After Friday’s Grazia talk, the rest of my weekend continued along the same lines and on Sunday afternoon I went to the first ever BBC Good Food Eat Well Show. Held in the huge Kensington Olympia, the exhibition hosted a range of talks by chefs, nutritionists and food experts and brought together hundreds of new brands, products and companies under one roof.
I think I stayed for around four hours, wondering round each stall sampling every taster on offer, watching the Hemsley girls making black bean brownies and listening to Amelia Freer’s talk and interview session. Freer, a nutritional therapist who has recently released a book ‘Eat. Nourish. Glow.’ spoke a lot of sense and was so interesting to listen to. She spoke about how people can become unhappy in the health movement, striving for perfection when everyone should really be focusing on consistency. One of the points that she reiterated was the importance of not being ‘fat phobic’. She, like all of the girls who had spoken at Grazia, talked about how vital good fats are in our diets, for a healthy body and mind. Nuts, avocados, oily fish and olive oil, to name a few, are all perfect examples of foods we should all be embracing on a daily basis to reap their abundance of benefits.
There were so many amazing brands on offer and it was great being able to have a taste of some of the products I’d been eyeing up in Whole Foods. A few of my favourites included:
- Teapigs: Matcha Green Tea Drinks
Matcha is a concentrated green tea powder, packed full of antioxidants and nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Apparently it gives you a much healthier buzz than that of a coffee, only it is quite a lot heavier on the wallet at around £25 for a small 30g. These drinks are more affordable though at £1.89 and came in three flavours, elderflower, apple and grapefruit… so refreshing!
- Doisy & Dam: Superfood Chocolate
74% organic dark chocolate flavoured with different superfoods… this is proper health foodie chocolate. Whilst I am very partial to a bag of Milkybar buttons, this is just as satisfying. The packaging is simple and charming and there are five flavours to choose from. For me it’s a toss up between the goji and orange and the ginger, chilli and hemp.
- Moral Fibre
Unlike the previous two brands, I hadn’t come across Moral Fibre before. Unless you’re in a specialised health food shop, it can still be quite tricky to find healthy snack options while out and about. These little bites are made using 100% natural, raw ingredients and no added sugar (apart from the chocolaty ones). Ingredients are ethically sourced and the packaging is made using sustainable materials as well, which is a great bonus. There are six sweet and two savoury flavours, all really tasty but my favourite being the banananut bites. One to try if you’re in a snacking rut.