Accidentally vegan!

Accidentally vegan!

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

As the number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle increases so does the number of products, food items and drinks that specifically cater for their needs.  As well as vegan specific foods like cheeses, yoghurts, sausages, cakes, pastries etc there is also a growing number of accidentally vegan products out there………

You may be surprised just how many vegan items you are consuming!

But first of all a big caveat; the items below are what I would call snacks, treats and convenience foods i.e. to be consumed occasionally.  The majority of a healthy balanced diet should be in the form of freshly prepared foods like vegetables, fruit, wholegrain carbs, water, fats from olives, avocado and nuts and protein from nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, non- dairy, soya etc.

Accidentally vegan!

lets start with biscuits; these are from Aldi, Tesco, Wilko, B&M, Poundland, Asda etc

I have it on good authority that the Crocus cafe ( https://www.crocuscafe.com) in Lenton, Nottingham make an amazing oreo cookie cake, just what you need for a special treat

ore cake

 

And lets not forget one of our childhood favourites Fox’s party rings!

vegan party rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to know what food in most UK supermarket is vegan friendly then I suggest you visit https://myvegansupermarket.co.uk

Christmas treats

There are now more than ever, some delicious vegan Christmas treats that should make the whole family happy

Snacks 

vegan onion rings

 

Sainsburys onion ring crisps

 

 

vegan christmas

Coop’s Christmas dinner crisps

 

Coop’s Christmas dinner crisps

 

vegan snacks

 

 

Tesco churros

 

 

 

vegan malt loaf

Aldi ‘Malt’ loaf

vegan savoury biscuits

M&S crackers

vegan nut bars

Aldi quinoa protein bars

vegan millionaire shortbread

Millionaire shortbread from Sainsbury photo by veganoo

vegan savoury biscuit

Aldi crackers

vegan Prawn cocktail crisps

Many crisp varieties including Walkers Prawn cocktail, and Worcester sauce flavours, McCoys BQ chicken, Skips, Pringles Smokey bacon. All available at most supermarkets

 

 

 

 

Cooking ingredients

vegan sauce

Sriracha mayo

vegan sauce

Asian spicy pastes and sauces

 

vegan choc drink

Liquid chocolate from Aldi and other supermarkets

At the very least this blog should give you some stocking filler ideas for the vegans in your life

vegan caramel spread biscoff

Lotus biscoff spread

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Black Friday offer

Black Friday offer

Come to my vegan cookery school in West Bridgford and if you book 5 classes you will get a 6th one FREE

You can also pay for classes on an individual basis and they are £25 each.

cookery class offer

I will introduce you to the wonders of tofu, the delights of vegan sushi and the occasional but oh so tasty dessert.  The classes take place every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm – although the times could be flexible.

vegan classes

So what’s in it for you if you sign up?

I will provide all the ingredients, equipment and recipes; you will prepare and cook your very own vegan meal, which you can take home for the family to eat and enjoy.  You will also receive nutritional advice and tips to help keep you fit and healthy.

This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start.  It’s also great for would be students who are about to embark on independent living; after all we all know how cheap seasonal veg can be.

Maybe you have a vegan or vegetarian member of the family and you’re struggling to know what healthy and nutritious meals to cook them

Or you want to lose some weight, change your diet, feel fitter, then coming to my ‘simply veg’ class could be just what you’re looking for

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My gift certificates would be an ideal way for you to give some cookery lessons to family, friends and loved ones.  Or maybe as corporate gifts.

vegan cookery testimonial J Pemberton 2

You may also be interested in my

Vegan Merry Christmas

vegan merry xmas

Mindful yoga and healthy eating

MINDFUL YOGA AND HEALTHY EATING
MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

yoga set up

This is our second Mindful yoga and healthy eating event, the first one booked up before I could even create an event page!
So why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students, followed by some time in the kitchen learning about healthy eating and then enjoy a light 2 course vegan lunch. All for £30
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We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

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 that can maximise the pose.

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Spend a relaxing hour or so practising yoga in a relaxed space that has under floor heating, followed by nutrition advice and tips whilst enjoying a light 2 course vegan lunch

As a trained nutrition coach and chef I will talk you through the general principles of healthy eating, how to stay well during the testing winter period, and ask you to help me in the kitchen with some last minute prep.  We will then all sit down to a healthy vegan meal that I have prepared for you

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

Contact Susan Hart (07946 301338) or Debbie Spencer (07941 526136) for more details

yoga relax

If we get booked up don’t worry we have more in the pipeline for 2018

#MeatFreeMonday

#MeatFreeMonday

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources, consider animal welfare and improve their own health by having at least one meat free day each week.

imagesI regularly share meat free Monday recipes, in fact if you look to the right you will see a meat free Monday category

But being vegan, every day is meat free for me.

Here are just a few of my recent meals to show you how varied, colourful and easy it is to go meat free

Meat Free Monday

 

Many more restaurants and cafes now have meat free options.  I visited one a few days ago called Chocks Away, at Nottingham City airport in Tollerton.  The owner and chef Alison just happens to be vegan so the meat free options are expanding.

With a bit of imagination and some store cupboard staples it’s relatively easy to rustle up some delicious and quick meals

Quick recipe 

vegan rice salad

This was a very quick veggie rice salad, using a packet of microwaveable rice.  Just open the packet (no need to heat up)  tip into a large bowl, add a tin of drained mixed beans for protein (any tinned beans will do; chickpeas, cannellini, butter beans etc), bulk out with your favourite salad veg, I used cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives and celery. But you could add beetroot, avocado, peas and sweetcorn, radishes etc.  I finished with a simple dressing of 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or apple cider/balsamic vinegar) and a good handful of fresh chopped herbs like mint, parsley or coriander. It will make enough for 4 very hungry people, or 6 as side dish

Some of last weeks meals included

 

 

I hope some of my ideas have inspired you to try being meat free for one day at least

vegan classes septIf you need more convincing then why not come to my vegan cookery classes in West Bridgford

Local vegan producers

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

Local vegan producers

Last week I talked about being vegan and some of the things to look out for like B12, iron etc. I was also asked about veganism by Notts TV interviewer Kate Chaplin

 

 

This week I thought I’d showcase a few local Nottingham vegan producers who are making great vegan food not far from you! I have met them all personally and have eaten their produce on a number of occasions.  Maybe you can add to the list and we can let everyone know what’s out there for existing vegans and perhaps others who want to give it a go

Sweet Vibes Baker: Chamiah Goulbourne

This is her story…….

My journey to veganism began while working and living in Austria. I was working as an English teacher although it was unpaid in return for my teaching qualification. So no income and high living expenses. It made sense economically to cut food costs by cutting down on meat which I didn’t miss at all. Vegans in the family educated me around ethical and health implications of eating animal products.

the baker

On return from Austria I felt I couldn’t settle into the life I’d had before. I knew I wanted to do something more creative and centred around food but couldn’t quite figure out what. It was also around this time I developed severe allergies, face swelling, eczema. Inclined to look for a natural remedy I cut dairy and sugar from my diet, which eventually worked.

I started baking again, which had been a passion since my mid teens and since I could no longer eat commercially available sweet things I began adapting and developing recipes to contain no refined sugars and use foods which had naturally occurring sugars instead. I was amazed and excited with the ways in which I could use these new ingredients. And so Sweet Vibes Baker was born. I got the recipes taste tested by 50+ people at a time; tweaking and adapting from the feedback I received.

Cakes

I created an instagram page and facebook..although I had never used social media before. Designed my own logo and things went from there. I started getting custom orders and was contacted by a local vegetarian cafe, Folks and Fable in Bingham

Many of the products incorporate fruit and veg which I get from local stores, markets, allotments of friends, family and neighbours gardens. Cakes are sweetened further with syrups such as maple and agave.

sweet vibescakes

The idea behind the brand is a stripping and reverting back. Reverting back to nature, to locally home grown produce, to natural ingredients. I didn’t want to go down the cutesy cupcake route which is what I think people generally assume when you tell them you’re a baker. I wanted to stay away from that as I think it can sometimes be a little style over substance which would undermine the whole brand. It was also important the products tasted good, not good considering they were vegan or considering they were sugar free.

You can find me at markets and fairs around Nottingham and the East Midlands. Sneinton Vegan Market, Leicester Market, Sherwood Market, Notts Green Fest.

I also supply Folks and Fables with donuts and the newest vegan/vegetarian cafe in Nottingham: N0.12 Hounds gate. I want to expand so I’m currently in talks with other shops and cafes around Nottingham. As well as supplying cafe’s I take custom orders, birthday cakes and events.

In the future I would like to combine the conscious eating element of the business with conscious living through events, pop ups, workshops, classes, books. Eventually I will have my own space where people can eat, take part in yoga and meditation workshops and receive alternative therapies. So it would be great to work with people who have the same goals or experience in these areas. I’m very interested in working with children, through work I’ve had experience with almost every age range but think to make a real lasting change the key is to get in as early as possible. Plus younger groups are so rewarding to work with, seeing effects and change can be instant.

Overall I’m very excited with the opportunities coming my way and the directions in which the business can expand. Immensely proud of the progress this little business has made in just 13wks from start up and can’t wait to see what will happen next.

Luisa’s guilt free chocolates

This poster tells Luisa’s story

luisa final story

As you know I deliver healthy vegan cookery classes in my West Bridgford cookery school.  It is hoped that both Chamiah and Luisa will appear as guests chefs.  If you’d like to attend please contact me 07946 301338 or email susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

For balance I’d like to showcase a savoury vegan producer

Vork Pie made by Sophie Neill

Sophie produces handmade vegan pies and snacks, and can be found at vegan fairs and local farmers markets. They regularly attend West Bridgford and Beeston Farmers Markets and the Vegan market in Sneinton. And their gorgeous pies and ‘scotch eggs’ are also sold at a number of local eateries including the Peacock and Johnson Arms Pubs and Debbie Bryan cafe

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But If you want one or several Vork Pies (they freeze very well) get to the venues early as they sell out very quickly!

I absolutely love Sarah’s pies, they make a very quick and tasty meal and have been a part of my diet for the last few years.  It was only a month ago that I tried the smoked hummus and beetroot ‘scotch egg’ It was so full if flavour.

Let’s keep supporting local producers

Burns’ night

Burns’ night at the Embankment

Let me get it out there straight away, I’m not Scottish but I was drawn by the idea of veggie haggis and whisky – well who wouldn’t be!

So a quick walk over Trent Bridge and saw the welcoming lights of the Embankment Pub

IMG_9581It was going to be a busy night as ‘reserved’ boards were on most of the tables. Happily for us we were one of them; a little table by the window including details of the whiskies on offer. Good start. James the manager came over and explained how the night would pan out. So on to the first of our four specially chosen whiskies (Courtesy of the guys from Gauntleys); a very light, mellow and totally tasty Campbeltown Loch, the only blended whisky. When we returned to our table a veggie cheese board was ready and waiting. Who knew whisky and smoked cheese would work so well. Tipple two was Glendronach the ‘Heilen’, a step up in terms of ABV but lovely none the less. And it arrived just in time to accompany a very generous portion of veggie haggis, tatties and neeps. The haggis was really tasty and was bursting with fresh veggies and nutty barley. The texture was perfect and worked really well with the soft mash and neeps.

 

veggie haggis

veggie haggis

fantastic piping

fantastic piping

 

 

Whisky #three was a 10 year old Glen Moray, and had the more familiar caramel colour and peaty taste. But the star of the show was the piper who took centre stage at the ‘Address to the haggis’ (sadly not a veggie haggis!).

 

 

 

 

Oh dear!

Oh dear!

I left whisky #four to my companion (I know I’m a light weight). It was a 10 year old Benraich Curiositas and I’m assured it was delicious and peaty.

My favourite by far was the first one; Campbeltown Loch.

The whole night was a huge success, from the whiskies, the Piper, the poem, the atmosphere, the food and the live music. It was a wonderful celebratory night, if slightly boozy for a ‘school night’!