Remembering the Real Meaning of Wellness...
People are sick of wellness, apparently. From a long read on The Guardian, to an article in the September issue of Vogue, we can't avoid articles complaining about the wellness movement of late. Whether they're complaining about 'clean eating', or dissing 'mindfulness' and the associated pressures, the general consensus is that people are bored of it.
And you know what, we kind of agree. We remember 2 or 3 years ago getting so excited about every new product that made it to the market and boasted a 'free-from' label or wasn't full of terrible ingredients. Our Instagram feed was full of health bloggers and we loved seeing their latest smoothie or salad or new way to use cauliflower. But now we just don't get that. When we see a new product, we instead do a little digging to find out if these health claims are actually true, or whether it's just another corporate trying to jump aboard a growing industry because all they can see is $$$ signs. And as for our Instagram feed? We got so sick of either being told how we should be eating or working out to have abs, or healthy skin or have shiny hair, or of simply being bombarded with #ad that it's now mostly full of just small brands we trust dotted with bloggers who focus on their food and not their faces.
So yes, we agree that the health industry has gone a little crazy. The buzzwords are annoying, we really don't need any more 'date bars', and it's ok if you don't meditate, do yoga or drink a green smoothie every morning (it's also ok if you do), but let's not allow this 'wellness-on-steroids' thing to overshadow why the movement originally started, and what it's actually achieved. We wanted to advocate real food and the benefits of eating it, and now as a nation we're consuming more fruit and veg, (whether that's in spiralised, ribboned or 'riced' form or not) and we have more access to 'real food' options on shelves and in cookbooks than we have in a long time. Wellness is good, and wellness is helping us to take back control of the quality of our food following the 'freezer food' era, so let's not hate on that. The fads will come and go, but the core idea of real food will always stay.
So here's a recipe for a very beautiful porridge. We don't need to label it 'clean eating', call it revolutionary or tell you it's going to perform miracles. It's just going to taste good, make you feel good and make use of fresh, natural ingredients - because that's what's important at the end of the day
FIG + BLACKBERRY PORRIDGE
GF | WF | DF | RSF | VEGAN | NUT FREE
1. Combine the oats, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and water to a bowl and stir to combine
2. Add the figs to a blender (any blender will do - it doesn't need to be high powered) and blend to a compote.
3. Stir into the porridge mix
4. Either leave in the fridge overnight for cold, overnight oats, or add to a pan and cook for 4-5minutes
5. Top with sliced fig, blackberries and toasted hazelnuts, and serve.
- 1 cup pinhead oats
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 figs
- 1 fig
- A handful of blackberries
- Toasted hazelnuts