Sunday, 25 September 2016

Why Keep a Food Diary?

Being accountable to your food intake can ultimately be the difference between achieving your goal and not achieving your goal. One of the easiest ways to be accountable is to keep a food diary. You can track what you eat, when you eat, when you stick to your plan and when you struggle to.

It is such an amazing tool to keep you on track, conscious of your intake, and watching out for areas you can improve on. It is NOT about making yourself feel bad or pointing out every time you went s stray from the meal plan.
It is all about ACCOUNTABILITY.

How can I keep a food diary?
  • Writing it down on paper or in a journal
  • Using an app on your phone, ipad or laptop (i.e. Doc's Diet Diary)

What do I need to track?
  • How much you eat AND drink– portions in cups or grams
  • What you eat – everything involved writing ‘salad’ is no descriptive enough
  • When you eat – timing is everything with food intake when you eat can affect your progress
  • Why you eat – is it according to your meal plan? Is it because you are bored?

What else should I track on my food diary?
  • Your thoughts/emotions – can help you understand why you make certain food choices
  • Any symptoms you are having – if there is an intolerance? Or fatigue in a training session
  • Your training – to ensure you are fueling your body & staying accountable to your training
  • Supplements & medications – to ensure you are sticking to your regime and timing

Should I share my food diary?
Not on Facebook but to a trusted health & fitness professional that can give you some honest and constructive feedback on how you are going. Making a few small adjustments can be the difference between achieving your goal and not achieving your goal

At Naed Nutrition we offer food diary feedback as part of many of our packages and services however you can choose it on it’s own for only $10 per week: Food Diary Feedback

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Jan's Lasagna

With the success of the most recent Rebel Fitness Body Revolution this was a recipe from the challenge I just had to share

We put a challenge to all our revolutioners to pick a a favourite recipe of theirs for Naed Nutritioin to make healthy for Body Revolution #9

With overwhelming results the favourite was Jan's Lasagna so here is the recipe

8 serves


500g extra lean organic beef mince
1 white onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup of slice mushrooms
1 cup of mixed beans
1 cup of frozen peas, corn and carrot
2 tins of diced tomato or MYO (See Nina’s Pizza Recipe)
2 cups of spinach
2 cups of milk
2 tbls corn flour
150g ricotta
8-10 mountain bread wraps
1 cup of grated cheese (of your choosing)

  1. Preheat oven 200°C.
  2. Dice onion and garlic. Heat large saucepan and oil. Add onion and garlic to the pan for 1 minute
  3. Add mince and cook until almost brown
  4. Add 1 cup of mushrooms and cook until mince is brown
  5. Add frozen peas, corn and carrot along with beans for 2 minutes
  6. Add tinned tomato and simmer for 5 minutes
  7. Wilt spinach (in microwave, or pan) and add to sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes
  8. Meanwhile make cheese sauce: add milk, corn flour and ricotta into a sauce pan until slightly thickened and remove from heat
  9. Blend the meat mixture with a hand blender until no chucks of vegetables are visible
  10. Line the lasagne dish with 1 past sheet. Add one layer of meat sauce and add another pasta sheet on top. Pour roughly 2-3 tbls of cheese sauce and spread grated cheese evenly. Continue to build until no more meat sauce is left.
  11. Place in the oven until top is browned (roughly 15-20minutes)
  12. Serve with 1.5 cups of mixed greens per serve

Improving your intake isn't about taking all of your favourites out of your life but improving them so you still enjoy your food AND achieve your results

To take part int he next Rebel Body Revolution challenge contact Sean from Rebel Fitness

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Healthy Hot Chocolate

The winter chill is here & you may be craving particular foods (mostly chocolate) to keep you warm! But why are you having these cravings?

What causes food cravings?
  • Low energy
  • Boredom
  • Poor diet
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • PMS
  • Insufficient calorie intake
  • Alcohol/Hangover
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Food Intolerances
  • And much more!

Specific chocolate cravings can be more specifically linked with magnesium deficiency.

Foods high in Magnesium
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • flaxseeds
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • celery
  • kale
Alternative you can take a magnesium supplement such as Bioceuticals ultramuscleze night or P5P

A great way to satisfy those chocolate cravings is with our Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe

  • 100ml A2 milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 tsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbl of raw organic cacao (cacao vs cacao blog post)
  • 200ml boiling water
  • Boil the kettle
  • In a mug add milk, coconut sugar and cacao. Milk thoroughly
  • Add boil water and mix well

Nutrition Information
Servings per package:

Serving size:

Quantity per Serving

Quantity per 100 g

Fat, total
- saturated
- sugars

To find out how to adjust your nutrition intake and reduce cravings contact us at

Friday, 27 May 2016

Top 7 Food Additives to Avoid

Additives are found everywhere in our packaged products but what do those little numbers mean and which ones should you look out for? Here are our top 7 list of food additives to avoid:  

1. Aspartame # 951 C found in Diet Foods & diet soft drinks, equal,
Linked to many health problems including cancer, asthma, nausea, depressions, hyperactivity, seizures.  Causes dizziness, headaches & hallucinations

2. Olestra (Fat substitute) found in chips, crackers (no fat/reduced fat)
Linked to diarrhoea cramps, flatulence, increases appetite, decrease the ability for fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed.

3. Erythrosine #E127 (red) found in jams, sugar lollies, toppings & fillings, red cordials and soups
Linked to concentration issues, increase in hyperactivity in kids, nerve toxin

4. MSG #621 found in Chinese, salad dressings, soups, chips
Linked to Asthma, hyperactivity, depression, mood changes, sleeplessness, nausea, migraine, linked to infertility, teratogen, convulsions, abdominal discomfort. See text re other hidden sources of MSG
Causes headaches, dizziness, migraines, convulsions

5. Sodium Nitrate #251/250 found in Bacon, ham, salami, corned beef, hot dogs
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness, possible carcinogen. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children.

6. Sulfites #222/223/228 eg: sodium bisulphite (222) Found in wine, beer and dried fruit
Linked to migraines and asthma attacks in some people

7.  Tartrazine #E102 (yellow) found in lollies, desserts, cereal and soft drinks
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, skin rashes, migraines and thyroid problems.

Remember they won’t always be listed under these names or numbers, for example Tartrazine #E102 is listed as FD&C yellow 5 or C.I. 19140. Be consumer aware & download the free app Additive Alert!

For more information on becoming consumer aware with your foods contact us at

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Cacao VS Cocoa

Cacao, Cocoa - same same but different right? Not quite and here is why...

What is?

Cacao is a raw superfood that comes from cacao beans. It is the purest form
Cocoa is cacao, roasted

What nutrients is it high in?
Healthy fats
Less of each nutrient when compared to cacao particularly fibre and healthy fats
Promotes cardiovascular health
Improves mood
Reduces insulin resistance
Very high source of antioxidants
Excellent source of nutrients
Slightly less health benefit due to heating procedure
Bitter and rich in flavour
Mostly teamed with high sugar, milk fats, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavourings in products
Most common forms

Which one do I pick?
The rawest form of the food is the best option. When making your own hot chocolates, smoothies, protein balls or dessert the raw cacao (organic if you can) is your best option in terms of health, longevity and a fat loss. Majority of cheap cocoa powders are going to be teamed with sugars. When choosing an item premade your cacao is always going to be better – just be sure to check what it is teamed with (hydrogenated oils/ sugars etc.)

Need a healthy chocolate fix? Try our Crunchy Protein Balls recipe

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What is a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists are trained allied health professionals who provide safe, evidence-based dietary and nutritional advice to assist in the management of health and prevention of disease. Poor diet, the ingestion of harsh chemicals and eating foods with a low nutritional value can have a detrimental effect on health, however through correct nutritional advice more diseases can easily be prevented, treated and even cured. It also involves providing advice to clients based on the physiological responses of their body to diet through metabolic pathways (how the energy and nutrients from food is absorbed and used in the human in the body).

Nutrition is focused on the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and eliminated by the body. Besides studying how food works in the body, nutritionists are interested in how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods, and what influence these factors have on health and disease.

At Naed Nutrition, we know that everyone is different and as such are passionate about personalised nutrition. There is no one size fits all for clean eating, what works for one doesn’t work for some.

Each person has their own goal, their own likes and dislikes with foods, has a different lifestyle, and different health concerns whether it be past or present.

This means that each person receives the nutrition service that will fit them.
Consults will consist of a variety of health, diet and lifestyle related questions with the upmost confidentiality and privacy

We offer a range of personalised services from consults right through to meal plans including as much or as little accountability as required.

Naed Nutrition endeavours to go above and beyond for our clients. For more information of how we can help you achieve your goal simply pop on our website or email

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are currently taking over our social media and we have to admit they look delicious! But are these colourful fruit filled bowls actually good for us? At Naed Nutrition we get excited about breakfast, the endless array of options that start your day in a positive way and fuel yourself for the day ahead; smoothies have to be one of our favourites. Smoothies are a fantastic fast and convenient breakfast option especially for those on the go, simply prep and portion your smoothies and freeze in zip lock bags for the week ahead to grab out in morning, blitz and go!

When preparing smoothies limit yourself to one piece or 1/2 -1/4 cup of fruit, try to add some greens like a handful of kale or baby spinach, and add a protein source; whether a scoop of a good quality protein powder (we recommend Boomers Whey Protein Isolate) or 1-2tbs of LSA mix or mixed unsalted nuts and seeds. By adding a protein source to your smoothie you assist to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, stay fuller for longer, and create a slow release energy that will last you well into morning tea.

A smoothie bowl is essentially a smoothie poured into a bowl topped with an array of fruits, nuts, and seeds. They can be a delicious meal eaten any time of the day filled with an array of nutrients, just ensure you don't add too many toppings as you have already blitzed up your requirements in the smoothie, therefore by adding an additional array of toppings you are essentially adding extra calories that you may not require, depending on your activity level for the day. The recipe below details a smoothie bowl of a healthy portion size!


1 scoop of protein powder
1/4 cup of berries or 1 piece of fresh fruit
2 handfuls of baby spinach or kale
150mL unsweetened unflavoured almond milk
1 tbl natural probiotic yogurt

1 tsp of chia seeds
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp roughly chopped walnuts


Blend protein powder, berries/fruit, spinach/kale, unsweetened almond milk and yogurt in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts. Enjoy!

Monday, 15 February 2016

School Lunch Box Ideas

Its back to school for the kids and your stuck for healthy lunch box ideas! No need to stress as Naed Nutrition have put together a few tips to help you spruce up your kids lunch boxes, and provide them with the nutrition they need to keep up their concentration and energy levels for day. 

  • Think healthy snacks for morning and afternoon tea. Provide your kids with a snack they can eat quickly, as they will often leave food if it takes too long to eat and takes up their play time. Quick and healthy snacks include; cut up vegetable sticks filled with dip (celery, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, snow peas),  baby quiches, wholemeal picklets, wholemeal fruit muffin, rice cakes and avocado, cold chicken breast pieces, cold chicken drumsticks, cheese cubes, boiled egg,  natural yoghurt, cheese and fruit skewers and cut up fruit pieces.
  • Ensure your kids lunch is comprised of protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Children require additional needs compared to adults for growth and development therefore they require a nutrient packed lunch that will keep them energised for the afternoon. Some sandwich options include  lean turkey breast and salad, tuna and salad, roasted vegetables and salad. When making sandwiches always use a multigrain or wholemeal bread, try using hummus or avocado as a replacement for butter or margerine, and fill with salad to ensure your children are getting enough greens. Other lunch ideas include frittatas, cold wholemeal pesto, wholemeal pitta pockets, wholemeal roasted vegetable pizzas and multigrain wraps.
  • Get your children involved in making their lunches. Aim to get the kids involved in packing or creating their lunch; they are more likely to eat something they have made themselves. Plan to make some mini quiches, fritters or boil some eggs together on the weekend. 
  • Get creative! Children are attracted to colourful shapes and characters. Cut their sandwiches into fun shapes, include colourful fruits like berries and cherry tomatoes. Place foods onto skewers to create a fun lunch experience.
  • Variety is key to keep your children interested. Having the same lunch everyday is boring for adults let alone children, therefore swap us fruits and vegetables, wraps and sandwiches, shapes and colours to keep children interested. Variation is also  important for nutrition to provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, and ensure your children have access to all the nutrients they require for growth and development.
  • Always pack a colourful water bottle!  Avoid juice boxes, fruit juices, cordials or flavoured drinks as many can cause a sugar rush and hyperactivity in children. High sugar juices and meals can also cause tooth decay in children, therefore by avoiding sugary drinks and encouraging children to drink water with their meals, children can avoid an increased susceptibility to tooth cavities. Flavour water with fruits such as berries or apple pieces, lemon or lime wedges and encourage children to drink water throughout the day to aid digestion, hydration and energy production.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Grain Free Cracker Recipe

It can be difficult to find crackers that are high in fibre and protein while low in sodium, but this recipe has the perfect balance of goodness! These crackers are grain free as they do not contain any flour and are also vegan with no milk or eggs, therefore they are a perfect gluten free, diary free and vegan alternative.   High in protein and essential fatty acids from the addition of linseed, almonds, sunflower, chia and sesame seeds, these crackers make a perfect healthy snack either eaten alone or with some home made hummus or avocado dip.


1 tbsp Chia seeds
60g Water
140g Almonds
15g Linseed – flax seed
30g Sunflower seeds
¼ tsp Himalayan sea salt
½ tsp Garlic powder
¼ or ½ tsp Chilli flakes
2 tbl Sesame seeds


Mix chia seeds with water in a bowl and allow to stand for approximately one hour. Preheat oven to 170°c and line a baking tray with non–stick baking paper.
Place almonds, linseed, sunflower seed, Himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, and chilli flakes into a food processor and process on high until small crumbs form. Add soaked chia seeds, which will now have a gel like consistency, and process on high until a dough forms, scrapping the sides if needed.
Using a spatula scrape the dough onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper, and place an additional sheet on top to prevent the rolling pin from sticking. Roll the dough to 2-3mm thickness. Remove the top sheet of baking paper and sprinkle dough with sesame seeds, gently pressing the seeds into the dough to ensure they stick. Using a bread knife or pizza cutter gently score the dough into cracker shapes approximately 4-5cm in length and spread apart to ensure the crackers are cooked evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.