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Peanut butter – the war is on

Meridian mini peanut butter

Meridian have a little secret to share…

Meridian are onto something…

For too long the breakfast bar has been dominated by tiny jars of jam, little pots of promise appealing to you to crack them open and consume the sweetness within.

But now, peanut butter is fighting back. Meridian are out to prove that peanut butter on toast can be cute too. The battlefield will be strewn with juvenile peanut butter pots and lilliputian jam jars facing off to see who is best. B&Bs and breakfast in bed trays will never be the same again.

However, should jam begin to win the day, Meridian plans to bring in the big guns: 1 kilo tubs of cashew butter and almond butter ready to splatter the enemy with thick gooey nutty loveliness.

The paleo community is going to go crazy. Their dedication to nut butters will see women secreting little jars of peanut butter in their handbags and men strutting into gyms with kg barrels of almond or cashew butter on their shoulders.

And all with Meridian’s wholenut and organic guarantee too? Jam doesn’t stand a chance.

Wonderful vegan cakes, not heavy or too syrupy

Hands up if cake is always your guilty treat?

Especially at work.

I must admit it’s generally difficult for me to pass by a plate of cake without taking a little piece, and then another, and a then larger bit… and then giving up on lunch because I’ve already eaten more than I planned.

Fortunately, at GoodnessDirect, the cakes we get to try tend to be healthier than most (at least that’s what I try to tell myself).

dairy free, egg free, vegan cake

Vegan cakes from Riverbank Bakery

Take Riverbank Bakery for example.

They make traditional style loaf cakes containing the finest ingredients that are finished by hand. Artificial flavouring is avoided and the cakes have a reduced fat content. Notably, nearly all their cakes are dairy free and egg free, which makes them vegan.

If I’m not convincing you to buy the cakes for their (health) benefits, then perhaps I can tempt you with the flavours instead:

If you’re not tempted, the vegans out there will be, it’s not too heavy or overly syrupy. This is good cake by anyone’s standards, believe me, I know from (ahem…) personal experience.

The world’s first 100% Raw Smoothie

Nosh Smoothie

Optimum health in a bottle

This may well be the year of functional foods.

Last week I wrote about a multivitamin drink supplement and now here’s a Raw Smoothie.

The fact is, most other smoothies and juices are heat-treated… which destroys the live enzymes found in fresh fruit. But, because raw fruit has all those vitamins, nutrients and minerals the Smoothie makers, Nosh, wanted to keep the whole process as pure as possible.

Maximum nutrition is the key word – in a bottle. There’s at least 6 wholefood ingredients in every bottle (and nothing else) and they’re loaded with Vitamin C.

Nosh comes in 4  flavours, all uniquely designed to help you through the day:

Almond milk – I’ve converted

I am a true convert.

If ever I run out of milk now I use almond milk instead. I’m not sure how many people have tried it but it’s sweeter than milk without increasing the calories and it’s just as refreshing. It comes in a carton and is much better than UHL milk.

Almond milk - Could you convert?

Almond milk - Could you convert?

Provamel, who are frontrunners in the soya milk industry, have just brought out an organic almond milk. They’ve also created an oat milk (think porridge milk) which is also nice but not as satisfying as almond for me.

So there you are, I suspect I’m in a minority on this one along with those who prefer dairy-free, but I’ve always harboured a love of anything almondy and I wanted to share my secret with you.

Bounce Balls – nutrition on the go

You don’t need extra protein if you eat well.

That is… the average man can get all the protein he needs if he drinks his milk, eats tuna for lunch and steak for dinner. Even vegans get all the protein they need from a good selection of plant foods.

But, if your diet isn’t as perfect then you may need a boost, especially if you enjoy exercise.

A little bundle of natural nutrition

A little bundle of natural nutrition

Keeping a few Bounce Balls in the cupboard will help. They are delicious healthy snacks, in a ball, made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer health–conscious people a convenient and tasty, top quality nutrition treat which you can eat at any time.

They are also gluten free, low carb, naturally sweet and cholesterol free.

Bounce Balls come as the Peanut Protein Blast or the Almond Protein Hit, they are loaded with whey protein and perfect as a snack. There’s also a Spirulina & Ginseng Defence Boost aimed at helping the immune system – Spirulina is a complete protein and a rich source of iron & fibre.

A great source of nutrition on the go.

Alternatives to milk

Possibly 75% of people around the world are lactose intolerant – which might go some way to explaining why there are so many alternatives to milk.

But there are numerous other reasons too, it might be simply be beneficial to health, or autism related, or asthma, or galactosaemia, or a sensitivity to casein or one of many other problems with drinking milk.

Whatever your reason it’s important to make sure you’re still getting the calcium, iodine and vitamins that you need.

Here are some of the alternatives…

Goat’s milk
Rich in nutrients and easier to digest (even though it still contains lactose). It has less casein but almost as much fat and calories as cow’s milk. However, it can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in children.

Sheep’s milk
Sheep’s milk has twice as many minerals, eg. calcium, phosphorus and zinc and the vitamin B-complex, as cow’s milk. But it is also higher in calories and fat. Like goat’s milk, it is easily digested. And it’s also a good source of iodine, which helps if you suffer with thyroid problems.

Camel’s milk
Five times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk. Helps with diabetes. Contains some lactose. Not easy to source.

Buffalo’s milk
Higher in calcium, protein and iron and contains more vitamins and minerals (including calcium and iron) and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. But it also has twice as much fat and still contains lactose. Not easy to source.

Hemp milk
Half the amount of protein of cow’s milk, and calcium is often added. Rich in Omega 3, minerals and vitamins, hemp milk also has a creamy consistency. No lactose.

Quinoa milk
Quinoa is a very digestive food and nutritionally well balanced. It’s protein contains all essential amino acids and it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. No lactose.

Spelt milk
A good source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Cholesterol free. No lactose.

Oat milk
Rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and low-GI. It’s actually the preferred energy drink of many athletes. A pleasant milky taste. No lactose.

Barley milk
Has a higher phosphorus and potassium content than regular milk. Helpful in repairing the body, though it doesn’t contain calcium. No lactose.

Kamut-wheat milk
Highly recommended for its milk-like taste. No lactose.

Millet milk
Lower in fat, higher in fibre and less calories than cow’s milk. Rich in protein and minerals. No lactose.

Rice milk
Compared to soya, rice milk is considered closer to cow’s milk in taste and texture. It is naturally sweet, low in fat and high in fibre. But it’s also low in calcium and protein. No lactose.

Soya milk
Soya milk is high in protein so it’s useful for cooking with. It is also comparatively cheaper than other milk alternatives due to its ubiquity. However, some avoid it because it can raise estrogen levels. No lactose.

Almond milk
Tastes great, and has some of the lowest calorie counts of all milk alternatives. No lactose.

Hazelnut milk
A thicker consistency. It also provides calcium and sulphur. No lactose.

Coconut milk
Lots of phosphorus, iron, magnesium and fibre makes coconut milk a superfood. It’s low in calories, boosts immunity and has a distinctive creamy taste.

Cashew nut milk
Delicious but not easy to find. Just as well it’s easy to make… Cashew’s are a good source of copper and magnesium.

Raw milk
The argument is that pasteurisation destroys some of the goodness in milk which would actually make it digestible for people with gut problems. It remains to be seen whether ‘green top milk’ is actually helpful for people with psoriasis and high blood pressure.

UV milk
Possibly the milk of the future: milk that is treated by UV instead of pasteurisation?

Lactose-Free milk
Or, of course, you could take the lactose out of the milk

You can also make milk from peas, peanuts, or seeds!