When whole foods were our ‘convenience food’

Glow-Whole foods

written by Caitlin Smit — Nutritionsprout


If we went back a good few years, we’d find that there was a time when the word ‘fast food’ never existed, our convenience foods were those that we picked from a tree or pulled from a sandy bed, a crisp apple or fully formed carrot.

We have made many profound discoveries and conveniences as mankind, but I do feel that some of these conveniences have lured us further away from the basic necessities needed for good health, one of those being whole foods.

Although, admittedly some of these conveniences may be lifesavers at times, be it a quick microwave meal to save time or a sugary snack on the run, it’s more the frequency and ratios of these foods that people are choosing to consume that has become an issue. The evidence around the rising statistics of pre diabetes, type2 diabetes and childhood diabetes globally is undeniable and these realities are for many largely due to our lifestyles, food choices and more sedentary lives in comparison to how we used to live.


So what are whole foods?

Whole foods are those foods that have not undergone any or very little sort of processing or additional additives in order to arrive on our tables. Foods that are close to or of their original state. These are whole foods like, ethnically farmed - grass fed meat, fish, free range eggs, whole fruits, vegetables, grains, oils such as olive oil and coconut oil, nuts and seeds.


Why are these foods important?

The reason why whole foods are so important is due to the fact that nowadays  — whole foods are profoundly lacking in many western diets, particularly the simple act of getting enough greens or fibrous vegetables in on a daily basis. Whole foods are also far more nutrient dense than any ‘fast food’ or processed snack we could pick up, they do not contain empty calories, they are not full of additives, refined sugars and preservatives and therefore are able to nourish and sustain us for longer periods of time when used in a balanced diet.


Here are a few tips that can help you get the most out of a whole foods lifestyle


Aim to buy local and seasonal foods whenever you can.  This will also help to ensure that the food you are buying has not been sitting in cold storage for too long.

Try to aim for organic whole foods where possible  — we will be sharing more about this in future Glow posts as well.

Try to cook from scratch using whole foods, as often as possible.  

Remember to be mindful about which way you are ‘tipping the scale’; aim for a diet that is rich in whole foods opposed to convenient, 'fast', preservative and additive dense foods.

It’s all about balance, we understand that. However I do not think we must fixate on this word and culture of ‘clean food’ but rather embrace a whole foods lifestyle. 

Your body will thank you a thousand times over for the simple but positive lifestyle choices you make on a consistent basis. 


Wholefood stockists and markets in the Cape Town


Olive Branch deli

Your ‘community grocer’,  you really do feel the community when visiting this little family run business.  A great place to get your hands on well sourced whole food necessities like whole yoghurts, grass fed meats, free-range eggs, fresh vegetables, amongst an array of other delights. This brother and sister duo also spend a lot of time understanding where their produce comes from.


Oranjezicht market

All local, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.


Jardim Family Farm

Jardim is a family farm growing organic vegetables in the Noordhoek community. Join them for harvesting on Saturdays between 10:00 and 4:00.

3 Rosalyn Rd, Noordhoek.  


Online platforms

If you aren’t able to get to the above stockists, another great way to get ethically sourced whole foods is to use the option of an online platform, conveniently delivered to your door:


Ethical Co Op

Think Organic

Wild Organics  

Eat out

These are places in the city of Cape Town that we have found to offer a wholefoods experience, ranging from their carefully put together menu, to their ethos and locally sourced produce.



We personally feel that this is one of the most authentic whole food eateries in South Africa.

Keep an eye out for more on this friendly little cafe coming to Glow soon.

Unit F, 179 Loop St, Cape Town


Harvest deli and cafe

This beautiful space is the newest addition to Bo Kaap. Bringing you a carefully thought out and nutritious menu. 

102 Wale Street, Cape Town

Loading Bay

A firm favourite for breakfasts, especially when they are served all day. Passionate about using biodynamic produce.

Shop 30, Hudson Buidling, 30 Hudson st, De Waterkant, Cape Town


Skinny Legs Cafe

A calm space to get your fix of carefully prepared wholefood meals.

70 Loop Street, Cape Town


Caitlin is a qualified INHC health coach with the New York school of Integrative Nutrition and co-founder of Glow alongside Marize Albertyn. Her passion lies in women's wellness and helping women make positive and sustainable changes to their lives in order to 'come home to themselves and their cycle'. 
Social Media  — @nutritionsprout


1 — Drhyman.com http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/are-diabetes-and-insulin-resistance-reversible/

2 — Drhyman.com http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/08/18/5-ways-to-raise-healthy-eaters/

3 — Rose, A. ( 2016 ) The Wholefoods Pantry, London, Kyle books p8