It seems like everyone in the health business is getting into coconut oil.
With all the competition you’d expect it to be knocking the price down, but that doesn’t seem to be happening very much.
Refined coconut oil is cheaper than virgin coconut oil, but if you want something the flavour and smell of coconut then it’s better to go for virgin.
Organic coconut oil
One virgin brand which doesn’t cost the earth is made by Raw Health. As an organic raw food company, they have good credentials in paying attention to the quality of their food, yet the price is lower then anything else I’ve seen so far.
So it’s worth investigating.
If you want to maximise the antioxidants and energy you get from tea, Little Miracles might be a good place to start.
Little Miracle tea leaves from Sri Lanka, are well known for their high quality tea leaves whether that be black, green or white iced tea – all organic and blended with ginseng and acai.
Do yourself some good
Once the green tea has undergone both minimal oxidation and further processing it holds a high level of antioxidants. As a result, more of the original plant substances survive in this herb, such as those known as polyphenols. It is then mixed with pomegranate to give you a refreshingly healthy natural lift.
Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the green and white varieties, and thus carries a lower level of natural antioxidants whilst having a higher level of natural caffeine. For sweet satisfaction the tea is then blended with peach in addition to the ginseng and acai.
With the white tea, selected buds are harvested at a far more immature stage. They are then gently processed in order to prevent oxidation or further fermentation, thus retaining the delicate taste and natural benefits of pure white tea and mixing it with cherry.
Lots of goodness, nothing bad
We all need a little sweetness at times.
Now, Peppersmith have come up with the cutest if ideas.
…’Tingz’ are about to get a liitle bit sweeter…
Having already made stylish gum and mints for vegans and coeliacs, Peppersmith have launched a new range of sweets especially for kids.
Tingz sweets are good for teeth because they are made with British Dental Health approved xylitol. So they are sugar free and free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
Still suitable for vegans and gluten free, Tingz available in orange & mandarin or strawberry & vanilla.
Great for after a run
These are a delicious high calorie snack to have as part of your recovery from training or a race.
You could even crumble one up and serve over natural yoghurt or cottage cheese or as a delicious pudding with a few extra fresh raspberries on the side.
Raspberry Flapjack Slices are packed full vitamin C from the raspberries and healthy fats from the nuts, seeds, butter and coconut oil.
Try to use organic butter as it is higher in omega 3 oils and healthier than margarine. Oats are a superfood as they release their energy slowly and are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan that can help lower cholesterol.
If you are on a budget don’t be put off by having to buy the extra flax seeds, pumpkin or chia seeds – just add what you miss out with extra oats, or just buy one of the types of seeds.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
25g flax seeds
25g pumpkin seeds
25g chia seeds
50g organic butter
50g virgin coconut oil
20g coconut flour/oat flour
1. Preheat an oven to 180C, 350F, gas mark 4. Line a 20cm x 4cm (8 x 1 ½ inch) square cake tin with a large piece of non-stick baking paper, snipping diagonally into the corners so that the paper fits snugly over the base and up the sides of the tin.
2. Grind the oats and seeds as this makes the mixture slightly finer and helps it stick together – these flapjacks have a tendency to crumble more than regular ones as they are lower in fat. If you are short of time, grind only the flax seeds and chia seeds as your body doesn’t break these down.
3. Melt the coconut oil, butter and honey in a saucepan and add to the dry ingredients. Add the oil/honey mix in stages, stirring well to make sure it is all incorporated.
4. Spoon two thirds of the mixture onto a baking tray and press it down firmly into the edges, ensuring it is at least 1cm deep. Bake at 180C for 5 minutes.
5. While it is baking, blitz the raspberries in a blender or mash them with a fork. Add the flour to thicken the consistency, and mix together
6. Remove the base from the oven and smooth the raspberry mixture over the top.
7. Sprinkle the remaining third of the oat mixture on top of the raspberries and press it down gently so it sticks into it.
8. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until brown on top.
9. Leave to cool before cutting into pieces.
Nutritional Information – Per bar:
Calories 285 Kcal
Amisa are doing it again.
The organic firm, famous for their healthy food for dietary needs, are now introducing a range of gluten free pastas. – Highly appropriate for Coeliac Awareness Week.
Tips on cooking rice pasta
First up there’s some appetising wholegrain rice fusilli and penne.
The trick with cooking rice pasta is to include some olive oil and salt in your water.
Then, when you add the pasta at boiling point, stir immediately to separate the pasta and keep stirring until the water is bubbling again. This stops the pasta sticking together.
After this turn the heat down to a simmer and stir every half a minute. Fortunately rice pasta cooks quickly so this won’t take long.
Finally, when you’ve finished cooking, drain the water off as soon as possible to prevent overcooking.
Amisa also have some golden corn and rice pastas in the form of fusilli, rigatoni and spaghetti. Fortunately, this cooks just the same way as normal rice pasta.
Here something you might like to know…
CherryActive, the company that takes the famous Montmorency cherry juice and bottles it for its super high antioxidant content (twenty times more than most fruit), are doing something new.
Now, they’re not just using cherries to tackle joint mobility, muscle recovery and sleep problems.
There’s also bottled blueberry and bottled beetroot juice. Blueberries are still being researched for their overall benefits and each 210ml bottle of BlueberryActive contains the concentrated juice of over 1250 blueberries.
Meanwhile beetroot is being increasingly used by athletes to give them that extra edge over their opponents, hence BeetActive.
Whether cherry, blueberry or beetroot, all the juices are 100% pure concentrated goodness helping you to go fitter, faster and further.
Posted in Antioxidants, Fruit, Uncategorized, Vegan
Tagged beetroot juice, blueberry juice, cherry juice, cherryactive, joint mobility, montmorency, muscle recovery, sleep problems
I luuuurve couscous!
(Apologies for the over-enthusiasm.)
But it’s so quick to make, it’s low in fat and you can flavour them with pesto, saffron, garlic, anything.
You’ll be excited if you love couscous as much as I do…
So I’m delighted to learn that Artisan Grains are offering a Pearl Couscous (slightly larger rounder grains often treated as a delicacy), and a Tri-Colour Couscous made up of golden couscous, tomato infused couscous and spinach infused couscous.
But Artisan Grains’ passion for natural grains doesn’t stop there. They also supply Royal Quinoa (again, larger than your average quinoa grain) and GoodnessDirect are soon to take on their Chia Seeds (a high energy and very nutritious grain) and Greenwheat Freekeh (a nuttier tasting toasted grain).
Look out for their variety of Nut Roasts too.
Posted in General Food, Vegan
Tagged chia, cous cous, couscous, freekeh, low fat, nut roast, pearl couscous, royal quinoa, tri colour, tricolor, Vegan