Our exciting news that makes us proud – NO MORE PLASTIC !

The Healthy Food Lab Morecambe

Even though we are still a new business, we sell hundreds of dishes every week and the fact we serve them in plastic tubs has always concerned us from day one and we knew we had to change this.

We have spent weeks testing all sorts of different products to find the right one that works without compromising the quality of our food.

At last we have found one, they are a lot more costly than the plastic ones, but it is good for the planet.

Our new Bagasse food containers are made from sugar cane and are biodegradable and compostable.

They are still completely microwave and freezer safe.

It has been a great breakthrough for us jumping this hurdle and we are now looking at what else we can do.

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Benefits of Eating Healthy

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape, or just live a healthier life, eating healthy provides a variety of benefits. No matter what motivates you, here are the top 10 reasons why you should sneak a few more nutrient-packed foods into your diet.

1. You’ll be more productive.

Just like your car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66 percent increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.

2. You’ll be happier.

What we eat has an impact on our brains. Did you know bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, a chief mood booster in the brain? Dark chocolate, packed with poly phenol, is also known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that many antidepressants also target. You should see a doctor if you’re seriously concerned about your moods, but for the rare gloomy day, try a dark-chocolate-covered banana.

3. You won’t be as stressed.

Certain foods have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Some studies have found that foods packed with vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium help reduce cortisol levels. When the body is in a chronic state of stress, it breaks down protein to prepare for battle. Eating a protein-rich diet, including fish and dairy, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels at bay.

4. You’ll control your weight.

Simple healthy choices such as replacing soda with water, choosing carrots instead of chips, and ordering a side salad in place of fries not only will help you lose weight, it also can help you save money. The average household spends about  £500 a year on soft drinks, which could easily be replaced with healthier—and free—water.

5. You’ll eat less.

When it comes to eating healthier, quality trumps quantity. Fresh foods contain fewer low-nutrient fillers that the body burns through quickly. If you’re buying and eating less food, then you’ll have more money in your pocket.

6. You’ll think it tastes better.

Who would trade their Big Mac for a beet burger? Although taste is subjective, healthy food can taste delicious if it’s prepared well. One study showed that people perceive healthy food as tasting better even if it doesn’t. In a blind taste test, participants said organic coffee tasted better than regular coffee, even though the two cups were the same. So perhaps the beet burger is better after all—even if it’s only in your head.

7. You’ll age better.

Why pay for expensive and painful Botox procedures when you can improve your skin through your diet? Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin. The antioxidants in fresh berries and salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids both help improve the health of your skin’s cells and slow premature ageing.

8. You’ll be healthier.

Unhealthy eating—especially over the long term—can be a risk factor for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. If you miss out on too much of the protein, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase. Some estimates say at least 30 percent of cancers are linked to poor diet. One study of over 6,000 women found that those who ate the most cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale had a lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.

9. You’ll live longer.

Healthy eating can help you avoid diseases that may lower your life expectancy. One study showed that a diet of fruit and vegetables, in combination with exercise, extended life expectancy for women in their 70’s. Elsewhere, researchers reviewed a group of studies that suggest vegetarian or low-meat diets could help you live a longer life. And another study points to nuts as a way to reduce your risk of early death. No matter how you cut it, a healthy diet can play an important role in how long you’ll live.

10. You’ll save money.

Many of the benefits of healthy eating contribute to potential savings. If you stay healthy, you’ll have fewer medical bills to pay and by cutting back on food, you’ll eat less and have fewer groceries to purchase. Save your body and your wallet and eat your greens today.

At The Healthy Food Lab in morecambe our head Chef Josh knows all about using the best fresh produce. Before opening The Lab (as its now known) Josh work at The Midland Hotel in morecambe for many years as Junior Sous Chef.

The Midland hotel is a art-deco 4 star hotel with a lovely view out to sea from the Sun Terrace Restaurant.

At the Healthy Food Lab in morecambe, there are no tins, packets or frozen products used in any of our dishes, everything down to the sauces is all made fresh by our chefs. Once you taste the quality of the dishes you know straight away that a lot of passion has gone in to making these.

Why is it important to eat vegetables?

Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

At The Healthy Food Lab we try to add a good variety of vegetables to our dishes as we know its important fuel for the body.

Nutrients

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  • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)
  • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
  • Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
  • Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
  • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
  • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

Health benefits

  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
  • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
  • Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.