Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul : 2020-07-12

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nutrition The best and worst ood trends (so far) of 2020 Jaymie Hooper From dessert-style breakfasts to plant-based meats, separates the food fads to try from those past their use-by dates T NOT-SONAUGHTY FOOD SWAPS FOCACCIA GARDENS he hospitalit­y industry was hit hard when the coronaviru­s pandemic forced restaurant­s and cafés to close their doors, but that didn’t stop food trends from continuing to evolve. Instead of obsessing over dishes by rock-star chefs, more and more of us fell for the creations of amateur home cooks. Still, not every trend is worth the kilojoules. asked nutritioni­st Stephanie Malouf, founder of Stephanie Malouf Nutrition, to take the ultimate taste test and provide her final verdict. Using a mix of herbs and vegetables to create flower designs on homemade focaccia, this trend is one of the most Instagram-friendly foods to come out of lockdown. “While adding herbs and veg does boost the nutrient and antioxidan­t content of the bread, it’s still comprised mostly of refined flour and should be limited to small amounts,” Malouf tells Hit (in moderation). Use these simple tweaks to give your favourite treats a healthy makeover The expert’s take: Body+Soul Body+Soul. DALGONA COFFEE Hit or miss? Trade in the refined sugar for some stevia or monk fruit sweetener, and if you don’t really like coffee, use matcha, turmeric or raw cacao instead. DALGONA COFFEE BAY LEAF TEA This Korean brew – made by whipping coffee, sugar, water and milk together – reached peak popularity during isolation. But just because restrictio­ns are lifting doesn’t mean its appeal is going into lockdown soon. “It might be easy to whip up, but Dalgona coffee doesn’t pass my health test,” Malouf says. “Small amounts of sugar in the diet is fine, but this drink contains two tablespoon­s, and that much will cause you to crash before you reach lunch.” Miss. The Mediterran­ean herb is traditiona­lly used to flavour curries and casseroles, but in 2020 it’s gaining popularity as the star of a health-boosting tea. An alternativ­e to your coffee, bay leaf tea is made by boiling the leaves for three to five minutes and then steeping for a further five. “Rich in vitamin C, potassium, iron and antioxidan­ts, bay leaves support your cardiac rhythm and immune system, and lower your blood pressure and cholestero­l,” explains Malouf. “Their bitter flavour also stimulates digestion, and reduces gas and bloating.” Hit. The expert’s take: The expert’s take: PANCAKE CEREAL Create a healthier pancake mix by using almond meal, coconut or oat flour, and use mashed banana as a natural sweetener. Hit or miss? Hit or miss? VEGAN BACON When actress and author Tabitha Brown shared a video in which she fried up vegan bacon – by marinating carrot strips and whacking them in an air fryer – vegetarian­s couldn’t get enough. But does it like real bacon? “This vegan alternativ­e has a smoky flavour thanks to the marinade of maple syrup, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powders and black pepper,” explains Malouf. “I’m not sure it’ll fool meat-lovers, but if it means you’re getting more vegies in, I say go for it.” Hit. PANCAKE CEREAL Boasting a whopping 1.4 billion views on TikTok, pancake cereal is exactly what the name suggests – a bowl of tiny pancakes drizzled in maple syrup, butter and milk. “Just like regular pancakes, there’s nothing healthy about this meal. It’s merely a bowl of refined flour and sugar, which makes it an indulgent dessert at breakfast,” warns Malouf. Miss. taste VEGAN BACON The expert’s take: Maple syrup is high in sugar, so try to use it sparingly or use a dash of tamari to highlight natural sugars in the carrot. The expert’s take: Hit or miss? Hit or miss? 14 Body+Soul MHSE01Z01B­S - V1

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