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Splash of colour for Gourmet Hub

The three tenants of Victoria Street’s Gourmet Hub are making the most of the container food centre’s colourful new ingredients, green and red wholefood plant powders from Nutrient Rescue. 

The Christchurch start-up’s food products are free of meat, dairy, gluten, added salt and alcohol, and contain only naturally occurring sugars found in wholefoods. Nutrient Rescue’s pure New Zealand plant powders are designed to make it easy to boost your daily intake of fruit and veges. 

As well as a nutrition and flavour boost for the shots and juices of Darren Fabri (centre), and the innovative cuisine of Phil Watkins (right), the powders are bringing a splash of colour to the vegan smoothies of Vanessa Clements (left). 

Vanessa sells Underground coffee and nutritious snacks as well as smoothies from her Coffee Traders container. Her customers love the vibrant colour of her smoothies, with the Nutrient Rescue green powder complementing the nuts and seasonal fruit and vegetables in her blend. 

At the Home container, Darren uses both powders in his shots and juices. He sees them as an ideal fit for a menu that focuses on being fresh, nutritious and international. 

And Fine Fare Kitchen’s Phil Watkins is experimenting with using the green powders in herb pastes and vegan burgers, and the red one in desserts. “The shots give a flavour boost — you can mix them in with so many things,” Phil says.

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“I have been taking my shots for about 2 months now. After being sick 8 times this year with colds (yes 8 times!) I was almost at my wits end. Catching public transport to and from work and working in an office open floor plan have not helped when other people cough over you all the time. However, since I started taking my shots every day I haven’t had ONE cold!!!! It has been such a relief and everyone has noticed how much more energy I have (looking a lot brighter in the skin). My partner noticed so much and now he’s hooked too!!! I also got three other colleagues into them.”

Shelby Wilson

“In the mornings I used to drag myself out of bed and felt like I had been run over by a bus. It usually took me a strong coffee and half an hour of just sitting to wake up properly. After about two weeks of taking the shots I noticed I was getting up feeling energised and ready for the day. It has really helped to maintain energy levels throughout the day and I am more inclined to be active as I have more energy! Amazing! I feel content that I am supporting and nourishing my body for myself, my family and my future health.”

Tania Englebretsen

“This product is so amazing. I’ve had a coffee everyday in hand daily (twice sometimes) just to survive since having my first baby 17months ago. I’ve only been taking this for a week, sometimes twice a day depending on how busy the day is, and even after having less than 5hours sleep most times, I no longer NEED coffee and have energy to work nightshift without coffee, no after noon slump, the list of benefits goes on. Thank you so much 🙂 So Grateful.”