In Germany, start-up ‘GreenGuru’ provides urban professionals who are too busy to prepare a wholesome lunch with nutritious snacks and meals. Healthy eating has become a trend – and it’s even beneficial for the environment.
Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :
The founders of start-up Green Guru
A gap in the market
Urban professionals who are too busy to make their own lunch
Everything at a touch of a button
They consider healthy eating important
The trend is reflected in super market sales
Demand for wholesome fresh juices is souring
Ready meals full of additives and preservatives
The ready meal segment is stagnating
Nestle is a market leader
Investing heavily in research
Provide nutritional solutions for consumers
Based on their genetic make up
A custom made diet for better health
The head of Nestle Germany predicts that this will be the next big thing
Sweet potato pizza: Slice assorted sweet potatoes and toss in egg white to coat. Season and arrange in a circle, overlapping each slice, on a non-stick tray. Brush with melted butter and bake at 170°C for 20–25 minutes until crisp and golden. Top with your favourite ingredients, like kale leaves, fresh cheese sauce and sliced chorizo. Bake again to heat through and serve with grilled cherry tomatoes.
Beetroot is herbaceous plant that belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. This plant originates from India, Mediterranean areas and Atlantic coast of Europe, but it can be found all over the world today. Beetroot is cultivated mainly because of its high nutritional value. Chemical compounds isolated from beetroot are used in medicine, chemical and food industry. Beetroot was used as ornamental plant in the past. Assyrians were using beetroot in Hanging Gardens of Babylon 800 years BC.
Did you know :
Beetroot develops leafy stem that can grow 39 to 78 inches in height.
Beetroot has heart-shaped leaves. They are usually 2 to 8 inches long in wild plants and much longer in cultivated varieties.
Most people cultivate beetroot because of its edible root. It develops 55 to 65 days after planting of seed. Root is usually red to purple in color. Unlike other types of vegetables, root contains high quantities of sugar.
Beetroot develops small, green or reddish flowers that appear in dense spikes. Flowers are pollinated by wind.
Fruit of beetroot is called nutlet. It has hard structure and it is arranged in clusters.
Beetroot has high nutritional value. Besides high content of sugar, beetroot is rich source of vitamins B6 and B9 and minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium.
Beetroot can be used raw, cooked or pickled. It is often used for salads, soups and as an ingredient of dishes made of meat. Beetroot can be also used for the manufacture of wine.
Leaves of beetroot are also edible. Fresh leaves taste like spinach.
Leaves of beetroot were used for binding of wounds in the ancient Greece. Beetroot was popular “mouth freshener” in the past. It was used to eliminate the smell of garlic. Latest medical experiments showed that beetroot lowers blood pressure and increases endurance in athletes. It also prevents development of liver diseases which result from protein deficiency, diabetes or alcohol abuse.
Beetroot juice was used as dye in the past. During the 19th century, women used beetroot for dyeing of hair.
Betain is a substance isolated from beetroot. It is responsible for the purple color of the root. This substance is used in food industry to improve color and taste of desserts, jams, ice-creams, jellies, tomato sauces and breakfast cereals.
Home-made lotion (produced by boiling the beetroot) can be used for the removal of dandruff.
Juice made of beetroot can be used instead of litmus paper to determine acidity or alkalinity of solution. One drop of beetroot juice changes its color in pink in acid solutions and into yellow in alkaline solution.
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
My love affair for mushrooms started when I had to walk
It has developed into basically growing my own Shiitake Mushrooms out of logs
They help with cholesterol
They’ll break down tumors if you catch them in time
They’ll build up your immune system
I reckon that anybody can do it
An oak log between the diameter of 10cm-30cm
Give it a two-week rest period
A little gap of air underneath
Dab some wax on the top of it
Keep moisture content up
To keep bugs and mice away
Cool shady area
It’s just something very magical
Shiitake Mushrooms for Wellness & Miso Ginger Soup
Found growing in moist forests on the decaying trunks of fallen trees, Shiitake mushrooms have been an important medicine and food source in Asia for thousands of years. These “flower mushrooms” are used to support a healthy immune system and are frequently eaten during an occasional bout of seasonal sniffles. They’re also really delicious, with a nice meaty texture. Food is medicine, right?
The stories say that a thousand years ago, a farmer decided to score a moist log and then packed wild Shiitakes into the notched wood. To his happy surprise, the inoculation was successful and soon whole mushrooms grew from the trunk, making Shiitakes one of the first cultivated fungi. These much beloved mushrooms can be taken as an extract, tea, or in capsule form. They’re also commonly used in cooking and can be easily reconstituted to use in soups, stir-fries, curries, and sautés, or powdered and used in gravies.
It will involve one-on-one nutrition consultations
Developing and facilitating nutrition seminars
Continuously be learning
Helping them implementing some changes that are going to improve their lifestyle
Job Profile – Nutritionist :
“If you are interested in healthy eating and want to help improve people’s wellbeing, this job could be perfect for you. Nutritionists need to be able to relate to people from all backgrounds. They need to inspire and motivate people. They also need a non-judgemental attitude. To become a nutritionist you will normally need an approved degree or postgraduate qualification, or a minimum of seven years’ experience in this field.
Skills, interests and qualities
To become a nutritionist, you will need to have:
excellent communication skills
the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds
a non-judgemental attitude
the ability to inspire and motivate people
a keen interest in healthy eating
good knowledge of the impact of diet on health
evaluation and reporting skills
good time management and organisation skills
the ability to work as part of a team and with other professionals”