Beat cold Hands and Feet during the winter

Circulation It is actually poor circulation that will present as cold hand and feet. The heart pumps the oxygen and nutrients through the blood and keeps the circulatory system going. Poor Circulation Different types of heart disease can cause cold hands and feet. A heart attack, blocked arteries, an aneurysm and atherosclerosis are some of…

Low-fat beef and ricotta lasagna

Low-fat ricotta cheese is the secret to giving this lasagna a cheesy taste with a lot less calories.   Ingredients (serves 8) 800g lean beef mince 2 zucchini (baby marrow) 2 carrots 250g mushrooms, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed, 700ml tomato pasta sauce ½ cup water 5 fresh lasagna sheets (whole wheat if possible) 250g…

Am I Pre-Diabetic?

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “pre-diabetes”—blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. About 49% of South Africans have pre-diabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be…

Sugar makes you Fat?

Sugar isn’t inherently evil. Your body uses sugar to survive, and burns sugar to provide you with the energy necessary for life. Many truly healthy foods are actually broken down to sugar in the body – through the conversion of long and complex sugars called polysaccharides into short and simple sugars called monosaccharide’s, such as…

Bean and vegetable soup

Hearty comfort meets healthy eating in this delicious low-fat soup recipe. Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g small chat potatoes, lightly chopped (see note) 4 cups salt-reduced vegetable stock 400g can diced tomatoes 2 cups water 2 x 300g cans soya beans, rinsed, drained (see…

Foods made with added sugar causes high cholesterol

A diet lower in sugar corresponds directly to lower cholesterol and other markers of improved heart health, according to a study conducted by researchers from Emory University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “We found that the lower the amount of added sugar people ate, the better their good cholesterol and…

Decoding the Diabetic Diet

A focus on carb- and portion-control should be top priority, but that doesn’t mean the occasional treat is out of the question A crucial tool in controlling diabetes is being vigilant about what you put into your mouth. But, some experts say, you don’t have to be a slave to the glycemic index or banish…

Low-GI lamb curry

Looking for interesting, healthy ways to increase your veggie intake? Do it Indian style with this bright and spicy meal. Fresh veggies and assorted spices give this low-GI curry loads of flavor. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 teaspoons olive oil 500g lamb leg steaks, cubed 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges ¼ cup curry paste…

Vegetarian chili

Ingredients (serves 4) 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 1 large onion, peeled, finely chopped 1 small red chilli, seeded, chopped ½ red capsicum(bell pepper), chopped ¼ tsp chilli flakes ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried thyme 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed 420g can mixed beans, drained, rinsed 420g can lentils, drained,…