About Us

Meet The Team

Francisca al-Halaseh       

CEO

When I lived in the Middle East, I would go out to the 'souk' daily and buy garden-fresh vegetables and only the best ingredients from the local butcher and make a home cooked, healthy preservative free meal.  Breakfast was a dream filled with flavour and taste. Olives, labneh, hummus, falafel, baba ganoush,  nothing  pre-packed like cereals or meals on the run at your favourite take away place.

Living  in South Africa again for some time now I have realized how our fast paced living with work, kids and extra curricular activities leaves us with no time to go home and cook. Whether this is a regular occurrence or a once off situation, we need something that is both healthy and convenient

My interest in Gluten free ready made healthy meals came last year when my eldest daughter was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (sometimes referred to as “inflammatory bowel disease” (IBD)).

Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body's immune system. More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It's estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.

When it came to treating the disease it was suggested to eliminate all gluten from the diet.

The  result was not an easy thing to do, when the convenient foods that are available are all loaded with gluten (and some additives you cannot even pronounce) and no ready-made meals available, except some dry pasta and biscuits that tastes like cardboard.

What is even more difficult is not being able to go out and buy convenient meals with a gluten/wheat intolerance.  In my struggle to find an alternative nutritional solution, it took me on a path to develop my own range of healthy meals and this is where I found our partner Chris, and where I Heart Healthy Foods idea was born.

For more info please contact me on fran@ihearthealthyfoods.com

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Christopher Berg    

Chef

Christopher started his career as a Chef at Sun City Hotel, after which he worked at various fine dining entities across Europe including the Sheraton Hotel in London. Upon returning to South Africa he worked at the Pallazzo and the Saxon Hotel before opening his own food business which is where we met and subsequently partnered together to custom design the current health meal range for our local market. Over the last few months, we have worked closely with registered dietitians and have formed low GI, Low fat, Gluten-free, no additives, no preservatives, non GMO, dairy free, soy free ready-made freezer meals.

For those overworked mothers and wives, we can now offer restaurant quality gourmet meals in a jiffy, having the comfort of knowing that the meals are not only delicious but nutritionally sound and wholesome.

I HEART HEALTHY FOODS COMPANY  want to make this brand a household name in SA’s Health food space.

It's LOVE at first bite.

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Our current clients on the Corporate side include BMW, Mercedez Benz, Ericssons and Clover SA, in selected branches.

We are pleased to announce that you can find I Heart Healthy Foods Gluten Free frozen gourmet meals at the Irene Farm Dairy Shop in Irene , the Weleda Pharmacy in Bryanston and the One Life Health Supermarket in Centurion.

Our Gluten free meals range is available at the following Super Spar retail stores:
Hobart in Bryanston, Northwold, Pineslopes, Belairs, Carlswald,Crowthorne, Olivedale , Saxby, Wierda Park and and at Midstream Centurion,Gauteng.

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Watch this space for some more exciting news....

 

 

 

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