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Thursday, 07 May 2015 By Good4U

Pick up a copy of Vogue today and spot our mighty Super Sprouts in their "It's Only Natural Feature! Looks like Sprouts are on-trend for summer salads!

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 By Good4U
A Position paper released from the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute has revealed some very frightening stats on the future levels of obesity among our lovely island. Let’s work together to change this.
 
In Ireland approx. 37% of adults are overweight and 24% obese which has a significant impact on health risk especially associated with increased risk of cancer, back pain, heart disease and osteoarthritis. In 2009 the cost of Obesity in Ireland was estimated to be 1.13 billion, with direct costs accounting for 2.7% of the total healthcare costs (Perry IJ, 2012).
 
Obesity is a lifestyle condition which means that it can be treated and reversed by taking small and sustainable dietary and lifestyle actions. Brian Wansink, Author of Mindless Eating, ‘Why We Eat More Than We Think’ has demonstrated that the average person makes on average well over 200 decisions about food every day. But what we eat is largely influenced by what’s around us, family, friends, food labels, marketing, smells, distractions, habits and the list goes on. Most of the time we know what we should and shouldn’t be eating yet this doesn’t stop us from making the wrong decision.
 
Michelle our dietitian has given us a few tips to get started on a more mindful eating journey.
 
1) Let’s start with your BMI. Check out where you fall on the BMI scale. If you’re between 25-30kg/m it’s time to take action to get you back within the healthy range. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can achieve this. Catch it before it gets any worse.
 
If your BMI is above 30kg/m now is a good time to book in with a Dietitian for some professional advice. Don’t fall into the faddy trap diet. You may lose weight quickly but chances are you’ll gain even quicker and a lot more. Take the healthy approach and keep it off for good. You can check you BMI here.
 
2) Think about the 80% rule. Most people in Western societies eat until they feel full, whereas we should be aiming to eat until we don’t feel hungry anymore. You’re probably asking “well how do I know when I’m 80% full?” It’s easy peasy – whatever portion size you take right now, reduce it by 20%. This can be done simply by using a smaller plate. Or taking pics of your meals for a week and then reducing it. It’s important not to feel deprived and hungry so make sure that the 20% you reduce is replaced with greens and veggies.
3) See it before you eat it. When preparing your meals put everything on the plate, this will help you to control your portion size. As nice as it is to have foods served in fancy dishes research has shown that this approach leads to people eating 20% more than if presented on a single plate. Same rule applies if you’re having Tapas. We lose control of how much is actually there and will eat until everything is finished. Not the approach to take. Give it 20 minutes and you’ll know all about it.

4) Get up and at it. How good do you feel after exercise? I have yet to meet someone who feels in anyway negative after a mini jog, spin or any other form of exercise for the matter. Not only does it release endorphins and boost our mood, it helps to relieve stress and burn those extra calories. Now think about how you feel when you skip that spin class or jog. Not good. Not good at all. So what do you do instead when those guilty feelings start lingering? You sit in front of the T.V. and snack. It’s these extra calories that are doing the damage. The gym is not for everyone, but that’s ok, find something that you enjoy. Exercise should be fun, not a chore. Start easy and build it up. Don’t set unrealistic goals... And find a buddy, it helps to motivate each other.
5) Out of sight, out of mind, out of belly. This tip really is a simple one. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it. Remove all triggers. I have seen this work first hand in my current workplace. Leave the sweets there for those who want it, but frost the glass on the treat cupboards and voila consumption of snacks reduced by 20%. If you come home after a long day in the office and see an open pack of biscuits or chocolates on the table chances are you’ll dig in. Make over eating a hassle, not a habit. It’s unlikely you’ll walk to the shop to buy it and if you do at least you’ll have burned off some of it. Save the treats for the weekends or share with friends when out for dinner.
 
6) Watch out for Super Mega Deals, 3 for 2, 2 for 1 etc. Bigger pack sizes leader to bigger portions. Fact. You might wonder how you can benefit from these bargains. Easy buy them but transfer the ingredients to smaller storage containers or serving containers. Never eat directly from the pack. Never Ever.
 
7) For those pickers with big knickers….If you get a craving think of a substitute, something crunchy like fruits and pre-cut vegetables work well. Buy a variety of veg like peppers, carrots, baby corn, mangetout, cucumber and celery and keep them chopped on top shelve of the fridge. Chewing gum can sometimes work for distracting you from snacks but can lead to bloating for those with a sensitive tummy. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas between meals.
 
8) Focus on your core meals. Do not skip breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you get these meals balanced you’ll have less cravings. Often people think if they don’t eat breakfast they’re free to eat whatever they like throughout the day. Another issue I see quite regularly is people reporting that they eat light meals in the evenings consisting of cheeses, bread and Italian meats. Just because it hasn’t been cooked this does not make it light… Spend time on your meals. Make time…
 
Our nutrition team at Good4U are running an exciting campaign in June……There’ll be prizes, nutrition tips, nutrition consults, food competitions and more….. Watch this space. Your health, our mission!
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 By Good4U

Spectacular, breathtaking, beautiful. We are proud to call Sligo home.

This video by Tourism Ireland shows some of the real beauty in Sligo. We are looking forward to see what other gems Yeats Day has to offer!

 

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Monday, 20 April 2015 By Good4U

Those of you in the UK will be delighted to know that Quinoa Sprout Mix is available on your shelves from TODAY!

Quinoa Sprout Mix is a fresh crunchy mix of quinoa, alfalfa, lentil, sango and radish sprouts. It has a lovely subtle peppery flavour, not too strong, just enough to add a small kick to your favourite meal. It is perfect in salads and sandwiches, as a topping to pasta and meat dishes and as a side to light summer meals.

Quinoa Sprout Mix is packed with protein, fibre and disease fighting antioxidants…and it’s only an amazing 22 calories per 50g punnet! You can get your hands on this mighty superfood in Sainsbury’s across the UK and you will find it on offer for £1 along with Super Sprout Mix for the next four weeks!

Being healthy has never been so easy! :) #behealthybehappy

Click here for recipe ideas

 

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Friday, 10 April 2015 By Good4U

 

Prestigious chef Rob Kennedy used Good4U Quinoa Sprout Mix in his fine dining menu last night. We think this is just beautiful. “Poached salmon and pickled fennel @Good4UNutrition #sprouts #radish succulent fish with a delicious crunchy garnish!”

You can follow Rob on Twitter here and you can check out our page here. Follow us to keep up to date with all of our Good4U news.

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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 By Good4U
1. BOOST DIGESTION
Sprouts are rich in fibre which will help to keep your digestivesystem healthy 
 
 
 
2. GROWTH & REPAIR
Rich in protein which is essential for growth and repair of muscles
 
 
 
3. WEIGHT LOSS
Guilt free – low calorie meal booster which will keep you fuller for longer Fresh, tasty, crunchy and versatile
 
 
 
4. LIVING FOOD
Living foods are rich in essential nutrients, phytochemicals and enzymes and contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants and powerful plant compounds which help protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
 
 
5. BIOAVAILABLE NUTRIENTS
Nutrients in sprouts are bioavailable which essentially means that they are easy to digest and absorb due to high enzyme content. Complex biochemical changes occur during hydration and sprouting. The nutritional changes that occur during sprouting are due to the breakdown of complex compounds into a more simple form. Sprouting causes increased activities of hydrolytic enzymes, improvements in the contents of total proteins, fat, certain essential aminoacids, total sugars and B-group vitamins and a decrease in phytates and protease inhibitors.
 
 
6. LOWER CHOLESTEROL
Good4U sprouts which contain alfalfa sprouts (Super Sprouts & Quinoa Sprout Mix) contain a compound called saponins which has been shown to reduce cholesterol. Alfalfa sprouts have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol by 16.6% and in-crease HDL by 11.2%.
 
 

7. PROTECT AGAINST DNA DAMAGE
Cruciferous sprouts such as Good4U’s Super Sprouts are rich in a variety of glucosinolates, many of which are potent antioxidants. When the sprout is chewed the glucosinolates combine to form a powerful isothiocyanate called sul-foraphane. Click here for more info on research carried out in sprouts.
 

8. MENOPAUSE
Good4U’S Super Sprouts contains a mix of Broccoli, Alfalfa, Clover and Rad-ish. Clover sprouts contain a compound called Coumesterol, a potent phytoestrogen. Phy-toestrogens have been shown to reduce symptoms of menopause.
 
 
 
9. PROTECT YOUR HEART
Phytoestrogens in sprouts also reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases and osteoporosis from the lower levels of oestrogen after menopause. Phytoes-trogens are a natural alternative to hormone replacement herapy. They also decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Phytoestro-gens prevent bone loss and increase bone formation and density.
 
 
 
10. RAW
Good4U sprouts are ready to eat and require no cooking therefore retain all vita-mins and minerals.
 
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Thursday, 02 April 2015 By Good4U
If you have picked up a copy of the Irish Times today you will spot one of the Good4U family, Laura smiling back at you. In the article written by Alison Healy she announces the ten new jobs that that will be filled at the Sligo factory in the coming months.
 

 

She also talks about our exciting new superfood truffles Super Bites "It has the texture of a truffle but there is no added sugar and it is nut and gluten free". This heathy snack is something that we are extremely excited to launch. The feedback receved at events such as IFE has been fenominal to date and we cant wait to see it on the shelves.
 
Keep an eye out for Super Bites and our healthy range of Super Seed Snacks on our website in and stores near you very soon!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with Good4U product launches!

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Friday, 27 March 2015 By Good4U
Well it has been a busy few days for Good4U to say the least! We had a fantastic time over at the IFE Expo in London ExCel and then yesterday (Thurday 26th) we had an extremely good day at Marketplace, an event orgainised by Bord Bia attracting over 440 trade buyers from five continents. Over 5000 meetings took place at the Convention Centre in Dublin and Good4U were delighted to take part.
 
Good4U family member Laura could be spotted on the RTE News last night and she also graced the Independent this morning, pictured with some of the new range of healthy snacks coming out in the next couple of months.
 
 

We have met a lot of great people over the last few days and look forward to working with them in the future. 

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Friday, 20 March 2015 By Good4U

There’s been a buzz around the Good4U headquarters this week in preparation for exhibiting at the IFE Expo in ExCel London! The show runs from the 22nd- 25th of March and promises to be the UK’s largest food and drink event.

Good4U has quite a few reasons to be excited about exhibiting this year! Not only is it a great chance to meet hundreds of friendly people face-to-face but it is also where we will be showcasing the exciting new lines being launched this year! These include a first to market tasty raw seed and fruit truffle which comes in two naturally sweet kid’s flavours and two tongue tingling adult flavours.

These superfood bites have an amazing taste and are gluten and nut free, meaning that they are suitable for both mainstream retail and for those that suffer from allergens. These superfood truffles are high in calcium and fibre, have no added sugar and as if that wasn’t not enough they are also a source of magnesium, protein and zinc.

We are also launching an exciting new range of value added roasted seed mixes which are roasted in natural ingredients to give an amazing taste and mixed through with tasty extras such as juicy fruit and coconut pieces. The flavours range from sweet to spicy so there’s a flavour to suit all taste buds!

Our aim is to make healthy snacking on the go extra easy and enjoyable for everyone. The range is competitively priced and will be available in all good retailers… so keep your eyes peeled for the Good4U range on your supermarket shelves this spring!

Visit Good4U at stand S4049 at IFE to say hello, taste the range and find out their names!

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 By Good4U
Did you spot Good4U Managing Director Bernie Butler on the Claire Byrne show on Monday night? She was involved in the discussion around the "battle of rural Ireland" and was able to contribute some positive points. 
 
Bernie pointed out the need for better public transport. If the public transport in this country was improved, it would enable more companies situated outside of the capitlal to thrive. The journey from Sligo to Dublin, which is made regulary by the Good4U team, takes 3 hours each way.
 
The show is available to watch in RTE Player until the 31st of March 2015. To stay up to date with Good4U news like this follow our tweets here!

 

 

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