The new Australian Dietary Guidelines for healhty Eating were launched on Monday 18th February and the much anticipated publication (due out in second year of my Nutrition studies...I am now in my fourth) has attracted truckloads of comments, some anguished, some scathing and a few mild (that's the most positive level of commentary.) My favourite comment:
55,000 peer reviewed evidence based articles are said to have been considered in the writing of the guidelines.
Australians are advised to reduce the consumption of added sugar, saturated fat especially cakes, pies, confectionary, alcohol, cream, chips, salami and soft drinks.
The food industry is outraged...all except the Dairy industry whose piece of the nutritional and presumably therefore financial pie has not changed one iota.
Food sustainability experts are cranky - there is still apparently too much food on the plate to be eaten. I think fruit and veggie growers will be happy - no change there so we still need to eat two and a half cups of veggies or 5 cups of salad day (or mix it up a little).
If you are interested here is the conversation and here are the guidelines for adults and children.
Ponder and enjoy.
My 11 year old is helping with food styling....mmmm...we both need professional help! She says it tastes better out of a jar and that's fine by me.
We have been a little adventurous with our smoothies lately and the vast majority of them have been green. Yes one of my children had a mini tantrum when presented with it, a little reminiscent of the Green eggs and ham character who is harassed relentlessly by Sam-I-Am.
Green smoothies are just so vogue right now so you really must try one. (Tip request that child closes eyes to taste and all will be well. This I did with my second Guinea pig and she deemed it delicious.)
Tanti throwing child also came around and reluctantly admitted that the kale could not be tasted and that the smoothie was ...yummy.
Below is the recipe for the classic banana, strawberry smoothie. NO Tantrums guaranteed.
Banana & Strawberry Smoothie/ icecream
1 tablespoon linseeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 cup activated almonds (soaked in acidulated water overnight)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup yoghurt
water to thin
Process the seeds in your thermomix or blender. Add almonds and coconut and process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Process until well blended. The mix will be solid like ice-cream. Now you have a choice. If you would like the thinner smoothie version, add iced water as desired half - whole cup. Blend and pour.
If you like the look of the more solid version below. Simply spoon into a glass and serve with a spoon. Either way enjoy.