Nutrition

MUNG BEAN PUMPKIN KALE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING

And just like that, we’re in 2020. Forget reflecting on 2019 (and that bad lower back tattoo... Becky) and embrace the New Year cheer. With eating better at the top of our resolution lists, we asked our good mate, and Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill to throw us her salad to end all salads. So if you’re 15 days deep into a plant-based diet or want to make friends with salad for once and all - try this Mung Bean, Pumpkin & Kale salad today. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It won’t disappoint!

Mung Bean Pumpkin Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 - 6 as a side

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mung beans, cooked until tender
  • 2 cups marinated kale
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup mixed toasted sunflower seeds and pepitas
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 2 teaspoon finely grated zest
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves or other herbs on hand- coriander/parsley will work well, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin pieces
  • 1/4 cup dukkah
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Sea salt & black pepper

Method

1. Toss cooked mung beans, marinated kale, celery, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, lemon juice, zest, evoo and herns in a bowl with a good pinch of salt and black pepper. 

2. Lightly toss through the pumpkin. 

3. Arrange half the salad on a serving platter, sprinkle with half the dukkahand half the tahini then repeat and serve. 

*If you can't find dried mung beans, chickpeas work just as well. To marinate kale: pull leaves from the stem and chop into bite sized pieces, then place into a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice, add a good pinch of sea salt and massage into leaves to marinate and tenderise. 

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How to Start the New Year Sugar Free

Kick sugar in the lumps for good

It's easy to mindlessly scoff down a candy cane or guzzle a ginger beer during the festive season – but, when the New Year dawns it’s time to hit reset, break up with the sweet stuff and reap the rewards of a nutritious diet. 

Before you flashback and get the guilts for having that second serving of grandma’s cake – you’re not alone in this sugar battle. The most recent stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show shockingly, Aussies on average consume 14 teaspoons of sugar a day. Yup, we're all hooked. 

In the early days, it can feel like mission impossible saying cya to your go-to sugar bomb (hello, 3pm Freddo). However, Nutritionist and Remedy Ambassador Jacqueline Alwill says the benefit of quitting sugar is too good to dismiss and not give a try. 

People often see the results far sooner than they think - clearer skin, increased energy levels, weight loss and mental clarity are a few benefits worth mentioning to help you muster up the motivation to reduce your sugar intake.” 

To help you ditch your sugar habit for good this year – follow foodie expert Alwill’s guide to going sugar-free. 

Call on your community

"Like anything, it's easier to do a challenge with a friend, family member or partner - build a support network to help keep you motivated for the first couple of months of going sugar-free."

Be mindful of withdrawls

It's true, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave. Many studies have shown sugar stimulates certain areas of the brain in the same way as drug and alcohol addictions. It's highly addictive and challenging to quit, but with the right mindset, anything is achievable. 

During the first few days, be mindful of your emotions and try minimising stress as going cold turkey can be tricky. Everyone's experience differs, but you may find intense waves of cravings, mood swings, dizziness and nausea - stay strong as the benefits will soon outweigh the withdrawal symptoms.” 

Plan for your meals

"Plan your meals for the first week and try to avoid eating out in those early days as you’ll find sugar is added to so many take away, restaurant prepared meals and found in all those "extra" foods and snacks on the go."

Exercise on the daily

"Reduce your stress levels by exercising each morning - do something you love and keep it low-impact in the first few weeks. Think brisk walking, yoga or pilates.

Interestingly, a 2015 study found short bouts of physical exercise may reduce the craving for sugary snacks. (win). 

Eat more protein

To avoid reaching for a sugary snack, fill up on protein to keep your hunger levels at bay and boost your energy. 

"Try to eat protein with every meal on your sugar-detox whether it's an animal protein such as fish, chicken, red meat, dairy and eggs. Or if you’re a plant-based pro, fill up on legumes, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, nuts, seeds and whole grains."

Increase your fibre intake

"Take control your blood sugar levels by loading up on fibre-rich foods such as vegetables, legumes and seeds; they will also ease your sugar withdrawal symptoms."

Keep hydrated

Thirst is often confused with hunger, so reach for the good stuff to keep hydrated. 

“Beat sugar cravings by increasing your water intake and ensuring you reach the minimum 2-3 litres per day. If you’re craving sparkling, switch up your fizzy drink to a naturally sugar-free alternative like Remedy Kombucha.”

Stay focused

The good news once you've passed the withdrawals you will feel the benefits of quitting sugar, but Alwill explains your sugar habits won’t change overnight for good. 

“Change is powerful, but you have to practise to make it a habit. You need to revisit the change-factor frequently before it all clicks. Things don’t click overnight, it all takes time, patience and practise. Congratulate yourself for making a change for the better and stay focused.”

Mango, Haloumi & Asparagus Salad

Entertaining this festive season?! Not sure what to make? Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill from The Brown Paper Bag shares her go-to salad for the silly season to sort you right out. 

Mango, Haloumi and Asparagus Salad by Jacqueline Alwill

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 mangoes
  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 250g haloumi, sliced approx 5mm thick
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby rocket leaves

Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Remedy Peach Kombucha
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Method

1. Heat a frypan on medium heat, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Cook asparagus on the pan for 3-4 minutes, turning half way. Once cooked, transfer to a plate, add another small amount of extra virgin olive oil, spread around the pan then add haloumi slices and cook 1-2 minutes each side or until golden.

2. Whilst they are cooking whisk together ingredients for the dressing and pop the rocket leaves on a large serving platter.

3. Once asparagus and haloumi are cooked arrange over the rocket, drizzle with dressing, season with sea salt and black pepper and serve.

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Say boo to sugar this Halloween!

It's that spooky time of year again - Halloween has arrived!

Rooted in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, Halloween originally began as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits before morphing into the candy laden festival of witches and wizards we know today!

We’re down with dressing up and getting into the spirit (HA! Geddit?) of things but we know some parents find the amount of sugary treats on offer a little overwhelming. (Especially if you spend a bit of time trying to teach your sprogs about a balanced, healthy diet!).

As always, Remedy’s here to help with some healthy Halloween hacks! We’re not total buzz killers though, we know it’s fun to trick and/or treat so we’re all about making small tweaks and balanced choices…here’s our hot tips to making it through Halloween without the sugar crash ‘n’ burn!

Focus on the fun as well as the food!

Spend time talking with your kids about the origins and history of Halloween. Enjoy workshopping the costume possibilities and house decorations rather than the sweets and lollies on offer. One of the beauties of Halloween is the chance for children to wander around their neighbourhood after hours and get to know their community. Why not make this the focus rather than all the sugary loot?!

Eat something healthy before heading out

Have an early dinner before heading out. Filling up with something wholesome and healthy will help minimise the temptation of gorging on lollies.

Healthier handouts

Consider gifting popcorn, fruit kebabs, cheese-sticks or small packets of sultanas or raisins instead of sugary sweets. You could even go for mini-cans of Remedy Kombucha. They’re the perfect treat without the sweet and just the right size for little hands!

Nix food treats altogether

There’s no hard and fast rule regarding what you hand out to the kids in your neighbourhood and you can bet your bottom dollar some parents will be relieved to see some non-food treats in the trick or treat stash their little ones bring home. Try spooky Halloween themed stickers, bubbles, novelty erasers or even glow sticks to hand out on the night.

There you go – four healthy hacks that’ll have you saying ‘BOO’ to sugar this Halloween!

Healthy Halloween Hacks

No doubt about it, Halloween has well and truly taken off here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Rooted in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, Halloween originally began as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits before morphing into the candy laden festival of witches and wizards we know today!

We’re down with dressing up and getting into the spirit (HA! Geddit?) of things but we know some parents find the amount of sugary treats on offer a little overwhelming. (Especially if you spend a bit of time trying to teach your sprogs about a balanced, healthy diet!).

As always, Remedy’s here to help with some healthy Halloween hacks! We’re not total buzz killers though, we know it’s fun to trick and/or treat so we’re all about making small tweaks and balanced choices…here’s our hot tips to making it through Halloween without the sugar crash ‘n’ burn!

Focus on the fun as well as the food!

Spend time talking with your kids about the origins and history of Halloween. Enjoy workshopping the costume possibilities and house decorations rather than the sweets and lollies on offer. One of the beauties of Halloween is the chance for children to wander around their neighbourhood after hours and get to know their community. Why not make this the focus rather than all the sugary loot?!

Eat something healthy before heading out

Have an early dinner before heading out. Filling up with something wholesome and healthy will help minimise the temptation of gorging on lollies.

Healthier handouts

Consider gifting popcorn, fruit kebabs, cheese-sticks or small packets of sultanas or raisins instead of sugary sweets. You could even go for ‘on theme’ mini-cans of Remedy Switchel Blood Orange. They’re the perfect treat without the sweet and just the right size for little hands!

Nix food treats altogether

There’s no hard and fast rule regarding what you hand out to the kids in your neighbourhood and you can bet your bottom dollar some parents will be relieved to see some non-food treats in the trick or treat stash their little ones bring home. Try spooky Halloween themed stickers, bubbles, novelty erasers or even glow sticks to hand out on the night.

There you go – four healthy hacks that’ll have you saying ‘BOO’ to sugar this Halloween!