Articles tagged with: technology

Product Review: HeartActive milk

Product Review: HeartActive milk

This post has been sponsored by Heart Active Milk. It’s one of those basic foods that’s been in our lives ever since our toddler days. Like all full-fat dairy foods, milk contains saturated fat and is often avoided if your doctor suddenly announces that you have to lower your cholesterol and you’re a sitting duck if you don’t do something FAST. Fortunately, there are many good-tasting no-fat, low-fat and skim milks on offer but if you’re out to lower your cholesterol then why not...

4 April 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Product Review: Go Scan App

Product Review: Go Scan App

I’ve been waiting for the launch of Go Scan for months now, having caught wind of its pending development via occasional whispers...

25 March 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

My visit to UNCLE TOBYS oats facility

My visit to UNCLE TOBYS oats facility

I was lucky enough to score an invite to see how UNCLE TOBYS rolled oats are made. As one of a small group of media dietitians we got...

22 March 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. What's the difference between a Use-by and a Best-before date?

Q. What's the difference between a Use-by and a Best-before date?

A. Do you look at the date before you buy? I know I do! There are three types of date marking - a Use-by date, a Best-before date as...

28 February 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Technology and your tummy

Technology and your tummy

Researchers now blame much of the obesity epidemic on the decline in everyday movement (called incidental exercise) over the last 30...

23 January 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

The

The "Companion" from Catherine Saxelby

Catherine Saxelby's Complete Food and Nutrition Companion - The Ultimate A-Z Guide. This book contains over 500 entries on 400 pages...

21 July 2012 by Catherine Saxelby

= Reviews =

  • Book Review: The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley

    Book Review: The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley

    12 July 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Love him or loathe him, you have to hand it to Michael Mosley, he does practice what he preaches. In this, his latest book - not really a diet book - he details some fascinating research (some of it done ON him) and some simple ways you can take advantage of its findings.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Capilano Beeotic Honey

    5 July 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Classic honey, cloudy honey, floral honey, single species honey (like yellow box or ironbark), Manuka honey, Medi-Honey and creamed honey – today there are so many options! Honey is the go-to sweetener in many households. It can be used in herbal teas, with lemon and hot water, and is heavenly on top of porridge or mixed into yoghurt. It also has numerous perceived health benefits, including healing cuts, soothing sore throats and more.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Lotus Green Banana Flour

    14 June 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Ever heard of green banana flour? Apparently it’s traditionally eaten as a porridge in developing countries and has only recently become available here in Australia. A recent article in Food Australia  alerted us to the existence of the flour and so we thought we’d try it out.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Review: Simply Soups

    7 June 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    There’s lot to love about soup. When it’s cold outside it warms you up and once made, it’s quick to reheat in a mug when you’re hungry or in a hurry. What’s more it gets you closer towards those five serves of vegetables you’re meant to eat each day. Best of all, there’s good research to show that soup can help you shed weight if you need to.

    I love soup and cook up vats of it during winter. Sometimes though, it’s handy to have some sitting in the cupboard for unexpected guests or when you’ve run out of oomph.

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  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product review: Kanzi Apples

    10 May 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Apples are apples, aren’t they? Well no. Some are sweeter, some have more crunch, some cook well, some are better for eating, some are large, while others are small, which is handy for the kids’ lunchboxes.

    So how do the new Kanzi apples stack up? Are they as good as they say? Here we go in search of the real truth behind this apple with a full review of it.

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  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot – Gourmet Garden lightly dried herbs

    3 May 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    As a regular user and fan of the Gourmet Garden Stir-In Herb pastes I was interested to try the semi-dried herbs in my cooking and as garnishes. I like to cook my meals from scratch but as a busy business woman, I also take the odd shortcut. If I can cut out washing and finely chopping chilli, coriander, basil or chives and still get their great burst of flavour, then I’m prepared to give it a go. Let’s see how they performed.

  • Product Review: Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals

    Product Review: Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals

    26 April 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    We’re busy and time-poor. But we still want to eat something healthy – and tasty – before we fly out the door. Despite all good intentions, at times healthy meals are NOT quick and take time to create. Time which you don’t have.

    Cue – this new range of five chilled meals from Woolworths via Michelle Bridges. Are they any good? Do they really have two or more serves of vegetables and lots of protein? Are they a well-balanced meal?

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     Woolworths and Michelle Bridges have teamed up to create Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals, a range of chilled meals that taste great, are nutritious and can be heated in under five minutes.

    The range consists of five single-serve 350g complete meals, each with a combination of protein, whole grains and vegetables. Each supplies less than 1890 kilojoules (450 Calories) but they’re not a diet meal which I like.MBDN-5Packs-in-Collage These five meals are available from the Deli aisle of all Woolworths supermarkets from the end of March. These are in addition to the frozen meals already on offer. These latest five are:

    1. Penne Beef Bolognese with Roasted Vegetables 350g
    2. Butter Chicken with Whole Grain Rice 350g
    3. Peri-Peri Style Chicken with Whole Grain Rice 350g
    4. Beef and Barley Casserole with Roasted Vegetables 350g
    5. Italian Style Chicken with Whole Grain Penne Pasta 350g

    Taste: 8 out of 10

    I got the enviable task of taste-testing all five and so can vouch first-hand for their top texture and nice flavour.

    I have two favourites in the range - the Butter Chicken with Whole Grain Rice, and the Peri-Peri Style Chicken also with Whole Grain Rice. Here’s what I liked about the Butter Chicken meal (shown below):

    MBDN Butter Chicken Closeup

    • It’s great to see vegetables mixed in with the rice. Nice. Not huge quantities but still there. I spy small chunks of carrot, corn kernels and red lentils too. Plus pumpkin served with the Chicken.
    • I liked the whole grain rice which you would not realise is brown rice - which is not wildly popular. It is yellowish in colour thanks to the turmeric sauce which ‘disguises’ it. The brown-rice-haters won’t even notice.
    • There’s ginger, garlic and chilli which add a pleasant kick of heat.
    • Best of all, it actually LOOKS like the photo on the front of the pack. There’s no bluffing here. They def want you to re-purchase.
    • Excellent texture and flavour – unlike many of the ready-meals I’ve tried in the past.

    All the chilled meals have a shelf life of 30 days (kept refrigerated) which is long. Yes you can freeze them after purchase which is what I did. There are different instructions for how to microwave them from frozen and they turn out surprisingly well.

    PeriPeri Frozen Before

    Above: Peri-Peri Style Chicken, frozen 

    PeriPeri Cooked After

    Above: Peri-Peri Style Chicken, heated

     Nutrition: 18 out of 20

    Here I warm to the notion of “balance”. Yes, there’s starchy carbs in each (rice, barley, pasta, legumes, veg) but it’s not huge and they are included with the protein (chicken, beef) plus half a plateful of vegetables which meets the Plate Model of what to serve – one half vegetables or salad, one quarter protein and one quarter carbs. A tick from me.

    My Butter Chicken meal contains two serves of vegetables (or 162g in weight). This is pretty good and hard to achieve (believe me, I know). Note: a serve is around 75g in weight. Which means you can count these two towards the recommended total of 5 serves a day.

    There are no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.

    This Butter Chicken has only 1860kJ (444 Calories). This makes for a decent intake which, along with their fibre and protein, says you won’t go hungry. For instance, if you’re on a 7500kJ or 1500 Cal diet, this meal makes up 30 per cent of your day’s intake, perfect for dinner.

    All meals have a Health Star Rating of 4 out of 5. This shows they have little saturated fat, little salt or sugar and pack in more vegetables and legumes than products with 3 or lower.

    Example - Butter Chicken – Nutrition Panel

    Serve size: 350g

    Quantity Per serve Per 100g

    Energy, kJ
    Energy,  (Cals)

    1860
    (444)

    530
    (127)

     Protein, g  24.2 6.9
    Fat, g 18.9 5.4
     Fat, saturated, g  5.6  1.6
     Carb, g  41.6  11.9
     Sugars. g  12.2  3.5
     Fibre, g 4.9  1.4
    Sodium, mg 508 145

     

     Example - Butter Chicken - List of ingredients

    This is what you’ll see in descending order on the label:

     

    Whole Grain Rice (41%) (Cooked Brown Rice (60%), Carrot (20%), Corn (17%), Rice Bran Oil, Mustard Seed, Cumin Seed, Ground Turmeric (0.3%), Parsley), Butter Chicken Sauce (26%) (Diced Tomato (22%) (Tomato, Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Mineral Salt (Calcium Chloride)), Water, Tomato Paste (13%), Onion, Cream (7%), Yoghurt, Ginger Puree, Garlic Puree (4%), Carrot, Honey, Red Lentils (3%), Soy Sauce, Red Cayenne Chilli Puree, Herbs & Spices, Canola Oil, Fish Sauce, Corn Starch, Yeast Extract), Tandoori Chicken (17%) (Chicken (90%), Water, Tandoori Paste, Tapioca Starch), Pumpkin (16%).

     

    Key nutrients

    Protein – each meal delivers anywhere from 16 to 25 grams of protein. If you want to build muscle after a workout, you should aim for 20 to 30 grams of protein. These meals fit nicely as a post-workout meal.

    Vegetables – at least 2 serves of vegetables in each meal. Great.

    Fibre – you’ll get lots of fibre from whole grains, legumes and vegetables.

    Starchy carbs – ranging from brown rice, pearl barley and wholegrain penne, as well as legumes such as chick peas or red lentils plus vegetables such as corn, pumpkin, carrots as well as onion, red capsicum, celery, and onion.

    MBDN Beef Casserole hand

     

    Who would this product be suitable for?

    Busy people who want a quick but healthy dinner but don’t have much time. I have already tested the MBND frozen dinners (which I must admit I like and are a heck of a lot better than any other frozen dinner from a supermarket) but I understand some people won’t ever venture down the frozen aisle nor buy a frozen dinner. So being in the deli chilled section near the front will attract a whole different shopper.

    Convenience: 8 out of 10

    Very easy. Everything is contained in the meal pack. The only thing to check is to make sure you follow the directions exactly for heating!

    For instance, for my Butter Chicken meal, it’s simple to heat the two-pack meal. You simply pierce the film on both and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir well to ensure all ingredients are mixed. That’s it! On all five, the instructions for heating were clear and easy.

    At $7.99 each, the retail price is very reasonable for a complete meal (often you can find them on sale for less). I buy a BBQ chicken for around $15 but still have to prepare vegetables and bread or potatoes to have with that.

     MBDN Butter Chicken Label Rear

     

    Sustainability 8 out of 10

    The outer sleeve is cardboard which can be readily recycled.
    The black inner polypropylene tray can also be thrown into your recyclables bin. It is marked “PP 5” on the on the recycling scale.
    Only the thin clear plastic film on top would be waste. But it’s only tiny.
    Woolworths say they aim to source Australian ingredients where they can. All the meals are made here. All the beef and chicken are Australian.

    Overall score 42 out of 50 or 4 Apples   Apples 4 smll

     

     

     

    More details at Michelle Bridges' website OR Woolworths website.

     

    The bottom line

    I don’t want to hear you say again “Eating healthy takes too much time". Now there IS no excuse. I’d def buy these again and opt for one of my two faves, which were either the Butter Chicken or the Peri-Peri Style Chicken. For me, I’d probably pop a Delicious Nutritious meal into my fridge or freezer for those days when my schedule changes or you have to go out in a hurry. Dare I say it? These ARE delicious! They make a handy meal-for-one when you don’t want to cook. Nor have the time.

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  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice Chips

    15 March 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    We all love chips but don’t be fooled by their innocent appearance, they’re incredibly sinister. They’re so easy to munch on with a drink before dinner, or offer at a picnic; they’re portable and need no prep or refrigeration and they fool us into thinking we’re eating nothing - so thin, so light. They disappear under the radar – who remembers that packet we munched in the car on the long boring drive home? Who remembers those handfuls wolfed down before dinner? No-one. And that’s their big problem.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Review: Campos Cascara

    15 February 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Move over coffee, watch out tea! There’s a new kid on the block. It’s called Cascara and you’ll spot it at coffee chains like Campos as the new trendy hot or cold beverage (think iced teas). As they say online: “Not quite coffee, not quite tea, but both (and deliciously healthy).” So what the heck is it? And should you be buying some to brew?

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  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Review: V8 Power Blend Juices

    1 February 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Convenience and taste have become the main criteria for our weekly supermarket shop. However, as the trend towards a more healthy diet with increased quantities of fruit and veg catches on, nutrition is becoming just as important. Enter the market, ready-to-drink juices. There are now whole aisles dedicated to them but they’re mostly made from fruit. There’s not much in the way of veg or fruit/veg combos, except Power Blend veg-fruit juices. So let’s take a look to see how they measure up

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  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Kellogg Breakfast Biscuits – are they healthy?

    25 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Who hasn’t heard that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’? But who has time to cook eggs each morning? We have taste-tested and analysed the latest convenience offerings on the market, breakfast biscuits. Here we give our verdict on whether they are a healthy alternative for an on-the-go breakfast if you are rushing out the door.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 best vegetables to help you lose weight (with serving ideas)

    8 February 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) is back for 2017 and the theme is more healthy home cooking. That includes vegetables and salads! AHWW is an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia or DAA. Now in its tenth year, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Sounds great to me.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 weight loss hacks to do NOW

    11 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Finding it hard to shed those extra kilos or pounds? New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings so now is the ideal time to change your eating habits and the ways you exercise. It’s all about eating better on less and getting more movement into your day. Here are my fave 7 tips and tricks to boost your metabolism, burn more energy and promote healthy weight loss

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Your 7 best New Year resolutions for weight loss

    4 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    It’s that time of year when we all turn over a new leaf and decide to lose those last stubborn kilos/pounds, exercise each day, quit smoking, give up alcohol, and become more healthy. In January, it’s a familiar mantra yet if done wisely can stay with you throughout the whole year.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Why the perfect diet might be no diet at all

    3 February 2016 by, Guest post

    Many women spend much of their lives going from one unsuccessful diet to another, convinced that they just haven’t found the right one yet, or that they lack the willpower necessary to stick to one. But what if the problem is actually DIETING itself?

  • What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    7 October 2015 by, Catherine Saxeby and Megan Cameron-Lee

    Lately my social media feeds have been flooded with photos of ‘sugar-free’ sweet treats. Made popular by celebrity, Sarah Wilson, and her book ‘I Quit Sugar’, these recipes fill the hole left by traditional, sugar-containing sweets, chocolates, muffins and slices. Are they actually any better? 

  • Diet review: South Beach Diet

    Diet review: South Beach Diet

    15 July 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Named after the celebrity-studded South Beach in Florida USA, the South Beach Diet promised to be easy and enjoyable with no suffering or deprivation. But once you read through the 14 days of the initial weight-stripping (Phase 1), you soon realize that it's a very restricted diet, only one degree better than Atkins. Will you lose weight on it? Absolutely, but not for the regime or combination of foodstuffs - simply because you're only taking in a meagre 4500 kJ/1070 cals per day!

  • Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    6 May 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The Low GI Diet won't eliminate all your carbs but it does make you think about choosing ‘smart carbs' to help your weight loss efforts. Legumes, pasta, grainy breads and the right types of cereal, rice and snacks are preferred over white bread and refined cereals.

    It's based on the Glycaemic Index (GI) concept which says that low GI carbs are digested and absorbed much more slowly and so last longer in your system. It was originally a concept for diabetes but now has advantages for dieters too.

  • Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    29 April 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Sandra Cabot's book Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X promises help for those struggling to shed weight. However, it's no magic bullet - you will still have to exercise and change the way you eat. Is it helpful or is it just another fad diet? Here's my review...

  • My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    4 March 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Is sugar the key culprit in the obesity crisis? If I cut out ALL sugar (including honey and agave) and everything sweet, will it be easier for my body to shed weight?  I ate and cooked from Week 1 of the IQS program by Sarah Wilson (see my review of the book here) to see if, and how, it would help me lose a little weight. Here's how I fared on the first week ...

  • The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    1 October 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Forget sugar as the sole villain. Don’t blame fat alone for the flab. Forget carbs as the culprit. There is no silver bullet for weight loss and there is no ONE single food or nutrient that can be blamed for our expanding waistlines. Nor ONE single reason for the decline in our physical activity levels. There are many and they’re different for each person who’s carrying excess weight. I’ve unearthed at least 13 possible causes but I’ll wager there are many more. So look down my list and tick off which of these 13 (unlucky for some) factors are responsible for your underlying problem. 

  • Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    9 May 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has come under scrutiny over the validity of its research and the concern that a diet high in meat can lead to bowel cancer, which is one of the more common cancers at present in Australia. CSIRO has also been criticised for lending its name to a diet book as they are the country's national research agency.