Calling all Vegans – Complete Protein sources here

If you’re a vegan, did you know that a peanut butter sandwich is a fantastic combination for a source of complete protein? (Provided you use wholemeal bread.)

Or how about rice and peas?

Most vegans know that protein is abundantly available in lots of foods, however the real challenge is to make sure you mix up your daily menu to get the range of proteins into your diet. It’s easy to just rely on tofu but there’s lots more out there, especially if you mix and match.

Quinoa  - a vegan and gluten free source of complete protein

Quinoa is a great vegan source of  vitamins, minerals and protein

Give Quinoa a Try

Quinoa (keen-wa) is well known as a complete protein and is super nutritious, but few use it because they don’t know how to cook it properly (the secret is to rinse and soak first).

Fortunately, you can use Express Quinoa which comes ready to eat hot or cold, or you can pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Naturally gluten free and organic, Alice & Oscar’s Quinola Mothergrain make both a quick-cook red & white quinoa or black & white quinoa to try – depending on how you like your quinoa to taste. They also have the individual quinoa grains available in nutty red, crunchy black or smooth white for those who know they can cook up a proper dish of quinoa without any trouble.

Discover them all at GoodnessDirect.


Organic feminine hygiene – healthier by nature

If you’re looking for healthier and more eco-friendly purchases for your bathroom cabinet, it’s worth knowing about Natracare.

They were the creators of the world’s first certified organic cotton tampon and they’re still just as passionate about the availability of ethical sanitary products for women today.

All Natracare products come with a soft 100% certified organic cotton cover, allowing the skin to breathe and avoid irritation. They are always chlorine free, free from plastics, perfumes and biodegradable.

natracare organic cotton sanitary pads for feminine hygiene

Organic and natural hygiene

Natracare’s new “Ultra Extra” sanitary pads offer a whole new level of performance and protection. The pads slim line shape and convenient, individually wrapped paper pockets are discreet and practical. Each pad is double layered for extra absorbency and comfort combining a natural absorbent core and a soft cushioned layer.

Another new addition to their range is the Long Panty Liner. With extra length for added coverage it is ideal for those who require more protection. The Long Panty Liners also come individually wrapped, making them convenient when on the go.

For more of Natracare’s 100% organic solutions visit GoodnessDirect.

New Montezuma chocolates include vegan and gluten free options

For all you Montezuma’s Chocolate fans out there, the British chocolatiers have some new flavours to try.

New Montezuma chocolates including vegan or gluten free options

From the outside the most exciting thing are the names… A piece of “Peeling Amorous” anyone? But it’s when you unwrap the chocolate bar that the fun really begins.

Covering the spectrum from white to dark, Montezuma’s proudly introduce:

  • Charlie’s Luck – A vegan dark chocolate with spiced peanuts, made all the more intriguing by the use of ginger and chilli, also gluten free
  • Open Sesame – Milk chocolate flavoured with caramelised sesame and sunflower seeds offers a more rounded, slightly nutty mouth-feel for your chocolate moments
  • Peeling Amorous – the humourously named white chocolate bar with a zing of lemon and sour cherries is even more loveable for its gluten free credentials

The creators of these chocolates are obviously having too much fun and it’s only merciful that you join them in their chocolate madness.

Favourite celebrity ketchup is gluten-free & organic

How can something so simple as sharing a bag of chips result in an argument?

Okay, it was more of a friendly debate, but the people in my office were certainly split over the subject.

The all-important question was: Which ketchup tasted better with chips – the everyday supermarket ketchup or Mr Organic’s premium ketchup?

I’ll immediately declare my interests and say that I prefer Mr Organic, but some of my (ahem…) colleagues really do prefer a lifeless, high sugar, vinegary sauce for their chips.

Me? I like to taste real tomato when I dip that chip… And I’m not the only one…

organic tomato ketchup

For connoisseurs of ketchup

Rumour has it that a certain campaigning celebrity chef has started buying Mr Organic Tomato Ketchup for his restaurants around the world. That’s not surprising when you consider that Mr Organic use 5 times more tomatoes in their bottles than certain leading brands – organic tomatoes of course.

Now, to add fire to the debate, Mr Organic have introduced a Chilli Ketchup and a Smoky Ketchup. They’re still Italian, still very ethical and certainly more delicious than those boring mainstream brands, and they’re gluten free.

For more Italian organic sauces, oils, pestos and pasta, and even cans of quality baked beans, check out Mr Organic at GoodnessDirect.


Qcumber – the coolest of Summer drinks

Qcumber summer drink

Be cool with a Qcumber drink this Summer

There’s a reason why they say ‘as cool as a cucumber’…

Not only can a few slices act as a cooling balm to overheated skin, it can freshen your breath or even cure your hangover.

With all those lifestyle benefits it’s not surprising that someone’s innovated Qcumber sparkling water, the newest party drink for the Summer of 2014.

Enjoy it as a mixer with gin or even on its own – some say it tastes like a non-alcoholic Pimms or a slightly intense Elderflower cordial.

Made only with natural ingredients, including cucumber of course, Qcumber is pretty low in calories too making it the ideal summer drink.

With a glass of Qcumber in your hand you’ll not only be refreshed you’ll feel unique. Try it in it’s Original flavour or with a hint of mint.

A thicker creamier vegan milk

It’s a real shame that when people turn vegan and go dairy free, most only know about using soya milk.

It’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you use it in… tea.

But there are a fascinating number of far more pleasant alternatives.

Organic Dairy Free Spelt Milk Alternative

Take a break from soya milk and try something new

Take Provamel’s new Spelt Drink for example. It’s organic, naturally sweet and surprisingly creamy. I’m not saying it tastes like milk, it’s a bit more nutty, but the difference isn’t too bad. The texture is smooth and full-bodied so you can drink it straight from the glass.

Everyone has their own preference, but if you prefer something different to soya, spelt is worth a try. Provamel also have vegan milk alternatives made from Almond (there’s an unsweetened almond milk version too), Oat, Hazelnut, Coconut and Rice and, the news is, they’ve recently brought out a Macadamia Nut Milk!

This news alone deserves another blog…



New green tea flavours to fall in love with

Here’s a tip: If you ever find yourself stressed or tired with a few hour’s work ahead of you, try a green tea…

You should soon find yourself feeling rejuvinated and able to face the task ahead.

But if the taste of green tea doesn’t excite you then organic tea experts, Pukka, have a few innovative flavours for you to try, each with different benefits…

Pukka Serene Green Tea

Feel serene with organic green tea

My favourite version, jasmine green tea (the kind you get served as ‘Chinese tea’ in a restaurant), has been restyled as Serene Jasmine Green and becomes even more deliciously delicate with the addition of elderflower and chamomile.

For the powerhouse of green teas you should investigate Supreme Matcha Green which marries the antioxidant might of Japanese matcha with other potent green teas from China, India and Vietnam for the ultimate blend and a richer taste.

The Clean Green is made with lemons and fennel. Not only does this combination help to raise your metabolism, the luscious lemon taste will leave you feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Finally, there’s the Cool Mint Green infused with spearmint to help you gather your senses and calmly face the rest of the day.

For flavour, power, peace and refreshment green teas are a must. Pukka intend that every purchase of green tea benefits not only you but wildlife species in danger of extinction too.  For every cup you drink they donate a penny to the WWF so take a break and enjoy the ultimate in ‘green’ teas.