Monday, November 28, 2011

Product Review - Nudie Juice

Written by Kate Bullen, APD

For my son’s 2nd birthday morning tea I purchased some juice – and thought it might make a good product review. I really don’t buy juice very often so firstly was a little bit shocked by the huge array of juices to choose from. I only looked in the chilled section – and that was overwhelming enough! I grabbed the Nudie Juice just because I know it is an Aussie company and I like to support local. J

At first glance I love that the bottle honestly states that in 2litres of juice there are 21 oranges. I guess this marketing goes 2 ways – some might think that is fantastic value for money, and then others (or maybe it is just me!) think – goodness – 21 oranges – that is A LOT! 

So let’s put this in perspective. In a 250ml cup of juice (and lets be honest, most people probably serve up more than 250ml), you will be getting the equivalent of 2.625 oranges and 425kj (which by the way is a lot less kilojoules than you would get from eating 2.625 whole oranges…). I don’t think many people would sit down and eat 2.625 oranges – but it is pretty easy to drink a cup of juice – and still feel hungry! So there must be a difference.

250ml Nudie Orange Juice
2.625 oranges (~160g each)
Fat total
Less than 1.0g
Dietary Fibre
Less than 1.0g

And as the table above shows – fibre is the by far the biggest difference. Virtually nil fibre in the Nudie juice (because it is usually extracted during processing) but the whole oranges are a great source of fibre. Typically most peoples diet is lacking in fibre – so by choosing juice instead of whole fruit, your body is missing out on fibre which is important to help keep us full for longer and also helps keep our bowels regular (if you would like to read more about bowel movements, check this out).

So juice – totally understand that some people love their juice. Maybe just think about how often you have it and whether you could swap some for whole fruit and a glass of water. Boring? Well it may just help you reduce your risk of many diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even becoming overweight.

On a positive note – Nudie Juice has no artificial things added – which is definitely a plus, and another reason why I chose it in the first place.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My little boy turns 2

Written by Kate Bullen, APD

Just over a week ago my little baby boy turned 2. Sigh. I really don't know where the last 2 years went - they have just flown by!  We celebrated with a small joint morning tea with his 16 year old cousin - they are only a couple of days apart so well worth combining! Here is a selection of what we had to eat:

Fairy bread - I used wholemeal bread!
Cream cheese & herb dip with some vegetable sticks and crackers
White chocolate cupcakes (yep - totally indulgent!)
An enormous fruit platter - so good!
I forgot to get photos of a few other tasty treats that we had - chevups in mini bread rolls (which I totally borrowed from a beautiful little girls 1st birthday that we had been to the day before!), some meatballs, and of course.....

The birthday cake

And the inside:
My husband made the cake - it was very cool!

So there you go - a good mix of some easy, healthy and tasty snacks - combined with a couple of indulgent party snacks. Perhaps a bit of inspiration as we head into the festive season!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recipe: The Humble Hamburger

Written by Kate Bullen, APD

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post - sorry to anyone who might have been missing them! Unfortunately had a chest infection, but am back and feeling much better!

Hamburgers are something that we make at home quite often. They are a great healthy meal, and fantastic meal that can be eaten earlier by the kids, and then a bit later by the adults. Also great as leftovers.

My husband has perfected the hamburger patty - it is all about the flavour. So here is our version of a burger patty, which was based on a recipe by Gordon Ramsay. You can halve the recipe because 1kg of beef does make a huge amount of burger patties!

1kg minced beef
1/2 cup of garlic, chopped (I know this seems a lot - but it is all about the flavour!)
4 tablespoons sundried tomatoes, diced
2 finely chopped red onions (wear your sunnies to stop the tears!)
4 teaspoons dijon or honey mustard
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons tomato sauce
1-2 egg yolks only

Mix up and make into hamburger patties. Grill in a non stick pan, or on the bbq.

We like to serve with avocado spread on toasted bread, caramelised onions, tomato, lettuce, rocket, grilled mushrooms, baby spinach, sliced beetroot, grated carrot and cucumber.


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