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About our food philosophy: focus on salt

Organic Provedore came into being following a life-changing experience with my son – a child who was born with a dire health forecast, due to his diagnosis of Down syndrome. Pictured here at 12 years old, Gryffin is extraordinarily fit and healthy – despite what we were told to expect, and whilst I could go on and list all the things we did to help him defy the odds, my purpose here is to outline some of the dietary decisions we made to help him – decisions which have allowed him to thrive, beyond our wildest dreams!

Children with Down syndrome are born with a weak immune system, an underdeveloped nervous system and they also arrive malnourished, and whilst initially I had no clue how to help him with the first 2, I figured that malnourishment was an issue I could actually do something about, by providing him with a supercharged diet, so this was a major focus. After an initially pessimistic consultation with our paediatrician when Gryff was just a few weeks old, we returned at 12 months and the Dr marvelled at his ‘rude good health’, describing him as ‘disgustingly robust’… and after the initial warnings that he would ‘fail to thrive’, I figured we were on the right track – so I kept going with what I’d begun!

Honestly, this child has hardly been sick his whole life – apart from the odd cold, he has been really sick only once – a pretty remarkable effort for any child, let alone one who was expected to spend half his childhood unwell. And what I realised through everything I learned about nutrition to help him, was that this same approach is actually ideal for anyone, of any age, as a baseline healthy eating protocol to optimise wellness.

…can’t beat home grown veggies…

My early research in year one set me on a path of organic food, free from preservatives and additives, made from scratch using seasonal produce and clean, lean protein. However, when Gryff was 2, I travelled overseas and studied a ‘neurodevelopmental’ apporoach to helping children with neurological issues – training which informed not only the approach for the rest of Gryffin’s childhood, but also gave me the tools with which I created the Organic Provedore philosophy – centred around food which enables our bodies to thrive to their greatest potential – as opposed to food which puts pressure on our bodies by requiring too much effort in the digestion and filtration of everything we consume; the idea being that if a small child’s body is working hard to grow, to heal and to build the best brain it can, that same little body needs the best possible fuel with which to build it, and the least number of chemicals – which essentially just create extra workload. (And chemicals in our environment are just as much to blame here too – no more toxic cleaning products in our house!)

By the time Gryffin was 3, I was cooking him a prescriptive diet consisting of a set ratio of vegetables, complex carbohydrates, clean protein and good fats; I kept a rigorous food diary and his meals were planned on a rotation basis – he was not to eat the same vegetable / fruit / meat within a 4 day period, so we could watch for any reactions within those 4 days. But the common thread through all of these meals was:

no dairy
no gluten
no sugar
no salt

I’ll admit this was overwhelming to begin with, and I did battle with my advisors on the matter of frozen food – because with 4 other mouths to feed, I just couldn’t make every one of these meals from scratch x 3 daily within the 4 day rotation plan, so my freezer was stocked with tiny jars of pureed organic vegetables, in meal-sized portions, and thrive he most certainly did.

I could write a book about this period in our lives, and the modifications I made to this protocol, and the recipes I created to make this work (and I probably will write that book!), but essentially this got me thinking, on so many levels, and through twists and turns in the years which followed, eventually Organic Provedore was born… and we arrive in the present with this beautiful brand-new commercial kitchen, churning out Gryffin-style meals by the dozen… delivering them to health-conscious souls throughout Victoria… who would have thought!

ABOUT SALT
We use less salt than some food companies because our intention is to offer the best possible nourishment through food – and sometimes too much salt can cause its own issues… we’d rather let you add more if you feel the need!

This plus the fact that we aim to create food which suits the whole family – and kids often don’t like too much salt in their food – we just err on the side of ‘less is more’ when it comes to adding salt.
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According to Naturopath Jules Galloway:
“A high salt diet can cause dehydration and increase blood pressure. Too much salt in the diet may also deplete other important minerals in the body, including potassium and calcium. If you’re going to add salt to your food, do so sparingly, and use a form that’s unprocessed and full of minerals, like Celtic sea salt”
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At home and at Organic Provedore, we only ever use Celtic sea salt or pink salt in our cooking (Himalayan or Murray River), also because in this unprocessed form, salt can have an alkalising effect on the body.

And besides, unprocessed salts are so much more beautiful than boring, white table salt, don’t you think?!

Kristen x

LOVE the colours of these stunning salts pictured by @wrightkitchen (instagram)💗💗

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Meals now available in 2 sizes!

We often hear that our 500g meals are too big – or are big enough for 1.5 – 2 people… and we have growing demand from people wanting to reduce their calorie intake for various reasons. So we have introduced a new smaller sized, 300g meal!

These smaller meals are ideal for lunches or lighter meals, if you like to add salad, avocado etc – or simply if you’re looking to reduce or maintain your weight.

Regardless of portion size, our meals are nutrient-dense so you often won’t need as big a portion as you might with other foods, plus when our dishes are served with cauliflower rice or zoodles, they are very low carb.

Calorie info is on the way to the website too, but for now, take a look at our range of meals available in 300g and 500g with prices starting from $9.90!

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23 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

Our new premises is nearly ready, and we couldn’t be more excited!

On February 1st, we will be opening our Provedore Store at 23 Glenferrie Rd Malvern.

From organic fair trade coffee, to grab & go salads, snack and lunch-options, to organic ice cream & take home meals, we will be bringing you our house-made goodness 6 days a week. And delivering via UberEATS too…

Follow our progress on instagram and facebook @organicprovedore or come and visit us at our Malvern Central Shopping Centre popup while you’re waiting.

Not long to go now!

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Organic Ice Cream

We wanted to create the perfect dairy ice cream – made with locally farmed certified organic milk, without cane sugar, and with none of the usual nasty additives to promote longer shelf-life and ‘scoopability’….
And we’ve done it – with victorian, certified organic milk & cream, sweetened with coconut sugar and flavoured by nature.

And for the vegans…. we’ve created the same, with certified organic coconut milk & cream – and all the same ingredients as our dairy alternative.

Available by the scoop or tub, or atop a vegan croissant with sugar-free vegan chocolate sauce for good measure…..

Guilt-free heaven!

*Available for pick up at our Malvern Store, or for delivery via UberEATS (coming soon!)

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Soups & Meal Bases

We make soups which work as both a soup and a meal base – add your choice of protein to make a sauce you can serve with rice, pasta, steamed vegetables, etc.

This way you can make a tasty, organic meal at home in minutes…

And if you’d like to suggest a flavour we don’t offer yet, send us an email!

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Natural Ingredients

We never use artificial flavourings because nature has all the flavour we need. We use the best, organic herbs & spices wherever we can, and being organic, the flavours are intense & aromatic…. but we believe in all things in moderation so our curries are always mild and flavours are balanced in all our dishes with families in mind.

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Home-Style Meals

Our Take Home Meals come in single serves & family packs and are made just the way you would make them – from scratch, using the best ingredients we can find, fresh & organic wherever possible, and without the usual additives, preservatives and enhancers.
We’ve done all the hard work for you.

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Sweet Potato Brownie Cake

We are all about healthy AND beautiful, and our celebration cakes say it all. But our sweet potato brownie takes the cake (!) with it’s rich, chewy chocolatey texture, and the subtle aromatic flavour of roasted sweet potato.

Available in single layer or up to 6 layers for an extra special event, nobody will ever know they’re being uber-nourished while eating party food!