FRIENDS + MISCELLANY
We have made a lot of great new friends along the way.
...our consumption of sugar products has risen 250% in the past 15 years...
Grainne Hashemi, Priory Group
I am a cognitive psychologist with 20 years experience of working with adolescents.
I am increasingly concerned at the escalating number of young people with acute anxiety and depressive disorders. Correlating with this is our dependence on convenience processed food with high levels of refined sugar. The statistics speak for themselves: our consumption of sugar products e.g. High fructose corn syrup has risen 250% in the past 15 years and rates of diabetes have risen by 45% in the same time period. Our bodies are simply not designed to process this amount.
The psychological impacts are alarming. Heavy sugar consumption is linked to depression, anxiety, ADHD, IBS and chronic fatigue as well as compromising cognitive abilities such as learning and memory.
Over the years I have incorporated sugar detox into treatment plans for my clients. I have found that eliminating refined sugar from the diet not only stabilises mood but increases energy and concentration levels. It also breaks the cycle of the emotional roller coaster caused by a blood sugar spike followed by a crash.
I would encourage all parents to be mindful of the sugar content found in every day products. Look for the labels e.g. More than 15g of total sugars per 100g means it has a high sugar content, 5g or less means it has a low sugar content.
...Taste test complete! Resounding thumbs up from all the family!....
Taste test complete! Resounding thumbs up from all the family for @wonderchup and less than 1/4 the amount of sugar than the brand leader. How do we go about supporting brands like this @Matt_Hopcraft @paulamoyni @jamieoliver @N_NutritionUK @Childrensfood @KawtherH @jimmysfarm
...award winning independent farm shop....
Susannah Hewett, Eggs to Apples Trading Ltd
Eggs to Apples is an award winning independent farm shop in East Sussex selling a bounty of fresh produce and plenty of local and seasonal products. We recently started stocking Wonderchup, it’s local to us and we had been asked about it.
It’s great to have a sugar free savoury sauce, many artisan products on the market still have sugar in and our customers are increasingly asking for sugar free ranges. It looks good on the shelf too, which for a retailer makes a real difference when sourcing products.
...Wonderchup is absolutely amazing....
Not only does it taste delicious and sweet but the fact that it contains no artificial sugar is a revelation.
After years of worrying that the ketchup my kids have been eating is rotting their teeth and the rest, I am thrilled to have found an alternative that delivers on every level. I put it to the test with my kids and they all seriously liked the taste and said it was great to have a healthier option to their usual ketchup. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more!
...I am a ketchup addict....
Arthur Aitken (16 yrs old)
I am a ketchup addict, I have ketchup on almost everything I can. Therefore, I was highly sceptical of the sugar free Wonderchup that my Mum offered me as an alternative to try. However, I loved it and after getting my head round the slightly different taste it offers, I think I will very happily stick with Wonderchup as it’s a healthy option that tastes good.
...It's like a gourmet version of traditional ketchup....
Caroline Turck, Osteopath & Yoga teacher
I really enjoyed the vivid, sharp tomato flavour of Wonderchup, with undertones of rosemary.
It's like a gourmet version of traditional ketchup. Added bonus is that it's sugar free!
...rarely have I come across such and inspiring team as Wonderchup....
Having been in the health, wellness and fitness industry for over 20 years, rarely have I come across such and inspiring team as Wonderchup.
For many years I have looked at alternatives for sugar and found artificial sweeteners prevailed.
Well done Wonderchup, a fabulous product and a huge boost to the wellness industry.
I recently ran a 5 week sugar course with a number of clients AND INCLUDED A BOTTLE OF WONDERCHUP IN THE GOODIE BAGS. They went down a storm and will be a vital part of every course I run in the future.
...only if it's the special one you bought....
I had to let you know that at supper this evening I asked my 14 year son if he wanted ketchup - his reply .. ‘only if its the special one you bought’ . You mean Wonderchup?
Yes he said!
Delicious recipe! Congratulations!
Refined Sugar Free BBQ sauce
Summer just isn’t summer without the smoky aroma of bbq sauce marinading over the coals... but shop bought BBQ sauce is loaded with refined sugars and salt. This 5 minute homemade version using Wonderchup has all the smoky depths you need with none of the nasties! It will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight jar
1 small onion (diced)
1 cove of garlic (grated)
4 tbsp of Wonderchup
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Sauté your diced onion and garlic in a small heavy bottomed pan with a tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil until the onions are soft and sweet.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer gently for 5 minutes for the flavours to develop. Allow to cool off the heat for a couple of minutes before blitzing with the stick blender. Use to marinade chicken or butternut squash and store any leftover BBQ sauce for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Puy Lentil Summer Casserole
A light summer casserole of Puy lentils cooked with Roasted vegetables makes for flavoursome comfort. This moreish dish is naturally vegan and a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Compared with other lentils which need lots of soaking Puy lentils are quick to prepare and soak up all the lovely flavours. High in fibre they help to balance blood sugars and 1 cup prides 90% of your daily folate requirements. Using Wonderchup adds additional vitamins and flavour with no additional refined sugars
1 clove garlic
1 pouch of ready cooked Puy lentils or 200g dried lentils
3 tbsp of Wonderchup
1 tbsp of fennel seeds, lightly crushed in a pestle and mortar
ROASTED VEGETABLES (feel free to mix and match these up)
1-2 tbsp of olive oil
1 butternut squashed, peeled and diced
1 red pepper
3 spring onions
2 small courgettes
Chopped fresh parsley
Juice of half a lemon to season
If you are cooking your lentils from dried, tip then into a pan of boiling water and simmer for approx 15 mins until tender but still al dente. This dish is just as delicious with the ready cooked lentils you can buy from the supermarket in a pouch, in which case simply open 1 pouch of lentils into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate pan add your onion, garlic, olive oil, Wonderchup and crushed fennel seeds, sauté lightly for about 5 minutes and then drizzle this delicious tomato sauce over your lentils.
In a separate roasting tray add all your remaining veggies, chopped into bite sized pieces; feel free to mix and match your veggies according to the season. Add a drizzle of olive oil + roast in a hot oven (200’c) for 20 minutes or so until tender (times will vary depending on the size you cut your veggies).
Once they are removed for the oven stir the sweet roasted vegetables through the warm tomato flavoured Puy lentils, add a generous handful of chopped fresh parsley, some squeezed lemon juice is good too, and season to taste.
Delicious warm, cooled or cold from the fridge as leftovers.