The trouble is that meat can dominate our view of food, leading us to forget what other amazing tastes there are out there.
Living with a vegetarian soon reveals how interesting and delicious vegetarian food can be.
It’s not just variety and nutrition available, it’s their innovation too – I get the feeling that being a carnivore is old news…
Inspiral, for example, have been working on new vegan condiments which will spice up a salad or add crunch to roasted foods. Something much more than our usual salt and pepper (and gluten free too).
Their Superfood Salad Sprinkles use kale as their base with all its mineral nutrients and antioxidants, but then takes the seasoning a whole step further…
The ‘Pizzeria‘ version of the sprinkles draw on Italian herbs and a combination of onion and deactivated nutritional yeast to evoke the flavour of pizza. Added to this are the more exotic flavours of baobab, sumac and cashew nut.
‘Furikake‘ sprinkles stir up Japanese tastes mixing nori seaweed with wheatgrass, sesame seeds and wasabi ingredients.
If you like hot flavours, ‘Mexicana‘ sprinkles are a paprika and chilli medley with purple corn, cumin and garlic.
(As I sit beside my partner with my meat and two veg, I do my best not to feel insecure.)
Not only have they become one of the world’s leading vegetarian food manufacturers, they let supermarkets rebrand their meat-free schnitzels, frankfurters and nuggets as their own.
Pretty humble huh?
But all this humility does mean that not as many people have heard about Tivall as should have. They do, after all, invest a lot of research into the nutritional value of their products.
Tivall soya based foods are an excellent source of whole proteins (important for vegetarians) and complex carbohydrates, and contain all the crucial nutrients, vitamins and minerals; plus, as convenience foods, they are quick and easy to prepare. Not only that, they also have no artificial preservatives or colourings and are made with no hydrogenated fats.
I think that makes all their nutritious vegetarian foods worth shouting about a lot more.
We all know we need omega oils in our diets, but how do vegans get it?
Omega fatty acids are important for every cell in the body so a diet rich in the right balance of omega oils is going to mean a healthier you.
The right balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 is crucial. In the western diet we get too much omega 6 but not enough omega 3 – both are needed to support the heart, eyes and brain.
Tricky for vegans and vegetarians
But if it’s difficult for most Westerners, with fish being the best source of omega oils, it’s even more tricky for those who don’t eat any meat.
Granovita, a vegetarian food company, offer a solution in an Organic Omega Oil Blend. It contains the ideal ratio of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids.
As a mix of flax oil, hemp oil, sesame oil, pumpkin oil and evening primrose oil, you can use it as an alternative to vegetable oil or olive oil, particularly for drizzling on salads, potatoes and soups.
One final point however, while I believe organic foods are more nutritious and beter for the environment, my own research hasn’t identified any direct benefit of organically sourced omega oils. So if anyone has any information on this I’d be interested to know?
If you are living, breathing member of the human race…
You are also likely to love pizza.
But, if you are a conscientious type of person, you may also be concerned all that white flour dough, oil and cheese which can’t be so good for you.
So Whole Creations have gone and made the whole thing healthy for you.
If you want a full, delicious tasting pizza here it is. It comes with a nutritious thin wholemeal base made from 100% wholegrain and lots of vegetables on top to count towards your five a day – at least 2 or 3 on every pizza.
It’s low GI (the best way of losing weight) and makes a good source of protein with just the right amount of cheese. Best of all, it’s vegetarian and the taste is unique.