10 meal prep tips for beginners

Meal prep in my house is really important. But that doesn’t mean I want to spend my whole weekend in the kitchen. I’m always learning and getting better at doing things though. And I’m not scared to change things around to suit my lifestyle. For example, I’ve switched my grocery shopping from earlier in the week to later in the week now. Why? I find that with three busy kids, and the ‘life’ that revolves around this, it really helps to have food in the house when we hit the weekend.

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What you need to know about non-stick pans

No matter how fond one is of scrambled eggs or similar dishes, the business of scraping the frying pan afterwards is a disagreeable chore. To a large extent this problem has been overcome by the introduction of non-stick plastic coated fry pans which eliminate the need to soak foods in fat to prevent them sticking to the surface.
A leaflet is usually supplied with non-stick cookware; read this carefully before using the equipment.

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Why ‘healthy foods’ are making you fat and sick

As a parent I’m surrounded by so many other parents trying to do the ‘best’ for their child and on a day-to-day basis this often starts with the lunchbox. Well-intentioned ideas, even for themselves, can be the unravelling of health and keeping waistlines growing.

The same goes for parents themselves. Run down and in the ‘hurry’ of life it’s easy to grab a coffee and a muffin on the way to work after the kids have been dropped at school or daycare.

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Eat right for your skin

I am certain you have heard the saying: “you are what you eat” and with regards to your skin this is absolutely true! What we eat affects how our skin looks and feels.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and benefits from excellent nutrition, derived from the foods we eat. Consuming foods rich in vitamins and minerals may provide anti-ageing effects.

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How food companies trick you into buying

Purchasing food for your family can be a minefield. ‘Gluten free’, ‘organic’, ‘wholegrain’ and ‘antioxidant’ are the buzzwords to name a few but they are giving some of us a false sense of health. And it’s not just on the ‘health foods’ as well. We are also getting deceived through the marketing of clearly junk food items. There’s often a little selling point that could tip consumers to purchasing.

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Junk food addiction is real, and makes you want more and more

Ever wondered why kids are so addicted to junk food? It’s because they want to defy us and increase our blood pressure, isn’t it? Um, nope. What about you? Are you struggling to give up that morning muffin? Well, this daily habit may be happening on automatic pilot. It literally can be seen as an addiction.

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Why we are only now realising that the school canteen ‘healthy’ foods are a joke

I’ve had this ongoing frustration with school canteens that promote themselves as ‘healthy’ while following the decade-old traffic light food classification scheme. This NSW scheme categorises food green, amber or red according to its nutritional value. Green light foods are meant to be high in nutrition and should be promoted.

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