What makes GOODMINZ, good mince?

GOODMINZ is a fresh mince, made from plants; it’s amazing if you love veggies, a revelation if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet and a culinary inspiration if you just want to eat more plants.

When we created the GOODMINZ recipes we had a list of must haves, with delicious flavours, versatility and ease of use at the top! Nutritionally our aim was to create food products that could make a broad contribution to a healthy balanced diet, which we achieved by including only nutritious ingredients in the recipe – fresh minced vegetables and a host of other goodies like chickpeas and quinoa.

The vegetables

Most of us know vegetables are very good for a healthy diet and that we should eat more, but in case you need a little more convincing here’s why: Increased consumption of vegetables is linked to decreased incidence of cancer, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of type-2 diabetes and a whole host of benefits from the vitamins and minerals they provide.

Each GOODMINZ contains five vegetables – carrots and cauliflower plus three different vegetables. Green GOODMINZ features garden peas, broccoli and spinach; Purple features beetroot, sweet potato and celeriac; Orange features sweetcorn, red pepper and butternut squash and Brown GOODMINZ features chestnut mushrooms, fennel and parsnip. It’s no wonder then, that a serving of GOODMINZ gives 1 of your recommended 5 a day. Add half an avocado, a chopped tomato and some salad leaves to a GOODMINZ quarter pounder and you’ve created a wholesome meal that contains over 3 of your 5 a day!

The protein

Achieving the recommended intake of protein in your diet is important for building muscle, for hormones, enzymes, the immune system. Veggies are generally not naturally high in protein, so you may have asked yourself where you’ll get your protein on a plant-based diet. Well, it is entirely possible to get more than enough, and if you happen to find yourself arguing this point to the likes of Novak Djokovic, Scott Jurek, Carl Lewis, Rich Roll and Venus Williams – just a few in the long list of ultra-fit plant-powered sports people 🙂

We designed GOODMINZ so each product can be labelled a source of protein. Green GOODMINZ has the highest level with 8.3g of plant protein per 100g and the other three products each have over 7g of plant protein per 100g. The sources of protein in our recipes are chickpeas, quinoa, and pea protein. Like most pulses, chickpeas are an excellent source of plant protein plus a whole host of nutrients, including iron, B vitamins, and magnesium. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it provides you with the eight essential amino acids your body can’t make – it’s one of the few plant proteins to do this! Pea protein – an easily-digestible high-quality protein isolated from yellow peas can be used post-workout instead of whey protein and it works brilliantly alongside the other protein sources.

Foods based around plant proteins are generally lower in saturated fat and higher in fibre than those based around meat protein – both great news for a healthy balanced diet.

The fats

Cutting down on saturated fat can lower your blood cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease, so it’s recommended that the fat intake in our diet comprises more unsaturated and less saturated fats.

GOODMINZ is labelled as low in saturated fat and contains rape seed and flax seed oils. Our extra virgin cold-pressed British rapeseed oil is less than half the saturated fat of olive oil, contains high levels of vitamin E, is rich in omegas 3, 6 & 9, is low in cholesterol (0.1%), and contains plant sterols that are thought to help lower cholesterol. Flaxseed is nutrient dense and one of the best plant sources of omega-3. It is also a particularly good source of the essential alpha-linolenic acid – an omega-3 fatty acid that we have to obtain from our diet.

The fibre

Moving on to, quite possibly, the most underrated nutrient – fibre! A diet high in fibre helps normalise bowel movements, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar regulation, and improves satiety. It’s also important for all the bacteria living in your gut (your gut micro-biome). In the UK generally, we don’t eat enough fibre – we should be aiming for around 30g per day whereas the current average is around 18g.

GOODMINZ is labelled as a source of fibre and averages 6g fibre / 100g. This comes from the vegetables, chickpeas, flaxseed and a pea fibre in the recipe. If in your cooking you pair GOODMINZ with a wholegrain bun and a side of sweet potato fries, you’re easily looking at over 10g of fibre in one meal! It’s worth noting that if you are looking to increase the fibre in your diet, it is recommended to do so gently.

The allergens

GOODMINZ is free from soya and allergens except for celeriac in our Purple mince. It contains no gluten-containing ingredients, however each product has not been laboratory tested for gluten levels so we cannot state within the regulatory framework that the products are gluten free. This is because there may have been cross-contamination by our ingredients suppliers.

In summary; a portion of GOODMINZ gives 1 of your 5 a day and it is a source of protein, low in saturated fat and a source of fibre. That’s quite different to your everyday meat mince and to the other veggie minces available today. And, returning to our must-haves, we’ve had great feedback from our bloggers and many others about its delicious-ness, versatility and ease of use in the home kitchen.

So, there you have it – that’s what makes GOODMINZ seriously good mince, which is seriously good news if you want to eat more plants in your healthy balanced diet.

Note: The recommended serving size for GOODMINZ is 114g. Why you might ask? The answer is GOODMINZ makes a fantastic ‘quarter pounder’ which is 114g! So, our nutritional information is based around that.

Thanks go to Pixie Turner who we collaborated with on this post. Pixie is a food blogger, biochemist (BSc), nutritionist (MSc), writer, and speaker and her book ‘The Wellness Rebel’ is due in April 2018. You can read Pixie’s blog here and follow her on Instagram here.