A Word From Be Nourished Founder Jo Nolan

A Word From Be Nourished Founder Jo Nolan

Ever since the beginning of time organic, raw, unpasturised cultured living foods, such as sauerkraut, have been well-known for their powerful healing properties and as a way to nurture and foster improved gut and intestinal health. As a mother of two children, I became really interested in nutrition and was looking for ways to nourish my family to be in the best health as possible. That was how I found Sally Fallon’s amazing book Nourishing Traditions and the Weston A. Price Foundation. There was a wonderful chapter in this book on fermented foods and their great nutritional value. I thought sauerkraut maybe one of the easiest things to start with. However, I soon discovered if I wanted the benefits of an organic, raw sauerkraut made from local ingredients, I was going to have to make it myself as the only kraut I could find was imported and pasteurised – defeating the purpose as it is then a dead food. Inspired to get into the kitchen, I found that not long after starting to make and include these fermented vegetables into my family’s diet daily, things such as sugar cravings and allergies, such as hayfever, were disappearing. After quite a few years of fermenting for myself, family and friends and finding out more about the vital importance of organic, fermented foods I decided it was time to have as many people as possible be able to experience the benefits of fermented foods and so Be Nourished was born. Today, I’m committed to sharing my knowledge about the benefits of organic, fermented veges and producing nourishing cultured, living foods that are a delicious complement to...
Informal tea, a mindful tea company

Informal tea, a mindful tea company

The guys from Informal Tea are just your everyday kiwi blokes, blending real tea with real ingredients. It’s a simple method, but it means that you can see what you’re drinking, and what you’re drinking is good! And that’s what we love about them. Instead of aiming for mass production, they prefer to do one thing well spending time in perfecting and refining their tea. Yes, that takes awful lot of work but they take pride of what they do. If you share a love for attention without the fanciness, this brand is just right for you.  Sustainable tea Selecting tea from some of the greatest tea producers in China — and the world for that matter! – they have an understanding of the true value of tea and grow tea in organic, bio-diverse locations that far exceed industry standards. As apposed to a typical monocrop plantation, this method guarantees that the teas are grown as traditionally and natural as possible. It not only produces the world’s best organic tea, but it also promotes long-term environmental sustainability, protecting both farmers and their valuable land from nasty petrochemical pesticides and fertilisers. Also, they are building strong relationships with rural producers in New Zealand with the aim on converting at least 35% of their imported ingredients into locally produced, bio-diverse grown ingredients and offer a line of locally manufactured biodegradable packaging that will help save the world a ton of harm.  These guys are going the extra mile to ensure that growing, producing and packaging is as ethically and environmentally friendly as possible. No Added Flavours Next time you brew up a cup of...
Ooooby Christmas hamper

Ooooby Christmas hamper

Christmas is just around the corner and dinner preparations may have started and of course, the gift shopping. For all of you that are as crazy about local, quality food as we are, we put together a Christmas hamper that just pampers every food addict. Christmas treats     This goodie basket will cover all your Christmas cravings! We added Kokako’s Drinking Chocolate that gets you in the real Christmas mood. To make that Hot Cocoa, we added Little Island’s Coconut Drinking Milk, even for the dairy- free amongst us. Of course a good Christmas hamper includes those little sweet treats. Think gingerbread, spiced honey sticks, dark chocolate rolled blackcurrant berries, and macadamia nut bar. All organic delights that satisfy your sweet tooth. To make the Christmas dinner even more excited, we’ve added Dundee Whisky Marmalade for that extra kick and of course natural Tomato Sauce for the little ones. Fancy baking? Find the Poppy & Olive Almond Butter in the hamper to make your cookies! And for a little refreshment during these busy holiday, we’ve added the Summer Kumbucha. The perfect gift Treat your friends and family with this gourmet but still healthy Christmas Hamper. Order now for only 70$ and get it delivered to you or the lucky receiver.       ...
Get Real Food, the new kid on the block

Get Real Food, the new kid on the block

Yes, there’s a new kid on the block! If you missed this week’s sneak peek, or want to know more about Get Real Food, read on.  Those crazy days a little bit less crazy Get Real Food came about from sheer frustration, a love of food and two sisters constantly dreaming of new and exciting ideas. Being busy mums Melissa and Anna both experiencing the challenges of having a ‘fussy eater’ made meal times quite hectic and tiresome. Disappointed with the lack of healthy convenient food available they started cooking and testing on their own “test subjects”. Get Real Food can make those crazy days a little bit less crazy. After testing and experimenting, Melissa and Anne are so ecstatic with the results that they wanted to make their products available to all the busy parents out there needing a healthy convenient option for their family. They know first-hand how challenging some days can be to come home and cook a nutritious meal for the family.  Ingredients All products are made with as many allergy friendly ingredients as possible from local and free range suppliers. Melissa and Anne are determined to keep the range as healthy and real as possible, staying away from nasties like refined sugars, bad fats, preservatives, artificial flavours and colours.  Excited? Try the Tomato Sauce, BBQ Sauce or their Combo Pack...
Is Ooooby produce Organic?

Is Ooooby produce Organic?

We are often asked if our Ooooby boxes are “Organic” so here’s our response – and yes, it’s a little bit more than a simple Yes or No. Firstly it will be up to the local hub whether they offer conventional, as well organic boxes, but the trend is for hubs to go the organic route in response to increasing demand for healthy, local natural food. Auckland, Waikato and Matakana hubs offer both, while Christchurch, Sydney and Fresno only offer organic. It’s worth noting that the certified organic classification, while an ideal puts a limit on the variety of produce that can be offered and sometimes means that produce has to travel a long way to get to the customer. As a way to illustrate the Ooooby approach we have mapped the possibilities of food sources on two intersecting continuums, between Natural––Artificial and Local––Far Far Away. Our Mission The Ooooby mission is to rebuild the local food system and make local food convenient, affordable and fair everywhere. In order to do this, we have to acknowledge the realities of our current ‘broken’ food system and limited local supply of natural produce. Our approach is to build a base of customers and work hard to give them as much as we can of what they expect, need and desire, while educating and steering them towards local and natural. In the early days we asked our customers if they wanted Bananas, because we can’t source enough locally and would have to go long-distance to get them. We received a resounding “Yes!” so we get Organic Fair Trade bananas via All Good....