We’re back!

OBG has been quiet in our blogs, with more posts on Twitter and Facebook. Though we’re back. Having moved our warehouse to bigger premises and expanding our range every day. We’re an ‘organic’ group with lots more organic ideas to come.

To reboost our energy after a month of logistical thinking, lets be creative again.

A perfect affirmation to say and feel. Aw, do seals ever feel unhappy?

 

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Agar Agar – the wonderfood for Gelatine Free Pudding!

NEW!

Natali’s Certified Organic Dessert pudding mixes – mix with your favourite non-dairy milk.

Uses real chocolate, fruit, grains with Agar Agar – a vegan seaweed thickener or gelling agent used for thousands of years to produce a quick and easy pudding mix. Just 3-6 ingredients.

http://obg.com.au/natali
http://obg.com.au/milks

Gelatine Free! plus
Dairy Free
Soy Free
Gluten Free
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly
…. some Sugar Free!

Flavours:
Fairtrade Chocolate
Strawberry
Vanilla – real vanilla bean
Lemon
Millet
Quinoa.

Enjoy!

 

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High Fibre Low Carb Konjac Shirataki Noodles – why do Doctors love Konjac Fibre?

NEW!

At last – KONJAC Low Carb Gluten Free High Fibre ‘Naked’ Noodles by Jen.

Certified Organic too – like no other.

Enjoy Angel Hair or Fettucine:

– High Fibre
– Low Carb
– Fat Free
– Egg Free
– Dairy Free
– Soy Free
– Sugar Free
– Gluten and Wheat Free
– Low GI
– Low carlories = only 6 calories per serving
– Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
– Certified Organic
– BPA Free Packaging
– Superfood Konjac – regulate hormones, aids weight loss, stabilises blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, anti ageing, constipation and more!

http://obg.com.au/jen

On the Revolutionary Metabolism Boosters episode of his show, Dr. Mehment Oz called Konjac fibre “the most potent natural fiber that I know of.”

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/revolutionary-metabolism-boosters-pt-2

Organic Sourdough breads – is it Yeast free?

The answer is Yes!

The beauty about Organic Sourdough Breads is that they are cultivated or cultured with natural good bacteria that naturally grows in the flour over time. No yeast is used at all.

Some sourdough cultures were made over 100 years ago, and are still going strong today passed down from generation to generation. Sourdough is simply a grain flour that has been allowed to naturally ferment to produce good healthy cultures which aid in raising and creating a wonderful, flavoursome sourdough loaf. These cultures aid digestion and boost the absorption of nutrients in our body.

What’s in our Bread-Loaves category?

– Unique Kamut and Spelt Organic Sourdough and
– Exclusive Spelt Fruit Organic Sourdough – only available here online, and Bills Bakery’s own weekend market store in the Hunter.

All Yeast Free.
All Stoneground Wholegrain flours.
With added Psyllium Husks for more fibre and goodness to aid digestion.

See what other Bread – Loaves are on offer:

www.obg.com.au/breads

Or bake your own sourdough loaf with an Ancient 120 year old Organic German Sourdough Culture. The older the Sourdough, the stronger and healthier the culture.

www.obg.com.au/1232

Ancient Sourdough Culture

 

 

Hot Cross Buns – Yeast Free Sourdough!

HOT CROSS BUNS!

Need we say more?!

Yes – Yeast Free Stoneground Organic Sourdough.
Baked in the Hunter Valley by Bills Organic Bakery.

Only here at Organic Buyers Group.
Order now till after Easter.

Pure deliciousness in 6 warm little buns. Its a once a year treat!

Get in quick!

Hot Cross Buns Yeast Free Stoneground Sourdough Certified Organic

 

Click here to learn more.

 

 

Licorice – a wonder food?

The humble, sometimes forgotten licorice candy or chew in our cupboard is our topic today.

We recently included an Australian Certified Organic Licorice in our store here due to customer demand and the fact we just love our licorice.

Green Grove Organics in Junee, NSW have been making organic licorice and chocolate for decades. The typical ingredients of a licorice chew are: molasses, flour, sugar, licorice root and aniseed.

The speciality of our chosen licorice is that it is made with Spelt flour which is more nutritious than modern day wheat, with a lower GI and wonderful flavour.

Another good thing is that we can enjoy pure licorice in powder form, as a tablet or in a tea blend.

So why is licorice so good for you?

Licorice Root and the licorice straps we grew up with!

 

Green Grove Organics, along with other health sources have shared that licorice aids digestion. For any digestion problems including acid reflux, consuming a licorice tablet or food, tea before eating helps encourage mucin production in the oesophagus providing a protective barrier against stomach acids or other acidic fluids.

Some other benefits of licorice are that it may aid in the following areas:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Is a mild natural pain reliever
  • Aids endurance
  • Activates the liver
  • Rejuvinates the pancreas
  • Strengthens the respiratory system
  • Aids digestion
  • Cures ulcers
  • Fights tooth decay.

Licorice is a medicinal herb that dates back over 4000 years. Ancient clay tablets describe licorice as the “elixir of life” for it’s cure-all characteristics.

The botanical name for licorice actually means ‘sweet root’ and is the key to the remarkable taste and medicinal properties of licorice. In the root of the licorice plant is a substance called glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than cane sugar. This has made the root of the licorice plant a versatile and healthy flavouring in many foods and medicines.

Modern research has been able to substitute synthetic substances for licorice, however they don’t have the same therapeutic benefits.

Organic licorice on the other hand is an attempt to adhere to the traditional methods of growing and making licorice that combines the taste and the health benefits of this ancient herb.

So enjoy your Organic Licorice made in Australian today – in store now – here.

 

Its delicious and good for you!

 

 

6 Tips for Healthy Food Combining

After choosing more alkaline foods, lets look at some quick tips on what foods we ideally should eat together and foods we should eat alone.

The basis of food combining is that the body digests starch carbohydrates first using alkaline enzymes. Heavy proteins such as animal proteins require acidic enzymes for digestion, and take longer to pass through our digestive system.

Based on simple chemistry, combining alkaline and acid can neutralise enzymes, causing foods to sit undigested, fermenting in the body, building up gas and bloating. This is an acidic state which creates inflammation and disease in our once healthy bodies.

Jill Ettinger from the Organic Authority lists some quick and easy tips which we have also added to, so you will remember and most of all, use every day when choosing your next delicious meal. Thanks Jill!

6 Tips for Healthy Food Combining:

1.     Fruits first or all alone, and all melons should only be eaten alone. They are nature’s candy; sweet, fibrous and full of all sorts of nutrients. They’re so good that your body wants to get them in your system fast, so they digest quicker than any other foods. This is great when you grab an apple as a snack.  Fruits after a meal is not good. Fruits will get trapped in between slower digesting foods in the pipeline, which can cause fermenting, gas and bloating.

2.     Proteins and greens. Animal proteins and starch do not mix. Vegetable proteins and starch are OK. Protein is a great way to feel full so that you avoid grabbing high energy sugary treats. Heavy animal proteins eaten with the wrong foods e.g. starchy breads, rice, pasta –  can make you feel sluggish and bloated. Have a salad with your sandwich and avoid the starchy chips. Combined badly, the body will process the carbs (using alkaline enzymes) first leaving the proteins (which require acidic enzymes) without proper attention, causing major tummy aches.

3.     Skip the sips. Liquid dilutes the enzymes in the stomach that are critical to digestion. While it’s important to stay well hydrated, drink an hour before or after your meal. If you simply can’t do without, take small sips. Never gulp.

4.     Veggie Burgers. Starches need alkalinity to digest properly. Greens are the best source of alkaline foods. So whether it’s a baked potato or tofu sandwich, pair it with something green.

5.     Think like your food. It may sound silly, but it works. Where do the ingredients on your plate come from? If one item was grown in the jungle, one from your backyard, something weird that looks like it was frozen and then deep-fried, it’ll probably end up feeling like your stomach is taking you on a world tour later. Eat like with like and head for the dance floor instead of the Pepto.

6.     Soup, Salad, Starch, Protein. Memorise that list. If you eat your meals following that order, by consuming the easiest and quicker digested first, you’re less likely to regret a single bite.

(Source: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/6-tips-for-healthy-food-combining.html)

So think alkaline, think clean meals, enjoying the 80% of healthy eating, whilst also indulging in the 20% of your favourite foods, guilt-free knowing that the rest of your good habits create a balanced lifestyle.

 

 

What foods are Alkaline vs Acid: Food Chart

As we previously mentioned in a last post, a more alkaline diet promotes good health, reducing the risk of inflammation and stress on our body.

Why is this?
Our normal pH level is slightly alkaline, slightly above neutral at around 7.2 – 7.3.

A healthy alkaline body feels – good levels of energy, has a clear mind to make decisions and focus on tasks at hand, has a good healthy appetite, does not feel bloated or too gassy, has regular easy bowel movements, sleeps well and wakes up feeling rejuvenated.

An acidic body leads to inflammation, potential heart disease, arthritis and a list of other life-threatening ailments due to the imbalance of acid and alkaline in our body’s fluids and tissues. It is simple chemistry. Our body cannot sustain a healthy equilibrium in an acidic state.

Some symptoms may be feeling thirsty after a meal, or feeling prickly skin that sweats or becomes red and itchy. Internal inflammation can visibly manifests itself through our skin – skin disorders, rash, eczema are all signs. Or a good indication is a red colour on the tip of your tongue maybe even swollen, or sore. A heavy whiteish or yellow coating on your tongue each morning tells alot about a bad diet. You can feel the difference when you eat a fresh alkaline food instead of an acidic food.

For optimum cell function, we require more alkaline foods which are also high in nutrition.
A balance of 80-20 alkaline-acid is the ideal ratio to boost your immunity, rejuvenate your hard-working body, cleanse toxins and organs and recharge your energy.

However our modern day eating habits or availability of more processed, higher fat, higher salt, higher animal and higher sugar types of foods have caused our normal healthy pH to become more acidic.

Examples:
Alkalising foods – green vegetables, sprouts (DIY Sprout Kit) – full of active enzymes, raw and nutritious plant protein. Organic is best without pesticides and toxic chemicals, and even better raw foods.
Acidifying foods – meat, dairy, some grains, fast food.

There are many sources of information available on alkaline vs acidic foods and also various ways of how the pH of foods are tested – testing ash residue of the food or the sugar levels of foods and its effects on our body.

A good website we found described an informative chart and some simple strategies that may help to gradually balance your pH level:

non-dairy milks e.g. almond milk instead of animal dairy products
– no red meat and reduction of any chicken or turkey
– no soft drinks, soda, coffee – alkaline water and alkaline green drinks instead
– wholewheat products instead of anything containing white flour
– big salads as a whole meal as often as possible, including tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, almonds, avocados with pumpkin, sunflower, or sesame seeds
– no processed, ready made or fast food at all.

The food chart below for Alkaline and Acidic Food is divided into three categories:
1. Foods you should eat in abundance
2. Foods you should eat moderately
3. Foods you should try to avoid.

The table below helps to identify various foods’ pH-level. Each one is assigned a number which mirrors its approximate relative potential of alkalinity (+) or acidity (-) existent in one ounce (28.35g) of food. The higher the number, the better it is for you to eat.

 

Healthy Alkaline Foods
– Eat lots of them!

Vegetables
Alfalfa Grass +29.3
Asparagus +1.3
Barley Grass +28.1
Broccoli +14.4
Brussels Sprouts +0.5
Cabbage Lettuce, Fresh +14.1
Cauliflower +3.1
Cayenne Pepper +18.8
Celery +13.3
Chives +8.3
Comfrey +1.5
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Dandelion +22.7
Dog Grass +22.6
Endive, Fresh +14.5
French Cut Green Beans +11.2
Garlic +13.2
Green Cabbage December Harvest +4.0
Green Cabbage, March Harvest +2.0
Kamut Grass +27.6
Lamb’s Lettuce +4.8
Leeks (Bulbs) +7.2
Lettuce +2.2
Onion +3.0
Peas, Fresh +5.1
Peas, Ripe +0.5
Red Cabbage +6.3
Rhubarb Stalks +6.3
Savoy Cabbage +4.5
Shave Grass +21.7
Sorrel +11.5
Soy Sprouts +29.5
Spinach (Other Than March) +13.1
Spinach, March Harvest +8.0
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Straw Grass +21.4
Watercress +7.7
Wheat Grass +33.8
White Cabbage +3.3
Zucchini +5.7

Root Vegetables
Beet +11.3
Carrot +9.5
Horseradish +6.8
Kohlrabi +5.1
Potatoes +2.0
Red Radish +16.7
Rutabaga +3.1
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Turnip +8.0
White Radish (Spring) +3.1

Fruits
Avocado (Protein) +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6

Non-Stored Organic Grains And Legumes
Buckwheat Groats +0.5
Granulated Soy (Cooked Ground Soy Beans) +12.8
Lentils +0.6
Lima Beans +12.0
Quinoa +
Soy Flour +2.5
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
White Beans (Navy Beans) +12.1

Nuts
Almonds +3.6
Brazil Nuts +0.5

Seeds
Caraway Seeds +2.3
Cumin Seeds +1.1
Fennel Seeds +1.3
Flax Seeds +1.3
Pumpkin Seeds +5.6
Sesame Seeds +0.5
Sunflower Seeds +5.4
Wheat Kernel +11.4

Fats (Fresh, Cold-Pressed Oils)
Borage Oil +3.2
Evening Primrose Oil +4.1
Flax Seed Oil +3.5
Marine Lipids +4.7
Olive Oil +1.0

Foods you should only
consume moderately

Fruits
(In Season, For Cleansing Only Or With Moderation)
Apples -8,5
Apricot -9.5
Banana, Ripe -10.1
Bananna, Unripe +4.8
Black Currant -6.1
Blueberry -5.3
Cantaloupe -2.5
Cherry, Sour +3.5
Cherry, Sweet -3.6
Coconut, Fresh +0.5
Cranberry -7.0
Currant -8.2
Date -4.7
Fig Juice Powder -2.4
Gooseberry, Ripe -7.7
Grape, Ripe -7.6
Grapefruit -1.7
Italian Plum -4.9
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
Rasperry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9
Non-Stored Grains
Brown Rice -12.5
Wheat -10.1
Nuts
Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0
Fish
Fresh Water Fish -11.8
Fats
Coconut Milk -1.5
Sunflower Oil -6.7

Unhealthy Acidic Foods
– Try to avoid them!

Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0
Milk And Milk Products
Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0
Quark -17.3
Bread, Biscuits (Stored Grains/Risen Dough)
Rye Bread -2.5
White Biscuit -6.5
White Bread -10.0
Whole-Grain Bread -4.5
Whole-Meal Bread -6.5
Nuts
Cashews -9.3
Peanuts -12.8
Pistachios -16.6
Fats
Butter -3.9
Corn Oil -6.5
Margarine -7.5
Sweets
Artificial Sweetners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Dr. Bronner’s Barley
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6

Condiments
Ketchup -12.4
Mayonaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4
Beverages
Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4
Miscellaneous
Canned Foods
Microwaved Foods
Processed Foods

Table: pH scale of alkaline and acid forming foods
(Source: “Back To The House Of Health” by Shelley Redford Young and from http://www.balance-ph-diet.com/acid_alkaline_food_chart.html)

 

Enjoy a healthy and delicious balance of foods for a healthy body and healthier future.

 

 

 

 

20 reasons to go Organic

What is Certified Organic?

Organic produce is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMOs with a focus on environmentally sustainable practices.

Organic systems are an innovative method of farming and production focused on soil and land health, and balanced eco-systems. Techniques used in organic agriculture deliver a diverse range of benefits and their potential is increasingly being recognised in the development of sustainable food and fibre technology for the future.

Organic food is not just chemical-free. Organic farmers take a holistic approach to food production and handling, and the whole system is linked – Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment. Health.

To read more on the benefits of organic click here.

 

 

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