What food is being celebrated?

April 4th - International Carrot Day

Photo by Carolina L.S. on Unsplash

Glazed, roasted, boiled, peeled, shredded, julienne, pureed, baked, shaved, grilled, braised, fermented, burnt, candied, pickled...

Cakes, dips, pizza topping, soup, dressing, decoration, sticks, raw, cooked, sweet, savoury, black, orange, purple, yellow, juice, warm, cold...

We love 'em all!

Don’t stop it, swap it!

Monthly Digest;

Home Made Fried Chicken

This was prepared by our dietitian, Charmmy.

Home made fried chicken...but is it really fried? When you have take-away foods that you are really fond of, it can be a challenge to swap it for something else because you look forward to the mouthfeel. How good would it be if you could have your favourite and not worry about the extra fat or salt or unknown additives. Have I sold you yet on how good is this ‘fried’ chicken? It has a coating but it is air fried so far less fat. It tastes absolutely delicious!

Our Staff at The Innovative Dietitian

Christabel Macleod

B.A. B.Ed (ECh)

I joined The Innovative Dietitian from a teaching background. I had been a teacher for about 25 years and had been sharing my love for people (and pets) through food and education ever since. I am passionate about good dietary practices. I love to cook, especially dessert and sometimes there is a conflict between maintaining a balance between a healthy diet and craving sweet and luscious. Who says you can’t have both? I have a personal interest in the Aboriginal peoples' cultural rights being advanced, having already had experience in this field. I also want to advocate for clients with Autism and help contribute towards their happy and successful lives. I want to make a difference in the lives of all my clients, whether they be young or old, and from all backgrounds.

“Food can bring people together in a way that nothing else could.” -Yotam Ottolenghi

Our Clients

Food is a major part of happiness in life. Eating out is a part of that happiness; a social thread that is part of the fabric of our community. It doesn’t mean that you will not be able to enjoy healthy choices!

Recipe of the month

Carrot Poriyal

I particularly like this Southern Indian recipe for it’s carrotiness!

Recipe by Dassana Amit

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins


▢ 2 Tablespoons sesame oil (gingelly oil)
▢ 1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
▢ 1 Teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
▢ 1 Green chili, chopped
▢ 8 to 9 Curry leaves, kept whole or chopped
▢ ¼ Teaspoon turmeric powder
▢ 1 Pinch asafoetida (hing)
▢ 2 Cups finely chopped carrots
▢ ½ Cup water or add as required
▢ ⅓ Cup grated fresh coconut
▢ Salt as required


1. Heat 2 tablespoons sesame oil in a kadai or pan. Keep the flame to a low and then add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds.

2. Once the mustard seeds begin to crackle, then add 1 teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram).

3. Saute till the urad dal becomes golden. Do stir. Also do make sure that the dal does not get burnt.

4. Then add 1 green chili (chopped), 8 to 9 curry leaves. Stir and mix.

5. Add 2 cups finely chopped carrots.

6. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida.

Season with salt as required.

7. Add ½ cup water and give a stir.

8. Cover the pan with its lid and simmer on a low flame till the carrots are tender and cooked. Do check after every 4 to 5 minutes. If the water dries up in the pan, then you can add some more water.

9. Once the carrots are cooked, then add ⅓ cup grated fresh coconut. If there is some water in the pan, then let it evaporate before adding the coconut.

10. Remove the lid and cook till all the water is evaporated.

11. Mix very well and then switch off the flame.

Serve carrot poriyal. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves while serving.

This Month's TOP STORY

Best Diet for Hashimoto's

Hashimoto’s Diet; is there such a thing?

The good news is that diet CAN contribute to controlling to a degree, the metabolic rates in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Here are some evidence-based dietary tips to help treat Hashimoto’s disease. There is now significant evidence that diet can play a role in decreasing antibody levels, improve thyroid function, and reduce symptoms caused by Hashimoto’s disease.

Gluten - Free Diet

Many studies indicate that those with Hashimoto’s are more likely to have celiac disease than the general population. As such, experts recommend that everyone diagnosed with Hashimoto’s be screened for coeliac disease. What’s more, some evidence suggests that gluten- and grain-free diets may benefit people with Hashimoto’s disease.

Lactose Free Diet

Lactose intolerance is very common among people with Hashimoto’s disease. In a study in 83 women with Hashimoto's disease, 75.9% were diagnosed with lactose intolerance. If you suspect lactose intolerance, cutting out dairy may aid digestive issues, as well as thyroid function and medication absorption.

Lots of fruit and vegetables

Inflammation may be a driving force behind Hashimoto’s disease. As such, an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits and vegetables may significantly improve symptoms. A study in 218 women with Hashimoto’s disease found that markers of oxidative stress — a condition that causes chronic inflammation — were lower in those who ate fruits and vegetables more frequently. Vegetables, fruits, spices, and fatty fish are just some examples of foods with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Low in added sugar and high in nutrients

Following a diet low in added sugar and highly processed foods but rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods may help improve your health, manage your weight, and reduce Hashimoto’s-related symptoms. Whenever possible, prepare your meals at home using nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats, and fibre-rich carbs. These foods offer powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.


History of Aboriginal people;


Tasmania was colonised by successive waves of Aboriginal people from southern Australia during glacial maxima, when the sea was at its lowest. People migrating from southern Australia into peninsular Tasmania would have crossed stretches of seawater and desert, and finally found oases in the King highlands (now King Island).

Colonial settlers found two main language groups in Tasmania upon their arrival, which correlates with the broader nation or clan divisions.

  • Palawa language group – the first ethnic and language group in Tasmania; absorbed or displaced by successive invasions except for remnant group on Tasman peninsula. Absorbed population in Eastern Tasmania
  • Furneaux speakers displace Palawa in north-east Tasmania as far south as Orford. Themselves disappear or are absorbed into Mara language group
  • Nara speakers invade, but are pushed back to Western Tasmania.

After the sea rose to create Bass Strait, the Australian mainland and Tasmania became separate land masses, and the Aboriginal people who had migrated from mainland Australia became cut off from their cousins on the mainland.

A picture of the last four Tasmanian Aborigines of solely Aboriginal descent c. 1860s. Truganini, the last to survive, is seated at far right.

At The Innovative Dietitian we offer a range of Dietitian Services including assisting with medical conditions, cooking in the home and providing assistive technology. We cater for NDIS/Medicare clients as well as private health clients.

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