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The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - The ad­vice in this column is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional.

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nour­ish­ing way to add flavour to your food.

Keep­ing a sup­ply of fresh herbs in the fridge such as co­rian­der, pars­ley, mint, basil and chives can trans­form meals. Fresh lemons and chilli (when in sea­son) can also add a nice zing to your food. Buy­ing raw nuts and seeds in bulk and stor­ing them in air-tight con­tain­ers is also help­ful as they can add flavour and crunch to stir-fries, sal­ads or eaten as snacks.

One of the best things you can do from a nu­tri­tional per­spec­tive is to make your own sauces and dress­ings, as of­ten this is where peo­ple con­sume a lot of in­gre­di­ents they wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily add them­selves. Pro­cessed sauces and dress­ings tend to be high in re­fined sug­ars, poor qual­ity salt or oil. Make a cou­ple of ba­sic salad dress­ings and sauces and keep them in the fridge. Most of all, en­joy this ex­cit­ing new change!

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Good gut health is the ba­sis of op­ti­mal health.

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