Author: LIsa Donaldson

How much sugar are you really drinking?

You don’t need to be Einstein to know that a can of cola has a lot of sugar in it. Sadly, there are other drinks out there that are loaded with sugar but appear to be ‘healthy’. Let’s take a look at some of the worst culprits. Sports drinks   A sports drink is not necessary unless you are training continuously for 90 minutes or more. They are designed to replenish your electrolytes, including glucose. In a typical 600ml bottle of sports drink, you are looking at 34g of sugar! Fruit juice Juice bars are popping up all over...

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Recipe: Whole wheat and oat pancakes

Pancakes – need I say more!?  I adore this recipe for a weekend breakfast and the fact that it’s made using whole wheat flour and oats, which ensures I step into the weekend on the right foot.  They also make for a great snack and work well in the school lunch box. Makes 10 small pancakes WHAT YOU NEED: ¾ cup wholemeal flour ¼ rolled oats 1 egg 1 cup milk ½ TSP baking powder ½ TBS brown sugar ¼ TSP baking soda Spray extra-virgin olive oil (optional)   WHAT YOU DO: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together...

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Weekly meal planning, do I need it?

Ever get home, look in your fridge and pantry and think… ‘there’s nothing to eat?!?’ This is a common occurrence in households who have given no time to plan meals for the week. Meal planning might sound time-consuming and/or a hassle, but it doesn’t need to be. Let me help you get on top of your week some simple tips! BREAKFAST – Choose two options and alternate: If you are not too bright in the morning, keep things simple so you can cruise through your morning without getting frazzled. My hot tip – choose one option that can be...

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Why am I so ‘hangry’?

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and you are like an untamed animal, sniffing around for something sweet to eat. Despite your best efforts to prepare a healthy snack box, those vege sticks and hummus are not going to tame that inner niggle and you are starting to feel irritated… WHY? This might seem like a lack of self-control, but what you are battling with during these times are some very powerful hormones and not enough SLEEP. HUNGER HORMONES We have two hormones in our body that control our appetite, they are called leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin is a bit of...

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Winter warmer recipe: Garlic Roasted Chicken with Vege

Now that the weather is officially cold and we all have our heaters on, I get excited about baking meals. Not only does it warm the house up, but it makes for seriously easy cooking. This one-pan recipe is a regular in our house over winter. Packed with vege and lean protein, it’s nourishing and satisfying. It’s basically a chop up, throw in the oven and walk away kind of recipe! WHAT YOU NEED: 3 zucchinis cut into long wedges 1 bunch of asparagus 15 button mushrooms 1 punnet of tomatoes 1 red capsicum roughly cut 1/4 cup kalamata...

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