From Supersizing to Salad Bars, can you really ‘eat clean’ at McDonalds?

Google Maps. The Electric Drill. Ultrasound Scanners. McCafe. Electronic Pacemakers.

What do all of these individual gifts to humankind have in common?

No, it’s not the letter ‘E’ – although I see you out there, Scrabble-bosses.

It turns out each of these inventions is in fact a brain-child of True Blue Aussie ingenuity.

Australian Made

Yep, from land-mapping to lattes, Australians are modestly making things that change the world – whether that be the world of medicine, cartography or culinary innovation.

We may be an island nation, but we’re damn good at tapping the World’s cultural pulse – particularly in all things culinary.

For example, when coffee-connoisseuring  Melbournians complained about the dank drip-water being served at McDonalds counters, McCafe was born. Soon God’s gift to ragged road-trippers began appearing across Australia – and eventually across the globe.

 

Likewise, in 2004, when the shock revelations of dietary documentary ‘Supersize Me’ hit our shores, McDonalds were quick to minimise damage, releasing a new ‘Healthy Choices Menu’ and this statement on their website:

“You are what you eat, and you have a right to know what’s in your food.”
– McDonalds Australia

The statement was supported by an unprecedented transparency – with all nutritional info being displayed on both the website and the wrappers of their products, allowing consumers to decide what met their dietary requirements.

And the choices didn’t stop there. In 2015 McDonalds launched a Nation-Wide ‘Create Your Taste’ campaign, allowing consumers to customise their McDonalds experience down to the last slice of beetroot (another Aussie innovation).

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It seems that Maccas has come a long way from Big Macs and Large Fries. Less Supersize and more Salad (no sides), our interest was piqued.

So we popped down the road to our local Maccas to see just how healthy a lunch we could create.

Here are our findings:

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  • Lettuce Rejoice
    An instant happy surprise? There’s something other than iceberg. With a choice between a diced cos-iceberg mix or a ‘Deluxe’ mixed leaves blend, we’re feeling optimistic.

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  • Thrills ‘n’ Grills
    Another shocker? Fried/battered chicken is off the menu. The options are grilled chicken or… Grilled chicken. But at least there’s no ‘nuggets’ option.

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  • ‘Top Ten’
    With their ‘top-up’ ingredients including a spectrum from staples, like grated carrot, through to a pre-mixed (yet surprisingly sugar- and oil-free) guacamole, there are a range of flavour options available. Well… there are ten options, to be precise. Slightly less than we’re used to, but surprisingly fresh for Maccas.
  • ‘Dress it Up’
    Or, in our case, dress it down. A quick trip to the website reveals that their dressings pack between 80 – 200 calories per 40g serve. With this packing the biggest caloric punch of all the ingredients, we opt for some balsamic on the side

 

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VERDICT:

Contrary to its name, McDonalds ‘Create Your Taste’ range doesn’t provide customers with much room to – well – customise.

But maybe that’s a good thing. With the range of salad ingredients being both basic and in their natural state (eg. raw veggies), there’s little margin for nutritional error.

That said, when it came to dressings, we did err on the side of caution. With even the lightest option adding 80 calories – and a sugar hit – to our otherwise well-balanced, crisp and flavoursome meal.

More than anything, we’re excited by what this shift in McDonald’s dining experience means for the fast food landscape. With more people wanting to know what goes into their bodies, the fast food chains are giving them the freedom of choice to decide.

And no, we don’t want fries with that.

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Eating local made easy!

We’ve got this season spelled out for you!

Did you know that an Apple isn’t just an ‘Apple’?

Just as the seasons change, so does the quality and quantity of fresh produce. In fact, vitamins present in the fruit or vegetable at the time of harvest are highly unstable and are largely depleted after a few days. Therefore, for every day an apple spends in shipping or storage, it is losing vital nutritional value.

Where large supermarkets import, freeze and store stock to supply the year-round demand, we insist on supplying only the freshest, crispest local produce.

Yep, here at Feedmee, we’re best buddies with Mother Nature, and make it our mission to cater in accordance with the menu her seasons write for us!

 

Here’s a peak at just some of the items on our Spring shopping list – and their nutritious benefits:

  • Artichokes: high in magnesium and folate – these babies regulate bodily temperature and energy!
  • Broccoli: packed with calcium and vitamin K, you’ll be building both bones and nutritional boasting rights!
  • Cauliflower: offers you both choline and phosphorus, which help to fight liver disease and build healthy teeth!
  • Feta: one serving packs 43% of your daily protein needs!
  • Green Beans: offering the benefits of both potassi-YUM and Vitamin A, they’re the magical fruit!
  • Jalapenos: boasting a kick of vitamin B6, these spicy peppers are a good kind of burn!
  • Mushrooms: this protein-packed veggie also give us a hit of copper, iron and selenium – minerals that are otherwise difficult to obtain!
  • Olives: these yummy nibbles contain antioxidants, protecting your cells as well as increasing fertility!
  • Peas: these little beauties are bursting with vitamin C – Mother Nature’s cold vaccine!
  • Quinoa: this gluten-free gem is packed with protein, potassium, calcium and fibre! Now if we could only pronounce it!
  • Red Onion: these blushing beauties are riddled with over 6 different minerals, including: calcium, thiamine and manganese! We’re getting teary just thinking about it!
  • Spinach: with a kick of calcium, vitamins A, B2, C and K, you’ll have fellow lunchers green with envy!
  • Walnuts: boasting a big hit of protein and heart-healthy amino acids, these are more than just a crunchy treat!
  • Zucchini: these fibre-packed veggies will keep you flowing long after your next vinyasa class!

 

We eat veggies for their health benefits – so why not maximise their nutritional burst?

So from your local farmers, and the folks here at Feedmee, thanks ‘shallot’ for letting us put a Spring in your step this season!

 

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The Simple Detox

Maybe you’ve yet to jump on board the resolution train… January is just for practise anyway. Think of February as your feel good month. Summer is kicking off and it’s time to be serious about your health and fitness. While I doubt you’ll run out for a 10km run after reading this, there are easier steps to get your body on the right path. It’s more important about what you consume than exhausting yourself in your Nikes at the Tan. A simple way to eliminate toxins and allow your body to function more efficiently, is a detox. Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Be mindful of what you consume. Increase your intake of insoluble fibre and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, brocolli, cabbage and cauliflower. Incorporate green tea or dandelion root for their diuretic effects. Artichokes, avocados, and beets help promote healthy liver function, a primary detox center in your body. Lemon and other citrus peels are high in anti-oxidants.

2. Minimize your exposure to pesticides and harsh chemicals by eating organic whenever possible, and switching to natural household cleaners like the locally based company, Enzyme Wizard  and body care products such as Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics or the more reasonably priced Sukin.

3. Keeping plants in your household is a simple step to purify the air. Studies have also shown that having plants can help improve health and sharpen focus. Try a Gerbera for a pop of color and it’s ability to remove benzene and trichloroethylene from the air, or maybe a Peace Lily for it’s ability to remove mold from the air. Just remember to water them!

4. Go (coco)Nuts! Oil-pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that calls for swishing oil for about 5-20 minutes each morning (I prefer Virgin Coconut oil, just due to taste but you’re welcome to try other unrefined oils). When combined with saliva, the process attracts and pulls harmful bacteria, toxins, and parasites out from your mouth and lymph system. It also can alleviate congestion and mucous from your throat and loosen up your sinuses. It also aids in re-mineralizing teeth and improving the health of your gums. When you’re done swishing, spit out the oil into the bin or your toilet to avoid drain problems in your sink and rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat daily.

5. Hit the spa! While this might seem like a self-indulgent luxury,there are actually great health benefits. Massage therapy and acupuncture help release zones/pressure points that may be blocked by toxins or various harmful substances that can lead to health complications.

6. Sweat. Your skin is the largest organ and therefore it makes sense to use all the pores to help with the elimination process. Exercise is what we usually turn to when we thinking about getting a glow on but there are other ways to break a sweat! A nice, relaxing sauna is also a great way to draw any pesticides or heavy metals out through your skin.

7. Hydrate. This is simple substance greatly effects your body as a whole and each function. Water naturally flushes out your system and when you’re intaking the proper amount, you will see clear skin, properly functioning organs, and improvements in systems like circulation, respiration, and digestion.

 

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How to get Dairy Without the Cow

People are automatically programmed to assume we need milk and cheese in our diet to get our daily calcium. This is an idea that has been engrained in our brains since childhood with our mothers telling us to “drink our milk if we want to grow big and strong”. There has been a widespread switch from dairy, and not just for those who are lactose-intolerant or perhaps choosing a vegan lifestyle. Some are choosing an almond milk latte instead of their usual cap, with the wish to reduce their exposure to additives and hormones found in milk. Another reason, studies show that dairy products can be highly acidic and the body prefers to remain within an alkaline pH, therefore the body will pull calcium from your bones to neutralise the acidity and regulate the pH levels. Population research has shown that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures also have the largest consumption of dairy products. Adults should aim to consume 1000mg of calcium per day and as for vitamin D, going outside daily for 20-30 minutes (keep your skin tone in mind) and you’ll be getting adequate amounts or, can always supplement a little extra. Although that may seem like a lofty goal to reach, these unexpected sources of calcium will change your view and show how easy it is to add a little extra with every meal!

Mylk
There are the various milk substitutes ranging from rice and soy to widespread types of nut/seed milks such as almond, cashew, coconut, hazelnut, Brazil, hemp, and sunflower to name a few. These are all excellent alternatives to cow’s milk and all have a variety of nutritional benefits.

Kale
You might be sick of hearing of this super-food but there’s a reason it’s such a hit. It has 188mg of calcium in two cups (raw/chopped).It is the ideal base for all your summer salads!

Arugula or Rocket
Arugula or Rocket is another leafy powerhouse with 60mg per two cups. This peppery green has very few calories and heaps of flavour so it’s great to help in maintaining a healthy weight without sacrificing great taste. Bonus: it has natural cooling properties on the body, perfect for warm weather picnics.

Broccoli
Broccoli has 80mg per two cups and is great when tossed on the bbq or pack it in your lunch for raw veggies and dip.

Sesame Seeds
A source that might surprise you is sesame seeds. Just tablespoon has 90mg of calcium so sprinkle those little babies on everything! Sautéed spinach and salads are the perfect vessel or try incorporating them into your baking by topping your muffins with them!

Oranges
What’s better than a sweet, bright orange for a snack? This citrus has a 60mg serving of calcium in a medium sized orange and we can’t forget 67% of the recommended daily of vitamin C.

Soy
Soy is a versatile product that is a great addition to your diet. From edamame with 98mg of calcium per cup to soy milk with 300mg per cup and it always contains more protein than regular milk. And we can’t forget tofu: a whopping 861mg of calcium in 1/2cup! While some people are terrified of tofu, it’s a great way to add protein without adding fat to any meal.

Peas
A fibre rich addition that’ll pump up any meal are black-eyed peas (No Fergie included). In a 1/2 cup serving there is 185mg of calcium. There are chock full of potassium and protein,as well as being low in fat, making them a welcome addition to soups and stews.

Now that you have an idea of what items are great additions to your diet, remember to try and minimize your consumption of calcium depleting substances such as caffeine, alcohol, salt, soft drinks, and animal protein.

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The Kombucha Craze

New trends are always infiltrating the mainstream market and being pulled from other cultures, traditions, and countries. What you’ve likely seen around town lately, is the addition of Kombucha in the cooler section of cafes and shops. Maybe you’ve even tried it, but you do know what it is and why you should consider adding it to your diet?

Let’s break it down.

Kombucha, or Mushroom Tea (namesake derived from the mass that resembles a mushroom cap, formed during the brewing process) is a fermented tea beverage with a light effervescence. It is made by adding bacterial cultures and yeast to a solution of tea, sugar, and possibly flavourings or fruit juice. It’s a traditional beverage originating from Asia and popular with the alternative health types.

What types of tea can you use?

It requires real tea for fermention, or Camellia Sinensis. Herbal teas such as Earl Grey contain aromatic oils like Bergamot oil, which can kill or harm the culture. Varying types of tea can result in different tastes, ranging from light & floral to a more strong, cider-like taste. The teas commonly used as Black tea, Green tea, White Tea, or Oolong.

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What’s so great about it, anyway?

Consuming fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, or kombucha does wonders for the health of your gut. Naturally fermenting probiotics help to maintain healthy gut flora, which in turn, improves digestion, fights candida overgrowth, improves mental clarity and stabilizes moods. Kombucha is known as an adaptogen. This means it balances your body and allows it to heal itself, rather than targeting a specific organ or ailment. Being rich in enzymes and bacterial acids, it’s effective in helping to detoxify your body and ease some burden on your liver. Kombucha is high in glucaric acid, which have been found to help in the prevention of cancer. Since it is tea based, you get the benefits of drinking a cup of tea which is teeming with antioxidants. Antioxidants have been found to slow the aging process (fight those wrinkles and grey hairs, increase energy levels, boost immunity and fight environmental toxins known as free radicals. Another benefit? Kombucha contains glucosamines, a known treatment in the prevention of arthritis.

No wonder it’s been touted as an “Immortal Health Elixir” by the ancient Chinese.

Try this MYO Kombucha: http://melbournestreetorganics.com.au/kombucha-starter-culture/

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The Benefits of Eating one Salad a Day

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of your diet and should be taking up the majority of space on your plate. Sometimes we get busy and find it hard to incorporate all our daily nutrients and fall for that quick fat-laden fix of takeaway. One easy way to amp up your intake is by switching one meal a day for a nutrient dense salad… and I don’t mean boring, rabbit food. Don’t think of this as diet food. This is a nutritional powerhouse! Here are some of the benefits:

Hydration: Your skin will thank you since vegetables are composed of mostly water. We all know how much water we should be consuming on a daily basis, but can you honestly say you hit that goal every day? Eating moisture rich foods is a great way to add to your daily intake and provides your skin with nutrients. Hydrated skin looks more youthful, less prone to sensitivity and/or flaking, and reduces fine lines.

Fibre: Your new favourite F word. Fibre cleans out your intestines and allows for your body to function more efficiently. A clean digestive system can absorb more nutrients and vitamins than a slow, clogged one. When your body works better, you feel better. Salad additions like carrots, capsicum, celery, tomatoes, beets, corn, beans, chickpeas and peas can really bulk up your fibre intake and also make your salads more interesting.

Omega 3s: Not all fat is bad fat. Polyunsaturated fatty acids known more commonly as omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory benefits as well as heaps of flavour. By adding avocado, nuts, seeds or olive oil to your salad, you increase your absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as beta-carotene and vitamin K. These ingredients have seen positive results for skin tone, texture and for acne prone skin.

Antioxidants: Your body’s super heroes. Powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C, K, and E, folic acid, lycopene, alpha-and beta-carotene to name a few, prohibit the oxidation of other molecules within the body. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals. Sequentially, these free radicals will start chain reactions within cells. When this occurs, it can cause damage or even death to a cell. By incorporating various antioxidants in your diet, these harmful chain reactions are terminated and inhibit other oxidation reactions. They also lower risk of heart disease, neurological disorders and some cancers, as well as aid in weight loss, offer natural sun protection effects, improve under eye dark circles, and make skin glow.

The best news? Feedmee has everything you could want in a salad, under one roof. Pop in and take the guess work out of your meals.

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Mother’s Day Classic

It was that time of year again – where mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts, friends, and co-workers united to take part in the annual Mother’s Day Classic run to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

This year, individuals from the Feedmee team took to the Tan track to run the eight kilometres for breast cancer research. It was an early start for the gang and the 43,000 other participants, arriving at six-thirty a.m, looking cold, tired, but smiley.

The event, held each year on Mother’s Day in all major towns and cities around Australia, not only focuses on the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle, but encourages participants to spend the day with loved ones. The Melbourne event involved a 4km and 8km run and walk, with participants donning fairy costumes, jumpsuits, and outrageous amounts of pink.

The great thing about the Mother’s Day Classic is that anyone of any age or fitness level can take part, and even though the event is non-competitive, it was still motivating to witness mothers and fathers charging up the Anderson Street hill with prams and children in tow. At points around the track, there were cheer squads motivating the runners in case they began to lose momentum. With signs like ‘tight butts drive us nuts’, who could stop running or smiling?

Established in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has grown from a modest-sized event into a major, national community event, with now more than 125,000 Australians participating each year. Since the beginning, the event has managed to raise $14.8 million – much due to the hard work and commitment of volunteers and individuals willing to take part.

And the fun didn’t end upon completion of the run, in fact, it only got better.  Runners received free bananas, medals, and congratulatory sashes, and were greeted with friendly cheers from a crowd of supporters. The finishing festival was definitely a highlight of the morning, with free slides, photos booths, and congo-lines, everybody was smiling.

Overall, the event had a beautiful atmosphere. Being there was a truly incredible experience for the Feedmee team, who were stoked to see so many healthy, happy families and individuals amongst the crowd. Everyone has been touched by cancer at some stage, and the Mother’s Day Classic is a small reminder of our country’s undying love and support for those in need.

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Breaking Down the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet (also known as the caveman diet) is a nutritional plan based around wholesome, contemporary foods from any food groups our caveman-era ancestors would have consumed.  Think fish, grass-fed (not grain-fed) pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut, and flaxseed – anything you can find or kill out in the wild is all part of the Paleo Diet. The diet also encourages you to eat as many fresh vegetables as you can get your hands on.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But there are many restrictions attached to the diet, which excludes all types of grain, legumes, dairy products, refined salt and sugar, processed oils, and even potatoes and cereal.

Although the Paleo Diet is restrictive in comparison to the standard diet, it does have its advantages. The diet has been said to counteract obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and acne among other things, and individuals suffering from gastrointestinal problems, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and any autoimmune diseases are catered for.

Fact: The word ‘Paleolithic’ signifies a period of about 2.5 millions year’s duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of modern agriculture.

Foods to Avoid on a Paleo Diet

Dairy

We are the only species on the planet that consumes milk after infancy, and also the only species that consume milk from another species. Butter, milk, yogurt, kefir, cream, ice-cream, powdered milk are all no-no’s on a Paleo diet. Dairy products can cause an inflammatory response in people and can also act as an immune-system stressor.

Grains

Wheat, rice, millet, oats, spelt, kamut, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, amaranth, sorghum, rye, barley and corn are also problematic. All grains have a high glycemic index – meaning they carry sugar too rapidly into the bloodstream.

Starches

Vegetables with a high starch content – such as cassava, sweet potatoes/yams, taro, potatoes, and squashes – tend to have a low nutritional value. While they’re not unhealthy, Paleos avoid them.

Legumes

All beans – black, pinto, red, soy, lentils, peas, peanuts, adzuki, garbanzo, navy, mung, lima, and black-eyed peas. Snow peas, sugar snap peas and green beans are acceptable to eat.

Most Vegetable Oils 

Aside from flax, hemp, and olive etc, oils, any oil that comes from a seed, grain, or legume is not allowed.

The Paleo diet comes with a lot of restrictions, but, like all diets, it has its pros and cons. Its important to stay healthy and happy no matter what diet you choose to live by. Do we have any Paleo feedmee food lovers? Feedmee can cater to everybody. At Feedmee, there are lots of Paleo-approved choices, ask our staff next time you’re in.

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Superfoods – Why We Need Them?

In this day and age, we are constantly being bombarded with information for so-called healthy foods and ‘quick fixes’. As a result, it can sometimes become confusing or difficult to determine which foods are actually beneficial to us, and which foods contain hidden additives, sugar, and other nasties.

The term ‘Superfood’ was coined together in the early 1900s and refers to certain foods (or food groups) that are higher in nutrients than others. These foods, in general, are whole, natural foods that contain various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are said to strengthen the immune system and contain disease-fighting properties beneficial to health and well-being.

Superfoods fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of extra servings without the excess calories or guilt, and they are easily added to everyday meals.

Feedmee has compiled a list of the top five Super foods to set you on your path to Super Health!

Broccoli

Broccoli – you either love it or hate it, but what you may not know is that it contains over fifty per-cent of the recommended dietary intake for Vitamin C and Potassium. It has also been proven to reduce the size of tumours in the body. Additionally, broccoli reduces our risk of developing bladder and ovarian cancers.

Try Feedmee’s home-made Broccoli soup, or toss some steamed broccoli into your salad or spud next time you’re in!

Tomatoes

The best thing about tomatoes is that they are in just about everything and taste great with just about anything! Tossed into a salad, or made into a nice soup or pasta sauce, tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – an antioxidant that strengthens and supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin and tissue lining.

Tomatoes are packed with antioxidant flavonoids and Vitamin E – both essential for heart health. One medium tomato provides fifty per-cent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C, contains on saturated fatty acids, and are low in salt, starch and sugars.

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is packed with amino acids and helps fight diabetes and hypertension. It is a natural appetite suppressant and weapon against ageing. Consuming the seed on a regular basis will also help to lower blood pressure.  Fifteen per-cent of Quinoa is protein and offers many nutritional benefits while introducing very little calories and fat into the diet.

You can enjoy Quinoa with almost every meal – as a Quinoa porridge (or as flakes sprinkled over your oats), in salads, or to accompany main meals. Whatever you choose, Quinoa is easily incorporated into daily meals.

Feedmee has recently introduced Red Quinoa to our Windsor store – toss some into your salad for added nutrients and a nutty-quinoa boost!

Sweet potatoes

If you usually order a baked potato when you visit Feedmee, opt for our sweet potato instead! Sweet potatoes have astounding health-boosting properties and will offer added nutrients and a different, sweeter taste to your usual meal.

Sweet potatoes are relatively fat-free and low in calories, providing you with carotenoids, Vitamin A and C, Potassium, and fibre.

Barley

Rich in phytochemicals, fibre, and minerals that ward off heart disease and certain cancers, this nutty gem contains an array of health benefits. Barley is high in fibre, which helps with metabolism and promotes a healthy digestive tract. The grain lowers cholesterol levels, protects against cancer, and keeps blood-sugars level. Additionally, Barley is rich in niacin and Vitamin E.

Barley can be added to cereals, soups, salads and stews, and can be used as a rice substitute.

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Soup – The perfect winter meal

Summer is well and truly over here in Melbourne, and, as the days get shorter, and the mornings colder, it’s easy to reach for a bag of hot chips, or a greasy souvlaki to help you face the cold, dreary weather.

It’s known that cold weather triggers hunger, and since you’re wearing more layers, and exercising less, you’re able to hide those extra winter kilos. But at the end of the season, when it’s time to get the swimming gear out again, your winter body isn’t going to be easily disguised.

So how can you keep your summer body all winter long? With soup, of course!

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Forget about unhealthy, unsatisfying comfort foods and fill yourself up with soup instead. Many of us eat soup for that fuzzy, warm, “happy-soul” feeling it gives us, but soup is also appealing because of its convenience, low cost, variety, and the much-needed nutrition it adds to your diet.

Since most soups are packed with vegetables, the protein you’re getting means you will eat less and still satisfy your hunger. It’s recommended that the average adult consume two-three cups of vegetables daily. Vegetables, being low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, are rich in many vitamins and minerals needed for general human health.

Even though soups contain less calories than the average main meal, they aren’t any less nutritious or filling. Soups are great because they restore necessary water balance, which, in turn, keeps blood pressure under control. Incorporating soup into your diet is therefore successful in long-term weight loss.

Chicken soup is especially great in winter, as it has anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate symptoms of respiratory tract infections.

Versatility

You can add just about anything to soup, and as well as being quick and easy to prepare, the ingredients and combinations are endless.

Eating soup is a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your meals. Adding chopped spinach or kale at the end of cooking boosts your soup’s vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content which helps ward off winter colds, and unlike what happens during stewing and frying, vegetables, mushrooms, meat, and poultry cooked  in soups, conserve much more of their natural nutrients and vitamins.

Whole grains, such as brown rice and pearled barley, dried or canned beans, and pasta are just a few ingredient options that will add extra nutrition into your soup.

Making a large batch of your favourite soup is not only healthier and cheaper – you can also freeze the soup and reheat it at a later date, giving you a head-start on next-weeks meals.

If you don’t have time to make your own soup from scratch – drop into Feedmee. We always have three soups on display, with at least one meat, vegetarian and gluten-free option. Our soups will leave you fuller for longer, and are made from scratch by our wonderful, in-house chefs using only the freshest, healthiest, and yummiest ingredients. There’s nothing better than a bowl of steaming soup in the colder months, especially after a long day.

“Our soups are healthy and taste great. They’re not too heavy, but nice and comforting. I like the Broccoli soup, but my favourite is definitely the South Indian Sweet Potato and Chickpea. I love the flavours of coconut and mixed-spice.”

– Faye, chef at Feedmee, Windsor –