Tag: healthy eating

Waitrose has launched a new range of healthy foods which have been inspired by the ever increasing trend for nutritious foods that are innovative, trendy and of course good for you. Look out for breakfast salads, sorghum and new vegan products from the popular supermarket.

We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the new Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine (269 kcals and 281 kcals respectively) breakfast salads are a great source of protein and make a change to the typical ‘busy’ breakfasts of porridge or toast. The breakfast salads contain spinach, red rice, quinoa, egg and dollop of hollandaise.

Waitrose Eggs Benedict Breakfast Salad Waitrose Eggs Florentine Breakfast Salad
Soghum, a grain that is being tipped as the new quinoa can be found in Waitrose’s Vegan Grains and Raw Vegetables Salad which as the name implies ticks a few other health trends too. The low fat salad contains raw shredded butternut squash and beetroot and mixed with a vegan raw carrot and miso dressing.

Waitrose Vegan Grains and Raw VegetablesWaitrose Wholewheat Noodles and Vegetable Stir Fry

According to Simona Cohen-Vida, Product Developer at Waitrose, ‘What healthy eaters consume in the US, British shoppers will usually follow. There’s a movement towards not cutting down or taking things out of your diet. The best way to keep health intentions on track is to add new ingredients to dishes. By adding this variety, mealtimes remain interesting and help you get natural goodness from your food, with the vegetables making it easier to reach your five a day. All of our new range is either ready-made or ready to cook so they’ll save time in the kitchen too’.

In addition to breakfast salads and sorghum, Waitrose have also responded to customer demands by adapting their stir fry meals with runner beans and broccoli cut into noodle shapes to make dishes lower in carbs. They also now sell quinoa fried rice and are the first UK supermarket to sell fresh wholewheat noodles.

Well done, Waitrose, well done.

Balance is Best

By BBB

Healthy eating

The term healthy eating is subjective. Despite the term popping up on a range of products, we are all different people with different requirements for a healthy lifestyle.

The landscape for the various nutritional requirements is very broad now: there are people who follow a paleo diet, clean eaters, flexitarians, pescatarians, carb cyclers, intermittent fasters, people who follow a ketogenesis  diet and the list goes on.

So we couldn’t help but chuckle when we saw an article the other day reporting findings from an Ohio State study which showed that ‘during times of stress, a healthy meal of steamed chicken prepared with sunflower oil is as bad for your heart as deep-fried wings’. Based on these findings, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s better to relax and enjoy a few more carbs than get yourself into a tizzy by double checking the calorie count of everything you have planned to eat for the day.

If nothing else the post made us feel even more convinced that the truly healthy approach has to be a balanced approach taking not just physical health into account but mental health also. There is also an argument for considering the impact our choices have on the environment.

We will continue to try and cover as many healthy restaurants and products as we can but we know that what is healthy for one is not healthy for another so bear with us. At the moment we are on the look out out for restaurants that either specifically cater to people with certain dietary requirements, and / or restaurants that make a commitment to prepare meals using only the best ingredients. We ultimately want you to have even more choice when it comes to your personal dietary needs.

So this is just a short post to encourage everyone to strive for balance – ‘cause there’s no point eating a healthy meal that has no benefit because you are stressed.