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Healthy Food & Lifestyle tips

Posted Sep 07 2008 7:57pm

Lifestyles Corporate Wellness Executive personal trainer Gordon Campbell shares with us his healthy food & lifestyle tips

On recent trip to a seaside location, I discovered that a “portion” of fish and chips these days consists of two very large battered fish fillets and a A4 sized carton spilling over with chips!

What are the correct portion sizes of a meal?

The best rule of thumb for portion sizes is to take a regular sized dinner plate. You fill ¼ of the plate with lean protein or legumes, ¼ of the plate with whole grain carbohydrate & the remaining ½ of a plate with steamed vegetables or salad (with lots of colour). Don’t have seconds but keep the leftovers for a healthy lunch the next day. Also avoid picking before and after your meal, as the saying goes “pickers wear big knickers”.

Recipe of the Week – Avocado Pesto Dip

2 x Avocadoes peeled and stoned

2 x Garlic cloves crushed

Juice from 2 limes

Large handful of fresh basil roughly chopped

Large handful of flat leaf parsley roughly chopped

¼ cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

½ cup of pine nuts

1 teaspoon of honey

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Serve as a dip with vegetable sticks or use as a spread on sandwiches instead of butter, margarine or mayonnaise

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