Where do you get your vegetarian sweets?

For years, if you wanted organic or vegetarian sweets Biona was one of the few brands you could look to.

They made great tasting food for an ethical lifestyle. Where else could you go for a sweet snack that was not only produced sustainably bt was always high quality and suitable for vegetarians.

Now, Biona have decided to take on the big guys by making their own chocolate treats, with a naughty but nice profile. Hence their Organic Dark Cranberry Chocolate Bar will fill you with nutritional goodies like cranberries but still leave you licking your lips. And the Organic Milk Chocolate Coconut Bar is filled with bounteous goodness, yet still brings a sense of pure, unadulterated taste and values.

Sweet.

Giant Pandas take centre stage

There were only 1000 Giant Pandas left when the world’s attention turned to saving the species. Now, the number is slowly edging towards 2000.

But it’s still important work because the number of Giant Pandas has dwindled at an alarming rate and it is well known that the species has difficulty reproducing. Not to mention how the pandas help preserve the forests where they live, which serve as home for millions of people.

This is why Scotland’s Royal Zoological Society (and some notable Scottish politicians) are extremely proud of their acquisition of Tian Tian and Yang Guang – two Giant Pandas whom everyone hopes will breed any day now.

And, not surprisingly, the liquorice confectioners, Panda, are also adding their support by donating money for the Panda’s upkeep with every bag of Panda Strawberry Liquorice bought – a true way for everyone to put their money where their mouth is.

Live the organic life (with ease)

Living an organic lifestyle sounds nice but who has the time?

Busy, active people rely on frozen ingredients for freshness and convenience. Thankfully it’s possible to buy frozen organic veg and herbs too.

Organic mushrooms, fresh when you need them
Organic mushrooms, fresh when you need them

Tastes better too…
Fresh, tasty mushroom slices, tender cream spinach and ready cut aromatic garlic are just some of the latest frozen ingredients made available by Bio Inside. Straight from the field, the produce is frozen to preserve important vitamins and flavours. In fact the process of freezing herbs and spices is known to improve their flavour.

As well as the traditional frozen beans, corn and peas, Bio Inside supply chives, parsley, diced onions, dill and cress – all prepared ready to use in creative delicious meals. No additives, no GM, just sustainable, quality, natural ingredients.

Free tickets to The Allergy and Free From Show: 18-20 May 2012

Got an allergy? Is your diet Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Lactose Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free?

The Allergy & Free From Show 2012 has teamed up with GoodnessDirect to give you unlimited FREE tickets (worth £10 each)!

Taking place from 18 – 20 May at London’s Olympia, this is Europe’s largest public event dedicated to delivering solutions for free from lives. If you suffer from asthma, eczema, sensitive skin, hay fever, chemical sensitivities, food intolerance, coeliac disease or other allergies or intolerances then this is for you.

Last year’s event was an enormous success…


This year there are more free from features and exhibitors than ever before:

  • Try and buy the latest free from foods, skincare and household products
  • Consultations, seminars and workshops with the UK’s top Allergists, Dieticians and other specialists
  • Free from cooking demonstrations
  • Charities, support groups and thousands of like-minded attendees

And a host of additional exciting content!

Come and see us there (Stand 135) for free…

Book unlimited free tickets for you, your friends, family and colleagues at www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/GoodnessDirect

The lowdown on linseed

Linseed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

It makes a useful alternative to fish oil as it is believed to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. However, it is not yet conclusive that linseed can help with arthritis as fish oil can.

Linseed is a very rich source of lignans which have antioxidant properties. Lignans are of great interest to the medical world at the moment as it is thought that they may be able to help control certain diseases.

The seed is also great for those who need more dietary fibre. It can be taken with yoghurt, breakfast cereals, milk, fruit juice or sprinkled over soups, vegetables, salads or desserts.

Linusit are proud to be producers of high quality linseed (or flaxseed). It is available in both organic and premium  seeds and is cherished for its high nutritional value. It’s also gluten and lactose free and a great source of omega-3 for vegetarians and vegans.

Cod liver oil makes a come back

There was a time when cod liver oil was feared by children the world over. Forced to gulp down horrid spoonfuls of the vile tasting liquid, they would do anything to avoid it, and all in the name of health.

Healthy oils for body and mind
Healthy oils for body and mind

But life has changed a lot since then. Most importantly it was realised that the Omega Fats in fish oil are excellent for strengthening the brain and heart and decreasing blood pressure. Add to this the benefit of being able to swallow doses in small capsules (thus helping with the taste) and children everywhere began to breathe a smile of relief.

Now Seven Seas are taking the revolution one step further combining a range of healthy oils, vitamins and minerals renowned for their beneficial properties. They’ve got some snazzy names too:

Radiant You
– Fish Oil blended with Biotin and Zinc for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Perfect Harmony
– Fish Oil with Primrose and Starflower Oils for hormonal balance.
Healthy Heart
– Fish Oil with Garlic and Vitamin B1 for the cardiovascular system.
Energetic You
– Fish Oil with B vitamins and CoQ10 for daily health and vitality.
Immune Defence
– Fish Oil with Vitamin C and Zinc keeps you fighting fit.
Flexible You
– Fish Oil with Calcium and Vitamins D & K for healthy bones, muscles and joints.
Active Mind
– Fish Oil blended with Ginkgo and Zinc for mental performance.

With advances like these, once tormented children can say hello to a daily dose of health without fear.

A licorice of legendary proportions

Every so often a new variety of licorice comes along – the longevity of this sweet never ceases to amaze me.

Three Bears confectioners believe they’ve found the holy grail in the quest for the perfect licroice by combining natural licorice extract with a touch of fruit juice to create a black licorice with a unique taste and texture. True to their name it’s not too hard or too soft, but “just right!”

There were once three bears
There were once three bears...

Furthermore it has no hydrogenated fats or articifical colourings or flavourings and contains no animal products either so vegetarian and vegan Goldilocks will be pleased.

There you have it: a new mouthwatering Three Bears Traditional Soft Licorice – a sweet destined to gain a place in confectionary floklore.