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...
A Challenge Worth Taking On

A Challenge Worth Taking On

When I first reach Frans de Jong at his Matamata orchard Southern Belle, he asks me to call him back in five minutes since he’s busy checking the weather. “A very important part of the job,” Frans tells me through a joyous laugh and a thick Netherlands accent. A family-run business, Southern Belle is the current supplier of delicious Red Sweetpoint capsicums to dozens of Ooooby customers each week. It also produces feijoas. Last April the orchard was announced Supreme winner of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards where it collected the Harvest Award, the Innovation Award, the Integrated Management Award and the Soil Management Award. “It was very humbling,” says Frans who tells me that his arm had to be twisted to even enter the competition. “As a family, we usually work longer hours than most. But I’d like to turn that into a positive.” Frans credits marking oneself out from the crowd as the biggest challenge for smallholders and a factor likely to determine whether or not they will achieve success. “We’ve established ourselves as a quality grower by doing things totally differently,” he tells me. “That’s not to say it’s always easy to do, but you have differentiate yourself to make it work.” So how did he do it? While at first the de Jong’s listened to advice from the previous owners of their farm, it wasn’t until Frans applied his own background in analytical chemistry to processes at Southern Belle that the magic started to happen. “You start to look at things differently and understand the biological system,” Frans explains. “For example, learning to use predator insects to control harmful insects and beneficial soil microbes in the root zone to...
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....
Growing together in the Waikato

Growing together in the Waikato

It has been a while in the making, but the newest Ooooby hub in the Waikato is now truly off the ground. Last week the first boxes full of Waikato grown produce only were packed in Hamilton and shipped off to our customers. Lemons from Rotokauri, Spinach from Te Awamutu, tomatoes from the “Tomato man” in Cambridge and Capsicums from Southern Belle Orchard in Matamata. So much good produce is grown in the Waikato, truly the food basket of New Zealand.  Ooooby wants to make all this locally grown and produced food easily accessible and is working hard to refine her processes and service. To grow a hub we need more customers of course, but equally important is growing together with growers. Many growers are planting more at the moment especially for the Ooooby boxes. Others are happy to finally have a good outlet for the fruit that has been falling of their trees being wasted previously. With an efficient distribution model like Ooooby in place, we now have the tools to make sure all the produce grown locally finds it way to local households as fresh as possible. Packing of the boxes is done at the Waikato Environment Centre, a very fruitful relationship in many ways. Both organisations have the same vision for a sustainable, fair and green community and operating in this same space means projects can flow into each other, events can be organised together and resources can be shared. For example, any left-over Ooooby produce goes straight to the Kaivolution Food Rescue project, reducing food waste to the absolute minimum. We still have a long way...
Why I love my Ooooby box

Why I love my Ooooby box

I never liked Supermarkets, even on a good day. It may sound a little harsh, and the truth is I still visit them because I haven’t weaned myself off the things they offer that I can’t easily find elsewhere, so I am grateful for them sometimes, but they’re just not fun. Those long rows of flashy packaged goods of seemingly infinite combinations and permutations is at best time-consuming to navigate, and at worst downright overwhelming. Thankfully though I have a backup – a box of basic produce, that’s delivered to me every week – rain or shine. It just arrives without me doing anything, and if I want to spend a little effort I can go to the online shop and add a few extras, via the online shop. In fact I stopped mid-stream while writing this to add some Karengo Seaweed and extra Bananas into our next box. Oh and it’s worth mentioning, you don’t have to accept what’s offered in your box (which can be an organic-only or a mixed (conventional and organic) box, because every Thursday you’ll get an email letting you know, based on what’s in season and available, what you can expect to see in your next box. You can reply and let your Ooooby customer happiness crew member know if you don’t want some things, and they will replace them with something else. To call the produce basic is underselling what comes in our Ooooby box, because the quality and freshness is fabulous and I know why. I’ve been privy to the inner workings of the distribution logistics which bring me my food...