Why Eating Seasonally from the Farmers Market Is a Smart, Tasty Choice

Why Eating Seasonally from the Farmers Market Is a Smart, Tasty Choice

The turn of each season brings a bounty of food with it. For many, the joys of eating seasonally are wrapped up in nostalgic memories. Memories of eating handfuls of blueberries straight from the bush in summer; tasting the ripe apples of early fall; and crunching through a field to find the perfect pumpkin all come to mind. In the winter, people look forward to eating hardy root vegetables, like carrots and parsnips, and filling soups and stews during the winter. In spring, tasting the first bright strawberries, flavours dancing across your tongue, is an exciting moment to anticipate every year. Each season has its own unique flavour to enjoy and savour. There are so many delicious reasons why you should eat real, seasonal food. 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonal, Farmers Market Produce 1. Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Are Full of Nutrients Local, seasonal, organic food sold in the vicinity doesn’t have to travel far. This means it’s picked closer to peak ripeness than produce that is shipped in from far-away places. More time on the plant means more time to absorb nutrients from the sun and soil. Nutrient-loss is much lower, too. Seasonal fruits and veggies retain their vitamins and minerals because soon after they’re picked, it isn’t long before they’re used. Industrial-grown produce, on the other hand, is picked far before it’s ripe and sits in wait on trucks, in warehouses, and on shelves before it’s actually bought for eating. During this long period, it loses a lot of those precious nutrients. 2. Eating Seasonally Saves Your Wallet Eating apples in the spring, fresh lettuce or berries...
A delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothie recipe

A delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothie recipe

A great way to use fruits and vegetables is in smoothies. Not only are there lots of different recipes available, they are super easy to make, taste great and thanks to the ingredients used, are very nutritious. For your basic smoothie all you need is a cup of vegetables, a cup of fruits and a liquid base. To increase the flavour and nutritional value you can also add in protein powders, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Using Ooooby’s products you can create a wide variety of smoothie recipes. This deep red coloured one makes use of the following ingredients: 1/2 a frozen banana – using frozen fruits helps make smoothies thicker, giving them a milkshake like consistency, and bananas work especially well at achieving this. You probably already know that bananas are an excellent source of potassium; a medium sized one provides you with 12% of your daily requirement. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, a vitamin required for energy production. Bananas are a digestive aid, and are great to have before working out. The natural sugars that they contain help to make this smoothie more palatable. 1/2 a cup of carrots – carrots are very low in calories but are the best food source of vitamin A. In fact one medium carrot provides you with more than 200% of your daily requirement! The only other vegetable that comes close to having this amount is the sweet potato. Vitamin A promotes eye health, gives you glowing skin, provides immune support and fights inflammation. The antioxidant beta-carotene which is found in carrots is thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes....
“Daylight come and I wanna go home”

“Daylight come and I wanna go home”

Dear Oooobsters! Being the ethical business we are and you being the ethical consumers we admire, we wanted to share our thoughts on the Four Corners program, ‘Slaving Away’ which premiered on 4th May 2015. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/05/04/4227055.htm For those of you who haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, this episode tackled the issues regarding widespread exploitation of migrant workers by labour hire companies within Australia’s Food Industry. While Australian citizens are paid award wages or above, labour hire companies supply migrant workers to businesses and not only skim off the top the workers pay, but also place them in poor and unsafe working environments, sometimes with working hours of up to 20 hours per day. Being a migrant myself, I shared similar experiences as the migrant workers in this interview and have come across exploitation of migrants within other industries as well. In saying that, I am European and our cultures and freedoms are not so different to those of Australia. We listened to a lot of Bob Marley and are brought up with the idea of fighting for our rights like the British holiday workers Milly and Katie in this program. However, some of our Australian guests will have come from countries where some of these rights may not always be exercised or understood. So when they do arrive in Australia seeking opportunities, they don’t know what to expect and because of the language barrier, trust their fellow countrymen to guide them in the right direction. It is very sad to see all this! Though I also feel somewhat more optimistic now that this is in public eye...