Winter Wellness Tip #11 - Kick the sugar habit!

I know that this may seem impossible at times, particularly when the waether is cold and rainy outside and you get a moments break in the afternoon - theres nothing better than a hot cuppa and something sweet! 

However, it may be time to think twice about this seemingly harmless habit. I have just finished watching 'That Sugar Film' and it was shocking to realise just how much sugar we are consuming, particularly hidden sugars in food that we think are heatlhy; not to mention the health effects this is having on us. One of the basic side effects is poor immunity.

I'm not saying to never eat sugar, I for one would struggle with that, but maybe think twice about reaching for that sweet afternoon snack and instead reach for something more natural such as a handful of nuts. Save the sugary sweets for special occasions and stay healthier for it. 


This weeks recipe is a lovely slow cooker beef dish which you can prepare before work and by the time you come home it will be ready to serve up.


Slow Cooker Beef

1 medium onion, sliced
900g cubed beef stew meat (about 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 red capsicums, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low-sodium beef stock
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup freshly chopped dill and/or parsley
Hot boiled egg noodles or potatoes, for serving

Spread the onions in the bottom of an 8-cup slow cooker. Toss the beef with the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and place on top of the onions. Top with the capsicum and garlic. Stir together the stock, paprika, tomato paste and caraway and pour over the beef. Cover and cook until the meat is very tender, either on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Uncover and let stand at least 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over egg noodles or potatoes.