September 2020

I’m so excited to share a brand-new feature with you, New in Nutrition. It is going to be coming to you on a regular basis from now on, as a way to showcase the new products, books, podcasts, people, places or initiatives that my team and I feel are doing interesting or exciting things in nutrition and wellness. I hope it will soon become the go-to place to hear about nutrition news.

If you ever stumble across something new that you think we would all enjoy (that’s related to nutrition), please do drop us a tip-off email hello@ameliafreer.com and we will take a look. Thank you!

1. Product | Eaten Alive Raw Fermented Foods

An exquisite range of fermented sauces and pickles, all made in London. Developed by two chefs and travel enthusiasts with a keen interest in the art of fermentation, these products taste incredible. All raw, unpasteurised (thus retaining their probiotic bacteria) and vegan, Eaten Alive have recently added a new range of hot sauces and a variety of fresh kimchi to their offering. A great way to pep up simple dishes with a big burst of flavour, I have absolutely loved having these to hand in the fridge.

You can order online for delivery across the UK through eatenalive.co.uk. They have very generously offered my followers 15% off purchases valid from 1st September to 10th October with the code AFXEA20

2. Podcast | Healthily, by Nicola Moore

Championing positive health messages and relationships with food, my associate, Registered Nutritional Therapist Nicola Moore, has spent the past 20 years having healthy conversations with people.

In her new podcast Healthily, Nicola shares fascinating discussions with friends and colleagues from her years in the nutrition industry, as she finds out what it means to them to live healthily. Topics in the first series range from digestive wellness and mindful eating through to weight gain in the menopause and combating unrelenting low energy. Through the power of conversation, Nicola and her guests are able to tackle complicated subjects including genetics, the microbiome, and the hormonal interplay with our cells, in a way that’s easy to understand, and importantly, take simple action from. Highly recommended! Listen here.

3. Publication | Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives

The UK government recently published its obesity strategy policy paper, causing much interest to those of us in nutrition. While many people feel it hasn’t gone far enough, and others who believe it to be excessive political involvement in our personal and home lives, my personal opinion is that it outlines some beneficial steps to help support us all to live healthy lives. I’d highly recommend reading it if you’re interested, as I feel that the press reporting has not always been representative of the policies and tone that the paper itself uses. Of course, it’s far from a simple issue, and compassion and kindness must be at the heart of all discussions on food and weight, but I welcome the engagement, attention and funding it promises to bring to the role of prevention in health and medicine.

4. Product | Plenish fortified M*lks

Many of us are choosing to consume more plant-based drinks and m*lks. However, these may not necessarily match the nutrient profiles of dairy milk, so fortification can be a useful way to support us in getting a nutritionally balanced diet overall. Plenish has developed a new recipe for its fortified Almond, Oat & Cashew m*lks, using 100% vegan ingredients, no oils, gums or added sugar, and using only sustainably-sourced nuts and oats grown without pesticides. They are enriched with calcium, iodine and vitamins D, B12 and B2 and they taste great too!

For a 15% discount use the code AF15 at checkout.

5. Book | Ottolenghi Flavour

In this stunning new cookbook, Ottolenghi and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer over 100 brand-new inspirational vegetable recipes. The book is divided down into 3 clever sections to help us seriously elevate our vegetable game: Process explains cooking methods that elevate veg to great heights; Pairing identifies four basic pairings that are fundamental to great flavour; Produce offers impactful vegetables that do the work for you.

Out 3rd September. Order now through Amazon or buy a signed edition with Waterstones

6. Shop | Good Club

An online shop selling sustainable staples, that works on a membership model. They sell much-loved products at up to 30% lower than the RRP (think Clipper teas, nut butters, eco cleaning products, pastas, store cupboard staples and much more). You get one free delivery per month (helping to reduce the environmental impact of multiple deliveries), and they are working on supplying zero waste products in returnable containers – coming soon.

Membership costs £30 per year, paid annually, but if you don’t save more than this over the course of the year, Good Club will refund the difference, no questions asked. I’m a convert!

Click here to learn more.

7. Product | Eight Food (nourishing freezer meals)

The brainchild of three busy mums, Eight Food delivers delicious, healthy freezer meals to your door for those moments when you’re too busy or exhausted to cook yourself. They’ve just launched a new set of 3 sauces, including a delicious Ultimate Tomato Sauce (containing 7 different veggies) and a Boosted Bolognese (with lots of extra veg and chicken livers).

Every meal contains a minimum of 5 fruit or veg (although often many more), uses only ingredients you’d have at home, are as sustainable and ethical as they can possibly be, and are gluten free. They’re also a brilliantly useful and thoughtful gift for new parents, or people recovering from a tough time.

Take a look at their website here, and enter code AMELIA15 at checkout for a 15% discount off your order (minimum spend £30).

8. Book | How to Build a Healthy Brain, by Kimberley Wilson

This groundbreaking, science-based book is the ultimate, holistic guide to protecting our brain health for the long term. We may already know a fair amount about how to care for our physical health, but we often feel powerless when it comes to brain and mental health. How to Build a Healthy Brain is, thankfully, here to help. Written by psychologist Kimberley Wilson, it clearly and practically sets out how we can care for our brain with simple lifestyle choices. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to everyone.

Amazon.co.uk

Waterstones

9. Initiative | The Great Oven

This inspirational charitable initiative, set up by James Thompson (creative partner and long-standing producer of Nigel Slater’s TV shows and books) builds great, beautiful, ornate ovens in places where people need them most, including conflict zones and refugee camps. A nourishing focus for communities and the centre of shared kitchens. Follow their journey @thegreatoven.

10. Publication | The National Food Strategy: Part One

The National Food Strategy is the first major review of the UK’s food systems in 75 years. Commissioned by the Environment Secretary and headed by Henry Dimbleby (founder of Leon and The School Food Plan), the review will ultimately set out recommendations to guide a government white paper. It is a hugely wide-reaching analysis, from the resilience of our supply chains to the environmental consequences of food production, the impact of COVID-19 to the role of nutrition in healthcare. Part One has recently been published, containing urgent recommendations to support the country through the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for the end of the EU exit period on 31st December. You can read the executive summary here.

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11. Product | Brindisa

Brindisa is a wonderful company that celebrates the best of Spanish foods and culture whilst remaining committed to sustainability. I have long been a fan of their delicious and beautifully packaged products and I am delighted that they have recently expanded their range. Some of my favourite new additions include Catrineta sardines, all hand prepared and packed in the traditional Galician way, spicy Perelló olives, sold in glass jars and tins and crunchy Torres Beans and Peas snacks which are vegan and gluten free and make a tasty treat to enjoy with an aperitif.

Check them and their full range out at www.brindisa.com and here’s a 10% discount for you all, AMELIA10 valid until 31st October. (Not valid on gift cards.)

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