If you have ever wondered where to get advice on real, healthy nourishing food that can be enjoyed by those with allergies, intolerances as well as health food advocates following a vegan or paleo lifestyle, then check out the winners of the first ever Nourish Awards.
Winners of the Nourish Awards were announced on Friday 21 September at a packed Awards Ceremony held at Cheltenham Race Course where some of the UK’s top nutritionists were joined by food entrepreneurs and those wanting to celebrate healthy free-from food in the UK.
Judges like Dragon’s Den Deborah Meaden commented, ““The whole clean eating issue has never been more important for personal health and wider indications for the planet. I thought it was really important to get involved. My position on Dragon’s Den means that I have a voice and should use it.
“I have often talked about the issue of clean eating to friends but my role in helping to judge the Nourish Awards means I can have the chance to support it publicly.”
Hosted by nutritionist, author and River Cottage teacher Naomi Devlin – dubbed the Nigella of Gluten-Free – the Nourish Awards are designed to raise awareness to the amount of refined sugar and artificial additives that’s in our food by rewarding the most nutritious, innovative and healthy food and drink options that also need to be delicious too.
Over 100 entries were judged by a professional panel based on nutritional qualities, ingredients, taste, texture and overall tastiness. All entries were required to be free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar – with a few exceptions – and also to be free from artificial additives, sweeteners and flavours enhances.
Split into two sections comprising various Category Awards and then Special Awards which focused on Organic, Ethical and Innovation, the judges had their work cut out. Some up and coming brands were pitched against more established brands with new healthier products.
Diana Murphy, founder of the Nourish Awards, commented, “It was important to us to celebrate not only people but also our environment; respecting and preserving our natural resources are crucial to our health and wellbeing. Therefore we decided to present two Special Awards to those who our judges found to be the most committed to organic and high ethical standards.
Winners of the Ethical Special Award were The Raw Chocolate Company for their Organic Chocolate Almonds. Heart of Nature was awarded the Organic Special Award for its original gluten free bread, a healthy loaf made without the use of flour or yeast which also took first prize in its individual category of Savoury Bakes. The Innovation Award has gone to Upfull – for their delicious nutty granola that turns into a wonderfully creamy porridge when hot milk is added right in the packet – a great meal option on the go.