Win a bumper hamper of Booja Booja Easter Eggs

Booja Booja are generously offering 3 hampers to win for this Easter.

Booja Booja
Easter Eggs like no other

How could anyone not prepare for Easter without considering Booja Booja’s exquisite vegan chocolate truffles? Not only do they taste magnificent, the packaging is beautiful too. The cases are hand-painted by artists from Kashmir as a boost for the troubled community and all their chocolate is vegan.

Just so you can think about them a little bit more Booja Booja have arranged this competition. For a chance to win one of three hampers (like the picture above) all you need to do is send us an email with your name and address and the lucky winners will be picked at random at the end of this Thursday 21st March 2013 (UK address only).

You can also put together your own special hamper from our Easter shelf using the GoodnessDirect hamper service. But don’t forget to consider Booja Booja, the variety of flavoured truffles they produce is truly delightful.

Win the Meals That Heal recipe book

There’s a new book out that looks as beautiful as it does wise.

It’s called ‘Meals That Heal – Anti Inflammatory Healthcare & Free From Cooking‘.

Meals That HealIt’s a beautiful compilation of over 100 recipes that are free from gluten, grains, dairy, soy and refined sugar. All those tempting photos of delicious meals are accompanied by easy-to-read lifestyle recommendations, practical shopping lists, menu plans and tips for healing your body.

Author, Karen Maidment, writes from her own experience as a health & nutrition specialist, personal cookery coach and author. If you have gone gluten-free and are still feeling ill, or maybe you are just looking to become more healthy in general, then this book may well be for you!

You can purchase the book through the Pure Body Balance website or you can enter our competition to win a copy for yourself.

To enter the prize draw, simply email me your name and address and we’ll pick a winner at the end of a week. (UK addresses only, competition closes 7 Feb 2012)

New Instagram competition – free chocolate!

Instagram GoodnessDirect photo
Win chocolate! Use the tag #GoodnessDirect

We’ve got lots of photos on a social site called Instagram.

Take a look:

Many of them are from GoodnessDirect customers. But we’re hungry for more…

So, each week we’ll send free chocolate for the best Instagram photo of the week. But, it must feature a product you can get at GoodnessDirect and be tagged #GoodnessDirect.

How to play

It’s simple. All you have to do is snap your shot and upload it using the Instagram app on your smartphone and tag it with the word ‘#GoodnessDirect’ and we’ll choose the best photo (UK addresses only I’m afraid.)

Be creative! It doesn’t have to be the product in its wrapper, it could be just the wrapper after you’ve eaten it! Or it could be a whole meal! For example, it’s Burns Night coming up on the 26th January, you could take a shot of everyone tucking into a Macsweens vegetarian haggis. But don’t forget to tag your photo with #GoodnessDirect so we can find it.

If you’re new to Instagram you can download the app by going to the Instagram homepage. For any questions email

Time for Mulled Wine – win a box of mulled spices to keep you warm

Mulled wine
Makes you feel so warm

If you’ve ever been out in the cold and come back to a grog of hot mulled wine you’ll know how special it is.

Nothing makes you feel more warm on the inside.

The drink is really easy to make too, especially if you have a spiced bouquet garni – all you need to do is add the wine (or fruit juice).

We’ve got 3 boxes of Country House Traditional Spice Mix to give away.

To have a chance to win all you need to do is send me your email with your name, address and phone number and I’ll enter your name into the draw. Good luck! (UK Addresses only, competition closes 27.12.12)

Win an intricately designed box of Booja Booja

Booja Booja’s Artist’s Collection organic truffles will make a great gift whoever you give it to (including yourself).

Booja Booja
We all need a little Booja Booja

If you don’t know about Booja Booja you should! They make fantastic vegan chocolates and ice creams, which just happen to be gluten free too, and they don’t skimp on quality! Booja Booja also produce a newsletter you can sign up to for all their latest products. It’s really worth sampling their wares, all organic, vegan and dairy free too.

We have a Booja-Booja Artist’s Collection chocolate box to give away. The boxes are hand painted in Kashmir, and the chocolates are beautiful too. To enter for a chance to win, you’ll need to submit your email address to receive a copy of the Booja Booja newsletter. To do this simply send an email and your subscription will go into the hat. Good luck! (Competition closes 13.12.12, UK addresses only.)

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe and a chance to Win The Functional Nutrition Cookbook

Our friend and nutritionist, Christine Bailey, has another book out. This time it’s in collaboration with fellow nutritionist, Lorraine Nicolle. The book is called The Functional Nutrition Cookbook: Addressing Biochemical Imbalances through Diet (published by Singing Dragon on 15 September 2012).

This unique cookbook, with a CD-ROM of printable recipes, doesn’t just help you get round health problems, it helps you know what food you can eat to counter-act the complaints.

You can make a real difference to issues like gastro-intestinal problems, a weak immune system and hormone imbalances through diet. Recipes are provided for each imbalance and there’s even a chapter on how to age healthily.

I’ve got a copy of this book to give away, so if you’re interested in winning a copy, send me an email with your name and address (UK addresses only, competition closes 20.9.12).

Berry Chia Pudding Breakfast
Berry Chia Pudding Breakfast

Try the Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe

This recipe is taken from Christine’s new book. It uses Chia seeds, which are a rich source of omega-3 (alpha linolenic – ALA) fatty acids and antioxidants. They are great for adding to desserts, smoothies and bars, as well as for this grain-free breakfast pudding. Rich in soluble fibre, they form a gel when added to water or juice that helps slow down the rate of digestion, keeping you feeling full throughout the morning. In addition, the sesame seeds in the tahini contain omega-6 (linoleic acid – LA) fatty acids.

Serves 4
50g / 1 ¾ oz / ½ cup chia seeds
250ml / 8floz / 1cup 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
2tbsp tahini
12 soft pitted dates, chopped
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cinnamon
225g / 8oz raspberries

1. Place the chia seeds in the juice and leave to soak for 20 minutes. The seeds should swell up and thicken the liquid.
2. Place all the ingredients but only half of the raspberries into a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining raspberries.
3. Spoon into bowls and serve

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).