What’s in season this July?

Firstly what does ‘in season’ really mean? Well, basically it refers to a time in the year when a certain food (fruit or veg in this case) is at its peak in terms of harvest and flavour. 

Now, you may wonder, what’s the point? There are many benefits to the consumer, locality and wider environment if we aim to eat produce which is in season.

1.Quality of flavour is usually much better

2. There are less air miles,  freight or general travel time and storage

3. travel and storage may lead to damage of produce, reduce nutritive value and quicker spoilage which can lead to increased food waste

4. Buying in season means you support local producers

5. You get variety of produce all year round (more potential for delicious recipes!)

This July why not try and buy what is in season and notice a difference in the quality, taste and enjoyment you get from a fruit or vegetable. If you’re really keen try to grow your own and feel the pride of cooking VERY local produce for friends and family.

What is in season this July? Take a look at the LONG list below, I think you’ll be surprised!
























Runner Beans



Time to check out the Good4U recipe page to rustle up delicious dishes with some fresh seasonal fruit and veg!


Feeding your skin, hair and nails

Let’s face it (excuse the pun!) we all would love flawless skin and hair and beautiful natural nails but we can’t have it all!

People spend a lot of cash dollar bills on lotions and potions to improve their beauty but do we address one of the most fundamental aspects of beauty? Our diets? The power of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can give your hair and skin a more radiant, healthy and youthful glow. Let’s discuss what kind of vitamins and minerals we can include in our diets to boost beauty from within.


Key nutrients for skin

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps to create collagen in skin. Aim to consume plenty of fruit and vegetables to top up on this super skin vitamin.

Selenium helps in keeping skin firm and protects collagen. It can be found in foods like meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and can help fight against skin ageing and wrinkles. Include almonds, sunflower seeds and spinach in your diet to ensure you get adequate amounts of vitamin E.

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in oily fish, nuts and seeds and these are necessary for skin repair and flexibility.

Vitamin A helps to repair skin and prevent skin dryness and can be found in oily fish, cheese, butter, egg, peppers and carrots.

Zinc in beans, nuts, wholegrains and spinach protects the skin from UV rays.

Of course, one of the key things we can do is protect ourselves from the sun by seeking shade where possible, covering our skin and wearing sunscreen.


Key nutrients for hair

Iron and zinc help hair to grow. We have already spoken about zinc but iron is present mainly in red meat and spinach (zinc as above).

Protein is needed for growth and repair of hair cells and for strength. Top up on meat, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds to get your fill.

Eat oily fish and top up on omega 3 fatty acids help to hydrate hair.

Biotin is a B vitamin which helps hair to grow. Root veg, liver, meat, egg yolk, wholegrains and nuts are all good sources of biotin.


Key nutrients for nails:

Save your pennies and do a DIY natural nail manicure.. from within! Eating the correct nutrients will ensure your nails stay strong, shiny and absolutely fabulous!

Calcium and Vitamin A play a role in preventing nails becoming dry, brittle and weak. Stock up on dairy foods and green leafy veg for your calcium and incorporate some of the foods mention above to get enough Vitamin A.

Other important nutrients for nail health include iron and zinc to prevent those white spots that often appear on nails, protein to keep nails strong, biotin for strength and folic acid to prevent reddish-brown spots on nails.

This may seem like a long list of nutrients and you might think you’ll never possibly eat of them but do not fear – a well balanced diet will ensure you get these nutrients!

Apple Cider Vinegar – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

Everywhere we look now it seems that apple cider vinegar is the modern cure for all ailments! You’d nearly believe at this stage that if could sprinkle some on your exam paper you’d come out with 100%- it’s apparently that amazing! Really though, did we all just jump on a band wagon full of apple cider vinegar? How many of these so-called health benefits are true?!

Blood glucose levels: research has shown that ACV can reduce blood glucose initially after you eat a carbohydrate-rich meal BUT it doesn’t stop glucose being absorbed.. it just delays it. Therefore, it may be beneficial for people suffering from diabetes but an overall healthy balanced diet and exercise should do the job!

Weight loss: Everyone is looking for a miracle weight loss cure. Well, I’m afraid that there is little research on the benefits of ACV for promotion of weight loss. Some studies suggest it may promote satiety and led participants to consuming approx 200kcal less during the day. But, this may be just due to a delay in gastric emptying or by the nausea experienced by some people who consume ACV. Hmmm.. ok.

Teeth whitening: It’s a form of acid people?! Research does not support people using it as a teeth whitener and frankly, neither do I. It can cause damage to enamel and overall dental health if used in excess. Just brush twice daily and reduced the amount of sugar you consume and your teeth will benefit friends.

Cardiovascular disease: Many studies which look at the effect of vinegar consumption on cardiovascular disease have been carried out on rats and some show reduced blood pressure, triglycerides and total cholesterol but there is a lack of evidence in relation to humans so proceed with caution on this one.

Digestion: ACV may help to break down food as it is added to the stomach acid. However, it can be harmful to people who suffer with digestive or stomach problems (particularly stomach ulcers).

We must remember that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic so if you are going to use it then ask your GP just to rule out any health issues which may be underlying and try to dilute it down with water. Many of the studies in relation to ACV have been carried out in small sample sizes with varying results. More controlled studies with larger sample sizes are needed before we clear the shelves of ACV. Read the label and find out the facts before use.

Fabulous Fish- Why you should be eating more of it!

Fish is oh so healthy, not to mention DELICIOUS! It’s super versatile and so easy to cook. Fish is an extremely healthy food, particularly oily fish and can be paired with such a huge range of foods to create a beautifully balanced meal. Here’s just some of the health benefits associated with eating some fish.

Fish is a great source of protein. Protein is needed in the body for growth and repair of body cells. White fish also contains little or no fat, so combine this with the protein content and it’s an excellent choice for people who are on a weight – reduction programme. On top of this protein is satiating which means it can help us feel fuller for longer. 

Fish is also a great source of many vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, vitamin D, iodine, potassium, calcium and selenium. Maintaining a wide variety of all of these nutrients ensure we have adequate energy, repair and growth of body cells and creation of hormones for all bodily functions. 

Oily fish contains omega 3 fatty acids which are necessary for brain health and play a role in prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Consumption of omega fatty acids has also been associated with a reduction in triglycerides which can in turn, reduce cardiovascular risk.

Increased consumption of fish has been associated with many health benefits such as a reduction in overweight and obesity, better bone health and can aid in cognitive development.

Fish can be baked, grilled, pan-fried, poached.. the list goes on! It only takes a short time to cook and can be incorporated into dishes for all of the family. Products such as tinned fish and smoked fish make it easy and quick to consume fish on the go and for children.

Check out our recipe page for inspiration!

Top 6 Brain Boosting Foods for Exam Season

We all use up a lot of energy and we know that fuelling their bodies is so important to keep them healthy and going all day. Fuelling our minds is just as important particularly when studying or doing exams. The brain uses glucose as an energy source so the correct foods as part of a healthy, balanced diet will make sure we stay focussed throughout the entire day. Here are some foods to include at meal times which I like to call brain superheroes!

1. Wholegrains– these are a low glycaemic index food which means that when they are eaten they release glucose slowly throughout the body. This is good for our brains as it means we avoid a sharp burst of energy and focus and then a slump and the inability to focus. Try to choose mostly wholegrain sources of breads, cereals, rice, pasta etc for meal times to maintain levels of concentration. Perfect for keeping us going during school, study time and at home!

2. Omega 3 fatty acids– these are essential fatty acids which cannot be made in the body and must be obtained from the diet. EPA and DHA contained in oily fish are super brain boosting foods and can be used very easily by the body. Essential fatty acids can also be obtained from plant foods like flaxseeds, soya beans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. If you do not like the taste of fish and do not fancy any of the other plant foods listed consider an omega 3 supplement.

3.Green Veg: You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again: EAT YOUR GREENS! Broccoli contains vitamin K which can help to aid concentration and brain function so these little green powerhouses are brilliant for our mind.

4. Blueberries – beautiful brain boosting berries! These yummy little superstars have been shown to help delay short term memory loss. Who would have thought?! Add them to cereal, yoghurt and salads or as a tasty sweet snack in lunchboxes

5. Nuts and Seeds– these contain excellent vitamins and minerals that help boost memory and thinking function. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are especially powerful as they contain the mineral zinc which has been linked to a positive brain function

6. Avoid foods high in sugar and fat -or those which are highly processed as these will cause a sharp rise in energy levels followed by a slump. Swap the biscuits, chocolate bars and jellies for unsalted nuts and seeds, fresh and dried fruit and vegetable sticks. Of course we can all have a treat now and again, we are human after all!!

Check out our fabulous recipes page for some inspiration when planning meals for all of the family plus some quick, simple and HEALTHY lunches for school and work! Now go and ACE them exams!! 


Top 5 Tips for Men’s Health Week

It is Men’s Health Week 2019 and we have our top tips for ensuring you guys stay healthy and happy!

1.It’s boring but you HAVE to eat a wide variety of foods! There is no magic pill I’m afraid. Make sure you get lots of fruit and veggies, wholegrains, some protein, unsaturated fat (oily fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado) and water of course. Don’t drink too much alcohol, avoid a lot of added sugar and don’t smoke. 

2.Mind your mood. Suicide is one of the biggest killers of males under 45 years of age which is a SHOCKING statistic. Try to find something which helps you stay calm, destress and unwind. Talk to friends, family or someone who is not related to you in any way if you feel like you are feeling down, stressed or otherwise. 

3.Do some exercise. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon or joining a hiking group. Find a way to include movement in your day that you ENJOY and can continue. This may be gardening, walking, yoga or something completely different. Find what works for you and make time for it! It will benefit your physical and mental health hugely. 

4.Get regular health checks. It is so important to regularly book appointments with your GP even if you feel okay. Get a full check-up done to rule out any potential issues. It will put your mind at ease.

5.Do something you REALLY enjoy every day. Even if it’s for five minutes, try to include something in your day that fills you with joy. If it’s a book by the fire or listening to music or walking the dog DO IT! 

Long Distance Fitness Male Running Runner Jogging

Should you eat before a workout?

Achieving your fitness goals can be hard and sometimes even knowing if you should eat or WHAT to eat before a workout can be difficult! No one wants a stitch half way through a run but we don’t want to be starving either. Let’s chat a little bit about what to snack on before a workout.

Not eating something before a workout isn’t something I recommend however it may just suit some people particularly if they are early risers and get that gym session in at 6am!  For others it can leave them feeling dizzy, nauseated and tired. It can also affect our performance as our muscles need that energy to work to their best ability.

Carbohydrates provide energy in our bodies and our muscles store carbohydrate in the form of glycogen for times when we need it. Eating carbohydrates before training can allow us to use this energy in the form of glucose to fuel our workout. It also saves the glycogen stored in our muscles for other times we may need it. It’s a good idea to eat a bit of protein before training too as it allows repair and building of muscle cells which are damaged when we workout.

Make sure to drink water!! Water is essential for any type of training. Sip on it before and during your workout for optimal performance.

Examples of carb and protein snacks to have before a workout:

  • some fruit and unsalted mixed nuts or seeds
  • a slice of wholegrain toast and peanut butter
  • low-sugar oatmeal bar/granola bar
  • dried fruit and Greek yoghurt
  • chicken/turkey/pitta on wholegrain crackers
  • scrambled/boiled eggs on wholegrain toast
  • milk
  • apple/pear and nut butter

Ideally we should be eating a pre-workout snack about an hour before a workout but this may not work for some people and that is FINE! Find what works for YOU and GET MOVING!

Don’t forget our Good4U snacks are great sources of pre-workout carbohydrates and have that extra protein boost to keep us going! Grab a snack NOW! 

Hunger and Fullness: How much control do we REALLY have?

How much control do we really have in terms of how full or hungry we feel? Is it simply a case of ‘self-control’? Well, no, not so much. We all have hunger and fullness hormones which are made in the body and send signals to our brains. The two main signals involved in hunger and fullness are leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is primarily made in fat cells and it is associated with feelings of DECREASED hunger (fullness). Ghrelin is made mainly in the stomach lining and it tells us when we are getting hungry (ie. increased feelings of hunger). When released both of these hormones travel to the hypothalamus in the brain and deliver their message.

There are so many different things can influence the levels of these hormones in a persons body and we are all very different. What we do know is that people who are obese can develop leptin resistance whereby, often, despite eating large amounts of foods these people will struggle to feel full. 

On top of this our genetics plays an important role in the levels of these hormones in our bodies and people can often forget these when struggling to gain or lose weight. Physical activity, the environment and our eating behaviours (eg. if someone reduces energy intake constantly) are other factors which play a roll in the activity of leptin and ghrelin. If someone is always on a diet our body will fight back and make us hungrier to prevent an energy deficit. 

All of these factors coupled with the fact that we are surrounded with highly palatable foods (high-sugar, high-fat foods etc.) means that our signals will vary greatly from person to person.

So what can we do to help? Well, aim to eat plenty of high-fibre, high-protein snacks and meals which increase satiety and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels. These prevents dips in energy levels and reduces fatigue. Eat a wide variety of foods to ensure essential nutrients for hormones are obtained. Include lots of fruit and vegetables at each meal and avoid going long periods of time with food. Sleep plays an important role in appetite and when we are tired we know that hunger is often increased so get 7-9 hours sleep per night if at all possible. 

Don’t forget that our Good4U Salad Topper range is bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, protein and fibre. They are also incredibly tasty and versatile. Pick them up NOW in Sainsburys & Waitrose!!

Pumpkin seeds – not just for Halloween!

Pumpkins are just for Halloween right? Wrong! Pumpkin seeds have an array of health benefits and are the perfect snack to have on their own or add to yoghurts, salads or soups!

  • Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants like vitamin E which help to protect our bodies from damage. Antioxidants also help to reduce inflammation in the body which has been linked to a wide range of disease. 


  • Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium which helps to control chemical reactions. Therefore magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, reduce risk of heart disease and help to keep bones healthy.


  • Pumpkin seeds are high in fibre. Research shows that consuming a diet high in fibre can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Eating foods high in fibre can also help us feel fuller for longer.


  • Pumpkin seeds may help us to sleep as they are a source of tryptophan, magnesium and zinc which are linking to improved sleep or helping people to get to sleep more easily. 


Did you know that our new SALAD TOPPERS contain loads of fabulous, nutritious pumpkin seeds among other amazing flavours and ingredients. Pick them up NOW in Waitrose stores! More retailers will be announced very soon so stay tuned!



5 things you didn’t know about one of the healthiest foods on the planet

Good4U Superfood Burger

Sprouted seeds! They are one of the one of the healthiest foods on the planet – seriously, Google it.


Here are the 5 top reasons that Good4U Sprouted Seeds (aka Salad Toppers) are simply, naturally amazing! 

1.They are backed to the brim with nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, folate, powerful antioxidants and enzymes (to name a few!). However, what is really special is that these nutrients are often elevated in sprouted seeds compared with unsprouted foods.

2.Our Super Sprouts have cancer-fighting properties! Yep – that’s right. We have evidence which was carried out by a professor in Ulster University which shows that regularly eating our Super Sprout Salad Toppers can protect against DNA damage and associated cancer risk! STOCK UP QUICK!!

3.Sprouts are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Combine with another plant-protein source like grains and you have a meal which contains all of the necessary amino acids. Plus, they are seriously tasty, affordable AND sustainable!

4.They are a living food which have undergone extremely minimal processing and retain so much value in terms of nutrition so we receive all of these beneficial nutrients in an easily digestible form. 

5.Our sprouts are extremely versatile and ready-to-eat! Try them in a salad, stir-fry, soup, on crackers with hummus or cheese, in a sandwich, wrap or simply on their own!

Let us know how you like to eat your sprouts and check out our recipe page for inspiration! #Don’tForgetTheTopper

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