New in Nutrition

New In Nutrition | Feb 2021

February 2021

New in Nutrition is a place to showcase the new products, books, podcasts, people, places or initiatives that my team and I feel are doing interesting, important 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. Book | Feel Great Lose Weight by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Drawing on 20 years as a GP, Dr Chatterjee has created a conscious, long-lasting approach to weight loss that goes far beyond fad diets and helps to find the best solutions that work for you. Helping us to understand the effects of what, why, when, where and how we eat, as well as the root causes of weight gain and an approach that focuses on nourishing our bodies without crash diets or gruelling workouts, this is the sort of sensible, safe and practical weight loss book that I can get behind. And I don’t say that lightly!

Amazon

Waterstones

2. Foodie | Natoora Nationwide Delivery

With a relentless pursuit of flavour, Natoora is well known for sourcing some of the best and most beautiful seasonal produce for the best restaurants (and is a secret source for most of the food stylists I’ve worked with too!). Wonderfully, it is now available for home delivery, nationwide through the new Natoora app. Alongside fresh fruits and vegetables (the selection is amazing), they also provide sustainably-sourced dairy and charcuterie.

Get the app for iPhone and Android.

3. Supplement | Beauty Pie

Although I advocate eating a fresh and varied diet to ensure we are getting all the nutrients our bodies require from our food, there are times that we all need a little something extra. I have been super impressed by the new range of supplements by the beauty members club, Beauty Pie. The range of supplements includes a multivitamin, vitamin D capsule and omega 3 fish oil. These supplements have been bio-engineered by top hormonal nutritionist, Kay Ali and are made without fillers or artificial preservatives or colours. I was particularly interested to try the Bi-omega 3 capsules which contain a high dose of cell protecting omega 3 essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by our bodies. I love that these are made from wild, sustainably caught fish and all the other products in the range are vegan.

Beauty Pie are offering one month’s free membership for any level of membership, by using the code AMELIASENTME. Terms and conditions apply, please see the Beauty Pie website for details.

4. Wine | Oranj

Oranj wine is a new online platform that champions natural wines, and offers monthly, sommelier-curated wine boxes for delivery nationwide. Childhood friends, Jasper and Ewin, had originally planned to open a bar celebrating low intervention wines, but unfortunately had to change their plans due to Covid, and so was borne Oranj delivery service. Customers now have the chance to enjoy some of the best natural wines from lesser known producers in the comfort of their own homes.

5. Book | The Origins of Cooking by Ferran Adria

OK, so this is not your average book, and it’s not got an average price tag. But Ferran Adria (of El Bulli fame) has put together a definitive tome of the origins of cooking in association with Phaiden. This would make a very special gift for anyone who loves to cook.

Amazon

Waterstones

6. Plant-Based | Oato Nationwide Delivery

For anyone following a plant-based diet, a good tip to hear about is that Oato (which produces fresh oat milk from British oats, fortified with calcium) now distributes it directly to your doorstep in reusable, returnable glass bottles through Milk & More.  This service is helping to reduce the use of hard-to-recycle Tetrapak’s and is pretty convenient too.

Connect to a milk round here.

7. Publication | The Agricultural Transition Plan

This plan sets out changes to agricultural policy in England from 1st January 2021. The good news is that it promises a generally positive direction for the UK’s agrifood future, focusing on changes to grants and subsidies for farmers that re-prioritise ecosystem protection. We will see how this progresses, but where our food comes from and how it is produced has a big role to play in both our own health, and the health of our planet.

Follow the brilliant @farmstofeedus to stay up to date on these changes.

8. Foodie | Dishoom Vegan Sausage Naan Roll Kit

I am a madly keen Dishoom fan. Do you have their cookbook? I would highly recommend it if you don’t. The flavours they create are just extraordinary. Anyway, excitingly, one of their most-loved dishes is now available to us all to enjoy from the comfort of our homes with their new recipe kit. It arrives at your door with everything required to enjoy two vegan sausage naan rolls, as well as ingredients to make some of their renowned Masala Chai. The kit costs £16, plus delivery. And for every kit sold, Dishoom donates a meal to Magic Breakfast. I’ve made these – and they really are delicious. Nationwide delivery to most of UK mainland.

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New In Nutrition | Nov 2020

November 2020

New in Nutrition is a place to showcase the new products, books, podcasts, people, places or initiatives that my team and I feel are doing interesting, important 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. Supplement | Bare Biology: Re-branded

A brand I have loved for years, which makes high-quality, independently tested and sensibly-dosed Omega-3 supplements, Bare Biology has just undergone a complete re-branding. I think the new designs look wonderful. I am currently taking their Life & Soul Mini Capsules, 2 daily (but as always, please consult your own health or nutrition provider prior to commencing or changing any supplements). They have also just launched a new Strawberry Marine Collagen Powder with Vitamin C, which blends well into smoothies.

Take a look at their website here and enter code AMELIA20 for 20% off your first order, valid until 18th December 2020.

2. Book | Cook, Eat, Repeat, by Nigella Lawson

A delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Good nutrition is not just about eating enough vegetables. It is about embracing all the joys of good food in appropriate balance and I can’t think of anyone quite so brilliant as Nigella to remind us of how wonderfully important the pleasure of food is in our increasingly busy lives.

Amazon

Waterstones – signed edition

3. Film | Kiss the Ground, available on Netflix

An important film that explains the essential role that soil plays in our health and as a key solution to climate change. Healthy soil – healthy planet – healthy climate – healthy people. Kiss the Ground engagingly explains how we can potentially reverse global warming and benefit our health and nutrition through regenerative agriculture. It fills me with hope.

Netflix

4. Course | The Joy of Healthy Eating, by Amelia Freer

This is, I’m afraid, a bit of a shameless plug, but my new 30-part online video course filmed in collaboration with Create Academy is now available and covers the power of positive nutrition and the joy of healthy eating. Far from being about dieting or restrictive rules, my aim is to empower you with fundamental knowledge about nutrition and efficient cooking, so that you can make informed choices for yourself and follow them through in the kitchen with minimal effort or stress. Please take a look at my course page for lots more information.

Order now

5. Foodie | Wild Radish

A brand-new recipe delivery service from some of Britain’s best chefs, offering seasonal dishes to create at home, using the same ingredients and suppliers that award-winning kitchens use. Plus, each box comes with a carefully chosen bottle of wine to perfectly match the meal. A chef’s table, at your table. Each box contains dinner for two, either a meat, fish or vegetarian option. A treat indeed.

Only available in London currently, but will be expanding soon.

Order now

6. Initiative | Bite Back 2030

Bite Back is led by a team of incredible young activists from across the UK who want healthy food to be an option for every family. They are on a mission to know the truth about how our food system is designed, how it can be redesigned to put young people’s health first and how to build powerful alliances to help make that a reality. See their latest report, Hungry for Change, based on the experiences of one thousand 14- to 19-year-olds during lockdown.

Follow: @biteback2030

Read: Hungry for Change

7. Book | The Sourdough School Sweet Baking, by Vanesssa Kimble

If you’re in the mood for some comfort baking over these colder months, then this is the book for you. Vanessa Kimble (who runs The Sourdough School in Northamptonshire) has written a gem of a book on sweet sourdough bakes that not only nourish the gut but can support our mood too. With a forward by Tim Spector, and ringing endorsements from Diana Henry and Nigella, this really is a book that is ‘impossible to read without wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen’. Couldn’t have put it better myself (and I’m not usually an enthusiastic baker, so that’s saying something!).

Waterstones

Amazon

8. Publication | Marine Conservation Society

The MSC has recently updated its Good Fish Guide, helping to guide our choices about which fish are the most sustainable (green rated) and which are the least sustainable (red rated). It has a really easy-to-use website with search function, so you can quickly jump to check out the fish you buy most often. Interesting findings? Line-caught mackerel is OK, wild Atlantic salmon is now classed as ‘at risk’. It’s more than worth finding a few minutes to check out the sustainability ratings of your favourite fish.

See the guide here

9. Foodie | Roots of Kimchi

Newly launched Roots of Kimchi makes small-batch kimchi (addictively delicious Korean fermented vegetables) here in the UK, based on the family recipes of their Korean-born chef, Seo. I am a complete fermented vegetable addict – I add it to as many things as I can, from open sandwiches and salads to my everyday breakfast. It not only boosts flavour but can also be a source of beneficial probiotic bacteria too. To try Roots of Kimchi products with a 10% discount head to the website and enter the code AF10, this code is valid until 25th November and can be used once per customer. Roots of Kimchi is also available from Amazon and selected health food stores.

10. Policy | Agriculture Bill

Attempts to protect current standards of food safety and animal welfare and farming practices in law were overturned by the UK government in mid-October.  This defeat occurred in parliament despite a high-profile campaign to protect it, notably led by Jamie Oliver to #saveourstandards, and a YouGov poll finding that the vast majority of people wanted to protect current British standards in future trade deals. Please read this to understand the implications of this vote.

The Agriculture Bill 2019-2021

Photo by Iga Palacz on Unsplash

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New In Nutrition | Sept 2020

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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