Alternatives for people who don’t like cooking, or don’t have time to cook.
This week I had the pleasure of chatting with ex-Adelaidian Rebecca Carden from My Goodness Organics. When I read the “About” page on her site, I knew I’d found a business which provides a service for people who need alternatives that I needed to share.
Lisa: What do you think are the 3 biggest barriers making it hard for people to cook and eat healthily at home?
Rebecca: 1. Not enough time. 2. Not having all the ingredients on hand to follow and create a healthy recipe and therefore frustration sets in and they give up and take the easiest option e.g. takeaway. 3. Ingredient overwhelm. There is an awful lot of confusion out there about where to find healthy ingredients or how to choose healthy ingredients e.g., a low fat product doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy as it’s most likely loaded with sugar.
Lisa: What alternatives does a business like My Goodness Organics offer the everyday person who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle?
Rebecca: We take the guess work and time out of coming up with creative, healthy meals that cover all dietary bases.
The overwhelm is gone. The fully stocked pantry of alternative ingredients doesn’t matter, ones ability to follow a recipe doesn’t matter and the time spent creating a healthy meal doesn’t matter.
For the person who is new to exploring healthy alternatives, it’s a godsend and easy introduction to the possibilities of healthy food AND they get to experience the feeling of good health as a result.
We think of our service as the perfect motivator to keep them going with their health journey. After a month with us, they feel lighter, happier, clearer and they stand a better chance of continuing to make healthy choices for themselves. The education we provide through our blogs is crucial to empowering our customers to continue their health journey and not give up.
Lisa: How does My Goodness Organics help the everyday person overcome those barriers to cooking and eating healthily at home?
Rebecca: We provide a significant variety of food. Over 120 different meal creations are offered on our menus each month which means our customers never get bored and they are exposed to the possibilities of what they could make themselves.
For the single professional working long hours though, cooking for one can be frustrating and we are the ideal solution to keep them productive and healthy whilst they achieve their career goals. Being time poor is no longer an excuse to eating healthy when you have us around.
Lisa: What is your story? How did you come to run this business and make this great alternative available for people?
My Goodness Organics began through Warren (my partner in life and crime) and my own passion to provide a service that offered a ‘real food alternative’. The focus was on providing a service that nourished your body and didn’t focus on weight loss, but rather whole health without anything artificial.
It’s a culmination of everything that Warren and I have learnt along our own health journeys. From Systemic Candida to Graves Disease and Cystic Acne, we wanted to share our knowledge and inspirations with as many people possible and show them what a great diet can do. We are passionate advocates of making food as medicine as enjoyable as possible. We help people regain and maintain control of their health & wellbeing through eating organic meals 100% free from gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar.
Lisa: Do you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share with us?
Rebecca: These Raw Tahini Bars: Makes about 30 and are perfect for adults and kids lunch boxes alike.
Raw Tahini Bars.
- 2 cup puffed rice/ quinoa/ millet/ amaranth cereal (your choice)
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut toasted
- 1/2 cup dried apricot, diced
- ½ cup cranberries (blueberries or inca berries work well too)
- 1/2 cup dried figs (or 1/2 cup dates diced)
- 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted (replace with a combination of sunflower seeds and chia for a nut free version)
- 1 cup pepitas
- 1 cup LSA or Chia Meal
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup coconut nectar (maple syrup/ brown rice syrup or honey works just fine here also)
- 1 cup tahini
- Lightly warm all the dry ingredients in the oven. This makes it easier to work in the liquid ingredients.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl except the coconut nectar and tahini.
- Melt the liquid ingredients over very low heat and add to the dry ingredients.
- Mix everything together till binded and sticky then spread into a lined lamington tin. Use a rolling pin over baking paper or glad wrap. You want it to be as tightly packed in as possible.
- Pop in the fridge and allow to firm up before cutting.
- If you are feeling particularly decadent drizzle with raw chocolate for absolute afternoon munchies bliss.
If you’d like to contact Rebecca & Warren or learn more about My Goodness Organics and getting wholefood meals delivered to your door, then you can visit their website here: http://mygoodnessorganics.com.au