Diane Hope on 09/17/2019

Coping with Picky Eaters by Registered Dietitian, Kelly Francis

Apart from the frustration and stress that picky eating causes for parents of picky eaters, long term picky eating can lead to malnutrition which can manifest as either underweight or overweight. A third, less obvious sign of malnutrition is stunted growth in height which is difficult to undo. Apart from the frustration and stress that picky eating causes for parents of picky eaters, long term picky eating can lead to malnutrition which can manifest as either underweight or overweight. A third, less obvious sign of malnutrition is stunted growth in height which is difficult to undo.

Diane Hope on 09/17/2019

Less ‘kid-friendly’ foods, more family foods, by Kelly Francis, Registered Dietitian

The ‘kid-friendly’ food market has expanded far beyond this one shopping aisle. In fact, it has even crept into the ‘health’ food product market. The concept of ‘kid-friendly’ foods seems to have grown out of proportion. People are still quick to condemn sugary breakfast cereals for their high sugar content and clever marketing ploys aimed at children but the truth is that the ‘kid-friendly’ food market has expanded far beyond this one shopping aisle. In fact, it has even crept into the ‘health’ food product market.

Flava Group on 05/21/2019

Teens and Vegetarianism by Kelly Francis, Registered Dietitian

While religious fasting with the abstinence of meat is not a new thing, it is becoming popular for teens to experiment with vegetarianism or veganism. Any teen following a diet without a daily intake of meat, chicken or fish, requires parental support in the nutrition department. While religious fasting with the abstinence of meat is not a new thing, it is becoming popular for teens to experiment with vegetarianism or veganism. Any teen following a diet without a daily intake of meat, chicken or fish, requires parental support in the nutrition department.

Diane Hope on 04/24/2019

Unpacking the tip of the food pyramid by Registered Dietitian, Kelly Francis

It may be interesting to some that the South African Health Department and South African dietitians do not in fact use the Food Pyramid as a nutrition education tool. We have our very own nationalized Food Based Dietary Guidelines. It may be interesting to some that the South African Health Department and South African dietitians do not in fact use the Food Pyramid as a nutrition education tool. We have our very own nationalized Food Based Dietary Guidelines.

Diane Hope on 03/29/2019

The Mediterranean Way | by Kelly Francis, Registered Dietitian

Striving for a traditional Mediterranean diet is a great way to achieve optimal health because of its nutrient dense, socially feasible and fairly economical dietary recommendations. Striving for a traditional Mediterranean diet is a great way to achieve optimal health because of its nutrient dense, socially feasible and fairly economical dietary recommendations.

Diane Hope on 02/18/2019

The great butter vs margarine debate!

There is much controversy surrounding these two spreads that look similar and essentially serve the same purpose but it is well worth knowing the difference, and more importantly, the facts that will hopefully put this debate to rest. There is much controversy surrounding these two spreads that look similar and essentially serve the same purpose but it is well worth knowing the difference, and more importantly, the facts that will hopefully put this debate to rest.

Kelly Francis, Registered Dietitian on 11/27/2018

Keeping up with fruit & veg intake during the holidays

With school holidays and the festive season just around the corner, fun food and holiday treats are becoming more of a focus. Mince pies have been available for some time now and with Black Friday done and dusted, some of you might already be stocked up on all the treats you associate with Christmas and summer fun. Over indulging during the holidays can be a real set back when it comes to health maintenance. Without the structure that the school day provides and perhaps a reduction in physical activity, overeating is easy.

Flava on 11/08/2018

Tyger Valley College Bread Tag Winners

Flava was proud to sponsor the Tyger Valley College efforts today in there race to collect 1835g of plastic bread tags towards 200KG for a wheel chair for a much needed recipient. #green #noplastic #sustainableoperations #environment

Cafe Flava on 10/25/2018

Summer Flava

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La Lucia on 10/17/2018

La Lucia Awards Evening

Crawford College La Lucia recently hosted their Valediction eats at our La Lucia branch.

Kelly Francis on 10/17/2018

Snacks vs Treats

While small snacks are encouraged at mid-morning and mid-afternoon to meet nutrient requirements, stabilize blood glucose levels and keep hunger at bay, it is important to distinguish between nutrient dense snacks and a treat foods.

Cafe Flava on 10/10/2018

Nomu Promotion Winners

Happy winners from our stores across the country enjoed their prizes with our recent Nomu Hot Chocolate promotion.

Kelly Francis on 09/01/2018

Portion Caution

Eating too much or too little can be problematic when it comes to achieving optimal nutrition and maintaining good health. Practicing appropriate portion sizes when it comes to both healthy foods and treat foods helps to create a balanced diet without deprivation. All too often there is an imbalance between vegetable intake and treats. Getting this balance right means an 80 – 20 split between food and treats. Food should offer nutritional benefit such as fibre, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, while treats are eaten purely for enjoyment as they mostly do not offer any nutrient benefit.

Kelly Francis on 08/10/2018

Snack Attack

While snacking is encouraged in young growing children, constant grazing and inappropriate snack choices can undo the benefit of regular meals. The need for regular meals is a simple one. Children have a small stomach capacity but a large nutrition requirement. This nutrient requirement encompasses both energy and nutrients and can only be met with the regular intake of nutrient dense meals.

Kelly Francis on 07/31/2018

Fibre | The Forgotten Nutrient

Often an underestimated, and under consumed nutrient, dietary fibre is an essential nutrient required for optimal health. Fibre is a form of carbohydrate that moves through the digestive system undigested, making carbohydrate containing foods the only source of fibre. While insoluble fibre adds bulk to the stool for the prevention of constipation and soluble fibre promotes slower digestion for sustained energy, there is much more to fibre than this.