Eco-conscious Sea Change produce a range of wines all linked to a different ocean charity reflected on the bottle label. Depending upon which wine you choose, there's everything from dolphins to turtles to starfish. Doesn't it make great sense if you're an environmentally conscious wine lover to be able to choose bottles that help protect the environment, in particular our oceans and sea life?
As a wine and ocean lover I was delighted when the company kindly sent me a bottle to try - and yes, it was very good! Let me tell you more about all this.
Sea Change's sustainable, mostly vegan, award winning wines which come in light weight bottles designed to reduce the raw materials needed, are selected from European vineyards that share the company's values. There's no plastic wrap around the bottle neck and top, corks are bio-degradable, while paper for labels, partially made from grape waste, comes from certified sustainable forests. Minimal packaging reduces waste and environmental impact. So far, so great.
With every bottle sold, the company donates a percentage to Ocean Conservation projects. This cash goes towards funding marine life protection, cleaning beaches, ocean pollution education and setting up marine animal sanctuaries. I think that's fantastic. Many other companies could learn a lesson here.
There is no excuse for you not to choose Sea Change wine because they probably, almost definitely really, stock your favourite. Malbec? Tick. Pinot Griogio? Tick. Merlot? Tick. Prosecco? Tick. Organic red? Tick. Organic white? Tick. Negroamaro? Tick. Chardonnay? Tick. Rose? Tick.... you get the picture.
So, stands to reason, if you are someone who cares about our oceans and the living creatures who call them home, you can feel good about drinking this wine.
I was pleased to be able to work with Sea Change wine to help get their message out there.
More at www.seachangewine.com.
100% Olive Oil Mayonnaise from Hunter & Gather, perfect for dipping, dunking and dolloping!
Hunter & Gather is the brand behind ‘clean’ condiments (100% Avocado Oil Mayo and Unsweetened Sauces) and winner of ‘Best of British’ at Ocado’s Rising Stars Awards 2021. Now they have launched a trio of 100% Olive Oil all natural mayonnaise , a UK first, packed with goodness and free from nasties. That's such good news for me as I LOVE mayonnaise. Let me tell you, I have an array of cookery books, many telling me 'how easy' it is to make my own mayonnaise. Okay, it's not that difficult, but it can be a bit of a palaver. I therefore opt for the shop bought versions, though they generally come laden with additives in the shape of salt, sugar and multiple preservatives.
Hunter & Gather's mayonnaise on the other hand is made with only four ingredients : olive oil, free range egg yolk, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. The flavour? Creamy and fresh with a slightly sharp tang and what is REALLY wonderful is, you can taste every one of those four ingredients!
Amy Moring, Co-founder of Hunter & Gather, says: “It’s about time mayo had a makeover. All too often, shop bought mayonnaise contains inflammatory seed oils or sunflower oil blends - poor fats with negative health impacts - plus powdered egg, chemical preservatives and added sugar. Our mayonnaise is made with 100% light tasting Olive Oil from ancient groves in the Cordoba region of Spain, pressed in the traditional way, meaning no chemical hexanes or solvents are used. The result is a product that’s pure, light and delicious, packed with healthful monosaturated fats and polyphenols and with absolutely no added nasties.”
She continues, “At Hunter & Gather, our mission is to provide people with the tools to thrive through healthier food choices, education and recipes that are always free from refined sugars, chemical preservatives, grains and seed oils. Our new 100% Olive Oil mayonnaise is a huge step forward for real food products and marks an important milestone on our journey to improving the health of the nation.”
Go on, give it a try, you won't be disappointed! It tastes so good you won't want to go back to ordinary-old mayo again.
Hunter & Gather 100% Olive Oil Mayonnaise available in Classic, Olive & Lemon and Horseradish available to from hunterandgatherfoods.com. More stockists to follow. RRP £4.49 for 240g jar.
About Hunter & Gather
Launched in 2017 by dynamic entrepreneurs Jeff Webster and Amy Moring, to fulfil a lifelong mission to create a brand that proactively champions honest, tasty, real food, free from lazy sugars, grains and poor quality fats; shining a light on the nutritional shortcomings of taken-for-granted food categories: ketchups, mayonnaise, cooking oils and dressings. In a UK food landscape where 63% are overweight, the brand is re-writing the rule book for real food, changing the way people think about what it means to eat well and creating ‘tools to thrive’ to pave the way for optimal health & wellness.
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Nutribuddy - vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, preservative-free and sugar-free.
Nutribuddy’s low fat, low calorie vegan meal shakes are packed with wholefoods, proteins and slow release carbohydrates to help keep you fuller for longer. I tried them for the first time the other week and they are fab!
Eco-PlantMilk *New product*
This eco-friendly milk has a long shelf-life compared to standard vegan milks so there's less food waste. The compact powder means it is space saving for transport - another eco tick in the box. Oats are also more eco-friendly than almonds, soy and coconut, as they require less water and produce less carbon emissions. You can drink Eco-PlantMilk as a regular glass of milk or add it to Nutribuddy shakes and cereals. I loved it.
Nutribuddy’s best selling product, this is a blend of really-good-for-you gluten-free oats and superfoods. Ready in under 30 seconds, it is ideal for breakfast on the go. Stacked with vitamins and minerals including zinc, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and thiamin, there are three flavours to choose from; vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. What's more, it is available in crunchy and smooth varieties. No excuse now to miss breakfast!
High-Protein Sculpting Shake
Rich in three major vegan proteins and major amino acids, this makes a great lunch or dinner replacement. This shake is kinder to the stomach than other protein shakes some of which contain allergens including whey and soy, so it's good for IBS sufferers and allergy sufferers. Ingredients include gluten-free oats, pea protein, rice protein, hemp protein and flaxseeds.
Nutribuddy founder, Ella McKendrick says: “Nutribuddy products are designed so they can fit into your lifestyle. The clean, natural formulas and nutritional profiles mean they can be used to help meet a number of goals; from weight loss and health and wellbeing to fitness or gaining weight. Or they can simply be used as a healthy, quick meal on the go to power you through the day, the perfect solution to our fast-paced society.”
What’s more, Nutribuddy is passionate about keeping its carbon-footprint as low as possible and about supporting ethical farming practises. The products contain organic ingredients where possible - and if they’re not organic they will have been grown naturally with minimal pesticide use. Gluten-free oats come from farms in the UK and Europe, meaning they don't have to travel vast distances to get to the brands small factory. You can find out more about lifestyle goals Nutribuddy can help you achieve here: https://nutribuddy.com/goals/
Breakfast Shake £11.99, Eco PlantMilk £8.99, High Protein Sculpting Shake £14.99.
These make several shakes/smoothies, so they're not really expensive because you pay for lots of smoothies in one go. Available from Nutribuddy website: https://nutribuddy.com/
Nutribuddy sent me samples of their products for review. I tend to make lots of smoothies and shakes, normally with the addition of a protein powder, so Nutribuddy is the kind of thing I like to keep in my store cupboard. Nutribuddy produce healthy, delicious products with minimal environmental impact. No single-use plastics, no palm-oil and no animal products are involved. Sounds top notch to me!
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist and author of 12 books. Published credits: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, National Geographic, etc