Starts at 60 - From extra fibre to lowering cholesterol: The incredible benefits of beans

Starts at 60 - From extra fibre to lowering cholesterol: The incredible benefits of beans

They may have a bit of a reputation for making people gassy, but that’s no reason to cut them out of your diet.

In fact, beans are nutritional powerhouses jam-packed with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and high level of antioxidants. And even better, they’re a low cost addition to, or star of, a filling meal!

Speaking to Starts at 60, Brisbane-based nutritionist Alessandra Trovato explained that beans’ many varieties – whether they be fava, kidney, soy, chickpeas or lima – can be incorporated into both sweet and savoury dishes.

Starts at 60 - Broccoli linked with lower fall risk in the elderly: Study

Starts at 60 - Broccoli linked with lower fall risk in the elderly: Study

But broccoli isn’t just good for preventing falls. Only recently Starts at 60 spoke to Brisbane-based nutritionist Alessandra Trovato about the benefits of the green veggie and the similar looking cauliflower.

Members of the brassica family, both veggies are rich in vitamins C and K, however broccoli beats cauliflower in this respect as it has a higher nutrient content. Broccoli also provides more minerals and fibre, and also contains vitamin A which is not found in cauliflower.

Starts at 60 - Broccoli versus cauliflower: Which is healthier?

Starts at 60 - Broccoli versus cauliflower: Which is healthier?

They may look similar, but do you know what the similarities and differences between cauliflower and broccoli are? There’s no doubt that both vegetables are super healthy and jam-packed with nutrients, but which of them is actually better for your health?

Brisbane-based nutritionist Alessandra Trovato exclusively spoke to Starts at 60 about the real health benefits of broccoli and cauliflower and how to make the most of them.

Starts at 60 - Super-easy food swaps to beat bloating

Starts at 60 - Super-easy food swaps to beat bloating

If you’re familiar with bloating, you’d know it’s something you’d like to avoid at all costs. Stomach bloating is often caused by particular foods in a person’s diet, but what you may not realise is that junk food isn’t the only offender. That’s right, even healthy, fibre-rich foods can cause painful bloating.

But before you start cutting out everything from your diet, there’s still a way to enjoy the foods you love. With the help of Brisbane-based nutritionist Alessandra Trovato, we’ve rounded up the best food swaps that will stop bloating in its tracks.

Starts at 60 - Why a small serving of lentils equals a huge health boost

Starts at 60 - Why a small serving of lentils equals a huge health boost

Lentils are nutritional powerhouses jam-packed with fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and high levels of antioxidants. And even better, they’re a low-cost addition to, or star of, a filling meal!

Lentils’ many varieties – green, brown, red and black – can be incorporated into both sweet and savoury dishes. My latest feature with Starts at 60 explores the benefits of including lentils in your diet!

Starts at 60 - Gut-friendly dishes and the other super-healthy food trends of 2018

Starts at 60 - Gut-friendly dishes and the other super-healthy food trends of 2018

There’s great news for people who love great food but also care about their health – 2018’s food fashions are right up their street.

Forget burger and donut crazes, according to Brisbane-based nutritionist Alessandra Trovato, plant-based diets and root-to-stem eating will be at the forefront in 2018. From gut-friendly foods to hemp-infused dishes and faux meat, here’s a quick overview of what to expect.

The James Swanwick Show

The James Swanwick Show

In late 2017, I was given the opportunity to feature on The James Swanwick Show discussing all things nutrition. To say this was an absolute honour is an understatement. James is a well respected journalist and entrepreneur having worked as an anchor for ESPN and interviewing high profile individuals for his podcast both here in Australia and in the United States.