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Vegan Friendly Find – Skittles are back!

YYYYYYYAAAAAYYYYYYY! Now we can taste the rainbow.

Right! Skittles were always vegan in America, but not the UK because they contained – E120 cochineal.

But now it’s been removed from UK packs! 🙂

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Note: The Wrigley’s Website still lists E120 as an ingredient but it is no longer listed on a back of the packet and it says “Suitable for Vegetarians” :

So – just check your pack for E120 and if it doesn’t have it you should be good to go.

Also – for those like me who don’t like to eat non sustainable Palm Oil.

  • What is Wrigley’s policy on sourcing palm oil?

    Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, deals only with those suppliers who have respect for the environment. Wrigley is committed to working with all stakeholders to make progress towards more sustainable production. We support the environment and the sustainable production of palm oil.

    Currently, we only use palm oil suppliers that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and our aim is to move to 100% RSPO certified palm oil, originating from sustainable sources by 2015.

    The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-profit association, works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders. More information on the RSPO can be found at www.rspo.org.

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Vegan Friendly Find – Jus Roll Pastry

I’m a lazy cook. I’m not making pastry… and now you don’t have to either!

Jus-roll pastry is Vegan!

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Here’s what it says on their website: http://www.jusrol.co.uk/askjanet.aspx

Which products are suitable for Vegans?
All Jus-Rol Ingredient Pastry is suitable for vegans except our All Butter and Sweet Shortcrust products which contain butter.

That means a whole world of tarts, puffs, pies and party treats have just become a whole lot easier!

The only issue I can find is one that Jus Roll contains Palm Oil – HOWEVER they claim to use sustainable Palm Oil in cooperation with the RSPO (http://www.rspo.org/) this seems like a go to me – but I couldn’t help notice a tweet that made me think the RSPO might just be a marketing front:

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(https://twitter.com/maryrayner/status/315492905823379456)

Either way it’s up to you guys – the product is vegan 100% – it’s just the ethics behind it might not be so ethical.

Let me know if you know whether the RSPO is doing good work or not – then I can get baking too!

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Vegan Friendly Find – Nakd Bars

Cereal bars just got yummy for vegans!

No more searching for hidden honey (I’m looking at you Nature bars! – fool me once!)

Nakd bars are nutritious, and made from all natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are ‘smooshed’ together into a handy bar.

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They are wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras.

Nakd bars come in flavours of Rhubarb & Custard Bakewell Tart, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Orange, Ginger Bread, Pecan Pie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. (My favourite is Pecan Pie <3)

You can pick them up from any UK supermarket – or online here:

http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/mixed-boxes/nakd-mixed-case/

The Nakd website also has a page dedicated to going vegan – big love! (http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/dietary-needs/thinking-of-going-vegan-top-tips-for-starting-out/)

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Vegan Friendly Find – Choices Caramel Chocolates

OMG – best vegan chocolate I have found yet.

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Choices Caramel Chocolates come in 125g packs – 12 pieces, (which isn’t enough for sweet tooth like me).

These luxurious caramel chocolates, come as individual vegan caramel chocolates, with 30% cocoa content and made in Ireland. These are Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free and PKU Friendly – so all round awesome.

For me, dairy free confectionary has never tasted so good and if you fancy giving them a try, you can get them online or in Holland and Barrets (UK)
Ingredients: sugar, fondant (sugar, glucose syrup, water), cocoa butter, invert syrup, cocoa mass, rice syrup, inulin, water, coconut oil, rice flour, flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).

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Vegan Friendly Find – Jelly Tots

You’re in the cinema, friends grabbing sweets left, right and center, and you’re stuck looking at the ingredients of every sweet pack you can find (don’t get me started on pick’n’mix!)

Well now you can rest easy – as Jelly Tots are vegan!

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I know Nestle are evil beyond belief for their baby formula scandal – but for those of you who want to enjoy sweet treats (including Shreddies) here’s a list of UK Vegan Nestle products –

http://www.nestle.co.uk/asset-library/documents/nutritionhealthwellness/vegan%20list.pdf

Just make sure they are made in the UK and you’re safe.

Enjoy!!

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Today’s Vegan Friendly Find – Nature Valley Bars!

Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom. Is all I can say! So many flavours!

Today’s Vegan Friendly Find is the yummy, scrummy – Nature Valley bars – which you’ll be pleased to know are available all over the world!

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Why they’re good? – Don’t have time for breakfast? Need a pick me up around eleven? Fancy a sweet treat after dinner? Or just craving something rammed with sugar?

Nature Valley bars all the way my animal loving friends!

These are possibly my favourite readily available cereal bar, as they are super tasty and always help keep the hunger away.

Whats bad about them – I know they don’t hold the nutritional value of lots of snack bars out there, which when you could easily buy something that gives you that extra boost just next door to these on an aisle, they might be looked over. However they do have a Protein Granola range that adds as an extra boost to my daily intake, with an advertised 10g of protein per bowl.

I think that you just have to think of Nature Valley as a a) non vegan company, who’s products just so happen to be vegan, and b) the price difference between a multipack of these and other products on the market is amazing! They are at least 25% cheaper! which doesn’t sound like a lot, but considering this is a luxury item on top of your weekly shop – every little helps.

BEST OF ALL – unlike other products designed ‘for’ vegans where you tend to get only a few flavours. Nature Valley have a whole host of yummy options depending on what you fancy.

These are the list of products that Nature Valley currently have available on the market and are vegan:

CRUNCH range-
Pecan crunch,
Maple Brown Sugar,
Cinnamon,
Apple Crisp,
Roasted Almonds,
Crunchy Peanut Butter.

ROASTED NUT CRUNCH range-
Almond crunch
Peanut crunch.

TRAIL MIX range-
Fruit & Nut

PROTEIN GRANOLA range-
Crunchy Almond

Be careful when ordering online though as I’ve checked the ingredients for the above list off of the official.com nature valley website (click the links to go through to the listed products page) however in other countries ingredients may change due to different manufacturing process.

I’m saying this so you all check the backs! As companies are sneaky! Last thing I want is for you to eat anything you don’t want.

Enjoy! X

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My Top 10 Vegan Foods!

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As my first official vegan product related blog I thought it only fair to tell you my top 10 all time favourite vegan food products.

This is a bit like those blogs when you see when girls show you the contents of their handbag, except this is the content of my stomach, and a bit of my soul too!

These products aren’t all specifically made vegan, some just happen to be – and I think thats a more realistic approach than naming my top 5 health-shop products half of you will never get your hands on, so here it goes….

P.s Click on the titles to go through to the official website or page I’m talking about.

1. Hummus –

This delicious Middle Eastern dip can be substituted for butter, salad dressing, sandwich filler and is perfect staple to keep in your fridge.

Best of all its cheap and healthily, as its made of only chick peas, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini sauce and sometimes paprika.

You can get it in a vast variety of flavours (My favourite is Roasted Red Pepper from Tesco UK) and as its becoming a staple for posh sandwich chains – Starbucks, Costa, Pret a Manger etc – so you tend to find a lot more accidentally vegan friendly sandwiches are available thanks to its popularity.

Plus its freaking delicious.

My top tip for telling when its gone off (as trust me, you don’t want to eat it when its on the turn!) is to keep an eye on the bubbles in the hummus pot. If the hummus has more than half the pot with air pockets in it – its time to chuck that bad boy away! Most hummus pots will keep for around 4 days, but fresh or deli hummus only keeps for 2 days max.

2. Linda McCartney Sausages –

Linda McCartney Sausages taste like luxury. Thats the only way I can describe them to you.

They’re a little more pricey than some vegan sausages on the market, but when you shallow fry them and add a big dollop of ketchup – I swear, its the closest thing I’ve come to a sausage sandwich in 14 years.

The trick is to add an extra bit of fat when cooking them, which sounds disgusting, but its not. So many vegan meat substitutes are dry and tasteless, these are moist and flavourful, and as long as you don’t cremate them in the oven, 99.9% of the time they turn out perfectly.

I’ve even microwaved them from frozen once, obviously the pack said not to do that! But I figured theres nothing in it that can harm me and after a 5 minute blast they were ready to go!

Linda McCartney also make a range of yummy vegan pies – Mushroom & Ale and Country Pies which are worth a try.

Unfortunately not all Linda McCartney goods are vegan, so make sure you check the back of the pack when shopping.

3. Corona –

I have a particular love for chilli and Mexican food (see #4!) and so Corona Extra beers are a perfect match.

Not many beers or wines are Vegan friendly due to products like gelatine and fish guts used in the production methods.

My advice is to check if your favourite beverage is vegan HERE, or stick to Corona or Dutch/ German beers as they tend to use more traditional brewing methods which exclude the use of animal products.

4. Refried Beans

Refried Beans are a hungry a vegans best friend.

They bulk, texture and flavour every meal, and can make a big difference between turning a bland dish into a warm, tasty, belly filling treat.

Refried Beans go great in Enchiladas, Tortila’s, Nacho’s, with Crisps as a dip, in Chilli, as burger topping, on toast, and when I was at Uni – in pasta. (Please note, I’ve recently retested this recipe and I think it was all the Corona that made me think this tasted ok!)

You can get normal, mild and spicy beans – I personally like the brand Old El Paso, but you can get plenty of shops own brands if you’re on a budget.

Make sure you check the label though, as some brands use lard – or pigs fat – in the recipe. In the UK Old El Paso ingredients are: Cooked Pinto Beans (60%),Water ,Salt ,Sunflower Oil ,Onion Powder.

But it might change country to country.

5. Coke

I know its not the most healthy thing to like in the world (in fact this top 10 list is painting a very unhealthy picture of me!) but as we all know vegans can lack in the sweet treat department.

Yes I know you can buy fruit. Yes I know you can make vegan cookies/brownies/snapple bars or whatever, but realistically, when you’ve had no time to make this and you’re at work (please note I don’t drink tea or coffee) and you need a pick me up…. I reach for the Coke. I’m sorry but I do.

Once again Coke is a product that is vegan in the UK – click on the Coke title to go to the official page – but it might change per country.

6. Oreo’s –

Oreo’s are delicious biscuits that…. Why am I even beginning to telling you about Oreos? You know what Oreos are!

I would like to point out though, that even though these are on my list – and I have been enjoying this tasty treat for around a year, I am currently unsure of their vegan credentials and have stopped buying them.

In the UK the ingredients state they use ‘vegetable oils’ yet in other countries (I currently live in the Middle East) the ingredients show ‘Palm Oil’

Although Palm Oil is a vegan product, lots of vegans (myself included) do not eat products with Palm Oil in unless it has been reliably sourced due to deforestation and animal extinction issues. (link for info HERE)

This issue will be discussed on another blog, but I have emailed Oreo to confirm wether it is Vegetable or Palm oil used, and will update you in due course.

I really hope it is Vegetable oil in western countries!

7. Alpro Soya Milk Original

Its milk. Without the bit with the pain, and the suffering, and the teets.

Say ‘why hello there!’ to porridge, welcome back cereal and bake delicious cakes for everyone you know with Alpro Soya.

I even make a vegan roux sauce that can be passed off as a cheese spread – or brilliant lasagne sauce with it! (*Disclaimer by me, I mean my husband*)

Recipes using the product will be up and online here soon, but all soy milk works for me, apart from V-Soy Multi grain, that sh*t is NASTY.

Its just down to personal opinion. You may prefer Rice Milk (though I don’t know why or how!)

8. Vitalite Dairy Free Spread

Its butter, or margarine. You bake with it, put it on toast, fry mushrooms in it, add it to pasta sauce to make it creamy.

Its just another basic to put in your fridge and take for granted. The fact a product like this exists and is readily available all over the world, blows my mind.

It lasts for ages, can be left outside the fridge if you prefer your butter soft (not in too hot conditions though or it melts) and if you add crushed garlic to it, it makes the BEST garlic bread.

Plus I think it doesn’t have the sticky and coated texture that Pure does. It taste less manufactured, which is funny considering the competitor is called pure!

9. Moo Free Chocolates

Ok this chocolate actually taste like chocolate. Even my husband (who has the biggest sweet tooth in the world!) says that it tastes like advent calendar chocolate.

And! It comes in a nice big bar, with lots of different flavours to choose from (my favourite is the caramelised hazelnut chocolate bar… *Drools*) and it doesn’t cost a bloody fortune!

The link is in the title so go have a look. I recommend them, especially as they make vegan Easter eggs and christmas calendars – perfect if you have a child who’s lactose intolerant or if you’re just a big child!

10. Swedish Glacé Vegan Ice cream

Number 10 was hard, as it came down to this or Alpro Vegan Custard (But I decided we could make that with the Soy milk so this won!)

Swedish Glacé vanilla Ice Cream is the creamiest, softest thing I have ever put in my mouth.

It will make your rubbish home made apple pie taste like Gordon Ramsey just hand made it for you….by candle light.

Enough said.

So! Maybe not the healthiest, but the most honest top 10 I can think of.

Let me know you’re top 10 in the comments! X