5 fun and playful workout ideas (that still get results)

Childhood: a time of grazed knees, cheap milk, guilt-free ice cream, and showbags with quality toys. Exercise wasn’t something you did but something that just happened as you went about your day. So if your grownup exercise routine is feeling like a chore you’d rather avoid, it might be time to resurrect some of your favourite childhood activities.

7 Essential Winter Skin Care Tips

The winter chill can wreak havoc on your skin’s moisture levels. But there are things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best throughout the colder months.

1. Keep carrying that water bottle
Your thirst response isn’t as active in winter, so despite the fact that you lose a significant amount of fluid when you breathe cold air,

Easy ways to recharge your morning routine

Being an early riser has been touted as the key to success and productivity for centuries. In the words of Aristotle, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Similarly, Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
But have we been overselling the influence of early mornings? 

Employee of the Month June – Wendy Liu

June’s employee of the month was awarded to Wendy Liu from Medicross North Maclean and Medicross Jimboomba. Wendy was awarded employee of the month for her professional attitude and for the pride she takes in her role as practice nurse. She is also very flexible and willing to help where ever is needed.

Eat Clean Recipe eBook especially for you

You are what you eat… so when we want to feel fresh, vibrant and healthy, filling up on natural foods bursting with nutrients and nourishing antioxidants is an excellent idea.

Be inspired with these healthy new recipes with your very own Eat Clean Recipe eBook by Natascha Elisa, filled with incredibly nutritious and vibrant recipes.

3 ways to travel through New Zealand

New Zealand is home to spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife, and attracts millions of tourists per year looking to experience its pristine nature.
Here are three of the best ways to experience it all.
1. By road
Self-driving tours of New Zealand are extremely popular. You can drive yourself in a rental …read more

The ultimate cheese tour of New Zealand

Hit the trail and see why New Zealand’s artisan cheese industry is blooming, as a new generation of cheesemakers returns to age-old ways to craft the tastiest cheeses.
Beyond the green pastures, New Zealand’s best little cheesemakers will put temptation in your way as you travel the highways and byways …read more

Living thoughtfully: Matt and Lentil

A practical guide to traditional skills in the modern world lies at the heart of Matt and Lentil’s beautiful first book, Grown and Gathered. An ode to thoughtful living, it captures the joy that comes from the simple things – growing summer tomatoes, trading flowers from the garden, preserving …read more

The playful community

No longer confined to childhood, play-based projects have taken to the streets on a global scale, changing the way communities connect.
In Melbourne’s Federation Square, two adult strangers laugh as they bounce on a giant illuminated see-saw. In Adelaide, a young family explores a local park in a ‘geocaching’ session, …read more

The community garden

Community gardens have long provided this space, but many of them do so much more.
THE SECRET GARDEN, HAWKESBURY REGION
“When you think of a community garden you often imagine vegie plots or food, but there’s much more going on here,” says Secret Garden coordinator Marianne Farrar.
It’s just after 9am, and …read more

parkrun around the world

Do you love traveling but hate missing your regular Saturday morning jog? Are you hesitant to go running on holidays because you’re worried about getting lost? Let parkrun be your travel guide, running buddy and personal trainer all in one.
Originating in the UK over a decade ago, parkrun is …read more

Chilli jam chicken stir fry recipe

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
2 tablespoons AYAM™ Thai Chilli Jam Paste
500 g boneless chicken, cut into strips
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 red capsicum, deseeded and sliced
1 tablespoon AYAM™ Light Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ cup roasted cashew nuts
½ cup Thai basil leaves
Steamed rice to …read more

Malaysian beef rendang curry recipe

Serves: 6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hr 10 minutes
Ingredients
1 jar AYAM Malaysian Rendang Curry Paste 185 g
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
270 ml can AYAM Coconut Milk
700 g rump steak, diced into 2 cm pieces
Toasted shredded coconuts, to garnish
Steamed rice to serve
Method
1. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat.
2. …read more

Should you include dairy in your diet?

I find myself endlessly spruiking the benefits of dairy foods, and with good reason too. Not only are dairy foods downright delicious, they are also extremely healthy – the evidence doesn’t lie.
Dairy foods provide a nutritional punch. They contain more than 10 nutrients important for our general health, nervous …read more

Grilled snapper, charred corn, almond and buckwheat tabouli recipe

Ingredients
½ cup buckwheat, soaked in water overnight
2 cobs corn, peeled
½ cup whole almonds
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1 bunch flat parsley, washed, roughly chopped
½ bunch mint, washed, torn
3 shallots, washed, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice 1 lemon
4 fillets snapper approx. 150 g (from a responsible source)
Extra lemon for serving
Method
1. …read more

CancerAid: A new tool for cancer patients

Five Sydney-based doctors have developed a new smartphone app to support cancer patients during treatment. CancerAid helps patients and their families tho to organise their journey with clear, individualised information.
Co-founder Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh, a radiation oncology registrar, shares why he believes this app can make a difference.
What does CancerAid …read more

Turkey, nectarine and walnut salad in lettuce cups recipe

Serves: 4
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
600 g turkey steaks
6 thin slices pancetta
3 nectarines, stone removed and diced into 1cm pieces
1 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
1 cup watercress leaves
2 tablespoons chives cut into 1cm pieces
1 buffalo mozzarella, roughly torn into pieces
Dressing
¼ cup walnut oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 …read more

Tzatziki dip recipe

Ingredients
500 ml EasiYo unsweetened Greek style yogurt
Garlic clove, crushed (add more cloves if desired)
½ cucumber, deseeded and finely sliced
Juice and zest of half a fresh lemon
Bunch of mint, roughly chopped, and extra leaves for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to garnish (optional)
Method
1. Place the sliced cucumber over a …read more

Fresh prawn, shaved zucchini, avocado, fennel, basil and hazelnut salad recipe

Ingredients
1 kg fresh cooked tiger prawns
½ cup hazelnuts
2 medium zucchini
1 medium bulb fennel
1 avocado
1 cup picked basil leaves
1 cup picked flat parsley leaves
1 cup picked mint leaves
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 bunch dill, picked
Method
1. Peel the prawns, leaving the tail intact.
2. Preheat the …read more

7 delicious ways to enjoy avocado

1. Classic guacamole
Whip up this summer entertaining staple with ripe avocado, lemon and salt. Add some coriander and chilli for extra zing.
2. Vegan mayo
Blend avocado, white vinegar, lemon juice and salt with some garlic and onion powder for an easy, yummy mayonnaise.
3. Pudding
Freeze avocado overnight then puree …read more

5 reasons to try an outdoor gym

We live in a beautiful country with lots of sunshine, fresh air and space. Yet many of us spend hours sitting indoors, often in front of a screen.
With warmer days and a new year upon us, now is the perfect time to head outdoors with the family and establish …read more

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