Junk food, fast food and meals that are all-taste and no-healthy value are so yesterday! These days, mindful eating and watching your health is trendy. Obesity levels in the UAE are 7 per cent higher than the world average at 37 per cent and healthcare experts are urging people here to eat wisely and well to beat health problems associated with the wrong weight.
As a leading food supplier in the region, LuLu Hypermarket has long taken its responsibility seriously to offer the best healthy choices of food ingredients, so here are some ways you can make the best health choices for your table at LuLu.
1. The world on your platter
With sourcing offices across 22 countries to support its hypermarket operations worldwide, LuLu is quick to offer the best health trends in its aisles. The Hypermarket has enhanced its healthy and organic range in the stores to cater to the growing community of diet-conscious and fitness enthusiasts. Its products come from top suppliers across the world.
2. Organic meats provide excellent nutrition
People often think going ‘organic’ means going vegetarian, but these days there is an amazing range of organic meats, too, said Gary Backhouse, LuLu Group Fresh Meat & Fish Manager.
"When choosing organic meat, look for meat that is pesticide and chemicals-free. That usually means free-range beef or poultry which have not been treated with antibiotics or growth-enhancing chemicals. Similarly, check for salmon that is wild or, even if farmed, it should be ‘organic’ in the sense that it has been grown in lower-density nets and with no chemical interference."
3. Choose your bread wisely
Nothing is more convenient than a sandwich as a pick-me-up meal and LuLu has a busy in-store bakery where a team of expert bakers produce fresh healthy breads that cater to a varied range of health choices: keto, vegan, multigrain, gluten-free and some amazing-tasting specialty breads like sourdough, rye, ciabatta and herb varieties.
"We also have a great range of desserts that will delight your sweet tooth without punching a hole into your health profile," pointed out Robert Fry, Group Bakery Department Manager. "Sugar-free desserts made with natural sweetener-substitutes like agave syrup, stevia or alternatives, egg-free cakes and pastries – all you need to do is choose wisely."
4. Organic cheeses and deli choices
Cheeses and cuts of meat that are carefully prepared with condiments are at once an elegant and healthy addition to one’s diet. Why not check out LuLu’s delicatessen where experts can guide you on the best choices of cuts of meat, salads, cheeses and accompaniments to round out your meal?
"Whether you are looking for a quick and convenient filling for your sandwich, a perky salad to your pasta meal or spicy olives and condiments to tease your taste-buds, there is something fresh and nutritious for you at the LuLu delicatessen and cheese section," said Edgardo Aberin, Group Fresh Food Manager.
5. Detox in good taste
The LuLu Hot Foods section is a popular stop for busy shoppers looking to take a shortcut to good health. Here, Chef Deepraj Singh, Group F&B Food Processing Manager, and his team whip up a daily colourful and tasty array of gourmet treats: juicy burgers, detox and immunity shots made from cold-pressed fruit juices and fruit and vegetable-infused water, a selection of healthy salads featuring flavours from around the world and traditional favourites with a twist at affordable prices, such as Quinoa Chicken Biryani (a healthy spin on the authentic South Asian rice dish).
"Remember that variety is not just the spice of life – it can keep your sense of gourmet adventure alive and healthy," said Deepraj Singh.
As a partner with the UAE government’s WEQAYA project (which means prevention in Arabic and seeks to prevent obesity-related problems), LuLu Hypermarkets consistently ensure the availability of a wide range of specialty foods including vegan and lactose-free alternatives and work closely with local food producers and farmers under the Zayed Higher Organisation to promote locally grown fruits, vegetables and fresh produce.
"Our objective is to keep updating our catalogue so that shoppers can continue to find an exciting way to eat wisely, healthily and well with LuLu," said Shabu P. Majeed, Director of Retail Operations. "As shoppers become more health-conscious nowadays, it is important for us as a retailer to cater to this growing segment of the population.’’