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What The Food and Nutrition Experts Really Eat?

Eat Like a Dietitan

Want to know. What the food and nutrition experts really eat? Lindyl Crabb takes a look inside the shopping baskets of four accredited practising dietitians.

Bakers Delight Cape Seed loaf, $4.80 for a regular loaf. “I choose grainy, seeded bread that’s got good texture and fills me up. This bread is great toasted or fresh and goes well with avocado, Australian salmon and eggs. It has a high seed content so it’s lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein than many other breads, and it’s also a good source of iron, zinc, B vitamins and magnesium.“

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Sharon Natoli

Australian salmon. ““I buy Australian salmon as it’s a more sustainable choice compared to Atlantic salmon. I love the taste and cook it in a variety of ways – grilled, baked or pan-fried. It’s one of the richest fish sources of omega-3 healthy fats, which have important anti-inflammatory effects in the body.”

Vaalia Low-fat Natural Probiotic Yoghurt, $6.15 for 900g. “I prefer Vaalia as it’s the only yoghurt brand to contain the probiotic Lactobacillus GG (LGG). LGG has been shown to promote a good balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, and we are starting to see how benefi cial fermented foods such as yoghurt are for our digestive and heart health and wellbeing.”

Geraldine Georgeou

Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $10.99 for 750ml. “I choose extra virgin olive oil for its monounsaturated ‘healthy’ fats, antioxidants and rich flavour, and Australian Cobram Estate oil is fresh and aromamatic. Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest oil as the antioxidants, phytosterols and vitamins are retained during the extraction process.”

Saxa Iodised Salt, $2.95 for 750g. “I use iodised salt in my cooking because iodine deiciency is widespread and it’s essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Not getting enough in your diet can lead to thyroid disease. My favourite dish is lamb cooked with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with iodised salt and served with vegetables.”

Eggs. “I usually begin my day with eggs – they provide a steady release of energy throughout the morning, and boost concentration and feelings of fullness and happiness. I love two-egg omelettes with English spinach, fetta cheese, cherry tomatoes, spring onion and a wholegrain gluten-free bagel. Eggs are a very versatile and highly nutritious food. They’re a source of vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, omega-3 fats and antioxidants.”

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Nadia Lim

Mirrool Creek lamb, $24 per kg for lean leg steak. “Being a Kiwi I love lamb, and I have it for dinner once every couple of weeks. It’s packed with iron and zinc, and I find Mirrool Creek lamb very tender. My favourite lamb cuts are leg steaks, which have more flavour, and in winter I like to roast or slow cook the shoulder.”

Hass avocados. “I keep some in the fruit bowl, the fridge and the freezer. I start every day with an avocado, banana, berry and spinach smoothie, and I make ‘ice-cream’ out of avocados for a healthy after-dinner treat. They have an abundance of healthy fats and an array of vitamins and minerals. I’m pregnant, so their high folate content is great for the baby.”

Oob Organic Mixed Berries, $9.99 for 500g. “Frozen berries are an excellent source of antioxidants. These are a mixture of organic blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and boysenberries. I use them all year round in smoothies, and come summertime they’re very handy for cocktails. I make a mixed berry and lychee puree and add champagne.”

Melanie McGrice

John West Oven Dried Tomato and Basil Tuna Tempters, $2 for 95g. “Tinned tuna is a quick and healthy meal or snack and this is my favourite as I love the flavour. When I add it to stir-fries, sandwiches and pasta I don’t need to use any other sauces. Tuna is a great source of omega-3s, and tinned tuna is low in mercury and has a long shelf life.”

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Lindt Lindar Dark Chocolate balls, $3.69 for an assorted pack of five. “My local shop sells them in single serves so I can buy one when I get a chocolate craving. I don’t keep treat foods in the house – I walk down the street to buy them, which tests whether I really want them. The dark chocolate has more cocoa and antioxidants than the milk chocolate variety and one is enough to satisfy me.”

Meredith Marinated Goat Cheese, $12.99 for 320g. “I buy this for its delicious, strong flavour rather than its health benefits. I add a little to salad or pasta and it lasts a long time in the fridge. The cheese is served in olive oil, which is a great source of monounsaturated fats that help prevent heart disease.”

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