Grilled Prawns with Rice & Vegetables

Ingredients 

Prawns, herbs, spices, pepper, onion, rice & vegetables 

Health Benefits  

This exquisite dish penetrates your mouth with flavours. The herbs & spices creates a texture ensuring that the prawns remain juicy, moist and succulent. Prawns are in selenium, which is one of the most effective antioxidants at maintaining healthy cells. They also contain high levels of Zinc, which is important to develop a healthy immune system. Prawns also offer an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats include the omega-3 fatty acids known to lower your heart attack risk. 

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Stir Fry Chicken with Rice Noodles

What is a Macro-Meal?

A macro-meal plan is based on macronutrients which are the three categories' nutrients you eat most that provide your energy meaning grams of protein, carbs, and fats. These will help you reach your desired body transformation calorie goal. Macro Dieting can be used to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight.

What are the Health Benefits?

Our meals offer the following • Portion control • Keeps you on track with your goals set by Personal trainer or yourself • Saves on preparation time • Time Management • Overall helps you with a positive mental mindset

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An Alternative Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), it is a chronic health condition that affects the digestive system which causes it to become inflamed creating a number of unpleasant symptoms. As Crohn’s disease is a condition that affects each individual differently, there can be periods of time where the sufferer may not experience any flare-ups with few or no symptoms at all. However, in others the flare-ups or “relapses” can be far more frequent and aggressive. 

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

Living with Crohn’s disease is a challenge to say the least, leading a healthy social and working life may be halted due to the painful symptoms, you may also need to spend more time visiting your GP and your assigned IBD team at the hospital. Constantly feeling unwell and being unable to properly digest the food we love will be sure to have a mental and emotional impact on you, but it is important to know that you are not alone and there are many methods that can be put in place as a treatment for Crohn’s disease.

While the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, there has been major advancements in research over the years that suggest it could be linked to a variety of factors:

Research shows that IBD occurrence has been associated with diets higher in animal protein, total fat, dairy fat and refined carbs. Also, populations who eat ultra-processed foods have more cases of IBD. It should also be noted that common food emulsifiers and artificial flavourings have shown to increase the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) which is harmful bacteria in the gut microbiota of Crohn’s disease patients. In great contrast, plant-based food products have shown to downregulate AIEC and therefore reduce flare-ups.

There have been many leading medical practitioners that have published reports stating that Crohn’s disease flares can not only be treated with a plant-based diet, but it can also aid the maintenance of remission (periods of good health with no relapses).

In a report published on the National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health, a study shows that a patient who was not responding to standard medical therapy tried a plant-based, whole food diet. He majorly reduced his consumption of processed food and limited his intake of animal products to one serving, or less, per week. His diet mainly consisted of legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables. He also took up stress relief activities such as yoga, running and weightlifting.

After six months of implementing these dietary and lifestyle changes, a colonoscopy showed “complete mucosal healing with no visible evidence of Crohn’s disease”. The patient managed to stay in remission for ten months without experiencing a significant clinical relapse. Usually Crohn’s disease is treated with steroid injections, anti-inflammatory tablets or injections and surgery. This research is a great breakthrough for many suffering with Crohn’s because it means there is a non-invasive, alternative treatment available.

At Zur Gluten Free Ltd, we make living with Crohn’s disease a little easier. We have over forty decades of experience aiding those who suffer from gastrointestinal conditions like Crohn’s. After a complimentary consultation where we get to know you and your medical history, we can prepare healthy meals that will keep your digestive system happy and comfortable. You will no longer have to worry about the hidden ingredients in your food and will be able to enjoy delicious meals that won’t cause flare-ups. Get in touch for your free consultation so we can begin.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6628285/

https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-crohns-and-colitis/publications/crohns-disease

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/crohns-disease/

IBS Treatment & Advice

As a sufferer of IBS, simple gatherings or eating out with friends is not always the fun, light-hearted activity most know it as. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a health condition that affects the digestive system, it causes a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea and recurring abdominal pain. There is no official cure but there are ways the condition can be managed, and the pain can be eased.

This includes changes in diet and knowing what foods to avoid. The cause of IBS is not known but some link it to oversensitive nerves in the gut, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, stress, depression, anxiety and also eating too quickly. For many, having IBS can worsen feelings of stress, depression and anxiety purely because it means you can’t enjoy eating the foods you love, or you may not feel comfortable dining in a restaurant which is where most social gatherings are held.

Here are some tips to help with treatment of IBS:

It is an unfortunate condition to live with and can make mealtimes a real headache when you are unsure of what it is that is setting you off. It may even seem like nothing agrees with you and lead you to not want to eat anything at all. Luckily, the team at Zur Gluten Free Ltd have decades of hands-on experience with gastrointestinal sufferers such as IBS, we know what foods to avoid and what foods cause relief. The best part is that you don’t have to touch a single utensil in the kitchen because we can cook it all from the best, organic ingredients and have it delivered fresh to your door every morning.

During a free consultation we get to know you, any health conditions you may have (physical and mental) as well as your family history. This allows us to put together food menus that are appropriate for your personal circumstances. Any allergies or intolerances will also be noted so the meals we deliver to you will not be cooked with anything that might make you take a funny turn.

In addition to that, we work with a number of health professionals, so if you are experiencing any other challenges outside of what we handle, we can refer you to them. Take a look at our Power Team page to see more about our health industry associates. The main thing to remember is that you do not have to suffer in silence, you do not have to be embarrassed about your condition or stop yourself from enjoying social events, we can put together a diet that will ease your IBS and have you feeling better than ever.

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Diabetes Can Be Reversed Through A Vegan Diet

So, what would you do if I told you type 2 diabetes is reversible through a vegan, plant-based diet? Fall off your chair? Run for the hills? Laugh? What if I told you there is evidence and successful cases of this happening with diagnosed patients? ...Not so crazy now, is it? Allow me to take you back to the basics.

Diabetes is a condition that is caused due to too much sugar (glucose) in the blood because it is unable to enter the cells. Insulin acts as the key which signals glucose to enter the cells. Diabetes is formed when insulin’s role is blocked by fat (intramyocellular lipid) which prevents glucose from entering the cell. And as we know, when cells mutate or cannot complete their role, disease happens or worse, death.

If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you will be put on a drastic diet by your doctor and given many invasive medications that create more problems in other areas of the body. When this happens, you will be forced to take more medication to fix the extra problems the diabetes medication caused. Suddenly, you can no longer eat anything with sugar in; fruit, beans, carrots, potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, sweet potatoes and so on.

At Zur Gluten Free, we save lives, change lives and better lives, simply from the food you put in your body. As many physicians & herbalist doctors will tell you, there are many diseases that can be cured & reversed by plant-based diets. I don’t want to overwhelm you, so let’s stick with diabetes for today. In Western medicine, it has been common knowledge that diabetes is an incurable disease and over time gets progressively worse. However, with the work that we do and the discoveries of great physicians like Neal Barnard, this is no longer the case.

Think of your body like this... When you cook sausages and bacon for example, observe the fat that settles at the bottom of the pan. This is what happens to the arteries in your body when you ingest that food and over a period of time, organs and cells stop being able to function because of this which leads to terminal illnesses.

At Zur Gluten Free, we can put together wholesome, organic meals that will completely transform your health. Our meals are always made & delivered fresh and we only use top quality ingredients. We take into consideration any intolerances, diseases as well as family history. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch so we can begin!

One taste...that’s all it takes.

Why Cassava

So, what exactly is cassava? Simply put, it is a root vegetable. It has a similar appearance to a sweet potato and a nutty flavour. It has been used as a main source of food by indigenous cultures for centuries across parts of Africa, Asia and South America. Closely related to other root vegetables like yam, potatoes and plantains, cassava has been a nutritious carbohydrate for many cultures.

At Zur Gluten Free Ltd, we use cassava as a main ingredient in our breads and wraps. We also use cassava flour as an alternative to wheat flour in various recipes such as cereal, porridge, crêpes, cakes and more, all of which can be found on our website. The reason we love using cassava so much is because our recipes are designed to suit the needs of those who are celiac, diabetic, gluten intolerant or purely those who desire a more nutritional diet.

In addition to that, the vegetable is so versatile, it can be used to create both sweet and savoury dishes that can be eaten in meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and as a snack. On top of that, cassava also has huge health benefits, see some below:

• It is a great source of carbohydrates; this means it will keep you full and steadily release energy over a longer period of time without you crashing.
• It is low in fat.
• It is completely gluten-free.
• It can be made into a flour which is a superior alternative to wheat flour.
• It can be used in both sweet & savoury meals.
• It is a source of valuable vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamine, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K.
• It contains electrolytes and essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc & manganese.
• It can feed good bacteria in the gut.
• It is low in cholesterol.
• Low glycaemic index.

The founders of Zur Gluten Free Ltd come from a generation of herbalists and a family that uses food to heal and replenish the body. Ultimately, what we use to fuel ourselves with determines how well our bodies and minds run. That is why we made it our mission to use organic and ethically sourced ingredients that not only make our bodies and minds run at optimum ability but also has the power to reverse diseases.

Using our top quality and highly nutritious ingredients, we put together meals that your body will thank you for. Firstly, we must understand who we are cooking for, we take into consideration the individual’s weight, height, age, medical history, allergies, intolerances, if they are suffering with any diseases and if certain diseases run in their family. From this information we are able to determine which meals are best suited to that person and what ingredients should and shouldn’t be used.

The best part is, we can take care of each of your meals, every day of the week so you no longer have to think about what you should be eating or spend time cooking. Zur Gluten Free Ltd will ensure that every bite is aiding your life instead of shortening it. Get in touch so we can discuss how we can help you.

Farina – A Cassava by Product

Cassava has the ability to create so many by products it fascinates me, as well as creates a desire to explore unlimited boundaries.

What is Farina?

Farina is what remains after juices from the Cassava has been removed. It’s dry and tasteless but extraordinary. Farina resembles grains once processed. It can be used as a porridge with milk, with meat or fish as coating, to create starters like avocado balls and stew salted fish and salad. 

It features allow diversity from puddings to soup, as a thickening agent, flavouring meat, chicken, added to cake, to preserve meat in the form of cassareep.

Are you not astonished yet? All of these products are created with cassava, the knowledge, it’s uses and benefits to our daily life. 

Farina can be stored for a very long period on your shelf or in your cupboard. It is an acquired taste, but once you have mastered it’s uses you will be dragged into a world of adventure.

Captivating right! Well there is more, we have turned it into a cocktail, rum punch and dessert. Once farina is consumed it is filling, you will not be hungry for hours. Well that’s beneficial if you have long working days or on the run.

Remember the key to our products.

Zur Gluten Free Product Base

Zur Gluten Free Product Base

July 10, 2017

Zur Gluten Free Product Base I am often asked questions about the product line and I feel now is the time to open up in a blog to ensure that I answer these questions. My aim is to be honest, giving you an insight into my life, dream and aspiration. Our Products base is derived from a combination of the following products: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Quinao, Teff, Foni.

First Question: What is Cassava? The cassava plant, commonly referred to as manioc or yucca, is a woody shrub commonly grown in tropical and subtropical climates such as the ones existing in Saint Lucia, South America, Africa, and parts of Indonesia. While the plant itself is nice to look at, the starchy cassava root is the part used for food.

There are two general kinds of cassava: A sweet version and a bitter version. It is very rich in carbohydrates, making it one of the world’s leading sources of carbohydrates. Since the root is starchy, it’s eaten much like a potato or sweet potato in other parts of the world and is used in several dishes; in fact, it can be eaten as a vegetable or a side dish. However, dried and treated cassava, otherwise known as tapioca, can be used in dessert recipes; this makes cassava quite different from potatoes. 


The cassava root is often used for food, the entire plant—including the cassava leaf--is used for homeopathic medicine. The healing properties of cassava have been widely talked about. The leaf is used to treatseveral different diseases, such as headache, hypertension, and pain. Since cassava flour is Gluten-Free, it is used as a wheat flour substitute for those who suffer from Celiac or Coeliac Disease. 


Boiling cassava bark or the stem helps treat rheumatism and also helps expel intestinal parasites. Also, a pounded cassava root can be used as an antiseptic or applied on ulcerative wounds as a natural treatment. (Please seek medical advice from a doctor regarding any symptoms you may have as this is only for information purposes).


Why Cassava?

I was born on the island of St Lucia where Cassava was part of our staple diet. As a descendant of the Carib and African community it was in-bedded in our tradition and custom. Being able to sustain and feed off the Land was paramount to our survival. We cultivated and processed Cassava, sweet potato and a variety of other vegetable produce. 


My parents taught me from the age of nine how to process cassava into by products such as Farina and Natural Cassava Bread. My passion fuelled with me understanding the Health Benefits of Cassava and how it contributed to the longevity of our community and their Health.

The Health benefits of Cassava are as follows:

* Young tender cassava (yucca) leaves are a good source of dietary proteins and vitamin K.  Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.


* Cassava is a moderate source of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.


* The root is the chief source of some important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese for many inhabitants in the tropical belts. In addition, it has adequate amounts of potassium (271 mg per 100g or 6% of RDA). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.


Knowing the Health aspects of the Cassava intrigued me, I began to develop and experiment with different flavours, creating new infused flavours, by products wanting to change not only the view of the bread but to show the diversity of the product. 


I wanted to cater for a new sector of the market, knowing my family and I live are on a Gluten free diet, I wanted to share my creation but also break away from the concept that Gluten free taste like cardboard, boring, bland, simple and unsatisfying. 


When you say the words, I am Gluten free peoples first reaction is “OH” followed by “AH”, then “SO WHAT DO YOU EAT”. I often laugh because people often think being Gluten free is like a plague or something that can be caught, you on a weird diet, fussy eater, can't invite you for dinner or simple can't socialize with you. 


STOP! Come closer, read my words we are just like you, do all the same things just don't have Gluten in our diet for either medical reasons, personal choice and or Health lifestyle.
Why have you added Sweet Potato? I wanted to create a super food, and what best way to do what then to inject the best vegetables together enhancing the nutritional value, quality, flavour and consistency of the bread. Sweet potato, not only is just sweet to your taste buds but also good for your cardiovascular health. This starchy root vegetable is rich source of flavonoid anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre that are essential for optimal health. Botanically, this tuber belongs to the family of Convolvulaceae, and named botanically as Ipomoea batatas. It is grown throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions such as St Lucia. The crop requires just sufficient water and attention for their cultivation. The tuberous root has oblong/elongated shape with tapering ends and has smooth outer skin whose colour ranges from red, purple, brown, and white, depending up on the variety. Health benefits of Sweet potato

* Sweet potato is one of the average calorie starch food (provide just 90 cal/100 g vs 70 calories/100 g of potato). The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich source of dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

* Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Starch raises the blood sugar levels slowly on comparison to simple sugars and therefore, recommended as a healthy food supplement even in diabetes. * The tuber is excellent source of flavonoid phenolic compounds such as beta -carotene and vitamin A (100 g tuber provides14187 IU of vitamin A and 8509 mcg of β-carotene). The value is one of the highest among root vegetables category. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin A is also required by the body to maintain integrity of healthy mucus membranes and skin. It is also vital nutrient for vision. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. 


* The tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin, and riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes during metabolism. 


* Sweet potato provides good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.


* Sweet potato leaves are indeed more nutritious than tuber. Weight per weight, 100g of fresh leaves contain more iron, vitamin C, folates, vitamin K, and potassium but less sodium than the tuber. 


What makes your Product different from others? I am excited when people ask me this question because I get to say, “JUST ONE TASTE... THATS ALL IT TAKES”. Zur Gluten Free Cassava bread is like no other, with over fifteen flavours ranging from Savoury Flavour breads, Sweet Flavour, Sugar -free even Limited-Edition Bread allowing Customers to create a new range is exciting.

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