Orangutans

Goodlife and the World Land Trust

As many of you may know, Goodlife have avidly supported the World Land Trust for several years, donating money to the charity for every pack of products sold. Up until 2011, we donated funds to the REGUA Appeal in Brazil - now our donations are directed towards the Borneo Orangutan Appeal.

We donate 1p per pack to the appeal which helps the endangered Orangutan which is currently at serious threat of extinction from deforestation. Palm Oil is a huge issue the WLT face, and is one of the main reasons the beautiful Orangutan is quickly becoming extinct. Loggers chop down the palm trees the Orangutans call home, to make a cheaper alternative to Vegetable or Rapeseed Oils so widely available to us. We don't use Palm Oil in any of our products, and all money we raise helps to protect this endangered species and their habitats from being destroyed.

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Veg of the Month - Cauliflower

Veg of the Month – Cauliflower

Did you know that the cauliflower is one of the healthiest foods you can eat? It has what's known as a negative calorie value - which means that calories you burn from eating it, are more than what it actually contains - which is fab news for those who want to shift a few pounds!

Cauliflower is one of those great all-year round vegetables, and is insanely versatile. Because of it's health benefits, it's now being used in dishes such as pizzas - you make a pizza crust out of it so it's better for you then pizza dough. Neat, eh?

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Old Spitalfields Market

Bringing a veg celebration to the people, we recently sampled our vegetable-based range in a converted vintage American Airstream at London’s iconic Old Spitalfields Market.

Providing the ultimate vegelicious treat in this London hotspot, the Goodlife team handed out FREE bite size pieces of our inspiringly original and tasty vegetarian sausages and vegan burgers to passers by. Over the 5 days, we gave out thousands of samples! We also had a chef on hand who was cooking up some tasty homemade recipes too, including sausage and mash with caramelised onion gravy (our fave!), sausages in a wrap with a cool yoghurt dressing, and Spicy Veg Bean Burgers on buns for those who couldn’t get enough of the Goodlife flavours!

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Ugly Veg - Twisted Carrots

We Love Ugly Veg

Admit it - when we've been to our local supermarket and picked up some fresh fruit and veg, we've all passed over the carrot with two legs, the deformed potato, or the wonky aubergine in favour of the ones that look more "normal". As a nation, we tend to eat with our eyes as well as our stomach, opting not to eat something that doesn't look quite right. This has led to over 300 million tonnes of food being wasted every year! Around 40% of this waste is just misshapen fruit and veg - or what is affectionately known as "Ugly" fruit and veg.

In an attempt to reduce this waste, a supermarket chain in France (one that previously dumped ugly fruit and veg) have began putting the produce on sale in thousands of stores across the country at a price 30% cheaper than the "pretty" alternatives. It's proved such a success, that other French supermarket chains have adopted the initiative!

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Vegetable of the Month - Sprout

Vegetable of the Month – Sprout

Because it’s December, our veg of the month is the mighty sprout! Although the sprout is commonly known as a vegetable side dish during our Christmas dinners, over 2/3 of the annual consumption is outside the festive season. Here at Goodlife, the sprout is very much like Marmite – some of us love them, some of us hate them; but we all munch on a few with our Christmas lunches. The crazy people over at M&S have developed a festive smoothie containing Brussels Sprout, Apple and Pear. It doesn’t sound too appealing, but there’s only one way to find out!

Have you ever wondered why sprouts smell a bit strange? That’s because we’re only meant to cook them for around 5 minutes – anything longer and the high levels of sulforaphane found in them can make them smell like rotten eggs! (Eurgh!) They’re also known to aid digestion, and 5,000 years ago, were prescribed by Chinese doctors for bowel problems. (Cue the smelly fart jokes.)

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Parsnips - vegetable of the month

Vegetable of the Month – Parsnip

Here at Goodlife we love our parsnips. We love them honey roasted, mashed with carrots and swede, chopped up and cooked in a yummy veggie casserole; and best of all – in our Picador Parsnip and Sweet Carrot Nut Burger with Crunchy Cashews! We love how their soft, fragrant, and sweet flesh adds a warm and comforting element to dishes.

Parsnips are mainly grown in colder parts of Europe and here in the UK – our cool climate makes it the ideal place to grow the perfect parsnip. Parsnips are closely related to the carrot, yet have a much sweeter flavour, much like a sweet potato. Parsnips are at their best in the autumn and early winter, as the first frost of the year is the thing that turns the starch in the parsnips into sugar, giving them their distinctive taste!

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We Love Pinterest

We’re constantly looking all around us for vegetable inspiration. Whether it’s photography, illustrations, recipes or artworks we always love to celebrate and enjoy anything and anyone who shares our belief in making vegetables the hero. Pinterest is full of vegetable amazingness and we try and make sure we regularly go out there and find new stuff that inspires us. Come and follow us on pinterest (so we can follow you too), see what’s been catching out eye and share with us all the stuff you come across that celebrates the veg and making good stuff great!

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Vegetable of the Month – Squash

There are so many reasons we love squash as a vegetable it’s hard to know where to begin.

We love the way its colourful presence is the perfect symbol of autumn.

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