Flapjacks with punch (not just for kids)

Did you know there are normal flapjacks and then there are sports flapjacks?

What more could you want in a flapjack?
What more could you want in a flapjack?

For example, normal flapjacks come in friendly looking wrappers, like the Jackson Bar –  a handmade snack made from all natural ingredients. It comes in four flavours and relies on honey and fruit juice rather than refined sugar.

A treat like this was designed for kids.

But then there are flapjacks with a bit more punch. Like the Clif Bar, made by a mountaineer for people who like adventure. These are designed as energy bars using organic ingredients and are very successful amongst outdoorsy type people.

Maybe a flapjack packed full of nutrients?
Maybe a flapjack packed full of nutrients?

The idea is to provide a mix of whole grains, protein and fiber plus vitamins and minerals designed to keep you going.

It’s a flapjack on steroids.

Speaking of which, ahem, Clif now also have Builder’s Bars for bodybuilding fans. It still has oats in it, though I’m not sure we can call it a flapjack any longer. It’s wrapped in chocolate and comes with 20g of complete protein and 23 vitamins and minerals – the kind of thing bodybuilders love.


Win a box of Bessant & Drury’s ice cream

Recently I wrote about a wonderful new coconut ice cream…

6 tubs could be yours...
A box of these could be yours…

Bessant & Drury’s is an award winning dairy-free ice-cream made with real fruit and highly nutritious coconut milk.

You can read all about its free-from and vegan status here. But, more importantly, you can win a box load for yourself!

How to win some ice cream
Bessant & Drury’s are generously giving away boxes of ice cream for 8 lucky winners. For your chance to win, simply send me an email and I’ll let you know who’s won in the next newsletter (UK addresses only, competition ends 24.8.12).

It seems that pomegranate juice has just been made even healthier

Ten years ago Pomegranate juice came to the UK.

The juice promised a healthy boost in problem areas weight loss, blood pressure, heart and kidney disease and Alzheimer’s, and has been the subject of numerous news reports.

It was all thought to be due to the antioxidants in pomegranates.

Now Pomegreat have taken a step further by harvesting the benefits of not only the juice but the whole fruit. This results in even more antioxidants, in particular an antioxidant called punicalagin.

So now Pomegreat have a new ingredient they call PurePlus which is the extract of the whole pomegranate. The benefits? I’ll quote from their site:

A new pomegranate juice that uses the whole fruit
A new pomegranate juice that uses the whole fruit

Regular consumption of PomeGreat® PurePlus™ has shown positive results relating to cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol, and antioxidant benefits.

Pomegranates have been the subject of a great deal of promising scientific investigation in recent years, but we have yet to fully understand all the beneficial properties locked in the skin, pith and husk of the fruit. The initial results of our research are extremely promising. The extract is looking like a veritable fountain of youth.

It remains to be seen exactly how PurePlus will help, but it is already available from GoodnessDirect in 3 flavours: Pomegranate with Beetroot, with Blueberry or with Cherry.

Perhaps it’s your chance to become part of the experiment and see how Pomegranate PurePlus works for you? I’d be most intrigued to know.

Healthy treats kids will find it hard to say no to

There’s definitely a rising trend in healthy snacks at the moment.

The latest innovation from Fruit Bowl are ‘Peelers’ – similar to cheese strings but made with fruit and guaranteed to appeal to children.

Fun peel-able strips of fruit
Fun peel-able strips of fruit

What will appeal to the parents is that they are made 100% from fruit – with nothing artificial added – an enjoyable option for your five-a-day. They are simply a combination of fruit purees with fruit juices, and absolutely no dodgy ingredients used – it’s all just fruit, in orange, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours – that makes them gluten free too.

Another of Fruit Bowl’s ideas are Fruit Softies, which are chewable lozenges of fruit in tropical or berry mix flavours. Again there’s nothing artificial just a concentrated fruit bursts that can fit in a child’s hand.


Dairy free fudge – is it possible?

Dairy free fudge is not only possible, the Fabulous Fudge Factory have won awards for it.

It’s not as easy as it may sound, how do you make a dairy free fudge with a milk alternative and achieve that seductive creamy flavour with no after taste?

But the Fabulous Fudge Factory love a challenge and produced a fudge fit for lactose intolerance, Vegans and Vegetarians, with a taste as good as it gets.

As for the awards, the fudge won Gold at the “Great Taste Awards” – Regarded as the food industry Oscars, it’s the best seal of approval a fudge could ever hope for.

If warm weather comes there’s some good drinks to buy

Next week weather forecasters will begin to tell us what the weather will be like in September. Will it be an extended Summer or the onslaught of Autumn?

Long range forecasts have hoped for an Indian Summer and if it is then we can all look forward to some more barbecues.

Gusto's organic kola with guarana
Gusto’s organic kola with guarana

But, as the nights draw in, party season begins so we’ll need to stock up on drinks. So what about a drink that can keep you going through the night?

Gusto drinks are made with the special ingredient Guarana to give you sustained energy. And as organic beverages the cola, lemonade and sparkling orange are all blended with specially selected botanicals to stimulate the tastebuds.

Uniquely, Gusto only sweeten their drinks with fairtrade apple juice, providing you with a more fruity less sacharin taste.

Indeed, there’s a lot of thought put into these refreshments, the ‘kola’ is made of 14 blended botanicals inspired by a 12th century Taoist recipe, the orange has 7 including organic Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry, Turmeric and Chilli, and the lemonade, with a touch of Ginseng, has 3.

But all are organic and brewed just so you can serve up a remarkable taste for your guests on party night.

The simplest tastiest recipe: steak fried in mustard and butter

Organic Dijon Mustard
Organic Dijon Mustard

I was trying to think of a worthy way to use organic mustard, with its purer mustard flavour.

In this case, Biona’s organic Dijon Mustard.

Then I remembered the simplest recipe I ever came across as a student. It makes a for an impressively quick and easy meal, and it’s full of flavour.

All you need is:

Tender organic steak
Organic butter
Organic mustard
Salt and Pepper (I suggest Maldon)

(I wish I could remember the correct measurements, but you can’t really go wrong with this…)

1. Season your steaks with salt and pepper.
2. Fry up a good amount of butter in a frying pan, add a dessertspoon of mustard and watch the frothy butter turn a beautiful brown.
3. Then fry your steaks in the mixture for a few minutes. It won’t take very long.

That’s it. Simple!