Grilled tomato & bean salad

  With mouth-watering smokiness, this bean salad wins for health and taste. Ingredients (serves 10) 60ml (¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs red wine vinegar ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp paprika 250g tomato Medley Mix, halved olive oil spray 1 large red onion, cut into wedges 500g green round beans, trimmed, halved…

Pineapple chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Balsamic vinegar adds vibrant flavor to this salad without a hint of fat or sodium. With its intense and complex flavor, this vinaigrette is a perfect complement to the chicken, pineapple and spinach salad. Ingredients (serves 8) 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each about 140g 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 can (±220g) unsweetened pineapple chunks,…

Barbecued lime and mint chicken skewers

Skewers are a barbecue favorite, so tuck into these chicken and mint delights. Ingredients 2 limes 2 long fresh green chilies, halved, seeded, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 60ml (1/4 cup) light olive oil ½ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped 800g chicken fillets, cut into ±2cm pieces 1-2 tbs water Fresh…

The Root of Most Skin Problems

What is the body’s largest organ? Believe it or not, it’s our skin. It holds together and shields our muscles, tissues, bones and internal organs. It takes a beating from the environment and our lifestyles, yet protects us. The health of our skin, more often than not, reflects our internal environment: the environment of the…

Menopause – a reason to have a ‘health audit’

The International Menopause Society publish a report that suggests taking certain actions at the time of the menopause may be important for avoiding chronic diseases in later life. In developed countries, the natural age of menopause is between 50 and 52 years, though in less developed countries menopause occurs sooner – in the late 40s.…

Type 2 Diabetics recover slower from stress

People with type 2 diabetes are physically less able to recover from stress, finds a study by scientists at UCL and the University of Zurich, funded by the British Heart Foundation. These findings could lead to new approaches in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, targeting the wide number of biological changes that take place…

Egg Salad

Ingredients (Serves 4-6) 12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled ¼ cup chopped green onion ½ cup chopped celery ½ cup chopped red bell pepper 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp cider, white wine or sherry vinegar A few drops of Tabasco or other hot sauce ¼ teaspoon paprika Salt and black pepper to…

Baked Moroccan chicken and rice

Ingredients (serves 4) ¼ cup apricot jam 1½ tablespoons Moroccan seasoning 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon olive oil 500g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces 2 cups brown rice, rinsed 1 brown onion, thinly sliced 1 large tomato, roughly chopped ½ cup frozen peas 2¼ cups salt-reduced chicken stock 1 lemon, juiced…

How to Break Bad Eating Habits

Are you sabotaging your weight loss program with the wrong eating habits? If you’re serious about eating healthier and losing weight, change those bad eating habits, and start thinking differently about your diet. How to eat more fruits and veggies Eat at least one more vegetable or fruit at every meal. Keep cut-up raw veggies…