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Monday 29 June 2015

Grill’d: Lola Berry Interview + Nourish & Flourish Burger + Reader Giveaway

Tonight is the Grill'd launch in Sydney, and if you are a Grill'd fan you will be thrilled to know there is an all new range to add to the existing menu you know and love.

UPDATE: we tried the new burgers (and the chips: sweet potato, zucchini, and potato) and they are everything. Check out my Instagram @josiegags for pics!

Known for their real food philosophy, Grill’d has made healthy even healthier with the launch of the Nourish & Flourish Burger. Whether you’re paleo, sensitive to gluten, on a low carb and sugar diet, or simply health conscious, you can now give yourself permission to eat the ‘Nourish & Flourish’. The burger launches in Grill'd restaurants on June 30. Here is a sneak peek. (Try not to salivate):

Thanks to the Grill’d real food philosophy, burgers are no longer seen as a once-in-a-while treat. As consumers become increasingly savvy about what they eat, and more and more food trends emerge, the ‘Nourish & Flourish’ is a dream addition to the menu. Served up on a Low Carb SuperBun – the bun that excited people on low carb and no sugar diets after it launched late last year – the ‘Nourish & Flourish’ boasts ingredients that do your body good.

Made with a grilled 100% grass-fed lean beef pattie, avocado, Dijon mustard, dill pickle, shredded carrot, cos lettuce, tomato, and egg mayo, the ‘Nourish & Flourish’ has been created by Lola Berry, nutritionist and author of 'The Happy Cookbook', who has teamed up with Grill’d as a move to cater to those who want to give themselves permission to eat a burger. There is an excellent interview, seen for the first time on Josie's Juice below with Lola Berry. Scroll down for more.

Founder Simon Crowe is excited that his passion for ‘burgers done good’ drives Grill’d to continually cater to Australians with different diets, tastes and lifestyles.

“The Grill’d food philosophy is all about eating real food, selecting our ingredients from the paddock and presenting it on the plate. We wanted to create a unique burger that not only satisfied the emerging low carb, low sugar and paleo movements, but one that anybody can enjoy, guilt-free”, said Simon.

Lola Berry added, “I love a good burger, and I wanted to give myself permission to eat one, so I teamed up with Grill’d to create a burger you could eat and feel like you’ve done good for your body. The Nourish & Flourish Burger is a very clean and nourishing meal that contains ingredients from local producers. The pattie is 100% grass fed, so you know you’re eating the best lean protein available. You’ll be getting your essential, good fats from the avocado, your veggie intake will be topped up with fresh salad ingredients, and finally you’ll get a little, tangy kick from the Dijon mustard.”

“To literally top it off, the burger is served on the Low Carb SuperBun, which is a healthy, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, low-carb combination of free range eggs, almond meal, coconut cream, honey, tapioca flour, and psyllium husk. The Low Carb SuperBun has become a hit for not only being sugar free but also for boasting only 9 grams of carbs per bun which is less than a sushi roll.”

Grill’d will also introduce Lola’s SuperPower Salad to the menu – a meal option that is light and bursting with antioxidants and plant nutrients. It contains grilled chicken breast, avocado, cos lettuce, carrot, Spanish onion, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, almonds, mint and is dressed in extra virgin olive oil.

The Nourish & Flourish Burger and SuperPower salad roll-out in Grill’d stores nationally from Tuesday, June 30. Log onto www.grilld.com.au for a full list of stores.

More about Grill’d:

Grill’d was established by founder Simon Crowe in Hawthorn, Melbourne in 2004, to challenge the notion that burgers are low in nutritional value. 10 years on, Grill’d is still making burgers the old-fashioned way with a zealous focus on nutrition and health. Grill’d is 100 per cent Australian owned, born and bred with all restaurants committed to using only the finest, freshest, locally sourced ingredients, employing the friendliest staff and offering the most delicious, healthy burgers. Grill’d prides itself on giving back and working with each and every local community it calls home through its Local Matters program.

Lola Berry

Nutritionist and author of The Happy Cookbook and Grill’d ambassador

You are well-known for your wonderful, inspiring cookbooks The 20/20 Diet and the recently released, The Happy Cookbook. What is your food philosophy?

For me, food is here for two reasons: 1) To nourish and 2) To share with those you love.

Our bodies absolutely thrive off nutrient dense real food such as farm-grown fruit, veggies, and responsibly grown cuts of meat.

Simplifying the food you eat, know where it comes from, and source it locally. Then, you’re doing good for your body.

      What do you feel illustrates the best in Australian food? 

Hands down, it’s real food in its pre-natural state that we are blessed to have an abundance of in Australia. In other words, food that’s straight from the paddock to plate. Also, food with as little human interaction as possible as far as mucking around with it.  As a nation, we have access to that.

      Many Australians are ‘time poor’. What are your top tips for people in this situation?

If you’re time poor, as many of us are, you need to make smart choices whether you eat in or eat out. Making a choice where the food you eat is clean, real and honest. That means things such as trusting the company you buy your food from, making sure it’s locally sourced, and making sure the ingredients are ethical.

If you’re into fitness, eating food when you’re not sure of its source could be as simple as undoing all the good work you’ve been doing to stay fit. A little bit of effort and research goes a long way.

      You have recently created two meals for burger restaurant, Grill’d. Tell me about the Nourish & Flourish Burger and your Super Power Salad. They sound amazing! What was your inspiration behind both creations, and what will make people want to run out and give them a go?

The Nourish & Flourish Burger is a very clean and nourishing meal. All the ingredients have been sourced from local farms. The ingredients are clean and simple, but together they taste amazing. It contains avocado, awesome 100% grass-fed beef, tomato, cos lettuce, herb mayonnaise, and a bit of mustard to give it a kick.

The Nourish & Flourish Burger is served on the Grill’d Low Carb Super Bun. The Low Carb Super Bun is gluten free, dairy-free, and grain-free and contains less than 9 grams of carbohydrates – less than a sushi roll! I love it because it caters to all sorts of food tribes - gluten free, paleo, diary-free and sugar-free. And, it tastes amazing.

I love burgers, and I wanted to give myself permission to eat one, so I created a burger you could eat and feel like you’ve done good for your body. The Nourish & Flourish Burger is a truly, healthy, nutrient-dense burger! And, I love Grill’d because they share the same ethos as I which is to eat real food, sourced from local farms. I am excited to have created these menu items for them J

      And, the Super Power Salad?

The Super Power Salad is a super clean salad full of lots of different colours, meaning that that you’re getting a broad spectrum of antioxidants and plant nutrients. Antioxidants are important to everyone’s daily diet as they prevent free radical damage in the body.

The salad is light but will keep you going with protein from the chicken and the almonds, and the avocado and Extra virgin Olive oil provide good fats so you can have glowing skin and good hair health.

      And what about the recent, growing trend that sugar is a no-no? How do you feel about sugar?

It’s just about eating real food, and refined white sugar doesn’t fall under that category. It causes loads of inflammation in the body. It’s pretty addictive stuff, so if you have a sweet tooth like me, then try going back to basics and eating natural sources of sugar like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup, and fruit… but I think anything sweet is best consumed in moderation. At the moment, I’m loving monk fruit (also called Luo Han Guo) as well as Stevia as neither has an impact on blood sugar levels and still satisfy a sweet tooth.

The Grill’d Nourish & Flourish burger contains zero refined sugar; a total win for those who love their burgers but are cutting down on sugar, and carbs for that matter.

      So, the paleo and gluten-free philosophy aren’t just trends or fads?

I think it’s becoming a way of life for people as a lot of people react to gluten with either gluten sensitivities or full-blown allergies to it. The paleo diet is really all about going back to caveman days and really getting back to basics, so eliminating grains, dairy and refined sugars which simply didn’t exist back then.
I love to embrace a paleolithic-inspired lifestyle, as I feel it works for me and is a healthy way to live. I also value the principles based on eating mindfully by enjoying the whole process of making and enjoying food and taking a moment to sit and be present whilst we eat.
At the end of the day, there are so many ‘diets’ that it’s about finding the right fit for you.

      So, is it good news for Australians then? Are people waking up to the fact that it’s crucial to examine what we put in our bodies?

Absolutely. I think that we are getting more and more empowered to make the right health choices so we don’t feel so lost. It’s about finding the healthiest version for yourself.

I think that Grill’d is empowering and inspiring Australians to make healthy choices and also giving the consumer voting power to support the local economy, lower growers and local producers.

      What are your top tips to readers for accessing real food on a day-to-day basis?

You can purchase the best produce from farmer markets, some health food stores and even in super markets. My biggest tip would be to make sure that you buy food that is as close to its natural state as possible. And, if you're really keen, why not try growing your own? If you don't have space try growing herbs in a window-box. It's about being re-empowered to enjoy real food that nourishes our body, mind and souls. 

And here is what you need to do to win one of four doubles of $15 each (so $30 Grill'd meal vouchers) to eat at any of the Grill'd restaurants (total prize value: $120).

- Follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you are on the social media platforms. Also, share the 'Grill'd' prize photo on @josiegags on Instagram by taking a screenshot of it, then using these hashtags: #regram #josiesjuice #competitions #giveaways #prizes #Grilld

- Share this link on your Facebook wall

- Comment below on why you'd like to win this prize (although it's on sale now on both formats, only the DVD version - with ALL the extras above - on offer here) AND email me at josiegags@optusnet.com.au so I can contact you in case you are a winner. In the email, please provide your address (so many people forget these steps and don't enter a valid email address below, and I spend lots of time trying to track you down, or simply give the prize to the next person - not fun for anyone!)

(If you find it hard to comment below because your device won't let you - sometimes that happens on an iPhone, for example - simply send me your entry and mailing address via email at josiegags@optusnet.com.au).

*Competition is open to Australian residents only.

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