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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Is anyone else OVER the ‘Pre Awards Season Diet?’

“I live by a rule book of eating ‘alkaline’ – no meat, no dairy, no gluten (and) I try to stay away from sugar…” – Kate Hudson

“I don’t have a very good diet. I love beer, fries, burgers, but if I have to get in a bikini then I’ll eat carrot sticks for three days.” – Margot Robbie

“Well, I don’t eat anything and when I feel like I’m about to faint I eat a cube of cheese.”

cube cheeseAll of the above are excerpts from ‘diet divulging’ editorials with Hollywood’s most renowned Red Carpet starlets. Ok, so the last one may or may not be a quote from The Devil Wears Prada… But it doesn’t exactly stick out like a sore thumb, does it?

At the beginning of every year, Awards Season splashes across our screens – and all the objectification and adulation that come with it. From brutal ‘Who Wore it Better?’ polls, to Fashion Police prosecuting potential Award Winners based on their sartorial choices, it’s a time when the Mean Girls come out to play.

And yet, is there a more insidious game being played here?

The fact is, any sister worth her salt can sense a gossip-mongering ‘Mean Girl’ from a mile away.

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But what about the ‘Health Promoters’; the ‘Diet-Dishers’; the journalists just trying to inform you about how you TOO could be itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny, just like your favourite fashionistas? Because that’s what #lifegoals are all about, right?

While the Golden Globes or the Oscars only last for a few hours, our headlines seem to be crammed with ‘Radical Diet Reveals’ for weeks prior to and proceeding the event.

And the fact is – we’re hungry for it. Why wouldn’t we be?

 

Well, according to dietitian Ursula Arens, there’s a hefty list of reasons for why we shouldn’t be.

“Because they are nutritionally unbalanced, crash diets can lead to long-term poor health.” She explains.

“Your body’s response to dieting in this manner is to actually reduce the speed at which it burns off calories. This means you’re actually slowing down your ability to lose weight.”

More than that, by “missing out on entire food groups, you’re prevented from getting important nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to work properly.”

So while you may look svelte, you’ll probably feel like sh*t.

 

And while the Skinny Tea guzzlers and carrot stick munchers may endure for years to come, there is an increasing number of body positive women saying no to, well, ‘saying no’.

Golden Girl (and Globe Winner) Jennifer Lawrence proudly admits to eating “like a caveman… I’m never going to starve myself for a part.”

Like we needed another reason to love J-Law.

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Equally, TV Star Taylor Schilling insists that Intuition is the New Black: “I just keep it really simple. I know what feels good to eat and what doesn’t.”

Yep, it seems that the real winners on the Red Carpet are those that subscribe to the feel-good, fun-friendly and flexible school of satiation.

 

For example, when recently asked about her ‘Pre-Golden Globes Diet Tips’, Nominee and Mother of three Kate Winslet put it plain and simple:

I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as much fun as I can have. I want to be around for my children. That’s it. Those are the priorities. I like staying fit and healthy… it’s all part of a healthy attitude to life.”

Preach, Rose! I mean, Kate. Something tells us your Heart Will Go On for  years to come.

 

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So whether you’re prepping for your next party or get ‘bikini ready’ (ugh), can we all make a pact now to make our ‘figure’ fit our lifestyle, and not the other way around?

 

Cheers babes.

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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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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!

Weight Management/Health

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 –

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Why go Vegan?

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the term ‘veganism’. It’s a common misconception that all vegans are hairy, potato-sack-wearing hippies who survive on only tofu and soy milk, but the lifestyle itself is moving at a rapid pace from marginal to mainstream – and with good reason.

Globally, there are over one-billion overweight adults. Food is cheaper and faster than ever before, and obesity-related illness is on the rise. We are now being forced to question what we are putting into our bodies, where that food is coming from, and, in turn, consider alternatives.

So what, exactly, is vegan nutrition?

Veganism is a form of vegetarianism, but while vegetarians still consume eggs and dairy, vegans avoid all foods/products of animal origin for ethical, health, or environmental reasons. Some commit to the vegan diet for dietary reasons, others for ethical – this means that most vegans won’t wear leather, silk, or wool, and also support companies whose cosmetics/toiletries don’t test or use ingredients that are tested on animals.

Fact: vegetable proteins also don’t contain any saturated fats or cholesterol and are easier to digest than animal-based proteins. 

A balanced vegan diet should include a variety of vegetables (leafy greens in particular), fruits, whole-grains, beans, lentils, pasta, bread, nuts, and seeds. At first glance, it may seem like a highly restrictive diet, but surprisingly, vegans eat everything non-vegans eat – minus the meat, dairy and other animal products. There are a variety of vegan milks (almond, rice, soy to name a few), cheeses, creams, and margarines that can be used in vegan cooking and baking.

While the diet may cut out a lot of junk food such as cakes, chocolate, biscuits, ice-cream and certain lollies, it is still possible to be an unhealthy vegan (pop-tarts, Oreo’s, sorbets, and most potato crisps are all vegan).

 What are the benefits?  

  • Assists with weight loss/ prevents obesity
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of food poisoning
  • Can assist with relieving menopause symptoms
  • Can give you more energy
  • Reduce constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Helps prevent kidney stones and gallstones
  • Assists with the prevention of diabetes, arthritis and gum disease
  • Live longer
  • Additionally, you will be making a positive difference to the lives of millions of animals, the lives of those in poverty-stricken countries, and the environment.

But where do vegans get their protein/calcium/iron?  

Many people don’t realise that animal-based protein isn’t the only source of protein available. You’d be surprised to know that kale (per 100g) contains the same amount of iron as a 100g of steak! Nuts, seeds, grains, hemp, beans, legumes and leafy greens all contain calcium, protein and iron. Lack of vitamin B12 can also be an issue on a vegan diet. Many cereals and soy milks are now fortified with B12, as well as a variety of supplements.

Ultimately, the vegan diet is not a difficult one. Every day, new restaurants and are opening; and there is always at least one vegan option on the menu wherever you go. Have you tried the Great Bowl of China and Greek Goddess at Feedmee? Both are vegan options and both are delicious! Vegans are always looked after at Feedmee – with at least one vegetarian soup on display, and the option to make your own salad or spud. Ask our friendly staff about our vegan options next time you come in – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

In the end, you still have to make healthy food choices – whatever diet you decide to pursue.