Nutrition

Peek inside a nutritionist’s pantry!

It’s getting chilly and rightly time to stock up on the GOOD stuff! But before you go out and buy a great wall of bog roll again, make sure you first have the basics on hand to create healthy and affordable meals at the ready this season.

Sadly, there’s only so long you can survive off those 2-minute-noodle wonders, and it’s time to get back to good N-U-T-R-I-T-I-O-N. Remember that crazy word? Rhymes with a beautician (the real heroes we’ve missed).

To help get us back into the swing of things, Remedy Drinks Nutritionist Jacq Alwill has been kind enough to share the multipurpose pantry staples she stocks up on at the supermarkets to make meals FULL of nutrition and flavour. Take notes.

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GRAINS & PSEUDO GRAINS 

“Grains are a wonderful source of B vitamins, fibre and carbohydrates for sustained energy and to help our brains function at their absolute best, the top grains to have on hand are basmati or brown rice, buckwheat, pure buckwheat soba noodles, quinoa, quinoa flakes, oats and barley.” Jacq explains. Try porridge for breakfast, a salad loaded with quinoa for lunch and hearty dinner with rice or noodles!

LEGUMES & BEANS 

Thanks to the popularity of going meat-free (even for one day a week), legumes and beans are key– and they’re cost-effective, versatile and filling. “Legumes and beans will satiate your appetite and fuel your body with plant-based proteins. They provide essential amino acids our bodies need to synthesise proteins and for growth, development and repair.” If you’re not sure which to take home, Jacq recommends brown lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and butter beans. If you’re buying them dried, try puy lentils, red lentils or split peas.

FERMENTED FOOD & DRINKS 

Fermented foods and drinks are the true long-life pantry heroes! Jacq suggests keeping an eye out for kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, yoghurt and fermented drinks at the supermarket AKA   Remedy Kombucha,    Remedy Switchel,    Remedy Sodas and    Remedy Kefir. “Fermented goods are some of the most delicious ingredients you can stock up on and store for later. Through the fermentation process, they produce beautiful bacteria best known to us as probiotics to support our immune health. How? They feed the gut flora so it can flourish and absorb the nutrients in our foods.” We’ll CHEERS to that. 

OIL, VINEGAR, & CONDIMENTS 

Don’t skimp on oils, vinegar and condiments. What you’re cooking with should taste great! “Using high-quality oils not only add flavour to dishes, they can also be a source of high-quality fats. Extra-virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil and ghee are all great to have. Balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar will transform any salad while helping curb sugar spikes and aiding digestion” says Jacq. Tamari and fish sauce are great for adding flavour to stir-fries and Asian cuisines. Tahini, almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter can be used in baking, simple salad dressings, and if you just can’t help yourself, eaten by the spoon! 

Deluxe Plant-Based Burgers

Finally scraping the barrel of iso-recipe ideas? We're in the same boat. One more curry and we may just have a new turmeric-coloured wallpaper on our hands. It's either that or the beans get a spin in the microwave again. Luckily our main gal and Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill came in to save the day with this banger of a burger recipe. Plant-based deliciousness which uses simple ingredients and is oh-so easy to make (it also happens to go REAL well with a Remedy Ginger Beer). Get on it!

Deluxe Plant-Based Burgers by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 
  • 1 cup (200g) frozen peas, defrosted 
  • 1 cup (200g) cooked chickpeas or tinned, rinsed and drained 
  • 1/2 cup (70g) cooked brown rice 
  • 1/2 cup (48g) almond meal 
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caramelised onion 
  • 2 tablespoons (40ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander (or your herb of choice) 

Method

1. Start by making the flax egg. Combine ground flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons water in a small bowl, mix and set aside.

2. In a food processor combine defrosted peas, chickpeas, brown rice, almond meal, caramelised onion and oil and pulse to chop a few times. Add flax egg and blitz briefly so the mixture comes together but you can still see small pieces of peas and chickpeas.

3. Shape into 4 even sized burgers approximately 10cm in diameter, pop on a plate, cover and set in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4. Heat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Place burgers on baking tray, spray lightly with extra virgin olive oil and bake in oven for 40 minutes.

5. Team with your favourite burger bun (bread or lettuce) and choice of juicy burger extras - pickles, hummus, mustard, beetroot, tomato, sprouts, onion, kraut and serve with sweet potato wedges for extra delicious trimmings. 

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Easter Bunny Bread

Looking for a healthier option this Easter that's DAMN tasty? Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill whipped us up this Easter Bunny Bread we couldn't help but share! 

Easter Bunny Bread by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Makes 1 loaf, serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 free range eggs 
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/3 maple syrup 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 2tsp gluten free baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda 
  • 1/2 cup (75g) dark chocolate, roughly chopped 
  • 1/2 cup sultanas 
  • 2 cups grated carrot 
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) gluten free flour or spelt flour (for those not gluten free) 
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170c and line a loaf tin (12x24cm) with greaseproof paper.

2. Whisk together olive oil, coconut sugar, eggs, spices, baking powder, bicarbonate soda in a large mixing bowl until creamy.

3. Add dark chocolate, sultanas, gluten free flour and grated carrot and mix to combine. Pour into lined loaf tin and place in oven to cook for 45-55 minutes.

4. Cool in tin for 20 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving! 

Easter Bunny Bread by Jacqueline Alwill

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Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats

Who said breakfast had to be boring? Our Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has done it again with this delicious recipe for Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats! If you're a meal prep lover this dish will have you sorted for 4 breakfasts whilst looking like something straight out of your favourite influencers Instagram feed. 

Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats by Jacqueline Alwill

Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (160g) rolled oats 
  • 2 cups (500ml) Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla 
  • 1 cup (80g) shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 1/2 cup (75g) raw cashews, chopped

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Cover and place in fridge overnight to soak.

2. Serve with coconut yoghurt and your choice of seasonal fruits. 

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Five Fab Reasons to Feb Fast

Here at Remedy we’re BIG fans of giving booze a break. (Especially after the Christmas/New Years’ crazy!)

Wanna know our top five reasons to dodge the dranks for a month or two? Here they are!

You’ll sleep better

While alcohol may help you nod off, the quality of your sleep will be poorer. Try giving booze the flick and see whether it makes a difference to the quality of your kip!

Better mood

If you feel a bit down in the dumps or sad, alcohol can make you feel worse because it affects your brain chemistry. Alcohol is a depressant which means it upsets and disrupts the balance of our brains. Give Feb Fast a go and keep a mood diary to see if booting the booze makes a difference.

More energy

Alcohol can mess with your immune system making it harder to fight off bugs which is the last thing you need heading into the colder months! Because booze also affects your sleep and mood it can leave you feeling sluggish. Give booze a break and see if you notice a difference in your energy levels.

Better skin

Alcohol is dehydrating so swap out booze for something more healthy, tasty and hydrating like Remedy Kombucha or Remedy Coconut Water Kefir. Get your glow on girlfriend!

Cut the calories

Booze is FULL of empty calories! Just one beer can contain the same amount of calories as a small block of chocolate and to work off the calories in a glass of white wine, you’d need to walk for just over 2.5km. Yikes! We’re down for exercise but 2.5kms for a vino? Probably not!

Keep posted for our tasty mocktail recipes to get you through February – they’re so tasty you may even make it through to Dry July without an alcoholic bevvie passing your lips!