On Wednesday, 20 November 2019, Pick n Pay announced some exciting news. Launching over 500 new products in their Livewell Range in January 2020, PnP will make healthy eating even easier. With more customer-friendly labels for smarter choices, PnP is catering to health conscious shoppers countrywide. The Livewell Range already features an array of snack packs, wholegrains and frozen foods. With reduced salt, sugar and saturated fats, these products are ideal for people looking for healthier alternatives to their favourite snacks and meals. Seeing that South Africa is one of the unhealthiest nations in the world, the PnP Livewell Range couldn't make its debut at a better time.
The Livewell Range is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly, with a number of guilt-free products to tuck into. The newly improved beetroot hummus is one of our favourites. Vegan-friendly, low in fat and full of flavour, this spread is the perfect accompaniment to a freshly baked wholewheat loaf or seed crackers. We also love PnP's Cranberry and Cherry Rooibos Tea, with energy boosting properties and sweet fruity notes. Paired with a bowl of rolled overnight oats or chia pudding topped with berries, this is breakfast fit for a health conscious king or queen.
Preparing your daily smoothie can be a task and a half. All the peeling, chopping, de-seeding and blending takes up a significant amount of time. And, unfortunately, restaurant smoothie options are laden with hidden sugars and fats. That's why Kauai and Pick n Pay have partnered to bring you healthy frozen ready-to-eat meals, sides and smoothies under the Livewell brand. You can now enjoy your favourite Kauai meals directly from Pick n Pay fridges. Over 220 stores currently stock these products, with more to be introduced in the new year. The ready-to-go smoothie pack comes complete with all the ingredients you need to create your own smoothie masterpiece at home. All you need to do is pick up your Kauai pack from PnP, blend it up at home and enjoy!
Not only are Pick n Pay making it easier to eat well and live longer, but they are set to relaunch their R5 reusable bag as an alternative to plastic bags. Knowing that times are tough, but that you also want to do your part to prevent further global warming, PnP introduced the affordable R5 environmentally-friendly shopping bag. The bag will be launched at 22 stores across the country in January, before being rolled out nationwide. Support this initiative to ensure that the economical eco-friendly bag stays available.
If you need a little help starting your health journey, pick up the Livewell catalogues available at all PnP stores. These leaflets not only advise on how much salt, sugar and saturated fat you should consume, but they offer tips on how to cut down and replace these harmful food items with healthy alternatives. You can also add the PnP Fresh Living magazine to your shopping trolley for a variety of recipes featuring Livewell products.
You can also check out what's cooking at the PnP Good Food Studio on Nicol. Learn how to whip up healthy, yet delicious meals using the freshest ingredients from PnP here.
Visit the Pick n Pay website for more information about the Livewell Range, or follow them on social media:
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Have you tried any of Pick n Pay's Livewell products? Let us know what you think about them!
The Banting revolution has taken Joburg by storm. So much so that restaurants are now dedicating menus to this low-carb diet.
What Is Banting?
Banting is a diet that is low in carbohydrates, specifically food without gluten and additives. Instead, dieters eat clean and lean food.
Why It's A Hit
Joburg residents are choosing to better their lifestyles by making healthier decisions and eating better. The banting diet has become a popular trend because it is low in carbs, high in nutrients and aids the body in burning fat.
Here is a beginner's guide on where to begin to explore the banting diet while still enjoying some delicious food:
Col'Cacchio specialises in Italian cuisine. They also have multiple dietary offerings to cater to different types of requirements, including a few Banting choices.
At Col'Cacchio, you will be introduced to multiple options and flavourful meals.
Fruits & Roots Health Store & Restaurant is an organic food based restaurant that aims to create meals that are fuelling, clean and delicious.
The restaurant offers food and beverages that are packed with natural ingredients.
Fruits And Roots has a wide range of gluten-free foods, a vegetarian buffet and a juice and smoothie bar. Here, you can enjoy a sublime Banting feast.
View Restaurant is situated at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff and has become a favourite for Banting choices.
The restaurant is all about creativity and innovation, bringing something new to the table.
Stop by for a delicious meal, while enjoying the spectacular view.
With all the upcoming trends, new dietary preferences and requirements, it can be hard to find places that offer gluten-free food. Many have switched to gluten-free food because they feel it is healthier. Others are allergic to gluten and have no choice but to go gluten-free.
But this doesn't mean you have to give up all your favourite food. There are many restaurants and eateries across Joburg now serving delicious gluten-free options.
Fruits and Roots is an organic food based spot. They craft food and beverages that are packed with natural ingredients to keep your body well fueled. Their restaurant uses the best ingredients to make you a healthy and tasty meal. They have a wide range of gluten-free foods, a vegetarian buffet and a juice & smoothie bar.
Address: Hobart Corner Shopping Centre, Hobart & Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
The Fresh Earth brand, as the name suggests, is all about freshness. The Fresh Earth Bake House makes some of the best bakes for you to enjoy. Whether you want something to eat on the go or are looking for gluten-free goods, this is the place for you. Their wide range of products includes breads, rusks, muffins, granola, pizza bases, wraps and so much more.
You can also visit the Fresh Earth restaurant for a lovely meal.
Address: Fresh Earth Bake House, 14 Mandy Road, Reuven, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Free Food is a restaurant that specialises in food that is not only fueling, but healthy and delicious. They have seasonal menus that cater breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Free Food also has a deli for you to grab something to take home.
Address: Shop 5 Reithmere, Delta Road & Corlett Drive, Birnam, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
What is your favourite gluten-free spot? Let us know in the comments section below!
Checkers want you to live better, so that you can live longer. That's why they have developed the Simple Truth Range - a variety of health food and cleaning products which are free of artificial colourants, flavours, sweeteners and have no added MSG. Featuring pantry essentials, cooking oils and tasty snacks, this range is ever growing to include more of your favourite food goodies. Checkers Simple Truth cleaning products are eco-friendly and biodegradable. So, hop on the Simple Truth band wagon if you are serious about kicking sugar, wheat or dairy to the curb and helping the environment.
Reduced sugar, gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, what more could you want in a sticky dark chocolate fudge brownie? Next time you have a hankering for chocolate, pick up one of these. It's an almost guilt-free indulgence. But, beware these are super rich, so pace yourself!
We know that some people prefer crunchy peanut butter to smooth, but there is just something so satisfying about the Checkers Simple Truth smooth roasted peanut butter. With no added sugar or salt, this preservative free sandwich spread is super healthy. With its natural fat and high protein content, this is the perfect snack for kids and adults. Spread over apple slices with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you're in peanut butter heaven.
Unsweetened almond milk can be hard to come by. But, not at Checkers. Their UHT unsweetened almond milk is suitable for vegans, or anyone looking to start increasing their plant-based consumption. As it's locally made, Checkers Simple Truth almond milk is less costly than imported versions. So, get yourself on the organic bandwagon and drink up those almonds.
Not a fan of zucchini noodles? Neither are we. We much prefer Simple Truth's vegan sweet potato noodles. Egg-free and vibrant with colour, these noodles go well with a hearty lentil bolognaise sauce or veggie stir fry. If sweet potato doesn't float your boat, they also have turmeric noodles and Moringa noodles to get you slurping.
The health benefits of raw honey have been proven time and time again. A natural anti-inflammatory, honey is nature's cure to the common cold. Checkers Simple Truth honey is locally sourced wild blossom honey. 100% pure, unfiltered and unheated, this is the ideal pantry staple. Spoon a little into your tea or pair with one of the famous indulgent cheeses at Checkers. Yum!
Cooking healthy meals for the kids day in and day out can be tedious to say the least. That's where the Checkers Oh My Goodness! range comes in. Endorsed by Gordon Ramsay himself, this range of pre-made meals and snacks are free from MSG, added sugar and salt, and contain no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. However, there is no skimping on flavour here. The kids will love the natural sweetness of berries included in their fruit rolls, yogurts and gluten-free cereals. Get rid of all the usual nasty stuff and feed the kids natural goodness instead.
Banting took over the food world a few years ago. While most of the hype has died down, there are still a good number of Banting devotees out there. To help you keep your carb intake down, Checkers developed a range of Banting friendly salad dressings, marinades, cured meats and seeded breads. No need to worry about hidden sugars in your condiments or snacks!
If the Simple Truth range, Oh My Goodness! and Banting Revolution weren't enough to kick start your journey to the healthy life, then check out Health Connection Wholefoods on shelves at Checkers, which includes rolled oats, quinoa, chia and pumpkin seeds and almond flour. These are all you need to perfect your gluten-free baking. These healthy alternatives also make breakfast a whole lot easier. So, rather than picking up that sugar loaded petrol station muffin, prepare yourself a jar of overnight oats or chia pudding.
So, there you have it! All of the essential Checkers Simple Truth health products you should add to your shelves. Happy, healthy eating!
Click here to find your nearest Checkers store in Johannesburg.