A CELEBRITY chef reckons he’s whipping up a storm with his cookie containing the recommended five-a-day of fruit and veg.
Gurpareet Bains (above), who counts Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow among fans, calls it the world’s healthiest snack — the nutritional equivalent of five bags of leafy greens.
He says the vegan blueberry-flavoured Chikitsa Crumble can help lower cholesterol, aid management of type 2 diabetes and boost heart health.
Bains, 43, says the cookies are designed to boost intake of vitamins, minerals and fibre in a low-calorie form — with each one promising the full five portions.
He formulated the cookie for his ‘veg-hating’ teenage nieces and nephews, and is now whipping up at least 100 a week for family and friends.
Bains said: ‘The battle to consume a healthy, five-a-day diet without breaking the bank has never been harder, especially for parents.
‘The cookie was developed to help children, teenagers and adults — including those who won’t normally touch fruit and vegetables — to get their vital five-a-day without even realising it.’
He added: ‘As a chef and nutritionist, I’m constantly reminded how difficult it is for people to make healthy food choices and to navigate their way through the minefield of diet advice and conflicting information.
‘The cookies cut through the noise by providing a minimum intake of fruit and vegetables in a handy snack. I’m over the moon that they’ve become so popular.’
His Chikitsa Crumble takes its name from the Hindi for ‘therapy’ or ‘treatment’.
While the full recipe remains a secret, each one is thought to contain nuts, spices, courgette, pumpkin, carrot, blueberry and goji berry.
Bains says he is considering introducing his cookies to a wider audience.