Monday, 9 February 2015

Welcome Amanda

Newtown Nutrition would like to welcome Amanda Neubauer to the team.

Amanda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to maintain healthier eating, physical activity and lifestyle behaviours in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

While Amanda can offer you nutrition education and support for a range of diet-related conditions, she particularly loves combining her nutrition and fitness knowledge to help her clients achieve and maintain their ideal body weight. Amanda can help you re-gain control of your weight and provide ongoing support for positive long-term behaviour change, including managing barriers to success such as habits, emotions and social, work and home environments.

Amanda can get your healthy eating on track by teaching you about healthy meals and snacks, the portion sizes for your energy needs, giving your kitchen a health make-over and providing cooking and food preparation tips.

For those of you looking to re-introduce more movement and activity into your life, whether it is to enhance your weight loss results or improve your mobility, muscle and bone strength, metabolism and general feeling of wellness, Amanda can work with you to come up with a plan that fits your personal needs, preferences and lifestyle. This could involve having a chat about making small changes, having a personalised home-based exercise program created, or even putting on your joggers and joining Amanda in the fresh air for a training session.

To book a consultation with Amanda, the easiest way is to phone our reception on (02) 9517 9932 during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm). If you have any questions, feel free to email any queries to her at Newtown Nutrition.

Do you know about the free tips Amanda has put together for Healthy Weight Week? Read more here.

Australia's Healthy Weight Week 2015

During 16 - 22 February, Australia is celebrating Healthy Weight Week (AHWW), an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Healthy Weight Week is an ideal time to kick-start healthy eating habits. Carrying too much weight, especially around your waist, puts you at a higher risk of lifestyle-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But the good news is that losing just 5-10 per cent of your starting weight, or dropping a few centimetres from your waist, will reduce this risk and benefit your health and wellbeing in the long term. Being a healthy weight also helps you to feel your best – and it’s never too late to start!

The focus of 2015 AHHW is getting back in the kitchen, as the best way to know you are eating healthy food is to prepare it yourself!

As part of Healthy Weight Week, Newtown Nutrition will be providing you with daily recipes, video blogs and healthy eating tips plus more. If you want to join us and receive the daily updates, make sure you sign up to the mailing list by registering here.

Know someone else who might enjoy these daily tips too? Please forward this email to invite anyone you know who may be interested.

How do you plan to get involved with Healthy Weight Week? Join us on Facebook to share comments and photos of how you plan to 'get back in the kitchen'.

Recipe of the month: Smooth ricotta with fresh fruit and honey

This is one of my go-to snacks almost daily because it's so delicious, very nutritious and keeps me full for the arvo. The ricotta provides a good source of protein and minerals including calcium, which is essential for bone health, plus fresh fruit is low GI and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

You can make a single serve for yourself or increase the quantity to share with your friends and family!  – Amanda Neubauer

Ingredients per serve
Smooth ricotta cheese, reduced fat – 100g (1/2 cup)
Fruit, your favourite type (I love figs, mango, berries) – 1 piece or 1/2 cup
Honey (or maple syrup) – 1 tsp

Slice the fruit and add the ricotta and sweetener on top. Easy!

* I find the texture of soft fruit nicer with the creamy feel of the ricotta.
* Ricotta is a great lower-fat alternative to cream and sour cream that can be used in desserts, on breakfast pancakes, on baked potatoes and even in savoury meals such as stroganoff, dhal, curries and pasta sauces.
* The ricotta can be substituted with yoghurt if you prefer.