Over the past few months, we’ve all been watching our health pretty carefully and doing what we can to keep our immune systems strong, but now that we are heading into winter it’s especially important to keep our bodies operating in tip-top shape.
Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you to get your daily dose of goodness by pairing up with some local superstar suppliers to bring you a wide range of fresh fruit and veggie products. Frozen fruit and veg may be convenient, but it does lose some of its nutritional value in the freezing process. Fresh foods, on the other hand, are jam-packed with all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that they left the ground with, making them the superior choice if you’re looking to boost your immune system and protect your wellbeing.
We’ve put together a list of just a few local superstars who are keeping us fresh, fit and fabulous this winter:
We’re all pro a good probiotic, and Good Gut makes it easy to get your daily dose with their range of delicious water kefir. Kefir is a naturally fermented drink that offers a range of benefits for your body and your digestive system thanks to its high content of yeasts, enzymes, sugars and probiotic cultures. Good Gut has made their kefir even better by using fresh seasonal fruits and locally sourced herbs and spices to pack in heaps of flavour and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Choose your fizzy favourite from their range of tasty flavours that includes apple, buchu, pineapple, ginger, granadilla, and rosemary and chia.
♦ Star Quality: A healthy immune system starts with a healthy gut, making water kefir the perfect boost – especially with the added benefits of immune-supporting foods like ginger and buchu.
♦ Stocked at: All Cape Town and Johannesburg stores
Terra Madre, meaning ‘Mother Earth’, is a local, family-run business that has turned juice-making into an art form. According to them, apples and pears are much like wine grapes, and each variety has its own distinct flavours and characteristics. To capitalise on the unique beauty of each fruit, Terra Madre uses only the very best hand-picked apples and pears from the Elgin Valley to make a range of single varietal cold-pressed juices including Royal Gala, Forelle Pear, Granny Smith and Packham Pear, and many more delicious varieties. Once picked, the fruits are crushed, pressed and immediately frozen to preserve their nutritional value – they also add in a dash of extra vitamin C to enhance the fruit’s immune-boosting and antioxidant properties.
♦ Both apples and pears are chock-a-block with potassium, copper, vitamins A, C and K, and polyphenol antioxidants which are all great for your immune system and overall health. Plus, cold-pressed juices contain soluble fibres and prebiotics which are great for gut health.
♦ Stocked at: Most Cape Town Stores
Started by Lufefe Nomjana using his neighbour’s oven, and with just R40 capital, Spinach King is a true example of South African excellence. Nomjana’s goal was to make spinach more accessible and tastier than ever before, so he and his team have developed a range of scrumptious spinach-based breads including loaves, muffins and rolls (all gluten-free, of course). The perfect way to get your daily carbohydrates and sneak those essential dark leafy greens into your diet if you aren’t a fan of spinach!
♦ Star Quality: Spinach is a fantastic immune booster and remains one of the best plant-based sources of essential nutrients like iron, calcium and magnesium.
♦ Stocked at: All Cape Town stores
One Juice really is one of a kind thanks to their mission to turn fresh fruit and veggies into body-boosting juices that each have their own unique health benefits. Their juices are cold pressed to ensure maximum freshness and nutritional value, and each one is carefully formulated to cater to a specific need. They offer a wide range of juices, including their Green Juice which is rich in iron and omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory Turmeric Juice (with apple, lemon and mint) which is rich in antioxidants, and Probiotic Ginger/Celery to promote a healthy gut and boost the immune system, and Black Lemonade with activated charcoal to aid in detoxification. You can also choose from their range of super shooters, each of which is designed for a specific function such as combatting flu symptoms, boosting the immune system or restoring PH balance.
♦ Star Quality: All cold-pressed juices are packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre, but One Juice really does go the extra mile in carefully curating ingredients to craft products that offer maximum health benefits. Plus, they make it super easy to pick out the right juice or shooter for your individual needs.
♦ Stocked at: All stores
There really is nothing so beautiful, pure and wholesome as the fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices that grow right out of the warm African soil. We are so grateful to be able to connect you with these fabulous local suppliers so that we can all live #WELLTogether.