Brisbane CBD Scores Free Acai Bowls This Monday

The start of the week is always rough – but next week you can cure your Monday blues with wholesome free breakfast at the CBD. Yes, free.

Co-working space company Wework is finally expanding to Brisbane after opening nine locations in Sydney and Melbourne. To celebrate its new space on 310 Edward Street, Wework is bringing a pop-up in Queen Street Mall to give away free acai bowls and cold-pressed coffee on November 19.

The experiential pop-up, which will run from 7 to 11am, will also give you the chance to get an impression of the space and be in the running for a free year-long access to a working spot in the CBD space.

Now you have your Monday morning sorted.

Nut Butters: Health Facts

Nut butters are one of those rare foods that are both tasty and healthy. With high protein, healthy fat and low sugar, they can truly turn your bread and dishes around. But which nut is the best? Below we break down every type of nut butter for your consideration.

Peanut

The classic one. Peanut butter is rich in protein and monounsaturated fats, which support heart health and keep you full for hours. Studies also show that eating peanut butter can help reduce risk of diabetes. It also has biotin to promote brain health, iron and folate to prevent anemia, and zinc for improved immune system.

 

Almond

Out of all the nuts, almonds are the best source of healthy fats, fibre and calcium. They also have a high amount of omega-3 and vitamin E to help fight inflammation. However, the texture tends to be grittier than the other butters.

 

Cashew

Cashew has one of the lowest amounts of protein and fibre, but it makes it up with low cholesterol and sodium content as well as a sweeter taste. Cashews are also a good source of minerals like zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese to keep your muscles, brain and health working well.

 

Hazelnut

It’s not Nutella, but it’s just as good. Just like cashews, hazelnuts are rich in minerals to support bodily functions. They are also one of the best sources of unsaturated fat.

 

Macadamia

Macadamia makes for the most calorie-dense butter on this list – perfect if you’re trying to gain weight. Thanks to its high healthy monounsaturated fat content, it is both indulgent and filling.

 

Pistachio

This butter is the best choice if you’re looking to increase your good (HDL) cholesterol and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. It’s also rich in fibre, protein and potassium – an ounce of pistachio butter contains the same amount of potassium as a banana!

 

Walnut

Out of all the nuts, walnut is the most exceptional source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are great for lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Walnut consumption is also associated with better management of weight and diabetes as well as lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

 

Which one will you be trying?

Recipes: Best Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are perfect for the spring-summer season – sweet, chilled, refreshing, easy to digest and packed with nutrition. Here are some of our favourite recipes…

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Running on Real Food

Besides the regular ingredients, such as coconut juice and almond milk, this smoothie bowl also contains veggies like zucchini and cauliflower. But don’t fret – it’s still sweet and creamy as a smoothie bowl should be!

 

Mango Smoothie Bowl by I Heart Naptime

Get tropical with mangoes! You can top off the bowl with chia seeds, almond flakes and/or other chops of your fruit of choice.

 

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie by Good Life Eats

Breakfast that looks and tastes like a dessert? Yes please! If you like chocolate, this one is not to be missed.

 

Clean Green Smoothie Bowl by Downshiftology

Gorgeous without the fuss, this bowl’s got its pretty colours from leafy greens and avocado.

 

Berry, Peach and Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Life Made Simple Bakes

Instead of coconut milk, this recipe uses Greek yogurt to create a fulfilling bowl. Top that with the varied flavours from peach, strawberry and pineapple chunks, and you’re good to go!

 

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl by Healthy Grocery Girl

Tangy and juicy with a touch of crunchy texture from the pumpkin seeds and buckwheat groats.

 

Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl by Floating Kitchen

As the name suggests, apple is the main star of this bowl – and it’s supported by dates, granola and caramel sauce to make for a great morning meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthy

We know the little ones can be some of the fussiest, most picky eaters – which makes it more difficult for us to keep them well-fed with a balanced, nutritious diet. Below are several tips on pushing through the finicky stage and encouraging your kids to eat healthy.

 

Have a Creative ‘Packaging’

Present food in a way that is visually interesting and stimulating their senses. You can do this in various ways: put them in your children’s favourite food – for example, carrots in lasagne or cookies; using cute cups to serve healthy drinks for kids such as fruit juice and milk; adding familiar flavours to new food – for example, BBQ glaze sauce on celeries and broccolis.

 

Involve Your Children in Meal Planning

Take your children through the steps of meal planning: read cookbooks together to pick out interesting recipes, have them pick out the fruits and vegetables at the grocery stores, and recruit their help in rinsing peas, mixing batter or tasting the dish before serving.

 

Relax…

When it comes to feeding your kids, it can be tempting to always take the position of authority and talk down. However, this might not be the most effective strategy to get your kids to eat healthy food on their own. Instead, try indirect, more relaxed approaches. Set examples by eating vegetables on your own. Give them some control in the quantity of veggies they’re going to eat to suit their true appetite. When your children are trying something new, do not pressure them with overwhelming attention – if you act like it is commonplace, they are more likely to follow through and try more new things in the future.

 

…But Also, Be Persistent

Remember: the goal is not to get them to eat veggies tonight, but for the rest of their lives. It can take 10-15 tries before children start to accept a new food. So don’t despair if they refuse to eat the zucchini today – try presenting the option again tomorrow, maybe with a different texture, temperature or seasoning. Slow and steady can be the way to go.

Best Immunity-Boosting Juice Recipes

The changing weather can make us more vulnerable to illnesses such as flu, common cold and hayfever. This makes it more necessary to support your immune system, especially through healthy diet. Here are a few juice recipes that can help you avoid getting sick from all the germs, viruses and changing temperatures out there.

Orange Ginger Turmeric Watermelon Juice by My Sequined Life

This recipe is not only rich in vitamin C, but it also serves as to promote your digestive system health. Blend together freshly squeezed orange juice with cubes of watermelon, peeled ginger and ground turmeric.

 

Orange, Carrot and Beet Juice by Simply Laura Leigh

With high amount of vitamins A and C as well as anti-inflammatory properties, this juice will help protect you through cold and flu season. Simply put all the ingredients in the juicer and it’s ready to be served!

 

Pineapple and Grapefruit Green Smoothie by Mind Body Green

The ingredients are full of good nutrition such as bromelain and antioxidant. To make this smoothie, blend together pineapple chunks, frozen grapefruit, spinach, celery, small pieces of ginger and turmeric, a pinch of cilantro, green tea and a scoop of protein powder.

Best School/Work Lunches

Preparing lunches for school or work is great for many reasons – it not only helps you save money, but you can also enjoy homemade nutritious food that are tastier than any takeaways. Here are a few failproof recipes that you can try for your next lunch.

Strawberry and Yoghurt Loaf by Bake Play Smile

This oven-baked loaf is made with strawberries, Greek yoghurt, desiccated coconut and a generous amount of lemon zest – sweet and juicy!

 

Zucchini Slice by My Kid Slick the Bowl

It’s a little like quiche, but with grated zucchini mixed into the eggs. The addition of bacon also adds more protein, keeping you fuller for longer!

 

Fruit and Veggie Muffin by Super Healthy Kids

Picky eaters can still get their nutrition from these sneaky muffins! Made with broccoli, zucchini, carrot, apple and banana, they’re also fortified with protein from Greek yoghurt. Staying well-fed has never been so easy!

 

BLT Pasta Salad by EazyPeazyMealz

Bored with your regular BLT sandwich? Try them in a pasta salad form, mixed with ranch dressing and grape tomatoes. You’ll never go back!

 

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Oldie but goodie. You can cook this in just 20 minutes, and keep the rest for future meals – just heat and eat!

 

Lemon Roasted Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini by Little Spice Jar

A wholesome, hearty meal that’s also packed with nutrition? Yes please! Keep the potato skin on to get that crisp, oven-roasted texture, and switch the broccolini for something else if that’s not your favourite veggie.

Recipes: Best Salmon Mains

When it comes to healthy fish, we all know salmon is the top contender. Being an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps reduce risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, it might get a bit boring to just serve salmon plainly. Here are a few ideas to spice up your salmon dinners…

 

Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles by Chopstick Chronicles

As the salmon is marinated overnight with miso, mirin and sake, this dish will bring deep Japanese flavour to the table.

 

Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe

Hop on the health train with this recipe! The lightly seared salmon is paired with kale and tahini, carrots and Greek yogurt-based sauce.

 

Salmon Gratin by Contemplating Sweets

Make your salmon more indulgent with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and milk-based sauce.

 

Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The blend of walnuts and salmon skin creates a texture to remember.

 

Quick Salmon Patties by Zen and Spice

If you don’t have the fresh kind, this is a great way to peruse canned salmon. Put them in burger buns, serve with rice or eat as is!

 

Salmon Quiche by Frugal Mom Eh

It’s a great comfort food all-around – egg-y, creamy but still full of nutrition. Experiment with the depth of the quiche for thicker, more fulfilling portion.

 

Pan Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce by Eatwell101

Fragrant and rich in flavours, this will be a big hit at dinner parties.