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High quality coconut oil at a price you can afford

Lucy Bee extra virgin coconut oil

Lucy Bee coconut oil ticks all the boxes

Lucy seems crazy about coconuts.

She uses coconut oil for her fried eggs, her morning porridge, making smoothies and baking cakes. She gets it in her hair (which looks all the better for it), she moisturises her skin with it, it’s even used to wax her dad’s garden shears!

How can she afford to use so much of the stuff? It’s pretty pricey after all, and she uses high quality, fairtrade, organic,extra virgin coconut oil too…

Well, however she’s managed to wangle it, Lucy wants to make sure others can enjoy coconut oil as much as she does – so she set up the company, Lucy Bee.

Through ‘Lucy Bee’ she offers the lowest price on a 500g jar of coconut oil we have at GoodnessDirect. Given the health benefits of using coconut, I know it’s worth it.

Coconut oil can strengthen your immune system, boost your metabolism, enhance your energy levels, sort out your digestion and improve your skin. IT has anti-fungal, anti-inflamatory, antioxidant properties and, despite being a saturated fat, it’s easy for your body to process so it’s likely to help rather than hinder your cholesterol levels.

There’s so much more to coconut aided health than we imagine. For more information visit the Lucy Bee website. Such a relief to know there are cheaper, high quality sources out there too.

Visit the tropics with Faith In Nature’s new range

Coconut oil is one of the best things you can do for your hair and body.

Faith In Nature tropical range

Beauty blessed with coconut & pineapple bodycare

It blocks 20% of ultra violet rays. It cleans toxins, fungi and bacteria from the skin. It keeps the skin soft without making it greasy. Its antioxidants penetrate into the underlying tissues to revive the cells that make up your skin.

For hair, it strengthens the structure of damaged hair. It helps remove dandruff, lice and itchy scalp. It delivers vitamins and minerals right where your body needs them.

No surprise that organic bodycare company, Faith In Nature, has a new range of coconut products. It makes sense to harness the healing powers of nature.

Similarly, pineapple is very effective for acne, prevents cell damage and even heals burns. It rehydrates and firms your skin by locking in moisture and boosting collagen.

It’s another wise move for Faith In Nature. They produces soaps, hair products, deodorants and face wipes – all from natural sources. If you have sensitive skin, are vegan or organically minded then its time to put your Faith in Nature.

 

New for 2014 – vegan frozen yoghurt

Last year was a fantastic year for dairy free ice cream makers, Bessant & Drury.

Bessant & Drury Frozen Yoghurt

Still, dreamy & creamy but with a lighter feel

They won the Best Free From Food Awards and a number of Great Taste Awards too. When they joined us at the Allergy Show, their ice cream made our stall the most popular it has ever been (well, who doesn’t like free ice cream?)

This year they’re back with something new: Frozen Yoghurt. It’s healthier, it’s dreamy and, being made from coconut, it’s still vegan and dairy free!

The guys from Free From Foods couldn’t hold back their delight: “Dairy and absolutely everything else free, light, creamy, not over-coconutty, not over sweet – and nutritious.”

At the moment we’ve got two flavours in: Mango or Raspberry but, given the recent success of Bessant & Drury, I’m sure there’s more to come.

 

Invo’s unpasteurised coconut water

Invo Coconut Water

Never ever heated

Coconut water is so ubiquitous these days that one could be forgiven for thinking nothing new can be done.

However Invo Coconut Water naturally attracts attention with its occasional  pinkish hue.

Chilled and unpasteurised, this coconut water tastes as fresh as the day it was picked, a subtle difference no coconut connoisseur will fail to appreciate. The touch of pink simply points to the fact that Invo is never ever heated.

The flavours invite a nostalgic taste of home too. Enjoy natural plain Pure coconut water or try it flavoured with Pineapple or Thai Lime.

Healthy granola recipe made with cinnamon and chia

Chef and nutritionist, Christine Bailey has a new book out called Power Foods. In it she reveals the surprising link between diet and mental health, and how healthy eating can lead you from lethargy to a happy, energetic new lifestyle. Time to get rid of some of that trashy food and bless your body.

There’s a chance to win one of her books, but more on that in a bit; for now, here’s a recipe from Christine from the book.

chia granola

Lift your mood with a nutritious granola

Cinnamon Chia Granola

Bake up a batch of this granola and store in an airtight container as a healthy snack or breakfast option. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fats important for healthy cell membranes and neurotransmitter function.

115g / 4oz porridge oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
30g / 1oz shelled hemp seed
60g / 2oz sunflower seeds
60g / 2oz pumpkin seeds
2tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp honey or coconut syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp apple juice

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, gas mark 3. Line a baking tray with non-stick parchment paper.
2. Combine the oats, seeds and cinnamon in a bowl and stir. Mix together the honey, oil and apple juice. Stir the honey mixture into the oats and coat thoroughly.
3. Spread the mixture onto the baking tray. Place in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and crisp. Stir occasionally during cooking. Allow to cool before serving.

Win Christine Bailey’s latest book

Christine’s new book, Power Foods, basically looks at how depression, stress and low-energy levels are often made worse by our quick-fix diet of caffeine, alcohol and sugary snacks. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way…

Drawing on her knowledge as a nutritionist, Christine presents extensive advice and tasty recipes to enable you to harness the natural power of food and boost your mood.

Power Foods has lots of practical nutritional advice to help alleviate the symptoms of a range of conditions, from depression and difficulty sleeping to Seasonal Affective Disorder and PMS.

Power Foods is available from Duncan Baird at £10.99. However, she is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner. To enter the prize draw to win a book send an email and we’ll contact the winner on 21st February 2014 (UK residents only.)

Take a taste of the exotic with you

Xotic Coconut  Desserts

From paradise to you

Are you one of those people who always carry a bit of food in your bag?

Just in case…

If you’re vegan the answer is likely to be yes. It’s not just when they’re travelling either. It can be all too tempting to sneak something along if you’re attending a dinner party or going to lunch with a friend.

Flip it round and friends of vegans like to have things in their cupboards they know their herbivore friends will like.

That’s what makes these Xotic desserts interesting. The little pots of coconut cream can be stored at room temperature and come soya and gluten free as an extra bonus.

They’re also fortified with the vitamins D2 and B12 that vegans tend to need.

As for the flavour, it’s a little touch of paradise. There’s Coconut with Lemon or Lime, Mango & Passionfruit or Summer Berry – succulent, luxurious and, well, xotic.

Discover why organic Roo’Bars will take you round the world and back again

rosehip roo bar

Roo’Bars are full of superfood nutrition and nothing else

Let me introduce Roo’Bar, an organic raw food bar made with superfoods.

Initially, Anita, the creator, was making raw bars by hand in the first organic food shop in Bulgaria. People liked it so much that they’ve quickly become a worldwide phenomenon.

The reason is simple: they tastes fantastic and are made from 100% raw organic ingredients.

But what’s in them? The answer depends on which one you buy… (but every ingredient is organic and vegan…)

Time for a little Eastern promise? Discover what the rest of the world’s been loving.