Barenaked Foods Launches Two Brand New Products
Dragons' Den success story, Barenaked Foods has launched two new pasta products to add to their low carb, gluten free range suitable for weight management, coeliacs and vegetarians.
Barenaked Spaghetti and Barenaked Protein Noodles both follow in the footsteps of the original Barenaked Noodles and Rice and are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories.
Ross Mendham, Managing Director at Barenaked Foods, says :
“Our new Barenaked Spaghetti is a healthy, low-calorie alternative to regular pasta. It's really easy to cook; you can just mix it with a favourite sauce and it cooks quickly for a meal on the go. It also has a slightly softer texture than our Barenaked Noodles, so it's a lot more like eating classic pasta. Barenaked Protein Noodles are enhanced with soy so they're a great way of introducing more protein to your diet while keeping carbs and fat at bay. They're ideal for people who lead a busy, active lifestyle and they also offer an extra source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. We're delighted to bring these brand new products to our range for customers to enjoy in 2018.”
Ross and his wife Kelly are delighted to be expanding their business as a family and are especially proud of their 4 year old son. At the time of his appearance on BBC Dragons' Den in March 2013, Kelly had sadly suffered a further miscarriage but not long after winning investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones, the couple were delighted to welcome Oliver-Jude into their lives. Ross includes Oliver in many aspects of his daily life and he can often be seen helping out with shopping, cooking and tasting new recipes in the Barenaked Foods kitchen.
Barenaked Spaghetti is available at Sainsbury's, Ocado, Amazon, CLF Distribution (trade only) and online at the Barenaked Foods website. Nutritional Information for Barenaked Spaghetti (per 100g drained product): Energy: 17kcal, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 0.1g, Carbs: 1.8g, Fibre: 3.2g, Salt 0.05g, Sugars 0.1g
Barenaked Protein Noodles are available at Sainsbury's, CLF Distribution (trade only) and online at the Barenaked Foods website. Nutritional Information for Barenaked Protein Noodles (per 100g drained product): Energy: 18kcal, Protein: 2.7g, Fat: 0.1g, Carbs: 0.1g, Fibre: 3.4g, Salt 0.02g, Sugars 0.1g
'Santa' makes a special stop in Norwich
Visitors to Norwich Food Bank had a surprise guest on Friday 18th December – 'Santa' himself arrived to chat with the children and hand out some early Christmas presents.
Our Managing Director Ross Mendham contacted the non-profit organisation after he'd paid for his son to visit Santa's Grotto and thought that families who weren't so fortunate would be missing out on doing the same.
After purchasing a suitable red outfit and beard, Ross spent a few mornings away from the Barenaked office to buy gifts and chocolates. Local company Ecoglass were also kind enough to donate some gifts – our thanks to them for their support.
Ross says: “It certainly was a day to remember and I'll never forget how much it meant to the families and their children. Christmas is more than presents; it's about doing things for others and trying to make the world a better place.”
Well said, Ross! If you'd like to find out more about Norwich Food Bank and how you could help local families in need, visit their website.
Barenakedfoods contributes £200 and pasta goodies to Isle of Wight Challenge Runner
We were recently contacted by Daniel Ivey, who is running The Isle of Wight challenge which takes place from 30th April - 1st May 2016. The 'Ultra Challenge' heads out from Chale, past the Needles, on and around clock-wise for 106km - with spectacular coastlines, dramatic cliffs, & sandy beaches.
Daniel is fundraising for Serbia's Forgotten Paws, a registered charity that aims to improve the lives and welfare of the dogs and cats in two shelters, as well as neutering strays in Serbia.
The Isle of Wight is his biggest challenge to date as Daniel started running in 2011 before completing his first marathon in April 2012, raising money for Children with Cancer. He has since run several marathons, half marathons, 10k's and does the 5k Tonbridge Parkrun every week.
Daniel has since set up a running Facebook group called 'Runfies of the World', which boasts nearly 5500 members from all over the world.
Our MD, Ross Mendham says: “I would like thank Daniel for getting in touch and congratulate him on his achievements to date. He is a real inspiration and we would love to support him on his next challenge. Especially as myself & my wife Kelly love dogs - we have three Old English Sheepdogs!”
Find out more about Serbia's Forgotten Paws at http://www.serbias-forgotten-paws.com/
Details about the Isle of Wight Challenge can be found at http://www.isleofwightchallenge.com/
Barenakedfoods celebrate Waitrose deal!
Low carb, gluten-free pasta specialists Barenaked Foods have signed a deal with Waitrose, the food retail division of the John Lewis Partnership, to sell their range of noodles and rice.
Barenaked Noodles shot to popularity in 2013 following a dramatic pitch on the BBC show "Dragons' Den" from Barenaked Foods’ Managing Director that secured a £60,000 investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones as business partner.
Barenaked Noodles and Rice are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories. Containing only 8 calories per 100g, they can be used as a replacement in meals for carbohydrates such as pasta, spaghetti and standard rice.
Now landing his second major supermarket deal, Managing Director Ross Mendham first developed the product in 2011 whilst looking for an answer to his own weight loss and dietary needs.
Ross said, ”We're delighted that Waitrose are stocking our original low carb, gluten free noodles and rice. We've experienced enormous interest in our range of Barenakedfoods and we're proud to be able to supply them to a wide range of consumers. Our products really are for everyone – including those with restricted diets, health issues, fitness and training demands or people simply looking for a well-balanced meal plan.”
Waitrose buyer Chloe Graves said “We love working with innovative, smaller suppliers like Barenaked who are endlessly passionate about what they do. Free from products are growing in popularity at Waitrose at a fast pace, so we’re excited for our customers to try these new additions."
Barenaked Noodles and Rice will be on sale in selected Waitrose stores from Monday 31st August 2015.
Barenaked Rice Arrives in Morrisons Stores!
Barenaked Foods are delighted to announce that leading supermarket chain Morrisons will be selling our revolutionary Barenaked Rice from 3 August 2015!
Due to popular demand, we launched a new rice product to add to our range of low carbohydrate, gluten free foods which are suitable for weight management, coeliacs and vegetarians. Containing only 16 calories per 100g, Barenaked Rice follows in the footsteps of the original Barenaked Noodles and Barenaked Protein Noodles and are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories.
Our Managing Director, Ross Mendham, is pleased to be expanding the availability of the company's products since they were first developed in 2011 and were featured on the BBC show "Dragons' Den" in 2013.
Ross said, ”We are delighted that Morrisons will now be stocking our low carb, gluten free rice, which we developed in response to feedback from our customers. The rice makes a superb alternative to standard rice for those who are looking to limit their carbohydrate intake, avoid gluten or simply want to feel less bloated after a meal.”
Andrew Thomas, International Foods Buyer at Morrisons, also expects Barenaked Rice to be a hit with customers.
Andrew said, “We are excited to be launching an extension to the popular Barenaked Noodles. We have had great customer feedback and it has quickly established a loyal following. This is such a unique proposition and offers a real alternative to traditional rice.”
Multi-packs of our Barenaked Rice are already available from our online store and will be available to purchase in Morrisons from 3 August at an introductory offer price of £1.00 per pack!
Michael Bradbury completes European Sprint Triathlon Championship Event
Our sponsee Michael is just back from another gruelling triathlon in Geneva, Switzerland – and it sounds brutal! Arriving on Tuesday 7 July, the thermometer was already hitting 42c as Mike took his first look at the cycling route. Consisting of 20km, 3 laps with 3 climbs of 1km at 9% gradient, it's said to test even the elite athletes.
Race day arrived with a start time scheduled for 11am. The temperature was 32c with a wind speed of 22kph. Mike says: “I didn't feel any nerves until I was at the swim start. The wind direction had turned overnight and was now against us, so we were about to swim upstream into transition - not good!” The swim was on a 750m open water lake, starting with a straight 250m to the first buoy which saw athletes get kicked, pulled under, punched and even pulled down. Mike managed to get to the first buoy safely but had two more to navigate - not easy in choppy and windy conditions. He managed to complete the swim event in 13 minutes, which was 2 minutes slower than his usual time due to the conditions on the day.
The bike course went straight into a slight uphill section before a straight of about 1 km and a final descent of 4km downhill at over 40mph on closed roads with all nations supporting, shouting and chanting - an incredible experience. It was then onto the 5km run section but with the mid-day heat at over 42c this was no easy task and Mike realised it was crucial to dowse himself with water at every aid station available. Approaching the final 800m, he saw all the bunting and went for it!
Mike was finally placed 29th in the 25-29 Age Group for Europe and 14th for Great Britain – a superb achievement! He says that he thoroughly enjoyed the event and with the support of Team GB, family, friends and the local community, he will definitely return in the future.
The final word goes to Mike, who says: “Ross and Barenakedfoods kindly supported me in helping fund my trip and supplying me with low-carb and protein-enhanced noodles which had a drastic positive impact on my performance and without the nutritional tips, this may not have been possible.”
Read more about the event over on Mike's blog
Latest Vlog: How to 'cure' your wok!
New vlog: Ross cooks Thai!
In Ross' second vlog installment, he showcases a quick Thai recipe 'Tom Yum Goong' - a fab prawn & noodle soup made with low carb Barenakednoodles. It's under 100kcals & less than 5g in fat!!
Ross also introduces a new competition to WIN a professional grade wok from Waitrose!
In his next video, Ross will show you how to cure your wok, ready to get cooking. Also find out how he's been doing on his Barenaked diet & he answers your #AskRoss questions!
Thai Street Café uses its noodle - and goes gluten free!
Thai Street Café in Newmarket, Suffolk, has introduced popular, gluten-free, Barenaked Noodles with a range of specially created dishes to complement their existing menu. The launch, held on 19th January 2015, was attended by the Thai Street team; Dragons’ Den winner and Barenaked Foods’ Managing Director, Ross Mendham; welterweight boxer and personal trainer, Pat McAleese; along with local nutritionists and press to celebrate the wider menu choice available to their regular clientèle and encourage new customers through the doors.
The award-winning restaurant has put together a menu specifically to meet the growing demand of Coeliacs; those following a gluten-free diet and also to appeal to customers who wish to choose a lower fat or lower calorie option. Joe Baron, Co-owner at Thai Street Café says, “We are thrilled to be the first restaurant in the region to offer this revolutionary meal on our menu, and with a large percentage of our customer demographic being health-conscious females; we are positive that the new choices available to them will be a huge success.”
Barenaked Foods has helped to design and develop the new menu at Thai Street Café and has also created a feedback form, to give customers the opportunity to have their say on the new dishes.Ross Mendham, Managing Director at Barenaked Foods says, “Thai Street Café is a delightful restaurant offering authentic Thai Food, the perfect platform for our products. We are looking forward to supporting Thai Street’s owners Joe and Chris with the launch of their new menu, and we have developed a set of marketing materials that can be used to promote the benefits of our products to their customers.
With thanks to Emerald Frog Marketing!
How can I maintain a healthy lifestyle in 2015?
Eating a balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and alongside regular exercise, can help reduce stress and improve your well-being too. Here are some healthy eating tips from NHS Live Well:
* Eat the right amount of calories to balance the energy you consume with the energy you use (men = around 2,500 calories per day; women = around 2,000 calories per day)
* Eat lots of fruit and veg – try to get your 5 a day! A glass of unsweetened 100% fruit juice counts as well as cooked vegetables in a main meal
* Eat more fish - it's a good source of protein so aim to eat at least 2 portions per week
* Cut down on saturated fat - too much can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Use a small amount of vegetable oil when cooking and if you're having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any fat
* Cut down on sugar - especially fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks and sugary breakfast cereals (try and stick to natural sugar found in fruit and milk)
* Eat less salt - even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much (about three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy!)
* Read food labels to help guide you to cut down on salt and sugar in food – the traffic light system is helpful
* Get active - physical activity can help you maintain weight loss or keep a healthy weight and you don't have to spend hours at the gym! Try walking to work and taking the stairs instead of the lift
* Don't get thirsty - we need to drink about 1.6-2.0 litres of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated
* Don’t skip breakfast - research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight
To help support you on your journey to a healthier you in 2015, we're offering 20 x 250g packs for £30.00 including free UK delivery! Visit https://www.barenakedfoods.co.uk/products/noodles/20-x-250gbarenaked-noodles for more info and to order.
Tropicana Wholesale and Fitness sign up with Barenaked Foods
We are delighted to announce that Tropicana Wholesale and Tropicana Fitness are a wholesale distributor and retailer of Barenaked Foods.
Established in 1980, Tropicana Wholesale has become the distributor of choice to the largest Sports Nutrition and Well being stores, websites and distributors in the United Kingdom.
Tropicana Wholesale are based in the heart of the Midlands where they hold over £2,000,000 worth of stock! With no minimum orders, dedicated account managers, over 80 brands at wholesale prices, unrivalled buying power and promotions, they truly are a one stop shop!
For wholesale enquiries on Bare Naked Foods and 1000’s of other products, click here to visit the Tropicana Wholesale website.
Tropicana Fitness -
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Founded on core principles of choice, service and value. They stock over 80 of the worlds leading sports nutrition brands at the most competitive prices available.
Barenaked Foods gains Vegetarian Society accreditation
Dragons' Den winning, Barenaked Foods have recently gained accreditation from The Vegetarian Society for their range of noodles and rice.
Barenaked Foods was launched by Ross Mendham in 2011 with the aim of creating a low- carbohydrate, gluten-free alternative to pasta and noodles.
After years of struggling with his own weight-management issues, Norwich-based Ross was determined to find a nutritious solution for people with a specific dietary requirement or those who simply wanted a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. After a serious amount of research, Ross discovered that the pasta he was looking for could be created from the root of the Konjac plant. Naturally low in carbohydrates, sugar, salt and fat but high in fibre, Konjac is similar to the yam and can be found growing across Asia.
The Barenaked Foods brand is going from strength to strength, available throughout the UK in Morrisons stores, Holland and Barrett and online via the Barenaked Foods website, GNC UK and Muscle Food UK stores. A new “protein-enhanced” noodle product has also been launched, which has proven very popular within the sport, fitness and personal training industry. And Barenaked Rice is also the perfect solution for a traditional accompaniment to meals without worrying about gluten or carbohydrates.
Ross Mendham, Managing Director at Barenaked Foods, says: "We are delighted to be approved by The Vegetarian Society. The Barenaked Foods products are dairy-free, gluten-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well as being halal approved. For consumers looking to be assured that the foods they are eating are 100% vegetarian and vegan, the recent accreditation from The Vegetarian Society is a badge of honour for our products."
For information on The Vegetarian Society visit www.vegsoc.org
Kelly's Blog : Getting back in shape!
I am Ross’s wife, Kelly Mendham. I always encouraged him to further his dream but I suppose never really realised how much of a miracle these foods are!
As you may know from his pitch on Dragons' Den, Ross and I had a turbulent few years trying for a baby only to be left with devastating heartache. However in 2014 our miracle baby boy Oliver-Jude was born. He was huge - 9lb 12 and I put on a hefty 3 stone whilst carrying him.
I suffered health complications following Oliver’s arrival and some of these are still on-going. One of those is abdominal pain, aching and bloating. Ross often diets on his noodles, but I have never really been interested in eating them as I was quite happy with my weight prior to ballooning (see photo)! However things had changed...
I no longer recognised my body. I became upset and down. After lots of reassurance, Ross suggested I started eating the noodles with him and follow a ‘low carb’ diet. I had nothing to lose (except weight!) and, as Ross is the cook in our house, (yes I know…very lucky) I agreed. Now you may think, "oh well she’s Ross wife, of course she’s going to say this", however I cannot believe the difference eating a low carb diet has made to my life.
I have been eating the noodles for 3 weeks and I no longer feel the bloating, discomfort and even pain in my tummy. If I have a ‘cheat day’ (oh how I love a roast potato!) the pain, bloating, discomfort, even nausea, return, so I know it’s those dreaded carbs.
We both eat Barenaked noodles every evening for tea mixed in other ingredients such as steak, prawns, chicken, beef etc. It’s delicious. I have a pack of noodles to myself and I no longer feel the need to snack before bed.
I wanted to write this blog to try and help other ladies feel that there is hope.
Please come back soon as I'm going to be posting regular bits and pieces on here. Follow my story!
Barenaked Foods on Mustard TV!
Barenaked Foods' Managing Director was recently invited onto Mustard TV to chat about his Dragons' Den experience and the recent deal with Morrison's supermarkets nationwide.
Mustard TV broadcasts across Norwich and the surrounding area on Freeview, channel 8 and brings you the latest local video news and features about Norfolk and Norwich; its people, places and communities.
If you missed it you can catch up with the two interviews here:
Barenaked Foods sign major Morrisons deal
Dragons’ Den winner, Barenaked Foods, has signed a deal with leading supermarket chain, Morrisons, to sell their range of low carb, gluten-free products.
Barenaked Noodles shot to popularity following a dramatic pitch on the BBC show "Dragons' Den" from Barenaked Foods’ Managing Director that secured a £60,000 investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones as business partner.
Barenaked Noodles are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories. Containing only 8 calories per 100g, they can be used as areplacement in meals for carbohydrates such as pasta and noodles.
Landing a major supermarket deal has been the goal of Barenaked Food's Managing Director, Ross Mendham since he first developed the product in 2011 whilst looking for an answer to his own weight loss and dietary needs.
Ross said, ”We are delighted that Morrisons are stocking our original low carb, gluten free noodles on their "International Foods" aisles. Barenaked Noodles are fantastic for those looking to manage their weight, consumers with restricted diets, such as coeliacs and diabetics, or people simply looking for a tasty alternative to heavier pasta or noodles.”
Andrew Thomas, Grocery Buyer at Morrisons said, "Barenaked Noodles help our customers lead healthier lifestyles, whilst also giving them a great tasting alternative to pasta and noodles. Ross' product rightly impressed the Dragons on Dragons' Den and our customers can now benefit from buying the popular Barenaked Foods original noodles from nearly 400 Morrison's supermarkets nationwide".
The Barenaked Foods range has now grown to include Protein and Rice versions of the product, available via the Barenaked Foods website.
You can see Ross' appearance on Dragons' Den again: 8.00pm, 31st August, BBC2
Barenaked Foods launch new Rice product
Dragons' Den success story, Barenaked Foods has launched a new Rice product to add to their range of low carb, gluten free foods suitable for weight management, coeliacs and vegetarians.
Containing only 16 calories per 100g, Barenaked Rice, follows in the footsteps of the original Barenaked Noodles and Barenaked Protein Noodles and are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories. The new Barenaked Rice can be used as a replacement in meals for ordinary rice.
Ross Mendham, Managing Director at Barenaked Foods, says : "We have introduced the Barenaked Rice product due to popular demand from our customers who love using Barenaked noodles as a carbohydrate replacement. Perfectly suited for those who cannot tolerate gluten or those looking to manage their weight, the new Barenaked Rice is great for curries and oriental dishes".
The new Barenaked Rice also coincides with the new range of product packaging introduced by the company.
Ross says, "We always listen to feedback from our customers and, as a result, all our products are now available in handy resealable stand up pouches, allowing for easier storage for consumers and clearer shelf display for our retailers customers."
Barenaked Rice is available online at the Barenaked Foods website.
What exactly IS Konjac?
A key ingredient of our unique Barenakednoodles is created from konjac - but what is it and where does it come from?
Konjac is a plant grown in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and south-east Asia and the root is used to create a flour or jelly (often a vegan substitute for gelatin). The noodles are created by harvesting fibre from the konjac root, mashing it down into a flour, mixing with water and calcium hydroxide to create a gel which can be cut into strips. It is then packaged into small bags with a little water to keep the noodles fresh.
Konjac is a pure vegetable with almost no calories or carbohydrates and the root of the plant is very similar to yam. It's very high in fibre and is naturally wheat and gluten free. Containing no fat, sugar or starch, konjac fibre makes an ideal ingredient for foods which aid weight-loss, help support specific dietary needs or included as the nutritional element of a healthy lifestyle.
Although pale white in colour and with no real taste of their own, konjac noodles absorb the flavours from any added sauce, soup or other prominent ingredient. They also cook quickly and make a highly-nutritious and healthier alternative to fast food, lunch on the go or a quick meal after a workout.
A unique feature of noodles made from konjac is that they can be stored at room temperature – there's no need to refrigerate them and their long shelf-life is ideal for buying in bulk and easy storage in preparation for a meal plan.
- Foods derived from konjac can make you feel fuller for longer - reducing cravings & helping you reach your weight-loss target
- Konjac fibre has a very high water absorbent & expansion rate, which helps control blood sugar & reduce cholesterol levels
- The konjac root is highly rich in positive vitamins and minerals – such as iron, potassium, phosphorous selenium & calcium. It also contains essential amino acids & polyunsaturated fatty acids
- The main ingredient of the konjac root is glucomannan fibre which when digested, helps to maintain a healthy gut by forming a protective film in the intestinal wall
Exclusive Lomax Chelsea chooses Barenaked Noodles.
Dragons’ Den winning noodles from Barenaked Foods are now available for clients of Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition and Wellbeing in Chelsea, London.
Lomax offers premium bespoke services to their clients, including various high profile celebrities, all in an approachable atmosphere and on a pay-as-you-go basis. With nine fully equipped fitness pods, Lomax offers individuals their own unique space in which to work out, either at their own pace or with the assistance of a top personal trainer to maximise results.
Barenaked Noodles, shot to popularity after the appearance of Managing Director, Ross Mendham, on hit BBC show, Dragons’ Den. The noodles, which are incredibly low in fat, sugar and carbohydrates, as well as gluten-free, are ideal for those looking to manage their weight. Lomax is stocking both the original and higher protein ranges of Barenaked Noodles.
“We are delighted that Lomax Bespoke Fitness are stocking Barenaked noodles”, says Ross Mendham. “We’ve seen an increase in demand from both independent health clubs and chains to stock our noodles for both resale purposes and for use within facility restaurants and cafes. Lomax is a fantastic flagship site for us.”
Jonathan Lomax, Founder and CEO at Lomax said, “Barenaked Noodles have been an integral part of the nutritional plans we are providing for some of our clients. We are also stocking Barenaked Noodles in our shop and they are proving very popular with the local clientele.”
The ground floor café at Lomax serves guilt-free gourmet meals, fresh juices and smoothies specially designed by their own in-house nutritionist. Upstairs, the five- room clinic offers a complete range of wellbeing treatments and holistic therapies for clients, and the gym also boasts the first RealRyder cycling studio in the UK plus a sunlit reformer Pilates studio.
For more information and tasty recipe ideas for Barenaked Noodles, visit the website at www.barenakedfoods.co.uk
For more information on Lomax, visit http://www.lomaxpt.com
Ross Mendham supports East Anglian Children's Hospices
Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Barenaked Foods, is proud to support East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH) through his involvement with the forthcoming launch of the £50 Challenge to schools and colleges across the region to raise money for EACH's hospices.
Last week, Ross was given a tour of the Quidenham hospice and has given arts and crafts and a donation to the charity. "It's a fantastic charity" said Ross. "I'm absolutely honoured to help support the great work they do. I look forward to taking part in the forthcoming £50 challenge initiative and speaking with students across the region as to how they can help raise funds in an entrepreneurial style!"
Watch this space for more details! For more information on EACH, please visit their website at www.each.org.uk/
Lose oodles with Barenaked noodles : Keith's challenge, final week
End Weight : 16 stone 8 pounds, total weight loss of 1 Stone and 2 pounds!
Neck: lost 1 inch, Chest: lost 3 inches, Waist: lost 4 inches
I'm a bit late sending this blog in, but really pleased to discover that I lost 1 Stone and 2 pounds in one month since simply switching from pasta and rice to using barenaked noodles. I'm not being paid to say that, it's just the truth!
I've noticed that I can't see my cheeks when I smile (previously, everyone was vanishing from view when I smiled) and my wedding ring is looser (hello ladies!). I feel much better for simply being smaller.
I was a bit sceptical at the start as to what I'd have to whip up mealwise, but soon found out it's just a case of experimenting and, instead of reaching for the pasta or rice, just open a packet of noodles and chuck them in. That's my kind of cooking! I've also enjoyed Ross' recipes on the website as they don't involve many ingredients or faffing, yet they are healthy and quick. Perfect!
My snoring is nowhere near cured as I have a long way to go yet to get to my target weight, but my long suffering family inform me that it's now down a few hundred decibels.
So, basically I'm a convert. Any wheaty based carbs that I've had in the past month have given me bad feeling of bloatiness and indigestion, which suggests I have been struggling with processing carbs for a while - something I didn't realise until I came off them. Clearly wheaty carbs have caused weight issues as I've done no more exercise this month really.
In February, since I came off the challenge I put on a couple of pounds, so I know that I need to keep on with the noodles and a healthy diet to not only lose the weight but to maintain it too.
Ross says: Well done Keith! You'll definitely feel the health benefits. I'm sending you a couple of extra boxes so you can keep up the good work!
Read Ross' column in the latest edition of BestFit
Don't miss the next edition of BestFit magazine and Ross' column about "Fitness and a low carbohydrate diet"
The next edition of BestFit will include an interview with England captain, Chris Robshaw, ahead of the six nations, talking about nutrition, fitness and England’s chances of victory. Plus we chart Cristiano Ronaldo, the Ballon d’Or winner, and his rise to the top.
Following on from the launch issue, there will be three workouts for readers to follow. One for home workouts, one for the gym and another based around the eight-week transformation of Calum Best, supported by Bare Naked Foods, featured exclusively in BestFit magazine.
Find out more at www.bestfitmagazine.co.uk
Barenaked Foods extends range with new Protein noodles
Dragons Den winner, Bare Naked Foods, has introduced protein noodles to extend their range of low carb, gluten-free products suitable for weight management and fitness training.
Containing only 16 calories per 100g, Bare Naked Protein Noodles are made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories. They can be used as a replacement in meals for carbohydrates such as pasta and noodles.
Eating protein is essential to maintain a healthy body, helping to build and repair muscle and provide energy for the body which makes it vital for those looking to increase their muscle mass. But the benefits go beyond muscles building as protein dulls hunger and can help prevent obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
“Protein Noodles from Bare Naked Foods are a great choice for fitness enthusiasts and athletes to increase their protein intake whilst keeping an eye on the carb content”, says Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Bare Naked Foods. “However, protein is also crucial for those people looking to lose weight. The fewer calories a person consumes, the more calories should come from protein to prevent the body from consuming muscle mass for energy”
Bodybuilding athlete and nutrition expert at Bodycatchers.com, Ollie Matthews, is a keen user of Bare Naked Foods Protein Noodles and says, "The Protein Noodles have been an amazing addition when dieting and gaining muscle mass. When I am in need of extra protein I can utilise more products, then knowing the quality is unrivaled and I am not sacrificing any taste.”
Lose oodles with Barenaked noodles : Keith's challenge, week 3
Weight Loss this week: 5 pounds
Total Weight Loss since Jan 1st 2014: 10 lbs
I'm really pleased to have lost another 5 pounds this week, taking my total weight loss to 10 pounds! I've also lost 2 inches off my tum, an inch and a half off my chest and almost an inch off my neck!
I know that 5lb a week can't carry on forever and the most rapid weightloss (especially of someone of my...erm.. magnitude) is at the start - so I fully expect it will soon start to level off to a couple of pounds a week, which is my long term goal - but it's a great kick start to weightloss. It's really helped to motivate me and make me think about what I'm eating instead of just reaching for the bread when I feel peckish.
I've not felt hungry at all this week, an in fact, on one occasion, couldn't actually finish my dinner. To the slack jawed amazement of my family who stared at me across the dinner table.
My favourite meal of this week has been shepherd's pie noodles! I rescued some of the pie mixture before the potato lid went on and instead mixed it with noodles. I might copyright that recipe idea :-)
I've also created a new breakfast noodle dish. A grilled mushroom stuffed with chopped ham, chopped noodles and some tinned tomatoes. Sunday, I'm trying it with egg instead of the tinned tomatoes for a Full English style noodle experience! Might add a rasher of lean bacon and some baked beans.
I've also been trying the new Protein noodles which are great, especially if I'm having something vegetabley with them. Certainly helps to know I'm still getting a shot of protein although I'm very much a carnivore, so meat's not far from the menu. Hmm...I might get body builder aspirations at this rate! Although that would involve visiting the gym ;-)
Lose oodles with Barenaked noodles : Keith's challenge, week 2
Weight loss in first week : 5lb
Today is the end of my first week on the noodle challenge and I'm really pleased that I've lost 5 pounds already!
I've been experimenting with different noodle dishes, which for someone who is not overly familiar with the workings of the kitchen, I was a bit concerned about as to whether I'd be able to be creative and keep myself interested. But, for lunches I've not been thinking of them as noodles all the time, but just using them as a pasta or rice salad substitute and so mixing them with chicken, tomatoes and pesto or salmon or prawns and whatever other salad bits I can find in the fridge. They are absolutely delicious cooked in a tiny bit of butter and look much more appetising than a boring old sandwich, I must admit! Or sometimes I've thrown some in with some soup to bulk it a bit. I've not felt hungry and if feel the need to snack, then I've been just grabbing some fruit.
I've been quite easily fitting into family mealtimes too, much to the relief of my wife who gets stressed catering for people on diets and has a meltdown if even a vegetarian crosses the threshold. She did chilli con carne the other day, so I chopped up my noodles and they tasted just like rice!
I've not been 100% on track though this week, I went out for a meal on Saturday night (although tried to keep off the carbs). Also it was my birthday on Monday and the missus cooked a roast and I had a tiny bit of birthday cake too. But hey, you can't live like a monk and I think I've done a pretty good job anyway.
My goal this week is to get a bit more gentle exercise, so will be taking the dog out a bit more - don't want to over do it! Also I will experiment with more breakfast noodle dishes as I've been alternating days between noodles, eggs and turkey rashers for breakfast and fruit, yoghurt and nuts another day.
Ross Mendham writes column for new Fitness Magazine
We are delighted to announce that Bare Naked Foods’ MD, Ross Mendham will be writing a regular column in the new men’s health and fitness magazine, BestFit.
The magazine is available to download and can be viewed across multiple mobile and online devices. The first edition of BestFit will include everything from hints and tips on training, nutrition, and grooming through to the latest on fitness and lifestyle trends.
BestFit offers readers an accessible handy health, fitness and exercise companion. The interactive app is packed full of how-to videos, giving readers demonstrations of home and gym workouts, making it the perfect read for men (and not discounting our female readers), looking to shape up and enhance their lifestyle.
With busy readers in mind, the BestFit mobile app can be referred to when at the gym, making routines easier to follow. There is also a video challenge encouraging readers to record and post their results, in order to increase reader engagement.
Faris Fisher, Managing Director at BestFit, says: “BestFit is aimed at the frequent gym goer or exercise enthusiast, who is looking for the latest on training techniques and nutrition. Although aimed primarily at men, we do also recognise that there is a growing number of women lifting weights, so we have tailored our content accordingly.
The first issue will feature the two-time world boxing champion, Amir Khan, with his pre-match routine, and the fitness regime for some of Hollywood’s most daring stunt men. Also included will be an equipment-free workout favoured by GB gymnast Max Whitlock and a feature from Ross Mendham of Barenaked Foods talking about the benefits of a Gluten Free diet.
Fisher continues, “We understand that our readers are real people, and that sometimes life gets in the way. This is why we want to impart valuable content that provides our readers with the best possible advice and achievable workouts.”
Compiled by some of the country’s top health and fitness experts, BestFit is the ‘go-to’ magazine for the health and fitness conscious male consumer.
**Next Issue** look out for the transformation of Calum Best with BareNaked noodles and find out how he plans to reinvent himself, along with an exclusive interview with England Rugby captain Chris Robshaw.
Wigan Athletic FC use Barenakednoodles!
After his dramatic (and thoroughly enjoyable) appearance on the BBC's entrepreneurial programme Dragons' Den back in August, Ross was inundated with messages of support and enquiries about his revolutionary low-carbohydrate, low-calorie Barenakednoodles.
He was especially thrilled to receive an email from FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic FC who were very keen to try out some Barenakedfoods for themselves! After an initial chat over the 'phone, Ross travelled to Wigan to meet Ben Warden, the Latics First Team Head Chef.
Ross and Ben (pictured) quickly got to work in the kitchen, using some of the unique Barenakednoodles to create a very tasty Beef Chow Mein. Everyone who tried it loved it and Ben is keen to continue creating a full range of dishes for the whole Latics staff to enjoy. Providing nutritious daily meals to professional sports people with an age range of 16 to 50 is a challenge but one which Ben relishes:
“Barenakednoodles are fantastic! They're versatile enough to use every day so we serve them with a protein such as chicken; with a sauce; add them to soups and salads or chop them to make a rice substitute. We provide breakfast, lunch and take-away meals so it's important to create fun, fresh meal ideas as part of our highly nutritious menu. The lads also get bored easily so I'm keen for them to try new things without straying from their high-protein, low-carb diet.”
Ben cooks for around 100 footballers and staff and gets through a whopping 30 packs of Barenaked noodles every day!! He'll be sharing some of his recipe ideas and cooking tips with us so make sure you check our website and social media pages regularly for updates from the WAFC kitchen! You can also follow Ben on Twitter @Benjaminchef7
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nigella lawson talks of importance of noodles!
Nigella Lawson has attributed her dramatic weight loss in the media to low carbohydrate noodles! So don't miss out, get barenaked noodles in your life and start to enjoy the benefits Nigella has enjoyed. Maybe one day she'll use some of ours as ingredients in one of her shows.
Barenaked Foods Sponsors Pro Boxer
Nathan Dale is a professional boxer from Norwich who competes at light welterweight and holds an impressive undefeated record of 17 fights. He is also a former holder of the IBF World Youth belt.
Nathan entered the professional ranks with a strong amateur background, collecting a number of titles along the way. One of his proudest moments is representing England and achieving a gold medal in the multi-nations.
He is clear about his goals and exhibits high levels of determination, ambition and commitment - something he has in common with our Managing Director, Ross Mendham. However to continue to develop his career, he needs to train smart and push his body to the absolute limits.
Unfortunately, Nathan has not competed for the last 13 months due to having surgery on his hand - although he has used his time wisely in the gym with trainer Graham Everett.
Nathan states that Barenaked Foods have helped him maintain his weight during his off period and has confirmed that he will have no concerns making championship weight with the backing of Ross and the team.
Barenaked Foods are looking forward to supporting Nathan in reaching his ultimate boxing potential!
Find out more about Nathan at http://norwichboxing.co.uk/boxers/nathan-dale/
Sainsbury's Success for Barenaked Foods!
We're pleased to announce that Barenaked Foods have now signed a deal with Sainsbury's to sell our unique range of noodles.
Barenaked Noodles shot to popularity in 2013 following a dramatic pitch on the BBC show "Dragons' Den" from Barenaked Foods’ Managing Director that secured a £60,000 investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones as business partner.
Barenaked Noodles are made using the Asian-grown Konjac root; a miracle plant low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories. Containing only 8 calories per 100g, they can be used as a replacement in meals for carbohydrates such as pasta and spaghetti.
Now landing his third major supermarket deal, Managing Director Ross Mendham first developed the product in 2011 whilst looking for an answer to his own weight loss and dietary needs.
Ross said, “We're delighted that Sainsbury's are stocking our original low carb, gluten free noodles. We're enormously proud to be able to supply our foods to a wide range of consumers because they're suitable for so many people – and that includes those on restricted diets, with health issues, have fitness and training demands or are just looking to balance their meals.”
Sainsbury's buyer Lucy McCarthy said “We recognise the increasing demand for low carb, gluten-free alternatives to popular products and are always looking for ways to offer our customers interesting new products, so we’re excited to introduce Barenaked Noodles into the Sainsbury’s Oriental range.”
Barenaked Noodles will be on sale in 380 Sainsbury's stores from Wednesday 18th November 2015 - look out for them in the Oriental aisle!
Online Charity Auction Goes Live!
The Emerald Frog Marketing '5 Star Charity' auction has now gone live and will be available online until 9th October 2015.
There is a range of amazing prizes available (including oodles of Barenaked noodles!) to help raise money for five charities based in the East of England.
Visit the auction website to browse the lots and start bidding!
More information about the '5 Star Charity' auction can be found at http://www.emeraldfrog.co.uk/5-star-charity-auction/
Barenakedfoods on Mustard TV!
Barenakedfoods donates oodles of noodles to auction to raise money for five local charities!
Barenakedfoods is delighted to support Emerald Frog Marketing's "5 Star Charity Auction" by donating a selection of our noodles and rice to the campaign.
The charity auction to be held online from September 5th for 5 weeks has been organised by Emerald Frog Marketing in Cambridgeshire as part of their fifth birthday celebrations. Barenakedfoods is helping Emerald Frog Marketing to raise money to support five local charitable organisations who perform incredible work: Little Bundles, Branching Out, Froglife, The Liam Fairhurst Foundation and the Wildlife Trust.
All prizes have been kindly donated by the local business community and include a flight for three over Cambridge, a Samsung tablet, various trade services including meals for two, beauty treatments and handyman services and donated products. The auction will open on September 5th and bidders can bid on as many lots as they like to raise money for the five charities.
The charities and projects Barenakedfoods will be supporting through our donation to the auction are:
The Liam Fairhurst Foundation has one overall main aim – to help young people affected by cancer, disabilities and illnesses (www.liamfairhurstfoundation.com)
Little Bundles is a charitable organisation that aims to meet the needs of those finding themselves in difficult circumstances (www.littlebundles.org.uk)
Branching Out is a charity in Littleport. They support adults with learning disabilities in a variety of fun work experience and social activities (www.branchingoutuk.com)
Based in Peterborough, Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on (www.froglife.org)
Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire manage and look after 126 nature reserves for wildlife nationally, including ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows, and wetlands (www.wildlifebcn.org)
If your business would also like to donate a prize to the charity auction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01353 865411 or visit the auction website via www.emeraldfrog.co.uk/5-star-charity-auction
Bidding opens on September 5th! Good luck to all bidders!
Ross announces the #IWantAWok winner & cooks a simple dish!
In Ross' latest video blog, he announces the winner of our recent #IWantAWok competition AND shows you how to cook a very fast, low carb, low fat meal with just 2 ingredients!!!
Keep following us on our social media channels for the latest news about forthcoming giveaways and to send us your #AskRoss questions!
New Barenakedfoods Giveaway!
WIN a Waitrose large professional aluminium wok with a bamboo handle - worth over £30! (It needs curing before use - Ross will show you how to do it on his next vlog)
To be in with a chance, simply answer this question:
What are the names of Ross' two Old English Sheepdogs....? (tip: watch our latest vlog!)
Tweet us @barenakedfoods with the hashtag #IWantAWok or leave your answer on our Facebook page by 5pm on Thursday 30th April and we'll draw the winner at random - good luck!!
The Barenakedfoods Vlog is LIVE!
The brand new Barenakedfoods video blog (vlog) is here!!
Watch Ross cooking a super easy and low calorie chicken chow mein at home with our low carb Barenakednoodles (and a little help from his son, Oliver-Jude!)
Our new video series catches up with Ross to find out more about his lifestyle, business, cooking tips, being a Dragons' Den entrepreneur and working with Peter Jones!
Check out this first video and let us know what you think - don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and share the link too!!
Have a question for Ross? Tweet us @barenakedfoods with the hashtag #AskRoss
Barenakedfoods Fuels Team GB!
Barenakedfoods is delighted to be sponsoring Team GB Triathlete Michael Bradbury in 2015.
A Physical Training Instructor with the Armed Forces since 2009, Michael has worked within a Military Gymnasium both in the UK and Germany as well as serving in England, Wales, Canada, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan (including two operational tours for the British Army). He works as a full time PT Instructor in the Surrey area for recruits coming through their training.
In 2013, Michael took up Triathlon – swimming, cycling and running all within one event. During his first season in March 2014 , Michael entered several military events for the British Army, racing alongside the Armed Forces' top athletes and gaining valuable race experience.
Michael's best result to date was on 6th July 2014 at the National Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships, finishing 14th in his age group and qualifying for the 2014 Edmonton ITU World Triathlon Sprint Distance Championships in Canada where he finished as the10th British athlete and 56th overall.
Michael says: “I've been using Barenakedfoods products for two months now and I've already noticed a huge health benefit. Firstly, weight-loss - as a seasoned triathlete I'm reasonably lean, however Barenakedfoods products are improving me in leaps and bounds as I'm currently at race weight, seven months out. Secondly, I find their nutritional value to be above and beyond what other brands are offering - which works for me as an endurance athlete. And the benefits don't stop there! With a drop in weight, it's hard to maintain strength and wattage etc. on the bike but I've still been able to make a drastic improvement in my performance whilst shredding unwanted mass. I can only thank Barenakedfoods for making me a better athlete.”
Find out more about Michael's achievements and forthcoming challenges at https://mbradbury6172.wordpress.com/
Kick Start Your Healthy New Year with Barenakedfoods!
January is here and you may already be thinking about shifting a few of those excess pounds or simply aiming for a happier, healthier 2015. With so many adverts and media stories talking about new diets and foodie fads, what can you do to make a real and positive change? We believe that our range of low carbohydrate, low calorie foods offer a solution to help you eat well and feel good all year round. Our noodles and rice offer a fantastic alternative to your favourite pasta but with only 16 calories per pack, they'll help with weight-loss and prevent that familiar bloated feeling. They're also gluten, sugar, egg and dairy free – making them ideal for vegetarians, vegans and those with health issues such as diabetes and Coeliac disease.
The main ingredient in our products is Konjac - a pure vegetable which is high in fibre, naturally wheat and gluten free and contains no fat, sugar or starch. Foods derived from konjac are ideal for managing your weight as they can make you feel fuller for longer, controlling your blood sugar to keep your energy levels more stable and reducing your cholesterol levels for a healthy heart.
Our noodles and pasta can be used to make a variety of fast, healthy meals and we think you'll notice a positive difference after just a couple of weeks! Many of our customers report a gradual weight-loss as well as an increase in energy levels which they find much easier to maintain. They also make an ideal post-gym meal for fitness enthusiasts and athletes who need to achieve a certain weight or aesthetic physique.
To help support you on your journey to a healthier you in 2015, we're offering 20 x 250g packs of our flagship low carb, low calorie noodles for £30.00 including free UK delivery!
Visit https://www.barenakedfoods.co.uk/products/noodles/20-x-250gbarenaked-noodles for more info and to order!
Barenaked Foods nominated for Best From award in Free From Food People's Choice Awards 2014
Barenaked Foods is delighted, and very proud, to have been nominated for Best Brand in the Free From Pasta category in the Foods You Can, Free From People’s Choice awards.
Chosen by a panel of Free From foodie bloggers, members of the public are now voting for their favourite brands and products letting people with allergies and food intolerance know that there are brands out there that care!
We really need your vote please. It only takes a few seconds.
By getting involved and casting your vote, you’ll also have a chance to WIN a range of fantastic prizes by the Free From People's Choice Awards. Each person that votes can be entered into a free prize draw to win one of three prizes.
Prizes are as follows -
- A £50 food shopping gift voucher for the supermarket of your choice.
- A gluten-free baking and living cookery course in the north or south of England
- A free-from food hamper with goodies worth up to £50.
Please can you take a few seconds to click on the link and select Barenaked Foods as the "Best Brand for Free From Pasta" (top middle column) and enter your email address. If you'd also like to enter Barenaked Foods as your vote for "Brand of the Year" too please we'd be very happy indeed!
Ross takes a trip to Dubai for Barenaked launch
Great news from Barenaked Foods as Managing Director and Barenaked Noodles creator, Ross Mendham, will soon be heading over to Dubai in the coming days to promote the launch of Barenaked Noodles across the Middle East.
Available through distributors Global Foods Middle East, the full range of Barenaked products will be available through the Barenaked Foods Middle East website . There has been keen interest from the media in Dubai, as healthy eating and fitness in the United Arab Emirates is extremely big news.
Ross's promotional visit will include a range of interviews and photoshoots with leading magazines including OK Middle East, Men's Health and Women's Health, radio interviews, cooking Barenaked Noodles at a charity golf day and even having his portrait painted by famous Dubai artist, Jim Wheat
We are very excited about Barenaked Foods going global. Please watch this space for photos and news of Ross' visit to Dubai in the next couple of weeks.
Barenaked recipe: Thai Mango Sticky Rice
Another delicious dessert recipe using Barenaked Rice, Thai Mango Sticky Rice, from guest blogger Dr Emma Kirke:
"One of my favourite desserts is Thai Mango Sticky Rice, something I discovered whilst in Kho Samui this year. This beautiful rice based dessert was freshly prepared by street food vendors and had such a sublime mix of creamy coconut, sweet mango and the texture of the rice it was practically irresistible.
My version of this is so easy and requires very little culinary ability or ingredients. You will need:
1 bag of Barenaked rice
1 small Coyo mango yoghurt
Gluten free xanthum gum
Walden Farm caramel syrup for decorating.
Start cooking the rice in a pan on the stove (having drained the rice first.). Add the Coyo yoghurt when the rice is nearly cooked and stir thoroughly. Quickly stir in 2 tsps of xanthum gum. You should only keep the mix on the heat for a short time at this point. Let the mix cool down. I divided this into 3 bowls. Line the plastic bowls with cling film, add your sticky rice and cover the rice with the excess cling film. Place in the fridge to chill. 2 or 3 hours should be sufficient. Unwrap the rice and turn it out onto a plate. Carefully pull off the remaining cling film and decorate with mango and Walden Farm caramel syrup (this is optional)
Eat and enjoy!
Guest Blog: Barenaked Rice Pudding
Guest blog from Dr Emma Kirke. Emma has impressed us with her creative use of Barenaked noodles in her recipes!
"My journey with food began following a car crash. I was left with pain and permanent spine and nerve damage. I experimented with diets and became fascinated with the Paleo lifestyle and its relationship with "dis"ease. I turned my passion into a qualification and I now help people find freedom from discomfort and "dis"ease through food. This is not a "diet" it is a lifestyle. I try to find methods that don't overwhelm, bore or frustrate and are therefore sustainable. I pride myself in providing reproducible gluten, grain, wheat, soya, dairy & processed sugar free recipes. So you can understand why I love the products created by Barenaked Foods so much.
However, there are only so many ways you can use rice and noodles. Or so I thought, until I collaborated with Ollie Mathews a Barenaked sponsored athlete on a project recently. He challenged me to concoct as many recipes as I could using only Barenaked rice, noodles, kale, spinach and eggs. This got me thinking about other ways of using this great diet addition. One thing I love doing is creating allergy free versions of traditional dishes, rice pudding seemed the obvious place to start.
Barenaked Rice Pudding:
To make this you will need Barenaked rice, plus one can light coconut milk, 3 tsps stevia, 2 dessert spoons vanilla extract, 2 – 3 tsps cinnamon to taste.
On the hob place a full packet of Barenaked rice into a pan and add the other ingredients. Add 2 tsps gluten free xanthum once it is simmering on a medium heat. Bring to the boil whilst stirring. Eat hot or cold.
Dairy-free wheat-free gluten-free soya-free sugar-free low carb low calorie comfort food. Perfect!
Find out more about Dr Kirke's recipes at http://medicinalkitchen.wordpress.com/ or follow Emma on Twitter @DrEKirkeOstm and stay tuned to the Barenaked blog for more delicious recipe ideas!
JCI Cambridge gets barenaked in the Dragons' Den
Young professionals at Cambridge business networking group, JCI Cambridge enjoyed an inspirational and engaging talk from Dragons’ Den winner, Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Barenaked Foods recently as part of the their motivational speakers programme.
Barenaked Noodles from Barenaked Foods in Norwich are a revolutionary low carb, high protein, gluten-free alternative to pasta and noodles made using the Asian-grown Konjac plant and are ideal for weight management. In August 2013, Bare Naked Foods' Managing Director, Ross Mendham, appeared on BBC television programme Dragons' Den and, after a dramatic pitch, secured investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones as business partner. The business has achieved huge success and Barenaked Noodles are now available both online and in Holland and Barrett and Morrisons stores across the UK.
Ross talked to JCI Cambridge about how he established the Barenaked Foods brand, his experience on Dragons’ Den and future plans for the company. He also gave practical advice to would be entrepreneurs via a questions and answer session.
Jenny Willatt, JCI Cambridge President said, “We are delighted that Ross came to talk to JCI Cambridge about his Dragons' Den experience and how he's developed the Barenaked brand. The talk was extremely interesting, resulting in lots of questions from would-be entrepreneurs from the audience who were greatly impressed with his determination and perseverance. Ross was happy to impart plenty of useful advice and share with us his inspirational personal journey.”
For more information on barenaked noodles visit www.barenakedfoods.co.uk or for JCI Cambridge visit www.jcicambridge.org.uk
Barenakedfoods and Anxiety United
We're pleased to announce that we have recently been listed on the Wellbeing Directory currently offered by a brand new online mental health support forum, Anxiety United.
A free social network with blog pages and a resource centre, the website aims to help people who suffer with anxiety to gain knowledge and share experiences of their mental and emotional health issues.
Research has shown that anxiety can be eased by following a balanced diet and in particular, avoiding processed foods. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish oils, nuts, eggs and other naturally sourced foods are all fantastic for promoting an emotionally healthy lifestyle. It's also best to avoid overindulging in food and drinks loaded with sugar, caffeine and artificial additives. Don't forget to monitor your alcohol intake as although it may be relaxing, it can leave you feeling dehydrated and more anxious long-term.
It's important to remember that chemicals in our brain (neurotransmitters etc.) influence how we think, feel and behave - and they are directly affected by what we eat and drink.
Read more about the brand new Anxiety support service at http://anxietyunited.co.uk/
Find our directory listing and please rate us here
Protein Noodle Sale - NOW ON!!! Limited time only
For a limited time only, we are offering 50% off our delicious Protein noodles with a best before date of 6th June 2014.
You can grab a bargain 24 noodles for only £30 (rrp £61.20) via our special web deal
Containing only 18 calories per 100g, Bare Naked Protein Noodles are low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories.
Eating protein is essential to maintain a healthy body, helping to build and repair muscle and provide energy for the body which makes it vital for those looking to increase their muscle mass. But the benefits go beyond muscles building as protein dulls hunger and can help prevent obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Protein Noodles from Bare Naked Foods are a great choice for fitness enthusiasts and athletes to increase their protein intake whilst keeping an eye on the carb content. However, protein is also crucial for those people looking to lose weight. The fewer calories a person consumes, the more calories should come from protein to prevent the body from consuming muscle mass for energy.
Bodybuilding athlete and nutrition expert at Bodycatchers.com, Ollie Matthews, is a keen user of Bare Naked Foods Protein Noodles and says, "The Protein Noodles have been an amazing addition when dieting and gaining muscle mass. When I am in need of extra protein I can utilise more products, then knowing the quality is unrivalled and I am not sacrificing any taste.”
So, if you are looking to maintain your weight or a higher protein gluten free meal solution, check out our Spring Noodle Sale.
Barenaked Foods receives accreditation from The Vegetarian Society
Barenaked Foods is delighted to announce that we are accredited by The Vegetarian Society.
The Vegetarian Society UK is the World’s oldest vegetarian organisation. Their Vegsoc approved global trademark is the only vegetarian symbol to be legally governed by a licence agreement thus giving consumers that extra piece of mind and confidence in the products displaying this symbol. The seedling symbol is an important asset to the vegetarian society as it provides customers with assurance that the products carrying it are truly vegetarian.
In order for a product to be approved by us it must meet the below criteria:
- Free from animal flesh or any ingredient resulting from slaughter
- Contain only free range eggs
- GMO Free
- Cruelty Free – no animal testing
- No cross contamination with non- vegetarian ingredients during the production process
Barenaked Noodles will be featuring in The Vegetarian Society various tradeshows, events and publicity over the coming months including an exclusive interview in The Vegetarian Magazine.
For more information, visit the Vegetarian website at http://www.vegsocapproved.com/
Muscle Food sign up as a retailer for Barenaked Foods
Barenaked Foods is delighted to announce that leading sports nutrition website, Muscle Food, is now retailing Barenaked Protein Noodles.
Muscle Food helps athletes and the health conscious reach and maintain their goals and ambitions. They provide a cost effective range of sports nutrition, including lean meat, supplements, nuts and grains and protein snacks perfect for those looking to gain muscle, get stronger, lose fat or get faster.
Fans of Muscle Foods include WBA Heavyweight Champion, David Haye; Louis Smith MBE, Olympic Gymnast; and Jade Jones, British Taekwondo Champion who will all have the opportunity to try the noodles as part of their training programmes.
Ross Mendham, Managing Director at Barenaked Foods says, "It's fantastic news that Muscle Food are offering our protein noodles as part of their comprehensive line-up of nutrition products for the fitness market. The Muscle Food website is a very popular destination for those who take their nutrition seriously and our noodles complement the range perfectly".
Darren Beale, Managing Director at Delicious Group Marketing, the parent company of Muscle Food, said, "Barenaked noodles fill a high demand niche requirement for low carb noodles and pasta. We fully anticipate to sell thousands of noodles per week through our website and we are proud to be working with such a highly regarded brand".
Barenaked Protein Noodles are available in either individual packets or packs of ten via the Muscle Foods website:
Barenaked Foods supports Calum Best in transformation programme
Barenaked Foods are proudly supporting celebrity Calum Best with his eight week fitness transformation programme.
Former fashion model turned celebrity, and television personality, Calum, is undergoing an intensive fitness and diet regime at the exclusive Lomax PT in Chelsea. Dragons’ Den winning Barenaked Foods are providing their low carb, gluten free noodles to assist Calum with his diet programme.
“We are delighted to be helping Calum with his transformation programme as part of the excellent personal training schedule Lomax PT are delivering”, says Barenaked Foods’ Managing Director, Ross Mendham. “Our noodles are a great pasta replacement and with less than 18 calories per 100g and added protein they are also great for providing energy making them perfect for those looking to increase their muscle mass whilst losing weight”.
Calum says, “Barenaked Noodles have been great for my training programme, keeping a check on my carb levels and providing a filling and tasty meal after training. I look forward to seeing and feeling the results of the programme and huge thanks to Barenaked Foods for their support”.
Jonathan Lomax, Founder and CEO at Lomax Chelsea says,“Barenaked Noodles have been an integral part of the nutritional plan we are providing for Calum whilst we work with him on a bespoke cardio and strength and conditioning programme. We are also stocking Barenaked Noodles in our cafe at Lomax Chelsea and they are proving very popular with our other clients”.
For more information on Lomax Chelsea, visit http://www.lomaxpt.com
Check out more photos of Ross and Calum in our Facebook photo album
Barenaked Noodles to feature in Your Healthy Living magazine
Bare Naked Noodles are featuring as a showcase product in February's issue of "Your Healthy Living" magazine as part of their feature Your Health: Guide to intolerances – how can you tell?
The magazine is available in independent health food stores across the UK and some of the features the February issue include bone and joint health, natural tips for brain health, a guide to food intolerance, how to beat your sugar cravings, innovations in natural beauty and healthy lunch ideas.
For more information, visit their website http://www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/ or pick up your copy in a health food store near you!
Lose oodles with Barenaked Noodles: Keith's challenge, week 4
Weight loss this week : 2 pounds
Total weight loss since January 1st 2014: 12 pounds
Two pounds lost this week. I don't feel I've done too badly really as I fell off the wagon a bit on Friday with a stressful day and scoffed a toasted teacake and some oven chips (Nnt all on the same plate). Oh and a beer...or two. And Saturday some friends invited me round for dinner - all three courses of it. But other than that I've been using noodles as any other carb replacement this week.
I've also had what my wife unkindly calls "man flu" this week, but I think she will find that it is, in fact, a very debilitating condition. So I've been putting chopped up noodles in my chicken soup for the past couple of days to add sustenance to my weakened frame.
So all in all, with caving in on Friday and comfort eating, dinner party on Saturday and so called "man-flu", I've not done too badly on the weightloss front this week. It's still heading in the right direction.
I've also noticed that I've not had indigestion since cutting out the bread and wheat carbs. I don't know if that's coincidental or if wheat can cause indigestion, so will have to look into that one.
Final installment next week. Hoping to shift 2 more pounds a least to make it to the full stone, so might have to do some star jumps. When I'm well again that is. As I have two Kleenex up my nose at the moment I am not sending a photo of myself, so here instead is a picture of how noodles chopped up make great "rice".
Dragons' Den winner crying tears of joy
After an emotional pitch on the last television series of Dragons’ Den, Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Bare Naked Foods, has become a father for the first time following years of miscarriage heartache.
On the hit BBC show, entrepreneur Ross pitched his innovative gluten free, low carb noodle product and was subjected to a tough time from Dragons Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden and Piers Linney. As the pressure piled on, and Ross knew it was his one big chance to secure investment, he lost his composure and broke down when asked about his wife, whom Ross revealed had just suffered her third miscarriage. In front of the cameras, Ross left the set, composed himself and turned the pitch around to secure substantial investment from Peter Jones as business partner who was very impressed with the Bare Naked brand and product.
Since the show, the business has achieved huge success with Bare Naked products available from health food chain Holland and Barrett and soon Boots’ stores nationwide. The gluten free, low carbohydrate noodles have also attracted celebrity fans looking to keep in shape. But, the icing on the cake over the last amazing twelve months, for both Ross and his wife Kelly, was becoming parents for the first time following the birth of their healthy baby boy Oliver-Jude in January 2014.
Ross said, “Kelly and I are absolutely overjoyed at becoming parents following a series of miscarriages that left us feeling devastated. The Dragons’ Den experience was intense and I didn’t want to let Kelly down as she’d been through so much and supported me every step of the way with my new start-up business venture. It’s been amazing to not only grow the business, but to now have the opportunity to see my family grow too”.
Lose oodles with Barenaked noodles : Keith's challenge
Happy New Year from Bare Naked Foods! What better way to kickstart the year than shifting the weighty excesses of Christmas by taking on the "Lose oodles with Bare Naked noodles" challenge!
For the month of January, one of our newest customers (and self confessed gymophobe), Keith, has offered to share his journey, shifting some pounds eating Bare Naked noodles as part of every meal. Keith will be keeping a blog so you can track his progress to get into a better and healthier shape for 2014.
Starting weight: 17 Stone 10 Lbs
BMI: 41.2 (Obese)
Neck:17 inches Chest: 47 inches Waist: 50 inches
"I've been half heartedly following "faddy" diets for a number of years now, with varying results. I've tried calorie restriction, protein only, drinking shakes and bars, even a cabbage only diet and diet tablets...all sorts.
I'm not one for exercise, I must admit, which doesn't help. I've been a telecoms engineer for the past 22 years, grabbing not so healthy prepacked food whilst on the road and I have a severe penchant for sweets. Driving all day means I have a fairly sedentary job.
The yo-yo dieting has had a rather detrimental effect on my metabolism, I believe, as well as causing catering frustrations in a busy household when I'm eating something different to the rest of the family.
I volunteered to try out swapping carbs for Bare Naked noodles for 3 reasons:
- I need to watch my calorie intake, but in a way that doesn't cause family meal logistical issues. I just want to be able to still eat our normal everyday homecooked meals, but just replace the pasta/rice/carb content with noodles.
- I need something I can take out and about with me as a pack up with no faffing.
- I want to lose some weight for the benefit of my health, to reduce my snoring and look and feel better.
Today is Day One and I’ve kicked off with a very quick and easy scrambled eggs with ham and noodles for breakfast. So far so good. I’ll keep you posted!"
(Please seek medical advice before starting any sort of diet)
Dragons’ Den winner inspires students!
Sixth Formers at Wymondham College were treated to an inspirational talk from Dragons’ Den winner, Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Bare Naked Foods on Friday as part of the college’s student insight programme into the working world.
Ross talked to the students at the college about how he established the Bare Naked Foods brand, his experience on Dragons’ Den and future plans for the company. He also gave practical advice via a questions and answer session to students who are considering entering the world of business.
Ken Glover, Director of Sixth Form at Wymondham College said, “Our Sixth Form Futures programme introduces our students to ‘real life’ work situations, so we were delighted that Ross was able to come and talk about the creation of Bare Naked Foods. He was extremely engaging and the students were greatly impressed by his entrepreneurship, perseverance and determination, as well as being intrigued to see his clip from Dragon’s Den which was a true feat of endurance. I am sure our Business Studies students and Young Enterprise teams in particular will draw inspiration from Ross’ experience and we all wish him well in the development of his brand.”
Ross Mendham said, “It was an absolute honour to have the opportunity to speak to the enthusiastic and motivated students at Wymondham College about the story of Bare Naked Foods and my personal challenges along the way. The students were very keen to know about how I started up, the product development journey and future plans for the business. It was great to see that the main message of having the self belief and determination to succeed was resonating with so many young people and I hope it will help them make that next step in pursuing and achieving their own business goals. ”
Dragons' Den 11th August 2013
Today the emotional pitch Ross gave in the den has been broadcast on BBC2. After securing investment from Peter Jones there have been a lot of improvements to the business. If you saw the programme and are learning about barenaked foods for the first time, please take a look at our products that Peter showed his faith in.
new recipe tip! dry roast your noodles
Try dry roasting your noodles in a hot pan for an even better taste and texture! See our recipes page for more info.