Our meals have been carefully designed using evidence-based nutrition research to ensure they are balanced, are packed full of natural nutrition and contain a variety of ingredients such as plant-based foods, healthy fats, legumes. Research shows that a diet based upon these principles is linked with better gut health, lower inflammation, healthy ageing and heart1,2.
Research has shown that people that ate more than 30 different plant types each week had a more diverse gut microbiome than those that ate less. Different plant types contain distinct types of fibre, prebiotics and ‘bioactives’ that nourish different microbes. Microbial diversity is linked with better gut health, heart health and brain health.
Unrefined whole grains contain key nutrients such as starch, B vitamins, phytochemicals and essential minerals such as copper and selenium1. Most importantly, they contain gut friendly fibre and may be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers2. Our British grown naked barley, an ancient grain, adds flavour and delicious texture to our meals.
Pulses, fish and meat are good sources of protein essential for growth, muscle repair and maintenance of good health1.Our meat, fish and other proteins are carefully sourced from fully traceable suppliers. We select them to be as naturally made as possible and are free from artificial ingredients.
We only use free-range chicken, our beef and pork is organic, our fish is British landed & MSC certified and we source British pulses where possible. We are big believers in beans, lentils and peas (great for the planet, rich in fibre, resistant starch, folate and magnesium) and add these to all our meals1.
Our meals are plant based but where we use meat, we use less, for health and planetary reasons, and always free range or organic. We define better meat as meat from animals where there are high standards of animal welfare, they allowed to range free, no forced growth and fed locally sourced feed.
Organic beef has been shown to have low saturated fat content (linked with high blood cholesterol and heart disease1) but higher in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3 (considered heart healthy fats) compared to conventional meat 2.
We believe in good fat (not low fat) as it provides essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins e.g. vitamin D1. We use extra virgin olive oil as it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and associated with many health benefits2. We are also nuts about nuts, seeds and oily fish as they contain omega-3 fats and essential minerals such as selenium1, 3.