We only get a couple of months every year to enjoy the delights of British asparagus and this week marks the half way point of the season. Asparagus doesn’t require a great deal of cooking to make it sing. Just simply steam for a few minutes and you are good to go. Its sulphurous taste goes incredibly well with eggs, making it one of the few vegetables that people find acceptable to eat at breakfast. So we thought we’d take advantage of this fact and share with you a couple of our favourite asparagus breakfast ideas to help get you on your way to 5-a-day before you even leave the house in the morning. Take a couple of freshly boiled eggs (softly boiled so the yolk is nice and runny), crack them and take their tops off. Then simply add a knob of grass-fed organic butter and a dash of cider vinegar to the runny yolk and use a freshly steamed asparagus spear to dunk into it and stir it around. You’ll be amazed at how much this tastes like hollandaise sauce but without any of the hassle (thanks Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for this one!). Alternatively, place some smoked salmon on a slice of toasted rye bread with a handful of steamed asparagus and top with a couple of perfectly poached eggs. The combination of flavours works really well here. Both recipes contain plenty of protein from the eggs (6g per egg) and a range of nutrients from the asparagus, including antioxidants and fibre. So all in all, a pretty perfect breakfast! Go one step further and buy good quality free-range organic eggs and you’ll also be adding in some healthy omega-3 fats to the equation.
Supercharged ice cream
The story behind Oppo ice cream is one of creativity and determination. In 2011 the Thuillier brothers traveled 1000km along the Brazilian coastline on kite buggies. As their resources diminished they used coconut milk for hydration and its meat for protein and fat, and were amazed at how much more energising coconut was than the processed food they’d been carrying. They got to thinking about how they could potentially use coconut fat in indulgent foods back home, to make them more nutritious. A few years later Oppo ice cream was born. “Oppo” signifies the oxymoronic (“opposite”) relationship of health and indulgence in one tub. The ice cream is made with virgin coconut oil, stevia leaf and fresh milk, and each flavour has been given a superfood boost with 3 to choose from: Vanilla and Baobab, Salted Caramel with Lucuma and Mint Chocolate Swirl with Spirulina. You can find Oppo in Whole Foods and Waitrose, but they still need your help! Show your support on their social media pages to make sure this great new brand is here to stay.
Too good to be TruBe // Fitness on demand
Apps are revolutionising the world of fitness and the way we work out. We’ve already seen exciting apps like fitnessglo and yogaglo enable you to stream live classes from all over the world to pretty much anywhere you can get a WiFi signal. The latest app to hit the fitness scene however doesn’t just bring the fitness session to you, it brings the trainer as well. TruBe is set to do to fitness what uber has done to the taxi industry. You literally just download the app, book a training session, pay via the app and then wait for a personal trainer to arrive with all the kit needed to put you through your paces. The workouts offered include high intensity interval training, toning and conditioning, strength and power, ballet barre, pre/post natal and even couples workouts. It currently costs £65 for a 1-hour session, which can be shared between however many people choose to take part in the session.
Naturya’s new superfood blends
We’ve always loved Naturya, purveyors of top quality nutrient-rich superfoods that you can blend into smoothies, soups and sprinkle on salads. Until now, Naturya have focused on single-ingredient products such as spirulina, wheatgrass and acai, but they’ve just added a line of superfood blends to their products which we’re very excited about. The organic ready-blended powders offer both convenience and taste for any busy or health-inspired lifestyle, and come in three different flavours: Greens (hemp protein, wheatgrass, barleygrass, pineapple, chlorella & spirulina) Chocolate (cocoa paste, lucuma, powdered chocolate, maca & vanilla) and Fruit (banana, goji, hemp protein, pineapple & acai). The blends are rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals and serve as a great addition to any meal for an extra nutrient boost.