A vegan’s cupboard

A vegan’s cupboard

I’ve been asked by a few people to provide a list of vegan products I use on a daily basis, so I will group them below based on my typical meals of the day when at home. I may forget some of them, but overall, this list should be pretty comprehensive.

Also,  feel free to notify me in the comments section if there are any interesting products you are using.

Here we go…

Smoothies

  • Coconut or almond milk. Brand: Rude Health or Alpro
  • Organic ripe avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Toasted coconut flakes. Brand: Fresh & Wild.
  • Maca powder. Brand: Lucy Bee
  • Moringa. Brand: Aduna
  • Pea protein powder. Brand: Nutristrength
  • Milled flaxseed, cocoa & berries. Brand: Linwoods
  • Organic spirulina powder. Brand: Naturya
  • Chia seeds. Brand: Superfruit
  • Coconut sugar. Brand: Sevenhill
  • Acai frozen pads. Brand: Acai
  • Frozen berries
  • Goji berries. Brand: any
  • Fruits and nuts trail mixes. Brand: any with no added sugar or salt.

Protein Bars/Chocolates

  • Zootelicious Bars. Brand: Zoot
  • Squirrel Sisters bars
  • Chocolates: Lovingearth (my favorites)

Granola

  • Puffed Quinoa. Brand: Qnola.
  • Any nuts and flakes mix.

Fruit bowls

  • bananas, berries, pineapple, orange, etc (low GI in general)

Toasties

  • peanut butter powder. Brand: PB2
  • peanut butter. Brand: whole earth
  • coconut butter. Brand: Biona – coconut bliss
  • ripe avocados
  • hummus. Brand: The precious pod.

Salads

  • Avocados
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Baby leaf spinach
  • Nutritional yeast with B12. Brand: Engevita.
  • Tahini.
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Gem lettuce
  • Seed oil. Brand: The Groovy Food Company
  • Apple cider vinegar. Brand: Bragg

Cooked

  • Gluten free pasta. Brand: SuperGrain Pasta, Napolina
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Baked any vegetable haha
  • Cornmeal. Brand: Biona
  • Quinoa. Brand: any.
  • Cream soups made out of just veggies. No brand.

Desserts

  • Hemp Flour (for cakes). Brand: Braham and Murray
  • Coconut Flour (for cakes and pancakes). Brand: Coconut Merchant
  • Frozen bananas (for ice creams)

Supplements

  • Pro- and pre- biotics. Brand: Optibac, One week flat
  • Liquid vitamin D3. Brand: Solgar
  • Vitamin B12. Brand: Solgar
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The Allergy And Free From Show 2017

The Allergy And Free From Show 2017

I spent a few hours on Sunday going up and down the aisles of Allergy & Free From Show 2017 on a mission to find the most interesting products in terms of free-from nutrition. Because I ended up liking quite a lot of the options, I decided to feature them below, grouping them based on use or intention. Enjoy the ideas!

Savoury

The Precious POD  They have a wide variety of hummus options, all made out of organic ingredients, gluten free and vegan. The ones we loved most and eventually bought were the “Organic Rose Harrisa Hummus” and the “Organic Turmeric Hummus”. A nice fact is that this is actually a family business and we had the chance to meet most of its members at the expo.

Explore Pasta A wide variety of pasta products made out of beans, pulses and rice, so everything is vegan, organic and gluten free. You can also find them on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tzb9Om

  • The Precious POD
  • Explore Pasta Stand
  • Explore Pasta Products

Sweets/Desserts

So Free Chocolate I have to say among some of the chocolates I tasted at the show, these guys had a few amazingly delicious options. They are among the oldest vegan company in UK. All their chocolates are made in their own factory so they can ensure the highest standards are kept and no animal products are used in any part of their manufacturing process. Their chocolates are nut and gluten free. They have a “No Added Sugar” range which is sweetened with Finnish birch xylitol. Order it on their website and have a try.

Miiro Ice Cream It is a vegan, gluten free, no added sugar, no preservatives, super delicious ice-cream. We had the peanut butter and salted caramel options. They certainly made our day. Find them in Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic store.

Coconut Merchant These guys are my absolute favourite in anything coconut related. And whoever knows me well, knows I love coconut products. A few of their best products I order regulalrly are the toasted chips: http://amzn.to/2v3g7Rg and their coconut jam spread: http://amzn.to/2tzp8Uw. You can’t regret buying any of them!

  • So Free Chocolate
  • Miiro Ice Cream
  • Coconut Merchant Spreads and Snacks

Protein Bars, Energy Bars

Zoot Foods They had really great tasting bars. Some of them are vegan, gluten free and they don’t have any added sugar. The sweetness of their bars is coming from the energy boosting fruits packed inside. We tasted and then bought the coconut orange and the cashew and caramel options. We are definitely looking forward to tasting more of their bars. You can buy their products on their website as well as on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2t4JEJ6.

Hangry Food very good energy bars, wheat free, vegan and refined sugar free. You can shop on their website.

Tobia Teff This was a new one for me, I have to admit. Apparently, there is a South African grain, called teff, that is the primary cereal in Ethiopia. You can grow and use it to make bread, porridge or some alcoholic drinks. It is gluten free and these guys have a number of products made out of this grain. I tried their bars, but I am very tempted of trying their porridge product here: http://amzn.to/2uIku4K.

  • Zoot Bar Collection
  • Zoot Stand
  • Hangry Bar Collection
  • Tobia Teff Bars

Powders

Body Me Proteins I am very much on the lookout nowadays for a good protein powder mix. As a vegan, it is always a mission to find the right blend. These guys seemed to offer a good range of plant-based protein powders. This one seemed to be popular: http://amzn.to/2u4ErFp.

Organic Powerfoods Loved the options here. So many combinations, from green leans to even a maca based mochaccino. An example, but do browse for more: http://amzn.to/2u9jCJD.

Nutristrength This is where I eventually decided to stop and got myself convinced to buy their Classic Vanilla option. Obviously, pea protein based (so vegan), with stevia, but they added a little something to the mix that makes the stevia aftertaste completely disappear. I already had a couple of smoothies and have to say I love it. You can find it on Amazon as well: http://amzn.to/2u4y0C6.

Supplements & Drinks

Omega Zooki I had a particular sympathy for the team here because they are starting out. They came up with this collection of omega oils packed syrups that were delicious. They advise adding them to your smoothies, porridge or any other blend to ensure you ingest your daily healthy fats intake. Find them on their website, but also on here.

Kefir Zing Looking for a good, alcohol-free (as opposed to kombucha) and dairy-free probiotic drink? How about this drink which is both tasty and very gut friendly?

Fine Cocktails We walked up and down the aisles of the show and eventually also managed to find a good, natural, preservative-free cocktail drink. Yes, you can find anything in these allegry shows :D.

 

  • Omega Zooki Vegan Option
  • Omega Zooki Collection
  • Omega Zooki Stand
  • Kefir Zing Drinks
  • Fine Cocktails Collection

 

If you liked any of these, don’t forget to give them a like or a share, especially to other people who might benefit from any of these products.

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A vegan smoothie bowl recipe

A vegan smoothie bowl recipe

 

I have a few breakfast ideas I cycle through depending on the weather, my fridge contents and ..well, my mood. This morning, feeling like I need something that looks extra-healthy, I decided to go with a green smoothie bowl. Since it also ended up looking amazing, I thought I should share it on my blog.

But before I dive into it, have a look at the end result below: another delicious breakfast early morning in my very summery garden, while I can catch up with emails. Perfect start to my day!

Lean Green Smoothie Bowl

Execution time (is it only me that reads this term like an engineer?!): 10 mins

Serves: 1 person (or 2?), I have huge smoothie bowls

Ingredients:

Base

Toppings

Execution (haha still an engineer):

Just blend everything together except for the toppings until it becomes a creamy texture. Pour into a bowl, add the toppings so they look nice and BOOM! Your’re done. Don’t be fooled by the green look, the coconut milk and maca powder make it super sweet and nice. Also, the toppings just add more texture and color.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

It’s Monday morning and my amazing weekend in Vienna is about to be over. I woke up with this feeling that, before I left, I needed to give my #1 favorite European city a similar chance to prove me veganism is omnipresent. A couple of days ago I posted this picture with a small salad in front of me, while my friends were having huge pork ribs. But hold your breath…

Just 15 mins away from my hotel, I found a gem. Healthy, plant-based eating is easily doable in Vienna. It’s called Elmira.

The Elmira Cafe, Vienna, Austria

I was welcomed by lots of smiles and while they were prepping my acai bowl, I took the liberty to look around. Their store is quite big and airy, which is basically a breeze compared to the ones in London.

Elmira counter
Elmira counter

They have a nice dried nuts, seeds and beans rack of drawers. They produce and source everything themselves and some of the trail mixes are also made in-house. They also said they source to bigger stores, even in UK, like Organic Planet. You can also find some of their products in stores like https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk. Among some of their most popular products were the exotic fruits like Incan berries, dried mangos, and jackfruits.

Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks
Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks

And… they even have their own products, own brand, to sell in-store.

Elmira store
Elmira store

The food

I had this huge acai bowl with goji berries. It was one one of the best things I’ve had for breakfast in a while. They tried different recipes for this smoothie bowl and they think they are going to stick with this one. I have to say that the coconut syrup they put on top of your bananas was heavenly.

Elmira acai bowl
Elmira acai bowl

They also had all these kinds of cold-brewed coffees and amazing truffles covered with Peruvian chocolate.

Elmira menu
Elmira menu

And to top it all up, they were offering a 10% discount to all of their prices.

Eventually, I couldn’t just walk away empty-handed and I scooped some of their trail mixes. My enthusiasm did not remain unnoticed and Josef, their sales manager along with Elmira, their managing director, took real great care of me. I walked away with their most recommended products:

Elmira nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.
Nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.

Where? How?

  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00 Saturday 08.00 – 14.00
  • By phone at 01-897 2999-40
  • By email at office@elmira.at.
  • Address is:
    Elmira
    Vorgartenstrasse 129-143 / EG A-1020 Vienna

Last…

If you ever visit Vienna, don’t assume it’s all sausage and pretzels! This city has so much to offer in terms of culinary options. And if you can have a plant-based dish with a touch of Viennese culture, why not give it a go? You might be surprised!

Good day and until next time!

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Gluten-free, vegan option for risotto funghi around Piccadilly Circus

Gluten-free, vegan option for risotto funghi around Piccadilly Circus

Try:

Vapiano Risotto Funghi
Risotto Funghi

Fresh mushrooms and oyster mushrooms refined with onions, cream, rosemary and parsley.

Price: 9.75 pounds

  • meat-free
  • dairy-free (option)
  • egg-free (option)
  • gluten-free

Where?

Vapiano

Hygene Rating (by the Food Standards Agency): 5 out of 5

Address:

19-21 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 8QB

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