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....
Grow with Ooooby

Grow with Ooooby

Ooooby is an acronym for out of our own back yards. We are a food distribution service, for customers wanting high quality local and natural food, on a mission to make local food easy and fair, and we’re looking for more growers. If you grow food, then read on, and if you know someone who grows food, then please forward this article to them. Introduction Ooooby is building a community of discerning customers who greatly value knowing where their food comes and how it has been grown. They want high-quality, nutrient-dense, locally-sourced produce, and they trust us to find it for them. Ooooby exists to make local food easy and fair for these customers, and many more like them. We’re working to deliver great produce to our customers in towns and cities across New Zealand, Australia, and even California. The relationships each local hub has with its growers is central to how we operate. We want to work with and support smaller growers, and especially those using regenerative, sustainable farming methods. Five steps to becoming an Ooooby grower Is there a values fit How much can we buy Trading with Ooooby Crop planning The formalities   1. Is there a Values fit We are keen to work with growers who share the values of Ooooby and its customers. While we understand that there is a range of possible production methods, we choose to favour produce from growers who pay attention to the well-being of the environment, and the people who eat the food. Natural and Local The horizontal line in this diagram acknowledges that there is a continuum between organic/biologically grown produce and that...
Could urban farms be the preschools of the future?

Could urban farms be the preschools of the future?

Is it ever too early to start teaching children where their food comes from? This preschool (and we at Ooooby!) don’t think so. In an age where many young Western children are well-acquainted not only with televisions but also with iPads and mobile phone apps, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the next generation of children are less engaged with nature than ever before. The video-game era has meant less time outdoors and more time in front of computer screens and televisions, but one group of Italian and Dutch architects is hoping to change that. Their proposal, titled “Nursery Fields Forever”, won this year’s AWR International Ideas Competition (the challenge was to design a novel nursery school model for London). Instead of classrooms, the school would feature open spaces where vegetables could be cultivated and animals could roam freely. The buildings would be surrounded by livestock pens and garden plots, and in addition to practicing sustainable farming, the 4- and 5-year-olds would also be introduced to the concept of renewable energy through wind turbines and solar panels located on the school grounds. “The dominant preschool system keeps children in classrooms, where plants barely peek out from the window, and animals are only visible in places like zoos”, said Jonathan Lazar, one of the architects. “The absence of direct experience has completely misled children’s perception of the world and of its most basic processes. It’s not rare to find children who ignore that the milk they drink comes from cows or that beans don’t sprout in cans.” Urban settings especially, Lazar says, obscure natural processes that are fundamental to our...
Why we’re starting an Ooooby Hub In Christchurch

Why we’re starting an Ooooby Hub In Christchurch

Fresh local organic food is found mostly at weekend Farmer’s Markets. So, Garden City 2.0 created a mid-week home delivery service that provides greater access for households craving real food, plus it gives these same growers at the market a reliable and consistent new revenue stream. Since we began, a little over two years ago, we’ve been talking with Ooooby about how they have been developing their service. Earlier this year, the team at Garden City 2.0 realised that so many of the operational processes we need for the crew, along with features we want to offer customers, have already been built into the Ooooby software and systems – so it made perfect sense to form a new partnership here in Christchurch. Ooooby is bringing advanced IT infrastructure, uber-efficient operational systems and people-friendly interface. Together with our knowledge of the local market, organic supply networks and connections with Christchurch communities, we feel this is a compelling proposition and a really positive step for our local food system!   Furthermore, we’re excited about shifting our existing packing hub into the inner city – a melting pot of innovative, community-led projects and collaboration. The purpose of this is to reveal the true nature of the food distribution and make it more accessible and interactive for the public. Fresh produce looks amazing, it’s so radiant and full of life that it really is a pleasure to be around, let alone work with. It captures people’s attention and this visibility is our most powerful engagement tool, so we want to be in a space that can host this activity and multiply the impact...
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....