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Blueberries: The Unsung Food Hero.

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It’s always interesting to watch kids eat: the foods they love, the foods they despise, and the foods that they can take or leave…

My son is a nut about blueberries, even going as far as to break into the kitchen (eschewing the snack food cupboard entirely) to pinch a punnet of blueberries from the fridge and stuff as many into his mouth as possible before I catch him. He will take blueberries over chocolate every time… and apparently, this is a great thing, as blueberries are considered to be a superfood.

While the term ‘superfood’ gets bandied about a lot, not everyone is aware of how a food is classified as one. Basically, a superfood’s nutrient composition (vitamins, antioxidants and minerals) is noticeably higher than what the body’s basic nutritional needs for survival require.

Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all the fruits and vegetables, as well as appearing to benefit ageing neutrons, helping to maintain brain function and improve memory.

Interesting fact: A single blueberry bush can produce up to 6,000 berries a year.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Central Foods' vegan, gluten-free cheesecake.

Central Foods are now offering a pumpkin cheesecake, which is part of the gluten-free and vegan dessert range that they have recently launched.

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Full Steam Pictures was lucky enough to get a first look at this scrumptious pudding when we took the photographs, and we are hoping to have a taste very soon!

Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Supermarkets and the Vegan Movement

Over the past week, we have seen more supermarkets introducing vegan products than ever before.

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Aldi just added plant-based ‘chicken’ burgers, sausage rolls, no beef burgers and superfood burgers to their product range. These products are made from quinoa, couscous, pumpkin seeds, butternut squash, red pepper and sweet potato.

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Morrisons brought out vegan tuna, called TUNO, which is made using soya protein and natural flavourings, and apparently has a flaky texture, much like the real thing. It also has a high protein count and low calories.

Sainsbury’s Jackfruit Quarter-Pounder was just named the ‘Best Vegan Supermarket Burger’, and in an article today, the supermarket giant predicted that 25% of Brits will be vegan or veggie by 2025.

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So why are vegan alternatives proving to be so popular that supermarkets are falling over themselves to introduce supporting food products?

According to the Vegan Society, “Demand for meat-free food increased by 987% in 2017, and going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018”.

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Much of this increasingly popular trend seems to be a result of the combined factors of increased awareness of treatment of animals, health concerns, environmental impacts, celebrity influence, and ready availability.

Many of our clients are bringing out vegan options, and all of the photographs used in this post are celebrating their diversity.

For more information about going vegan, please visit www.vegansociety.com

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.