March Nutrition News

Posted by Alexander on March 10th, 2016 (Uncategorized)

Welcome to our March edition of Nutrition News. Its that time of the year when we look forward to the year ahead and ponder what changes we want to make to improve our lives. Our 10 Week Anti-Diet Wellness program has now been running for 4 years and is run either via weekly phone sessions or face to face at one of our clinics in Rockdale, North Sydney or Mona Vale. Please call 1300 853 560 if you’d like to find out more.
We’re excited to let you know that we’ve teamed up with ‘Healthy Food Choices Online’ which is an existing health food store currently undergoing a revamp ready for relaunch next month. Not sure what to do with Maca Powder or the health benefits of Spirulina or which spices can help lower your blood sugars. Find out when we launch our new service next month.
​Our Q&A also starts next month so please send in any nutrition related questions and we’ll post them in the next newsletter.
We take a look at how to satisfy our emotional hunger rather than feeding it with extra kilojoules.
This months recipe is from our Vegan selection, a delicious raw strawberry cheesecake.
Happy Reading
Yours With Love & Good Health 
Hamilton Dietetics
Rockdale / North Sydney / Mona Vale
t: 1300 853 560
Lynda Hamilton
Lynda Hamilton
Dietitian / Nutritionist
Feed Your Emotional Hunger With Love Not Calories
Have you found yourself opening the fridge door and looking for something but not quite sure what! You know you’re not hungry well at least not physically. Here are my top tips for satisfying emotional hunger.
–  Identify the feeling that led to the state? What was so terrible about that feeling? What emotional state do you wish to change by eating?
 –  Try to identify the emotion and leave it ‘to sit isolated’. Remember that eating or overeating is not going to change that emotional state. It will still be there… probably along with some guilt
–  Focus on your feelings, even if only for a minute or two.
        – Do you do enough for you? Take some time out and do something which you enjoy, non food related of course. It could be choosing some beautiful flowers, a long relaxing bath, reading a book or a gentle walk along the beach.
Raw Strawberry Cheesecake (vegan)
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
3 cups raw cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours and then drained)
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 to 1 cup coconut nectar
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup pitted dates
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, plus 1 cup whole strawberries, to serve
1. Lightly grease the 22cm round springform tin with coconut oil and line base and sides with baking paper. Place all ingredients for the crust except for the dates in a food processor until you get the texture of crumbs. Add dates and pulse until well combined. Press into the base of the spring form tin and pop into the freezer while you prepare the other components of the cheesecake
In a blender, blend all the ingredients for the filling at high speed until smooth. Pour onto the base layer and return to the freezer until set enough to pour strawberry mixture on top.
Wash out the blender and blend the frozen strawberries and dates on high speed until smooth. Pour on top of the cheesecake layer and return to the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
To serve, sit at room temp for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove the sides of the springform tin and transfer the cheesecake onto a serving platter (you may need to use a sharp hot knife to ease the cheesecake from the tin). Gently peel away baking paper from base and sides. Arrange sliced strawberries on top to serve. Keep cheesecake frozen when not being served.
Written by Alexander

Alexander is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian having completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a member of the Dietitian Association Australia (APD)

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