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Kelkin, proud sponsors of "How healthy are you?"
We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of 'How healthy are you?', a major new Health and Lifestyle series which will be presented by Nutritional Therapist Elsa Jones and will be broadcast as part of TV3's Autumn Schedule in 2010. Stay tuned for further details.
As soon as we heard about 'How healthy are you?' we recognized that the programme would be an ideal fit with our brand. For years we have been working to educate our consumers about the importance of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices, through on-pack communication, free nutritional classes and more recently our nationwide roadshow. The upcoming sponsorship of 'How healthy are you?' will reinforce this important message to consumers.
Over the course of 6 weeks, the series will delve into everything from Emotional Eating, to Techno Fitness to Low Libido and Sleep Disorders, and will offer viewers innovative, effective and practical ways to solve many of their problems. Elsa's mantra is 'small changes, big difference' and this belief, similar to our own is at the core of this new, quirky and fresh series.
How healthy are you? already has a huge following on facebook - check it out here
Kelkin's Nationwide Roadshow.....Kelkin are delighted to be running a nationwide sampling roadshow. These events will take place across Dublin, Athlone, Galway, Limerick and Cork.
An "as the crow flies" route is illustrated on the map provided below. Also included are the exact locations of your nearest store hosting our events. By clicking on the Roadshow Van or Kelkin logo, more details on the particular show will be displayed, such as dates and individual store names.
We will be giving lots of free samples of our products for you to taste, some of which are pictured below. A full list of the samples is given below this image. From our Grocery Range; Fruit & Nut Granola, Triple Berry Granola, Original Muesli, Honey Crunch Muesli, NFC Orange Juice, Popcorn Kernals, Single Sachet Popcorn, Twin Pack Chocolate Rice Cakes, Rice Cake Snack Bar and Cranberry Juice.
From our Pharmacy Range; Vitamin C Sachets and Revive Sachets.
As well as this, Kelkin's nutritionist Aveen Bannon will be giving 3 FREE nutritional seminars.
See Kelkin's Free Nutritional Series for further details
Recent News Update.......Under new European Union food labeling rules, only foods that contain less than 20 parts of gluten per million (ppm) will be allowed to use the term "gluten-free" on their packaging. Previously, a food with this label could have contained up to 10 times more than this. This will become law from January 1st 2012. All products within the Kelkin gluten free range already comply with these standards.
News Update.......We are delighted to announce the launch of Kelkin's new Oat Granola range which has been especially designed for granola lovers. The range consists of three mouth-watering variants; Kelkin Triple Berry, Tropical and Fruit & Nut Oat Granolas. Kelkin Granolas are made in Ireland, using only the finest quality ingredients, which have been carefully selected from around the world. Each cereal is high in fibre, full of antioxidants, contains no added salt and is packed in convenient, re-sealable 500g pouches offering consumers quality and value for money.
December's Healthy Tip.......Coping throughout the busy festive season
Studies show that, on average, people gain 2 kg in the four-week Christmas period. That is equivalent to an intake of an extra 600 calories per day in food terms; a few drinks and canapés at a party, or of course the take-away on the way home after a night out, or a fried breakfast the morning after seasonal excesses!
Surviving nights out it´s very easy to consume the equivalent of a full meal by nibbling on canapés. To avoid piling on the pounds over the festive season, try the following few simple guidelines;
- Have a carbohydrate rich breakfast to kick start the day remember how you start the day will influence how you finish. Skipping breakfast results in over compensating for calories later in the evening.
- Have a balanced lunch, including something from each of the food groups. Don´t starve yourself at lunchtime because you know you will be eating out later, doing that will result in you making poor food choices at your evening meal.
- Basing your meals around low GI (Glycaemic Index) carbohydrates e.g. wholegrain foods, oats, unsweetened mueslis, pasta and brown rice.
- Try to get a good nights sleep. A lack of sleep can lead to fake cravings for food or a sense of false hunger.
- Include some exercise in your daily routine.
- Don´t go to a party hungry: we often eat faster and more when we are hungry - therefore eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day, to avoid overeating at the party. If you´re going to a party straight after work, have a small snack like nuts, a bowl of muesli or a yogurt with some seeds added, before you go, so you don´t arrive hungry.
- Studies show that the greater the choice of food on offer, the more calories we tend to consume. So rather than trying a little of everything, stick to a couple of smart choices.
- Just say ‘No’ to food e.g. ‘it looks delicious but I´m full’, ‘I already tried it and thought it was amazing’ or ‘I ate before I came but thank you’.
- Avoid standing right beside the food table or bar while you´re talking. Easy access to food or beverages will be more of a temptation during any lulls in the conversation.
- Make healthier choices; choose to eat the healthier food available. Fruits, vegetables, salsa, yogurt-based dips, hummus and pita bread. Also always keep portion control in mind. The average serving of nachos is 308 calories and nut mix about 220 calories.
- Quit while you´re ahead! Avoid the mentality of "I´ve already blown it so what difference does it make now". When you´re full, get rid of your plate and napkin and grab a glass of water. Most goodies are full of sugar and salt and you´ll want to stay well hydrated.
- Above all, keep active. Anyone can survive the party season if they keep active and get fresh air. Don´t let the weather get you down, wrap up and get out for a brisk walk.
November's Healthy Tip.......The Importance of Breakfast
Despite breakfast skipping being relatively common practice nowadays among adults and adolescents, recent research has confirmed that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is literally 'breaking the fast'. After a nights sleep our body is running on empty and we need to supply it with fuel. You wouldn't expect a car to run without petrol, so why expect your body to run on an empty tank?
Common reasons given for skipping breakfast include lack of time, poor meal planning and a mistaken perception that skipping breakfast will result in weight loss. However, breakfast skippers tend to snack more and overcompensate for the lost calories at breakfast by eating energy dense, high fat foods later in the day, especially at suppertime.
In the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study in adolescents and adults revealed that breakfast skipping is a health compromising behavior and those who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight than breakfast eaters. Smoking, infrequent exercise and frequent alcohol intake were associated with breakfast skipping. Adolescent girls were found to skip breakfast more than boys; probably a mistaken chosen method of weight control for girls. It appears that kids really do learn by example; children of breakfast skipping parents were much more likely to skip breakfast than children of breakfast eaters.
Many years of breakfast skipping can result in lack of appetite in the morning and even some people reporting that they 'feel sick' when they try to eat something that early. The first thing to do is have a glass of juice; this will help increase your appetite. Maybe try having a piece of fruit at home and then a high fibre cereal when you get in to work. Unsweetened muesli or porridge is a great nutritious start to the day. Gradually increase the size of your breakfast and your appetite will slowly start to increase in the early morning. Time is never an excuse! It only takes 5 minutes to have breakfast in the morning and we can always get up a little earlier... most people would agree that those five minutes extra in bed are not worth the risk of potential obesity in later life.
Our next FREE Nutritional Class.......Our FREE Nutritional Classes have been running since 2005 and have been a huge hit with our consumers. Our upcoming class will provide advice on reading food labels, interpreting on-pack nutritional information and getting the balance right when it comes to your shopping trolley.
Click here for further class details.
Coming soon to our product range.....Autumn 2008 will see the introduction of two new Gluten Free Crackers (Original & Cheese Flavour) and new Gluten Free Pizza Bases. These products will be a great addition to our Gluten Free range and we hope you will really enjoy them. We have more tasty gluten free products in the pipeline for 2009, so stay tuned!
This Autumn also sees the introduction of two new Smoothies - a delicious Strawberry, Banana & Apple variety and a tasty Mango, Orange & Banana flavour. We are also launching a new Butter Flavour micro popcorn with a lower fat content than our regular butter flavour - ideal for those of you who like the butter taste but would prefer a lower fat content.