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Have you noticed craving different foods now that the weather is getting warmer? 🌽🥑🥕This is completely natural, as your body adjusts itself to the seasons. This is such a cool thing our bodies do for us! It’s important to listen to these needs and cravings (but no, maybe not ice cream for breakfast and dinner😜). ⁣
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Seasonal eating goes hand in hand with seasonal and local produce. Shopping and eating this way is also kinder for the environment, as we’re not buying produce that has travelled over the ocean to get to us. This is extremely important for us, and we put a lot of thought into this when planning and creating our recipes and meals. 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳⁣
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Most of our meals are sourced from 95%+ Australian ingredients. We also use local because we know Australian ingredients are some of the best in the world and that’s what we want for you! 🙌⁣
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We Feed You wouldn’t be who we are without our amazing chefs – 🌟 Dave and Charlotte 🌟. So today – on International Chefs Day – we just want to give them a huge shout out for their passion, vision and dedication  💙🏅💙. Have you met our dynamic duo before?⁣
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👨‍🍳 Dave is an exceptional chef and family man, who fronted iconic Melbourne restaurant MoVida as Head Chef for seven years. 👩‍🍳 Charlotte is not only an amazing chef who has cooked her way around the world -  she’s also a highly experienced nutrition expert and dietitian for the blokes at Essendon Football Club. ⁣
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✨Together, Dave and Charlotte ensure all the produce in the We Feed You kitchen is of the highest quality, and our meals free of added preservatives. These guys and their respective skills are the reason we can offer you meals that are not only delicious and convenient, but also highly nutritious, and suitable for a range of individuals with food sensitivities and intolerances. Dave and Charlotte don’t believe in added preservatives – which is why they insist that our meals are frozen and delivered straight to your door. So all you need to do is heat and eat 👍🏼. Nice one guys – happy International Chefs Day from the rest of us at WFY HQ 💙✨.⁣
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☀️Did you know we now deliver to Queensland and Northern New South Wales? Welcome to all our new customers in the northern state and we thank you for your patience. We've had so many emails over the past few years from people these areas asking when we were coming and we always said it was in the plan but could not give a date. So we are super excited to see the plan come to fruition. YAY to that. 👏👏👏
It’s Fun Fact Friday, and today’s foodie tip pertains to mushrooms and their amazing ability to produce vitamin D. Fancy that! 😯☝🏼⁣
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☝🏼☀️ You may or may not know that humans produce vitamin D in their skin, in response to sunlight (which is why our vitamin D levels often dip during winter months).  But it’s only in recent years that scientists have discovered that mushrooms have a similar ability - they use a chemical called ergosterol, which reacts with sunlight to make vitamin D in various forms.⁣
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🍄 You can now buy ‘vitamin D enriched’ mushrooms in the supermarket – which have been purposefully exposed to UV light in order to switch on their remarkable vitamin D generating powers 💪🏼. But here’s an insider tip: you can just buy regular old mushrooms and do it yourself at home by giving them a short burst on the windowsill or outside in the sun ☀️. Careful though not keep your shrooms sitting out in the hot sun for too long, lest they wither and get the sun stroke 😰.⁣
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According to the experts @australianmushrooms 100g of mushrooms, when exposed to sunlight for 1 hour, will provide our daily requirement for vitamin D. The vitamin D levels are then locked in – even if you put them back in the dark fridge. And we think that Friday foodie fact is pretty cool 😎.⁣
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We find meal planning great, as it reduces stress and lowers the hangriness (angry hunger😜) levels during the week when you’re busy with work, picking up and dropping off kids, hoping to make it to yoga, need to mow the lawn etc. Buying in bulk reduces the use of plastic packaging and is therefore more environmentally friendly. Meal planning is also good for the wallet (and probably your health), as you tend to make less hungry spontaneous purchases while shopping for dinner and snacks after work.⁣
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Sounds like a win-win, right? However sometimes life just won’t allow for the planning, grocery shopping, chopping and cooking. It’s all good! ⁣
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Our meals require minimal effort, as you don’t have to plan anything, just keep a few meals in the freezer for one of those days/weeks. Six minutes in the microwave and you have a nourishing meal that the whole family will enjoy, and you can still make it to yoga! You could say we do the meal planning for you! 😉⁣
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We only buy produce for the exact amount of meals we are cooking and our packaging is 100% recyclable, in order to minimise food and packaging waste. 🌱a⁣
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Give yourself and your Sunday meal planning a break and order some chef prepared healthy ready made meals. You’re worth it! 💆💆‍♂️⁣
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Invest in yourself and your loved ones and order now for healthy readymade meals delivered to your door this week! 🥕🍋🥒⁣
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QLD - order before Tuesday midday!⁣
VIC, NSW, ACT - order before Wednesday midday!⁣
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😍Beautiful hey? This little guy is a globe artichoke – and they’re in season in Spring. Now if you didn’t grow up eating artichokes and if you were encountering them for the first time, you might be a little taken aback by their appearance, and question how the heck you’re supposed to eat them! Fair enough 😯.⁣
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🤓Firstly, the artichoke is actually a flower, and the leaves cover a fuzzy center (the ‘choke’ which is a bit fibrous to eat in mature artichokes, but edible in baby artichokes). Inside is a meaty core (the delicious and completely edible ‘heart’). All but the innermost leaves are pretty tough and inedible. With the anatomy lesson done, here’s the lowdown on choosing, preparing and cooking globe artichokes via @sydneymarkets🌱🤓.⁣
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☝🏼There are two globe artichoke varieties, one with round, deep green leaves and the other with elongated purple spiky leaves (and they taste the same). When choosing your artichokes, look for heavy produce with firm heads and tightly closed leaves. ⁣
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☝🏼To prepare globe artichokes, cut off and discard all but 5-8cm of the stem, remove the tough outer leaves and slice one third off the top 🔪. Drop them into cold water with some lemon juice to prevent discolouration.⁣
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☝🏼Took cook, place globe artichokes in a deep saucepan (not aluminium or cast iron) of simmering water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Cover with a plate to submerge them and simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender when tested in the thickest part with a skewer. Alternatively, some prefer to steam them in a saucepan or pressure cooker. Drain and remove the spiky centre. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. ⁣
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Scrummy! 😋💛⁣
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Guys (and girls)! Self-care is really important 💙. You’ve only got one shot at this life, and well – without sounding like a Loreal commercial - you’re worth it! But here’s a tip: If your version of self-care is only concentrating on your exterior (based on how you look or what you weigh for example), then it’s missing the point. Real self-care won’t necessarily show visual outcomes. And with that in mind, here’s our three top We Feed You measures for simple self-care ✨:⁣
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Prioritising your sleep (top of the list ☝🏼) is one of the simplest but most important ways you can look after yourself. Get to bed at a decent time, and keep a sleep routine – waking and rising at similar hours each day is what our bodies like. Experts tell us that most people need between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, for optimal health and mental function 😴.⁣
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Drink plenty of hydrating fluids, which will keep your mind sharp, help keep headaches at bay and ensure your body can carry out all it’s essential functions – especially those related to removing toxins 👉🏼. It might be tap water, or bubbly water (with or without fruit slices or herbal infusions 🍋). Whatever it is – six to eight cups per day is about right for most people.⁣
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Try to factor in at least 30 minutes each day of down time just for you ⏱. It might be a physical activity you love like swimming, walking or taking a yoga class 🏊🏻. It might be meditating or having a massage or relaxing on the sun lounge outside after work. It might be listening to a podcast while you sort out your sock drawer, or just watching some mindless TV. We’re not supposed to be superhuman task ticker-offerers 24/7 you know ☝🏼! ⁣
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🙋🏻 Is it just us, or does it seem like everyone and their grandma are brewing and drinking kombucha these days? Enthusiasts will tell you kombucha is a wonder health tonic that boosts our nutrition 💪🏼, improves our health and treats all matter of ailments 💊. But hang on – how much of that is really true?⁣
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If you’ve been living under a rock, we better first tell you that kombucha is an effervescent, fermented drink made from sweet tea base. The active ingredient is called a SCOBY, which sounds kind of cute until you understand what the acronym means and actually see one of these furry fellas bobbing around in your drink 😱😝. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast – it’s actually a living thing! But let’s get back to examining some of the nutrition claims made about kombucha:⁣
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☝🏼 Because it contains a live culture, kombucha can act as a probiotic (which means it has the potential to confer a health benefit to the kombucha drinker). Studies have shown probiotics can improve digestion, help protect against disease and enhance immune function. BUT there’s certainly not a lot of scientific evidence nailing down the exact probiotic qualities of kombucha. Depending on the SCOBY and growing conditions, different brews would be expected to have widely varying end results. It would be very difficult to know what you’re getting 🤔!⁣
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☝🏼 A nice by-product of fermentation is the production of organic acids (including acetic acid), which can improve our blood sugar levels after meals, and have been shown to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria including Salmonella, Bacillus cereus, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus ❌.⁣
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☝🏼 Being made from tea, kombucha will be a rich source of polyphenols (naturally occurring plant chemicals) that have antioxidant properties and can protect our bodies against inflammation and damage ❤️.⁣
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And there you have it – the short story of kombucha 🤓🍹. Perhaps not the answer to all our health woes, but a nice drink, lower in sugar than soft drinks, thirst quenching (we think it’s delicious) and potentially good for your guts.⁣
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Holy smokes - did you know there is actually a universal day dedicated to pulled pork? (We didn’t either until recently 😜). But today – Friday 11th October is Pulled Pork Day 😮💪🏼↕️. To commemorate this day, we’ve lodged a public holiday request with the Australian government, and created our delicious spicy pulled pork with quinoa black beans and sweetcorn 🌶👍🏼.⁣
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Okay, so we may not have created this dish especially for pulled pork day 😝, but what better day to share. This yummy meal in one is dairy free, onion and garlic free, and like all our meals – gluten free. And unlike your standard pulled pork, it’s low in salt and saturated fat. Winner winner, pulled pork dinner 😍🍴.⁣
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Today - 💙 World Mental Health Day 💙 – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, and We Feed You are helping spread the word. Our promise is to help reduce stigma around mental illness to make way for more people to seek help ✨.⁣
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The way we see it at WFY headquarters, you can’t tell a mentally well person from a mentally ill person, just by looking at them. And with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing mental illness, chances are you could be sitting in the same room as one of them. It’s likely to be people in your family, people you work with and those in your friendship circle. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of. 👭⁣
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Having mental health issues doesn’t mean you’re ‘scary’, ‘incompetent’, ‘weak’ or ‘hopeless’ as we are often conditioned to believe. Let’s support people who are struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, by bringing mental health out from the shadows and into everyday conversations.⁣
It’s time to look at mental illness in a different light – a positive light. You can head to 10.10.org.au and make your own promise for world mental health day.⁣
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Wednesday hey 😑. Alternatively known as hump day (eeew). Or as @bustle puts it more descriptively ‘Wednesday is the yoga class where the person in front of you keeps sticking their foot into your face, even after you politely asked them to stop. Wednesday is Gwyneth Paltrow inviting you over to her house for nachos, but when you get there, just handing you some cucumbers. 😂😭⁣
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At WFY HQ, we rather enjoy the genius idea from Finland, Sweden and Norway of calling Wednesday ‘Little Saturday’ and simply pretending it doesn’t exist 😝. But however you decide to deal with Wednesday, we want you to know that you’re amazing. Whatever today throws at you, remind yourself that you’re doing your best and you don’t have to be perfect.  ⁣
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And look around you – take a few breaths and appreciate the good things we often take for granted: A yummy lunch. An evening walk with your pooch or your people. And a home to take refuge in, at the end of another ho hum Little Saturday ☺️✨.⁣
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Don't miss your delivery cutoff this week. ⁣
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QLD - midday Tues (TODAY!)⁣
NSW & VIC - midday Wed (TOMORROW)⁣
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Jump online and we'll help you get your life in order...  😜Well not really, but eating well certainly helps and we can do that bit - sorry you need to sort the rest! ⁣
COMPARING FOUR 'LIKE' MEALS 
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Last week, we took a quick look 🕵️ at three other ready meal brands that also create a pasta bolognese and the results were surprising.  We Feed You not only came our best in terms of portion size but also value for money and significantly lower salt content. Let's take a closer look. ⁣
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1. Serving size - ever wondered why you still eat a tub of ice-cream 🍦or pack of biscuits🍪 after some ready meals?  Well, the simple answer is they are not giving you enough to satisfy. ⁣
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We Feed You meals are mostly 350 - 400g because we want you to feel satisfied without encouraging overeating. We find this portion size satisfies most customers but if you are doing heaps of exercise and need that little bit more, go for a small yoghurt and piece of fruit. 🍎🍌🍓⁣
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2. Price - there's huge competition in the sub $10 mark for ready-meals, particularly in the supermarkets. But most of these meals are actually more expensive when you look per 100g. So next time you are comparing meals check per 100g not just meal price. Also check the ingredients, and look for real food. You pay for what you get and that little bit more, like $1 - $2, may give you 50%+ more nutrition and satisfaction. ⁣
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3. Sodium - with the serving sizes of ready meals varying significantly, it is even more important to look at both the sodium per serve and sodium per 100g.  According to the Heart Foundation, "the best options are products with less than 120mg sodium per 100g (1)." ⁣
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The Australian and New Zealand governments recommend adults eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day(2) and probably less if you have health conditions that require a low salt diet. So many people may not realise they could be eating nearly half or a third of their recommended daily salt intake of salt in one meal. When that meal is also small, it's highly likely you're consuming too much salt. ⁣
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High salt intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart failure/heart attack, kidney problems, stroke, osteoporosis and many more health conditions (1).⁣
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So what's the key message - check meals against portion size, price per 100g and nutrient information on the labels. There's a wealth of information in such a small space!⁣
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1.https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/food-and-nutrition/salt⁣
2.http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/nutrition/salt/Pages/default.aspx
⭐ New Meal - Goan Pork Curry⁣
with Roasted Greens, and a Mix of Rice & Lentils.⁣
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Our Goan pork curry is based on the traditional southern Indian vindaloo dish but with our own spin. The curry is fresh, light and slightly sour with a mix of spices including paprika, turmeric and cinnamon and has only a touch of heat to it. It is matched with a brown rice and black lentil combination as well as roasted kale and broccoli.⁣
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This meal is suitable for anyone following a dairy free, gluten free or active lifestyle diet.⁣
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This meal is simple but bursting with flavour and perfect for those nights when someone in the family comes home famished and needs to eat NOW!! You know that feeling, the need to eat before you demolish the biscuit barrel! ⁣
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This is a healthy twist on a traditional tuna pasta bake. It combines a tomato, carrot, onion & garlic base with tuna, black olives, green peas and cherry tomatoes. Topped off with mozzarella cheese and a hint of chilli & parsley. ⁣
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