How to make my ultimate muesli (perfect Christmas gift)

Searching for the perfect homemade muesli? This is it.

This muesli is the best edible present – the cinnamon and orange zest make all the difference. It’s delicious and I’d it eat everyday if I could.

Ideal for secret Santa, a birthday present, a thank you or just for breakfast… As I’m typing, the smell of cinnamon is filling the house from the muesli!

After MANY requests, here are two versions of the recipe. One recipe for a large jar and a bulk recipe for multiple Christmas gifts. I found the original recipe on Broccoli and Blueberries, but have changed and tweaked it over time. Here’s my version.

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7 healthy habits anyone could do (recommended by dietitians)

Finding the truth among the false information and fad diets can be tricky.  I’m all about keeping it simple at What About Health?. I asked seven dietitians to share their top tip for healthy eating, and they delivered!

Do you do any of these tips already? Maybe pick one and start making a small change this week. Remember, all it takes is small sustainable changes – that’s what really leads to lifelong habits (no crash diets here!).

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5 ways my nutrition degree changed the way I eat

I thought I knew all about food. That was before my degree.

A nutrition degree is intense. It’s packed with science, anatomy, stats, nutrition and food.  You don’t need a degree to learn how to eat healthy.

What changed for me? One, learning the foundations of healthy eating from uni. Two, learning from other health professionals who know how to sensibly think about food. I’m not a perfect eater (and won’t be). But I’ve definitely changed a few ways I eat since my nutrition and dietetics degree.

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Why the elderly can eat anything they want

This article was originally published on The Nutrition Press.

Over 75? Forget counting calories, and make sure you take a second slice of cake!

This probably contradicts what you’ve been taught your whole life—to focus on eating a variety of fruit, veg, dairy, protein and whole grains, and to eat ‘sometimes foods’ sometimes. We know that too many sweets and snacks can be bad for our health over the long term. Is this just another case of health professionals changing their minds? And more importantly, why can grandma have twice as much cake as me?

Let’s compare a newborn baby to a fourteen-year-old boy. Both need to eat to survive, but it would be ridiculous to impose one way of eating upon both of them. Imagine how ridiculous it would be telling a teenage boy to drink six bottles of baby formula a day, and then imagine trying to fit everything a teenage boy eats into a three-week old child’s stomach! Everyone has different dietary requirements—there is no ‘one size fits all’ eating style.

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Vegetarians: what nutrients could you be missing out on?

When you remove any food from your diet, you’re at risk of nutrient deficiency. When you remove meat from your diet, you may not only be low in protein, but many other nutrients too.

Ethical reasons aside, there are many health benefits to the vegetarian diet – but I’ve always wondered what exactly makes a vegetarian diet healthy. There are different vegetarians but overall there are key nutrients to pay attention to. These include iron, B12 and a few others.

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Essential links for any nutrition student

As a student dietitian, I get my fair share of nutrition questions. I’m still learning and there are many things I don’t know (or don’t feel confident) enough to answer straight away. After all, we’re meant to be the ones to provide evidence-based information.

Giving the wrong information can be dangerous and as students we shouldn’t be adding to the misinformation. Out of a desire for correct knowledge and curiosity (this was one of the reasons I started this blog), I’ll look for the answer to these questions. Over the past few years, I’ve come up with a list of my go-to-resources for information.
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