TV chef Theo Michaels has launched a series of cooking videos creating delicious food for people looking to lower their blood sugar – a key risk factor for type-2 diabetes.
“Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch” star has teamed up with SmarterNaturally, an exciting UK company that has created a unique super-strain of broccoli with patented health-boosting properties.
SmarterNaturally has turned its super-strength broccoli (called “GRextra”) into a “SuperSoup” designed to support people suffering from diabetes (as well as high cholesterol and other health conditions).
Theo, an award-winning author and former MasterChef contestant, has created free videos showing how to prepare a range of delicious, easy-to-make and diabetic-friendly meals using this super soup.
The collaboration aims to use science and nutrition to help people with diabetes eat better and gain control of their blood sugar levels. The recipes are free to watch on SmarterNaturally’s website and show how the special broccoli soup can be used to create different flavoursome dishes – all of which contain a week’s worth of glucoraphanin (the health-boosting molecule which makes SmarterNaturally Soup so special).
Most people eat SmarterNaturally’s SuperSoup once a week by simply adding boiling water. But for those who prefer the culinary over convenience, Theo Michaels has given the soup a makeover to show how easy it is to use as an ingredient in more exciting dishes.
The first three recipes in the series are “Smoked Haddock with Cheddar Broccoli Sauce”, “Thai Green Curry” and an “Indonesian Laksa” – all of which have been certified by nutritionists as diabetic friendly and can be made either vegetarian or vegan with just a few tweaks. Theo plans to add more delicious meals to the list in the coming weeks and months – all inspired by and incorporating the SuperSoup.
Theo said: “After being introduced to Smarter Naturally soup and reading the research behind the health benefits, I was sold on how beneficial their soup is for maintaining a healthy metabolism and supporting your body.
“I set about creating recipes full of flavour that complement the broccoli soup and are type 2 diabetes-friendly. I’m excited to work with such a talented SmarterNaturally team dedicated to increasing the quality of life of so many people!”
Laura Knight, CEO of SmarterNaturally said: “Our SuperSoup is a science-backed functional food designed to support people with high blood sugar, and it’s convenient.
“Our long-term customers started using the soup as an ingredient in various ways to keep things interesting. That’s why we’re excited about our partnership with Theo; he’s using his creativity and skills in the kitchen to turn our SuperSoup into culinary delights that people can easily make and enjoy at home, safe in the knowledge that the recipe protects the bioactivity of the soup and analysed by a dietician as being suitable diabetics.
“It’s an important step forward for us in our goal of supporting prediabetics and diabetics on their journey towards a healthier future.”