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Udo’s Choice Oil: Delicious Recipes for all the Family

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is an extremely popular product for many reasons. It is made with a blend of organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin oil such as Flax, Evening Primrose, Sunflower, Coconut to name a few and can be used in both hot and cold foods (but not as a cooking oil). Whilst many individuals happily include this oil in their diets without a second thought, many look for inspiration as to how they can incorporate it.

bodykind has just launched a fantastic offer where every order that contains a 500ml version of Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend will automatically get a free Udo’s Choice Recipe booklet (while stocks last). It contains 24 recipes to help inspire you into utilising your oil in a more creative and tasty way! With this in mind we decided to give you a little taster of some of the recipes included:

Breakfast: Delicious & Nutritious Smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients: 1-2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice Ultimate oil Blend, 1 Banana, 5 Strawberries (fresh or frozen), 10 Blueberries (fresh or frozen), 3-4 Grapes, 250ml Apple Juice.

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth. Tip: If it’s too thick add more juice to achieve the desired consistency.

Lunch: Courgette & Almond Soup (serves 4)

Courgette and Almond Soup
Courgette and Almond Soup

Ingredients:  2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice Oil, 400g Courgettes (grated), 25g Butter, 1 medium Onion (chopped), 1 medium Potato (chopped), 900ml Stock (homemade if possible), Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper, Nutmeg, 50g ground Almonds, 50g flaked Almonds (lightly toasted), 1 tablespoon of whipped cream (optional).

Directions: Melt the butter and add the chopped Onion & Potato. Season with the Sea Salt, Black Pepper and Nutmeg and cover to cook until soft. Add the grated courgettes and stock then bring to the boil until vegetables are soft. Puree the soup via a blender or liquidizer and add the ground Almonds. Pour into serving bowls and drizzle the Udo’s Oil on top, sprinkle the toasted Almonds on top and add cream if desired. Tip: The Oil should only be added to soup that’s going to be eaten immediately.

 

Beetroot and Feta Salad
Beetroot and Feta Salad

Side Dish: Beetroot, Pear & Feta Salad (serves 6)

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice Oil Blend, 4 good-sized Beetroots (scrubbed, peeled & cut into matchsticks), 3 ripe Pears (peeled, cored & cut into matchsticks), juice of half a Lemon, Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper, 200g Feta Cheese, small bunch of fresh Mint.

Directions: Very gently mix the beetroot & pear matchsticks together with the Oil and Lemon juice. Season with the Sea Salt and Black Pepper. Taste to check flavour. Place on a big platter, crumble over the Feta and sprinkle the mint on top.

 

Red Pepper Houmous
Red Pepper Houmous

Snack: Udo’s Roasted Pepper Houmous (serves 4)

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of Udo’s Choice oil Blend, 450 Freshly cooked chickpeas, 120ml Tahini, Juice of 1 Lemon, 1 clove of Garlic, 1 large roasted Red Pepper, fresh flat leaf Parsley (to garnish), Paprika (to garnish).

Directions: Place the cooled chickpeas into a food processor along with the garlic clove, Udo’s Oil, Tahini and the roasted Red Pepper. Blend until smooth and refrigerate. Add more Udo’s Oil if you prefer a lighter consistency. Serve chilled & garnished with the Parsley & Paprika alongside some warmed up wholemeal Pitta breads or freshly chopped crudités.

 

We hope you enjoy testing out these recipes and that this “taster” selection of recipes gets your tastebuds going. Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend should always be kept in the fridge to preserve the delicate oil.

*Recipes & Images courtesy of the team at Udo’s Choice via “Udo’s Choice: Delicious Recipes for all the Family”

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Udos Choice spotlight part 2 – 30 billion reasons to choose Udo’s Choice Probiotics

Hippocrates
Hippocrates, wrote "let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”.

Even back in ancient Greece, it was known that the gut played an important role in our health.   Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Modern Medicine” wrote “All diseases begin in the gut”.  He also said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”.  It seems he knew a thing or two about the fundamentals of optimal health which remain true to this day.

Probiotics, or “Beneficial” bacteria, pathogenic “bad” bacteria and yeast should balance each other out in the intestines but the balance can be disrupted by our modern diets, lifestyle, stress and medications.   When this happens ill health can arise in the form of allergies, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, candida and a weakened immune system.

A properly functioning immune system is our main internal defence and it is estimated that 84-86% of our body’s immune function is carried out within the wall of our intestines; the surface area of which if laid out flat would cover the size of a football pitch.   A healthy balance of bacteria is around 85% “good” bacteria versus 15% “bad” bacteria.

Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics has been specially formulated to help sustain this balance.

What to look for in a Probiotic

By supplementing your diet with enough of the appropriate bacteria strains for your age and lifestyle you can expect to achieve the best results.

Udos Choice Super 8 “Hi Potency” Probiotics
Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics provide 30 billion active bacteria in every one of the 30 capsules.

Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics provide 30 billion active bacteria in every one of the 30 capsules.   This compares with around just 10 billion or less contained in a typical daily yoghurt drink.   Super 8’s therefore provide better value for money per billion bacteria than leading yoghurt drinks.

Each capsule also contains 8 different probiotic strains compared with 1 to 3 strains contained in yoghurt drinks.

All the bacterial strains in Udo’s Choice Super 8 Probiotics have been specially developed and tested for their gastric resistance.   Therefore, when taken as recommended on a full stomach, the micro-organisms in Udo’s Choice Probiotics will reach the intestinal tract safely and at full potency without being destroyed by harsh stomach acids.

The specific strains used in Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic have been specially chosen for their value to upper bowel health:

 

 

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus 45%
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus 25%
  • Streptococcus thermophilus 10%
  • Lactobacillus plantarum 7%
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum 6%
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus 3%
  • Bifidobacterium longum 3%
  • Lactobacillus salivarius 1%

Super 8’s are formulated as high strength in order to tackle such health issues as yeast imbalance and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome as well as to optimise gut health.

Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics
Each capsule also contains 8 different probiotic strains compared with 1 to 3 strains contained in yoghurt drinks.

Francesca Boers, a top UK fitness model is a big fan of Udo’s Choice Super 8 Probiotics.  “I have suffered with IBS since I was a child and therefore have struggled with my digestion.  Since taking Super 8’s along with maintaining a healthy diet I barely even notice that I have it any more.  I no longer suffer with stomach cramps and never feel sluggish or bloated”

Make sure your probiotics are refrigerated

As is the case with all probiotic products, refrigeration ensures maximum potency and stability.   Should any probiotics be kept out of the fridge for more than a few days then the number of viable bacteria decreases.  Udo’s Choice Super 8’s are manufactured and stored refrigerated and have one of the largest number of live bacteria of any probiotic product in the UK.

Content and Images provided by Udos Choice

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Udo’s Choice spotlight part 1 – Top 5 reasons to take Ultimate Oil Blend

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a certified organic blend of unrefined nutritional oils, free of the contaminants and damaged constituents found in processed oils. Its unique formulation will provide you with an excellent source of the unprocessed, readily utilised omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids that are vital for life.

As part of a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet these can contribute to improved cardiovascular and general health.

Dr Udo spent considerable time creating Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend, tweaking the ingredients to give the right profile of oils, co-factors, and minor ingredients.  Only Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is made to his exacting recipe, so beware of imposters with different ingredients claiming the same fatty acid profile & benefits.

In every drop of Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend you will find:

Flax seed oil*, sunflower seed oil*, sesame seed oil*, coconut oil*, evening primrose oil* (13 mg gla/15 ml), soy lecithin, rice bran and rice germ oils, oat bran and oat germ* oils, mixed tocopherols: the oils in this blend supply a range of fatty acids including 2:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9.

 

Udos Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a blend of organic seed oils that provide the Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6 needed for optimal health.

Top 5 reasons to try Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

1.  Blend

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a blend of organic seed oils that provide the Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6 needed for optimal health.  They are called essential as our body’s cannot produce them and need to be included in our diet.  Our western diets tend not to have much Omega 3 at all and what Omega 6 we have tends to be damaged by processing or exposure to heat, light or oxygen.  For optimal health it is therefore important that we obtain a source of healthy, undamaged, unprocessed Omega oils.  Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend contains twice as much Omega 3 as 6 to provide a greater quantity of this Essential fat whilst providing an adequate amount of Omega 6 for health.

2.  ‘Foundation’ vs ‘supplement’ oil

Every day through our diet we typically ingest between 75 – 125 g of oil through such things as butters and spreads, cooking oils, processed foods, meats, seeds and nuts.  For optimum health we need to ensure that this daily “foundation” of fats is as healthy and undamaged as possible.  Some people choose to supplement with fish oils and whilst this is fine it is worth noting that this only provides between 1-5 g of oil per day.  Udo’s Oil provides an opportunity to replace some of the damaged, highly processed fats with undamaged, unprocessed essential fats by mixing Udo’s Oil in our foods. In this way whatever we choose to supplement with we are ensuring that our “foundation” is as healthy as possible.

3.  Ratio

The ratio of Omega 3 to 6 is all important.  If our diets have too much of one over the other then we can develop symptoms of Omega 3 or 6 deficiency.  Ideally a ratio inside the body of around 1 to 1 is generally accepted as being optimal.  Whilst the western diet generally has a higher proportion of Omega 6 than 3, both of these tend to be damaged through processing or cooking.  By including Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend which has twice as much Omega 3 as 6 but still provides an adequate amount of healthy, undamaged Omega 6 you can ensure that the ratio inside your body is more like the ideal 1 to 1.

Try Udos Choice in a healthy smoothie
Try blending Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend in a healthy smoothie

4.  Quality

Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids are very delicate and susceptible to damage by exposure to heat, light or oxygen.  Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is manufactured in a heat, light and air free environment and then bottled in dark glass, nitrogen flushed to keep oxygen out, packed in a box and kept in the fridge to provide you with the freshest and most nutritional Omega 3 and 6 oil blend possible.

5.  Ease of use

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend can easily be included in your daily diet.  Pour over hot food (never cook with it!), blend it in a smoothie or soup, drizzle over salad or mix it with mashed potato.  The only limit is your imagination.  Read more about healthy smoothie recipes here.

Add a comment below and tell us about your favourite way to take a supplement…

 

 

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Tribest blenders, juicers, sprouters and superb summer smoothies…

If you’ve not had the chance to see them already, this blog is all about our fantastic new range of juicers, blenders and kitchen appliances from Tribest and some delicious and nutritious healthy smoothie recipes that you can try making at home.

Tribest
See our new range of Tribest kitchen appliances - making healthy living easy

Our fantastic new range of kitchen appliances from Tribest includes juicers, blenders, sprouters, soy milk makers, yoghurt makers and food dehydrators, in fact everything you could possibly need to fit your kitchen out with the perfect tools to make healthy nutritious food.

Tribest Juicers are extremely high quality and perfect for fruits, vegetables and the hardest root foods you could imagine.  Available in a range of sizes and styles Tribest juicers can start you on your way to better health with minimal time and effort.

Grow your own fresh, nutritious and tender sprouts to add to your diet in the comfort of your own kitchen with the Freshlife sprouter or if you are intolerant to lactose, make your own delicious, pure soy milk at home with the SoyaBella, saving you time and money and giving you the chance to add tasty ingredients to your soy milk such as strawberries or bananas.

Nutritionists swear by the benefits of healthy low fat and highly nutritious dried foods such as apples or bananas, now you can dry your own at home with the Tribest Sedona food dehydrator.  Raw fruit and nuts get boring,  so make your own healthy dried fruits and vegetables for delicious healthy snacks.  Tribest blenders are perfect for healthy smoothie making.  Try some of our recipes below for a super nutritious breakfast smoothie or as a snack throughout the day packed full of nutritious goodness.

Breakfast Smoothie

A simple recipe that provides you with a quick, delicious and healthy way to start your day.  Add or substitute with your favourite fruit or juice.

Super Green Smoothie
Try a healthy breakfast smoothie to give your body the kick start it needs (1)

Supergreen Smoothie

  • 600ml mineral water (still)
  • ½ chopped cucumber (skin & pips included)
  • ¼ peeled avocado
  • 1 chopped celery stick
  • Juice of ½ lemon or lime
  • ¼ teaspoon unrefined salt
  • Small double handful (60-80mg) of mixed green leaves from the following (they can be combined): spinach, watercress, rocket, savoy cabbage, chard, lettuce, chicory, kale, bok choy, sprigs of mint, parsley, coriander, basil etc
  • Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ tablets: initially starting off with 5 tablets for the first three days, moving up to 10 for the next 3 days and then 15 tablets herein after.

Plus (optionally)

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-2 slices (5-10mg) of fresh ginger
  • 1 small chopped spring onion
  • ½ apple or ½ pear or 100g of mango or papaya, to sweeten slightly
Don’t forget to share your favourite smoothie recipes by adding a comment below…

References

(1)  Image courtesy of gameanna.


Written by Mike Pye
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