Anyone heard of Schuldt & Weber – raw energy food?

Anyone heard of Schuldt & Weber?

Their vegan/vegetarian energy snacks are really hard to find online, but you can buy this health conscious confectionery from GoodnessDirect.

But why should you?
This is a high quality organic raw food that’s nutritious, nutty and fruity.

The fruit bars and nut balls use super-charged ingredients like wheatgrass, spirulina or guarana. Mixed with dried apricots, figs and plums, they provide you with the balanced energy you need until your next meal.

A lot of care goes into every pack, ensuring that valuable nutrients such as  vitamins, fibre, carbohydrates and minerals are retained in concentrated form.

So the only thing you have to do is unwrap and eat.

A handy guide to Plamil’s vegan chocolate

All Plamil chocolate is dairy-free and egg-free. That’s how you can be certain it’s vegan. However you can still buy Plamil’s milk chocolate alternative.

Also there’s no gluten, yeast, or nuts, adding to the confidence you can have when buying Plamil.

The only healthy choice you really have to make is whether you want a No Added Sugar version or carob instead of chocolate.

And then decide your flavour: Hemp, Dark, Orange, Mint, Chilli, Cranberry, Ginger or Rum & Raisin.

While you can opt for Plamil’s Fairtrade or Organic chocolate, they do work hard to make sure all their ingredients are ethically produced.

Chocolate you can enjoy
Chocolate you can enjoy

Chocolate spread and chocolate drops
If you haven’t checked out Plamil’s dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate spreads or chocolate drops it’s really worth giving them a go.

And that’s it really – Plamil do a lot of chocolate, but it’s all about making something that you can really enjoy.

Ease pain with natural herbal formula, for sports injury or aching joints

Everyone has been impressed.

I’ve been cycling two hours to work lately. But I had to do something after spraining my ankles. I couldn’t go running any more and I needed to exercise somehow, so I turned to cycling.

But in spraining my ankles I’ve learnt a lot of lessons the hard way.

The most important one is, if you’re in pain DON’T push it!

I’d read about RICE before (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) – it’s what you’re supposed to do to an injury to minimise long term damage. (Recently, a St John’s Ambulance trainer told me that the compress bit has changed to “make comfortable” – I’m not sure why – maybe because you have to be careful not to damage the wound when you compress it?)

But as much as I knew about RICE I didn’t really follow it and, through overdoing it, my ankle swelled up nicely.

So, you’ll forgive me for being extra interested in Biofreeze – a pain relieving spray, roll on or gel.

Biofreeze helps you get back on your feet
Biofreeze helps you get back on your feet

The purpose of the ice treatment is to stop inflamation. Recommendations for this vary but the common advice is to apply an ice pack for 20 minutes every couple of hours for 1-2 days. Immediately you’ll realise why Biofreeze is so useful: as a handy application it does the same job as ice but provides you with much more convenience.

You will however still need to rest until you can use the wounded part of your body without too much pain. I hope to keep some of this stuff in my desk at work so that I can continue to use it for sports injuries when I need to. I’d also like to tell my boss that it’s necessary for me to put my feet up at work too (elevation), but she’d probably say to me to ‘get on yer bike’.

In addition to the active cooling ingredient in Biofreeze, Isopropyl Alcohol, Biofreeze also uses herbal extracts to promote fast, deep and lasting pain relief. It promises not to burn you like other ice treatments and it won’t stain your clothing.

Of course, relief from pain is needed in lots of other situations:

If I follow the advice I should stay healthy for some time and eventually I’d like to get back to the running. But I’m a bit more cautious now.

Which to use – safflower oil or peanut oil? A quick guide to cooking oils

I wonder if you’re like me?

You reach that point in the supermarket where you look at shelves stacked with different oils. You dream of being able to create exotic meals using only the perfect ingredients. And then you confess complete ignorance and drop the usual bottle of non-descript vegetable oil into your trolley?

Well, here’s a little something to help you along the road to sophistication…

I’m not going to give you all the details here but I can tell you of a useful place to find them.

Enter a world of sophistication
Enter a world of sophistication

Good oils are difficult to get right: the full flavour, with its quota of vitamins and essential fatty acids can only be achieved by gentle quality production. You’ll want to buy the right type. And then you’ll want to know how to use it: what type of cooking does the oil match? Which foods does it most compliment? How do they keep you healthy?

Bio Planète understand oils because they are an old organic firm from the French Pyrënées. They only produce quality oil and their website is full of information.

Go to their website ( and click on ‘Our Oils‘ to learn just enough of which oil you should choose next to extend your cullinary skills. There are recipes, hints and tips there, as well as vital nutritional information and a description of the quality of each oil.

To help you begin GoodnessDirect stock the following in Bio Planète’s range:

the versatile Sunflower Oil,
the sensitive Sesame Oil,
its flavoursome Peanut Oil,
a beneficial Rapeseed Oil,
one delicate Safflower Oil,
and the dreamy, classical Extra Virgin Olive Oil

All cold pressed (high quality) and organic (pure). Enjoy your cooking!

Look out for the new ad – on TV from Monday 25th November

There’s a new advert on TV.

It’s from Clipper teas.

The focus is on Clipper’s Organic and Fairtrade Black Teas, but tea-merchants are well known for providing coffees, herbal teas, cocoa and speciality teas as well.

Clipper - purveyor of numerous blends of tea
Clipper - purveyor of numerous blends of tea

I get to sample so many! On my desk right now are boxes of Clipper’s Red Fruits & Aronia Berry, Blackcurrent & Acai Berry, Green Tea with Manuka Honey, Chamomile, Peppermint, White Tea, Chamomile with Lemon Balm & Manuka Honey and their Instant Organic Hot Chocolate (though that last one is on my desk for an entirely personal reasons).

There’s a serious point to this however. Many children are involved in child labour in the tea industry. Buying Fairtrade means you can act to put something back into the tea growing communities who make a stand for fairness for their families. It’s a chance to help Clipper help others as well.

Tell your fella – grow a moustache for Movember!

What better way to talk about men’s health?

Movember (mo is short for moustache) is the increasingly popular event of the year where lots of men abandon their razors to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Lesley supports Movember
Lesley supports Movember

You can help change the face of men’s health by supporting men who take up the challenge to  grow a moustache for 30 days. It’s a bit like wearing a ribbon.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the UK, 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. So become a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and donate to change the future of men’s health.

There’ll be a big night at the end of November when everyone goes out to show off their new Mo!

Sustainable resources for the kitchen – a little love from If You Care

Can you be eco-friendly when baking in the kitchen?

If You Care you can!

If You Care are committed to providing you with environmentally friendly  products for you to use while you cook.

You can make a difference
You can make a difference

Items such as coffee filters, baking cups, baking paper, sandwich bags and aluminium foil, even environmentally safe firelighters if you cook with wood or charcoal.

Paper products are unbleached and biodegradable. Everything is recyclable and oils and inks are made from vegetables.

Every care is taken to ensure that each step – from factory to store shelf – conforms to strict standards for the conservation and protection of our greatest asset – the environment.

If You Care products are available from GoodnessDirect but check their website,, for more valuable information.