The Stellenbosch Slow Market was hot (like 38 degrees Celsius kind of hot!) and happening this Saturday morning. Bob the famous French Bulldog and the Expresso show were hosting a dog pageant and interviewing the market stall owners.
Our dear little pup Bella (follow this blog to see an up-coming post on the health benefits of owning a dog) won first princess prize for most beautiful dog there! As judged by a panel of judges including (among others), Bob the famous French bulldog, and Graeme Richards the host of the Expresso show. Bella had fun meeting Bob, and Bob really took a liking to Bella (Shhh...don’t tell Bob’s real girlfriend who is also called Bella). My Bella won a bag of healthy dog treats...ideal for the dog of a dietician!
After the dog show we set off into the market to find some food. There was lots if yummy food to choose from. It was very hot so I went for a refreshing berry smoothie. Health tip: When choosing smoothies, opt for berry ones, as they are generally lower in fructose, the sugar that occurs naturally in fruit. While fruit is healthy, one should be careful not to consume too much fruit sugar. As berries are low-sugar fruits, berry smoothies are generally lower in sugar too.
I love that the food at the market is local, fresh, and there is lots to choose from. A friend who was with me wanted a Coke, but wasn't able to find a single Coke in the whole market. I was actually really pleased to hear that they don't sell anything 'commercial' at the market, as the ethos of the market is all about promoting local foods.
Just before we left we came across the 'Yummi' brownie stall. Their brownies are gluten free and made with fresh, high quality ingredients. I prefer to eat gluten-free when possible, so I took this opportunity to buy a delicious high quality gluten-free treat. While I do advocate a whole-food, low sugar style of eating, I am also really intent on teaching my clients how to enjoy treats in moderation. So, how does one fit treats into a healthy diet? Here are some tips: Choose a high quality treat (such as these brownies made with fresh ingredients, no preservatives or artificial colouring, and containing a high percentage of cocoa), enjoy treats in small amounts, enjoy them occasionally, and don't feel guilty...actually taste and savour your treat. Life is all about balance: healthy whole-food eating most of the time, and enjoying high quality treats occasionally. I enjoyed indulging in little nibbles of this brownie spread throughout the day, savouring every delectable morsel of it! All in all we had a fantastic day at the market.
Watch the Expresso show on SABC 3 this week (apparently on Wednesday, but I will post on my facebook page to confirm) as they will be showing the footage from the dog pageant and the market. Maybe the interview that they filmed with me and Bella will even make it in!
Keep your eye on this blog...I am fairly new to regular blogging, but you will see a lot more posts here this year. The posts will be focused on nutrition information, health inspiration, and my foodie adventures around Cape Town.