"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

Merry Christmas! My gift to you!

Lisa Cutforth - Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What an exciting fun time of year, the festive season.  Do you remember when you were a kid how much you loved christmas?  This time of year for me is painted with memories of family, friends, good cheer, great food, playing and relaxing.  As an adult though it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity that starts to take the magic out of it.  We spend too much, eat too much, rush too much, fuss too much and then it's all too much!  Then before you know it, it's over all too soon. So, before you get too caught up in the silly season, try to remember what christmas is really about for you.  My gift for you this Christmas is: a couple of festive (and secretly nutritious) recipies.  A delicious and fresh salad recipe, perfect for Christmas on a summers day and some tasty Date balls (both great tasting and without the added guilt and extra pounds that sometimes accompany the overindulgence of christmas!).  Try this colourful red and green festive salad to accompany your main meal... Beetroot, Pumpkin and Spinach Salad 

The goodies:


200g fetta cheese, crumbled

10 small beetroots (600g)

2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tsp coconut oil

700g peeled pumpkin (1 small butternut), diced into 4cm pieces

150g baby spinach leaves

¾ cup (75g) toasted walnuts, chopped coarsely


Walnut vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons walnut oil

¼ cup (60ml) olive oil

¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice


The Fun:


Destalk the beetroot and cut them into quarters (unpeeled). 

Place in a large shallow baking dish, drizzle with half of the oil. 

Roast, uncovered, in moderately hot oven (about 180o) for 15 minutes.

Add the pumpkin, drizzle with remaining oil. 

Roast uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

when cool enough to handle, peel the beetroot if desired (the skin will come of easily).

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette.

Place all the dressing into a large salad bowl, and add the beetroot, toss gently to coat the beetroot.

Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients (spinach, pumpkin, nuts and fetta) and toss gently.

Divine Date Balls:


The goodies:


1 cup (250ml) pitted dates

½ cup (125ml) walnuts

½ cup (125ml) desiccated coconut

4tbsp (60ml) sunflower seeds

A pinch of salt

2tbsp (30ml raw honey)

¼ cup (60ml) sesame seeds toasted, or desiccated coconut (optional)


The fun:


Place all the ingredients, except honey and sesame seeds in a food processor and pulse until well-chopped but not pulverized.

Add honey and process for 30 seconds.

Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls.

Roll in toasted sesame seeds or desiccated coconut (optional)

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. ENJOY! Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!   

Recent Posts


hunger and stress benefits of strength training, why you should strength train childrens lunch boxes Laughter and stress healthy cooking parties recipies overindulge reducing coffee anxiety muscle wasting sexy salad fruit and vegetable shortage recipe low calorie diet skipping meals skip meals fruit fresh start natural alternatives to drugs ask my doctor breakfast is sugar bad stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress weight healthy shopping list life lessons calorie controlled diet low cholesterol Lactose intolerance weight loss breast cancer awareness high cholesterol salad sugar and add diet diary of a nutritionist nutritionist sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas relax Cancer leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut making time to relax soft drink and behaviour problems Happiness dangers of multitasking while you eat I've Got Life fresh celebrate life how to avoid injury during exercise Lisa's Diary healthy shopping what is a good breakfast pop-eye and spinach the tummy beast corporate wellness 10 % principle Nutritional Therapist fun how to love exercise trans fats homocysteine what is healthy food motivation sugar and adhd wrong type of exercise, exercise and results to know and not do is not yet to know dance dancing how to check your breasts mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo improve your memory do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources foods in season, seasonal recipes ways to improve prostate health healthy cooking party simple 7 day detox plan comfort foods natural toothpaste nutritious heart disease comfort pig nutritionists diet diary allergies how to be happy success and you health for busy people getting fit soft drink and behavior problems food allergies performance cooking with allergies love, loneliness have more energy have fun in the kitchen christmas Add new tag heart foundation tick explained strength drugfree alternatives empty your mind I don't get hungry focus taking a break happiness course recipes for allergies quizz support your body assertiveness life brain health obesity relationship with food health pioneers ability to respond 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart best exercise 7 steps to detox Nina Simone new year's resolutions indigestion soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity go for 2 and 5 make stress work for you alzheimers are grains healthy quick recipes nutritionist in brisbane real food feels good quick eating solutions cholesterol lowering diet benefits of sleeping energy increasing energy delicious healthy cooking demonstration avoiding a choice which is better for you butter or margarine the power to choose maintain a healthy weight, underweight cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia image nutritious cooking sexy salads fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys breast cancer prevention food sensitivities immune system memory taking responsibility keep focused immune boosting tips fussy eaters herbal toothpaste mood nutrition time management and healthy living gluten intolerance organic vegetables health one step at a time prostate cancer fatigue diet diary Sensational should I eat organic veggies is chocolate bad for me Egg allergy comfort eating lunch music benefits to keeping a diet diary addicted to chocolate life choices what is movember great second hand books food intolerances healthy fast food, healthy take away reasons to eat foods in season seasonal quick and tasty recipes gift how to say no love food sensitivity to milk are frozen veggies any good how to get more of exercise weightloss libido low calorie meal plan health health with 10 % effort happiness workshop detox Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah Alan Pease muffins four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication cooking class in brisbane how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results blood pressure control healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options