4 bottles of sun lotion to win – ready for your trip away

I’ve got four bottles of Green People’s award winning sun lotion to give away. Just in time for the Summer holidays!

Green People - a kinder sun experience
Green People - a kinder sun experience

I should say this isn’t any old sun lotion. Other lotions can use silicone which is like wrapping someone in cling film – that just causes prickly heat. Green People use natural ingredients which means people with sensitive skin and those prone to allergies can use them. No more pore clogging or chemical scents. The Green Tea antioxidants help protect against cell damage too.

The lotion we’re offering is SPF 22. Green People now sell only SPF 15 and SPF 25. To be in with a chance of winning a bottle, email me with your name and address and I’ll enter you into the prize draw (UK entrants only, competition closes 28th July).

Vegan pate – another food you can’t find in supermarkets

I recently wrote of my love for vegetable pâtés, particularly black olive pate. Yum!

It’s a shame however that vegan pâté isn’t mainstream enough to be found in most supermarkets, along with meat-free pesto, marshmallows and fruit gums.

I mean, what’s wrong with a pâté made from organic tomato and red peppers? (Yeast free from food-heroes: Granovita.) Sounds delicious to me.

Or how about a peppercorn pâté? When I was young I was introduced to ‘salt and pepper on toast’… it’s amazing how the simplest things can taste the best.

There's nothing as good as mushroom pate (IMHO)
There's nothing as good as mushroom pâté... (IMHO)

Fortunately, Granovita make these pâté flavours and more. I’m not sure about their chickpea pâté though – surely it’s just another way of making humous? Well, after a taste test, the flavour is closer to a savoury guacamole – so no disappointment there!

It’s a shame more people don’t get to sample these treats. In my personal opinion, after you’ve sampled a chunky mushroom pâté, there really is no going back!

Ever wondered how good for you your cereal really is?

Why is granola so satisfying? Crunchy mouthfuls of toasted oats fill your mouth with goodness at every crunch.

But has it ever worried you how much sugar there is in it?

Perfekt Granolas are interesting because they use agave syrup which only has 1/3rd of the calories in sugar and, rather than giving you a moment’s satisfaction, gently releases energy so that your body burns the carbs instead of storing them as fat. You’ll hopefully feel fuller for longer.

Perfekt - The nutritious breakfast
Perfekt - The nutritious breakfast

For Perfekt, nutritional balance is everything. Organic nuts, seeds and oats are combined with the aim of giving you a good balance of protein and complex carbohydrates.

Whatismore, the Perfekt blend of nuts, seeds and oil provides Omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins and minerals. That makes a pretty good start to the day.

Particularly intriguing is that one of Perfekt’s cereals uses quinoa instead of oats, which is a nod towards the gluten-free community. However, currently the cereal is prepared in a building where other gluten cereals could cross contaminate. The cereals contain no added salt or wheat either.

Organic baby food gets the gourmet treatment

It seems like everything’s getting the celebrity treatment nowadays. Even baby food!

As a father however, celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli, knows what he’s talking about. And as a successful restaurateur, he’s in a position to bring new taste sensations to bland baby food…

Affordable and tasty organic baby food
Affordable and tasty organic baby food

Every baby deserves the best mealtime possible. What makes organic Baby Zilli even more interesting is that his prices are competitive.

But the proof is in the pudding. Reviews are confirming that babies love the Fruity Punch pouches and Zilli’s Fishy Dishy (try saying that fast) is causing waves.

Baby Zilli caters for the first years of a baby’s development. The food range rules out added salt and sugar, and there are no bulking agents or e-numbers. There’s nothing artificial added at all in fact, just great innovation as Baby Zilli work on developing new additions to their food range.

Every baby is different so ultimately you’ll have to see for yourself if Baby Zilli is really going to be value for money.

Margarets – a dessert with less than 3% fat

You’ve never tasted frozen yoghurt like this before.

Last week we launched a competition to win six tubs in our newsletter, people went for it like crazy.

Award winning luxury frozen yoghurt
Award winning luxury frozen yoghurt

It’s not surprising. Four delicious fruit flavours, less than 3% fat, gluten free and no artificial colours or flavours (vegetarian too).

It took Margaret Salmon a long time to get it right (but it’s so smooth and guilt free, you’ll appreciate her effort). Crushed fruit is swirled through sumptuous Jersey and Guernsey milk and cream and then skillfully blended to  create a healthy and luxurious frozen dessert.

Fresh, indulgent and decadent Margaret’s Frozen Yoghurts are a world apart. One taste of mouthwatering mango, rampant raspberry, scrumptious strawberry,  or luscious lemon and you’re hooked.

Can sweeties be good for you? Well, yes, they can…

How chemical-free do kid’s sweets need to be?

Completely!

That’s why two dads started by making their own and developed a recipe for sweets made simply of fruit, vegetables and plant sources.  Yummy Earth.

And they’ve gone one stage better:

Yummy Earth, good for kids
Yummy Earth, good for kids

They’re also organic, kosher, vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free. Even the colouring is natural – (although they have to get through a lot of Japanese purple carrots to achieve this!)

But the advantage is that 100% natural tastes 100% great! Real fruit ingredients means that whether you’re licking strawberry lollipops or chomping pomegranate candy drops or sampling their latest invention, you’re in for a real treat!

Or rather (ahem) your kids are.

Save our fish! says EU commissioner

Sustainable fishing means more varieties of fish on your plate.

This is breaking news.

Today the EU is suggesting new laws to limit catches to sustainable levels by 2015.

This could mean that there are more varieties of fish made widely available in the UK, just as there used to be. More types of fish for customers means that the stocks of endangered fish won’t decrease so quickly.

“We cannot afford business as usual any more because the stocks are really collapsing…” says EU commissioner, Maria Damanaki. “Our children will have fish!”

It’s good for the fishermen who currently have to throw back roughly half the fish they catch because they have filled their quota or there is no market for the fish. They will now have to bring in all the fish they catch. And supermarkets are already beginning to push the sale of more varieties of fish in an effort to widen the expectations of the consumer beyond cod, mackerel and tuna.

This is a great step forward for Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and the Fish-Fight campaign which has been highlighting the depressing number of dead fish which are discarded as unwanted.

The seafood producers, Fish4Ever, (pioneers of the sustainable fishing movement) are celebrating the proposed legislation. They remain an excellent source of sustainable tuna, anchovies, herring and sardines.

However, there is further to go, businesses are worried that the laws will allow bigger fishing businesses to bully the small fishermen and environmental campaigners are warning that the legislation will not move fast enough to make fishing sustainable.

Travelling to the tropics? Mosi-guard may help

Did you see the news that smelly chemicals confuse mosquitos? (BBC report)

Travellers have been using essential oils as a way to protect from mosquitos for many years.

Now Mosi-guard Natural is taking this a step further. The active ingredient of Mosi-guard natural is citriodiol®, a naturally occurring extract of lemon eucalyptus oil. This makes Mosi-guard an effective way to protect yourself from biting insects.

Spray it, roll it, massage it – however you want to get it onto your body – they offer the same powerful deterrent to mosquitos, sandflies, ticks, midges and leeches.

Forget travelling to the tropics, this stuff is likely to be useful in my own backyard!

Protects from insect bites naturally
Protects from insect bites naturally

“The yummiest flavour popcorn I have ever had” is…

Someone called Eve just sent us this email about Tyrrell’s Proper Popcorn…

(we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!)

Popcorn love: It's not Eve, but it could be you
Popcorn love: It's not Eve, but it could be you

Hi there, just wanted to say whoever wrote the email regarding the sour cream and jalapeno chilli popcorn being on sale and how amazing and moreish they are, that’s exactly what I’ve been rabbiting on about ever since I discovered them! They are probably the yummiest flavour popcorn I have ever had…those tyrrells people are absolute geniuses…or maybe its the natural flavourings that are speaking for themselves…whatever it is, I’m thoroughly addicted! (Same with most of their crisps, esp salt and vinegar, barbecue and red pepper)
Bring it on…;)

You can see the Tyrrell’s range of crisps and popcorn and vegetable chips for yourself. ‘Nuff said.

In Heaven bad apples don’t exist

We’ve all heard the story of Adam and Eve and the apple that was forbidden fruit.

Or was it?

The word “apple” is never used to describe the fruit of the tree of knowledge, in fact the only fruit mentioned in that story are figs… So, why do people now think it was an apple?

‘Apple’ used to be a general word for any fruit until about 400 years ago. Only after that did it begin to be used in the specific way we think of today. And besides, when actual apples are mentioned in the Bible they are always cast in a positive light.

Cawston Press would agree – they know all about what we call Fine English Apples. Jumping forward to the Twenty First Century, or more precisely, to the age of the finest apple juices.

You see, at Cawston Press these fruits really are ‘the apple of their eye’.

They pride themselves on being “master blenders”. At harvest they pick the  finest fruit brimming with flavour and press them immediately, artfully combining different varieties of apple to create beautifully balanced juice blends bursting with healthy goodness. No added sugar.

The range now includes six award-winning, beautifully-balanced blends, and now they’re going further: Apple and Carrot Juice anyone? Or amybe cartons of Apple and Lemonade? The list goes on…

The Cawston Press’ passion for apple juice is as strong today as at their genesis. They’ve always wanted to create the highest quality product possible.

As for the rest of us, we’re not particularly bothered whether Adam and Eve took a bite of an apple, a banana or for that matter a kumquat. But as long as Cawston carries on pressing the Cox’s orange pippins, the Bramleys, the Golden delicious and the Galas. With 10 apples pressed into a carton, heaven can wait a little bit longer.