Appetising avocados

Avocado is a very nutritious and thankfully common food in most households today. Growing up in country Australia, I hadn’t even seen an avocado up until about thirty years ago. Avocado was not a common food for us. That’s not to say it wasn’t around, just that it wasn’t a typical food in our diet, which was typical of the average ‘Aussie’ at that time. It has certainly become a more popular addition on the grocery list over the last twenty years.

There are over 80 varieties of avocado these days, and the Hass is probably the best known variety. It was discovered in 1935 by Rudolph Hass. A single fully matured tree can produce as many as 500 avocados. That’s impressive! It is thought that the avocado first came from Mexico around 5,000 BC. There have been seeds of the avocado found buried with Incan mummies that date back to 750BC. Read More


Chick peas, champion of champions

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a legume that provide a delicious and nutritious food. Consumed extensively in the middle East and Asian countries for centuries, they are slowly becoming more widely accepted into the western diet.

Chickpeas are available all year around, as a dried or canned product. Interestingly, there is little difference in the nutritional value between the canned beans and soaking your own. Read More


Popular potatoes

This week we are going to look at potatoes. The humble, and very common potato. It is a staple food for most households.

We steam them, we mash them, we bake and we roast them. A very popular, nutritious and delicious comfort food. In fact a very healthy food. It is what we put on them, or how we cook them that changes the health of our potato and so our perception of the potato as being a healthy and valuable food diminishes. People often think of it as a fattening food, however we can’t blame the poor old potato for the lashings of sour cream or butter that we pile onto it. Or for the delicious hot chips that we buy.

The over zealous popularity of the low-carb diets have also given potatoes a hard time. Potatoes are high in carbs and low in protein. They are a vegetable and are meant to be high in carbs and low in protein, as are carrots, pumpkin etc. Read More


Awesome Almonds

The Health Benefits of Almonds:

Almonds are one of our earliest cultivated foods, and are thought to have originated in central Asia. Almonds are delicious and the health benefits are numerous.

A real powerhouse snack, in a 1/4 cup of almonds there is around 15% of the RDA for protein, around 7grams. This is a food to be taken with you on any outdoor activity, especially if going on a long walk or hiking.

Almonds can play an important part in many processes in the human body,

Being one of our most alkaline nuts, almonds can help to stabilise the acid alkaline balance in our body. Read More