Sarah Todd
Sarah Todd

Former MasterChef contestant releases healthy cookbook

Long gone are the days when we had limited knowledge about what we ate, where it came from, what its nutritional value was.

Now, most of today's seniors are as savvy as the young ones about nutrition but it is not always easy to leave behind old ways of cooking and seek a new fresh approach.

A healthy balanced method of cooking and eating will help us enjoy our senior years more, even give us an extra few years to tack on to our lives.

Sarah Todd, former model and MasterChef Australia contestant has just released a book about nutrition and wholesome food and it brims with healthy recipes and ideas to ensure a balanced eating regime every day of the week, every week of the year.

"It's all about balance," she said. "When you take things out of your diet, it is unrealistic. You have to allow yourself to have these special times where you eat a little bit of everything. Eating nutritionally is more about looking at ingredients, a balanced diet, not about cutting out any particular food group or things like that."

Sarah, who called upon her experience with different cuisines and cultures she was exposed to during her travels as a model, used her mother and grandmother as sounding boards when she was experimenting with recipes.

"When I was writing this book I went back to my home town of Mackay," she said. "I took a few weeks off to spend with my mother and grandmother. Every day I created dishes and my Nanna was the one to taste them all. She was so inspired. She was looking at all the dishes I cooked and impressed with all the super foods I used."

So what exactly are super foods? Where do we buy them? And how can we incorporate them into our daily diet?

"Super foods and brain foods (salmon, blueberries kale, goji berries…just a few) don't have to be something scary," Sarah said. "In my book I use a lot of super foods but they are all available from the supermarket. I think every recipe in this book is good for the older generation. They are simple, easy to do, completely balanced. It is all about using protein, carbohydrates and vegetables in every meal. It is about food that makes you feel good as well as being good for you."

In The Healthy Model Cookbook, Sarah shares her food 'rules'.

No kilojoule counting, no excluding food groups…instead daily routines kick-starting the metabolism first thing in the morning with a glass of hot water and lemon juice.

She advised what pantry staples will ensure you stay on track, including products such as coconut oil, freekeh, apple cider vinegar…and she gives 100 delicious easy-to-do recipes showing how cleverly she creates wholesome food without sacrificing flavor or a sense of indulgence.

The Healthy Model Cookbook

Penguin Random House - $39.99


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