healthier take-aways

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Sunday, 03 August 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: chips, eating out, EatKit, fast food, Foodwatch website, take-away, Twitter

EatKit August  2014 - In search of healthier take-aways

Do you find it hard to buy anything vaguely healthy when you're on the road? Lost in a sea of chips and nugget and the greasies? Hate the kids pestering for fast food? Our regular EatKit chat on Twitter us coming up on Wed 20 Aug and we're calling on all dietitians, nutritionists, foodies, teachers, chefs and parents to talk about this important topic.

 

Product Snapshot: Sanitarium’s Fibre Start Drink

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: almonds, breakfast, fibre, healthy eating, high fibre, Liquid breakfast, milk, Product Snapshot, review, soy, soy milk

Product Snapshot: Sanitarium’s Fibre Start Drink

With claims such as “Fibre made easy” and “One-third of your daily fibre in a glass”, this new milk sounds soooo appealing to anyone who hates 'brown' fibrous food like 'branny', chaff-like cereal, smelly cabbage or heavy dark bread. But how does it stack up for real fibre? And what does it taste like? Really.

Catherine's Food and Nutrition Companion wins prestigious Bruce Chandler Prize

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. Posted in In the news
Tagged: Award, Bruce Chandler Book Prize, Food and Nutrition Companion

Catherine's Food and Nutrition Companion wins prestigious Bruce Chandler Prize

I'm thrilled to share with you that on 22 June 2014 the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) awarded my Food and Nutrition Companion the Bruce Chandler Book Prize for best food writing in an area related to nutrition and/or food technology.