What You Need To Know About Carbs

What You Need To Know About Carbs

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding carbs, sugar and starch. Many people see them as being exactly the same thing, and that you should avoid them all. But what makes blood sugar Levels increase and why? What Are Carbs? In essence, carbs are a source of energy that the body can use…

Chickpea and pumpkin casserole

Chickpea and pumpkin casserole

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 cup dried chickpeas 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium red onions, cut into wedges 600g butternut pumpkin, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 sprigs fresh lemon thyme 1½ cups Vegetable stock 200g cherry tomatoes 100g baby spinach Method Place chickpeas in a bowl. Cover with cold water. Stand overnight in a…

Goulash soup

Goulash soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 400g beef chuck steak, trimmed, cubed 1 medium brown onion, chopped 1 medium carrot, peeled, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon paprika 3½ cups Beef stock 400g can diced tomatoes 450g potatoes, peeled, cubed Sour cream and fresh chives, to serve Method Heat oil in a saucepan…

4 Negative Results of Cutting out All Carbs

4 Negative Results of Cutting out All Carbs

Although completely carb-free diets have been proven successful for weight loss, it can come with some negative side effects. A better alternative would be to cut out most carbs, but still include some healthy carbs into your eating habits. The 4 main side effects of no-carb diets are: 1. Workouts Suffer Carbohydrates are needed for…

Four-bean soup with barley

Four-bean soup with barley

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, sliced 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped 1 carrot, roughly chopped 3 thyme sprigs ½ cup (105g) pearl barley 2 cups (500ml) Vegetable stock 2 x 400g cans four-bean mix, rinsed, drained 400g can chopped tomatoes ½ cup finely sliced flat-leaf parsley…

10 minute ratatouille

10 minute ratatouille

Packed with veges, this quick and tasty side dish will become an instant family family favourite! Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 red capsicums (bell pepper), thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small eggplant 2 small zucchini (baby marrow) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 3 medium tomatoes, chopped Method Heat oil in…

Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Psoriasis, a common skin condition, is identified by the way that it changes the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, and this forms thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. Psoriasis is usually a persistent, chronic disease with…

Treating Pregnancy Diabetes

Treating Pregnancy Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a common occurrence amongst expecting mothers. To make matters worse, it is becoming more of a problem each day.    Many women are not even aware of the risk they face of developing diabetes during pregnancy.  While most women with gestational diabetes end up giving birth to healthy babies, there is still…

Tips for Minimizing Menopausal Weight Gain

Tips for Minimizing Menopausal Weight Gain

Whether you like it or not, menopause and weight gain usually go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, being overweight does not just mean that you have to buy bigger clothes, but it can also come with the risk of various other health-hazards. Luckily there are ways in which you can fight this menopausal weight gain and lower the…

Chicken and vegetable soup

Chicken and vegetable soup

Ingredients (4servings) 4 chicken drumsticks 1 litre (4 cups) Chicken stock 2 potatoes, peeled and diced into 2 x 2 cm dice 2 large carrots, peeled and small diced 1 leek, white part only, halved lengthways and sliced 6 garlic cloves, crushed 60g baby kale leaves ½ lemon, juiced Olive oil, to garnish Paprika, to…