This week is National Vegetarian Week 2013!
Here at Healthfoodsuk we are vegetarian (or vegan) all year round, which means we are experienced in finding tasty and nourishing alternatives if you are trying to go without meat this week. It has never been so easy to be a vegeterian so whether you are thinking of taking it on full time, trying it out for the week or are just curious about what is on offer to vegeterians then we are here to help!
Throughout the week we will be tweeting our top meat free alternatives and recomendations via @healthfoodsuk but here are a few of our favourtie products!
In the last couple of years being a vegetarian has gotten steadily easier with products such as vegetarian worchester sauce and brown sauce becoming available so the range of foods vegetarians have to go without is getting smaller and smaller.
The meat vegetarians supposedly miss most is bacon beacuse of this the quest to produce a tasty meat free replacement has been a top proirity. Resident vegan James recomends Cheatin’ bacon rashers as a tasty alternative.
One problem vegetarians face is finding alternative protien sources for the diets. Cheese is the easy go to option here but it’s not the best or the healthiest. One fantastic way to get a good amount of protien in your diet is to cook with beans and lentils. Lentils have a high percentage of protien and are relatively inexpensive as well as being good for iron and fibre. They are a great addition to soups and stews as well as in vegetarian shepards pie.
These are some of our top recommendations but we’ll be tweeting plenty more throughout the week. For some great vegetarians conversion recipes check out the National Vegetarian Week 2013 website and if you are trying out being a vegetarian for the week let us know how you get on!
Hay fever season is upon us and now the sun is trying its best to shine more of us will want to be spending time out doors, making the most of the weather. For many people this time of year is ruined slightly because of hay fever. While there are several types of antihistamines out there to help with this ailment there are also many natural solutions to this common problem.
Everybody suffers differently when it comes to hayfever, for some it’s itchy eyes and for others it’s an unrelenting runny nose but there are many natural ways to target specific symptoms or all symptoms of hayfever effectively (and quickly, which really is the most important thing!). Here are some of our best products to target all the main effects of hayfever.
For those who suffer from Asthma, you may already use one of these effective devices! The Saltpipe helps cleanse the respiratory system and enables you to breathe more easily by calming the cells lining the respiratory system and stimulating their natural cleaning mechanisms.
We have several different nasal sprays from various excellent companies, the two featured in the above picture come from Weleda and Potter’s and both are effective in clearing nasal congestion, a common hayfever nuisance. Weleda’s spray includes soothing aloe vera for especially sore noses!
If you would rather stop the pollen before it even enters your nose you can try HayMax. You apply this directly at the base of your nostrils so it can trap pollen before it has a chance to irritate. Several different scents are available, including soothing lavender, always a bonus!
It’s also handy to have some eye drops around during hayfever season to sooth those very common itchy eye problems which quickly become a great hinderance during daily life. Potter’s once again provide a soloution here with herbal eye drops made up camomile, witch-hazel and cornflower.
Finally, for those with all of hayfevers irritating symptoms A.Vogel do an effective homeopathic tablet which covers all the bases from itchy noses to itchy eyes and should put an end to all hayfever woes.
Hopefully this summer will be a sunny one and minus any uneccessary irritations!
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated 35 years of trading with two very successful, very tiring Open Days! Lots of our favorite suppliers came in to help us celebrate, bringing with them lots of free goodies and expert advice to answer anyones queries. Both staff and customers had a lovely time on both days and thanks to everyone’s hard work very little went wrong! Here are a couple of pictures from the event.
Green People, Panda licorice and Booja Booja chocolate samples were very popular on the first open day!
As was Bower Bakery and their freshly baked bread samples!
We also had several reps who were full of useful information to help customers who had any queries.
Thank you to everyone who came down and celebrated with us, we hope to see you at the next one! (though hopefully it won’t be too soon, we’re still recovering!)
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan
More and more people are discovering the health benefits of cutting out ‘heavy’ foods such as gluten, dairy and meat from their diets, and it’s dishes such as this that go to show that there can be more to it than just rice cakes and tofu. It’s a really easy one to make and looks amazing when you serve it.
- 1 Onion
- 300g Carrot
- 100g Red Rameiro Pepper
- Handful of fresh basil
- Pinch of Chilli powder
- 50g Gluten-free flour
- 50ml Olive Oil
- 400g Vegusto No Moo Melty
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Finely dice the onion and pepper and sauté until soft. In a mixing bowl grate the carrot and add the oil, flour, finely chopped basil and throw in the sautéed onion and pepper as well as 5og of the Vegusto vegan cheese diced into small pieces (this will help hold the mixture together when you come to fry it). Ensure that it is mixed well, it should form a sticky paste, use more oil or flour until the desired texture is achieved. At this point season the mix with salt and pepper to your own taste and stir in a pinch of chilli powder for a little added zing.
Using your hands and a flat surface make small flat discs with the mixture, about a centimetre thick and shallow fry for a few minutes on each side on a relatively high heat, until brown and crispy. You should be able to make 12 of these fritters with your mixture, stack them up with a slice of Vegusto no moo melty cheese in between, place on a tray and put in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt. Garnish with watercress and drizzle with sweet chilli sauce for extra bite!
Dairy free, Vegetarian & Vegan
Including more wholegrain foods in your diet can lower your risk of heart disease and help you maintain a trim figure, but if your anything like me you’ll find whole grains like brown rice and pearl barley are hard to digest and leave you feeling bloated. I have therefore devised this recipe as a way of getting around this problem by slow cooking pearl barley in a delicious hotpot that requires very little preparation and offers a highly nutritious and warming meal.
- 1 onion
- 50ml red wine
- 1 large carrot
- 100g pearl barley
- 100g lentils/split peas
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 500ml passata
- sprig of fresh thyme
- sprig of fresh rosemary
Start by finely slicing the onion and cooking whilst covered on a low heat for 5 minutes. When the onion begins to soften add the red wine and cook on high until the wine has reduced to half it’s original volume, before turning the heat down again.
Peel and chop the carrot into small neat pieces and add to the pan whilst the wine is simmering. Throw in the fresh rosemary and thyme, taking care to remove any stalk. Add the stock and the passata and finally, having rinsed the pearl barley and lentils thoroughly add them to the mix and stir well. Cook on a medium heat until it starts to simmer, then continue to cook on the lowest heat possible whilst covered for 1 and a half to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
There we have it; a rich aromatic meal with loads of protein, loads of fibre, and very low in calories, that can be prepared in under 20 minutes. Enjoy!
A mouthwatering dessert that kindles up some warmth in those long cold winter nights.
Dairy-Free & Vegan recipe for this traditional Austrian delicacy.
- 600g Cooking Apples
- 50g Walnuts
- 50g Raisins
- 75g Brown Sugar
- 1 Orange (juice of)
- 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 6 sheets Filo Pastry
- 75g Sunflower Spread
- 75g Breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Peel and finely chop the apples into neat evenly sized pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Roughly chop the walnuts and add these to the apples along with the raisins and nutmeg. Drizzle the mixture with orange juice, this with the nutmeg will give the strudel a really warming festive flavour. Finally, stir in the majority of the brown sugar, leaving a sprinkling aside for later.
Melt the sunflower spread in a pan and roll out the first sheet of filo pastry onto an oven tray. Gently lather the pastry with the melted spread before placing the next sheet of pastry on top, repeat this process for all six sheets of pastry, but to give the strudel a little texture sprinkle bread crumbs evenly between every other layer of pastry being sure to be most generous with the final top layer. This sounds rather complicated but it’s really quite easy and can be a lot of fun.
The final step is to spoon your strudel mixture onto this top layer so that it forms a thick line running down the short edge of the pastry, then you may roll it up to form a sausage shape. Baste the top and sides with a little more melted sunflower spread and sprinkle with the remaining sugar before placing in the oven and cooking for 30 minutes, or until the pastry starts to golden.
Traditionally served with vanilla sauce but great with ice-cream too.
At Ceres Natural Foods 9-11 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset. BA20 1EN
Friday 23rd November, 10:00-16:30
Your chance to try some of our latest healthy treats. We will be giving out samples of our Clif Bars and Provamel Almond Milk. Hope to see you there…