French onion soup

French onion soups gets a healthy makeover with this terrific lower GI version.  Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 large (650g) brown onions, halved, thinly sliced 1 dried bay leaf 4 fresh thyme sprigs 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon red wine 2 garlic cloves, crushed 4 cups salt-reduced…

10 Tips to boost your Energy

1. Increase Your Magnesium Intake Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. But if you still find yourself too pooped to pop, you could have a slight magnesium deficiency. This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down glucose into energy. So when…

Tips on preventing high blood pressure

In addition to the changes outlined here it is also important that you reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Potassium and calcium to combat high blood pressure The Manna diet recommends increasing your dietary intake of potassium and calcium. Potassium can be found in all the food groups – fruit and vegetable sources include oranges,…

5 Foods that Can Help You Relieve Hot Flashes

Menopause Hot Flashes Profuse sweating, drenched clothes, nausea and numbing headache followed by chills– it´s not the tagline for a horror movie, but a common reality for many women over 40 suffering from the discomfort of hot flashes. Usually following the flash, the body is left reddened and moist. To help combat hot flashes, many…

15 Tips to Lower Cholesterol

Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol Has your doctor said you have high cholesterol? Then you know you need to change your diet and lifestyle to lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Even if you are on a cholesterol drug to bring levels down, you’ll still need to change your diet and become more…

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…

Chili Chicken Skewers

Who said watching your waistline means boring food? These colorful chicken skewers are low-fat and taste sensational. Equipment You’ll need 8 skewers for this recipe. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 long red chillies, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 600g chicken breasts, halved lengthways 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered 240g can…

10 Healthy Dieting Myths and Facts

1.  Night-time Eating Makes You Fat Put this diet myth to bed. There’s no conclusive proof that late-night meals cause you to put on weight. What we do know is that too many calories cause weight gain, and many night eaters do tend to overeat and choose high-calorie foods. Still, eating just before bedtime can…

Baked lemon chicken with butter bean mash

Healthy baked lemon chicken is served with creamy butter beans and sweet baby carrots for a complete family meal. Ingredients (serves 4) 650g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed 1 large lemon, rind finely grated, juiced 2/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped 2½ Tbsp olive oil 2 x 400g cans butter beans, drained, rinsed 25g butter ¼…