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...
Growers getting ready in Tauranga

Growers getting ready in Tauranga

The Ooooby Tauranga stand at the recent Down to Earth Expo was a great success, with 80 people expressing an interest in becoming an Ooooby customer, being part of the crew, or supplying Ooooby with fresh produce or local artisan food. The crew are now busy behind the scenes and have set the date for Ooooby Tauranga customer signups to begin in mid January, with the fist Ooooby boxes being delivered on March 8th.   Catherine Dunton-McLeod and Caro Kane have been preparing beds in the big polyhouse and getting them planted.  Catherine Dunton-McLeod of Plenty Permaculture lives on 10 acres and is looking to produce year-round nutrient-dense food for local supply. Using permaculture design and bio-intensive gardening techniques, they are  excited to to use the opportunity Ooooby provides, to make the shift from “let’s see what will grow here” gardening, to production gardening and sharing the abundance with the Tauranga community. Caro Kane was a 60’s child, brought up with a backyard garden full of veggies and fruit. She soon became a Chef, with a love of Organic food. Caro is working with Catherine to grow a variety of natural organic heritage food.  More growers welcome Lynda Farnworth has been building up a good list of local growers who are getting ready to supply Ooooby Tauranga, and more are welcome, so please drop us a note via tauranga@ooooby.com if you know of...
Ooooby Tauranga at Down-to-Earth Expo

Ooooby Tauranga at Down-to-Earth Expo

Back in May, Lynda Farnworth initiated the conversation about getting Ooooby operating in Tauranga. Since then she has been working steadily to lay the foundations, quietly raising awareness by having an Ooooby presence at various events, finding premises to operate from, and meeting with the first wave of suppliers. We’re happy to introduce the first wave of Ooooby Tauranga suppliers. Read about them below.     Visit Ooooby at the Expo This weekend Lynda will be at the Down to Earth Expo flying the Ooooby flag along with David King, who recently stepped in to support this local food initiative. Drop by the ASB Arena this weekend – November 28/29 (10am – 4pm). You’ll find Ooooby at stand number 79. What is Ooooby about     Stay informed about Ooooby Tauranga developments We’re not ready to begin delivering Ooooby boxes yet, but it won’t be long. By adding your name and interests here, we will send ocassional updates and an announcement when we are ready to begin receiving sign-ups. This is the first step towards rebuilding the local food system together. First Name Email Address Interested in becoming a: Customer Grower / Supplier Crew Investor     Keep in touch via Facebook You can also visit and like the Ooooby Tauranga Facebook page, to see what we’re up to – if you want to be sure that news posted on the Ooooby page appears on your Facebook news feed, just add a comment on something or share it with your friends. This will tell Facebook you’re interested and want to see our updates.  ...