Conscious Cake Higher Heart Chakra Vanilla & Gold

The Conscious Cake Company Higher Heart Chakra Vanilla & Gold

What do you call a sugar-free, nut-free, wheat-free and gluten free cake? A Conscious Cake!

In addition to being the healthy, these cakes are also a movement for political, social and economic change in the food industry.

These Conscious Cake Company’s artisan cupcakes are not just the healthiest cupcakes money can buy – they are also a movement for political, social and economic change in the food industry and business in the UK and around the world.

Owner Danica Apolline started making healthy cakes for her young son, these cupcakes are organic, vegan, and free from cane sugar, wheat, gluten, nuts and GMOs. Passionate about the science behind blessing food with love, each has a wish for health, happiness and love for everyone who eats one.

The Conscious Cake Company Mini CupcakesYou’ll find flavours such as Root Chakra Chocolate Orange, Higher Heart Chakra Vanilla & Gold and Solar Plexus Chakra Lemon. Mini cupcakes can be purchased in boxes of 12 or 24 or you can opt for a chocolate or chocolate orange cake.

The Conscious Cake Company goes beyond their cakes when looking at how to challenge the status quo – they have also created a business environment free from toxic chemicals used in cleaners and air fresheners, challenged the wage disparity between employees and introduced a Kindness Policy across the business.

If you want to try their cakes for yourself you can order them from Yumbles (free delivery in London).

More info:

www.consciouscakecompany.com

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Turmeric Latte

Turmeric Latte

By BBB

Turmeric Latte

Turmeric lattes (also known as golden mylk, golden milk and turmeric milk) have been a bit of a cult favourite for a little while, but now that the weather is beginning to get cooler, it feels like the right alternative to the mainstream spiced latte.

Often associated with cooking, turmeric is a dried powdered spice whose benefits have been long appreciated in India.  Initially lauded for its anti-inflammatory benefits and impact on cancer risk later studies on the golden spice have indicated its potential for regulating blood sugar balance and improving cognitive and kidney function amongst other things. It’s list of health benefits are lengthy and impressive – it’s a wonder it’s taken the west so long to catch on!

Although traditionally made with cow’s milk, you can make a turmeric latte with your milk of choice. If you aren’t up for making your own at home, here are a few places you can find a turmeric latte in London:

Planet Organic

Various branches

Crussh

Various branches

Tiosk Broadway Market, Hoxton

33 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH

Nama, Notting Hill

110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR

The Mae Deli

21 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5BH

Parcafé

The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

If you know of other places in London that serve turmeric lattes, please let us know so that we can update the list!

 

Dubbed the hidden gem of the Southbank, The Table Cafe serves their brunch with a side of social responsibility.

Brunch at The Table Café can be as sweet or as savoury as you want it to be. You’ll find brunch staples like eggs benedict and eggs Florentine in addition to specials like the Breakfast Bruschetta (below)- sliced tomatoes & avocado on sourdough toast, two poached eggs & streaky bacon or smoked salmon.

Breakfast Bruschetta Brunch at the Table

If you prefer a sweeter brunch there are classic pancakes and waffles to choose from alongside pancakes and waffles with a twist like the Belle Helene waffle (below) topped with saffron poached pear, mascarpone and hot chocolate sauce.

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Vegans can opt for The Vegan Borough – avocado on toast, steamed spinach, grilled tomatoes, homemade veggie baked beans, herby mushrooms & sweet potato wedges and vegetarians can try The Veggie Borough – organic fried eggs, grilled halloumi, buttered spinach, homemade veggie baked beans, grilled tomato, herby mushrooms & sourdough toast.

If you need a gluten free option try the No-gluten pumpkin and pecan pancake made with buckwheat, corn & gluten-free flour. For the meals that come with bread, just ask for the gluten free substitute.

Although the food at The Table Cafe is worth talking about it is the restaurant’s social responsibility that really sets it apart from the rest. In addition to a commitment to ethical sourcing and the use of quality British ingredients, The Table Café works with homeless charity St Mungo’s meaning that the herbs and vegetables yielded from the initiative are supplied to The Table Café, providing revenue for the charity, and fresh, local produce for the restaurant. The Table Café also has a two star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

So if you are ready to try a brunch with a difference, check out the menu at The Table Café. The taste and quality of the food is unforgettable, but the real attraction is knowing that your patronage benefits a wider community.

For more info visit:

http://www.thetablecafe.com/

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Balance is Best

By BBB

Healthy eating

The term healthy eating is subjective. Despite the term popping up on a range of products, we are all different people with different requirements for a healthy lifestyle.

The landscape for the various nutritional requirements is very broad now: there are people who follow a paleo diet, clean eaters, flexitarians, pescatarians, carb cyclers, intermittent fasters, people who follow a ketogenesis  diet and the list goes on.

So we couldn’t help but chuckle when we saw an article the other day reporting findings from an Ohio State study which showed that ‘during times of stress, a healthy meal of steamed chicken prepared with sunflower oil is as bad for your heart as deep-fried wings’. Based on these findings, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s better to relax and enjoy a few more carbs than get yourself into a tizzy by double checking the calorie count of everything you have planned to eat for the day.

If nothing else the post made us feel even more convinced that the truly healthy approach has to be a balanced approach taking not just physical health into account but mental health also. There is also an argument for considering the impact our choices have on the environment.

We will continue to try and cover as many healthy restaurants and products as we can but we know that what is healthy for one is not healthy for another so bear with us. At the moment we are on the look out out for restaurants that either specifically cater to people with certain dietary requirements, and / or restaurants that make a commitment to prepare meals using only the best ingredients. We ultimately want you to have even more choice when it comes to your personal dietary needs.

So this is just a short post to encourage everyone to strive for balance – ‘cause there’s no point eating a healthy meal that has no benefit because you are stressed.

Kebabs Get a Bad Wrap

By BBB

…and understandably so considering what you’re sometimes met with when you walk into a kebab shop.

Kebabs

How ‘healthy’ your kebab is boils down to two things: your choice of meat and your choice of sauce.

The doner kebab – the preferred option for a lot of post ravers – has a shaky nutrition reputation. According to a BBC report in 2009 ‘Trading Standards officers have found doners with up to 22% fat, and up to 12g of salt – that’s two heaped teaspoons, double the recommended daily intake’.

Shish kebabs are definitely the way to go if you like Mediterranean tucker without the extra fat, sodium and general aggro of trying to figure out what is actually in your meal. If you’re keeping an eye on your fat intake, chicken is the leaner option.

Sauces are where people usually stumble. Chilli sauce and garlic sauce are the typical choices for kebabs, but house sauce, ketchup and burger sauce are alternative options.

If you can handle it, chilli sauce is the way to go. Although recipes vary from shop to shop, chilli sauce is basically a combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic, mint sauce, vinegar and chillies. No fat and all the benefits that come with chillies – vitamin C, vitamin A and capsaicin.

Garlic sauce is a bit more of a wild card –  traditional recipes only list yoghurt, minced garlic and lemon as ingredients. Unless your local kebab shop is prepared to let you read the label on their garlic sauce, it may be best to ask for it on the side or pass on it all together.

Burger sauce, house sauce and ketchup are definite wild cards. Burger and house sauce tend to use salad cream as a base while ketchup is generally loaded with sugar.

Regardless of the meat and/or sauce you choose, you can notch up the healthy factor by piling on the veggies: cabbage, onions, tomato, cucumbers and peppers.

The bottom line – a kebab is only as naughty or nice as you make it.

Savage Salads

By BBB

We heard about Savage Salads through the grapevine (by grapevine we mean spotting someone with a Savage Salads box and interrogating them for details) and found them halfway down Strutton Ground near St James’ Park station.

Savage Salads Strutton GroundWhen we visited, the Savage Salad stall was popular  and the branding kinda made you feel like you were doing something a little rebellious – in a good way.

Although the humble salad has generally evolved from its leafy and unsubstantial reputation, the Savage Salads offering is definitely a break from the norm.

The base was a combination of four different types of salads:

  • White & red cabbage, dried apricots, kale, orange, poppy seeds
  • Roasted beetroots, quinoa, pumpkin seeds
  • Grilled aubergine, peppers, chickpeas, rocket, chilli and
  • Panzanella

Savage Salads Halloumi  Savage Salads Chicken

Our salads were dressed with a drizzle of olive oil before being topped with grilled halloumi on one salad and rosemary, thyme & lemon marinated chicken breast on the other. Everything was prepared right in front of us, the flavours had a summery vibe and the salads were delicious.

Savage Salads Freshly Prepared

The only criticism we could find was that the cutlery felt a lslightly insubstantial for such a savage salad – more time was spent trying to recover chickpeas that fell back in the box than actually enjoying the chickpeas.

While there is no nutritional information available, given how good the ingredients are its safe to say that the salads are good for ya. If you are coeliac it’s worth double checking which of the salads may have gluten.

The simple menu made a refreshing change as it’s always great to find a place that sticks to a couple of things and does them well – too much choice can be bewildering for a busy body at lunchtime.

If you want to give try them you can currently find them at:

Berwick Street Market in Soho Monday-Friday

Strutton Ground in Victoria Monday-Wednesday

St Giles in the fields market in Covent Garden every Thursday

For up to date information check out their website and connect with them via social media

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Velo Healthy Vietnamese Restaurant Takeaway Bag

Light, flavoursome, refreshing – those are the words we would use to describe the food at Velo.

Velo is a Vietnamse restaurant located near London Bridge station who pride themselves on making authentic Vietnamese street food that is MSG-free. You’ll find pho, banh mi, spring rolls summer rolls, Vietnamese noodle soup and more on their menu.

They also have menu options that are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those who follow a halal diet. You can also find the nutritional info of their menu on their site in the form of a downloadable pdf.

It’s one of those places that are great for people who want no fuss healthy food. In addition to the healthy food, the touch screen ordering service, Touch Me, is perfect for busy people who know what they want and want to get in and out quickly.

We tried the Chicken Summer Rolls and Velo Small Prawn Vermicelli – both of which were light and simple. The Roast Chicken Summer Rolls (194kcals, 13.5g pro, 28.8g carbs, 3g fat) are steamed and made with rice paper, making them light on the stomach.

Velo Healthy Vietnamese Roast Chicken Summer Rolls

The Velo Prawn Vermicelli (151kcals, 8g pro, 18g carbs, 4.6g fat) is made with thin rice noodles, crispy lettuce, fresh herbs, crushed peanuts, chilli & homemade sauce.

Velo Healthy Vietnamese Tiger Prawn Vermicelli

It’s definitely worth bearing in mind that the food served here is without MSG, so your first few bites may not be what your palette is expecting. However, if you stick with it, you may find that you redefine your expectation of Vietnamese food.

If you’ve seen the ads for Pronto meal delivery on the Underground and wondered what they were all about – we are now in a position to tell you.

Pronto Meal Delivery Advert on London Underground

With the rise of meal delivery service and Uber’s recent announcement that they too will be able to get a decent meal to your doorstep in quick time, it’s fair to say that meal deliveries are so this season.

To be clear, the concept of meal deliveries is not a new one. Pizza, Chinese food and curries have been delivery favourites for years, but normally during the evenings or at weekends. What these new companies are realising is that 1) people still want fast food, but they want healthier choices and 2) people want their food delivered to their desk.

So always up for an opportunity to try something new, we decided to give Pronto a go. Pronto prepare and deliver nutritionally balanced meals made with high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients.

The flashing images on the banner were a little confusing but the prompts were easy enough to follow. Pop your postcode in the box, click ‘Feed Me’ and Pronto will tell you whether or not they deliver to you.

Pronto Meal Delivery Home Page

If you are in their catchment, you’ll be taken to their menu which is simple but has an option for people with different dietary requirements.

Pronto Meal Delivery Menu

We’ve selected the Miso Glazed Cod – a low calorie meal made with freshly caught cod that is glazed in a sticky sweet miso reduction and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. The cod is accompanied with a side of green tea infused soba noodles, steamed tender-stem broccoli, freshly podded edamame beans, peas & crisp beansprouts.

The payment process is straightforward and address and payment details are stored for future purchases.

If you keep your browser open after you’ve placed the order you’ll see a real time status updated regarding your order.

Our meal actually arrived within 20 minutes and the packaging that it arrived in was very slick. We also really like the play on words: Goodbye Hungry, Hello Pronto. Everything we needed to get stuck in was there – the food, cutlery and salt and pepper. All that was missing was a napkin but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

Pronto Meal Delivery Packaging 2

Interestingly, the meal that arrived looked better than the meal that was shown on the site (in our opinion anyway). But how did it taste???

Pronto Meal Delivery Miso Cod

No complaints here. The food was well prepared and filling. Truth be told we want to – and probably will – check out the other menu items as well.

On the surface the £9 price tag feels a smidge steep, but the quality of the ingredients and the free delivery make it justifiable. Furthermore, we used a first time code which brought the cost down to £6 which then made it a bargain. As with anything, you get what you pay for and for the convenience of having a well prepared meal delivered to the desk the cost was fair.

It’s early days yet but so far what Pronto has to offer seems promising.

Find out more: www.pronto.co.uk

 

UberEats LondonNot content with disrupting the UK transport industry, Uber are now making their stamp on the food delivery industry.

The UberEATS app, which launched in London earlier this week, makes getting food as simple as it made getting home after a night out. Available for iOS and Android, the app connects you to dishes from over 150 restaurants in London.

It’s a bit of a win-win for everyone: Restaurants can depend on the Uber delivery network to expand their businesses and reach a new network of potential customers and delivery partners have access to new flexible economic opportunities.

The process is straightforward:

  • Download the app or go to ubereats.com
  • Sign in – you can use your existing Uber account for UberEATS – or create a new one.
  • Enter your delivery address
  • Browse local restaurants
  • Customise your order if needs be
  • Check out with a tap – pay with your card on file
  • Track your order – watch as your order gets picked up and delivered right to your door.
  • Rate each item of food and let others know what you think

The service will initially be available in Central London from 11am to 11pm, seven days a week but the delivery area will hopefully expand in the coming weeks. And there’s no minimum order requirement which is a plus.

For the first month UberEATS is offering free delivery and, if your food isn’t with you within 30 minutes, up to £20 off your next order*

If you are already a convert you can join the conversation and share your UberEATS experience on social media using #UberEATS

*If your order was £20 or less and your courier does not arrive within 30 minutes, you’ll receive up to £20 off your next order. For a limited time only.

Vital Artillery Row online orderingDespite the media stories about growing obesity problems there is another one featuring a health craze. It appears that more and more people want to eat healthily, but seem to have less time available to preparing their own meals. At first glance Vital Ingredient is ‘just another salad bar’, but one of the things that sets them apart is the Vital Ingredient online ordering facility.

If you haven’t heard about Vital Ingredient before, they are definitely one to try. Salad making is a relatively straightforward business, but the folks at Vital Ingredient have really taken the time out to understand what ingredients work best together.

Standard menus include signature salads like our personal favourites – Nachos Grande and Super Cob, but also seasonal winners like Maple n’ Pear and Beef n’ Butternut Squash.

Although there is a menu per se with recommended combinations, you can also choose your own salad base and toppings. There are some pretty cool bases to choose from such as spiralised veg, quinoa and slaw.

The salad chain is so popular that it is not uncommon to see queues snaking out of the door.

This is why we thought we would give the online ordering a go. Although the queue moves quite quickly, nothing beats being able to walk in, grab your order and be back out the door and across the road before the traffic lights have changed.

So one lunchtime on a Friday, we jumped online to order a regular Beef n’ Butternut Squash salad and a pack of Tyrell’s crisps.

Placing the order was very straightforward: Go to the Vital Ingredient online ordering page, create an account (if you don’t have one already), select what you want from the menu, select the time you want to collect your order and pay. You can even customise your salad online the same way you would in-store.

Vital Online Ordering

Our order was placed at around 1245 and when we arrived at the branch at 5 minutes past 3, the salad was prepared and patiently waiting behind the til.

If you are super crunched for time, you can order for delivery if your delivery address is within a few miles of the branch. To use this service, though, your order needs to be over £20 and ordered by 11am for delivery for around 12pm.

The only drawback that we found to the collection service is that is not eligible for the Club Vital loyalty scheme, but if time is money it might be a worthwhile trade off.

How was the salad, you ask?

It was LOVELY! The Beef n’ Butternut Squash salad is made with rare roast beef, roasted butternut squash, broccoli, beetroot,  Emmental cheese and kale pesto dressing. We think it’s great with either the suggested crunchy slaw base or the cos lettuce.

Vital ingredient Beef n Butternut Squash

Vital Ingredient also cater to all of the BBB profiles – their downloadable Allergen information sheet is comprehensive and even covers celery, mustard and sulphites so that customers can be well informed before making an order.

All in all, the Vital Ingredient experience is generally a good one and if you happen to be time poor, you’ll find their online ordering service very useful.