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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

When we meet new customers at Food Festivals and Markets, we are being asked all the time now if we do online sales – which is great because we know that you want to find new ways of getting hold of your supplies of ‘bagsofHEALTH’.

We are delighted to announce that you can buy your ‘bagsofHEALTH’  online.

Simply click on the link www.retromedicinewoman.com/w-r-foods/ and shop to your heart’s content!

If you do have any problems with buying ‘bagsofHEALTH’ then please drop us a line via our ‘Contact Us’ page and we will endeavour to get our products to you by post or delivery depending on your location.

Thank you so much for your custom – we look forward to your next order.

With best wishes

Elaine and Pat.

Info for Sports Clubs & Gyms

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Benefits for Sports Clubs, Gyms and your Members


Chris Wilson is a very accomplished marathon runner  - storming home in 2hours 27minutes in the London Marathon 2011.  The picture shows how good he looked (and felt) at the half way mark on Tower Bridge!

This is what he has to say about our ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance blend:

As a marathon runner I need food that includes key nutrients and plenty of energy.   For some time I have taken a leaf out of Paula Radcliffe’s book by having a breakfast of porridge, made with milk, and mixed with honey and banana.  I swapped my regular breakfast for a bowl of bagsofHEALTH for four weeks, while in training for a marathon, and was pleased with the taste and how it satisfied my hunger.  The combination of low-GI oats and the complete protein quinoa convinced me of the nutritional value of bagsofHEALTH, but I was initially skeptical about the claim that the cinnamon in “Energy Balance” could significantly affect my energy levels.

I was amazed to find that my long runs of 18 miles became easier when breakfasting with bagsofHEALTH Energy Balance.  Normally after thirteen or so miles my energy levels drop, but with Energy Balance I felt stronger for longer and could finish a training run feeling tired, but not enervated.  This, and the additional protein provided by the porridge, allowed my body to recover more quickly from tough runs, meaning I could get the most out of my training regime.

I would recommend bagsofHEALTH to any athlete who is looking to maximise their training and improve their performance.”

Katherine Hackett of the Quakers Running Club, Darlington agrees:

“The Energy Balance porridge tastes great and is perfect for long distance running – I’ve been using it for the past 6 months for marathon training and eating it about 2.5 hrs before long runs of up to 19 miles.  It certainly keeps hunger at bay yet it doesn’t cause stitch or indigestion.  I switched back to standard porridge (which I always used to eat before running) for one long run and felt very low on energy and hungry before I’d even started training.  My only criticism would be that it’s really hard to get hold of and I don’t want to train on anything else now!”

So, to ensure your members don’t experience difficulty in getting hold of  Energy Balance, read on for how your sports club can benefit from ‘bagsofHEALTH’!

In the few months that our products have been available,we have been happily surprised (since it wasn’t our original expectation!) to find that our ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance blend has been “discovered” by sports men and women as a truly healthy and effective source of energy, enhancing stamina and performance.

Some of our most regular customers are runners, cyclists and triathletes.  They find that it provides the sustained energy required to ensure stamina in both training and competition – without added sugars or other stimulants which tax the endocrine system and actually risk performance.

The added protein, in the form of quinoa, also makes this a great high-protein food for muscle development and performance.  Guys in independent gyms are also now cottoning on to this as a useful tool in their body-building kits.

We now wish to share the benefits of this product with others dedicated to their sport:

Elaine (our Nutritional Therapist) would really welcome the opportunity to give a free talk about nutrition to sports club members, and to introduce this product to quality clubs and gyms.

Your members can definitely benefit individually in terms of performance.  However, your club or gym could also benefit by obtaining this product at wholesale prices from us at source.  Forward sales can generate welcome funds for your club / gym, or alternatively you could pass on your discount and doubly treat your members.

Testimonials

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We are always pleased to receive your comments about our foods – and if you would like to tell us your views / ideas etc. then please do send them to us via the ‘Contact Us’ menu option here on our website.  Thank you to all those of you who already stay in touch and let us know how much you like ‘bagsofHEALTH’ – your feedback really helps to keep us motivated!

These are some of the comments that we are especially pleased to share with you:

Gareth Buddo, of York: “I’d like to thank you for my recent supply of bagsofHEALTH porridge.  being self employed means there’s an awful lot to get through in the day, starting early doors at 5:30am on certain days.  In the past I found I’d be hungry and grouchy by mid morning, but since I’ve been having the Energy Balance porridge for breakfast I can make it till lunchtime without running on empty.  Tastes good too!  Jo, my partner, swears by your Easy Tummy mix.  I don’t ask, but as long as she’s happy, I’m happy!

Katherine Hackett, of Quakers Running Club, Darlington, discovers Energy Balance: “Having recently finished my first batch of your porridge I just wanted to comment on the difference it has made to my running training.  The energy balance porridge tastes great and is perfect for long distance running – I’ve been using it for the past 6 months for marathon training and eating it about 2.5hrs before long runs of up to 19 miles.  It certainly keeps hunger at bay yet it doesn’t cause stitch or indigestion.  I switched back to standard porridge (which I always used to eat before running) for one long run and felt very low on energy and hungry before I’d even started training…I don’t want to train on anything else now!

Chris Wilson, of Worcester, is an accomplished marathon runner – and kindly testifies how great our Energy Balance blend works for him: “As a marathon runner I need food that includes key nutrients and plenty of energy.   For some time I have taken a leaf out of Paula Radcliffe’s book by having a breakfast of porridge, made with milk, and mixed with honey and banana.  I swapped my regular breakfast for a bowl of bagsofHEALTH for four weeks, while in training for a marathon, and was pleased with the taste and how it satisfied my hunger.  The combination of low-GI oats and the complete protein quinoa convinced me of the nutritional value of bagsofHEALTH, but I was initially skeptical about the claim that the cinnamon in “Energy Balance” could significantly affect my energy levels.

I was amazed to find that my long runs of 18 miles became easier when breakfasting with bagsofHEALTH Energy Balance.  Normally after thirteen or so miles my energy levels drop, but with Energy Balance I felt stronger for longer and could finish a training run feeling tired, but not enervated.  This, and the additional protein provided by the porridge, allowed my body to recover more quickly from tough runs, meaning I could get the most out of my training regime.

I would recommend bagsofHEALTH to any athlete who is looking to maximise their training and improve their performance.”

(Chris finishing on The Mall, London Marathon 2011)

Ryan Hepworth of East Yorkshire is also a great athlete, and finds benefit from ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance: “I compete in Ironman Triathlons, which consist of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by a 26.2 mile marathon. The physical demands of this event both on race day and in training mean nutrition is the 4th discipline of triathlon. I finished as the fastest British athlete in my age group at the UK Ironman, which qualified me for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii just 10 weeks later. I finished this event 13th in the world and as the fastest British athlete in my age group. There is no doubt in my mind that ‘bagsofHEALTH: Energy Balance’ helped me to both train harder and recover faster in the built up to these events… and they don’t taste too bad either!”

Richard Penny of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, another triathlete says: “The porridge? Well…….. Its great. The ideal fill needed on a morning.  Exercising is still hard but I do feel more ‘ready’ to exercise. Easy to make and well packaged.”

Andy North our Sunshine Challenge hero had this to say after using ‘bagsofHEALTH’ on his mega-venture: “bagsofHEALTH gave the Sunshine Challenge team a healthy alternative by providing our team with an energy boost throughout each day, from the morning porridge made with Energy Balance, to the healthy and filling Peanut Power energy bars made up from Easy Tummy, without doubt this kept our energy levels high throughout the day during our 2,000 mile challenge from Catterick Garrison to Gibraltar Barracks.”

Looking in great shape on the ‘bagsofHEALTH’ guys as you finish your 2,000 mile craziness in Gibraltar!

Mr. John Greenshaw of White Rose Telecoms in Richmond, North Yorkshire says:  “Porridge has never tasted so good, or left me feeling so good either, whatever the wholesome organic ingredients are they do the job, and then some!

Suzanne very kindly left this message for us via our email:  “I bought a big bag of your Energy Balance ‘bagsofHEALTH’ at the recent York Food Fest, and I just want to tell you I love them!  I did make some yummy bowls of porridge with it, but I made a whopping batch of granola with the rest, and I must say it’s the best granola I ever made! The quinoa gives it a great crunch.

Mr. Jeremy Powell of Malton says:  “Not all porridge is the same.  ‘bagsofHEALTH’ are a cut above the average with their own taste and a feeling that they have not been mucked about with.  When I run out of my ‘bagsofHEALTH’ and have to use ordinary oats I feel a degree of disappointment for the rest of the day.  ‘bagsofHEALTH’ – simply the best for me!

(We can confirm that ‘bagsofHEALTH’ are indeed not “mucked about with” – but contain the best quality ingredients that we can source!)

Mr. John McKay of York sent us a kind email: “Thank you for introducing me to “bagsofHEALTH”.  I have eaten oats purchased from Supermarkets for several years. However, I changed to “bagsofHEALTH”about six months ago.  I recently ran out of “bagsofHEALTH” and I purchased oats from my local supermarket,as an emergency,I immediately realised how coarse they actually were.  It made me realise how different “bagsofHEALTH” really are, a much softer texture.  I now have a regular order of “bagsofHEALTH” to make sure that I do not run out.  You have only got to try them once to be able to tell the difference from other retail brands.  I enjoy both types “Energy Balance” and “Easy Tummy” and I find the latter to be my favourite.  I look forward more than ever to breakfast and I feel full for much longer,this is a big benefit to me as it stops me snacking and therefore I find it helps me to lose weight.  The special thing about “bagsofHEALTH” to me is the taste, flavour and soft texture. I have recommended them to several friends and colleagues.  Thanks again for this wonderful product.

Helena David of York says: “Just wanted to contact you and let you know how impressed I was with the Easy Tummy oats. I regularly have stomach problems so thought I’d give the Easy Tummy oats a go, and found them so easy to digest and had no problems whatsoever. I eat porridge most days for breakfast (maybe as I live in Scotland!) and I really found the Easy Tummy oats kept me full until lunchtime. I’m usually nibbling on something by 11!

(Porridge to Scotland?  We’ll try coals to Newcastle next Helena!)

‘bagsofHEALTH’ Recipes

Friday, January 14th, 2011

GUEST RECIPE FOR AUTUMN 2011 – Margaret’s Raspberry Oat Bars

Many thanks to Margaret Nickels from Spofforth for working out how to make great use of her ‘bagsofHEALTH’ – and then for sharing her recipe with us all!

You will need:

Base:

  • 80gr Easy Tummy ‘bagsofHEALTH’
  • 120gr plain flour
  • 1/3 teasp baking powder
  • 100gr unsalted butter diced
  • 60gr caster sugar

Filling:

  • 220gr raspberry jam

Topping:

  • 70gr flaked almonds
  • 70gr pecans roughly chopped
  • 70gr hazelnuts  roughly chopped
  • 70gr brazil nuts  roughly chopped
  • 100gr unsalted butter
  • 75gr caster sugar
  • 40ml milk

1 teasp vanilla essence

Method: Pre heat oven to 170. Lightly grease and line a 20 cm square tin. Sift together the flour and the baking powder. Add the butter and the sugar and rub with finger tips to make crumbs. Stir in the ‘bagsofHEALTH’. Spread the mixture over the base of the tin – do not press down too hard so that the mixture remains light. Bake for 20 mins or until light brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and then spread with the jam.

For the topping place the nuts in a large bowl. In a  small saucepan heat the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture over the chopped nuts  and stir together. Spread the nut mixture  as evenly as possible over the jam. Return to the oven to cook  for a further 30 mins or until the top is a golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin  and then slice into bars / pieces.

ENJOY!

We love to hear from our customers – please feel free to share your stuff with us too!

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RECIPE FOR SEPTEMBER 2011 – Upper Crust Apples

As the name suggests, these sophisticated little treats are really only for those discerning enough to appreciate genuine English apples, pure local honey, and of course our own ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance.

So, just in time for English apple season…

You will need (for 2 servings)

  • 30g ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance
  • 2 English eating apples (choose rosy ones to create a dish showing our wonderful autumn colours!)
  • 2 dessert spoons of pure local honey

Core, but do not peel, the apples.  Cut a small slice from two opposite sides of the apples, and cut in half from top to bottom.  This gives you two flat-bottomed apple boats.  Lay into a small baking tray with the hollowed groove upwards.  At this point you can eat the left over slices taken from the side.  The recipe doesn’t need them, but they will taste great and do you good!

Combine the honey with the Energy Balance into a thick paste.  Spoon the mixture evenly onto the apple boats, to cover the surface of the apple with a small oaty mound.

Cover the baking tray with tin foil and bake in a hot oven for about 10 mins, but checking to make sure the apple softens but does not collapse.  Remove foil, and finish off in the oven for a couple more minutes to allow the oaty crust to brown slightly.

Serve with creme anglais, fresh cream, ice cream or natural yoghurt for a delightfully English dessert.

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RECIPE FOR JULY 2011 – Cashew, Apricot and Fig Summer Muesli

Oats are so much more than porridge!  So don’t deny yourself the goodness of oats and other great ingredients in the summer: make fabulous muesli!

You will need (for 2 servings):

  • A cup of ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Easy Tummy
  • 10 dried apricots roughly chopped
  • 6 soft dried figs roughly chopped
  • 2 fresh figs halved
  • 50g raw cashew nuts

Nothing is more simple:

Combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Divide into 2 bowls.  Serve with fresh milk or a good quality dairy substitute (I love rice milk!). Garnish each serving with 2 halves of the fresh figs.

Yum yum!

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RECIPE FOR MAY 2011 – The Granola You All Love!

Whenever we give you tasters of our healthy granola – to show you just how powerful a hit of cinnamon you actually get in Energy Balance – you ask for the recipe: so here it is!

You will need:

  • a 500g bag of ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance
  • 50g butter
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 9 tablespoons agave syrup

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl

Melt butter and syrup together in a pan.

Mix the liquid into the dry ingredients well until all dry ingredients are coated in the syrup.

Press into a lined baking tray an bake on a hot heat for 10 mins or until golden brown.

Cool. Crumble into small pieces.

Voila!  Wasn’t that simple – and isn’t this the healthiest granola possible?!

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RECIPE FOR MARCH 2011 – Peanut Power Bars

Spring is springing, and this recipe will definitely put a spring in your step!  A high protein, power bar to provide energy for our active friends…you can make a sugar-free version for the healthier option!

You will need:

  • 250g ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Easy Tummy
  • 8 heaped tablespoons of a great quality peanut butter (great quality = 100% peanuts)
  • 50g chopped dried apricots
  • 100g apricot jam (or for a healthier bar choose sugar free fruit spread)

Combine ALL ingredients as evenly and thoroughly as possible in a bowl using a wooden spoon: this may take a few minutes to get just right, as the mixture will be heavy and sticky, but it will be well worth it!

Press the mixture into a small square baking tin (about 8-9 inches will do the job).  Bake in a hot oven until golden brown.  Mark into bars (the size of these is up to you but you should get about 16 good sized ones).  Allow to cool and set.

Eat one bar. Run 10 miles!!

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RECIPE FOR DECEMBER 2010 - Boozy, chocolatey, oaty bites (good for a winter’s cuddle)

You will need:

  • 250g ‘bagsofHEALTH’ Energy Balance
  • 50g butter
  • 6 tablespoons syrup (agave is the healthy option!)
  • 100g good quality white cooking chocolate
  • ‘a slug of’ Marsala wine
  • 1 tablespoon water

Melt butter and syrup together in a pan. Mix in the ‘bagsofHEALTH’ until all ingredients are glossy and coated. Press into a lined and greased baking tray. Bake in a hottish oven (200 degrees should do it) for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Allow to cool and then crumble into a bowl.

Melt chocolate in a bain-marie, add water and Marsala wine, and beat until glossy. Mix into the oaty crumble. Drop a spoon of the sticky mixture into petit-four cases until all mixture is used (assuming you don’t eat it warm and gooey straight from the bowl). Chill until firm (the bites that is, not you!)

Enjoy!!!


Info for Our Stockists

Monday, August 16th, 2010

A New Approach to Food

New! The ‘bagsofHEALTH’ range of wholesome blends by Wilson and Richardson Foods Ltd. are convenient and nutritionally balanced for everyday health benefit.  This unique range is nutritionally formulated to naturally and conveniently optimise body performance.

Tasty, convenient, performance health foods

Family pack sizes

Formulated using nutritionally proven ingredients to enhance health and well-being

Ethically sourced ingredients for natural and wholesome benefit.

12 month shelf life

Blended to optimise specific body function and alleviate common ailments

Wilson and Richardson Foods ‘bagsofHEALTH’ have been created to help consumers conveniently achieve optimum body performance through a power blend of natural ingredients.

Consumers are increasingly aware of the need to return to healthier eating and that nature’s larder is the best source of healthy performance foods. However,  finding suitable convenient products can be difficult and time consuming.

A perfect addition to your wholefood range, Wilson and Richardson Foods ‘bagsofHEALTH’ are created by a nutritional expert and create the perfect opportunity for revenue generation by educating consumers of the performance benefits of combined wholefoods.

Wilson & Richardson Foods Ltd. are a member of Deliciously Yorkshire: the Regional Food Group for Yorkshire, and are committed to bringing you the very best of our great region.