February 11, 2017

Is organic food just a fad?

Today, consumers strive to be informed about how their food is produced, including what chemicals were used in the process and how the production process affects the environment. This inevitably sparks important discussions, as we would like to know on what grounds we are spending more money on our food. At one of the highest price tags, it’s no surprise that organic food is a hot topic. Organic produce does cost more compared to conventional counterparts [1], and this makes some people wonder if farmers are simply trying to win them over using popular trends. This contributes to relatively slow growth of the organic segment. In Australia, organic produce still accounts for less than 1 per cent of horticulture production.   So is organic just a fad? We strongly believe that it’s not. Today, we’re going to discuss the benefits of organic produce and just what makes it so wonderfully different! Specifically, we’d like to focus on controversy surrounding pesticide use in organic farming.   One little horror story: chemicals Organic certification is a relatively new kid on the block, and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to certain aspects of organic farming. For instance, the majority of consumers state that their reason of buying organics is to avoid pesticides [2]. It’s not surprising then, that they feel very confused upon discovering that organic farming still uses pesticides and fungicides to protect the crops! This is a sad consequence of oversimplification, as initially it seemed easier to tell potential consumers that no “nasty chemicals” are used […]
December 29, 2016

Could kale be the most misunderstood veggie?

What the… Why am I asking you guys to eat a frog?? Yeah I thought exactly that when I first heard the saying too. Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. To “eat the frog” is a way of saying, do your most hated task first, and then the rest will fall into place and the rest of your day will be super easy. Kale is my frog. It’s my most intolerable tasting veggie, and judging by the amount of people that exclude kale every week, it’s most of our customers frogs too. (Don’t worry – we have stopped including it in our boxes …. but after reading this email,you may like to add it on and give it a go!) This week, we thought we’d include some ways to “eat the frog” . It’ll give you the boost you need to get through the day with energy and momentum for healthy living! Why eat it at all? Kale juice specifically is considered to be one of the most nutritious juices in the world with an extremely powerful antioxidant, and anti inflammatory properties. Great for boosting your immune system. One study found that daily consumption of kale juice for 12 weeks increased HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by 27% and lowered LDL levels by 10%, while also improving antioxidant status. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef, […]
October 17, 2016

5 Protein-rich meat-free foods

There’s an increasing drive towards vegetarian and vegan diets. People around the world are latching on not just to the health benefits, but the financial and environmental benefits as well. As people become increasingly aware of the dangers of over-consuming their favourite meats, they’re starting to look for healthy alternatives that still leave them full and satisfied. One major sticking point for many people considering switching to a meat-free diet — or at least one with significantly less meat! — is how to get sufficient protein. It’s well known that many vegetables, grains, and legumes contain good quantities of protein, but sifting through all of the options can be time consuming and confusing. Below we’ve compiled five meat-free sources of protein, based on their overall protein content. Don’t expect to find old standbys like tofu and quinoa on this list! The items below pack quite a bit more punch, so you might just discover some new foods along the way. Let’s begin!
October 10, 2016

Reasons to eat what’s in season: 6 amazing benefits of seasonal produce

You’ve likely noticed the trend: health professionals and culinary gurus alike say you should aim to eat “seasonally”, which basically means including foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you consume them.  At first glance, this advice may seem easy to follow, but when it comes to actually filling your shopping basket, things can get a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear where a particular item comes from. Moreover, buying what’s in season requires knowing  what’s in season, which means doing some extra research and studying seasonal produce guide. Before making time for all these efforts, it really helps to know why exactly “seasonal eating” is all that important! Turns out, eating seasonally is much more than just a trendy food movement, as it carries amazing benefits to your health, your wallet – and the entire planet! Today, we’ll review some of those benefits, hopefully inspiring you to start eating foods that are available at their peak! 
October 3, 2016
All you need to know about the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen

All you need to know about the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen

Of course, there is no need to convince you that going organic is so much better for your health [1] and for the earth [2] – you know it already! Luckily, these days organic alternatives are available for everything, from groceries to skin care and household items. This, however, creates a potential for an often overlooked issue: the overwhelming selection may seem a bit confronting at times. Also, additional factors often come into play, such as the selection of foods in a particular supermarket, or financial considerations. Even if you’ve committed to only buying organic, chances are if it wasn’t your go-to lifestyle choice for many years already, change will take some time. Eventually, you’ll likely learn to plan meals, cook from scratch using whole organic foods. and maybe even create a cozy little garden to counterbalance the seemingly increased costs of your weekly shop. However, while you’re still undergoing a gradual process of change, filling a shopping basket can be quite a puzzle, and to be honest, it’s hard to find time to solve it properly sometimes… Which is exactly where the dirty dozen and the clean 15 come into play. Not sure what these are, and how to use the knowledge about this classification to your advantage? Then this material is just for you!
September 16, 2016

Is it really possible to eat well whilst on holidays?

Eating when going away: how to nurture a healthy mindset No matter if you’re going away for a busy business trip or an exciting well-earned vacation, you’ll have to make some inevitable lifestyle adjustments. Luckily, most of those are temporary and not all that important. For instance, if your hotel room appears a bit smaller compared to the pictures on the website, chances are you’ll just shrug it off and, well, never return to this particular accommodation again. No big deal. Some decisions made away from home are significantly more important, however. With busy schedules, little opportunities to prepare your favourite organic meals and lots of temptations around, it’s extremely easy to slip off the healthy nutrition track you’ve successfully been on for a long time. As a result, many people sabotage months of hard work on a whim, bringing back excessive kilos as annoying souvenirs. The statistics are somewhat ambiguous – apparently, not even 20% of tourists state that food service is an important destination choice factor [1].  And yet, vacation weight gain is very real [2], and although we may not gain that much over a single holiday, this weight does not tend to go away on its own [2]. Therefore, by the looks of it, if you’re going on a long vacation or go on business trips far away from home relatively often, your waistline is in trouble. It’s not all about the weight, of course – although it is, indeed, a considerable risk factor for many health issues [3]. Even though as a health-conscious individual you’re […]
September 2, 2016

A spoonful of sugar: how to choose your perfect sweetening agent

Sugar has been produced in India since ancient times. Before that, people used to simply chew on raw sugarcane to satisfy their sweet tooth. Despite its long history, only a decade or so ago there were not too many options in the Sugar Land. White sugar was the king of the aisles, with odd inclusions of its brown brother. There were also golden syrup and honey for those who like their sweet stuff to coat the spoon. Today, however, we have way more options, which is almost overwhelming. Coconut sugar? Here it is. Rapadura? Right next to it. Watching your calories but not too keen on ingesting the wonders of the chemical industry, which have been linked to a number of horrifying conditions [1] and polluting our planet [2]? Stevia is at your service. On top of that, recently there has been a lot of talk in the media regarding “good” and “bad” sugars. People are looking for sweetening agents to satisfy their cravings in “healthier” ways, much like aiming to distinguish between “good” and “bad” carbs. The question is, are such terms even applicable? Are there sugars out there that are far superior to traditional white sugar, or is it just another way of sales people to bombard our brains with overhyped information blasts? Considering an average person consumes around 25 kilograms of sugar each year, which significantly contributes to daily energy intake, it’s important to know where the calories come from.   Turns out, there is no simple and definite answer! Today, we’d like to present to you […]
August 19, 2016

5 Super Simple Tips To Start Growing Your Own Organic Produce

August 9, 2016

The Power of Flour: Choosing The Right Wheat Flour

July 29, 2016

The ultimate trio 101: juicers, dehydrators and water filters