Making healthy living more accessible during the national lockdown, Faithful To Nature has partnered with a local farm to bring fresh fruit and vegetables directly to your doorstep to help flatten the curve!

With this conscious social distancing in mind, Faithful To Nature have decided to extend their product offering so that you can fulfill more of your shopping requirements from the comfort of your own home.

fresh produce a head of lettuce in the sun

Delivered Fresh - To Your Door

Everyone is battling during this difficult time. As well as local family farms who need your support now more than ever. By supporting local growers for all your fresh produce needs, you're helping to protect their livelihoods and supporting our country’s food supply chain.

Faithful To Nature offers a variety of fresh seasonal produce options sourced from a local farm for you to order online and have delivered right to your door. These include:

Fruit & Vegetable Boxes 

a selection of fruit and veg

Vegetable Boxes

fresh vegetables

Fruit Boxes

fresh fruit

How It Works

All you have to do is:

  1. Visit www.faithful-to-nature.co.za.
  2. Shop and add all your fresh produce needs to your cart along with all your other Faithful To Nature essential shopping.
  3. Confirm your order and pay online.
  4. Await the arrival of your order.

It's as easy as that! Just keep in mind that due to the volume of orders during the lockdown, deliveries many take a little longer to arrive. But they will still be delivering orders within 1 - 5 working days.

What Else Do They Offer

Faithful To Nature also offer vegan, organic, natural and proudly South Africa products to cater for various needs ranging from:

Most of these items are considered as essentials and can be delivered during the lockdown period.

For More Information

For more information about Faithful To Nature, their fresh produce boxes and essential items, visit their website at www.faithful-to-nature.co.za

You can also contact them on 021 785 3268 or [email protected].

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What Is It?

You can expect food stalls, a seperate car boot sale selection, kiddies entertainment and music. And of course for all those who love crafts, there will be arts and crafts stalls, to add some freshness in your life, they are also giving you organic goods and fresh produce. See you there good people, be sure to bring your friends along too, so that they don't miss out on any of the fun.

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 09:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

28 Benoni Road, Benoni, Johannebsurg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned.

For More Information

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Fruit And Nuts 

Joburg residents have been changing lifestyles and making better eating choices.

Snacking can make it easy to eat too much sugar, salt and other unnecessary additives. For a healthier and tasty alternative, snack on fruit and nuts.

Why These Are The Best Snack?

Food Lovers Market

Food Lover's Market

Anyone who loves good and fresh produce knows that Food Lover's Market is a great place to stock up on a wide selection of fruit and nuts. They offer a wide variety when it comes to fruit, as well as very affordable nut options. Food Lover's Market also has fruit specials on a regular basis.

For convenience, Food Lover's Market also has some pre-packed and chopped fruit for those who are on the go.

The Nut Lady

The Nut Lady

The Nut Lady specialises in dried fruit and nuts. They have a lot of variety to choose from, including fruit and nut confections. Their options also include some salty treats. The Nut Lady is definitely a place to make your regular spot.

The Fruit, Flower & Nut Market

The Fruit, Flower & Nut Market is situated in Blairgowrie and has a wide selection of fresh fruit, flowers and nuts. They bring back the traditional element of a fruit market. This market also stocks bulk options as well, so if you have a big family this is the place to get your healthy snacks.

What are your favourite fruit and nut spots? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Where To Shop In Bedfordview 

Bedford Centre

Bedford Centre is the place to be and to be seen. It's one of Johannesburg’s premier fashion and shopping destinations. Situated in the heart of Bedfordview, it offers its discerning shoppers a unique, elegant, European-inspired shopping, living, working and dining experience. Always with its finger on the pulse, Bedford Centre constantly meets the demands of its clients. They achieve this by continuously enhancing their ever-growing collection of luxury brands and offering unique campaigns tailored to fashion aficionados.

Eastgate

Situated near Bedford Gardens, Eastgate is a super mall. Packed with one of the most beautiful food courts (as far as malls go). Their wide range of retail outlets and entertainment facilities also cater for the whole family. If there's something you're looking for, you'll find it here. Eastgate boasts 122 000m² of shopping delight. The recent revamp of the mall's façade adds to the luxe environment of Bedfordview.

Village View

Village View Shopping Centre is stylish and trendy. Located in the heart of Bedfordview on the corner of Kloof and Van Buuren Roads. This centre boasts hand-picked tenants, selected for their attention to detail and uncompromising quality. Stores include Woolworths Food, a wide range of stunning boutiques and a delectable range of restaurants like Tashas, Pigalle, Rodizio, as well as Turn 'n Tender.

Where To Eat In Bedfordview

Brunch

Fournos

Nestled inside Bedford Centre, Fournos is one of Jozi's most trusted and praised bakeries and breakfast spots. Poached eggs served with salmon, croissants stuffed to the max and build-your-own breakfast buffets are just a few of things that are going on here.

View Cafe

Quite a popular brunch spot, View Cafe has invested an ample amount of time into working with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavour and soul. All of this work shines through in their food. Beyond the presentation of their infamous continental breakfast, View Cafe is a beautifully decorated venue. It's one of those places that looks like it's been frozen in spring all year round.

Dinner

Pigale

Pigalle Bedfordview serves exceptional seafood, meat and poultry dishes with a focus on Portuguese cuisine. They place a strong emphasis on personalised silver service with the intention of creating an unforgettable fine dining experience. Surf 'n turf is the name of the game at Pigalle. They are also your one-stop shop for all things bubbly. With an extensive list of MCCs and champagnes, you're in for a treat.

Mythos

Bedfordview is known for its Greek community. Thats' why Greek family restaurant Mythos, finds itself at home here, despite its distance from the Mediterranean. Built on authentic family recipes all the way from Mykonos to Mikines, Mythos is the place to get your fix of dolmades, spanokopetas and koftas.

Vini's

Imagine pizza and pasta like from the old country, the kind Don Corleone would be proud of. Vini's has a wide selection for those hearty meat eaters, vegetarians and those with a sweet tooth. They indulge in keeping some old-time favourites on their menu and include new dishes to titillate the taste buds. Taking inspiration from seasonal vegetables, fruits and meats, Vini's takes great care in the presentation and flavour of their dishes.

Where To Sleep

B&B's

Munday Bed & Breakfast
The Munday is perfectly situated in a tranquil up-market residential estate in Bedfordview.v The only entrance to this peaceful estate is through three controlled, boomed-off gates with CCTV cameras. It's also guarded 24 hours, creating a peaceful environment.

Hallbury Estate

Located in the quiet suburb of Morninghill, Bedfordview is Hallbury Estate's . Their distinctive contemporary styling, coupled with exceptional levels of service, safety and facilities have made them the venue of choice for guests seeking a comfortable home-away-from-home experience.

Hotels

Mercure Bedfordview

The Mercure Johannesburg Bedfordview is an affordable hotel with 120 air-conditioned rooms and apartments. Unlimited WIFI is available to guests throughout the whole building, and there are three boardrooms and a self-service business centre for your convenience. Guests can lounge on the terrace or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Grab a drink at the bar before heading down to their restaurant, which serves an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Situated opposite Eastgate, the hotel is a central place to hang your hat.

Garden Court Eastgate

Situated 15 minutes from O. R. Tambo International Airport, Garden Court Eastgate is an ideal base of operation for any visiting businessperson or adventurer. The hotel’s 157 en-suite rooms offer a range of amenities, including air conditioning, free WIFI, an electronic safe, a writing desk and 18-hour room service. Rooms include double or queen size beds, ensuring maximum comfort and relaxation. The subtle contemporary decor throughout the hotel enhances your sense of comfort from the moment you arrive.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you visited Bedfordview before? Let us know about it! 

First things first!

To get on your way with Banting, there are a few rules that you need to know. Now, some of the things I’m going to tell you might make you feel a little emotional (bye bye, baked delights!), but life without sugar and carbs is possible! I’ve been through it myself and promise that everything is going to be okay. It's easier to miss cake when you're two sizes down, right? Right.

On your Banting journey, you’re going to have to remember these simple rules:

  1. There are three lists of food that you will live by – the green list, the orange list, and the red list. How I thought of these lists was to think of them as a traffic robot, green is for go, orange is for caution or yield, and red is stop. You must only eat foods from the green list, and if you are looking to treat yourself (in moderation, of course), then eat some things from the orange list. The red list are foods that you must avoid as much as possible, as these are the no-no foods! Check out Auntie Banting for the full lists.
  2. You need to keep an eye on the amount of carbohydrates you take in daily. The rule is that you need to ensure that you eat less than 50g of carbs a day. If you stick to the green list, your daily intake should be correct.
  3. Plan your meals ahead of time! Taking time to prepare your meals will give you the opportunity to put more thought into what you are eating, and help you stick to your Banting goals. To help keep yourself motivated, write out your Banting goals and stick them somewhere where you will see them to help reduce temptation of snacking on the bad (but oh-so good) stuff.
  4. Last but not least, you’re going to have to practice self-control and willpower. It’s pretty hard giving up carb and sugar ‘addictions’, but in the long run, it will definitely benefit you and your health. The first week will be one of the hardest weeks to conquer, but after that, the ride gets a little smoother. Also, expect to experience a ‘carb flu’ while your body is adjusting to the Banting way of life. Don’t worry though; they don’t last long and will only give you mild flu-like symptoms.

Now that the basics are over and done with, it’s time to take on your first challenge.

Clean Out Your Fridge and Cupboards

For me, this was one of the most difficult parts of joining the Banting wagon. Cleaning out my cupboard and ditching all of the snacks and goodies was quite a bittersweet experience. Not only did it mark the beginning of a healthier lifestyle, but it also marked the moment I gave up on delicious goodness (soft sob). But, before you start chucking, make sure you go over the three different lists of the Banting diet to clean out your cupboards accordingly, and do not lie to yourself and hide some stash! All the no-no red list foods must go! Once this is done, it’s time to draw up a shopping list to stock your fridge and cupboards with the good stuff.

Clean Out Fridge

Plan Your Meals

As mentioned in the basic rules of Banting, you will now need to plan your meals in advance. You may think that your meals will be bland or limited owing to the green list, but believe me, there are PLENTY of Banting recipes out there! Browse the internet and print out some recipes to keep your meals exciting. The spice of life is variety, so make sure you find plenty of options to add to your recipe collection. Just make sure that the recipes are Banting friendly, and that the ingredients fall under the green and orange lists. If there are red list foods in the ingredients for a certain meal, try replace those ingredients with Banting friendly options.

Meal Plan

Do Some Exercise!

It takes more than a good diet to lead a healthy lifestyle, so be sure to get active! You don’t have to go all out to get active. If heading to the gym sounds more like too much effort, then try walking! You can walk anywhere and you don’t need to pay a membership fee to do it. Other good alternatives that you can do in the comfort of your own home include Zumba, yoga, and even swimming if you have a pool. Cardio is one of the best ways to burn off energy. And since your body will be fueled by the good fats you will be consuming on the Banting Diet, the more energy you use, the more fat you will burn off.

Exercise & gym

All About Your Food

From now on, you will not be allowed to have ANY sugar or carbs. These foods are BAD! Repeat after me – BAD! You’ll be munching on lots of natural fats, from butter and cream, to animal fat. Vegetables will be your best friends, and despite what they say about fruits being good for you, they are actually your enemy due to being high in fructose (AKA sugar). So, rather act as though fruits as ‘treats’ and refer to the orange food list to see which fruits you can eat in moderation. Also, make sure you are keeping tabs on the amount of carbs you’re eating daily (carbs can be found in various vegetables). You cannot go over 50g of carbs a day. Lastly, drink lots of water!

Vegetables

Don't Eat Too Little Or Too Much

During your first week of Banting, you will feel hungry while your body adjusts to your new diet. This happens because your body was relying on carbs as fuel. The sad reality of carbs though, is that they will make you feel full, but leave you feeling hungry a short while later. Now that you have replaced carbs with natural fats, you will feel fuller for longer. Keep everything at medium portions on your plate, from your low-carb veggies to the good fats and protein. A simple trick to avoid eating too much is to pick a smaller plate over a large one. Larger plates tend to make you eat more food while smaller plates make you take smaller portions.

 

No Snacking!

This is something I definitely battled with. Some people say that it’s okay to snack in between meals, while others say you shouldn’t, but in all honesty, find what works for you. During your first week, you will feel hungrier than normal, so you may need to nibble on something every now and then, but make sure that the snacks at hand are Banting friendly! No sneaky treats or cheating. But, if you are still suffering from hunger pangs in between meals after your first week, then you need to up your natural fat intake, as these fats are supposed to be making you feel fuller for longer.

 

From my experience, those are all the basics you need to know to get started on the Banting way of life! If you have other tips for fellow Banters or if I have left something out, leave a comment below!

Good luck and happy Banting!

What Was it?

The Fourways Farmer's Market bursted at the seams with all things pomegranate, from fresh organic pomegranates to pomegranate-inspired products! If you haven't heard yet, the annual Pomegranate Festival & Night Market is installment. You can expect everything from fresh fruit and pomegranate-inspired delicacies to infused beverages and an array of innovative products uniquely crafted for The Fourways Farmers Market by Ganico Organic Farm. There was live demonstrations on how to peel, eat, drink and simply enjoy this heavenly fruit, as well as a play area for the kids and great entertainment to keep the vibe lively and exciting.

When Was It?

Saturday, 01 April 2017 from 13:00 to 21:00.

Where Was It?

The Fourways Farmer's Market, 01 Montecasino Boulevard and William Nicol, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Was It?

R20 entry for adults at the gate and kids under 12 entry is free.