Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Healthy Hot Chocolate



The winter chill is here & you may be craving particular foods (mostly chocolate) to keep you warm! But why are you having these cravings?

What causes food cravings?
  • Low energy
  • Boredom
  • Poor diet
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • PMS
  • Insufficient calorie intake
  • Alcohol/Hangover
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Food Intolerances
  • And much more!

Specific chocolate cravings can be more specifically linked with magnesium deficiency.

Foods high in Magnesium
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • flaxseeds
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • celery
  • kale
Alternative you can take a magnesium supplement such as Bioceuticals ultramuscleze night or P5P

A great way to satisfy those chocolate cravings is with our Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe

Ingredients
  • 100ml A2 milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 tsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbl of raw organic cacao (cacao vs cacao blog post)
  • 200ml boiling water
Method
  • Boil the kettle
  • In a mug add milk, coconut sugar and cacao. Milk thoroughly
  • Add boil water and mix well

Nutrition Information
Servings per package:
1.00

Serving size:
325
ml

Average
Quantity per Serving

Average
Quantity per 100 g

Energy
335
kJ
103
kJ
Calories
80
cal
25
cal
Protein
4.1
g
1.3
g
Fat, total
4.0
g
1.2
g
- saturated
3.1
g
0.9
g
Carbohydrate
6.3
g
1.9
g
- sugars
5.2
g
1.6
g
Sodium
49
mg
15
mg



















To find out how to adjust your nutrition intake and reduce cravings contact us at admin@naednutrition.com.au

Friday, 27 May 2016

Top 7 Food Additives to Avoid




Additives are found everywhere in our packaged products but what do those little numbers mean and which ones should you look out for? Here are our top 7 list of food additives to avoid:  

1. Aspartame # 951 C found in Diet Foods & diet soft drinks, equal,
Linked to many health problems including cancer, asthma, nausea, depressions, hyperactivity, seizures.  Causes dizziness, headaches & hallucinations

2. Olestra (Fat substitute) found in chips, crackers (no fat/reduced fat)
Linked to diarrhoea cramps, flatulence, increases appetite, decrease the ability for fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed.

3. Erythrosine #E127 (red) found in jams, sugar lollies, toppings & fillings, red cordials and soups
Linked to concentration issues, increase in hyperactivity in kids, nerve toxin

4. MSG #621 found in Chinese, salad dressings, soups, chips
Linked to Asthma, hyperactivity, depression, mood changes, sleeplessness, nausea, migraine, linked to infertility, teratogen, convulsions, abdominal discomfort. See text re other hidden sources of MSG
Causes headaches, dizziness, migraines, convulsions

5. Sodium Nitrate #251/250 found in Bacon, ham, salami, corned beef, hot dogs
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness, possible carcinogen. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children.

6. Sulfites #222/223/228 eg: sodium bisulphite (222) Found in wine, beer and dried fruit
Linked to migraines and asthma attacks in some people

7.  Tartrazine #E102 (yellow) found in lollies, desserts, cereal and soft drinks
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, skin rashes, migraines and thyroid problems.

Remember they won’t always be listed under these names or numbers, for example Tartrazine #E102 is listed as FD&C yellow 5 or C.I. 19140. Be consumer aware & download the free app Additive Alert!

For more information on becoming consumer aware with your foods contact us at admin@naednutrition.com.au

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Cacao VS Cocoa



Cacao, Cocoa - same same but different right? Not quite and here is why...


Cacao
Cocoa
What is?

Cacao is a raw superfood that comes from cacao beans. It is the purest form
Cocoa is cacao, roasted

What nutrients is it high in?
Antioxidants
Magnesium
Iron
Potassium
Zinc
Healthy fats
Fibre
Protein
Less of each nutrient when compared to cacao particularly fibre and healthy fats
Pros
Promotes cardiovascular health
Improves mood
Reduces insulin resistance
Very high source of antioxidants
Excellent source of nutrients
Slightly less health benefit due to heating procedure
Cons
Bitter and rich in flavour
Mostly teamed with high sugar, milk fats, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavourings in products
Most common forms
Powder
Nibs
Butter
Powder


Which one do I pick?
The rawest form of the food is the best option. When making your own hot chocolates, smoothies, protein balls or dessert the raw cacao (organic if you can) is your best option in terms of health, longevity and a fat loss. Majority of cheap cocoa powders are going to be teamed with sugars. When choosing an item premade your cacao is always going to be better – just be sure to check what it is teamed with (hydrogenated oils/ sugars etc.)

Need a healthy chocolate fix? Try our Crunchy Protein Balls recipe



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