The Banting market in Pretoria

March 1, 2017 (Last Updated: March 2, 2017)
Banting market in Pretoria

Calling all Banters, sugar cutters, carb watchers and LCHF diet fanatics in search of sugar- , gluten- , artificial preservative free meals, ingredients and treats! Step right this way for whole, natural food…

Not a Banter myself (I simply can’t let go of my loaf) and, thus, an LCHF (Low Carb Healthy Fat/Healthy Fibre – or as Inè Reynierse from the Low Carb is Lekker fame likes to call it – “the Low Carb Healthy Freakin’ hormones”) virgin, I walked up to the market grounds dubiously, one foot in front of the other, looking around nervously, weighing up my options of foraging that lay in front of me… I had asked an avid Banter along and was relieved to see her face among the hustling and bustling crowd. She took me by the hand and we started exploring…

Banting market in Pretoria

The Banting Market in Pretoria (held in the lush Botanical Gardens, under a thorntree umbrella on the first Saturday of every month) was initiated in reply to the dire need for readily accessible Banting-friendly products. No Wi-Fi needed, no dashing around from store to store, bringing health to you – with a dash of sunshine and some fresh air too. Vendors offer anything from breakfast omelettes, Butter Me Up’s bacon “doughnuts”; Gudgu’s (Est. 2013) sugar free cordials for virgin (or not so virgin) cocktails without the guilt; grass-fed meat; organic vegetables; free-range chickens and eggs; to table olives, stuffed olives, flavoured olives – all the way from Hartswater in the Northern Cape of Olives South Africa. The Wendy’s Healthy Foods stand boasts baby marrow pre-mix for gluten free Banting loaves (and fellow stalls rave about them too). Make a pit stop at The Ice Creamery for sugar free, Banting-friendly ice cream or opt for your LCHF caffeine fix at Rhino Roastery. Lorian’s Cheese is always a firm market favourite and Gourmet Banting Delights stock condiments and sauces like chilli-, dark chocolate-, tomato sauce, creamy mayo and mustard… A familiar face from Joburg, Calorie Conscious (“feel good food”) stood loud and proud in the Jacaranda City – I opted for the pumpkin wraps, which would become my dinner with a good helping of her neighbour’s roasted pepper pesto and avo (what a treat!).

Banting market in Pretoria

The surprise of the day lay in the Belgian Banting waffles – clearly a hit as they were sold out by 11am! This decadence sans the guilt trip contains no added sugar, gluten, nor nuts and holds but 2g carbs per “naked waffle” (pre-topping) thanks to substitutes like coconut flour and xylitol. “There is one left, if you’d like to share,” said the friendly lady behind the table to the Banter and me. I was taken aback by the decadence that was put down in front of me – a warm, scrummy waffle topped (no, drowned) in cream, chocolate sauce and berry goodness. It oozed flavour and it oozed delightfulness.

Pure Primal exhibited “free range body and home” – 100% natural, local, handmade, bioidentical, African skincare” – collagen, xylitol, ketone oil, cocoa powder – the variety vast.

Pumpkin wraps under one arm, pesto, … and essential oils in the other, I walked to my car with poise and stride. A stranger to the Banting Revolution no more, I was happy to say that I had come, I had seen and I had conquered…

Banting market in Pretoria

Entry is free from 09:00 to 13:00; it is advised to be an early bird to avoid disappointment. Come with your picnic basket empty, fill it up with natural, healthy goodness and watch all evil float away on a cloud as you drift off in the shade of a tree…  (and follow us on Facebook Banting Real Food Market Pretoria)

Next market – 4 March 2017

By Anzelle Hattingh 

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