Healthy Lamb Korma

Tastebud Friendly Food That’s Good and Good for You :

You want to be healthy but your craving lasagne… You want a cheat meal, but don’t want to cheat… You want something nutritious, but not entirely made from lentils or kale. We know we need to eat better foods, but let’s face it, salads sometimes don’t hold the same promise of a mouth-watering lamb korma. And what about that sweet tooth you get when you are tired that makes you go crazy staring into the pantry? We find that one of the biggest challenges people have when looking for healthy, convenient food, is that they often have to compromise on flavour. Dineamic exists to make great tasting food, made from local ingredients, that hits the spot and satisfies you without [more…]

Food you don’t need to prep, cook, or feel guilty about. :

Have you ever looked in the fridge and realised you’ve got nothing to eat? There’s just not enough time to shop, prepare, cook and clean up. Not to mention the brain space you take up with deciding what to eat & planning ahead. Taking the time out to cook is great on weekends when you have time, but its not always realistic mid-week when you’re flat out. It’s no wonder we opt for takeaway rather than a tasty vegetable risotto. On average, we spend 2 hours per week doing the food shop, and another 6 hours a week prepping, cooking and cleaning. Think about that… Now think about the hours you work. And the time you spend commuting. And going [more…]

Dineamic Foodstore South Yarra

Dineamic Foodstore South Yarra :

We’re super excited to announce the opening of our new Dineamic Foodstore in the heart of South Yarra. Dineamic Foodstore South Yarra is a café and retail space supplying delicious, healthy eat-in and take home options. We source local, fresh ingredients with a focus on simple whole foods. Visit us in store to see our range of: Speciality Coffee, Brekkie Bowls, Super Salads, Healthy Lunches, Nourishing Smoothies & Take Home Meals. Shop 3A 199 Toorak Road South Yarra Vic. 3141 T (03) 9021 7256 Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm

#FoodPorn – Social Media’s Nudge to Overeating? :

If you’ve spent the last hour aggressively scrolling through insta-perfect images of all things foodporn-esque trying to decipher which meal to demolish on your next gastronomic endeavour, you’re not alone… ‘Foodstagramming’, or social media’s way of revealing your inner culinary eye, has become one of its most ubiquitous trends. At the time of writing there was over 104,190,242 posts using #foodporn on instagram alone, not to mention everything else out there on twitter, facebook, snapchat, reddit and more… To give you an idea of just how many that is, a survey conducted in 2013 found that over 90 new photos with this same hashtag were uploaded every minute — or 1.5 every second! Now if you’ve been living under a rock this whole time, [more…]

Q&A with Western Bulldogs Dietitian, Claire Saundry :

Here at Dineamic we have the pleasure of working with an amazing team of nutritionists and dietitians, some who’ve already led illustrious careers in nutrition and dietetics, and others who are starting out on their own amazing professional pathways. Claire Saundry has been part of the Dineamic Team for a number of years, however more recently she became the dietitian at the 2016 AFL Premiership winning, Western Bulldogs. We sat down with Claire to get an insight into her journey and see how important sports nutrition was to the Western Bulldogs. Congratulations on your fantastic efforts this season! Can you tell us a little about how you ended up being the dietitian for the Western Bulldogs? I was lucky enough to work [more…]

Fruit and Vegetables in Supermarket

Food Nudging :

We all know what happens when there’s a bar of chocolate sitting on your desk, conveniently placed, so it’s just in the corner of your eye. It talks to you, doesn’t it, invites you in… That is, until it’s gone! If only the same thing were to happen with a delicious green bowl of veggies… Well, apparently it does. The concept is called ‘food nudging’, and it’s an approach being used to combat the problems with our obesogenic environment. If that word is a bit of a mouthful… basically an obesogenic environment is one in which it is easy to eat too much of what we shouldn’t be eating and to spend too little time moving. For example, excessive amounts [more…]

All that glitters… at your local café :

You’ve probably seen them popping up all over your Facebook feed the past few weeks, in blues and greens and yellows and pinks. What ever happened to regular old coffee? It definitely seems that the café scene in Australia is seeing a rise in health promoting, functional beverages, and bringing some interesting colours into the mix. Have you been brave enough to try one yet? Golden ‘Mylk’ – what is it? Also known as Golden Lattes, Turmeric Lattes or Turmeric Milk. This is the one you’ve most likely seen in your cafes and health stores as of late. Its golden colour is attributed to the use of turmeric, fresh or dry. The ‘y’ in ‘mylk’ denotes an alternative to dairy milk; [more…]

Get your fingers on the pulse :

Why pulses? Are pulses really that important that they deserve to have a whole year devoted to them courtesy of the United Nations? You bet! And here’s why: pulses are not only a nutritional powerhouse, but they have important consequences for environmental sustainability and development too. The major themes of the International Year Of Pulses (IYOP) 2016 are to create consumer awareness, improve food security, increase market access for farmers and boost productivity and sustainability. Ok, I get it – they’re important… but what exactly are they? Pulses are a group of foods that come under the legume family. A legume is any plant’s edible seed that is enclosed in a pod. Pulses include peas like chickpeas, lentils, and beans like, fava beans, kidney beans and mung [more…]

Q&A with Josh Dunkley from the Western Bulldogs :

In this article, Dineamic Dietitian and Sports Dietitian with the Western Bulldogs, Claire Saundry sits down with Josh Dunkley, number 20 and first year player with the Western Bulldogs, to discuss how nutrition affects his performance on and off the field. Claire: Do you think nutrition has played a role in helping you get through the first half of the season? Josh: It certainly has, I think the area which has helped me the best is recovery nutrition. I didn’t understand how important recovery nutrition was to performance when I was playing under 18s footy in Gippsland and I was always sore and tired for the majority of the week after a game. Working with yourself on an individual, one-to-one basis has [more…]

Try Our Malaysian Laksa Soup Recipe :

Even the best things in life need a little mixing up every once in a while. Our Sweet Potato, Coconut and Turmeric soup is delicious just as it is, but this week we were feeling a little extra inspired, “Why not use it as the starting point for another delicious dish?” We love cooking at home just as much as we love sending out healthy meals to our Dineamic team, so we thought we’d do a bit of a test run in the kitchen, and with the weather getting a little cooler, soup was definitely on the menu. Check out our Malaysian laksa inspired Dineamic soup recipe below. It turned out brilliantly! A quick, easy meal option that bumps up your protein [more…]

Food Processing :

Usually when someone says “food processing”, our brains immediately switch to ‘processed foods’, conjuring up images of all the packaged food lining our supermarket shelves. More generally though, food processing refers to the transformation of raw ingredients, by physical or chemical means, into ready-to-eat food. The history of food processing is a long and varied one. From the discovery of cooking with fire many hundreds of thousands of years ago, through to salting, curing and fermentation, our food culture is heavily influenced by each of these methods.  More recently, with the rise of industrialisation, some more modern forms have emerged that continue to affect our food culture and eating habits today. What was once a way to create a safer [more…]

Sticking to your new year’s resolutions :

It’s that time of year again. With the memories of the festive season gradually fading, we set our sights on the year ahead.  And for a lot of us, we take this opportunity to try to hit the ground running, and make some improvements on the year that’s just passed. Let’s take a look at some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2015: [University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Norcross, John.]   Recognise any of these? They are likely all too familiar to most of us. Every year, the same ideas tend to pop into our head under the guise of New Year’s resolutions – but that’s all they are, ideas. Without any structure put in place, to turn [more…]


Catering for dietary restrictions at Christmas :

Dietary intolerances. There’s always one. You’re hosting Christmas  this year, but you just found out your cousin has recently turned vegan? Or maybe your mum has decided to cut out gluten, or your sister has just found out that she can’t eat onion and garlic anymore otherwise she will be terribly sick? What are you going to cook? It’s likely that there will be at least one of these scenarios at your event this year, and it can be more than daunting if you have no idea what it all means. Dietary intolerances and restrictions are varied and very individual (in regards to both reason and cause) – so there is no one approach that will fit an entire group. But, [more…]

The Best of Spring Seasonal Produce :

Cooking for the season Whilst we love cooking for our Dineamic Team, we also love getting you in the kitchen too. Cooking with seasonal produce is always a great place to start, especially when you’re stuck with the age old question of ‘what’s for dinner?’ Cooking with fruits and vegetables that are in season means that you can get produce when it’s at its highest quality. It’s also usually cheaper to buy, because it is in abundance from suppliers, and that means that it’s travelled less food miles. This has a huge impact on environmental sustainability because it means that our supermarkets aren’t flying things over from the other side of the world (think cherries during winter for example). Have [more…]

The Power of Anti-Oxidants :

Nutritional supplementation is a huge industry in Australia, and the market for diet pills and magic health cures is never ending. One favourite buzz word that often arises in the media is ‘antioxidants’. Touted as a cure for almost everything, antioxidants are an illustrious ‘something’ that appears to do a lot but that not many people know the why or how behind. Are they really all they’re cracked up to be?   What are antioxidants?   An antioxidant refers to a compound that prevents free-radical damage. More specifically, it refers to the function of the compound, rather than the compound itself, as something can act as an antioxidant in one reaction, but an oxidant in another. The antioxidant function works [more…]

Food Safety Week (November 9-15) :

Happy Food Safety Week! As a healthy food manufacturer, we take food safety very seriously here at Dineamic. In light of the Food Safety Week, we thought that’d it would be a great time to share some useful information, especially when it comes to safely defrosting your meals. This year the theme for Food Safety Week is ‘myth busting’. I.e. Is the ‘five second rule’ really true? (No!) Here are the top myths as listed on the Food Safety Information Council website: 1. If I get food poisoning it is most likely the last meal I ate. Everyone blames their food poisoning on the last meal they ate but some forms of food poisoning can take days or even weeks to eventuate. 2. You [more…]

Bringing home the bacon: What’s the Risk? :

Recent headlines last week may have caused some concern about processed meat consumption and bowel cancer risk. Not your beloved bacon! Who wants to give that up? The WHO findings are not an entirely new discovery, health professionals have been warning of the consequences of over consumption of processed meats for some time. Processed meats include bacon, sausages, ham and salami. Typically with these foods, during the manufacturing process, nitrates can be added to the meat to act as a preservative and improve their shelf life, taste and colour. This is believed to be a large part of the problem. In a recent report, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that for every 50g portion of processed meat we [more…]

Jessica Gray’s Meal Prep Tips :

1: Prep day On Mondays I prepare all of my extras and sides to go with my pouch meals. I cook roughly 1.5kg of mixed fibrous vegetables and 1kg of mixed roasted or steamed sweet potato and carrot. This is the food that I add to my Dineamic meals throughout the day. More carbohydrate based vegetables during the day and more fibrous at night. This saves me time and energy during the week because all my meals are ready to be heated and eaten. It also ensures that I don’t stray from my healthy eating plan, because everything is ready and waiting to be eaten in the fridge.   2: Mix it up Variety is the key, so to stop myself [more…]

The Truth About Carbs :

What are carbohydrates? There is so much confusion about whether we should be eating carbs or giving them a big miss. We tend to use the word “carbs” rather loosely, to describe food sources of the nutrient carbohydrate. Foods like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and breakfast cereal are all called carbs but in fact they are really foods rich in the nutrient carbohydrate. There also many other sources of carbohydrate in our diet, like fruit, legumes, sugar, starchy vegetables and wholegrains — and we shouldn’t be collecting all our carbs in one basket. We all know that carbohydrate is our body’s preferred source of energy. According to Nutrition Australia’s revised healthy eating pyramid, the foundation of a healthy diet should be made up [more…]

Feel Slimmer for Spring :

Racing season is upon us so it’s time to think about getting into shape and looking good. Today we’re sharing Karen Inge’s top ways to feel slimmer — Fast. (OK, a few are tongue in cheek, but we hope you find them fun anyway).   1. Get sweaty Fluid retention can leave you feeling heavier than you really are.  Avoid high salt foods and meals leading up to a special event as this can lead to your body reserving more fluid. Drink plenty of water to help keep your water works flowing to flush out your system.  Cranberry juice is thought to have a mild diuretic effect and increase fluid loss. 2. Bust the bloat Bloating can be caused by a number of [more…]

Ten things you need to know about veggies :

Are you getting your five a day (veggies that is)? And your daily dose of all those vitamins, minerals like iron and calcium, plus phytonutrients? Or are your storage, prep and cooking methods removing too many nutritious goodies before they even reach your plate? Here’s some tips to maximise the health benefits of vegetables – and improve your wellbeing 1. Soaking – save it for the bathroom Washing fruit and vegetables can remove dirt and pesticide residue, but soaking isn’t a good idea because water-soluble nutrients can leach out. Once soaked, even if you use the water to cook, the food can’t reabsorb the lost nutrients. If you need to prepare vegetables in advance, parboil then rinse under a cold [more…]

Cold Pressed Juice :

You may have seen the term ‘cold pressed juices’ being thrown around a lot lately – have you ever wondered exactly what cold pressed is? Cold pressed refers to a particular process for extracting juice from fruit and vegetables. Traditional juicing uses high speed metal blades to crush the fruit and vegetables into a pulp in order to extract the juice. This process tends to create a lot of heat, which is known to cause damage to important vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C. This is why it is often better to eat fruit or vegetables when they are raw or lightly cooked rather than overcooking them and losing nutrients. With cold pressed juicing the fruit and vegetables are firstly [more…]

Food wastage :

Food wastage in Australia is a serious issue. Australian’s discard up to 20% of the food that we purchase. To put this into perspective: that’s one out of every five grocery bags that you bring home each week, straight in the bin.It might not seem like a lot at the time, but for the average home, 40% of their household rubbish bin will be filled with food that’s been thrown away. So why is it getting wasted? Well, a number of reasons are contributing to these stats, but it’s largely due to: — not planning what we are going to buy at the supermarket initially, — too much being purchased, — not using up leftovers properly, — and not understanding [more…]

Nutrition Mythbusting :

Having just enjoyed another great National Science Week, this week we wanted take a look at some common nutrition misconceptions. With the huge amount of nutrition mis-information that is available online and in the media, it’s easy to be confused about what to eat and what not to eat! Going gluten free is healthy Without a doubt gluten free is going mainstream. The gluten-free movement has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with many celebrity experts endorsing the trend. Gluten is found in the grains wheat, barley, oats and rye as well as products made with these grains. People with coeliac disease must follow a gluten free diet and those who are gluten intolerant also benefit from choosing [more…]