Mexican beef salad

Ingredients (serves 4) 400g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes olive oil cooking spray 4 limes 450g beef rump steak, trimmed 35g packet taco seasoning 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained 310g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves 4 green onions, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed Method Preheat…

Don’t panic if you have signs of diabetes

  Medicines aren’t always necessary to control blood-glucose levels. More than a third of adults in the western world have early signs of high blood sugar levels, a condition called pre-diabetes, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means a person’s blood sugar is elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed as…

Dealing with menopause and bone health

Estrogen is extremely important in preventing bone loss. Therefore, bone loss is often accelerated during the time of menopause due to declining estrogen levels. It is important for individuals, especially women, to begin building their bone bank (bone density) as early as possible to help prevent bone loss and/or osteoporosis. The fuller your bone bank,…

A Diet to Boost Your Mood & Energy Level

Can Food Boost Energy and Mood? Though it’s too soon to say, “An apple a day keeps the doldrums away,” researchers are studying the links between what we eat and how we feel. There is evidence that changing your diet can change your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood. Getting…

Beef and pear tagine

Ingredients (serves 6) 2/3 cup honey 1 large lemon, juiced 2 firm pears, cores removed, cut into thick wedges 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground allspice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2kg chuck steak, cut into 3cm cubes 2 brown onions, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, grated 3 to…

Lentil Salad with Fruits, Nuts and Cheese

Ingredients (serves 6) Lentil Salad 1 cup (250 mL) dried brown or green lentils 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 apple, cored and chopped 1 cup (250 mL) halved green or red seedless grapes 6 cups (1.5 L) baby spinach leaves 1 ½ cups (375 mL) Black Diamond Medium Cheddar…

Fatigue, a Male Menopause Symptom

Fatigue is a common symptom of male menopause, also known as andropause (andro means male). Both andropause and male menopause are used to describe decreasing levels of the male hormone testosterone that comes with aging. Age-related decline in testosterone levels is also called testosterone deficiency, androgen decline in the aging male (ADAM) or late onset…

Hot Flashes: The most common symptom of menopause

Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are a sudden, transient sensation of warmth or heat that spreads over the body, creating a flushing, or redness, that is particularly noticeable on the face and upper body. The experience of hot flashes can range between delicate flushes and a sensation of engulfing flames. Hot flashes result…

Brown rice salad with cumin and currants

Seeds and pine nuts give a satisfying crunch to this flavorsome rice salad. Ingredients (serves 4) 1½ cups brown long-grain basmati rice 1/3 cup pine nuts 1/3 cup sunflower seed kernels 3 teaspoons ground cumin 100g currants 5 green onions, diagonally sliced ½ cup fresh coriander leaves Dressing finely grated rind of 1 orange 2…