The Many Important Roles of Fiber in the Body

Dietary fiber, also called roughage, is the structural framework of plants and one of the most abundant compounds in nature. While “fiber” is often used as a blanket term, there are actually two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in liquid and forms a gel in the body that promotes a feeling…

Mexican beef meatballs

Ingredients (4 servings) 500g lean beef mince 2 x 125g cans red kidney beans, drained, rinsed 1 small red onion, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3/4 cup chunky mild tomato salsa 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium avocado, halved, peeled 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream Salad, to serve Method Process mince, beans, onion,…

Mediterranean vegetable parcels

Ingredients (serves 4) 400g mixed baby tomatoes 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), halved, seeded, cut into 4cm pieces 1 zucchini (baby marrow), trimmed, thickly sliced 400g can no-added-salt chickpeas, rinsed, drained 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 3 tsp drained baby capers 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp dried oregano leaves 100g feta,…

Chicken, lentil and tomato soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 cup green lentils, rinsed, drained 2 cups chicken stock 4 cups water 2 Chicken Breast Fillets 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, leaves intact, chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 1 bay leaf ½ cup grated parmesan, to serve ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley Method Place the lentils…

Lamb shanks with thyme and rosemary

Ingredients (serves 4) 4-6 lamb shanks, trimmed flour, for dusting salt and cracked black pepper 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 1 large celery stick, coarsely chopped 6 pickling onions, peeled and halved 400g can crushed tomatoes 3 cups (750ml) beef stock 3 sprigs rosemary 3 sprigs thyme 150g baby spinach leaves Method Dust the lamb…

Is it a Common Cold or an Allergy?

You’ve got a runny nose, a cough, and congestion. So have you caught a cold or is it allergies? Unfortunately, it’s often hard to tell – even for doctors. But here’s information that may help. Read on to learn more about the causes and treatments of cold and allergy symptoms. What Are Colds and Allergies?…

Wheat causes weight gain and sickness

Wheat causes weight gain and sickness What if you were eating correctly and following the advice of your doctor to eat more “healthy grains” but continued to gain weight with worsening blood work? Millions of Americans continue to follow the diet backed by the ADA (American Diabetes Association), AHA (American Heart Association) and many other government…

Winter Skin Hazards

Dry Skin Woes Are your skin feeling dry and tight — even itchy or flaky? Any number of causes can strip your skin of its protective oils. The result: Everything from chapped lips and itchy skin to cracked heels. Relief is in your grasp. Use this pictorial guide to see top cold-weather threats to your skin and…