Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – 17th December 2018 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on 17th December at 11am in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make delicious sweet potato falafels with tahini dressing

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The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

 

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If you can’t make Wednesday at 11am, I also have a couple of spaces on 21st December at 12pm   You will be making vegan festive plait, a great centre piece for the big day

Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

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If you can’t make these dates I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

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Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

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Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

Come join Yasmin and Susan for a wonderful workshop dedicated to mindfulness for wellbeing.
Monday 21st January from 10.30 – 12.45pm in West Bridgford, Nottingham
The cost is £30
Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing
Mindfulness
In this hour or so session Yasmin will guide you through mindfulness practices that help cultivate an increase in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  Mindfulness exercises are like yoga for the brain.
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Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

By directing our awareness to our experiences and working with the breath, the body and whatever is present in our experience we can develop skills that help us savour the good and respond with greater wisdom to what is difficult.
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Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Mindfulness is a skill we can all develop and when we do it brings greater peace, compassion and happiness to our every day lives.
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Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

When we bring the quality of mindfulness to our eating, we can enjoy our food even more and so we will also practice eating mindfully with Susan’s delicious and nutritious vegan lunch!
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Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

Yasmin’s classes are experiential and encourage a sense of exploration with a quality of playfulness to combine learning with enjoyment.

This session is suitable both for people who are new to mindfulness and want to experience the practices first hand and also those who have studied and/or practice mindfulness regularly and would like to enjoy practising in a small group setting.
Nourishing nosh
This session is all about healthy eating and enjoyment.  We’ll spend time relaxing around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.  All whilst you all enjoy a healthy balanced vegan buffet lunch.  Yasmin will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her mindfulness practice.
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Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, pea and mint pakoras, veggies with tahini lentils, apple cinnamon tarts, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments
Allergies or intolerances  No problem, I can make separate dishes that are suitable for you.
This is a small workshop for a maximum of 8 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
Contact Susan on 07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  or Yasmin info@mindfulnessmakessense.com Tel: 07714290127
for more information or to make a payment
About Susan Hart and Yasmin Holmes
me2Susan is a Nottingham-based nutrition coach, advising clients about the benefits and process of healthy eating. This is delivered on an individual, group or organisation basis. For clients wishing to stay healthy and possibly lose weight she offers vegan cooking classes.  As a vegan chef she also writes restaurant reviews for the Nottingham Post as well as regularly writing for the West Bridgford Wire, Nottingham Aspect, Happiful magazine and other local and national journals.  Visit her website www.nutrition-coach.co.uk to find out more.
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Yasmin has been teaching mindfulness for a number of years and is a Breathworks and .B qualified mindfulness teacher.  She works with individuals and organisations teaching mindfulness practices for a range of situations from stress and anxiety management to pain management, leadership development and improvement in wellbeing.  She is founder of Mindfulness Makes Sense  http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/, and is an Associate tutor for the University of Nottingham’s Professional Development mindfulness and well-being courses.

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Fancy making your own vegan Christmas chocolates? I have classes in West Bridgford on Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm. The cost is £25 per person. If you’d like to come along please contact me 07946 301338

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Create your own bespoke vegan chocolates, perfect for sharing this Christmas.
My previous guests had a blast

Raw chocolate is the process of making chocolate from raw, unroasted cacao powder, which maintains nutrients lost in the roasting process; making it high in antioxidants, which help keep the body healthy and reduce cell damage.

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I will teach you a simple technique to create raw chocolate using natural sweeteners to give a deep, rich and satisfying flavour.
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You can then customise your chocolate using freeze dried fruits, nuts and natural flavourings, and gift wrap them for friends and family (or for yourself!)

 

I will also share my healthy eating tips and nutritional know how.
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Join me at my vegan cookery school in West Bridgford, for the very reasonable price of £25 – all ingredients, recipes, equipment and gift bags to take your chocolates home are provided.
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contact me to book your date and time
Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm.

Check out my video of a previous chocolate cooking class

Vegan Christmas cooking class

Vegan Christmas cooking class

Vegan Merry Christmas!

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Have you got a vegan coming for Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

Bored of the same nutroast or plate of soggy overcooked vegetables?

Tired of having to bring your own food when visiting relatives?

Worried that you will inadvertently feed your vegan guest an ingredient they don’t eat?

Then I have the answer!

Fancy making your own vegan Christmas savoury plait for the big day? I have classes on Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm. The cost is £25 per person. If you’d like to come along please contact me 07946 301338

 

 

The full dates are
Tuesday 11th  and 18th December 12.30 – 1.45pm or  5.30 – 6.45pm

Thursday 13th  and 20th December from 12.30 – 1.45pm or  5.30 – 6.45pm

You will make and create this delicious vegan plait that will delight both your vegan and non vegan guests, along with a creamy mushroom sauce.  Both of which can be frozen until needed

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Put November 1st in your diary, it also happens to be World Vegan Day!

 

The ingredients, equipment, recipes, tips and my nutritional knowhow will all be provided.  All you need to do is bring a container to take your dish home, for just £25.

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The menu may change slightly if guests have any food issues like nuts, gluten or soya

I accept a maximum four guests.

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To book a place on your preferred date, please contact me Susan Hart on

07946 301338  or email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

 

 

 

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

The rise of veganism

The rise of veganism

Recently two journalist students came to interview me about veganism and why its on the rise. I was asked for my views because I am a nutrition coach who advises clients about healthy eating and I am also a vegan.  The journalists were keen to understand about the potential nutritional issues affecting a vegan and If I persuade all my clients to adopt a vegan lifestyle  #SpoilerAlert: I don’t

Here’s a few video clips of how it went

The first is about my role as a nutrition coach and why veganism is now a popular lifestyle choice.  I mention my cooking classes, that vegans and non vegans attend so they can make delicious tasty vegan meals that are nutritionally balanced and easy to make

 

And a short video montage of my cooking lessons

 

How I promote a healthy balanced diet.  I talk about a ‘rainbow of colour, variety, unprocessed foods and moderation

 

And finally,  the foods that should form part of everyones diet but especially if you’re  vegan or moving towards a more plant based diet

If you would like some nutritional advice, regardless of your lifestyle choices then why not come and talk to me.  I could get you back on track

Do you want to lose weight

If you are not local or you time is too precious then maybe a phone or Skype consultation could be for you

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A few weeks ago I appeared on Gem 106 radio to talk about veganism and why its gained so much in popularity, feel free to listen to the interview below

And I was asked to sit on the red sofa of East Midlands today to discuss the increase in the number of fast food outlets and an increase in obesity levels.

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on the big red sofa with Maurice Flynn and Sarah Teale

 

Veg out – The Cross Keys

Veg out – The Cross Keys

We all know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. Normally I have porridge with fruit and peanut butter but at the weekend I like to spend a bit more time relaxing with the papers, a coffee and something more substantial, but I don’t always want to prepare it.  That’s where the Cross Keys at Weekday Cross in Nottingham came to the rescue one Sunday.

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I’d heard their name mentioned a number of times when recommendations were sought for good vegan options.

The pub was nice and quite so we sat at a window table and perused the menu.  The vegetarian breakfast with vegan options sounded just the ticket; my other half ordered the Eggs Benedict.

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Whilst we waited for the food to arrive we had a look through the free Sunday papers, admired the beauty of the building and watched more tables fill up with fellow brunchers

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Our food arrived together and (as requested) with our two black coffees.  I was really pleased with the portion size, not too big, not too small and only two slices of bread.  The homemade sausages had a crunchy outside texture, so did the potato hash, the avocado was lovely and soft as was the well cooked grilled tomato half and the mushrooms had been fried rather than boiled; all in all an almost faultless breakfast.  I have it on good authority that the eggs benedict were also tasty and filling.  Our coffees, which are included in the price were also substantial, hot and tasty.   My vegan breakfast was £6.95 and the eggs benedict was £6.75.

Would I go back?  The food I had was absolutely great but looking at the menu there is only one dedicated breakfast option, which is not enough choice to make me a regular visitor.  Likewise there are no specific main course dishes, but rather surprisingly I could have vegan cheeses as a dessert.

Maybe the menu is a work in progress but high marks for a very tasty well cooked vegan breakfast

Vegan cookbooks

Vegan cookbooks

Christmas is just around the corner and what better present to give than a vegan cookbook.  But which one?!

I’ve asked a number of fellow vegans for their favourite, so apart from downloading or printing one of my vegan recipes (http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/), consider buying one of these

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BOSH! Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants

Its been described as “good honest and simple cooking with some show stoppers in there too”

 

 

 

 

Thug kitchen – 101: Fast as F*ck: easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet.

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So what do you eat by Liz Cook : Simple, all “Traditional “recipes made vegan, with every day ingredients. Tells you where to get all your essential nutrients.   Handy guide is in back cover and kitchen charts

The Happy Pear – Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life – full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious and yes, still wholesome! cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges and

Recipes for Happiness – clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier

 

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Deliciously Ella Every Day - simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by her quick weekday dinners, slow-cook comfort food designed to be shared, amazing colourful salads and incredible food to take with you when you’re on the go

 

 

Minimalist Baker’s, everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes. These recipes require 10 ingredients or less, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare

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My vegan travels - Comfort food inspired by adventure: 75 satisfying plant-based recipes for comfort food from around the world.

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Mouthwatering Vegan by Miriam Sorrell : Included in the book are recipes for vegan cheese, cream and mayonnaise; Chilli Con ‘Carne’, Shepherd’s Pie, Mince & Ale Pie, Stroganoff Supreme and the Perfect Roast

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Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: This books keeps it simple with easy-to-follow recipes, using a sensible number of ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket

 

 

 

Vegan Richa:Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavour – These unique recipes have amazing depths of flavour, are easy to make, and have allergy-friendly options

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Lucy Watson’s Feed Me Vegan: Packed with comforting, easy-to-make and totally delicious recipes, Feed Me Vegan shows you can be vegan and still have your cake (and mac and cheese, and lasagne, and pancakes) and eat it

 

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Vegan: The Cookbook by jean-Christian Jury –  delicious vegan dishes from around the world

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

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Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month.  This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from

https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/).  Maybe the fact that a  number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
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world vegan month

Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

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But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan  ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact

 

 

In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

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Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first  and third Saturday of every month?

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I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham

 

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

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If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/ 

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website

Yoga and healthy eating class

YOGA AND HEALTHY EATING CLASS

MONDAY 3rd December 2018 FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

 

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Why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students practicing gentle, mindful Yoga in a beautiful calm space that has underfloor heating.
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Debbie will guide you through gentle, relaxing but specific movements that will help with general flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.  In a small group like this she can spend time with each person to make sure they are in the correct position to maximise a pose.  The yoga session will close with a guided meditation where you can let go into your body and breath; leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease.
This will be followed by a healthy vegan buffet made by me.  We’ll spend time relaxing  around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.  All whilst you all enjoy a healthy balanced vegan buffet lunch.  Debbie will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her yoga practice.
Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, herby flatbreads, decadent chocolate pots, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments

This is a great time to get to know your fellow students and to ask us questions about yoga, healthy eating, lifestyle changes etc.

 

 

The whole event will leave you feeling nourished and balanced.

All this for £30
Contact either Susan on 07946 301338 or Debbie on 07941 526136

We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate making workshop

Chocolate making workshop – with a Halloween theme for those that want it!

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

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Previous guests getting stuck in.

And really enjoy making these luxurious chocolatey treats

The event will take place on two dates

Friday 26th October, 12.30 – 1.45pm and

Monday 29th October, 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

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What’s included

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch with minimal equipment and experience
  • All ingredients are included and you’ll receive a recipe card
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolates with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts and flavours, including halloween shaped moulds
  • Take home your chocolates in your own customised packaging

All this and lots of tasting too for £25 per person: maximum 4 people

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Photo courtesy of Wilow and Dove

 

Take a virtual peak around my kitchen where you will be making your own chocolates

My WORKSHOPS ARE FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY AND EGG

 

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If you’d like to come to either workshop please contact me

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338