Butterbean soup

Butterbean soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 brown onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped 3 stalks celery (including leaves), chopped 400g can butterbeans, drained, rinsed 3 cups Chicken stock (substitute with vegetarian stock for a vegetarian soup) 3 teaspoons rosemary leaves, chopped 100g green beans, trimmed, thinly sliced ½ cup…

Gestational Diabetes and Its Side Effects

Gestational Diabetes and Its Side Effects

Gestational diabetes is a specific form of diabetes which can develop during pregnancy. It can cause the blood sugar levels to shoot up extremely high, which puts both the mother and the baby in danger. Whilst gestational diabetes usually clears up after the baby has been delivered, but it might cause some severe side effects…

The Role of Testosterone Levels in Depression

The Role of Testosterone Levels in Depression

Changes in hormones, especially the sex hormones, can have devastating physical and emotional effects on both men and women. We take the example of menopause in women, where fluctuating hormone levels can cause severe mood swings, emotional breakdowns, and even depression. The common misconception is that this only happens to women, while the truth is…

Can Peanut Butter Help You lose Weight?

Can Peanut Butter Help You lose Weight?

Most people regard peanut butter as a tasty treat that’s should be avoided when you are trying to shake off some weight. But is this actually true? Research suggests that peanut butter may actually help along your weight loss efforts if used correctly, since a small portion can easily make you feel full. The key,…

Tomato & borlotti bean soup

Tomato & borlotti bean soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped 2 celery sticks, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 x 400g can diced tomatoes 1L (4 cups) Vegetable stock 1 x 400g can borlotti beans, rinsed, drained 1/3 cup chopped fresh continental parsley Method Heat…

Zucchini, sweet potato & feta frittata

Zucchini, sweet potato & feta frittata

Ingredients (4 servings) ±700g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-3cm cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, coarsely grated 125g feta, crumbled ¼ cup basil leaves, shredded ± 80g salad mix 6 tomatoes, quartered lengthways 1 onion, chopped 6 eggs, lightly beaten Method Preheat oven to 200°C…

Causes of Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Loss

Usually hair loss is something that only men worry about, but as soon as women starts getting close to menopause, they might also see that their hair is not as thick as it used to be. It is not unusual to see some sort of hair loss as we age, it is important to know…

Managing Digestion & Your Weight

Managing Digestion & Your Weight

We are often so caught up in all kinds of diet fads that we tend to neglect the basics of how our bodies deal with weight loss. When we break it down to the core, we see that the way in which we digest food is one of the most important factors in how effectively…

Coffee & Insulin Resistance

Coffee & Insulin Resistance

Coffee can have various effects on the body including thins like the jitters when you drink too much coffee, and headaches and fatigue when you drink too little. Usually these problems are not very serious, but coffee may very well have some other, more serious effects on the body. Caffeine and Insulin Resistance The main…

Cabbage rolls

Cabbage rolls

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 1 small carrot, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g beef mince ¼ cup Beef stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste 400g can diced tomatoes 100g chargrilled red capsicum (Bell peppera), finely chopped 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves 12 large cabbage…