FESTIVE TIPS: Kim McCosker gives Christmas cooking tips to a crowd at Gladstone Library.
FESTIVE TIPS: Kim McCosker gives Christmas cooking tips to a crowd at Gladstone Library. Mary Bolling

4 Ingredients author shares her tips for a healthier life

GETTING people back into the kitchen is Kim McCosker's goal for a healthier Australia.

The 4 Ingredients author visited Gladstone on Monday, for the first time in more than 20 years and shared her knowledge on simplifying cooking and eating healthier.

The advice was priceless, as new statistics show one in 10 Queenslanders felt they gained weight during the festive period.

The Sunshine Coast author said her Wellness Series, (which demonstrated cooking for diabetes, intolerances and allergies) was born out of constant requests from her fans.

"I have found through interaction with the public that there is a lot of illness, like diabetes and obesity," Kim explained.

"However, it's not what we eat but it's the quantity we eat that is the problem, we overload on carbs and sugar, which is highly correlated with illnesses."

Kim believes the healthiest restaurant is in your home and encouraged busy people to get back into the kitchen and embrace simplicity.

"People will get back into the kitchen if it's easy and stay there if they're successful," she said.

Saving was another theme of the cookbooks and Kim revealed creating a menu plan each week and sticking to it could reduce up to a third of your grocery bill.

"Without a plan, you will waste food and money - and it alleviates stress when you have a plan," she said.

"We spend more than we can afford. If I can help people save money and time in the kitchen, then that's fabulous."

The 4 Ingredients series was born out of a need to simplify a busy lifestyle and Kim said it taught her sometimes the simplest things were the best.

Kim's passion for embracing simplicity in the kitchen while still making delicious food is shown through her use of social media.

She has one of the fastest growing social media footprints in Australia and allows Facebook users to readily access her recipes online, without having to buy her book.



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