What is your relationship with food and eating?

7 ways to trick your taste buds into loving vegetables

Chefs are masters at trickery. They know a splash of olive oil or sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds does wonders for vegetables. So, follow their lead! Let’s make our veggies lively and great tasting so you – and the kids – will WANT to wolf them down. These seven ideas start simple then progress in complexity.

13 October 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

The kale backlash

Why is kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) singled out for superfood status? It appears in many ‘lists of the healthiest...

6 October 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

Sugar is still a problem

Sugar is still a problem

From the added sugar hidden in foods, the new generation of sugar-free sweeteners, and much more, I explore why sugar is still a...

29 September 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

A versatile and nutritious vegetable, pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene, from which it gets its lovely golden colour. The...

22 September 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

Product review:  Birds Eye Plant Based range

Product review: Birds Eye Plant Based range

When you think of Birds Eye, their frozen peas and fish fingers probably come to mind. But I bet you’d never think of plant-based...

15 September 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Are ‘naturally sugar-free’ soft drinks actually natural?

A while back, I asked my readers what you were most interested in knowing about. Some of you wrote back asking about sugar-free soft...

8 September 2021 by Catherine Saxelby

= Reviews =

  • Product review:  Birds Eye Plant Based range

    Product review: Birds Eye Plant Based range

    15 September 2021 by, Catherine Saxelby

    When you think of Birds Eye, their frozen peas and fish fingers probably come to mind. But I bet you’d never think of plant-based products!

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Birds Eye. 

  • 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: Olina’s Snackers Crackers

    2 June 2021 by, Catherine Saxelby

    We sampled Olina’s latest offering in the seeded cracker range – called Olina’s Bakehouse Seriously Seedy Snackers (which is a great name BTW). They come in four flavours: Barbecue, Chilli & Lime, Beetroot & Sour Cream, and Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelised Onion. Take a look at our verdict.

  • Product review: Leggo’s Organic Sauces

    Product review: Leggo’s Organic Sauces

    19 May 2021 by, Catherine Saxelby

    These new organic pasta sauces from Leggo’s come in three varieties – Organic Tomato and Basil, Organic Tomato and Garlic, and Organic Tomato and Veggies. All of them sport an impressive 4.5 Health Star Rating (HSR). Read on to see how they fared in my taste tests and under the nutrition microscope.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Leggo’s.

  • 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 – Woolworths' Fruit sourdough, is it a better alternative to other fruit breads?

    21 April 2021 by, Guest post

    I’m sure we all like a slice of toasted fruit loaf with our morning coffee from time to time. I certainly do but I’m always worried about the amount of added sugar in them. That’s why I was interested to try Woolworths Fruit and Seed Sourdough bread. Take a look at my 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 – Carman’s Protein Salted Caramel Nut Butter bar

    10 February 2021 by, Guest reviewer

    There’s a plethora of muesli bars, nut bars, nut and seed bars available these days. I’ve tried several and none really hit the spot for me. I’ve had a few that tasted a bit rancid and others that were way, way too sweet. That’s why I tried these bars. Here's what I found…

  • 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: Woolworths Soft wraps with 65% less carb

    27 January 2021 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Low carb products are all the rage at the moment. Those on keto and low carb diets are always on the lookout for low carb versions of their favourite foods such as breads and wraps. We’ve already reviewed low carb breads and low carb potatoes and now we’re now giving you a quick look at these soft wraps from Woolworths which have 65 per cent less carbs.

  • 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: Nudus fruit and veg chips

    18 November 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    If you’re on social media, then you’re almost guaranteed to have heard of Nudus. They seem to be carpet bombing the Instagram and Facebook feeds. This made me curious (yes, the ads worked!) to see what they were like as they have 5 Health Stars and claim to be made from 100% fruit or veg.

  • 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 – Dillicious – Australian Dill Pickles

    21 October 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    I’m a big fan of dill pickles so I was interested to try these Dillicious Aussie ones. I ordered them online and they arrived in short order, well packaged in recyclable materials. Take a look at what I thought of them.

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    The 5 best sweet snacks of 2020 for busy women

    7 October 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Once again, I’ve had the good fortune to be a judge for the annual food awards run by Healthy Food Guide magazine which help shoppers discover the best packaged products to buy for nutrition, value and taste. The complete list of the winners and finalists has been announced in the November issue of the magazine (which comes out on 5 October).

  • 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 – Tassal Salmon Bacon

    12 August 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    Do you love to have bacon as part of your weekend big breakfast? Perhaps you’ve heard that bacon is quite high in saturated fat and/or salt and you’ve wondered if there are any healthier but still tasty, alternatives? Tassal has had the brilliant idea of making salmon bacon from smoked salmon.

  • Change your eating, change your life!

    Change your eating, change your life!

    5 August 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Like most writers, I’m an avid reader. I especially read lots of nutrition books. I do like a classic, well-written overview on a specific topic and the odd faddish diet book (just to see what others are reading).

    Here’s a Baker’s Dozen (13) of nutrition books and related cookbooks that can improve your health and wellbeing this year.

    Changing your eating really can change your life!

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    How to beat those cravings

    20 January 2021 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Many of us have cravings from time to time and for different reasons. One thing is certain, they can sabotage all your best efforts at a healthy diet and/or weight loss. The good news? You CAN beat them. I’ll tell you how.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    How to lose weight WITHOUT going on a diet

    14 October 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The word 'diet' is a turn-off for most people. It sounds hard, unpleasant and unpalatable. Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard AND it doesn’t have mean sticking to a 'diet'. You can forget Paleo, Keto, Vegan and Raw, Gluten-free and Intermittent Fasting. To lose weight, you don’t have to follow any specific diet. What you need is simple, healthy, nutritious food and a few tips and tricks.

  • What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

    What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

    16 September 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Healthy weight loss happens when you lose weight slowly and steadily (around 1 kg or 2 pounds weight loss a week). Your goal is to lose weight while still getting your essential nutrients but from smaller portions. You certainly don’t want to be tired with no energy! That’s why you need regular healthy meals and snacks on hand to ensure your vitamins, minerals, omega-3s and fibre needs can be easily met. There is a new range of healthy weight loss meals available and it’s one that I’d like to recommend. With these ready meals, you’ll say goodbye to meal planning, shopping, meal preparation and cooking.

    This post is sponsored by Chefgood 

  • Kitchen make-over for the New Year

    Kitchen make-over for the New Year

    8 January 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

     “This year, I'm going to lose weight!”, or “This year I’m opting for a healthier lifestyle!” Is your 2020 New Year's resolution something like one of these? If so, how is it going to happen?

  • 7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 August 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I love soup, whether in a bowl, a mug or on-the-go. It’s easy to make in bulk and freeze in portions for later so you don’t have to do as much cooking or spend that precious time in the kitchen. So, why not make up a big pot today and keep it for when you’re starving before a meal or as a between-meal snack? Your body will thank you for it.

  • Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    24 April 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As nutritionists, we were always taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, especially for people who want to lose weight. Now a review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2019;364:l42 ) throws doubt on this old adage.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Fasts and fasting – religious and nutrition based

    16 January 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Every major religion has some sort of fast. In the 1960s, I grew up as a Catholic and the Lenten ritual of giving up something (for me it was sugar in my tea and coffee) and fasting was a normal part of the year. We also used to fast one hour before Mass so we could receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on an empty stomach. No meat was allowed on Fridays (which later morphed into only the Fridays of Lent). Here we examine the traditional fasts of major religions as well the newer nutrition-based fasts for weight loss. See if it’s something you can manage …

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    What actually is ketosis? Is it good or bad for you?

    13 June 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Ketosis is when you push your body’s metabolism to burn stored fat for energy instead of sugar. So how do you do it? And is it good for you?

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    What's better for weight loss and health? Low-carb or low-fat?

    9 May 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Recent studies have provided an interesting insight into the perennial ‘dieters’ dilemma’ - “Low-carb OR low-fat?” Which is better for your health? Which is better for weight loss? The results are in, so let’s take a look.

  • 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

    Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or painful. As a nutritionist dedicated to helping busy women eat healthily I have the answer! Fresh vegetables are the key. They taste great, they’re full of vitamins, minerals and fibre too. Take a look…

  • 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