The future of eating

The future of eating

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 :

  • Rush hour
  • The founders of start-up Green Guru
  • A gap in the market
  • Urban professionals who are too busy to make their own lunch
  • Instant gratification
  • 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
  • Fresh produce
  • 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
  • No one size fits all
  • A number of other parameters
  • Food manufanctures
  • Online nutritional advice services
  • The statistics mainly reflect rough averages
  • These days a growin number of Germans
  • Switching to vegetarian diets
  • The number of Vegans has risen in recent years
  • A sustainable future
  • A trend that will continue to grow
  • Butchers beg to differ
  • There will always be a demand for meat
  • Throwing away as little as possible
  • It tackles food waste with technology
  • They are sold at a discounted price
  • It’s all about reducing waste
  • To produce food on demand
  • With a click of a button


Try something new

Try something new

[woolworths sa]

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.

Super delicious

Super delicious

 [tiger in a jar]
Beetroot Facts

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.
[soft schools]
It’s just something very magical

It’s just something very magical

[Green Renaissance]

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
  • Off ground
  • 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.

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Fruit can fly !

Fruit can fly !

[Pick n Pay]
1 orange slice

11 blueberries

1 kiwi slice, shaped into ovals

1 naartjie/mandarin, peeled and segments divided

1 apple, quartered

1 celery stick, sliced into 12 thin sticks

2 – 3 strawberries, sliced into rounds

mint leaves for decoration

Use the kiwi pieces as the base of the body.

Add blueberries to finish the body (make one longer and one shorter).

Add the apple wedges to form the wings.

Place the celery sticks at the bottom of the platter to form the flower stems. Top each stem with a strawberry slice to represent flowers. Add mint leaves to finish off the flowers.

Place the orange slice at the top tight corner of the platter and circle it with the naartjie segments to form a sun.

Do you want to become a nutritionist?

Do you want to become a nutritionist?

  [SEEK Learning]

Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking  the CaMLAECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A Melbourne based nutritionist
  • Director of the blog Nutritious Made Delicious
  • Advises clients what to eat
  • Achieve a healthy lifestyle
  • Reduce the risk of illness
  • Help them achieve a health related goal
  • A good people person
  • Be empathetic
  • Give them a sense of trust
  • The main day-to-day responsibilities
  • It will involve one-on-one nutrition consultations
  • Developing and facilitating nutrition seminars
  • Recipe testing
  • Freelance writing
  • Researching blogs
  • 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”
 [National Career Service ]
More Vocabulary in Chunks for the CaMLA ECPE Exam