Cleansing Consumers – Prebiotics and Probiotics

PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS. SIMILAR IN NAME, SIMILAR OFFERINGS OF IMPROVING GUT HEALTH WITH BOTH WORKING TOGETHER SYNERGISTICALLY TO BUILD HEALTHY GUT FLORA, BUT ONE LESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THAN THE OTHER, UNTIL NOW.

For years consumers have been educated on probiotics and most know what these little critters are. The benefits of probiotics, often referred to as ‘good’ bacteria, are highly marketed and supported by scientific findings, in fact the category’s projected to grow to AU$61.10 billion by 2020.^

85% of the happy hormones in
the brain is produced in the gut.^^

Recently there has been an increasing awareness and demand for a special dietary fibre that feeds probiotics – prebiotics. With scientific research rapidly developing in this areas, customers understanding of the link between digestive health and overall wellness is growing.

The digestive system is home to trillions
of microorganisms. A healthy adult has
about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. *

 

PREBIOTICS

  • Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates.
  • Found in fibrous foods like psyllium and green banana flour.
  • They feed, grow and maintain probiotics living in the body

Fuel your customers good bacteria growth with prebiotics from brand like Natural Evolution and Planet Organic.

prebiotics

 

PROBIOTICS

  • Probiotics are living microorganisms.
  • Found in foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, tempeh and even pickles.
  • Good gut bacteria are negatively altered by poor or high-fat diets and antibiotics.

Boost your customers probiotics with these products from NTS Health, Nuferm and Kombucha Max.

probiotics

SYNBIOTICS

  • Synbiotics are the combination of both pre- and pro-biotics.
  • Over 60% of consumers said they’d be interested in buying synbiotics to improve health.**

Brands like Amazonia and Eden Health Foods offer products that contain prebiotics and probiotics in one.

Synbiotic

COBIOTICS

  • Cobiotics are the combination of prebiotics and antioxidants.
  • They offer fibre to feed gut flora and antioxidants to protect the gut wall.
  • Good bacteria growth is encouraged and bad bacteria growth discourage.

Macrolife and Vital Greens offer prebiotics that are supercharged with superfoods.

cobiotics

 

To create an on-trend ‘healthy gut’ section in your store, contact us for advice on the best natural and organic products for your environment and target audience.

With a dedicated products team, we’re always working hard to offer you only the best, fastest selling brands and stay one step ahead of trends – so you can too!

 

^Markets and Markets, 2015

*Medical News Today, 2016.

^^ Dr Rachel Wyndham, 2015

**Newhope 360, 2016

Green Banana Flour Goes Festive

IT’S BANANAS HOW FAST THE FESTIVE SEASON’S APPROACHED! TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SEASON, WE CAN’T GO WITHOUT SHARING A SENSATIONAL GREEN BANANA FLOUR RECIPE… OR TWO!

Your customers have seen green banana flour in the spotlight and you’ve shared the amazing adventures of resistant starch with them, so they know the incredible health benefits it holds. So now it’s time to let them feast and discover just how tasty green banana flour can be!

What about the customers who aren’t so thrilled with the flavour of bananas? Not a problem! Natural Evolution’s green banana flour can replace other flours easily and does not add a banana flavour, but more of a wholesome, earthy flavour. This mixes perfect with spices and dried fruits – all of which spells out ‘festive goodies’!

These festive recipes are sure to tantalise your customers taste-buds and leave their guests wanting more!

 

BANANA FLOUR GINGER BREAD 

Green banana flour - Ginger bread recipe

INGREDIENTS
Melted butter, to grease
125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
2 eggs, separated
1 cup of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
1 cup rice flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp xanthan gum

Optional: icing, smarties to decorate

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
3. Add the golden syrup and egg yolks, beat until combined.
4. Stir in the flours, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and xanthan gum.
5. Turn onto a piece of baking paper and knead until smooth.
6. Press dough into a disc. If dough seems hot, refrigerate for a couple of minutes.
7. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick.
8. Use your favourite shape cookie cutters and place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat step 6-7 with any excess dough.
9. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
10. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
11. Decorate or enjoy as desired!

AND for a decadent, moist and full-flavoured pudding that’s gluten free, grain free and dairy free, your customers will love this Christmas pudding recipe!

GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

Green banana flour recipe - Christmas cake

INGREDIENTS
375g raisins, roughly chopped
375g sultanas
250g currants
200g dried apricots, roughly chopped
150g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
1 cup orange juice
½ cup ‘fruits of the forest jam’ (any dark berry jam will work)
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
1 tbs mixed spice
4 eggs, at room temperature
250g coconut oil, melted, cooled
4 tbs coconut oil
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 1/4 cups of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

METHOD
1. Place dried fruit, orange juice, jam and spices into a bowl. Mix well. Cover. Stand overnight, stirring occasionally.
2. Using coconut oil , grease a 10-cup capacity pudding basin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Brush with oil again. Line base of bowl with baking paper.
3. Whisk eggs and 250g oil together.
4. Add to fruit mixture with sugar. Add flour, remaining 4 tbs coconut oil and bicarbonate of soda over fruit mixture.
5. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Spoon into prepared basin.
6. Cut 1 large sheet of foil and 1 large sheet of baking paper.
7. Lay paper over foil. Make a 3 cm pleat in the middle. Place, paper-side down, over pudding. Secure with string or use pudding lid to lock down.

You can cook either on stove top or slow cooker. The slow cooker is easier and less checking has to be done.

FOR SLOW COOKER
8. Place pudding basin into crock pot and fill 3/4 the way up with water. Turn on high for 5-7 hours.
9. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

FOR STOVE TOP 
8. Place an upturned saucer into the base of a large, deep saucepan. Place basin onto saucer.
9. Pour hot water into saucepan so it comes one-third of the way up the side of the basin.
10. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
11. Keep checking water level because the water can evaporate and may need to be topped up.
12. Simmer for 5 hours or take off lid and check with a skewer. Take care as it will be very hot.
13. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

NOTE: Mixture can also be used to make individual puddings. Grease cupcake pans, pour in mixture and bake 180C for 30-40mins.

 

If you’re not already one of our 8,000 amazing retailers, it’s quick and easy to get access to our fast-selling products. Contact us to find out how.

Turmeric – It’s Worth Its Weight in Gold

TURMERIC HAS BOUNDED BEYOND BEING JUST A SPICE THAT ‘MAKES’ A CURRY, AS THE WORLD CATCHES ONTO ITS SEEMINGLY ENDLESS POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES.

According to google statistics, turmeric’s spotlight is brightening exponentially. Searches increased 56 percent between November 2015 and January 2016.

More and more people are looking into turmeric and are interested in discovering the benefits it offers the body.

The turmeric market is mainly driven by pharmaceutical and food categories with cosmetics following in third. A report conducted by Grand View Research (2016) identified that this humble spice has a big future ahead. The market is expected to witness high growth from 2016 through to 2022.

You can see the growth already happening with the sudden increase in brands that offer products with the golden ingredient – turmeric!

WHY THE GOLDEN SPICE IS TURNING HEADS
The benefits and uses of turmeric go on and on, but there are certain key selling points that are particularly radiating through to consumers. What are they? Thanks to the naturally occurring chemical compound called ‘curcumin’ found in turmeric, the golden spice offers medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The global curcumin market is expected
to reach USD $94.3 million by 2022,
according to Grand View Research (2016).

Some studies report that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that curcumin holds helps:

– Reduce inflammation and joint pain
– Accelerate wound-healing
– Potentially reduce effects of heart illnesses
– Provide therapeutic effects against certain illnesses
– Provide therapeutic effects for problem skin
– Aid with stomach problems, allergies, diarrhoea, heartburn, flatulence, bloating, liver ailments and more.

You can read more about this here.

WHAT’S PUSHING DEMAND?
Besides the obverse increased transparency of the spice’s benefits, Australians escalating interest in health is driving turmeric’s growth.
People don’t just want the spice; they also want what it symbolises.

With this spice they see transparency, health and a prevention product.

The golden spice perfectly reflects Australian consumers’ desires to be more health conscious, which is part of the growth that the healthy food product category is experiencing.

Euromonitor has estimated that global sales of healthy food products will reach USD$1 trillion in 2017. On top of wanting healthier choices, consumers say they’ll pay more for them.

The Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health & Wellness Survey identified that 88% are willing to pay extra for healthy food products. This is true from Generation Z to
Baby Boomers.

Forbes has clearly outlined this shift in consumers’ eating habits in this article.

With demand clearly identified and growth forecast far into the future, now’s the time to get turmeric into your store. But what brands and products should you stock in your store?

Pure Food Essentials, Alchemy, Golden Grind and Takka Turmeric are four brands that are on-trend, high quality and in-demand. While each of these brands use the golden spice as their hero ingredient, they all have clear unique selling points that also differentiate each from one another.

PURE FOOD ESSENTIALS
Pure Food Essentials supplies certified organic turmeric sourced from the rich, fertile mountains of Northern India. Consumers love the high quality and
generous size.

What they also offer is an oral dietary supplement – Turmeric Plus. The product is formulated as a liquid extract of the spice to enhance absorption of curcumin and allow consumers to more effectively gain its health benefits.

Pure Food Essentials

ALCHEMY
Golden Turmeric Elixir from Alchemy provides a burst of flavour and goodness. The all-natural blend combines turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and organic vanilla to create an aromatic, antioxidant filled mixture. It can be added to any milk or mylk to create a healthy drink hot or cold.

Alchemy

GOLDEN GRIND
Trendy – this is the word that best describes Golden Grind. Not only do they fill their golden latte powders with on-trend ingredients, they have excellent marketing and eye-catching packaging which attracts a huge following.

They blend at least 60% of their natural, unmodified turmeric with 5% active curcumin into every packet. This brand is all about innovation, so they’ve gone beyond the classic and also offer a Chilli and Coconut Cacao turmeric golden latte powders.

Golden Grind is completely sugar free, vegan and is made with organic ingredients.

Golden Grind

TAKA TURMERIC
Taka Turmeric have crafted synergistic blends of turmeric, coconut and spices to bring consumers a treasure chest of taste sensations over-flowing with healthy ingredients. They’ve created a golden latte, a golden tea and even a golden smoothie blend.

These instant drinks are free of artificial additives, sweeteners, dairy and caffeine and are made with all natural ingredients, including certified organic Turmeric.

 

Tukka Turmeric

 

We can help you get these and 1000’s of other on-trend products onto your shelves and selling fast. Speak to our sales team and they’ll happily help with any of your queries.

Guest Blog: Niulife Sorts Fat From Fiction

Cas - niulifeKOKONUT PACIFIC LAUNCHED NIULIFE IN 2005 OFFERING AN EXTENSIVE AND INNOVATIVE RANGE OF COCONUT PANTRY ITEMS.
For Managing Director, Richard Etherington, it’s always been about sharing more than a high quality range. So what is it that makes Niulife different and why will your customers love this brand?
Below Castaly Lombe, General Manager of Kokonut Pacific, gives you an insight into the brand, explains the popular ketogenic diet and shares the findings behind the fats present in Niulife’s Coconut Clarity.

 

Everyone has different dietary needs so we stay away from recommending prescriptive diets, but a ketogenic diet, where most calories are consumed as fat, is gaining enormous popularity, and for good reason.

Some of the benefits that have been observed are:

• Lose weight without being hungry
• Regulate blood sugar levels
• Heighten mental clarity and reduce “brain fog”
• Enhance mental performance
• Build more muscle
• Increase endurance and energy levels

It all sounds too good to be true!

But what is it exactly is a ketogenic diet?

First, it’s not new. Think about what your grandparents ate, protein and “three-veg,” with lashings of butter, cream and eggs. Turns out the wisdom of the ages might be right. This is a diet that is extremely low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat.

Our bodies generally use energy in the form of glucose from carbohydrates (carbs) as ready fuel. Think bread, pasta, rice and grains. All these foods, many of them processed, have been recommended as a large part of a “healthy” diet. That thinking is beginning to change, in fact between 2003 and 2013 the “recommended” serving size of grains was halved and the overall consumption reduced by Nutrition Australia.

The ketogenic diet turns the historically accepted (and somewhat unstable) food pyramid on its head. It moves the diet away from carbs, forcing the body’s metabolism, over time, to switch from burning glucose to burning fat. This is called Ketosis and it takes from a few days to a few weeks.

A true Ketogenic diet is about 75% fats,
20% protein and 5% carbohydrates.

YIKES! This type of diet is an enormous dietary change for someone who is used to eating carbohydrate filled diets. Therefore, it’s generally only taken up by elite athletes and people with specific medical conditions (under supervision of their doctor). Athletes such David Pocock, Australian Wallaby and former Australian Cricket Captain, Shane Watson for example, are advocates of the Ketogenic diet.

The great news is that recent studies suggest that many of the benefits of ketosis can be obtained without the strict dietary restrictions associated with a traditional ketogenic diet. This is achieved by adding “exogenous ketones” to your diet.

Exogenous meaning ‘external origin’, simply means that the Ketones are derived from outside your body instead of being produced internally, generally through nutritional supplements. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT or medium chain fatty acids) are a great way of getting exogenous ketones into your diet. Best found in saturated fats, they are converted in the liver into ketones and used for immediate energy – rather than storing them as fat in your body.

Recognising the considerable health benefits of exogenous ketones, Niulife created Coconut Clarity MCT+ – a formulated oil combining hand-made, fair-trade, organic virgin coconut oil sourced from the South Pacific, fortified with MCT, organic chia seed, flax seed, camelina and certified sustainable and orangutan-friendly red palm fruit oils. The formulation provides 2 times the sustained energy compared to straight MCT oils and many other health benefits such as all-natural plant based omega 3 and 9 in optimum levels.

How do your customers use Coconut Clarity?

The hard-core will scull 20mls, 3 times a day around their training and diet regimes. Those not looking to win a gold medal, can still benefit by adding it to salads, as a base for dressings, drizzling over vegetables, in smoothies and in any cold application where oil can be used. The omega 3 & 6 are heat sensitive, so we don’t recommend cooking with it.

My favourite is Coconut Clarity MCT+ and Niulife Balsamic Vinegar in equal parts on my salad or steamed vegetables, so easy and tasty. Here is another great salad dressing recipe to share with your customers. Also, Coconut Clarity MCT+ and organic grass fed butter in a long black espresso coffee is great as a breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.

On top of offering health benefits, you’ll be helping your customers make a difference with each purchase. This is because 100% of profits from all Niulife products go towards erasing poverty, bringing hope and empowering lives. That’s a pretty powerful product purchase.

Discover the Niulife range on Unique’s online shop or find out more on the
Niulife website.

What’s the buzz on nature’s liquid gold?

HONEY… IT NATURALLY MAKES THE WORLD A SWEETER PLACE.

This liquid gold goes beyond adding an extra sweet kick to our drinks and dishes and comes in all different varieties. Understanding the activity ratings and raw benefits of honey can help you suggest the right product to suit your customer’s needs.

From a sugar alternative to a soothing, anti-bacterial natural remedy, after this article you’ll be confidently justifying their purchase, beyond the old “it’s good quality”, even if you’re not a honey fan (or scientist) yourself.

UMF, Manuka, NPA, raw… With so many different varieties and activity acronyms to distinguish the potency and unique qualities that honey possesses, the confusion can be overwhelming for your customers and yourself. Trust us, that dreaded question you’ve been avoiding – “What’s the difference between all these honeys anyway?” it will eventuate. So, let’s avoid the awkward crickets and spread the buzz behind honey.

Below we take a closer look at Manuka honey and its ratings, as well as raw and organic honeys to distinguish the differences.

 

WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?
This is a darker, stronger-flavored honey that is produced in New Zealand and Australia by bees that pollinate the nectar of the manuka bush. Manuka is commonly sold as an alternative medicine or natural remedy. Manuka honey has a prominence as an anti-bacterial treatment and in helping to treat burns, ulcers and more. This is because it naturally possesses anti-bacterial activity and anti-inflammatory properties.

There are two types of antibacterial activity that can be found in this honey, hydrogen peroxide activity and non-peroxide activity (NPA).

 

WHAT IS HYDROGEN PEROXIDE ACTIVITY?
Not only is hydrogen peroxide activity found in manuka honey, but it’s actually found in most honey. Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant used for eons in our medicinal sphere. It’s instability in the presence of air and light makes it difficult to store and use, but when honey with this activity is applied to the skin or wound, it becomes stable and releases gradually. You can read more about this here.

 

WHAT IS NON-PEROXIDE ACTIVITY (NPA)?
Non-peroxide activity also leads to antibacterial effects. Using a different enzyme called catalase, the activity of oxidase is neutralized and hydrogen peroxide activity is no longer present.  Scientists called this non-peroxide activity, which is not found in all honeys. Non-peroxide activity is measured with different ratings.

Barnes Naturals explain how the scale works very well. “The scale relates to the increasing antibacterial inhibition effect of the honey on cultured bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), in comparison to what phenol achieves. Phenol is a strong organic compound that has clear antibacterial effects, providing a stable standard for comparison purposes.”

 

WHAT IS UMF?
UMF stands for “Unique Manuka Factor”. It’s the New Zealand trademarked acronym that refers to the non-peroxide activity (NPA) in honey. NPA is simple the non-trademarked grade.

 

WHAT IS METHYLGLYOXAL (MGO)?
MGO is what gives manuka honey it’s antiseptic edge. The concentration of Methylglyoxal is up to 1000 times greater in mankua honey than other honeys. Research suggests  that manuka honey has an amazing ability to heal wounds, burns and skin infections, due to its antibacterial properties as well as its antiseptic properties formulated from the MGO that’s present in the honey.

 

WHAT IS TOTAL ACTIVITY?

While honey displaying a UMF or NPA rating only measures the non-peroxide activity, a honey that displays a “total activity” rating is the rating of both the non-peroxide activity and peroxide activity together. Unless the breakdown is displayed, you may not be able to determine the composition of non-peroxide activity and peroxide activity alone.

The higher the unique antibacterial properties of the honey, the higher activity rating it will display.

 

You can use this table or pass it to your customers to help convert between manuka honey UMF MGO and NPA ratings.

Honey Rating_Table
You can also use this free calculator to help your customers convert UMF to MGO.

 

WHAT IS RAW HONEY?
Raw honey is never strained, filtered or heated, so contains all the natural, raw golden goodness. Often this type of honey will be loaded with many trace minerals, organic enzymes, antioxidants, plus antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which is what gives it a more interesting taste and flavour. Naturopaths and nutrition experts suggest that raw honey can benefit health and beauty. With the presence of amylase, raw honey is more prone to separation due to the degradation of starch. This separation doesn’t effect the life or quality of the honey.

 

Stocking a variety of honeys will allow you to offer your customers the honey that is best suited for their needs. Discover a few of our top sellers below.

Honey Rating - full range

 

 

Comvita Manuka Honey
Comvita is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium quality UMF Manuka Honey. They assure purity and quality. Produced in New Zealand the honey is made from the nectar of the manuka bush, native to New Zealand.

Barnes Naturals Manuka Honey
Barnes Naturals have a wonderful range of certified Active Manuka Honeys and Active Jarrah Honeys, which is Australia’s very own ‘Super Honey’ with a deliciously warm and thick caramel like flavour. All of Barnes Naturals honeys are tested and verified for activity by an independent laboratory, according to world standard testing methods.

Australia’s Manuka Honey
Australia’s Manuka specialise in the harvesting, processing and packaging high potency active medicinal grade honey. Their 100% pure honey comes from the pristine north coast of New South Wales. It’s also cold extracted to preserve beneficial compounds and enzymes.

Kiwi Cottage Manuka Honey
Kiwi Cottage harvests their manuka honey from their own hives based on the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s north island. The remote region is unique for its pollution free, manuka rich areas and the honey is renowned for its distinctive creamy flavour and subtle aroma.

The Whole Foodies Raw Honey
With the help of nature’s wild eucalypt nectar and beautiful Australian honeybees, The Whole Foodies have bottled a golden, flowing, natural, raw honey! By not using any straining or heating this wild harvested Australian honey offer trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Every Bit Organic Raw Honey
Every Bit Organic Raw Honey is more than a natural sweetener. It is not heated, so still contains all its natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals. Vitamins found in honey include B6, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

Wescobee Pure Honey
Wescobee honey offers customers a natural alternative to refined sugars. Their honey is 100% pure Australian honey and is free of additives, noxious substances, fermentation and admixtures of any kind including sucrose and invert sugars.

The Whole Foodies Dive In!

KNOCK KNOCK, THE TRIBE YOU’VE BE WAITING FOR HAS ARRIVED!
THE WHOLE FOODIES IS A BRIGHT AND BOLDLY BRANDED NATURAL PANTRY STAPLES BRAND, LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

No doubt you may be thinking – I’ve been in business a very long time, how could this natural staple brand be like nothing I’ve ever seen before? After all, staples are staples right?
Yes consumers will always need staples, but when it comes to building brand differentiation, this is where The Whole Foodies flourish.

They’ve mastered the mix of authenticity, emotional engagement, trendiness and affordability, while creating a brand personality that’s a whole lot of fun. What’s crafted from this mix is a quality natural range that’s capturing health conscious consumers, building a relationship with them and creating loyal repeat purchases.

The Whole Foodies have already launched a range of cold-pressed oils, including certified organic virgin coconut oil, a range of nut and seed spreads including black tahini, as well as raw honey, certified organic rice malt syrup and the most popular range – kelp noodles and sea vegetables. Get to know each of the products better on The Whole Foodies website.

Excitingly, The Whole Foodies have pledged to expand the range into other categories, so keep an eye out for all the goodies to come.

Sales of The Whole Foodies kelp noodles are already sailing strong. As mentioned, they’ve become the favoured products. Not only can the popularity be explained due to seaweed being labelled the superfood of 2016, but also through The Whole Foodies’ strong marketing efforts, immaculately bold shelf presence and exceptional product variety.

The Whole Foodies Kelp range

Adding both a kona berry and green tea variations to their original kelp noodles only allows consumers to pack in even more antioxidants, without sacrificing flavour
or price.

The thin noodle-like kelp varieties are all completely natural, vegan, paleo, gluten free and raw and from only 6 calories per serve, your health conscious customers with naughty noodle cravings will be rejoicing!

The Whole Foodies Kelp noodles are neutral flavoured so can be added to soups, salads, stir-fries… to anything in substitute of noodles. Share these delicious recipes with your customers to show them just how versatile they are.

 

RAW PAD THAI

The Whole Foodies Pad Thai

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles, drained
1 tsp The Whole Foodies Cold Pressed Sesame Oil
½ head purple cabbage, shredded
1 large carrot, julienne
1 zucchini, julienne
4 green spring onions, sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
½ cup coriander, roughly chopped
½ bunch fresh mint leaves
¼ cup cashew, crushed
2 tbsp cashews to garnish

SESAME GINGER DRESSING
½ cup The Whole Foodies Unhulled Tahini
3 tbsp. soya sauce or tamari
1 tbsp. The Whole Foodies Raw Honey
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ginger, finely grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
¼ cup The Whole Foodies Cold Pressed Olive Oil

METHOD
1. In a large bowl, add the kelp noodle and cover with water for 15 minutes.
2. Drain and drizzle with sesame oil and toss.
3. In another bowl, mix together all of the remaining salad ingredients, gently combine.
4. In a food processor, add all of dressing ingredients and blend till smooth.
5. Mix all of the salad together, with a handful of cashews and the dressing, and gently combine.
6. Serve in bowls and top with a little extra cashews.

 

KELP NOODLE WALNUT PESTO SALAD

The Whole Foodies Pesto Pasta

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt The Whole Foodies Kona Berry Kelp Noodles
2 cups basil leaves
1/3 cup The Whole Foodies Cold Pressed Olive Oil
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs nutritional yeast
2 tsp salt
4 tbs lemon juice

METHOD
1. Blend all ingredients, except noodles, in food processor.
2. Rinse and drain the noodles.
3. Toss noodles with the pesto and allow to marinate 30 minutes to soften.
4. Serve at room temperature.

 

COLESLAW WITH GREEN TEA KELP NOODLES

The Whole Foodies Slaw

INGREDIENTS
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 pkt The Whole Foodies Green Tea Kelp Noodles
2 medium carrots, shredded
1/2 cup The Whole Foodies Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tbs The Whole Foodies Raw Honey
1 tbs grated ginger

METHOD
1. Combine shredded cabbages, carrots and noodles into a bowl and mix well.
2. Blend oil, vinegar, honey and ginger until smooth.
3. Toss salad in dressing and serve.

 

SIMPLE SEA VEGETABLE SALAD

The Whole Foodies Seaweed Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt The Whole Foodies Sea Vegetables
1/2 cup The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles
1 clove of garlic, grated
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 avocado
Bragg’s to taste, tamari or soy sauce
Apple cider vinegar, to taste
2 cups of greens (spinach, lettuce and kale)
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD
1. In a small bowl, mash the avocado, ginger, garlic and Bragg’s or tamari together.
2. Toss all other ingredients thoroughly.

 

More recipes can be found on The Whole Foodies Instagram page.
You can also help to market the brand in store with a large range of downloadable POS material available on our online shop.

Warm them up with Ancient Harvest

BLANKETS, SLIPPERS AND HEART-WARMING DISHES; THESE ARE THE NECESSITIES TO SURVIVE THE WINTER COLD.

As customers look for ways to stay cosy, they may struggle to stick to healthy options. Shake that stereotype that ‘all healthy dishes come in salad form’ and offer your customers a range of healthy, but hearty, pantry staples.

The Ancient Harvest range of pastas will surely warm your customers from the inside out, without giving them that heavy, guilty feeling that traditionally comes with winter meals.

Ancient Harvest thought outside the box and created a gluten-free Supergrain Pasta made from quinoa. It has the taste and texture of regular pasta, but without any of the gluten that goes with it. Their range uses highly nutritious ingredients like quinoa, black beans and red lentils.

These gluten-free and vegan pasta alternatives pack in the nutrition, offering more fibre and two times more protein than regular pasta without sacrificing that delicious pasta texture and flavour.

They’re super versatile, and Ancient Harvest’s easy recipes using quinoa and other ancient grains gives your customers heaps of ideas on how to create spectacular winter meals with the range.

Take a look at a couple of their warming recipes below and share them with
your customers!

 

MEDITERRANEAN PENNE PASTA

Recipe 1

INGREDIENTS
1 box Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Supergrain Penne Pasta
5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 medium zucchini, 1/4–inch chopped
1 medium head kale, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked French lentils, rinsed and drained
1 cup pitted and sliced kalamata olives
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese

METHOD
1. Cook penne according to package instructions, until slightly al dente.
2. Drain and rinse in a colander with cold water to stop the cooking process.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low with 1/2 Tbsp. oil.
4. Add the garlic and stir frequently for 3-5 minutes until light golden brown.
Set aside in a small bowl.
5. Place pan over medium-high heat and add 1/2 Tbsp. oil.
6. Cook zucchini for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown on the edges.
7. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the kale until just wilted.
8. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the garlic, lentils, olives and penne.
9. Gently stir in 3-4 Tbsp. oil, lemon juice, and salt.
10. Cook until heated through and season to taste.
11. Top with freshly grated parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

 

LEMON, ASPARAGUS AND ARTICHOKE PASTA

Recipe 2

INGREDIENTS
1 box Ancient Harvest Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle
½ lemon, juiced and zested
1 Tsp red pepper flakes, optional
1 397g can artichoke hearts, drained and rough chopped
1 bunch of asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp quinoa flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese for serving

METHOD
1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
2. Set a skillet over medium heat and add lemon juice, zest, red pepper flakes and artichokes, cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add asparagus and cook another few minutes until stalks are tender,
stirring occasionally.
4. Remove artichokes and asparagus with a slotted spoon and set aside.
5. Add butter and garlic to the pan, stirring until garlic is fragrant. With a silicon whisk, stir in quinoa flour.
6. Slowly incorporate milk, whisking until smooth. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens.
7. Toss cooked pasta in the sauce, add artichokes and asparagus and toss again.
8. Season with salt and pepper, serve with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
You can also send your customers to the Ancient Grains website, where they can download the free Great Ancient Grains Cookbook.

Time To Bring Seaweed To The Table

SEAWEED HAS BEEN FAMOUS IN MANY ASIAN COUNTRIES FOR CENTURIES, BUT LONG-GONE ARE THE DAYS THAT IT HIDES UNDER THE SEA FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.

Thanks to consumers demand for superfoods and lower sodium options, seaweed is finding its way to the limelight in Australia.

This acquired flavour is tantalising more and more taste buds by the day and has been predicted to be the next big superfood.*

Due to its abundance in nutrients, including natural vitamins, minerals and protein, seaweed answers Australian consumers growing voice for naturally functional foods and alternative protein sources.

Also high in antioxidants, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, it may help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, or aid in digestion and weight management.

The consumers that know the health benefits behind this up-and-coming superfood are quick to scribble it at the top of their weekly shopping list.

What consumers may not know is how incredibly versatile humble underwater algae is. The first image that seaweed lends its name to is (of course) the Japanese cuisine favourite – sushi, but it offers far more than a stable barrier for rolls of rice.

Among many others, here are the top 3 ways consumers can incorporate seaweed into their diet.

Stash it in their bag for a healthy snack on the go!

Brands like GimMe and Sea Shanti offer thin, crispy and seriously irresistible sheets of roasted and flavoured seaweed in small packet sizes. These make for the perfect product for on-the-go healthy snacking.

Industry experts say that seaweed snacks will need to deliver on flavour in order to be successful and these brands certainly pack a tasty punch in the flavour field!

GimMe, which is highly marketed as a healthy family snack, offers Sea Salt, Sesame, and Teriyaki flavour, as well as Wasabi flavour for the more daring palates. These delicious roasted seaweed snacks are available in 10g sizes or 5g six packs, which are the ideal lunchbox size.

Sea Shanti offers bold flavours such as Chilli, Salt and Vinegar, and their Original, which is a smokey blend of sea salt, sesame and perilla oil. Their Original flavour is particularly popular with children and adults alike.

Packaged in small 10g bags, they are the perfect size for customers to slip into their gym bag, beach bag or desk draw to satisfy their 3pm snack cravings.

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Stir it into smoothies or make seaweed salads!

Nutritionists Choice’s Fine Cut Nori and Wakame Flakes can be added to almost anything. Sprinkling them into smoothies can help customers that don’t necessarily love the distinct flavour of these nutrient rich sea vegetables, yet still obtain the vast health benefits they offer.

On the contrary, if your customers love to experiment and would fall over backwards for a distinctively bold flavoured seaweed, introduce them to Nutritionist Choice’s Natural Seaweed Salad Mix.

This combination of fresh, premium wakame (undaria pinnatifida) and tsunomata (aka,kiiro,shiro,ao) is a great base for a nutrient packed super salad. It’s quick and easy to prepare. Just soak for 5 to 8 minutes and it’s ready to add to their favourite seaweed salad recipe.

Or send them here for some cooking inspiration.

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Add it to soups and stir-fries!

It’s not just salads, smoothies and snacks giving this saviour its versatile reputation. If it’s a hearty meal they want – seaweed’s here to save the day, yet again! With its neutral taste and smooth texture, kelp noodles from brands like Gold Mine are the solution to the perfect raw noodle alternative.

They can easily be added to stocks, soups, stir-fries, broths, curries and more. Kelp is naturally high in minerals, low in calories, gluten free and ready to eat straight out of the packet. Customers will love how easy and versatile they are.

There are plenty of kelp noodle dishes for your customers to discover online. Here’s a few recipes to get them started.

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We can only expect the variations of products and categories in which seaweed is present to continue to expand. Not only is it predicted to become the next big superfood, but has also been labelled the number one nutrition trend of the year.**

So what now? Time to fill your ships, I mean shops with all things seaweedy!

*Mintel, 2016. **Australian Food News, 2016.

The Amazing Adventure of Resistant Starch

RESISTANT STARCH IS THE NEW FIBRE.

It’s the powdered version of liquid gold in the health industry right now. But what is it and why should you arm yourself with knowledge on it?

Until recently, dietary fibre may have been the only food component believed to enter the large intestine. That was until resistant starch was discovered. Over the last 10 years, scientists have found a significant portion of starch “resists” digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine where it feeds good bacteria and does wonders for health.

Do yourself a massive favour and put 4 minutes aside, grab a cuppa and watch this amazing video. It will take you on a magical journey into the intestinal track to see the wondrous effects of resistant starch.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RESISTANT STARCH
Working similar to soluble fibre, this starch has been said to have the following health benefits, among many more.

• It stimulates the large intestine’s bacteria. This creates short-chain fatty acids particularly butyrate, which is a substance that maintains the bowel lining and is believed to assist with the prevention of bowel cancer.

• Creates a feeling of fullness and lessens the number of kilojoules absorbed from carbohydrates. This could assist in weight management.

• Can help to maintain a steady GI after eating. This allows the body to demand less insulin, which is particularly important for people with diabetes.

• Works as a mild laxative – the bowel is full of bacteria that use the starch as food. This increases the mass of bacteria, which adds to faecal bulk.

• Being impervious to fermentation by bacteria in the mouth, resistant starch can help prevent tooth decay.

 

FOODS THAT HAVE RESISTANT STARCH
There’s up to 5 percent resistant starch present in most starchy foods, but these levels rise significantly in particular foods. Foods naturally high in the starch include legumes and unripe bananas (54%).

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WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED INTAKE?
To promote good bowel health, nutritionists suggest that 20 grams of resistant starch should be consumed daily. Currently Australians only consume approximately 6 grams per day from cereals and bread (36%), vegetables (26%) and fruit (22%).

 

A CLOSER LOOK INTO RESISTANT STARCH
Made of numerous glucose units fused together, starch is certainly a complex molecule. Starch occurs as either an amylose form or an amylopectin form. Amylopectin is readily digested, but amylose is ‘resistant’ to digestion in the
small intestines.

There are four different categories that resistant starch can be divided into.

• RS1 – Found in whole or kibbled grains, legumes and seeds where the granules of starch are inaccessible, preventing digestive enzymes accessing the starch.

• RS2 – Found in unripe banana, raw potato, some legumes and Hi-maize, this starch is an amylose form starch, making it naturally resistant.

• RS3 – Found in cooked-then-cooled potato, corn flakes and bread, this starch is a result of the crystalline form being altered from cooking or processing.

• RS4 – These are chemically modified and used to thicken foods. Unlike natural starch, these starch are less likely to breakdown during processing.

 

Resistant starch from green bananas (which is one of the highest natural sources) can be found in Natural Evolution products. They offer a pure green banana resistant starch as well as a large range of products that contain the starch, from gluten free baking flour to banana ointment.

Monica’s Mixes also offer products made with green banana flour (containing resistant starch); paleo flour, muffin mix, pizza base mix and wrap mix.

You can read more in The Resistant Starch Report.

Source: The Resistant Starch Report, 2012.