Naturya's Organic Plant SuperProteins
What exactly are they?
A combination of cold-pressed hemp seeds lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, blended with fruit and superfoods. Result? A scrummy, nutrient-rich, protein powder that fights fatigue, helps maintain normal muscle function, supports the immune system and they're a good source of fibre too. There are three flavours to choose from : banana baobab, acai strawberry and cacao maca, all give an extra pzzazz to smoothies, porridge or milkshakes.
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Recipe for Cacao Protein Mousse (courtesy of Naturya)
It's easy, all you need is: half an avocado, 2 tbsp rolled oats, 30g Cacao Maca SiperProtein, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp nut butter. Add eveything to 150ml plant milk and pop in your food blender. Pour into a bowl and top with fruit.
.Hang on though, there's more... NATURYA'S NEW ORGANIC FUNCTIONAL BLENDS
ENERGY: Zingy superfoods Baobab, Banana, Camu Camu combine with Ginger to provide a refreshing energy-boosting blend
IMMUNITY: Delicious nutrient-dense superfoods such as Barleygrass, Chlorella and Turmeric with organic, vitamin C rich fruit powders create a nourishing and clean immune-boosting blend
COGNITION: Superfoods Maca, Cacao and Lucuma mix with Date and Carob for a chocolate flavoured cognitive-health supporting blend
• One serving contains approx. 3/4 of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B2
• High in protein and fibre
• Supports immunity and protects against oxidative stress
• Perfect for adding to smoothies, baking, hot drinks, juice shots or stirring into porridge or yoghurt
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Naturya's Plant SuperProteins and Functional Blends are available in Tesco stores. Give them a try, you'll be glad you did!
Naturya is one of the UK’s market leading superfood brands, known for providing a top quality range of vegan and organic products of single ingredient superfoods, blends, proteins and breakfast boosts. They use only the finest organic superfoods harvested from around the world. Core drivers are personal health, planetary well-being and animal welfare.
There are lots of recipes on Naturya's site HERE do have a look .... here's one below
Exotic Energy Bowl (recipe courtesy of Naturya)
Prep Time: 3mins Cook Time: 1min Serves: 1
This smoothie full of exotic flavours contains Vitamin C, copper and manganese to help you feel energised and refreshed.
Ingredients : ½ cup oat or cashew milk - ½ kiwi - ½ cup frozen pineapple & mango - ½ banana - 1/3 cup soya yoghurt - 25g Energy Functional Blend
Method : Pour milk in blender, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and garnish with kiwi, coconut flakes or whatever you choose.
Roots of Kimchi – authentic Korean kimchi made in the UK
A fusion of Korean heritage and modern British artisan production, Roots of Kimchi is a new brand of kimchi made in the UK, organic and non-organic options are available. Packed with flavour and a spicy kick that you can't ignore, Roots of Kimchi is created in small batches to authentic family recipes by a Korean chef. It delivers a wild taste sensation undiscovered by British consumers until now..... hang on a minute though, what is kimchi?
Okay, Kimchi is a Korean cuisine staple. ingredients can vary slightly but generally speaking it includes pickled, fermented vegetables, garlic, chilli, ginger and often fish sauce. It gets tastebuds dancing with its sweet, sour, spicy flavours. It's no one hit wonder and can be used as a condiment, a dip, an ingredient or side dish.
Rob Peacock, co-director at Roots of Kimchi said, “Many British people will never have heard of kimchi, but we’re determined to change that. Not only is it delicious and bursting with flavour, it offers a host of nutritional advantages as part of a balanced diet. Our range of Kimchi for Kids is also a good way to encourage children to consume more vegetables, it’s a fun and tasty new food for them to try.”
Roots of Kimchi is produced in four variants, all made to a gluten-free recipe:
• Organic Vegan Cabbage Kimchi – staple Korean kimchi with bold, rich, wholesome flavours
• Organic Vegan Mooli Kimchi – big, crunchy chunks, slightly sweet
• Organic Mooli Kimchi for Kids – a slight twist on traditional radish kimchi made from crispy shredded organic mooli, vegan and full of goodness
• Organic Parsnips & Carrots Kimchi – naturally sweet, crunchy, vegan
Julia Davies, nutritional therapist and consultant to Roots of Kimchi, commented, “I often recommend kimchi to my clients as a way of introducing wholesome, nutritious vegetables to their regime and because the positive impact of kimchi on the gut and the immune system is profound. Gut health is more important than ever now and the market really needed an organic range of authentic kimchi. It’s fantastic that the Roots of Kimchi team has delivered it.”
I was given Roots of Kimchi samples to try and was impressed by the deep flavours of garlic and chilli, the robustness of the vegetables and overall punchiness of the product. Unlike some others I have tried, this is no dumbed down kimchi. Food wimps it's not for you!
Some kimchi facts
1. An average of 40 pounds (18kg) of kimchi is consumed per person per year in Korea. It is considered Korea’s national dish.
2. There are hundreds of kimchi varieties made with different vegetables as the main ingredients.
3. Kimchi contains high levels of lactic acid bacteria (108~9/ml), organic acids, vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and other functional components beneficial to health. It is considered a nutraceutical food.
4. It helps improve digestion and gut health and studies show that kimchi's benefits including positive values such as being anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic and anti-obesity.
5. Kimchi contains living micro-organisms amplified during fermentation. In addition to the benefits of lactic acid bacteria, kimchi has probiotic effects.
6. Kimchi includes vitamin B, vitamin C, carotenoids, chlorophylls, indole-3-carbinol, flavonoids and unsaturated fatty acids.
7. By maintaining good gut health, kimchi can help fight bacterial and viral infections. 70-80% of our immune system is in the gut.
8. Clinical research has shown that kimchi may decrease insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity, while improving glucose tolerance. It is also low in calories.
Roots of Kimchi retails from £4.99 for a 275g jar and £6.99 for 475g and is available from amazon.co.uk and health food stores.
Roots of Kimchi organic products are certified by the Organic Food Federation.
Norseland, the UK’s leading speciality cheese company and creators of award-winning Applewood® Vegan, have added Mexicana® Vegan to their range of vegan cheeses.
When Applewood ® Vegan launched, the company challenged cheese-lovers to try its new product saying, "it tastes so much like the real thing we bet you’ll never know the difference”. Do you know, they are absolutely right?
Now, Mexicana®Vegan, free-from lactose, milk, eggs, soy, nuts, gluten and fortified with vitamin B12 and calcium and made with gorgeous spices and jalapeño peppers, is evey bit as delicious. Whether as part of a (vegan) cheeseboard, on jacket potatoes or melted in a toastie, these two are tops - smooth texture, balanced tang, authentic aroma, it's all there.
Norseland also created the world's first, best-selling Cheese Advent Calendar and this Christmas are launching the Ilchester® Vegan Festive Selection, featuring three new brands; the Ilchester® Melting Mature Cheddar Vegan, the Ilchester® Blue Vegan Cheeze (with blue spirulina vein) and Mexicana® Vegan Spicy Cheeze.
Reflecting on the first anniversary of Applewood® Vegan, Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Applewood® Vegan, said: "It's been a great year for Applewood® Vegan. We had high hopes for the launch as In blind taste tests with vegans, conducted by Wirral Sensory Services, Applewood®
Vegan ticked all the boxes and scored significantly higher than other smoky cheese alternatives already on the market. So we knew that we had got the texture - it melts very well - and taste right, but the demand at the launch was incredible; 40% of Asda stores that stocked the cheeze sold out on the first day so the factory where the cheeze was being made had to put on extra staff to meet the demand. Other supermarket giants signed up to stock it including Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's, which stocks the new Applewood® Vegan Slices. We are so proud of what has been achieved and to be a dairy company not shying away from the increasing demand for plant-based alternatives and making the bold decision to offer a vegan alternative for a well-known established cheese brand such as Applewood®."
Norseland has also launched a new website, called Flexi-Friday, an initiative to help cheese lovers follow a flexitarian style diet. The website has easy-to-follow recipes using the company's vegan cheese as well as tips on how to follow a flexitarian-style diet (those who eat mainly vegetarian food but occasionally eat meat and fish).
About Applewood® Vegan
• Applewood® is the UK's first major cheese brand to launch a vegan cheese alternative.
• Applewood® Vegan is made in an allergen free factory negating the risk of cross contamination from dairy products.
• Key features of Applewood® Vegan is that it is coconut based, it has Applewood®'s unique smoked flavouring and is free from dairy, lactose, soya and gluten.
• Ingredients include water, coconut oil, potato starch, modified maize starch, yeast extract, salt, natural flavouring, thickener (carrageenan), calcium phosphate, smoke flavouring, calcium chloride, colour (carotenes), paprika and vitamin B12.
• Approved by the Vegan society.
• Applewood® Vegan has won awards including Gold award at the FreeFrom Food Awards 2020; Best Vegan Cheeze in the 2019 PETA Awards, Best Vegan Cheeze in the 2019 Vegan Food UK Awards and Best Vegan Cheeze For Melting in the Vegan Cheeze Co. 2019 Awards.
Disclosure - I was sent a couple of packs of cheese to review and can honestly say that there is no need for cheese lovers to hanker after 'proper' cheese any more, this is EVERY BIT as good as the real thing - try it and see!
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