Nosh & Natter

Nosh & Natter is an informal get together at my place in West Bridgford, on Wednesday 17th July from 12.30 – 2pm.

Nosh & Natter

For £12.50 you’ll receive a delicious 2 course vegan lunch and we’ll talk about healthy eating, wellbeing and life in general and I’ll share my cooking and nutrition know how

Please let me know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements

It will be a place for the nutrition or vegan curious, people who’d like to meet like minded people or they just want a tasty meal and company

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Have a wander around my garden

This is the first event and I’m hoping to offer it on a regular basis, although the day and time may change depending on what people would like
Please contact me for further details or to book a place at the table
07946 301338

Pilates and vegan lunch

Pilates and vegan lunch

Welcome to our pilates and vegan lunch workshop.  The event is taking place in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Wednesday 22nd May from 10.30 – 12.45pm.

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Michael will be delivering a Fitness Pilates session incorporating elements of stretching, relaxation and meditation as well as improving flexibility, mobility and core stability. You will need to wear comfy clothing for this and bring a yoga mat if you have one, although we have some spares
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Whilst you are being stretched and flexed I’ll be preparing your 3 course vegan lunch.  After a comfort break we’ll sit around the dining table and enjoy some delicious and nutritious vegan food.  You can ask questions about Michael’s session or ask me about healthy eating.  You will also be able to take home the recipes
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The whole morning is very relaxed and informal, you may see the odd cat weave their way through the pilates session to seek out the underfloor heating!

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This event is perfect for those who are regular pilates attendees or newbies, as Michael is able to offer different levels to challenge you and your balance, flexibility and strength.  The reward for that commitment  is some superb relaxing meditation to get you ready for my nutritious nosh

The cost for all this is £30, made payable by bank transfer, Paypal, cheque or if necessary cash on the day.  We can accommodate a maximum of 8 people, so please contact me to book your place

Susan Hart: 07946 301338 susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Next vegan cooking class – risotto

Next vegan cooking class – 27th February 2019

11 – 12.15pm In West Bridgford making delicious beetroot risotto

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I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Wednesday 27th February at 11am in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious beetroot pearl barley and quinoa risotto.

This short video shows a cooking guest making the risotto

 

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.

The recipe is very versatile, so if you don’t like pearl barley you can revert back to good old risotto rice and you will still make an unbelievably tasty risotto.

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

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If you can’t make this date 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 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, nut roast, 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.

Cheff, Trent Boulevard

 Cheff, Trent Boulevard Lady Bay – the new healthy eating takeaway

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The old Locksmiths shop on Trent Boulevard has recently been transformed in to Cheff, a new takeaway outlet.  But this is a fast food place with a difference it serves healthy ‘clean’ food.  The owner and inspiration behind the venture is Adam Sinnott..  You may think that Adam has a spelling mistake in the name of his business, but you’d be wrong because Cheff stands for Clean, Healthy, Energising, Fresh Food.

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These are bold claims so I went along to buy and try some of his ‘clean’ food.  As its early days Cheff is operating a slightly reduced menu that will expand over the coming weeks and months.

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Adam and the 5 steps

 

There are ‘5 steps’ to obtain your healthy food;

Step 1 (this sounds like a song!) choose your size, I went for the mini box for £5.95.

Step 2 Choose your protein; being vegan I could either have the homemade falafels or tofu.  I plumped for tofu.

Step 3 choose your base (basically your carbs), garlicky new potatoes for me.

Step 4 choose your veg (either hot or cold or both) roasted parsnips with maple syrup, crunchy slaw, roasted veg and spinach were all packed in to the recyclable cardboard mini box.

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My full review can all be seen on the wonderful West Bridgford Wire, where plenty of locals have also shared their comments https://westbridgfordwire.com/susan-hart-review-cheff-clean-food-takeaway-in-west-bridgford/?fbclid=IwAR2mO-Bl34YkrgF7RRJbL3u5A3_EmJ0Wcaah2sC33ogB9aHktesXtXveR7c

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Step 5 Choose your sauce. I’m not a huge bbq fan so I opted for the homemade blueberry sauce.  Secure the lid, take home and scoff!

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Which is exactly what I did.  And goodness me it was tasty.  I loved all the textures and flavours and the ‘mini‘ portion was certainly enough for lunch. If you were eating it in the park or in the car (not ideal but I know many of you do) then you can pick up compostable or recyclable cutlery and napkins.

The fresh colours of all the different veg made me feel very happy and healthy. The lightness and lack of stodge also made me feel energised and the absence of processed ingredients certainly fulfilled the ‘clean’ element. The protein packed tofu had me feeling nice and full

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Another time I’d be happy to pop in for a coffee, not only does Cheff serve coffee from 200 degrees,  a local supplier  but they have a selection of plant based milks to go with them.  If you’d rather have a cold drink, the cabinet is full of healthier energy drinks, vitamin rich fruit drinks and water

As well as local coffee Cheff also sells locally made chocolate from Lovely Fodder , who just happen to be next door

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So if you’re in the area why not give the ‘golden arches’ a miss and pop down Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham for some healthy fresh fast food.  I know I’ll be back

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

They’ve added a vegan breakfast to the menu

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It was 18 months ago that I first went to Copper cafe on Central Avenue in West Bridgford to have breakfast. And I was presented with a less than appetising ensemble for the price of £7. I vowed never to go back.

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vegan breakfast sept 2017

But fast forward 18 months and I thought I’d give them another try,  and there is now a vegan breakfast on the menu and it was very tasty.  It’s basically a vegetarian breakfast but the scrambled egg and halloumi have been substituted for vegan friendly avocado and wilted spinach.  The little falafel balls were so flavoursome and had a lot of different textures, the mushroom was juicy and well cooked and they even had vegan spread for the hot toast. All for a standard price of £7.50

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

The breakfast is the only item on the menu that is specifically labelled as vegan, so I’d advise you to phone ahead to ask about the lunch time menu, cakes, etc. to see what if anything is on offer

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

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We held our first workshop on Monday 21st January, and it was lovely to have such a wonderful group of people enjoying themselves

the feedback was so positive that we have decided to deliver another one, this time in the evening
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Thursday 28th February 2019, 6-8.15pm, West Bridgford, NottinghamPrice : £30

Join Yasmin and Susan for a wonderful workshop of mindfulness followed by a vegan dinner prepared by Susan.

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In the first hour or so Yasmin will guide you through mindfulness practices that help cultivate an increase in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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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.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

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.

Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

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.
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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 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, just let me know in advance
This is a small workshop for a maximum of 8 -10 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.
Detail about this event can also be found on Yasmin’s website http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/mindfulness-with-healthy-eating.html

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

Veg out – Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

Restaurant review

There is one large retail space on Central Avenue in West Bridgford that, over the last few years has had more reinventions than Madonna.  It reopened just before Christmas as ‘Portello Lounge’, part of a chain of restaurants across the country, with one of its sister restaurants, Bendigo Lounge doing very nicely in Beeston

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

It use to be Mudcrab; a large unit over two floors that I always found was half empty. What drew me in on this particular Sunday was their promotion on Facebook of a separate vegan and gluten free menu.

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

 

The doors open at 9am for weekend breakfast so we got there at 9.30 and it was relatively quite; a few couples were there with their dogs enjoying the papers and a coffee whilst relaxing on the sofas.  A young family arrived and there was plenty of room for the buggy and the energetic children.  The restaurant has a reasonable supply of board games, crayons and paper to keep the young diners amused and relatively quiet

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

We sat at a table at the back and asked for the vegan menu.  I’d already glanced at it on line but I wanted to see what else they did.  The vegan breakfast sprang out, but I was also tempted to try the ‘bacon’ roll or the avocado on ciabatta.  But no I’ll stick with my first choice along with an oaty cappuccino.  My other half wanted to try the halloumi and sweetcorn fritters so he ordered the veggie breakfast.  You have to order at the bar and remember your table number.  On the way back it’s a chance to pour yourself some iced water from the large Kilner jars

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

The coffees arrived first and were nice and hot and strong; good start.

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About 10 minutes later the hot breakfasts were delivered and the server asked if we needed any sauces etc.

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My breakfast looked like a very satisfying plateful.  The beans are served in a separate enamel cup and my toast had some vegan spread on it (or at least I hope it was).  The lonely falafel was small but lovely and crunchy I could have eaten a few more of those. I’m not a big fan of vegan bacon as it tastes too salty but it provided a chewy texture.  The mushrooms looked and tasted like they came out of a tin and had been boiled, not a pleasant eating experience and quite a disappointment. The peppers on the other hand were delicious and sweet and again I could have eaten a heap of those. On the whole the £7.50, the same for the veggie breakfast, seemed a reasonable price.

My review is also online with Nottingham Live https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/its-very-difficult-spot-who-2444567

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The vegetarian breakfast also went down well.  The much anticipated halloumi and sweetcorn fritters were a bit of a disappointment, apparently the sweetcorn was the overriding flavoured, although he liked the crunchy texture.

 

We never felt rushed or crowded and the server was very diligent and asked how the food was and if we wanted anything else.  On the subject of the staff, without a badge, uniform or apron it is very difficult to spot who are workers and customers.  At busy times I can image this could be a frustration if you want to get someone’s attention.

 

We were very pleased with our food, drinks and service, but I also visited the Lounge the week in between Christmas and New Year and it was bedlam. Packed, noisy, uncleared tables, unavailable food items, over an hours wait for food, partially delivered orders etc. So my advice is choose your timings carefully

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

 

Yin yoga and chocolate

Yin yoga and chocolate

Tuesday 2nd October , 6pm – 8.15pm

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We will kick start this gentle yin yoga and chocolate making workshop with some mood enhancing chocolate making.  Using three simple ingredients (Raw cacao, cacao butter and agave) you will help create some deliciously flavoured handmade chocolates using a choice of dried raspberries, nuts or essential oils like lavender, peppermint and geranium.
Your chocolates, like you will be unique especially when you gift wrap and finish them with ribbons etc
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Here are some previous guests enjoying their chocolate making experience
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After you’ve made and tasted your chocolaty delights and have a surge of healthy feel good hormones, join Karen in a gentle yin yoga practise concentrating on the heart energy and meridians. When the heart energy is balanced we feel balanced, alive, vital, warm, nourished, inner peace and harmonious.

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A good self care regime ensures that we have enough energy to give out to others, if we always give out and never receive we become out of balance. Come and practice with her to top up your cup.

Be nourished, joyful, have fun, make and eat chocolate, laugh and indulge in you.

All this for only £30

We can accommodate up to 8 people, so If you’d like to join us on Tuesday 2nd October please contact either Susan Hart on 07946 301338 or Karen Jackson on 07412 503599 or book via Karens website at   Bamboo Yoga Online
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Taste of Rushcliffe – food festival

Taste of Rushcliffe – Bridgford Park

This Saturday sees the return of the annual Taste of Rushcliffe food festival, where local suppliers and stall holders show off their produce.  There will also be cooking demonstration, children’s activities and of course I will be giving away healthy vegan food and taking part in a couple of vegan food demos

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Have a look at the ‘Taste of Rushcliffe’ Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/events/892342834267315/

 

This time I will be giving away an oaty fruit dessert called overnight oats.  And the children can pimp it up with pumpkin seeds, blueberries and spiralised apple string.

Here’s just some of the ingredients

 

Then its on to grating en masse!

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And mixing the overnight oats so they can absorb all those lovely flavours

Taste of Rushcliffe

I am trying to be more eco friendly this year,  so all our cups are disposable and recyclable (please make sure you throw away your empties in the right bin bag).  The cutlery will also be recyclable.  A few portions of the dessert will be served in these cute jam jars, that need to be brought back when empty so they can be thoroughly cleaned and reused.  I’m happy to serve you a portion in your own jam jar

Here’s one I made earlier

IMG_7936The two food demos will take place around midday and 3pm and I’ll be showing you how to make a really quick rice salad using everyday ingredients from your fridge and cupboards

The raw ingredients

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The finished dish

rice saladNot only will I make it for you but you can have some samples to taste.  The recipe will also be available for you take home and have a go yourself to see how quick and easy it is

So if you want a break from the football come down to Bridgford Park this Saturday and say hello

This was last years event and the children loved it

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