Issue Eleven Autumn 2015

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A crisp breeze, brilliant colours, the crunch of leaves underfoot… autumn is such a refreshing time of year. In this issue of be. magazine, we’re celebrating everything cosy and invigorating about the leafy season, bringing together plenty of ideas, stories, recipes and expert advice to keep you feeling inspired.

If there’s one thing to love about autumn, it’s all the rich seasonal flavours brewing in our kitchens. From soups to salads to lunchbox fillers, this issue features nourishing recipes from Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan, Stephanie Alexander, Kenko Kitchen and Il Fornaio. We also try out a mozzarella making class and have a go at cooking with the fragrant goodness of chestnuts. Plus, our resident nutrition expert Tim Crowe takes a close look at ‘superfoods’, and shares which ones are worth the hype.

With the summer heat fading, now is the perfect time to refresh your workout routine. Whether it’s yoga or ballet or outdoor adventure travel, there are plenty of ways to get active and get your heart racing this autumn.  We also shine a light on GymBetter, and exciting new product that makes it easy to get to the gym – without contracts, joining fees or expensive casual prices.

Better health is about more than just eating well and being active. From tips for sleeping well, to lessons in skin care, to boosting your fertility and losing weight, our panel of expert contributors share their best wellbeing advice to help you thrive. And as always, we have some great travel inspiration to get you planning your next adventure.

For more features, reviews, stories and recipes between issues, head to bemagazine.com.au and follow us on Twitter @medibank. We’d love to hear your ideas too, so join in the conversation about all things food, fitness and wellbeing using #GenBetter.

We hope you enjoy this issue of be. magazine.

Feel free to contact us at editor@medibank.com.au

Community

Mr Wilkinson’s autumn salads

Matt Wilkinson of Pope Joan chats about autumn ingredients, balcony gardens, and his new cookbook

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Community

Il Fornaio: The fresh touch

How does a local eatery keep things fresh? We take a moment with Il Fornaio head chef Simon Turner

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Experts

Hunger, appetite and cravings – what’s the difference?

Our needs, desires and cravings can easily get tangled together. Here's how to take back control

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Experts

Gut feelings

Consumed by food cravings? It might be your gut bacteria talking

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Lifestyle

The art of the perfect dinner party

Natalie Hayllar of Eat, Read, Love shares her secrets for social dining with a special something.

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Experts

Tree of life

Just as trees need nourishment, our bodies need consistent, loving care to grow a healthy future.

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Recipes

Carrot and miso dressing recipe

A delightful salad dressing from Il Fornaio, blending the flavours of miso and orange blossom

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Community

The wholefoods way

Kate Bradley from Kenko Kitchen takes a moment to share some of her healthy secrets

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Recipes

Chestnut and hazelnut cake recipe

The crumbly qualities of chestnuts lend themselves to much more than simply being roasted

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Community

The traveller’s life

Portuguese blogger Sofia Machado lives life on the road, fuelled by the pure human desire of travel.

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Lifestyle

A healthy getaway

Feeling lacklustre? A retreat focusing on nutrition and wellbeing could be what your body needs.

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Community

The art of resilience

Matthew Johnstone tackles life’s tough questions with his endearing warmth and wit.

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Community

Mr Wilkinson’s autumn salads

Mr Wilkinson's top ideas for autumn salads

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Community

Il Fornaio: The fresh touch

How does a local eatery keep things fresh? We take a moment with Il Fornaio head chef Simon Turner

Read more
Experts

Hunger, appetite and cravings – what’s the difference?

Our needs, desires and cravings can easily get tangled together. Here's how to take back control

Read more
Experts

Gut feelings

Consumed by food cravings? It might be your gut bacteria talking

Read more
Lifestyle

The art of the perfect dinner party

Natalie Hayllar of Eat, Read, Love shares her secrets for social dining with a special something.

Read more
Experts

Tree of life

Just as trees need nourishment, our bodies need consistent, loving care to grow a healthy future.

Read more
Recipes

Carrot and miso dressing recipe

A delightful salad dressing from Il Fornaio, blending the flavours of miso and orange blossom

Read more
Community

The wholefoods way

Kate Bradley from Kenko Kitchen takes a moment to share some of her healthy secrets

Read more
Recipes

Chestnut and hazelnut cake recipe

The crumbly qualities of chestnuts lend themselves to much more than simply being roasted

Read more
Community

The traveller’s life

Portuguese blogger Sofia Machado lives life on the road, fuelled by the pure human desire of travel.

Read more
Lifestyle

A healthy getaway

Feeling lacklustre? A retreat focusing on nutrition and wellbeing could be what your body needs.

Read more
Community

The art of resilience

Matthew Johnstone tackles life’s tough questions with his endearing warmth and wit.

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Mini vegan chocolate macadamia cheesecakes recipe

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White bean and thyme dip recipe

Entertaining? Whip up this tasty dip from Forkin' Vegan and you're set to impress.

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Lighten up your potato salad with this delicious recipe from Forkin' Vegan.

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French lentil and tomato salad recipe

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Recipes

Crunchy vegetable and herb spaghetti recipe

Light and delicious, this spaghetti dish puts a fresh, herb-infused twist on a classic.

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Roast pumpkin and chickpea salad recipe

Roasted pumpkin with a tahini dressing - this is one salad you need in your life.

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Cypriot salad recipe

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Spicy Bean Dip Recipe

Light and tasty, this protein-rich dip is sure to be a hit.

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Black Bean and Millet Stuffed Peppers Recipe

This vegan and gluten free dish from Thoroughly Nourished Life is sure to delight.

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Mushroom pâté with crispy bread sticks recipe

This pâté is high in fibre, potassium and iron – and it's pretty delicious, too!

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Cauliflower and broccoli soup with sweet potato crisps recipe

Warm up with this creamy, nourishing soup which is packed with nutrients from cruciferous veggies.

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Pecan, buckwheat, coconut and date granola recipe

Superfoods ahoy! This refreshing, crunchy blend is one sure way to get your morning fired up

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Zucchini noodle and coriander salad recipe

Try zucchini noodles with pineapple chilli dressing for a salad with a difference.

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