Time flies when you’re in your mid-twenties

Last week I had my 26th birthday – which means it has been a whole year since I moved back to Melbourne. I just can’t believe how time flies.

These days I have been busy but still very much enjoying life (with the exception of a cold that just hung around way too long).

A year on in my current job and I am loving it. There are so many areas of dietetics to dabble in and learn about – I just can’t see myself getting sick of clinical dietetics.

My weekends since an adventurous April with James have been less about adventuring outside of the city and more about staying in. A lot of that has to do with the weather which has cooled down dramatically in Melbourne. But we have been busy in the inner suburbs checking out some new brunch scenes around Melbourne amongst other things.

Little Henri cafe – Thornbury

Reading about cronuts while looking across the room at said cronuts at Rustica – Fitzroy

At home I have been making quite a few cream-based sauces to accompany my dishes. It must be the winter blues kicking in and I must admit, I have indulged on the creamy sauces a little too often (weekly) at home. I think it’s time to hold back now.

The sauce I make is the good old butter, flour and (skim) milk trick. Creamy pesto pasta with green beans and peas has been a favourite. And I have finally found a packaged pesto paste that I like from Terra Madre, Northcote. I previously disliked all packaged pesto and would only get my fix by slaving over the food processor to make my own. I am a little relieved to know that now I can have a jar in the pantry if needed.

I’m also enjoying warm roasted vegetable salads as I do every winter.

A recipe that I have made this chilly season, much like last year, is the Moroccan fish with orange salad by Healthy Food Guide. It would have to be one of my favourite autumn/winter recipes. I enjoy changing it up with the green veggie options, as well as the grain (works well with couscous, quinoa, brown rice etc).

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See my article in the Medibank Be magazine from last year on fresh produce that I love during the winter months.

Fitness-wise I have finally returned to cheerleading after a long 14 month break and a dragged out injury. The comeback is proving harder than I thought at the ripe old age of 26. I now know why the elite gymnasts are in their peak at 16 years – a pulled hamstring every two weeks at 26 doesn’t make for a productive training schedule.

I can also say I am a regular swimmer now. I love the low impact sport (especially when battling with niggling muscle pains) and the feel of the water as I swim at a fast past on a keen day or a slow and steady pace on those days I just don’t feel like doing all that much. It is such an easy way to stay fit and a good excuse to wash my hair.

The colder weather has seen less of the hiking but I look forward to doing some small hikes on my upcoming trip to Washington state in the USA next month. I’ll blog about it the first chance I get.

Catch you all a little later in the season.

– Jenna

Best brunch dishes of Melbourne in 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s not hard to guess from the title what my latest blog post is about. I have to admit that it is totally biased towards the sweet breakfast options (I enjoy a sweet over a savoury about 75% of the time).

On New Year’s Eve I posted my #2015bestnine – my top 9 instagram photos from 2015. And surprise surprise, 7 out of the 9 photos were of breakfast food.

So what better way to wrap up 2015 than to post my sweetly biased opinion on the best Melbourne brunches dishes of 2015.

1. Hotcake, Top Paddock / Kettle Black (Richmond / South Melbourne)

Much like in 2014, this is hands down the best brunch dish in Melbourne. Now with a bit more of a personal love for this dish as one of the hotcake chefs is due to marry into the family next week (not that I needed another excuse to love this dish). I feel that over time the hotcake continues to grow higher and the toppings get more generous. One thing that remains is the fluffy cake texture with the large chunks of ricotta and handfuls of fresh blueberries baked into the meal.

With many trendy cafes now baking a similar one-pan baked hotcake, this one is still the best, and original, hotcake in Melbourne.

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2. Corn Fritters, St Ali (South Melbourne)

It’s been too long since I’ve had this dish. I’ve only had the pleasure of eating this once in 2015, but the St Ali staple “My Mexican Cousin” is a filling and satisfying vegetarian savoury breakfast dish. Secret recipe corn fritters with poached eggs, grilled haloumi and some salad (I order it without the tomato salsa of course).

A while back I even tried to replicate the fritters they were that amazing. A must try.

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3. Omelette, BARRY (Northcote)

I only got to taste this dish once back in May before the BARRY Winter Menu (and new omelette dish) took over the cafe. Now they are onto another new menu this Summer. The Omelette that was the winner was the pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, pine nuts and sage omelette on grainy bread topped with mico-herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.

Since then they have had a great potato/leek/comte/rosemary omelette and now most recently a lovely omelette filled with zaatar and goats cheese.

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4. French Toast, A Fan’s Notes (Carlton North)

Now this was a sweet one. But it has some great flavours and this dish pretty much got me through the winter blues and cold weather that Melbourne provided in 2015. Pear and ginger layered french toast with cardamom cream. #winning

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5. French Toast, The Left Handed Chef (South Melbourne)

The amazing Left-handed chef cooks a mean Banoffee French Toast. It was my go-to brunch dish for my 25th birthday. I really don’t need to explain much more as I have mentioned this dish on my blog so much already.

6. French Toast, Auction Rooms Cafe (North Melbourne)

With a great mixture of flavours, the brûlée french toast has that crunchy outside with an amazing soft inside. Back in Winter this dish had some in-season citrus additions. It looks like the new menu has replaced it with a new Brûlée french toast dish (I would assume equally as good). Give it a try.

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7. Porridge, Rustica Sourdough (Fitzroy)

Their menu, breads and pastries are to die for. It’s always so hard making a decision as all the options are amazing, but I always somehow wind up ordering their amazing porridge. And it never disappoints. Topped with coconut, honeycomb (!!) and banana, it’s such a filling and exciting porridge.

If Fitzroy happens to be out of your way in terms of a brunch or coffee location, be sure to check out Rustica Canteen in Guildford Lane in the CBD and also the new Rustica Canteen which is due to open up in Richmond soon.

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8. Porridge AND Apple Pie Waffles, Mixed Business (Clifton Hill)

If you’re after a porridge that isn’t overly sweet but much more interesting than your weekday Quick Oats, then Mixed Business’s porridge is one to try. Cinnamon porridge with golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds and nuts.

On the other hand, if you’re after something sweet and decadent – go for the Apple Pie Waffles. I had been to this cafe a few times before trying the waffles and I wish I did it sooner. They are actually amazing – I’m talking maple baked apples, pecan crumble and a creamy scoop of ice cream.

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9. French Toast, The Merchants Guild (Bentleigh East)

The fourth and final French Toast in my top ten. Only experienced this one just last week and highly recommend it if you are bayside. “Espresso infused french toast with house made nutella, vanilla bean mascarpone, banana, baileys anglaise and amaretti crumb”. Nuff said.

10. Mixed Greens, Tall Timber (Prahran)

A solid go-to savoury dish. An oldie but a goodie. Poached eggs, grainy bread, lots of greens. A healthy savoury option to top off my top ten.

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Well those were my favourite brunch dishes around Melbourne in 2015. I look forward to new menus and specials to try at the countless number of Melbourne cafes in 2016!

Happy New Year to all that pass through my blog. I know I haven’t been posting as often as in the past, but I am finding there is little time to write about how busy and amazing life is getting. When I am not at work I am making the most of my spare time eating out in Melbourne, enjoying the outdoors, socialising with friends, or on adventures outside of the city with my man.

But be sure to stay up to date with my movements on Instagram and enjoy my [less frequent] blog posts here on Cheering for Nutrition in 2016.

Thanks to everyone for the support throughout 2015 and I wish everyone a safe and healthy 2016, full of fun adventures and good brunches.

– Jenna

Melbourne Spring brunch essentials

Spring in Melbourne is a sniffly beautiful thing! The sun stays out for longer and the air is warmer. But most importantly, all the cafes release their Spring/Summer menus and the outdoor seating suddenly seems way more appealing.

So I’ve compiled a Melbourne Spring brunch essentials list so that you can always leave the house on a Saturday at 10am prepared.

1. Sunnies

The essential outdoor eating accessory. Also a perfect addition to any stylish brunch photo 😉

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2. An active form of transport. 

Good weather brings out the inner triathlete in all of us. So instead of sitting down in your car only to then sit down all morning at brunch, why not walk, jog or ride a bike there.

Melbourne has “great biking infrastructure” says my main man. So I’m sure Spring is the perfect time to pump up your tyres and cycle to the nearest cafe. Head over to the Gram magazine website for a guide to Melbourne’s bike friendly cafes. A great one is Green Park Dining (formally St Ali North) which is right on the Capital City Trail…

Outdoor seating along the Capital City Trail at Green Park Dining in Carlton North

Riding along the Merri Creek trail to The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children's Farm.

Riding along the Merri Creek trail to The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Unfortunately I’ve recently injured my knee and I’m taking it a little easy on the exercise for now. So because of this I am trying to stick to cafes closer to home and go for short leisurely strolls to get to brunch…

Loving the flowers on this tree! Seeing them quite a bit around my new neighbourhood.

3. A light jacket

It wouldn’t be Melbourne if the weather didn’t change between sips of coffee. While that sun may be shining when you leave the house, chances are you’ll be seated in the shade or the sun will creep away behind a cloud at some point while you’re out.

Outdoor courtyards can tend to get quite chilly when the sun isnt directly on top!

Outdoor courtyard: good when the sun is directly over the top. Cold at all other times. 

4. An open mind towards the new menu

Spring usually means a change in menu options due to seasonality of produce. While I tend to find it hard dealing with change (especially when you have your favourite brunch dish that suddenly gets removed from a menu!), it is important to try new flavour combinations.

Just like BARRY in Northcote changed their mega hotcake from a strawberry one to a citrus inspired dish earlier this year in preparation for Winter, we will now see the change back to Summer-friendly fruits.

So excite your taste buds with summer flavours such as breakfast salads, bircher mueslis and dishes with cherries and watermelon as the feature!

Some cafes, however don’t change their menu until the end of Spring / start of Summer, so now is your last chance to get your winter breakfast favourites….

Cinnamon porridge with a golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds + nuts

Cinnamon porridge with a golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds + nuts from Mixed Business Cafe in Clifton Hill.

Spring time in Melbourne is a beautiful thing. Especially for us breakfast enthusiasts. Make the most of the weather. Socialise with friends on a lazy weekend morning over a filling breakfast dish. Walk or bike ride to the cafe.  Pack your sunnies. Look forward to seasonal menu changes. And lastly, ingest copious amounts of caffeine all the while soaking up some vitamin D.

Spring brunch essentials: chai, sunnies and a flower snatched on the walk over to the local cafe.

My brunch essentials on the first weekend of Spring: chai, sunnies and a flower snatched on the walk over to the local cafe.

– Jenna

Castlemaine brunch scene

Well my time in Castlemaine seems like it was so long ago. As I begin my 6th week in my new job back in Melbourne, I take some time to reminisce on the amazing brunch that is found in Castlemaine, Victoria.

The town in central Victoria has quite a few cafes with top quality breakfast menus, lovely coffee and good vibes. I think I managed to suss them all out in my short time there.

Here is a quick guide to some of my favourite cafe’s in this gorgeous town…

The Governor’s Cafe

When I first moved to Castlemaine, I posted about this great cafe on the hill with a gorgeous views of the quirky town that is Castlemaine.

The second time I visited it, instead of it being a hot sunny Summer day, I experienced the crisp Winter air while still seeing a lovely view of the town. Highly recommend this cafe if it is a clear and calm day!

Quinoa porridge with toasted coconut and stewed rhubarb

Cafe re-PUBLIC

Gorgeous place to hang out in the sun on a warm day. Warm inside for those cold days also. I cannot recommend this cafe enough! Every dish I have tasted has been presented wonderfully and tasted equally as great. And to top it off, the coffee is so good. (Although the cup used for a capp is too small of a serve in my opinion.. Call me picky).

The small space set aside for the cafe is part of the old Castlemaine Fire Brigade. It is decked out really well inside and as for the outside, the distressed white painted brick makes the building one of my favourites in Castlemaine.

The coffee window is open on weekdays from 7am with the kitchen ready to roll from 8am, so it is definitely possible (I speak from experience) to sneak in a morning coffee and quick breakky before work.

New menu item: Pancakes with stewed rhubarb

Pancakes with stewed rhubarb

Run Rabbit Run

Located in the heart of town, right next to the Theatre Royale, this cozy cafe has a killer coffee, breakfast and lunch menu! While their waffles with spiced apples are my favouriet sweet option, you just can’t go past their large serves of eggs and great sides! Their spiced latte made with amazing sweet spices is a lovely addition to any meal.

Run Rabbit Run might just have to be my favourite cafe in Castlemaine. I even bought one of their cute bags as a memento for the time spent in this great town.

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Waffles with spiced apples and maple

 

Apple Annie’s Bakery & Cafe

I first truly fell in love with this place around Easter time – their fruit filled hot cross buns became a regular part of my Autumn days in Castlemaine. But I soon discovered their kitchen and cafe is as good as their baked goods.

If you’re after a bakery with sweet and savoury options coming out of your ears, look no further then Apple Annie’s! No photo will do their cakes and pastries justice.

Daily baked goods

Daily baked goods

Chocolate and caramel tart

Chocolate and caramel tart

Scrambled eggs with a side of wilted spinach and fresh rocket on Sprout grainy toast.

Scrambled eggs with a side of wilted spinach and fresh rocket on Sprout grainy toast.

Jess enjoying her coffee while also being my hand model. The secret life of a Speech Pathologist...

Jess enjoying her coffee while also being my hand model. The secret life of a Speech Pathologist…

Saffs Cafe

Picture this: It’s 7:30am on a frosty and foggy morning in Castlemaine. There’s a little boy playing a harmonica while waiting for his usual hot chocolate with a marshmallow.

That’s what I always think of when hearing the word “Saffs”.

Simple menu yet lots of variety in an absolutely gorgeous space (plus a cool outdoor seating strip out the front).


 

This guide to Castlemaine cafe’s only just scratches the surface of the brunch available within this small town! There are still many more places to mention such as Cured Cafe, Togs, and of course the must-try Bell’s Belles Vintage!

Be sure to check any or all of them out if you are venturing through central Victoria any time soon.

Thanks to all of the people (and cafes/restaurants) that made my time in Castlemaine one of the best experiences to date.

– Jenna

Long weekend + a quarter century birthday celebration

So last weekend was the Queen’s birthday long weekend. It was also the weekend I finished my time in the gorgeous town of Castlemaine. It was also the weekend I went to the Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing yet adventurous weekend away. It was also the weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday.

It was an eventful weekend to say the least.

The weekend started off with a big bowl of Goodness Superfoods Traditional Barley + Oats Porridge topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and sultanas.

Next was to leave the city (thanks to the boy for his solid organisation skills). We hit up the peninsula for a lovely soak at the Peninsula Hot Springs. The sun was shining and the air wasn’t too chilly so it was a perfect day to absorb the views (and minerals).

Following our soak, we went to A Mini Kitchen in Rye for afternoon tea. I heard about this cafe from close friend Mardi – whenever I visit the peninsula I make sure to sit down for a tea and piece of cake at this dreamy cafe.

Hummingbird cake with an English Breakfast tea. And off to the side we have the pecan cinnamon sticky bun that luckily was shared.

Then it was off to check into our Bed & Breakfast – highly recommend Harmony B&B in Fingal for gorgeous views, a warm and comfy stay, a super comfortable bed and one of the cutest scruffy dogs to greet you. Our evening was spent walking, checking out Cape Schanck and enjoying dinner at the local Thai restaurant.

An apple a day keeps the Dr away (at Cape Schanck Lighthouse)

Day 2 on our weekend away was a little more adventurous than Day 1. Tree surfing was fun, scary, and a hell of an upper body workout. Enchanted Adventure Garden kept us busy for a few hours (tree surfing, zip lines, tubing, and finding our way through the hedge maze!). I definitely felt like a kid again – although it seemed my fear levels were higher than all the kids around us.

Cool wall art in Rye

Cool wall art in Rye

By Sunday evening we were back in Melbourne and ready for the Queen’s birthday public holiday celebrations.

Which leads me to my Quarter of a Century Queen’s Birthday Brunch…..

Set brunch menu for my birthday brunch thanks to the amazing folks at The Left-Handed Chef

Set brunch menu to celebrate my birthday thanks to the amazing folks at The Left-Handed Chef

Picture this: A warm and cozy cafe in South Melbourne with friends and French Toast. It was exactly how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. Selfie sticks were encouraged and a hashtag was formed with only the few eager instagrammers making proper use of it.

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What happens when you order French Toast with the sauce on the side!

What happens when you order French Toast with the sauce on the side!

Some of the boys enjoying a lunch option - pulled pork tacos

Some of the boys enjoying a lunch option – pulled pork tacos

Monday night saw more food – Vietnamese with my family.

I still remember my 7th birthday when my mum stuck 7 x $1 coins to a card in the shape of a number 7. Now at 25 I'm feeling slightly richer.

I still remember my 7th birthday when my mum stuck 7 x $1 coins to a card in the shape of a number 7. Now at 25 I’m feeling slightly richer.

On Tuesday 9th of June 2015 I woke up a 25 year old and just as excited with life as when I woke up on my 7th birthday in 1997 at 6am to no alarm (you see, 7 was my favourite number growing up and I got a Barbie magazine subscription that came with a fold-out Spice Girls poster in it!).

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Young Jenna. 20 years later hats still don’t suit my head.

But yes, in 2015 I also woke up excited with life. Again I woke up at 6am (although this time to an alarm). But this birthday I was excited for other reasons. This birthday was my first day in a new job at a Melbourne-based hospital – a job that I have been hoping to land for a while now. I’m currently feeling pretty lucky. I am also pretty lucky to be surrounded by absolutely amazing people. So thanks to anyone who is reading this who has contributed to my life in some way 🙂

It’s taken a quarter of a century, but I am now exactly where I want to be.

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– Jenna

My long weekend (inc. fruit trees and tow trucks)

After a stressful Friday night involving a loud engine noise and a tow truck, I woke up on Saturday morning at my parents house with no car but somewhat refreshed and ready to tackle the long weekend.

A filling breakfast involving eggs, tea, my mummy and my boyfriend was the perfect start to the day.

Homemade French Toast with fresh berries, pears poached in Earl Grey tea and cloves, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and Chobani 2% plain.

Homemade French Toast with fresh berries, pears poached in Earl Grey tea and cloves, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and Chobani 2% plain.

There's nothing a few cups of English Breakfast tea can't fix.

There’s nothing a few cups of English Breakfast tea can’t fix.

Then it was straight to the foosball table where the reigning champion (me) was defeated when my opponents decided to play as a two-man team.

After that I decided that I have only one true friend in this world…..

But onto a more serious topic. In light of the recent berry saga, I am now more consciously aware of where my food is coming from. So what better way to be conscious than to eat produce that is hand-picked right before your eyes!

So at some point on Saturday afternoon, we decided to go for a walk around my parent’s property and look at what fruit we could snatch off the fruits trees.

Figs ready for picking

Figs ready for eating

Mum giving James a lesson in fruit picking

Mum giving James a lesson in fruit picking

Figs, pomegranate, apples, pears. All fresh and chemical free!

The remainder of my weekend was spent eating fresh fruit and enjoying some activities that didn’t involve a car. I have to admit, not stressing over directions and petrol was a nice change.

Sunday brunch was at Two Little Pigs in Brunswick. The long weekend special of Nutella-stuffed doughcakes with blackberry ice cream was to die for. Apparently the Croque Madame was a winner also.

Then came Monday.

  • Watched old episodes of Saved By The Bell
  • Went to the nearby park to work out on the equipment and throw the frisbee around
  • Nourished my body with this bad boy…
Tangy quinoa salad with oven baked salmon cooked in a pocket of lemon pepper, butter and fresh dill

Tangy quinoa salad with oven baked salmon cooked in a pocket of lemon pepper, butter and fresh dill

While the weekend did not at all go to plan, it was a relaxing weekend and I couldn’t have asked for more. Except maybe a working car.

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend.

– Jenna

Golden finds in the goldfields region of Victoria

So my new job sees me being a rural clinical dietitian on weekdays in a gorgeous town within the goldfields region of Victoria. The food scene in this region is definitely one to boast about as it is growing and growing with many fresh food markets sourcing local produce, a great cafe scene with exceptional coffee and food, and the organic food movement being pretty popular with some of the locals here. While I have only just scratched the surface, I thought I would make a post about some of the golden food and exercise spots in the area.

CASTLEMAINE

In my down time I have managed to explore the area somewhat. Day 1 in my new location saw me whip out my selfie stick and to get a photo with the “Welcome to Castlemaine” street art at the local servo. But after an embarrassing encounter involving some bystanders, I resumed taking photos of food only!

The Governor’s Cafe

Located at the Old Castlemaine Gaol, The Governor’s Cafe has the best view in Castlemaine. On top of the hill with a great vibe, tasty food and good coffee, the outdoor seating is perfect for a sunny day. Note: 99% of my days so far in Castlemaine have been sunny. Winning.

The menu is very small with a few naughty options and a few nice options, all of which are very reasonably priced. Despite the small amount of menu options, there is something to please every food mood.

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

The walking track loop through the gardens is only 1.8km long, but when going for a jog you want to go around again  and again because the walk itself is spectacular!

 

MALDON

Cafe Maldon

This cafe in the small town of Maldon has a breakfast and lunch menu with many sweet and savoury options. But the thing that drew my attention was the window at the counter with the cakes, slices and pastries. The nutella cheesecake slice with a dollop of cream and a skinny cappuccino was the perfect indulgent snack.

 

The Green Grocer

This small shop in Maldon is home to lots of fresh produce and a plethora of organic, gluten free or alternative packaged products. But what I fell in love with was the dark emerald colour of the front door!

And the amazing fresh produce stacked in pretty wooden shelves, of course.

And one for the non-Foodies. Or those that appreciate gorgeous buildings. This region of central Victoria is filled with amazing old buildings that I love to eyeball. Below is the Maldon Hotel.

There are many more places on my list to check out – not only in Castlemaine and Maldon but in other towns of this region too. So keep an eye out for another goldfields appreciation post.

And please let me know your recommendations if you have any!

– Jenna

An update on my food, my adventures and my life.

So my latest couple of blog posts have been about the berry saga and providing nutrition through a tube.

But they didn’t give me a chance to talk about myself and what I’ve been up to. So read on if you’re interested.

I recently cut my hair…

(Don’t mind me, just slowly approaching my quarter life crisis)

I’ve gone back to school…

After 13 years of school and then 5.5 years of full time university study I am somehow wanting to fill my brain with more knowledge and assignment deadlines.

I am completing a single online unit with the University of Tasmania where I will be looking at the effectiveness of technology (such as the Lorna Jane running app or my handy-dandy FitBit) on healthy behaviour change.

I feel like it is a topic that needs to be researched. I always wear my FitBit and connect up to my health monitoring apps on a regular basis. But does it actually result in a healthy behaviour? Do we actually achieve our goals with it or is it just a fun way to measure how little we actually get moving throughout the day? … or how much we get moving on a good day!

I guess I’ll be finding out over the course of the semester.

My latest creations in the kitchen are…

Summer means making icypoles! Recently I tried a layered lemon juice and coconut water one. Very refreshing!

Summer means making icypoles! Recently I tried a layered lemon juice and coconut water one. Very refreshing!

I finally got around to baking a ginger slice, just like the ones I saw in cafe's and bakeries around New Zealand last month.

I finally got around to baking a ginger slice, just like the ones I saw in cafes and bakeries around New Zealand last month.

My tofu & brown rice bowl has been made a few times recently. Check out my recipe here.

My tofu & brown rice bowl has been made a few times recently. See the recipe here.

Brunching and indulging on the peninsula…

Brunch at Dees Kitchen in Dromana: Broccoli and feta fritters with toasted pepitas, natural labne and a poached egg.

Brunch at Dee’s Kitchen in Dromana: Broccoli and feta fritters with toasted pepitas, natural labne and a poached egg.

Afternoon tea at A Mini Kitchen in Rye: This slice of cake and this amazing cafe across from the beach is just too cute to handle. WARNING: Cake description may make your mouth water. Banana and walnut layer cake with peanut butter buttercream, ganache and salted caramel popcorn.

Afternoon tea at A Mini Kitchen in Rye: This cafe across from the beach is just too cute to handle. WARNING: Cake description may make your mouth water. Banana and walnut layer cake with peanut butter buttercream, chocolate ganache and salted caramel popcorn.

And food product of the week goes to….

CHOBANI.

Chobani have a new product range out. Perfect when you need to have breakfast or a snack on the go.

Chobani have a new product range out.

The new Chobani Oats come in  4 different flavours including Banana Maple, Apple Cinnamon, Coconut and Cranberry.

Chobani Oats are:

  • Perfect when you need to have breakfast or a snack on the go
  • Great tasting
  • High in protein (more than 10g per serve)
  • A source of fibre (more than 2g per serve)
  • Made with real, wholesome, steel-cut oats.

Hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of Summer!

– Jenna

Change of scenery – a tribute to the south side

I am sure by now you’ve realised that I never settle down in one place for too long.

There are too many adventures to go on.

Too many opportunities to tackle.

Too many brunch dishes to taste!

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to my amazing home in South Melbourne as I am about to embark on the next stage of my life – working as a clinical dietitian for a rural health service.

Most of my weekdays will now be spent with a calculator in my left hand and some dietitian stickers in my right hand while I treat hospital patients, community members and aged adults for a range of medical nutrition issues in a town in Victoria’s north-west.

But on my days off you’ll still see me at cheer training or eating brunch in the most amazing cafes around Melbourne.

I guess you could say I’ll have the best of both worlds.

While my time in South Melbourne was short-lived, I know I’ll be back regularly for catch ups with friends, shop-ups at South Melbourne Market, walks around Albert Park Lake, Nutella-latte’s from Let Me Be Frank and of course the amazing Banoffee French Toast from Left-Handed Chef.

So this blog post is a tribute to my fantastic time south-side.

Here are just some of my memorable moments in the quiet, sophisticated and oh-so-trendy pocket of Melbourne’s south.

Sunny mornings drinking a pot of English Breakfast tea in my PJs on my balcony. Then cool breezy afternoons spent working away on my laptop here. I'm definitely going to miss this home.

Sunny mornings drinking a pot of English Breakfast tea in my PJs on my balcony. Then cool breezy evenings spent working away on my laptop here. I’m definitely going to miss this house.

Brunch this weekend with THE foodies of Melbourne - Mardi, Sarah & Emma. This dish of fritters and poached eggs is from the one and only St Ali.

Brunch around South Melbourne. This weekend it was with the foodies of Melbourne – Mardi, Sarah & Emma. Corn fritters and poached eggs from the one and only St Ali.

The view of Melbourne CBD on a warm Summer evening from Albert Park Lake.

The view of Melbourne CBD on a warm Summer evening from Albert Park Lake.

Coffee from Prescilla Jones at Gasworks Arts Park. I've spent much time sipping on a takeaway drink while watching the gorgeous dogs that have the time of their life running around there. Not pictured: Prescilla Jones' yummy carrot and zucchini cake - the frosting is to die for.

Coffee from Prescilla Jones at Gasworks Arts Park. I’ve spent much time sipping on a takeaway drink while watching the gorgeous dogs that have the time of their life running around there.
Not pictured: Prescilla Jones’ yummy carrot and zucchini cake – the frosting is to die for.

Being in such close proximity to my brother meant that brother/sister bonding time was a regular thing. Cooked him healthy meals, went out for pho and hung out at Albert Park in warm evenings.

Being in such close proximity to my brother meant that brother/sister bonding time was a regular thing. Cooked him healthy meals, went out for pho and hung out at Albert Park on warm evenings.

"The usual" - Nutella latte to-go from Let Me Be Frank

“The usual” – Nutella latte to-go from Let Me Be Frank.

The beach. Need I say more?

The beach. Need I say more?

Fruit icy poles with my main man at one of the Melbourne Farmers Markets at Gasworks Arts Park

Fruit icy poles with my main man at one of the Melbourne Farmers Markets at Gasworks Arts Park

The South Melbourne Market.

Shopping and eating at the South Melbourne Market.

My absolutely beautiful bedroom if I do say so myself!

My absolutely beautiful bedroom that I’m going to miss so much.

So thank you South Melbourne for the great memories.

There are still some things on my “South Melb To-Do List” that I am yet to tick off so I’ll be back regularly to make sure those tasks are completed!

– Jenna

Stars, bows and everything in-between

Well I’ve had some very busy and exciting times since my last blog post. Let me catch you up on all that’s new in the nutrition world as well as the life of Jenna.

STARS

The new Federal Government Health Star Rating system has finally launched!

This new system of rating food products out of 5 is a program that is very close to me as I have had the opportunity to study the system and work closely with it on a recent project.

The system rates food products from 1/2 a star (not the healthiest option) to 5 stars (pretty darn healthy) for the different packaged food products on the supermarket shelves.

Now before I go any further, I’ll let you all know that my beloved Chobani yoghurt has rated 5/5 stars. But we didn’t need the Health Star Rating system to tell us that!

While the rating system does not look at all micro-nutrients such as vitamins, it is still a great holistic way to rate a food product as it aims to looks at the overall nutritional profile of a food. The nutrients the system examines is energy (calories/kilojoules), sugar, saturated fat and sodium (salt). The system also looks at whether or not the product includes fruits, nuts, vegetables and legumes in it’s recipe. From here a rating out of 5 stars is produced.

Head over to the official Health Stars page for more info on the great new initiative or drop me an email if you have any questions. Also keep your eyes open in the supermarket isles as more and more products will be including the new Health Star Rating system on their product packaging.

You can't get much healthier than the 5-star rated Weet-Bix for a breakfast cereal

You can’t get much healthier than the 5-star rated Weet-Bix for breakfast

 

BOWS

Last weekend I put my cheerleading bow in my overly teased hair for the final time this year and competed at the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation Nationals which were held on the Gold Coast.

My team competed a great routine.

We won our division and were also lucky enough to win Grand Champions!

 

AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN

  • Check out the latest blog post over at Scoop Nutrition where you’ll see exactly what all of us food-loving, healthy-living dietitians have on our wishlist for Christmas! (hint hint Santa).
  • A recent trip out to Wilson’s Promontory National Park saw me hiking through heavy rain and the strong sun (within a matter of hours). One day I even clocked up over 30,000 steps on my FitBit! Wilson’s Prom has sort of become a tradition every December and it’s safe to say it is one of my absolute favourite places in Australia. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you enjoy nature, exercise and bumping into a wombat or two!
  • This morning I caught up with foodie friends Mardi, Sarah and Emma for some Sunday brunch and a much-needed mocha to get me through this terrible weather. Although I was the odd one out with my breakfast choice, it was a great morning spent talking food, fitness, life and the use of the word dongle.

Sardi Cafe - Church Street, Hawthorn

Sardi Cafe – Church Street, Hawthorn

Hoping the weather in Melbourne warms up soon. It is supposed to be Summer after all.

– Jenna