Planet Organic Blog http://www.planetorganic.com Tues, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.planetorganic.com en hourly 1 Make The Most of What's Left of Summer with Collagen by Planet Paleo http://www.planetorganic.com/get-ready-for-summer-with-collagen-by-planet-paleo-/ http://www.planetorganic.com/get-ready-for-summer-with-collagen-by-planet-paleo-/#comments Tues, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /get-ready-for-summer-with-collagen-by-planet-paleo-/ We all want to hit the beach (or the park if beach season has come to an end for you) looking and feeling our best, and collagen can help to get our skin, hair and nails ready to bare. We all want to hit the beach (or the park if beach season has come to an end for you) looking and feeling our best, and collagen can help to get our skin, hair and nails ready to bare.<br/>Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, and up to 70% of the protein that makes up our skin is made from Collagen. It is vital for maintenance and structure, and is the glue that holds our tissues together. From our mid-twenties, we lose collagen at a rate of around 1% per year and it continues to decline as we grow older. The outer layer of our skin thins and loses elasticity which is why we may notice a difference in our skin with ageing or wrinkles as we age, as well as brittle nails and hair loss. Our lifestyle choices also play a role in reduced collagen levels, with stress, illness, diet and the environment affecting our collagen levels.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> While many beauty products contain collagen for topical use, it&rsquo;s real benefits come from within. Collagen gives skin its strength and elasticity, and hair and nails their strength too. It supports our skin cells to renew and repair themselves and has a firming effect which is great for combating wrinkles, or sagging skin. Research has shown hydrolysed collagen can help to reduce and prevent skin ageing (1, 2). Collagen also helps to keep the skin hydrated, so it&rsquo;s perfect for dry, dehydrated skin. It can also be used to support healthy thick hair and strong nails too, it&rsquo;s an all-round beauty booster.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Bovine and Marine Collagen powders are rich in Type 1 collagen which is the most abundant type in our body. Planet Paleo&rsquo;s offers both Marine and Bovine Collagen powders but for even more Skin, Hair and Nails support we recommend the Planet Paleo Primal Goddess blend as it includes a blend of antioxidant rich berries, and key beauty nutrients such as biotin, hyaluronic acid and Zinc as well as their pure collagen to create a full spectrum beauty product that will help you to hit the beach feeling and looking your best this summer.<br /> <br /> Shop Planet Paleo Collagen <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=planet%20paleo">Here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1: <a href="https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/355523">https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/355523</a><br /> 2: <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26267777">https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26267777</a> 0 Lunchbox Peanut Butter & Banana Flapjacks http://www.planetorganic.com/lunchbox-peanut-butter--banana-flapjacks/ http://www.planetorganic.com/lunchbox-peanut-butter--banana-flapjacks/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /lunchbox-peanut-butter--banana-flapjacks/ It’s almost time to go back to school and Livia's Kitchen have come up with the perfect lunchbox snack for you! It’s almost time to go back to school and Livia's Kitchen have come up with the perfect lunchbox snack for you!<br/>These flapjacks are quick and easy to make but don&rsquo;t compromise on flavour. They&rsquo;re ideal for a weekend baking activity with the kids, or to throw together quickly in the evening. The peanut butter and banana complement each other perfectly and will certainly give you the energy boost to get you through an afternoon slump!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em><u>Ingredients</u></em></strong>:<br /> <br /> <strong>Flapjack</strong><br /> 2 ripe bananas (200g peeled)<br /> 185g smooth peanut butter (3/4 cup)<br /> 125ml maple syrup (1/2 cup)<br /> 265g oats (3 cup)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> <br /> <strong>Topping (optional)</strong><br /> 35g melted chocolate<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em><u>Method</u></em></strong>:<br /> &bull; Makes 12 squares.<br /> <br /> &bull; Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.<br /> <br /> &bull; Using a fork, mash the banana in a bowl and once smooth add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until everything is combined.<br /> <br /> &bull; Line a tin (24.5 cm x 17 cm) and pour in the combined mixture. Even out the surface and bake for 25 minutes.<br /> <br /> &bull; Leave to cool and cut into 12 squares.<br /> <br /> &bull; Melt your chocolate and drizzle it on top. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> &bull; Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 0 Competition Time: Celebrate The Summer Of Love With Hippeas http://www.planetorganic.com/competition-time-celebrate-the-summer-of-love-with-hippeas/ http://www.planetorganic.com/competition-time-celebrate-the-summer-of-love-with-hippeas/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /competition-time-celebrate-the-summer-of-love-with-hippeas/ The competition is heating up this summer with a chance to win big with Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs! The competition is heating up this summer with a chance to win big with Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs! <br/>Every day this July, 30 Planet Organic shoppers will take home a variety of summer themed prizes. <ul> <li>10 x month&rsquo;s supply of <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=hippeas&amp;term=hippeas">HIPPEAS</a></li> <li>10 x Summer kits with water bottles, totes and fans</li> <li>10 x Summer kits with beach towels, totes and fans</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> All you have to do to enter is post a picture of HIPPEAS on Instagram tagging<br /> @hippeas_snacks _uk &amp; @planetorganic<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/hippeas%20post%201.jpg" /><br /> <br /> A lighter alternative to crisps, HIPPEAS are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and packed with protein and fibre! At only 91 or less calories a pack, they are the perfect<br /> nutritious yet delicious snack.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This Summer of Love come and join the fun and share the #PeasAndLove in Planet Organic<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>T&amp;Cs:</strong> The picture must be posted before the 31<sup>st</sup> of July and winners and prizes will be selected at random. All prizes will be delivered by the 30<sup>th</sup> of August. Prizes are subject to change. Winners will be contacted by HIPPEAS via Instagram.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Hippeas Brings The Sweet Heat With A New Flavour This Summer http://www.planetorganic.com/hippeas-brings-the-sweet-heat-with-a-new-flavour-this-summer/ http://www.planetorganic.com/hippeas-brings-the-sweet-heat-with-a-new-flavour-this-summer/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /hippeas-brings-the-sweet-heat-with-a-new-flavour-this-summer/ Summer Days call for Chilli Haze Summer Days call for Chilli Haze<br/><a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=hippeas">HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs</a> are spicing things up this summer with their newest flavour, <strong>Chilli Haze</strong>. Amped up with Sriracha chilli and groovy garlic, the sweet heat of these puffs will blow your mind. It is the sixth member of the HIPPEAS snack pack, joining; Sweet &amp; Smokin&#39;, Salt &amp; Vinegar Vibes, Cheese &amp; Love, In Herbs We Trust and Far Out Fajita.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Hippeas%20Chilli%20Haze.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> A lighter alternative to crisps, HIPPEAS are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and packed with protein and fibre! At only 91 or less calories a pack, they are the perfect nutritious yet delicious snack. Chilli Haze is the latest must-try flavour from HIPPEAS, which is now the fastest growing free-from snack in the UK.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So #GivePeasAChance this summer and pick up a bag in store at Planet Organic today! 0 Nugglets Chip Cookies http://www.planetorganic.com/nugglets-chip-cookies/ http://www.planetorganic.com/nugglets-chip-cookies/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /nugglets-chip-cookies/ Livia's Kitchen have come up with a new (as very possibly improved?) way to enjoy everyone's favourite snack. Livia's Kitchen have come up with a new (as very possibly improved?) way to enjoy everyone's favourite snack.<br/>These cookies are so delicious that you&rsquo;ll struggle to keep your hands away. They require minimal effort for a massively good outcome! The chewy chocolate cookie is much more satisfying with the even-more-chewy Nugglets inside. And if you thought Nugglets were chewy before, wait until you&rsquo;ve baked them and they&rsquo;ve become twice as chewy (so. much. chewiness.)! We used the Almond Butter, Cookie Dough and Choc Brownie Nugglets in these cookies because it was too hard to pick one flavour! But feel free to mix it up and used whichever Nugglets flavour you prefer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Cookies</strong><br /> 3 packs of your favourite <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=nugglets">Nugglets</a><br /> 50g coconut oil (melted, 1/4 cup)<br /> 125ml maple syrup (1/2 cup)<br /> 70g cashew butter<br /> 15g cacao powder (2 tbsp)<br /> 210g ground almonds (2 cups)<br /> 40g oat flour (1/3 cup)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Makes 7 big cookies.</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.<br /> <br /> 2. In a bowl: whisk the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cashew butter, cacao powder and salt until it comes together.<br /> <br /> 3. Change your whisk for a spoon and add the ground almonds and oat flour to the bowl and mix again.<br /> <br /> 4. Chop your Nugglets in half and add them to the mix, stir until they&rsquo;re evenly distributed.<br /> <br /> 5. Divide your mix into 7 balls (make sure that there are Nugglets in all of them) and put them on a lined baking tray. Flatten your cookies by hand.<br /> <br /> 6. Bake for 12 minutes and leave them to cool.<br /> <br /> 7. Enjoy straight away or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 0 Rainbow Buddha Bowl with Coconut Crusted Tofu http://www.planetorganic.com/rainbow-buddha-bowl-with-coconut-crusted-tofu/ http://www.planetorganic.com/rainbow-buddha-bowl-with-coconut-crusted-tofu/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /rainbow-buddha-bowl-with-coconut-crusted-tofu/ Blogger Sam Nicks, a.k.a. Bunny Chow, tells us how to make this showstopper of a vegan supper! Blogger Sam Nicks, a.k.a. Bunny Chow, tells us how to make this showstopper of a vegan supper!<br/><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Buddha Bowls are loads of fun to make and a great way to pack in all your nutrients. While recipes are a useful guideline, you can pretty much prepare them with any grain or legume, and the fresh vegetables you have not had a chance to cook.&nbsp;They are very versatile and I rarely make the same one. Below is one of my favourite Buddha Bowl recipes.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">Prep</strong>: 15 mins |&nbsp;<strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">Cook</strong>: 30 mins |&nbsp;<strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">Serves</strong>: 1</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">Ingredients</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1 big handful of rocket</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1 medium sweet potato</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/4 brocoli</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/2 red pepper julienned</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/4 cucumber cut into slices</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/2 avocado</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/2 block tofu</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/2 cup rice noodles</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1 tbsp tamari sauce</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1 tbsp olive oil</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Sprinkle of sesame seeds &amp; sunflower seeds</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">1/4 cup desiccated coconut</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">Method</strong></p> <div> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong>1. Preheat the oven to 180&#39;C for 10 minutes.</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">2. Start with the base</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">I chose a big handful of rocket but you can choose any dark leafy greens.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">3. Choose a grain</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">I went with rice noodles but you can use brown rice, buckwheat, barley, cous cous or quinoa. Boil water with purple cabbage or beetroot to colour the noodles (optional). When water is boiling, take the pot off the heat and scoop out veggies. Place rice noodles in the water for 5 minutes. Once cooked, drain and squeeze lemon or lime juice onto the noodles to change the colour.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">4. Add a plant based protein</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">I selected coconut crumbed tofu but you can select any legume such as chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils or tempeh. Coconut crumbed tofu: cut 4 slices of tofu, rub a drizzle of olive oil and tamari/soy sauce and roll in desiccated coconut. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 mins on 180&#39;C or until golden brown.&nbsp;I checked on mine every couple of minutes to make sure they didn&#39;t burn.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><br /> <strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">5. Pick an array of colourful veggies</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">I like to have 1 starchy vegetable such as sweet potato, potato or squash. Cut the sweet potato into cubes, drizzle with tamari sauce and cook in oven for 20 minutes or until soft and crispy. I also added raw red pepper, cucumber, steamed broccoli and purple cabbage (that I used to colour the noodles).&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><strong style="word-wrap: break-word;">6. Healthy fats</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">I like to add avocado to just about anything, they are creamy and delicious! I also add a sprinkle of nuts and/or seeds, my favourite are sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">You don&#39;t have to stop there, I like to add some fruit such as berries and fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut which are great for gut health.&nbsp;</p> </div> 0 Red Lentil Beetroot Pasta Salad http://www.planetorganic.com/red-lentil-beetroot-pasta-salad/ http://www.planetorganic.com/red-lentil-beetroot-pasta-salad/#comments Thurs, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /red-lentil-beetroot-pasta-salad/ This super easy superfood-packed summer salad from our friends at Profusion only takes ten minutes to make! This super easy superfood-packed summer salad from our friends at Profusion only takes ten minutes to make!<br/>Serves 4<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> 300g <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/profusion-organic-red-lentil-fusilli-300g/23265/">Profusion Organic Red Lentil</a> or <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/profusion-organic-chick-pea-fusilli-300g/23266/">Chickpea Fusilli</a><br /> 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil<br /> 30g Radishes thinly sliced&nbsp;<br /> 100g soy beans<br /> 2 medium raw or cooked beetroot, grated<br /> 20g cress<br /> 40g (1 1/2oz) pumpkin seeds, toasted<br /> Small handful Organic <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-hemp-seeds-hulled-250g/23974/">Hemp Seeds</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>For the dressing:</strong><br /> Zest and juice of 1 lemon<br /> 1 tbsp Dijon mustard<br /> Handful of flat leaf parsley<br /> 1 tsp honey<br /> Pinch of <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/profusion-himalaya-fine-salt-500g-500g/8814/">Profusion Organic Himalayan Salt</a><br /> Pinch of pepper<br /> <br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>In a large pan of salted water cook the fusilli pasta according to the packets instructions.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>2 minutes before the end of cooking time, add the soy beans. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Toss in 1 tbsp of the olive oil set aside to cool.</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, season to taste.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Roughly chop the parsley&nbsp;leaves and add to the pasta along with the radish, beetroot and cress.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Gently mix together all the ingredients, making sure everything is thoroughly coated in the dressing.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Top with the toasted pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds and serve.</li> </ol> 0 Chunky Monkey Nice-Cream Slice by Livia's Kitchen http://www.planetorganic.com/chunky-monkey-nice-cream-slice-by-livias-kitchen/ http://www.planetorganic.com/chunky-monkey-nice-cream-slice-by-livias-kitchen/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /chunky-monkey-nice-cream-slice-by-livias-kitchen/ Livia's Kitchen have gotten us all excited and ready to spring into summer - via the kitchen - with this caramel-y, peanut butter-y, biscuit-y nice-cream slab! Livia's Kitchen have gotten us all excited and ready to spring into summer - via the kitchen - with this caramel-y, peanut butter-y, biscuit-y nice-cream slab!<br/>Summer&rsquo;s finally here and we want to spend our days eating ice-cream! This one&rsquo;s got a chewy peanut layer, a smooth peanut butter nice-cream and is topped with chopped up <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=nugglets">Nugglets.</a> This recipe is the perfect way to use up those bananas that have been in the fruit bowl a little bit too long. Simply chop them up and put them in the freezer ready to become a delicious peanut nice-cream.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bottom layer</strong><br /> 100g pitted Medjool dates (10 dates)<br /> 30ml maple syrup (2 tbsp)<br /> 60g oat flour (1/2 cup)<br /> 40g roasted peanuts (1/4 cup)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> <br /> <strong>Peanut butter nice-cream</strong><br /> 250g peeled and frozen bananas (in pieces)<br /> 280g <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-peanut-butter-425g/28230/">peanut butter</a> (1 cup)<br /> <br /> <strong>Topping</strong><br /> 4 packets of your favourite <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=nugglets">Nugglets</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. To make the bottom layer: mix the dates and maple syrup into a paste using a food processor.<br /> <br /> 2. Add the oat flour, salt and peanuts and mix until the peanuts have broken down into small pieces and the mixture has formed a dough.<br /> <br /> 3. Place the dough in a lined tin (20cm x 10cm) and press it down until a smooth layer covers the base of the tin. Then, put the tin in the freezer while you make the nice-cream.<br /> <br /> 4. For the nice-cream: take out the banana from the freezer and leave it to defrost for 5 minutes.<br /> <br /> 5. Put the banana in the blender together with the peanut butter and blend until you have a smooth nice-cream (scrape down the sides if necessary while making it).<br /> <br /> 6. Get the tin from the freezer and pour your nice-cream on top.<br /> <br /> 7. Chop up the Nugglets and sprinkle them on top of the nice-cream until it&rsquo;s completely covered. Leave to set in the freezer for 2 hours.<br /> <br /> 8. Take the ice-cream out of the freezer 5 minutes before serving and cut it up into slices and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the freezer. 0 Adaptogens in Focus: Ashwagandha http://www.planetorganic.com/adaptogens-in-focus-ashwagandha/ http://www.planetorganic.com/adaptogens-in-focus-ashwagandha/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /adaptogens-in-focus-ashwagandha/ As part of Adapto-June we are going to focus on several adaptogens that are of particular interest for those of us who live in hectic cities such as London. This week: Ashwagandha Unwrapped, with a little help from our friends at Wunder Workshop! As part of Adapto-June we are going to focus on several adaptogens that are of particular interest for those of us who live in hectic cities such as London. This week: Ashwagandha Unwrapped, with a little help from our friends at Wunder Workshop!<br/>As part of Adapto-June we are going to focus on several adaptogens that are of particular interest for those of us who live in hectic cities such as London. Adaptogens are organic plants, roots and mushrooms that quite literally help the body to adapt to physical, environmental and emotional stress - all of which, most of us can certainly identify with. This is not some faddy new concept either, but rather, as is usually the case with health, an old concept based on traditional medicines with Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, South American and Russian roots. Whereas the Western world&rsquo;s approach to medicine is centred on curing disease, the ancient medicine from the aforementioned cultures focuses far more on identifying your personal constituency and using herbs and food to increase longevity, boost health and enhance your mood, to prevent diseases and support overall wellbeing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ashwagandha root (also known as Indian Ginseng) is one of these ancient roots that is categorised as an adaptogen. It is popularly known as the &lsquo;king of Ayurvedic herbs&rsquo; and is classified as a rasayana (life extender). In Ayurvedic medicine it is commonly prescribed to lower stress, anxiety, for its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic compounds, which was found useful in clinical cases of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, especially in combination with turmeric. One of the most relevant studies is on its ability to reduce adrenal fatigue and stabilise thyroid hormones by lowering cortisol levels (the hormone released in stressful situations). When our cortisol is increased on a chronic basis, aka we are constantly stressed, it can lead to a variety of other issues such as depression, high blood sugar, suppressed immunity, low libido, hypertension and weight gain just to name a few. Introducing some of these adaptogens into your daily routine, can be a small investment towards supporting your overall wellbeing in the long run. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When it comes to taking Ayurvedic herbs, and in this case Ashwagandha, make sure you take it in a polyherbal combination with synergizing herbs and spices, and prepare it with a healthy fat (such as coconut milk) which will help to increase its bioavailability. The <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/">Golden Balance</a> blend, for example, is a unique blend of organic Ayurvedic herbs and spices designed to support us in our stressful modern lifestyles, manage cortisol levels and balance hormones. As well as containing Ashwagandha it also benefits from turmeric, liquorice and ginger which have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, whilst cayenne pepper stimulates metabolism and circulation, revitalising and rejuvenating the body. In our society&rsquo;s hectic lifestyle where our bodies and hormones are constantly put to the test, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/">Golden Balance</a> helps to maintain your balance day in day out.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <em>&middot; <u>Chandrasekhar K</u>1, <u>Kapoor J</u>, <u>Anishetty S</u>., 2012, &ldquo;A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.&rdquo; <u>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798</u><br /> &middot; Biswajit Auddy, PhD1*; Jayaram Hazra, PhD2; Achintya Mitra, MD2; Bruce Abedon, PhD3; Shibnath Ghosal, PhD1, 2008. &ldquo;A Standardized Withania Somnifera Extract Significantly Reduces Stress-Related Parameters in Chronically Stressed Humans: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study&rdquo;.<br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">&middot;&nbsp;</span><u>Narendra Singh</u>, <u>Mohit Bhalla</u>, <u>Prashanti de Jager</u>,* and <u>Marilena Gilca</u>, 2011, &ldquo;An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda&rdquo; <u>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/</u>&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>Written by Zoe Lind van&rsquo;t Hof &ndash; Wunder Workshop&nbsp;</em> 0 Black Bean Chocolate Protein Balls by Biona http://www.planetorganic.com/black-bean-chocolate-protein-balls-by-biona/ http://www.planetorganic.com/black-bean-chocolate-protein-balls-by-biona/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /black-bean-chocolate-protein-balls-by-biona/ Chocolatey, protein-packed and containing a not-so-secret fibre rich ingredient! Chocolatey, protein-packed and containing a not-so-secret fibre rich ingredient!<br/><strong>INGREDIENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3-4 pitted dates<br /> 400g can <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/biona-black-beans-400g-400g/8997/">Biona Organic black beans</a>, drained and rinsed<br /> 40g chocolate protein powder<br /> 65g <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=biona%20butter">Biona Organic Almond or Peanut Butter</a><br /> 2 tablespoons <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=biota%20apple%20sauce">Biona Organic unsweetened applesauce</a><br /> 1 tablespoon cocoa powder<br /> 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract<br /> 1/4 teaspoon salt<br /> 1 tablespoon <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=biona%20coconut%20milk">Biona Organic Coconut Milk</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Optional Toppings:</strong><br /> Seasame Seeds<br /> Matcha Powder<br /> Beetroot Powder<br /> Turmeric<br /> Freeze Dried Raspberries<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>METHOD</strong><br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>In a small bowl, add dates. Cover with boiling water; set aside for 10 minutes.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>In the bowl of a food processor, add dates, black beans, protein powder, almond butter, applesauce, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and coconut milk.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Pulse to combine until all ingredients are mixed together and smooth; stop to scrap the sides if needed. It should be like a soft dough texture.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Roll the dough into 15-20 balls.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Place each ball onto paper or a plate.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Roll each protein ball in the topping of your choice and pop in the fridge to firm up.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.</li> </ol> 0 Interview with Mia Hague of Eco-Friendly Greetings Card Business Paper Heron http://www.planetorganic.com/interview-with-mia-hague-of-eco-friendly-greetings-card-business-paper-heron/ http://www.planetorganic.com/interview-with-mia-hague-of-eco-friendly-greetings-card-business-paper-heron/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /interview-with-mia-hague-of-eco-friendly-greetings-card-business-paper-heron/ Check out our exclusive interview with Mia Hague of Paper Heron, a greetings card business with a difference. This is the first in a series of chats with some of our favourite suppliers to Planet Organic Living! Check out our exclusive interview with Mia Hague of Paper Heron, a greetings card business with a difference. This is the first in a series of chats with some of our favourite suppliers to Planet Organic Living!<br/><strong><a href="https://www.planetorganicliving.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=paper+heron">Paper Heron</a>&nbsp;is a greetings card company with a difference; all their cards are made from 100% recycled paper and their gorgeous and original designs are sketched in vegetable ink. You can find them on <a href="https://www.planetorganicliving.com">Planet Organic Living</a> now.<br /> <br /> We chatted to founder Mia Hague earlier this month to find out a little more about her eco-friendly company, who and what inspires her, and how she achieves balance in her day-to-day life.<br /> <br /> P.O.: What made you start the Paper Heron?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Paper Heron was an idea sparked from an existing card range I create, with a very different style.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>What or who inspired you to become more ethical and sustainable?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>From the start of my company Mia Hague Illustration back in 2014 we&rsquo;ve been ethical. It&rsquo;s just something that had to be done. I couldn&rsquo;t bring myself to print my designs on paper stock that wasn&rsquo;t looking after the forests or packing cards into clear plastic bags instead of compostable ones. Sadly, it would be a lot cheaper to be unethical!<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:</strong><strong>Is the environment and nature something you have always been aware of?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Yes ever since colouring in a book age 8. It was about the environment, renewable energy and how we can protect wildlife, trees and ultimately the planet. I&rsquo;ve never forgotten it!<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>If you weren&#39;t running this company what would you be doing?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Running my own little cafe.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Who is the one person you couldn&#39;t have started your business without?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>A little encouragement from a few friends and shop owners telling me my designs would sell, gave me the push to keep going.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>What advice would you give someone looking to start their own company?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Do it NOW. Don&rsquo;t wait. Make yourself a space you can work from that&rsquo;s private and just yours. Work on it quietly along side what you already do.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>What do you see for the future of your company?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>I think I&rsquo;ll always enjoy designing greetings cards, but I also see myself creating picture books, with real words teaching children how to be good people. Also perhaps a colouring book about the environment!?<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>What&#39;s your favourite product from your brand?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>I really like the &lsquo;Old&rsquo; tortoise card. I do a lot of commissions in this style too which I love doing.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Other than your own company, which is your favourite sustainable company?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Hazel Bee - Ethical cards and gifts, Green Planet Goods (I love their metal straws!) and the company that prints my cards along with lots of other items, ALocalPrinter.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>How do you find balance in your life?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>I don&rsquo;t give myself too many things to do in a day, If I can help it! Try and have an equal amount of being outside and inside. 8 hours sleep.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>What are three things that you can&#39;t live without?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>My partner, my dog, and tea.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">P.O.:&nbsp;</strong><strong>In 3 words, how do you live your life?</strong><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">M.H.:&nbsp;</strong>Kindly, colourfully and peacefully.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Eco Friendly Birthday Card" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Paper%20Heron%20-%20Card.jpg" /> 0 It's arrived! Summer food menu now available in all stores. http://www.planetorganic.com/its-arrived-summer-food-menu-now-available-in-all-stores-/ http://www.planetorganic.com/its-arrived-summer-food-menu-now-available-in-all-stores-/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /its-arrived-summer-food-menu-now-available-in-all-stores-/ Check out our new Summer Menu: full of zingy, gut-friendly dishes with tonnes of extra health benefits. Let's glow! Check out our new Summer Menu: full of zingy, gut-friendly dishes with tonnes of extra health benefits. Let's glow!<br/>Zingy, fresh salads, a wide range of veggies and some wholesome new stews. We think our new menu is on point.<br /> Not only that but we&rsquo;re making it easier for you to choose by letting you know the benefits of our dishes. We carefully design them to incorporate organic, in season ingredients and our favourite super foods. We thought it was about time we shared some of our thinking with you!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The only way to really get a feel and more importantly a taste of our new menu is to visit any of our stores. But we&rsquo;ve picked out a few of our favourite new dishes to give you an idea of what awaits you&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Biolive Kombucha Slaw (Gut friendly + Glowing Skin + Immune Boosting)</strong><br /> Combining red cabbage, butternut squash and pickled ginger this dish may appear on the surface like a normal slaw. But the punch is in the dressing. We&rsquo;ve created our own Kombucha vegan mayonnaise to give this dish its gut friendly benefits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Summer Glow Salad (Glowing Skin + Gut Friendly + Heart Health)</strong><br /> A relatively simple but delicious salad combing tomatoes, fennel and courgettes. A light and summery salad with a vitamin C punch helping you achieve that Summer glow. We&rsquo;ve even snuck some moringa into the dressing!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Spicy Seitan Sausage Stew (Protein packed + Energy + Heart healthy)</strong><br /> Stews aren&rsquo;t necessarily the first thing that springs to mind when you think Summer food, but hey we know we can&rsquo;t always rely on it being warm. This stew combines seitan merguez sausages and butter beans for a protein packed option which will stop you reaching for the biscuit tin in the afternoon.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Chimichurri Cauli (Detox + Immune Boost + Gut Friendly) </strong><br /> Cauliflower is one of our absolute favourite ingredients at the moment and we loved experimenting with some great recipes for this menu. This roasted cauli with chimichurri spices was the easy winner and we know you&rsquo;ll love it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Plant Box: Aubergine &amp; Quinoa Veatballs (Gut Friendly + Energy + Protein Packed)</strong><br /> New to the Plant Box section of our menu, these vegan meatballs aka veatballs combine aubergine and quinoa coated in tomato sauce. They are a great source of fibre for a healthy gut and pack a protein punch.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Try our new Summer menu in all our stores today. Let us know what you think and share your pics with us on Instagram.&nbsp; 0 Welcome to Adapto-June! http://www.planetorganic.com/welcome-to-adapto-june/ http://www.planetorganic.com/welcome-to-adapto-june/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /welcome-to-adapto-june/ All month long we'll be show-casing the incredible power of adaptogens across all our departments; from Health & Body Care, to our Salad and Hot Dish Bar and brand new Wellness Bar! All month long we'll be show-casing the incredible power of adaptogens across all our departments; from Health & Body Care, to our Salad and Hot Dish Bar and brand new Wellness Bar!<br/>This June we&rsquo;re putting adaptogens on the pedestal they deserve and celebrating them across our stores.<br /> <br /> Why? Well adaptogens are a pretty amazing group of foods &amp; herbs. To be classed as an adaptogen, herbs must be; non-toxic to the body&rsquo;s physiological functions, offer widespread support and help bring the body back to equilibrium. They have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, but we are just rediscovering how amazing they can be.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Adaptogens essentially set about creating balance in your body by supporting your hormonal system. One of the most amazing things about them is that whilst they all have their own broad functions, they work with your body and adapt their function to your body&rsquo;s specific needs. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Some support your energy levels, such as maca. Others can reduce your stress levels, such as ashwagandha or as with ho shou wu, even boost your sex drive.<br /> <br /> Adaptogens come in many different forms; pills, tinctures or powders. You can mix them into a smoothie, your morning coffee or mix them into your food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On our food and drink counter this month we have made it even easier for you to get to know adaptogens by creating some special dishes. Making it as easy as ABC &amp; D for you to include them in your diet&hellip;..<br /> <br /> <strong>A</strong>shwaganda Toasted Seeds&hellip;.we&rsquo;ve toasted linseeds &amp; pumpkin seeds with tamari and ashwagandha for a stress busting addition to your meal. Through regulating cortisol (your body&rsquo;s stress hormone) ashwagandha can help to lower stress levels.<br /> <br /> <strong>B</strong>uzzing Beet Houmous&hellip;.our adaptogenic take on our food counter staple. We&rsquo;ve combined our houmous with beetroot and an energy boosting blend of ingredients; baobab, maca, guarana &amp; ginseng. Both ginseng and maca can help to reduce fatigue, without any caffeine come down.<br /> <br /> <strong>C</strong>ashew &amp; Supergreens Pesto Portobellos&hellip;we&rsquo;ve given our plant box favourite a make over for the month. Into the cashew &amp; kale pesto we&rsquo;ve added; maca, kelp, cacao, hemp, spirulina, chlorella, lucuma and barleygrass. Again you&rsquo;ll be benefitting from the energy boosting qualities of maca (as well as all the great stuff from the greens!)<br /> <br /> <strong>D</strong>rink&hellip;you can also drink your adaptogens this June. We are giving everyone who purchases a drink a FREE Wunder Workshop Golden Shrooms booster. We&rsquo;ll combine this straight into your drink for you. This great blend includes the mushrooms reishi and cordyceps. Reishi can improve your immune response while cordyceps have long been used to improve physical performance &amp; as an aphrodisiac.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Come in store this June to try our new adaptogenic food and drink and let us know what you think!<br /> &nbsp; 0 Baked Peanut Butter & Raspberry Pots http://www.planetorganic.com/baked-peanut-butter--raspberry-pots/ http://www.planetorganic.com/baked-peanut-butter--raspberry-pots/#comments Weds, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /baked-peanut-butter--raspberry-pots/ Vegan & Gluten Free Sweet Delights from Livia's Kitchen Vegan & Gluten Free Sweet Delights from Livia's Kitchen<br/>The baked peanut butter and chocolate pots from my book make us go crazy in the office so we decided to make a summer version of it. Introducing peanut butter and raspberries pots! They turned out even better than we thought&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s such a quick recipe and only includes 6 ingredients, making them ideal for dinner parties. The warm sweet raspberries combined with the salty peanut butter makes the most heavenly combination, this is definitely a recipe to try!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Makes 6 servings.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> 200g pitted Medjool dates (12 dates)<br /> 360g peanut butter, crunchy or smooth (1 1/3 cup)<br /> 250ml oat milk (1 cup)<br /> 30g coconut sugar (3 tbsp)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> 100g frozen raspberries (3/4 cup)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put the dates in to a blender and blend into a smooth paste is formed (you might have to pause and scrape down the sides a few times).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add the peanut butter, oat milk, coconut sugar and salt and blend until it&rsquo;s all combined together.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Place your peanut mix in to a bowl and stir through the frozen raspberries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Grab your pots and fill them with your peanut and raspberry mixture, smoothing out the tops.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Bake for 12 minutes until the top is crispy but the inside is still gooey.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Let them cool for 5 minutes and enjoy warm, or save them in the fridge for 3-5 days and eat cold/re-heated. 0 Moroccan Harira Chickpeas http://www.planetorganic.com/moroccan-harira-chickpeas/ http://www.planetorganic.com/moroccan-harira-chickpeas/#comments Tues, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /moroccan-harira-chickpeas/ A crunchy and flavourful savoury snack recipe, brought to us by Squirrel Sisters! A crunchy and flavourful savoury snack recipe, brought to us by Squirrel Sisters!<br/>This snack is flavoursome, filling and perfect for picking at. The chickpeas are coated with ras-el-hanout, a classic Moroccan spice mix, and tangy lemon juice. Irresistibly good!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Serves 4</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 400-g/14-oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed<br /> 2 tbsp olive oil<br /> 2 tbsp lemon juice<br /> 2&ndash;3 tsp ras-el-hanout spice mix (depending on how spicy you want them)<br /> 1 tsp flaked sea salt<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Preheat the oven to 200&deg;C/400&deg;F/Gas Mark 6.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put the chickpeas in a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Stir well to coat.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tip the chickpeas into a roasting pan and spread out into an even layer. Make sure all the liquid goes in too, as the lemon juice will evaporate and leave a lovely tangy flavour on the chickpeas.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Pop in the preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir everything around well, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Serve warm or allow to cool in the pan, then pack into small food bags in individual portions.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">This recipe is from The Squirrel Sisters&#39; brand new book: Naturally Delicious Snacks &amp; Treats which is available to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naturally-Delicious-Snacks-Treats-healthy/dp/1911595636/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1516618262&amp;sr=1-1-spell&amp;keywords=grcie+tyrrell&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=pavibook-21&amp;linkId=561b5b89a25cb79947c65f2d12a3f70f" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">buy</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">&nbsp;on Amazon.</span><br /> &nbsp; 0 Black Forest Trail Mix http://www.planetorganic.com/black-forest-trail-mix/ http://www.planetorganic.com/black-forest-trail-mix/#comments Tues, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /black-forest-trail-mix/ An easy peasy grab-and-go snack recipe, brought to us by Squirrel Sisters! An easy peasy grab-and-go snack recipe, brought to us by Squirrel Sisters!<br/>Dark chocolate in bars is usually much better quality than the cooking chocolate drops, so buy a good high cocoa- percentage bar and chop it yourself. The cocoa nibs really maximise the chocolate flavour, but can be a little bitter, so leave out if you&rsquo;re not a strong chocolate fan!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Serves 2</strong><br /> 40g/1&frac12; oz dark (bittersweet) chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, roughly chopped<br /> 50g/1&frac34; oz/1&frasl;3 cup dried cherries<br /> 50g/13/4 oz/1&frasl;3 cup whole unblanched almonds<br /> 30g/1oz/1&frasl;6 cup unroasted buckwheat groats<br /> 10g/1&frasl;3oz/1 tbsp cocoa nibs (optional)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mix all the ingredients together, then divide into bags to snack from.<br /> <br /> This recipe is from The Squirrel Sisters&#39; brand new book: Naturally Delicious Snacks &amp; Treats which is available to <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naturally-Delicious-Snacks-Treats-healthy/dp/1911595636/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1516618262&amp;sr=1-1-spell&amp;keywords=grcie+tyrrell&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=pavibook-21&amp;linkId=561b5b89a25cb79947c65f2d12a3f70f">buy</a> on Amazon.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Power your body with Green Energy: Welcome to Matcha May! http://www.planetorganic.com/power-your-body-with-green-energy-welcome-to-matcha-may/ http://www.planetorganic.com/power-your-body-with-green-energy-welcome-to-matcha-may/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /power-your-body-with-green-energy-welcome-to-matcha-may/ Matcha is pretty awesome. So awesome, we think that it deserves its own month. Welcome to Matcha May!<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve created 3 delicious specials to celebrate matcha and help you to power your body with green energy.<br /> <br /> When most people think of matcha, they think of a creamy matcha latte or, for the hardcores, a simple matcha tea. This May, we want to show you that matcha isn&rsquo;t just for hot drinks, it is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used in smoothies or shakes and even baking.<br /> The rule that all green food is good for you definitely applies to matcha. It is rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, which are a type of antioxidant. The levels you find in matcha are considerably higher than in normal green tea. Not only that but matcha contains a dreamy combo of caffeine and L-theanine. This gives you a great energy and mental clarity boost but prevents the typical caffeine crash a couple of hours later.<br /> <br /> If you&rsquo;re new to matcha or already a convert, try our specials this May and celebrate the magic of matcha with us!<br /> <br /> <strong>Matcha Mylkshake:</strong> an indulgent, creamy vegan shake made with coconut mylk, banana, Booja Booja vanilla ice cream and MATCHA.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sourdough Matcha &amp; Almond Cookie:</strong> one for all you vegan cookie monsters out there. A spelt &amp; almond sourdough cookie with coconut. Sweetened with coconut sugar and elevated with a blend of wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, green tea and MATCHA.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matcha &amp; Raspberry Muffin:</strong> a matcha recipe for the more traditional eaters out there. This muffin uses organic whole milk, butter and eggs to create a light, fluffy muffin with added raspberries and MATCHA.&nbsp; 0 Protein Packed Vanilla Vegan Chia Pudding http://www.planetorganic.com/protein-packed-vanilla-vegan-chia-pudding/ http://www.planetorganic.com/protein-packed-vanilla-vegan-chia-pudding/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /protein-packed-vanilla-vegan-chia-pudding/ Serves 1 | 5 Minutes Prep Time<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">&nbsp;| Over 20g of Protein<br /> <br /> Brought to us by <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=Vega">Vega</a></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The perfect &lsquo;grab and go&rsquo; breakfast for your busy morning that is protein powered and utterly scrumptious.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 mashed banana<br /> 2 Tbsp chia seeds<br /> 185 - 375 mL unsweetened almond drink<br /> &frac12; tsp vanilla extract<br /> 1 scoop (34 g) <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/vega-essentials-vanilla-749g/25712/">vanilla Vega&reg; Essentials </a>&nbsp;<br /> <em>Optional toppings: </em>orange zest, dried apricots, pecans, maple syrup<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Preparation</strong> <ol> <li>Mix the mashed banana with the chia seeds, almond drink, vanilla extract and Vega. Place covered in the fridge overnight.</li> <li>In the morning, stir well and add your toppings of choice.</li> </ol> 0 Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie by Livia's Kitchen http://www.planetorganic.com/peanut-butter-fudge-brownie-by-livias-kitchen/ http://www.planetorganic.com/peanut-butter-fudge-brownie-by-livias-kitchen/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /peanut-butter-fudge-brownie-by-livias-kitchen/ These Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies are the dream! Anything with chocolate and peanut butter makes us go mad in the office and it&rsquo;s safe to say that this recipe was a success! The brownie is super chewy because it isn&rsquo;t baked and the peanut butter fudge is soft. We sprinkled on some <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=biccy%20boms">Biccy Boms</a> and Nugglets* for extra indulgence. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Makes: 8 squares<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Brownie base</strong><br /> 15g melted coconut oil (1 tbsp)<br /> 75g maple syrup (1/4 cup)<br /> 50g ground almonds (1/2 cup)<br /> 15g cacao powder (2 tbsp)<br /> 35g buckwheat (1/4 cup)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> <strong>Peanut Butter Caramel</strong><br /> 215g smooth peanut butter (3/4 cup)<br /> 15g coconut oil (1 tbsp)<br /> 150g maple syrup (1/2 cup)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> <strong>Toppings</strong><br /> Whole peanuts<br /> Raisins<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the brownie: mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, ground almonds, cacao powder, buckwheat flour and salt into a paste.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put your brownie in a lined tin (20 cm x 10 cm) and press it down, make sure that the surface is even. Keep it in the freezer while you make your peanut butter caramel.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the peanut butter caramel: put the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When the coconut oil has melted use a whisk and whisk until everything&rsquo;s combined. When your fudge reaches a boil let it boil while you whisk for about 3 minutes and then it&rsquo;s done.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Pour your fudge on top of the brownie and sprinkle on some chopped peanuts and raisins. Keep it in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour, until the fudge is completely cool.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We chose to use some extra toppings (because this is definitely a case where more is more!) so we sprinkled on some <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=biccy%20boms">Biccy Boms</a> and our new product Nugglets* when they were out of the freezer.<br /> <br /> *Nugglets coming soon, to a Planet Organic near you!<br /> &nbsp; 0 Pump up the Plant Protein with Motion Nutrition http://www.planetorganic.com/pump-up-the-plant-protein-with-motion-nutrition/ http://www.planetorganic.com/pump-up-the-plant-protein-with-motion-nutrition/#comments Tues, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /pump-up-the-plant-protein-with-motion-nutrition/ Introducing our limited edition protein menu featuring Motion Nutrition&rsquo;s roasted peanut vegan protein powder. We&rsquo;ve carefully crafted 4 new protein drinks &amp; eats to make it tastier and easier for you to get your protein hit. Whether you&rsquo;re looking for a post gym snack, a high protein breakfast or simply an afternoon protein boost to keep you satiated until dinner, our menu has something for you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ve teamed up with Motion Nutrition, using their vegan peanut protein in 3 of our specials. Made from roasted peanuts, yellow peas, raw pumpkin seeds, hemp seed protein and nothing else it is a fantastic vegan, organic, soy &amp; gluten free protein powder. Due to the blend of 4 different protein sources, it provides a complete amino acid profile and 17g of protein per serving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Power Peanut Latte</strong><br /> For when you just don&rsquo;t want a smoothie&hellip;.combining the peanut protein with super foods and coconut mylk we&rsquo;ve created this creamy vanilla-peanut latte. Because there just aren&rsquo;t enough hot protein drinks out there!<br /> <em>Motion Nutrition vegan peanut protein, baobab, linseed, acerola cherry, vanilla, carob, bee pollen with coconut mylk</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Press Up Smoothie</strong><br /> Basics are often best&hellip;.you can use dumbbells, Olympic bars and TRX cables but you&rsquo;ll always go back to a good old fashioned press up. This smoothie is like a press up, it combines all our favourite essential smoothie ingredients, the ones we go back to time and time again, because well, they just work.<br /> <em>Motion Nutrition vegan peanut protein, banana, spinach, dates with coconut mylk</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Green Protein Machine Smoothie Bowl</strong><br /> You&rsquo;ve tried our Green Machine smoothie and you loved it (if you haven&rsquo;t where have you been?!) It&rsquo;s one of our most popular drinks, so we thought, why not turn it into something a bit more substantial for when a smoothie won&rsquo;t get you there? We&rsquo;ve combined all the ingredients of our Green Machine with peanut protein, dates and coconut mylk then topped it with peanut butter (extra protein!) and granola for a great meal any time of day.<br /> <em>Motion Nutrition vegan peanut protein, banana, broccoli, spinach, parsley, mint, ginger, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, dates &amp; coconut mylk topped with peanut butter, granola, goji berries &amp; coconut. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Vegan Black Bean Brownie</strong><br /> Instead of protein powder, we&rsquo;ve combined several naturally high protein ingredients to create a gooey chocolate brownie that will compete with the best out there. Black beans, almond butter and flaxseed give this brownie its protein credentials. On top of that we&rsquo;ve left out the eggs, dairy and gluten to make sure everyone can try it!<br /> <em>Black beans, almond butter, cacao powder, flaxseed, vanilla, coconut sugar, salt, baking soda &amp; dark chocolate chips. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our protein specials are available in all our stores throughout April. Check out all our other amazing protein offers instore too, and please share what you tried with us on Instagram! 0 Vegan Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream Sandwiches http://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-chocolate-hot-cross-bun-ice-cream-sandwiches/ http://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-chocolate-hot-cross-bun-ice-cream-sandwiches/#comments Thurs, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /vegan-chocolate-hot-cross-bun-ice-cream-sandwiches/ Change it up this Easter with a celebratory chocolatey twist on a seasonal classic Change it up this Easter with a celebratory chocolatey twist on a seasonal classic<br/><p style="box-sizing: border-box; letter-spacing: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Makes: 6</strong></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; letter-spacing: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Dry ingredients:</strong><br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 255g plain flour<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 1 tsp mixed spice<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 1 tsp cinnamon<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 1/4 tsp salt<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 80g<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;Love Cocoa&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ohttp://www.planetorganic.com/love-cocoa-dark-chocolate-bar-80g/26915/" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" target="_blank" title="dark chocolate luxury chocolate bar">Ecuador 70% Organic</a>&nbsp;Dark Chocolate, finely chopped</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; letter-spacing: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Wet ingredients:</strong><br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 4 tbsp vegan butter, melted &ndash; or you can use coconut oil<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 150ml plant-based milk of choice, warmed<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 7g sachet of yeast<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 3 tbsp coconut sugar &ndash; or you can use brown sugar<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> Vegan ice cream to serve - we love Booja Booja</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; letter-spacing: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">For the crosses:</strong><br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> Use more melted chocolate&nbsp;to create the crosses<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/chocolate-hot-cross-bun-ice-cream-sandwiches.jpg" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; letter-spacing: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Method:</strong></p> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 30px; margin-left: 20px; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-position: outside; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: 1.2000000476837158px; line-height: 20px; text-align: center;"> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Heat the milk until it&rsquo;s slightly warm, but not too hot or it will kill the yeast. Pour into a bowl and mix in the sugar and yeast. Leave to the side for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to grow.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, spices, salt and chopped chocolate.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Fold in the yeast mixture and melted butter/coconut oil. Mix until a dough forms and then kneed for a couple of minutes. Add more milk if needed.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Cover with cling film and a towel. Leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours to rise.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Once the dough has doubled in size, divide into 6 balls and arrange in a lightly oiled tin/baking dish. I used a loaf tin. Cover and leave to rise again for 20 minutes.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Preheat your oven to 190*C (170*C fan assisted) and bake for 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool completely before creating the crosses.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">Use melted chocolate and a piping bag (or a spoon) to create the crosses.</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 0.4em;">To serve &ndash; Halve a hot cross bun and place a scoop of your favourite ice cream (I&nbsp;recommend chocolate!) on the bottom half then sandwich with the top half.</li> </ul> 0 One-Pan Green Frittata http://www.planetorganic.com/one-pan-green-frittata/ http://www.planetorganic.com/one-pan-green-frittata/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Lee Holmes /one-pan-green-frittata/ Exclusive gut-boosting recipe from Lee Holmes in anticipation of the UK launch of her latest book, 'Supercharge Your Gut' Exclusive gut-boosting recipe from Lee Holmes in anticipation of the UK launch of her latest book, 'Supercharge Your Gut'<br/>I really do enjoy a good one-pan dish, and this green frittata scores high on both simplicity and supercharged goodness. I&rsquo;ll take any opportunity to cram more greens into my day, and this frittata is loaded with spring onions, spinach, kale and broccoli &mdash; all rich in micronutrients and compounds important for cleansing the gut, and giving a bile-moving blessing to your liver.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">SERVES 4&ndash;6&nbsp;</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets<br /> 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve<br /> 3 spring onions (scallions), chopped<br /> 45 g (1&frac12; oz/1 cup) baby English spinach leaves<br /> 3 kale leaves, centre spines and stems removed, then chopped<br /> &frac12; teaspoon ground cumin<br /> 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest<br /> 1 teaspoon lemon juice<br /> 12 free-range eggs, whisked<br /> 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Preheat the oven to 190&deg;C (375&deg;F).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the broccoli and blanch for 3&ndash;5 minutes, or until tender&ndash;crisp. Drain and set aside.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan over medium heat, then cook the spring onion for a few minutes, until softened.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add the broccoli, spinach and kale and saut&eacute; for about 3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the cumin, lemon zest and lemon juice.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Pour the eggs over, sprinkle with the nutritional yeast and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the eggs are set and golden.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Carefully remove the pan from the oven &mdash; the handle will be hot! Dress with an extra drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt and serve.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">(GF WF DF SF)<br /> <br /> *We are so excited to be hosting Lee&#39;s upcoming UK Book Launch for her new book <em>&#39;Supercharge Your Gut&#39;&nbsp;</em>in store on the 29th of March. If you&#39;d like to join us, check out our <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/upcoming-events/">event page</a>.</span><br /> &nbsp; 0 Delicious Gluten-free Waffles by Livia's Kitchen http://www.planetorganic.com/delicious-gluten-free-waffles-by-livias-kitchen/ http://www.planetorganic.com/delicious-gluten-free-waffles-by-livias-kitchen/#comments Tues, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /delicious-gluten-free-waffles-by-livias-kitchen/ The 25th of March is Waffle Day! Get on board with this Swedish tradition by rustling up the stack of gluten free & vegan waffles by one of our favourite ladies in the free-from treats game. The 25th of March is Waffle Day! Get on board with this Swedish tradition by rustling up the stack of gluten free & vegan waffles by one of our favourite ladies in the free-from treats game.<br/>With Waffle Day coming up towards the end of the month,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=livia">Livia&rsquo;s Kitchen</a> figured a delicious waffle recipe is in order! The recipe is super easy to make and the perfect treat to share with your friends and family. The texture of these gluten-free waffles is great because of the chewiness that you get from the ground almonds and the arrowroot really helps holding everything together. We know it&rsquo;s all about the toppings so go all out with &nbsp;dairy free ice-cream, jam, sauces and other treats!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This recipe makes one big Belgian waffle.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em><u>Ingredients</u></em></strong>:<br /> 1 cup <a href="http://http://www.planetorganic.com/rebel-kitchen-whole-coconut-mylk-1l/27600/">Rebel Kitchen Whole Dairy Free Mylk</a> (245g)<br /> 1 &frac12; tbsp coconut oil (23g)<br /> 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (3g)<br /> &frac12; cup oat flour (65g)<br /> 1 cup ground almonds (100g)<br /> 1 cup buckwheat flour (140g)<br /> A pinch of salt<br /> 1 tsp arrowroot powder (5g)<br /> &frac14; cup coconut sugar (40g)<br /> 1 tsp cinnamon powder (2g)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em><u>Method</u></em></strong>:<br /> Put the coconut oil and coconut milk in a pan and melt it on a low heat. Once it&rsquo;s melted take it off the heat and add the apple cider vinegar, mix and leave to the side.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mix the oat flour, ground almonds, buckwheat flour, salt, arrowroot powder, coconut sugar and cinnamon powder in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients and combine everything.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heat up your waffle iron and add the mix. Check it every now and then and once it&rsquo;s coloured and crispy it&rsquo;s ready.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Top it with your favourite toppings! We used <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/booja-booja/?name=booja+booja">Booja Booja</a> vanilla ice cream, chocolate <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/livias-kitchen-chocolate-biccy-boms-120g/26245/">Biccy Boms</a>, homemade cherry jam and homemade salted caramel sauce.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Livia's%20Kitchen%20Waffle%20Stack.jpg" /> 0 Introducing Planet Special..Coconut Oil Matcha http://www.planetorganic.com/introducing-planet-specialcoconut-oil-matcha/ http://www.planetorganic.com/introducing-planet-specialcoconut-oil-matcha/#comments Thurs, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /introducing-planet-specialcoconut-oil-matcha/ You&rsquo;ve all heard of our coconut oil coffee; combining espresso, butter and coconut oil for a fat fuelled, great start to the morning. Now we&rsquo;ve given our matcha latte a coconut oil makeover.<br /> Combining ceremonial grade matcha green tea powder with coconut oil and butter this is a matcha latte taken to the next level.<br /> <br /> All you matcha lovers out there already know why you drink it&hellip;its packed full of antioxidants in distinctly higher levels than normal green tea. Matcha contains caffeine, so you&rsquo;ll still get the energy boost you get from your coffee but, importantly, it also contains L-theanine which alters the effects of the caffeine. This means you get all the good stuff but it helps you avoid the energy crash that you often get a while after your coffee.<br /> <br /> This drink isn&rsquo;t all about the matcha; the butter and coconut oil are really important too. &nbsp;The key component here is the fat content of the butter and oil. Fat makes you feel fuller for longer, so starting the day with a dose of healthy fats will help you through to lunch without reaching for a snack. Fat also slows down the absorption of carbohydrates which helps to reduce insulin spikes and maintain a more consistent blood sugar.<br /> <br /> All in all, we think this is a pretty great new drink! Combining the benefits of matcha tea along with healthy fats will give you a great boost at any time of day.<br /> <br /> The Coconut Oil Matcha will be available at all of our stores throughout March and April.&nbsp; If you would like yours vegan, just ask our team.&nbsp; 0 Bee Energised Energy & Focus Juice http://www.planetorganic.com/bee-energised-energy--focus-juice/ http://www.planetorganic.com/bee-energised-energy--focus-juice/#comments Thurs, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /bee-energised-energy--focus-juice/ Boost your brain power with this speedy concoction from UnBEElievable Boost your brain power with this speedy concoction from UnBEElievable<br/><div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Most of us tend to feel run down, tired &amp; experience brain fog from time to time (if not much of the time!). Improving your diet by reducing sugar intake &amp; eating more fruits and vegetables can help. Supplementing your diet with certain nutritional supplements can also provide a further boost.</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=unbeelievable%20health">Unbeelievable Health</a>&#39;s Bee Energised energy &amp; focus supplements are unique in that they combine concentrated amounts of plant sourced nutrients with proven benefits which are not usually found in a regular diet or multi vitamin. The capsule contents can be opened into juices, smoothies and low heat recipes.&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">They contain organic bee pollen of the highest quality from the pristine hills of Galicia Spain, organic matcha tea &amp; spirulina, along with rose hips (one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C), ginseng, B vitamins, and more.&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Award winning Bee Energised is Vegetarian Society Approved &amp; formulated by nutritionists. They help improve energy &amp; focus without the jitters and crashes (due to the high levels of l-theanine) and benefits build with time. Bee Energised is helpful for fitness &amp; sports training, at work, before &amp; during exams, when run down, experiencing jet lag &amp; to help resolve ongoing issues with fatigue and lethargy.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif;"><br /> <font color="#6aa84f" size="4"><b>Recipe:</b></font></div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Handful of spinach</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Small cucumber&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">2/3 cup pineapple</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">1 1/2 cups coconut (or plain) water</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">1 apple (core removed)</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Fresh mint or basil (optional)</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Capsule contents of 2 <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/bee-energised-energy-focus-supplement-20-caps/23785/">Bee Energised</a></div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Wash all fruit &amp; veg and whizz up ingredients in a blender or Nutribullet. Should make enough for 1-2 juices.</div> </div> </div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</div> <div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; font-family: tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">This juice is a great way to get a tasty blast of get up and go!!&nbsp;</div> 0 Sweet n' Salty Almond Chocolate Tart http://www.planetorganic.com/sweet-n-salty-almond-chocolate-tart/ http://www.planetorganic.com/sweet-n-salty-almond-chocolate-tart/#comments Weds, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /sweet-n-salty-almond-chocolate-tart/ A decadent sweet ‘n’ salty chocolate tart with a crushed biscuit base and filled with a rich, silky chocolate mousse. Topped with flaked almonds and crumbled Sweet ‘n’ Salty almond Chocolate Bars, this one is almost too good to share! (Gluten free, vegan and free from refined sugar) A decadent sweet ‘n’ salty chocolate tart with a crushed biscuit base and filled with a rich, silky chocolate mousse. Topped with flaked almonds and crumbled Sweet ‘n’ Salty almond Chocolate Bars, this one is almost too good to share! (Gluten free, vegan and free from refined sugar)<br/><strong><u>Ingredients</u></strong><br /> <br /> <u>For the base</u><br /> 1 bag (160g) <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/rhythm-108-double-chocolate-oohlala-tea-biscuit-160g/26237/">Rhythm108 Double Choco-Hazelnut Tea Biscuits</a><br /> 2 tablespoons Almond Butter<br /> Pinch of salt<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u>For the filling</u><br /> 2 x 350g packs of silken tofu<br /> 200g refined sugar free dark chocolate<br /> 4 teaspoons cacao powder<br /> 1 vanilla pod<br /> 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup<br /> 1 teaspoon salt<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u>For the toppings</u><br /> 1 tablespoon toasted flaked almonds<br /> 2 Rhythm108 Sweet &lsquo;n&rsquo; Salty Chocolate Bars<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>Method</u></strong><br /> <br /> 1. In a blender, blitz together the Tea Biscuits with the almond butter until the mixture starts to hold together.<br /> <br /> 2. Press the biscuit mixture into a pie or quiche tin that has a loose base. Using this type of tin will make it a lot easier to remove the pie before serving. Pop the base into the freezer to set while you make the filling.<br /> <br /> 3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave until silky and smooth and allow to cool slightly. Blend the melted chocolate together with all the remaining ingredients for the filling until thoroughly combined. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times as you go.<br /> <br /> 4. Remove the tart crust from the freezer and spoon the filling into the tin, smoothing as you go until you have a nice even chocolatey layer. Freeze for at least an hour, or until ready to serve.<br /> <br /> 5. Remove the tart from the freezer and allow to defrost slightly before topping with the flaked almonds and crumbled Sweet &lsquo;n&rsquo; Salty Chocolate Bars. Remove from the tin and cut into slices &ndash; as big as you like! Enjoy as it is, or serve with berries for a bit of added sweetness.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/tart%207.jpg" /><br /> <br /> Recipe brought to us by <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=rhythm108">Rhythm108</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 COMPETITION WINNER: Emma Gill's 5 Ingredient Pancake Stack http://www.planetorganic.com/competition-winner-emma-gills-5-ingredient-pancake-stack/ http://www.planetorganic.com/competition-winner-emma-gills-5-ingredient-pancake-stack/#comments Weds, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /competition-winner-emma-gills-5-ingredient-pancake-stack/ We teamed up with Macacha in a quest to find the best pancake recipe in the land and we finally have our winner! @fruitsandroutes wowed us with her 5 ingredient Macacha protein pancakes which are vegan, gluten free, and contain no refined sugar, to boot! You have to try these, pancake day or no pancake day! We teamed up with Macacha in a quest to find the best pancake recipe in the land and we finally have our winner! @fruitsandroutes wowed us with her 5 ingredient Macacha protein pancakes which are vegan, gluten free, and contain no refined sugar, to boot! You have to try these, pancake day or no pancake day! <br/><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"> <ul style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 1em; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline: 0px;"> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">40g buckwheat flour (can use brown rice/wholemeal/spelt flour instead depending on what you have but this may change the taste &amp; texture so let me know how it goes if you give it a try)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">10g oats</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">200ml almond milk (unsweetened)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">1/2 small banana (the riper the better)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">5g ground flax seed (this binds it together so don&rsquo;t omit!)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Optional but recommended: 1 tbsp macacha vanilla, maca &amp; yerba mate blend</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;">Pinch sea salt</li> <li style="margin: 0px; outline: 0px;">Topping ideas: stewed berries, coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs, granola...&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div><strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <ol style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 1em; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline: 0px;"> <li style="outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Place all your ingredients (minus toppings) in a blender and blend on medium/high speed until fully combined. You want the oats to have disintegrated in the mix so that you have a thick, smooth consistency.</span></li> <li style="outline: 0px;">&nbsp;</li> <li style="outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Melt a tsp of coconut oil in a large non-stick pan over a medium/ high heat, and once the surface is hot pour half your mixture onto the pan in 4 separate areas so they don&rsquo;t touch, forming your first 4 pancakes. </span></li> <li style="outline: 0px;">&nbsp;</li> <li style="outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Leave to cook for 3 or so minutes until small bubbles appear on the surface before flipping them and cooking for a further 2 minutes, until golden and cooked through.</span></li> <li style="outline: 0px;">&nbsp;</li> <li style="outline: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Repeat with the rest of your mixture, then plate up and top to suit your wildest dreams!</span></li> </ol> </div> </div> 0 Raspberry Pancakes with a Vegan Caramel Sauce http://www.planetorganic.com/raspberry-pancakes-with-a-vegan-caramel-sauce/ http://www.planetorganic.com/raspberry-pancakes-with-a-vegan-caramel-sauce/#comments Tues, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /raspberry-pancakes-with-a-vegan-caramel-sauce/ <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="592"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"><strong><u>Ingredients:</u></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Pancakes:</strong> <ul> <li>1 x <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/boutique-bake-protein-pancake-mix-290g/27746/">Protein Pancake Mix by Boutique Bake</a></li> <li>400ml of Almond or Other Dairy Free Milk</li> <li>2 mashed ripe bananas</li> <li>125g of Raspberries, chopped in half</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Salted Caramel Topping:</strong> <ul> <li>15 Dates</li> <li>4 Tablespoons of warm water (Add 1 more depending on dryness)</li> <li>A pinch of Sea Salt</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Maple Pecans</strong> <ul> <li>1 dessert spoon of Maple Syrup</li> <li>A large handful of pecans</li> <li>Pinch of sea salt</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Toppings</strong> <ul> <li>125g of raspberries, sliced in half</li> <li>Half of a pomegranate</li> <li>Drizzle of Maple Syrup</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="clear:both;"><br /> <br /> <strong><u>Method</u></strong> <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Preheat oven to 180oc / Gas Mark 4. Line an oven proof dish with greaseproof paper.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Place pecans on tray and drizzle over maple syrup and sea salt.</li> <li>Bake for 10 mins until golden (Make sure to keep an eye on the pecans as they will burn easily!)</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Chop into small pieces and set aside until serving</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Next it&rsquo;s time to make our caramel sauce, place dates, salt and warm water into a food processor and blitz until completely smooth. This will take 5-10 mins.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Once blitzed and completely smooth, set aside until serving</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Pour your Pancake mix into a large mixing bowl and add in wet ingredients.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Mix well until there are no lumps! (If using the vegan version, mash/blend the bananas really well before adding to mix)</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Slice the raspberries in half and add them into batter. Mix well!</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Heat a frying pan over a high heat and add a small amount of coconut oil to grease the pan.&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Once hot, reduce to a medium heat and add 2 dessert spoons of the batter.&nbsp;</div> 0 Pack Your Reusables before You Go-Go http://www.planetorganic.com/pack-your-reusables-before-you-go-go/ http://www.planetorganic.com/pack-your-reusables-before-you-go-go/#comments Weds, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Unpackaged /pack-your-reusables-before-you-go-go/ In Part IV of our guide to sustainability, easy hacks to stay waste-free during even the busiest of days. In Part IV of our guide to sustainability, easy hacks to stay waste-free during even the busiest of days.<br/>You can see why Wham never sang that - it&rsquo;s not the catchiest of titles but it&rsquo;s a key way to live sustainably when you&rsquo;re out of the house; which most of us are, for most of the time!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Having said that, we all know the New Year is a terrible time to make Resolutions (New Year&rsquo;s Zero-lutions?) as studies&nbsp;show <em>&ldquo;that these &ldquo;temporal landmarks&rdquo; cause us to take a big-picture view of our lives; what they don&rsquo;t show is that it does us much good&hellip;mainly the fresh-start effect makes for unrealistic expectations and therefore disappointment&rdquo;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> BUT given all the media attention at the moment on ocean plastics, plastic free aisles,&nbsp;, a possible &#39;latte levy&#39; and whether &#39;deposit return schemes&#39;&nbsp;will be making a comeback &ndash; I thought you could all do with a reminder about how easy it is to tackle Zero Waste &lsquo;On-The-Go&rsquo;.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The issue comes down to the fact that the UK&rsquo;s recycling infrastructure was designed before the rise of all our On-The-Go&rsquo; consumption and now is groaning under the weight of it. The materials used for takeaway packaging are ever more complicated and un-recyclable. And the materials don&rsquo;t stay in the same place &ndash; if you take a coffee cup away then all the work that your caf&eacute; has done to source biodegradable packaging and provide the correct disposal, doesn&rsquo;t matter a jot if it ends up in a standard bin at your work. Furthermore, it&rsquo;s contaminated by food which complicates matters even more&hellip; Don&rsquo;t be under any illusion about this &ndash; almost all of your takeaway packaging is being incinerated, no matter how hard you try.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&#39;Our embrace of &#39;convenience&#39; and our acceptance of our inability to plan ahead is an entirely new way of thinking, and over the past seventy years we have built a new and different economic system to accommodate it&#39;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> So, we must tackle the problem at source and reduce first. I hate to say that it&rsquo;s as easy as 1-2-3 but it kinda is:<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Just make the decision.</li> <li>Buy some kit.</li> <li>And try and stick to it.</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> Let me elaborate:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Your starting point is to make the decision that you&rsquo;re going to try, as much as possible, to not use disposables &ndash; whether its water bottles, coffee cups, takeaway food packaging or straws. They&rsquo;re all avoidable if you decide in your head that&rsquo;s what you want to do. You don&rsquo;t have to be perfect; you will forget your reusable cup/ bottle/ container more than once, it&rsquo;s fine &ndash; just resolve to bring it the next time.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once you&rsquo;ve made the decision that this is what you want to do, then get yourself some kit. You&rsquo;ll need (and lots of these are available in Planet Organic as they make a real focus on helping you use reusables in their shops &amp; caf&eacute;s):<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>A reusable water bottle &ndash; I like <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=kleen%20kanteen">Kleen Kanteen</a> which are stainless steel and fairly indestructible so will last for ages (the key when investing in any reusable product).</li> <li>A reusable coffee cup (e.g. a sturdy plastic/ glass one from <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=keepcup">Keep Cup</a>), or even a collapsible <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/stojo-pocket-cup-black-355ml/27391/">Stojo</a> if you haven&rsquo;t got space to carry one.</li> <li>A lunchbox container is next and - once againstainless steel&nbsp;is brilliant as it&rsquo;s easy to clean and you can bash it around in your bag as much as you like.</li> <li>Finally &ndash; a small cloth bag for snacks &ndash; either ones you bring from home, or want to buy loose whilst on the go (snacks from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.beunpackaged.com/2015/03/full-product-list-unpackaged-at-planet-organic/">Unpackaged</a>&nbsp;at Planet Organic in Muswell Hill,&nbsp;Torrington Place and, from the 20th of Feb, from Westbourne Grove, for example)<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ol> Lots of Zero Waste blogs will tell you that you need to carry a reusable straw which I&rsquo;ve never found necessary &ndash; but the key thing is to ask for no straw when you order drinks out. Far too many places will add them in before you can say knife so you have to pre-empt!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> House your kit in a reusable shopping bag and you&rsquo;re good to go. Now you can start exploring all the brilliant businesses that are more than happy for you to bring your own &ndash; everyone wants your business so just explain to them what you&rsquo;re trying to do, and ask for their help to do so.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A good thing to do is to think about how and where you usually buy these goods, and put your reusables in the place they need to be, to make your life easier. If you pop away from your desk mid-morning for a coffee then you need a coffee cup that lives at work. If you drink water on the commute, your water bottle lives at home. Just a little bit of thinking will make it much easier to achieve.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And finally &ndash; some tips for when it goes wrong! Don&rsquo;t overload yourself. Start with the list above, even one would do (just choose the one you use most of to get the biggest impact) and then add in another idea when you&rsquo;re ready. Don&rsquo;t berate yourself if you forget; you will and it&rsquo;s not the end of the world &ndash; we all do. Ignore perfect #zerowaste social media posts which can be demoralizing as very few people are that perfect in real life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And make sure you ignore the naysayers &ndash; whether in your own family or work colleagues who tell you that one person&rsquo;s actions don&rsquo;t matter, they do. And if you get a bad reaction from someone in a shop or caf&eacute; &ndash; some people just don&rsquo;t get it, so explain it to them &ndash; they soon will. And if you can&rsquo;t convince them, take your business elsewhere.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I like to be gentle in my blogs as I know that being angry won&rsquo;t help get people on the journey - I want you to feel empowered not overwhelmed. But when I look at the world, and see how hard millions of people&rsquo;s lives are, it reminds me how fortunate and privileged we are to be the 1% (you may not always feel it but globally, you really are). And when I think of the luxury of all the purchases listed above &ndash; I think, really, this is the least we can do. Perhaps that thought might help push you over the line.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Happy #reusing and I&rsquo;ll be back next month with ideas for reducing waste in your home.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0 Moroccan Inspired Cinnamon Spiced Chia Pots with Fig and Pistachio Crumb http://www.planetorganic.com/-moroccan-inspired-cinnamon-spiced-chia-pots-with-fig-and-pistachio-crumb-vegan/ http://www.planetorganic.com/-moroccan-inspired-cinnamon-spiced-chia-pots-with-fig-and-pistachio-crumb-vegan/#comments Weds, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /-moroccan-inspired-cinnamon-spiced-chia-pots-with-fig-and-pistachio-crumb-vegan/ I have been working in the events industry for a decade, but hosting a memorable dinner or event is in my blood. My family are an eclectic bunch of creative, passionate and colourful personalities and for as long as I can remember we have gathered over hearty and lengthy meals to laugh, support, bicker, confide and celebrate. For me, the dinner table is a place where hosting friends and family is done with consideration, warmth, good humour and grace.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I really hate to jump on the complain train, but winter is a hard slog. Or at least it can be, not only for your mind, but also your body. We binge, we indulge, we crave stodgy comfort foods to warm us up and get us through the January blues.&nbsp; Before we succumb to the depths of despair however, I&rsquo;m happy to share a quick and easy little recipe that can double up as a breakfast or midday snack, and is both warming, seemingly indulgent but gloriously healthy all rolled into one. It&rsquo;s a cosy, colourful and nutritious little number that takes inspiration from sunnier climates, a Moroccan inspired dish that is bursting with sunshine in all of its warming spiced glory. I am more than confident that this recipe will restore you with, if not the joys of Christmas, at least the promise of Spring. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<u>Cinnamon spiced chia pots with fig and pistachio crumb (vegan)</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>2 x cups of almond milk</li> <li>&frac12; cup of chia seeds (black or white chia work equally well)</li> <li>&frac12; tsp ground cinnamon</li> <li>&frac12; tsp vanilla extract</li> <li>2 x tsp coconut sugar (honey or agave nectar will work well also)</li> <li>2 x ripe figs</li> <li>Small handful of pistachios, roughly chopped</li> <li>Pinch of edible dried rose petals (available in the baking section of supermarkets)</li> <li>Honey to drizzle (optional)</li> </ul> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Gently heat the almond milk over a low heat in a small saucepan, being careful not to boil</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Add the chia seeds, vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir for 3-5 minutes until thickened</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Add coconut sugar or alternative sweeteners to taste</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Pour into medium glass and allow to cool slightly</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Chop the jammy figs into rough chunks and scatter over each pudding with the pistachios and edible rose petals</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Drizzle a small amount of honey over the top for shine and extra sweetness</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <br /> <br /> <span class="f-xsmall"><span class="f-small"><em><u>About Jenna</u><br /> <br /> Drawing on my experience as an events professional and my personal passions in creating memorable dining experiences for family and friends, Chapel Lane was born.&nbsp; Chapel Lane represents an imagined destination where like-minded creatives come together to collaborate, create and celebrate. I handcraft foodie experiences to honour those moments in life that call for special attention. Whether it be a dinner party at home, a wedding or a product launch, I take a very tailored approach and offer bespoke experiences to suit every brand or individual.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I also hold regular workshops covering home entertaining tips in various locations around Surrey and London, as well as filming for my YouTube channel &ldquo;Chapel Lane &amp; Friends&rdquo;, which covers various topics on how to style and deliver wonderful experiences for friends.&nbsp; I hope to provide insight into the thousand small gestures that collectively make an occasion a special one so you too can spoil your loved ones in the comfort of your own home.</em></span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.chapel-lane.com" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;"><strong style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">www.chapel-lane.com</strong></a><br style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">@jennalelsby @chapel_lane_events&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">YOUTUBE: Chapel Lane &amp; Friends</strong></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Chocolate Coco Smoothie http://www.planetorganic.com/chocolate-coco-smoothie/ http://www.planetorganic.com/chocolate-coco-smoothie/#comments Tues, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /chocolate-coco-smoothie/ Savour this malty chocolate number from Vega! A protein and fibre-rich start to the day, with a hefty hit of potassium to boot. Savour this malty chocolate number from Vega! A protein and fibre-rich start to the day, with a hefty hit of potassium to boot.<br/>Serves 1 | 5 Minutes Prep Time<br /> By <a href="http://www.myvega.co.uk">Vega&reg;</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> When chocolate meets coconut - is there a better taste flavour&hellip;? Let your New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions include this smoothie recipe!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 375 mL coconut water<br /> 1 scoop (36 g)<a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/vega-essentials-chocolate-743g/25711/"> Chocolate Vega&reg; Essentials</a> &nbsp;<br /> 2-3 cubes vegan dark chocolate<br /> 30 g coconut flakes<br /> 1 frozen banana<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Preparation</strong> <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Add all ingredients to a blender, except the chocolate, and blend until smooth.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Add the chocolate and blend lightly to create small chocolate chunks.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <br /> <br /> For more delicious recipes by <a href="http://www.myvega.co.uk">Vega&reg;</a> make sure to follow them on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vegateam_uk/">Instagram,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/vegateam_uk">Twitter</a> (@VegaTeam_UK) and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/vegafanpage">Facebook</a>!&nbsp; 0 Pancakes With Cashew Mousse And Salted Caramel Popcorn http://www.planetorganic.com/pancakes-with-cashew-mousse-and-salted-caramel-popcorn/ http://www.planetorganic.com/pancakes-with-cashew-mousse-and-salted-caramel-popcorn/#comments Tues, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /pancakes-with-cashew-mousse-and-salted-caramel-popcorn/ Salty, caramel-y, pillow-y pancakes anyone? Salty, caramel-y, pillow-y pancakes anyone?<br/>We LOVE our pancakes. We love them so much that we&#39;ve had them with every imaginable topping (coconut jam, anyone?), so we decided to up our game and try something more... creative.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> How about a...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Gluten-Free Pancake Stack with Cashew Mousse and Salted Caramel Popcorn..?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Recipe for 2-3 people (depending on how hungry you are!)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>For The Pancakes:</strong><br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>1 Pack of <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/morning-dreamers-pancake-mix-200g/25972/">Morning Dreamers Pancakes</a></li> <li>&nbsp;3 eggs (or flax eggs)&nbsp;</li> <li>255ml of your choice of milk&nbsp;</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>For the mousse:</strong><br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">1.5 cups of r</span>oasted cashew nuts&nbsp;</li> <li>4 tbsp coconut oil<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">6 tbsp a</span>gave nectar or coconut nectar</li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">1/2 tsp v</span>anilla powder (or a cap full of vanilla extract)&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">1 tbsp l</span>emon juice</li> <li>&nbsp;A pinch of salt&nbsp;</li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">3-6 tbsp w</span>ater (start with 3 and odd the rest slowly if mixture is too thick)</li> <li><a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-sweet-salty-popcorn-25g/21386/">Salted Caramel Popcorn</a></li> </ul> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">?</span><br /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px;">Method</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the pancakes:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Preheat the pan on medium heat, add some vegetable or coconut oil. Whisk together milk and 3 eggs, add Morning Dreamers Pancake mix and mix until well-combined. Use a ladle or a large spoon to scoop the mix and put in the pan. Fry your pancake on one side until the top appears dry, then flip. Once cooked. place on the plate and repeat.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the cashew mousse:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add cashews into a blender and blitz on high-speed for a few seconds. Then add all remaining ingredients and continue mixing. Add water if necessary. The mousse should be smooth without cashew bits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once the mousse is ready, spread it between the layers of the pancake stack and decorate with some popcorn!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Voil&agrave;!&nbsp; 0 Mira Manek's 'Winter's Golden Chai' http://www.planetorganic.com/mira-maneks-winters-golden-chai/ http://www.planetorganic.com/mira-maneks-winters-golden-chai/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /mira-maneks-winters-golden-chai/ A steaming hot winter warmer freckled with the flavours of India and pepped up by the healing and energising properties of ginger, black pepper, turmeric and cinnamon A steaming hot winter warmer freckled with the flavours of India and pepped up by the healing and energising properties of ginger, black pepper, turmeric and cinnamon<br/>I just have to hear the word chai and I can almost smell the ginger fired cinnamon infused spice. Here, I&rsquo;ve just spiced up a simple turmeric milk with an enriching blend of healing spices. At home, I have a blend of seven spices which I usually stir into my cup of tea to make an easy masala chai, the first recipe in my book in fact! but there&rsquo;s simple ways to spice up your brew, grating ginger, sprinkling a little pepper, adding a dash of cinnamon. So here&rsquo;s something you can easily make at home.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 mug of almond, oat or any milk you prefer<br /> 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric<br /> 1 teaspoon grated ginger<br /> tiniest pinch of black pepper<br /> Generous pinch of cinnamon (and cardamom if you have it)<br /> 1-2 dates (or, if not blending the mixture, then use 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or agave nectar)<br /> <br /> Boil together all these ingredients so that the flavour of the ginger really comes through, then blend together in a high-speed blender for extra froth and so that the dates and ginger get blended. If not blending then you can use brown sugar or any other sweetener as mentioned in the ingredients. Then simply sieve into a mug (or leave the ginger pieces if you like to chew them) and drink.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <span class="f-small"><em>ABOUT MIRA MANEK<br /> Mira Manek is giving Indian food a facelift, making it lighter, brighter and healthier with her cookbook <u>Saffron Soul</u> and her sell-out Indian supperclubs, feasts and yoga brunches in London. Mira&rsquo;s debut cookbook Saffron Soul is a celebration of flavourful home-cooked Indian food, bringing together her grandmother&rsquo;s and mother&rsquo;s traditional Gujarati thalis with her own modern inspired dishes. From beetroot coconut curry and masala grilled aubergine to shiro and saffron lime cheesecake, Saffron Soul covers a whole array of easy to make, beautifully photographed dishes, taking the spice box out of the context of curries and daals and into our modern day life. Mira is all about making Indian spices and food more accessible to all, and Saffron Soul is the start of that!</em></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Vegan Chocolate Brownies http://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-chocolate-brownies/ http://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-chocolate-brownies/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /vegan-chocolate-brownies/ Doisy & Dam put a superfood twist on a classic vegan bake Doisy & Dam put a superfood twist on a classic vegan bake<br/>These vegan brownies are soooo delish. Just make sure you keep an eye on them when cooking as a minute too long is the difference between gooey heaven and spongy cake.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ingredients<br /> <br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 200g D&amp;D&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/doisy-dam-maca-vanilla-cacao-nibs-chocolate-100g-100g/20541/">Maca, Vanilla and Nibs dark chocolate</a><br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 170g self-raising flour<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 180 g golden caster sugar<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pinch of Sea salt<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5 tablespoons sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 230 ml unsweetened soya or almond milk (obv we used <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-ultimate-almond-drink-1-litre/23002/">Rude Health&rsquo;s Ultimate Almond</a> as we are obsessed)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 200g pecan nuts chopped<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 50g cacao nibs raw or roasted<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Method<br /> <br /> 1. Preheat yo&rsquo; oven to 180&ordm;C/350&ordm;F/gas 4. Line a 20cm square (roughly) baking tin with greaseproof paper, use a little bit of oil in the tin before putting the paper in so it sticks neatly.<br /> <br /> 2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn&rsquo;t touch the water.<br /> <br /> 3.&nbsp;Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly/place choc in a microwaveable bowl and give it short 40 second blasts in the microwave stirring each time until it melts.<br /> <br /> 4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and a good pinch of salt.<br /> <br /> 5. Stir in the oil, substitute milk, vanilla extract and melted chocolate until combined.<br /> <br /> 6. Dip finger in mixture to try because you just can&rsquo;t help yourself.<br /> <br /> 7. Roughly chop and stir in the remaining chocolate and most of the pecans, saving some to make the top look pretty. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining pecans, then place into the oven for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.<br /> <br /> 8. Gobble them up.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Apple and Mint Wild Green Smoothie http://www.planetorganic.com/apple-and-mint-wild-green-smoothie/ http://www.planetorganic.com/apple-and-mint-wild-green-smoothie/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /apple-and-mint-wild-green-smoothie/ A right zinger of a smoothie recipe from our friends at Noble! A right zinger of a smoothie recipe from our friends at Noble!<br/><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><strong>What You&#39;ll Need:</strong></div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">1 handful of spinach</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">8-10 mint leaves</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">1 tablespoon avocado</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">1 scoop of <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/noble-wild-green-150g/27564/">Noble Wild Green</a> blend</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Half an apple</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Pinch of sea salt</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">250mls spring water or coconut water</li> </ul> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Simply throw everything into the blender all at once and whizz until smooth!&nbsp;</div> 0 Salted Peanut and Chocolate Cookies by Livia's Kitchen http://www.planetorganic.com/salted-peanut-and-chocolate-cookies-by-livias-kitchen/ http://www.planetorganic.com/salted-peanut-and-chocolate-cookies-by-livias-kitchen/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /salted-peanut-and-chocolate-cookies-by-livias-kitchen/ These gluten free salted peanut chocolate chip cookies are&nbsp;the perfect&nbsp;afternoon treat.&nbsp;They are so easy to make and perfect for making with the little ones to keep them busy. Who would have thought that just 6 ingredients could come together to make such a dreamy cookie? In this recipe we use a combination of naturally gluten free buckwheat flour and ground almonds to achieve the perfect&nbsp;soft texture. The saltiness from the peanuts balances perfectly with the sweet dark chocolate making them so delicious. We really struggled to have just the one each when we first made them in the Livia&#39;s Kitchen office!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Peanut%20Cookies%203.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong> <ul> <li>2 cups Ground Almond -250g</li> <li>&frac12; cup Buckwheat flour -75g</li> <li>&frac12; Tbsp coconut oil &ndash; 10g</li> <li>&frac14; cup peanut butter &ndash; 55g</li> <li>&frac14; cup Maple syrup &ndash; 70g</li> <li>&frac12; cup Raw chocolate &ndash; 105g</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a tray with baking paper.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add all of the ingredients&nbsp; (excluding the chocolate) into a bowl and stir until fully combined. Chop the chocolate into small squares and then add this. Fold this mixture well to ensure that the chocolate is evenly dispersed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Taking a tablespoon at a time, roll the mixture into a ball and then gently flatten onto the baking tray.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Place this into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">We love our cookies straight out of the oven with warm vanilla almond milk - yum!</span><br /> <br /> Dip, dunk, and enjoy!<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">See&nbsp;</span><a href="https://liviaskitchen.co.uk/category/recipes/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">here</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">&nbsp;for lots more delicious sweet treat recipes by Livia&rsquo;s Kitchen of if you fancy getting your hands on some of their goodies pop in store or see&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=livias%20kitchen" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;">online</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">.</span><br /> &nbsp; 0 Sugar: A Sickly Sweet Subject http://www.planetorganic.com/sugar-a-sickly-sweet-subject/ http://www.planetorganic.com/sugar-a-sickly-sweet-subject/#comments Weds, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /sugar-a-sickly-sweet-subject/ <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">The word that plagues our headlines, burns our ears, forces the creases between our eyebrows to deepen and yet at the same time, brings with it, an undeniable intrigue &ndash; is it really the be all and end all, can we just&nbsp;<i>cut it out</i>, do we even&nbsp;<i>need to</i>&nbsp;cut it out, is that&nbsp;<i>even possible!</i>? Would there be any improvement on our quality of life, our potential longevity or even on our mental wellbeing if we were to cut down our intake? Diana Bell-Irving, one half of the Sugar Free Siblings, gives us the low-down.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><br /> <span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">Many believe sugar is needed for our survival, to literally keep us alive, this is true in so far as the building blocks of carbohydrates (being sugars) are needed as part of a balanced diet, yet the substance we are referring to here is &lsquo;free sugars&rsquo;, comprised of 50% glucose &amp; 50% fructose (in general), which are absolutely not essential to life. Examples of these include HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and Sucrose (table sugar).</span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><img alt="Sugar Free Siblings" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Sugar%20Free%20Siblings%202.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Garamond, serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; text-align: justify;">Over the past 50 years the number of Obese individuals has gone from 1 in 8 to 1 in 3 and the prevalence of Diabetes has increased by 900% from the 1960s to today &ndash; these are some big, scary numbers, and if there are lifestyle changes, which don&rsquo;t ostracise one form society and that may have a positive impact on our health in preventing chronic conditions that our society is currently overcome by, then why not give them a go. Scientists, doctors and researchers have conducted thousands of studies on the addictive, fattening and overall negative impact too many free sugars can have on our health.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">When consumed the body will use the sugar as energy; any surplus fructose not needed by the body is stored in the liver as fatty acids (packaged as triglycerides), which becomes problematic when the storage levels are so high that conditions such as NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), as well as other excess consumption related conditions such as type II Diabetes and an increasing BMI, develop.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">Avoidance at all costs is not the advice here, a little here and there will do no harm, to be frank local honey when used to combat seasonal allergies can work wonders! Moderation is the key.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><br /> <span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">Free sugars have been vilified for many years now, and the debate swings in roundabouts between calories, fat intake, sugar consumption, how much protein one should eat, intermittent fasting, this diet and that &ndash; but why so many? For the very good reason that no one size fits all, no one diet will ensure every human reaches their perfect end goal, whatever said end goal may be, and further, because they are difficult, extraordinary so, to stick to. Yet, there is good news, reducing one&rsquo;s sugar consumption is manageable, stocking up your cupboards at home, your fridge at work, doing some batch cooking, rustling up a storm with your friends, family and flatmates as well as doing a little research into which food delivery companies drop off in your area is key. Making these small changes in your life mean that there is none of that last minute rushing to pick up the convenient, salt ridden, sugar preserved, artificially flavoured &amp; rancid vegetable oil filled ready meal or snack, excuse the lack of restraint but let&rsquo;s be realistic, anything that has a shelf life of multiple months has to be full of garbage to last that long.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">So, the solution? Just cut down on it where you can, eat more real food, food that you recognise, food that doesn&rsquo;t come in a cellophane wrapper with many multiple ingredients listed on the back, most of which you have never heard of or can&rsquo;t pronounce, buy some new pots and pans / wipe the dust off the ones you already have, get a good cookery book, read some food blogs, be imaginative, meet your local butcher &ndash; ask where they source the meat from, which pieces are good for slow cooking and which are not. Stock up those cupboards with herbs, spices, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=nut%20butter">nut butters</a>, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=coconut%20milk">coconut milks</a>, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=planet%20organic%20seeds">seeds</a>, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=planet%20organic%20quinoa">quinoa</a>, wild black rice, <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=planet%20organic%20porridge">jumbo porridge oats</a>, chia seeds and hemp kernels. Fill your freezer with organic berries and chopped bananas, pots of leftover curries, stews &amp; soups, and most importantly, ALWAYS keep the leftovers &ndash; they are truly the most wonderful base for the next meal, all you need to do is add some fresh salad leaves, or a pile of pea pasta, some hot roasted tomatoes, a slathering of olive oil, some paprika &amp; a dash of cumin, maybe even a slice or two of avocado or an egg &ndash; and hey presto you&rsquo;ve got yourself another yummy dish which you&rsquo;ve created.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><img alt="Sugar Free Siblings" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Sugar%20Free%20Siblings%204.jpg" /></p> <p class="gmail-MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><br /> <span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><span class="f-medium"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0cm;">Incorporating healthier and real food habits can only have a positive impact on our health; experimenting with new veg, difference cuts of meat, funky pastas, foraged herbs and multicoloured foods can be so exciting and they are often so easy to prepare, they can brighten up our kitchens and our cooking, plus, and perhaps even more importantly, they improve the overall health of our gut microbiome. Instead of restricting yourself and thinking too much about what you are, or are not, going to eat set easy goals, for example eat more veggies</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0cm;">, or rather eat at least 5 different veggies and 2 pieces of fruit a day.</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify; font-size: 12pt; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0cm;">&nbsp;O</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: justify; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Garamond, serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0cm;">ther ideas include having more wholegrains over white or processed carbs and having a chunk of good quality dark chocolate, some fruit &amp; a spoonful of nut butter instead of a sugary pudding. The harder the goal the more we all drift from it, so smaller achievable &lsquo;can do&rsquo; &amp; &lsquo;taking up&rsquo; habits are so much healthier and easier to maintain.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Check out @sugarfreesiblings and the other recipes on our blog for some always delicious, always low-sugar and no-sugar recipe ideas and make 2018 your best year yet.</span></span></span></span></p> 0 Raw Himalayan Salted Cacao & Coconut Truffles http://www.planetorganic.com/raw-himalayan-salted-cacao--coconut-truffles/ http://www.planetorganic.com/raw-himalayan-salted-cacao--coconut-truffles/#comments Weds, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /raw-himalayan-salted-cacao--coconut-truffles/ An indulgent truffle recipe, perfect for those late night munchies, brought to us by Noble. An indulgent truffle recipe, perfect for those late night munchies, brought to us by Noble.<br/><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><font size="2"><strong>Ingredients</strong></font></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><font size="2">150g medjool dates, pitted</font></span></li> </ul> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"> <ul> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2">50g finely chopped 85% organic chocolate</font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2">4 tablespoon&nbsp;cocoa butter, melted</font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2">2 tablespoon Noble&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/noble-himalayan-salted-cacao-150g/27562/">Himalayan Salted Cacao</a> blend, plus more for dusting</font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2">1 tablespoon of dessicated coconut</font></font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;">1/2 tsp sea salt</span></font></font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;">1 tsp of vanilla extract</span></font></font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><b style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: small; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;">1</b><span style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: small; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;">/2 tsp ground cinnamon</span></span></font></font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><span style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: small; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><font size="2"><span>1</span><span>/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)</span></font></span></span></font></font></span></font></font></span></li> <li style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><span style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: small; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><font size="2"><span>1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)</span></font></span></span></font></font></span></font></font></span></li> </ul> <div style="orphans: 2; widows: 2; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 24px; text-align: justify;"><br /> <span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span><font size="2"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><span style="line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: small; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><font size="2"><span><strong>Directions</strong></span></font></span></span></font></font></span></font></font></span><br /> <br /> <font size="2" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: 24px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;"><span>Place everything into a food preocessor and pulse everything together into a paste. With lightly oiled hands, roll the paste into small balls and then roll in Himalayan Salted Cacao powder to finish. Leave in the fridge to set. </span></font><font size="2" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: 24px; orphans: 2; text-align: justify; widows: 2;">For pure indulgence enjoy with a cup of Noble&rsquo;s Himalayan Salted Cacao or Roasted. &nbsp;</font><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> 0 Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Balls http://www.planetorganic.com/-vegan-chocolate-orange-energy-balls/ http://www.planetorganic.com/-vegan-chocolate-orange-energy-balls/#comments Tues, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /-vegan-chocolate-orange-energy-balls/ These vegan energy balls have a secret ingredient & you'll never guess what it is... Okay, you will, because it's avocado and it's always avocado! Regardless, these are truly scrumptious snack! These vegan energy balls have a secret ingredient & you'll never guess what it is... Okay, you will, because it's avocado and it's always avocado! Regardless, these are truly scrumptious snack!<br/>We love meeting inspiring and talented founders of other food brands. A few weeks ago we shared smoothies with Mary, a nutritionist who used to work for Jamie Oliver and then started her own business making delicious pots of dreamy avocado chocolate mousse. We loved them so much that we could not wait to try them with one of our mixes!<br /> <br /> The result was SO good that would have been unfair of us not to share the recipe with you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Recipe (makes 15 balls)</strong><br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>Chocolate Orange Healthy Avocado Choc Pod 1</li> <li>1 pack S<a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/bliss-ball-mix-168g/25975/">uperfood Bakery Bliss Balls</a></li> <li>10ml Agave Nectar</li> <li>1 tbsp Coconut Oil</li> <li>Juice and zest of half an orange</li> <li>Desiccated coconut to decorate</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method</strong> <ul> <li>Put all ingredients in a blender</li> <li>Blitz until well-combined</li> <li>Taste for sweetness and add more agave nectar if necessary</li> <li>Shape into balls and roll them in the desiccated coconut and orange zest until coated</li> <li>Refrigerate for 15 minutes before eating! YUM!</li> </ul> 0 Protein Smoothie with Avocado, Banana and Reishi http://www.planetorganic.com/protein-smoothie-with-avocado-banana-and-reishi/ http://www.planetorganic.com/protein-smoothie-with-avocado-banana-and-reishi/#comments Tues, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest /protein-smoothie-with-avocado-banana-and-reishi/ Georgie Holt from Form Nutrition shares her recipe for the ultimate energising smoothie. Georgie Holt from Form Nutrition shares her recipe for the ultimate energising smoothie.<br/><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"> <div><b style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Ingredients</b></div> <ul> <li>1 scoop <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/form-performance-protein-vanilla-520g/26295/">Form Performance Protein Vanilla</a></li> <li>1/4 avocado</li> <li>1/2 banana</li> <li>1 tbsp <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=cacao%20powder">cacao powder</a></li> <li>1/2 tbsp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/search/?name=reishi">reishi powder</a></li> <li>1 + 1/2 cups of hemp milk&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><br /> <b>Method</b><br /> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Add the hemp milk to your blender followed by the other ingredients</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Blend until smooth &amp; creamy</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Empty the mixture into your favourite glass</li> <li style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px; font-size: 12px;">Top with whatever you fancy for an extra nutritional boost - we like fresh fruit, cacao nibs and nuts or nut butter!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px; font-size: 12px;"><br /> <br /> -&nbsp;Thanks to @formnutrition and @fearlessbodies for this gorgeous recipe.</div> 0 Build the Ultimate Meat-Free Burger http://www.planetorganic.com/build-the-ultimate-meat-free-burger-/ http://www.planetorganic.com/build-the-ultimate-meat-free-burger-/#comments Tues, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /build-the-ultimate-meat-free-burger-/ Veganuary inspiration from our new vegan burger brand, Roots + Grains. Veganuary inspiration from our new vegan burger brand, Roots + Grains.<br/><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><u>Build The Ultimate Quinwah Burger:</u></div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Grab a Roots + Grains Quinwah burger (available from any Planet Organic store)</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Top with a yummy vegan cashew slaw&nbsp;- to make the slaw, blitz a cup of cashews with a cup of water and a tablespoon of coconut oil until they form a paste - if too watery add more cashews, if too stiff add more water.&nbsp;</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Next, julienne your favourite veggies (ours are carrots, cabbage and a little mango in the summer time!) and mix together along with the cashew cream.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Add salt and pepper to taste and lather all over your patty before sandwiching inside a bun and devouring!</span></li> </ul> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><img alt="Quinoa Burger" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Quinwah%20Burger.jpg" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal;" /></div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><br /> <br /> <u>Whip Up The Ultimate BBQ NUT Burger:</u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Get down to Planet Organic and get your hands on a couple of Roots + Grains BBQ Nut Burger patties&nbsp;</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Dice some red onions and mix with lemon juice to create a zingy relish</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Thinly slice a large beef tomato</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Grab some BBQ sauce</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Chunk up a ripe avocado</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Squeeze all the above into a bun of your choice (we like a toasted wholemeal number)</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Find a quiet corner with zero distractions</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Enjoy!</li> </ul> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BBQ%20Burger.jpg" /></div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><br /> <u>Concoct The Ultimate SHROOM Burger:</u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Start with a Roots + Grains Shroom Burger patty</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Slowly grill some oyster mushrooms in some toasty sesame oil</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Team with fresh curly lettuce, a little vegan hoisin sauce and your favourite stir fried veggies</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ultimate veg-tastic burger experience</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">!</span></li> </ul> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;"><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">Recipes have been put together by @rootsandgrains and are perfect for adding a little indulgence to a health-filled January!</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> 0 Introducing Planet Special.CBD Oil Coffee. http://www.planetorganic.com/introducing-planet-specialcbd-oil-coffee/ http://www.planetorganic.com/introducing-planet-specialcbd-oil-coffee/#comments Tues, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /introducing-planet-specialcbd-oil-coffee/ We’ve used 10% CBD Oil to create London’s only CBD oil coffee. We’ve used 10% CBD Oil to create London’s only CBD oil coffee.<br/><span class="f-mediumlarge">Combining espresso, butter, coconut oil and CBD oil, our new coffee is a seriously upgraded version of our coconut oil coffee.<br /> <br /> CBD is a cannabinoid derived from hemp. It has been proven to have a therapeutic value but is non-euphoric unlike certain strains of cannabis. CBD&rsquo;s list of reported benefits include; anti-depressive, anti-anxiety, sleep aid, muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory.<br /> Our CBD coffee contains 5 drops of 10% CBD oil. This is half your entire daily recommended intake as a supplement.</span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/CBD.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <span class="f-mediumlarge">This limited edition coffee will be available for January and February only, so get it while you can!<br /> <br /> In January, we&rsquo;re making several other changes to our drinks menus. First of all there are all our new charcoal drinks which you can <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/">read about here.</a><br /> <br /> Secondly we&rsquo;re keeping some (less Christmassy versions) of the favourites from our Seasonal menu. Our <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/special-edition-christmas-drinks-menu/">vegan hot chocolate</a>, made with real dark chocolate buttons, moves onto our main menu. We&rsquo;re also keeping our <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/special-edition-christmas-drinks-menu/">chai latte and dirty chai speciality coffee</a>. The hot drink menu will look slightly different, hopefully helping you to choose exactly which drink you&rsquo;re in the mood for.<br /> <br /> Obviously all our<a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/coffeeboards/"> normal tea and coffee will be available,</a> our speciality drinks remain with a few new recipes and we&rsquo;ll be introducing a speciality coffee section for when you just can&rsquo;t pick between the 2.&nbsp;</span><br /> &nbsp; 0 Don't be afraid of the dark. http://www.planetorganic.com/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/ http://www.planetorganic.com/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/#comments Tues, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/ This January try our new charcoal drinks. This January try our new charcoal drinks.<br/><span class="f-mediumlarge">In all our drinks we&rsquo;ve used a pharmaceutical grade, activated charcoal that is made from sustainable coconuts. Charcoal has been found to absorb toxins within the body and so is commonly used as a detox aid. For the same reasons it is also frequently used as a digestive aid to relive gas and bloating.<br /> <br /> <strong>Charcoal Latte:</strong> a creamy, delicious way to get some charcoal into your diet. We&rsquo;ve combined charcoal with coconut mylk and coconut nectar for a sweet and satisfying black latte.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/charcoal2.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Charcoal Coffee:</strong> we know many of you want to try our super food lattes but when it comes to ordering, the pull of a caffeine fix is just to great! Our charcoal coffee is for you, combining espresso with charcoal, coconut mylk and coconut nectar. You can have it all.<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/coffee_shot_juice.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Charcoal Refresher:</strong> charcoal isn&rsquo;t just for hot drinks. We&rsquo;ve created this super refreshing juice for your charcoal fix as well. Combining cucumber, lemon, manuka honey and charcoal, it is light and hydrating, just don&rsquo;t be put off by the colour! Ask us if you want a vegan version.<img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/juicecharcoal.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Charcoal Shot: </strong>a dose of charcoal in an instant. Our shot is the quickest way to get a charcoal hit. We&rsquo;ve combined charcoal, lemon, ginger &amp; manuka honey so it will give your immunity a boost as well as the benefits of the charcoal. Ask us if you want a vegan version. &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/juice_shot.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <em>Be careful and speak to your doctor about taking charcoal at the same time as prescription drugs as the charcoal can interfere with these.&nbsp;</em></span> 0 Survival Carrot & Turmeric Soup http://www.planetorganic.com/survival-carrot-turmeric-soup/ http://www.planetorganic.com/survival-carrot-turmeric-soup/#comments Weds, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Amelia Freer /survival-carrot-turmeric-soup/ <h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(22, 22, 22); margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Libre Baskerville', serif; text-rendering: optimizelegibility; letter-spacing: 1px; font-size: 1.563em; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-transform: none;"><br /> Ingredients:</h3> <ul> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1 onion, roughly chopped</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1 red or green chili, seeds removed, roughly chopped</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">6 carrots, roughly chopped</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1 cup of cashew nuts</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1 root of fresh turmeric, peeled and roughly chopped</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">&frac12; tsp ground cumin</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">2 tbsp coconut oil</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1 ltr fresh organic chicken stock</li> <li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">Fresh coriander to serve</li> </ul> <h3 style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(22, 22, 22); margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Libre Baskerville', serif; text-rendering: optimizelegibility; letter-spacing: 1px; font-size: 1.563em; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-transform: none;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/soup_autumn_02.jpg" style="font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 18px; font-size: 15px; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);" /><br /> <br /> Method:</h3> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45);">1) Heat a large pan and add the coconut oil.&nbsp; Once melted add the onion, garlic and chili and soften.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t brown or burn.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 2) Then add the carrots and mix well together.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 3) Season with &frac12; tsp sea salt and fresh black pepper.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 4) Then add the cashew nuts, cumin and turmeric.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 5) Pour over the stock, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 6) Turn the heat off and using a hand-held blender, blend until smooth.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /> 7) Sprinkle fresh coriander over the top when serving.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.414em; font-family: 'Open Sans', serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/autumn_soup.jpg" /></p> 0 Tofu Scramble http://www.planetorganic.com/tofu-scramble-/ http://www.planetorganic.com/tofu-scramble-/#comments Weds, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest /tofu-scramble-/ Perfect for a lazy winter morning Perfect for a lazy winter morning<br/>Author: Minimalist Baker<br /> Recipe type: Breakfast<br /> Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free<br /> Serves: 2<br /> <br /> <strong><span class="f-large">Ingredients</span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>SCRAMBLE</strong> <ul> <li>8 ounces extra-firm tofu</li> <li>1-2 Tbsp olive oil</li> <li>1/4 red onion, thinly sliced</li> <li>1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced</li> <li>2 cups kale, loosely chopped</li> </ul> <strong>SAUCE</strong> <ul> <li>1/2 tsp sea salt</li> <li>1/2 tsp garlic powder</li> <li>1/2 tsp cumin powder</li> <li>1/4 tsp chili powder</li> <li>water to thin</li> <li><em>optional: </em>1/4 tsp turmeric</li> </ul> <strong>FOR SERVING <em>(optional)</em></strong> <ul> <li>Salsa</li> <li>Cilantro</li> <li>Hot Sauce</li> <li>Breakfast potatoes, toast, and/or fruit</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <span class="f-mediumlarge"><strong>Instructions</strong></span><br /> Pat tofu dry and roll in a clean, absorbent towel with something heavy on top, such as a cast-iron skillet, for 15 minutes.<br /> <br /> While tofu is draining, prepare sauce by adding dry spices to a small bowl and adding enough water to make a pourable sauce. Set aside.<br /> <br /> Prep veggies and warm a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and the onion and red pepper. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook until softened - about 5 minutes.<br /> <br /> Add kale, season with a bit more salt and pepper, and cover to steam for 2 minutes.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, unwrap tofu and use a fork to crumble into bite-sized pieces.<br /> <br /> Use a spatula to move the veggies to one side of the pan and add tofu. Saut&eacute; for 2 minutes, then add sauce, pouring it mostly over the tofu and a little over the veggies. Stir immediately, evenly distributing the sauce. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until tofu is slightly browned.<br /> <br /> Serve immediately with the breakfast potatoes, toast, or fruit. I like to add more flavor with salsa, hot sauce, and/or fresh cilantro.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/tofu_scramble2.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/tofu_scramble.jpg" /> 0 Walnut Roast http://www.planetorganic.com/walnut-roast/ http://www.planetorganic.com/walnut-roast/#comments Weds, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /walnut-roast/ <strong>Ingredients:</strong> <ul> <li>10g sunflower oil</li> <li>200g diced onion</li> <li>100g dice celery</li> <li>150g dice carrot</li> <li>200g &nbsp;sliced Portobello mushrooms</li> <li>20g garlic finely sliced &nbsp;</li> <li>200g walnut rough chopped and toasted for 5 mint at 180C</li> <li>350 g cooked green lentils</li> <li>300g cooked quinoa</li> <li>100g GF oats</li> <li>70g tomato puree</li> <li>30g tamari</li> <li>30g maple syrup</li> <li>15g Nutritional yeast</li> <li>20g Bouillon powder</li> <li>10g flaxseed &nbsp;meal</li> <li>2g salt</li> <li>2g black pepper</li> <li>8g mix herbs dry</li> <li>2g cayenne pepper</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> For the glaze : <ul> <li>50g tomato paste</li> <li>30 g Apple cider vinegar</li> <li>40g maple syrup</li> <li>20g tamari</li> </ul> <span class="f-medium"><strong>Method</strong></span><br /> Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 9x5 loaf tin with parchment and set aside<br /> <br /> In large pan, saut&eacute; the onion, carrot, celery, mushroom and garlic until carrots are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, mix herbs. Add tomato puree, tamari, bouillon and cook for another 5 minutes.<br /> <br /> Transfer vegetables to the bowl of food processor and add remaining ingredient excluding the walnuts. Process until s dough starts for form.<br /> <br /> Add walnuts and pulse to mix them with do but don&rsquo;t blend them.<br /> <br /> Transfer dough to the prepared loaf tin, pressing down with spatula. Smooth the top and prepare the glaze,<br /> <br /> Whisk all glaze ingredients together and &nbsp;&nbsp;pour over the loaf.<br /> <br /> Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake uncovered for another 5 min<br /> Remove loaf from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/walnut_roast.jpg" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Stay beautiful this winter http://www.planetorganic.com/stay-beautiful-this-winter/ http://www.planetorganic.com/stay-beautiful-this-winter/#comments Weds, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest /stay-beautiful-this-winter/ Beauty tips by BICY Beauty tips by BICY<br/><ul> <li>The transition to winter can be a tough time for your poor skin. A significant reduction in Vitamin D, harsh central heating indoors and bitter cold air outdoors can result in dry, flakey and pretty dull complexions all round, as well as cracked lips and brittle hands. As the days get shorter and your knitwear game gets stronger, the change in season is also a great time to update your beauty routine and ensure your skin is well looked after during these crisp months. Here are our top tips on surviving the chill!</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <span class="f-large"><strong>Mask it!</strong></span><br /> A face mask is a fantastic way to provide skin with a much needed nourishment kick, acting as an intensive treatment to skin suffering from winter climates. Skin tends to dry out during the winter as it acclimatises to the drop in temperature and humidity, so it&rsquo;s best to opt for a hydrating and moisturising mask. Face masks are super easy to whip up at home and we&rsquo;d recommend using ingredients high in essential fatty acids, vitamins A and C and antioxidants - all of which will help to promote hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing skin. Think avocados, bananas, grapefruits and honey. Non-abrasive or gentle exfoliators are also a great way to slough away dry and flakey skin, leaving behind fresh and bright complexions! Oats are a super-gentle option, as well as yogurt or milk that are naturally high in exfoliating acids.<br /> Our favourite recipe is super simple: <ul> <li>1 tablespoon oats</li> <li>1 teaspoon yogurt</li> <li>1 teaspoon honey</li> <li><a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/bybi-beauty-detox-dust-60g/26833/">OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon BYBI Detox Dust</a></li> </ul> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BYBI2.jpg" /></div> <br /> The addition of Detox Dust will not only help brighten with ingredients like ginseng and papaya, but will also help to draw out toxins and impurities. Mixed with the super moisturising honey and exfoliating oats/yogurt, skin will be soft, supple and glowing!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BYBI4.jpg" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span class="f-large"><strong>Invest in a great oil</strong></span><br /> Oils are a fantastic way to moisturise skin as they have a great ability to penetrate and truly hydrate. The cold climate can encourage the skin&rsquo;s natural oils to decrease, breaking down the natural moisture barrier. Even if you ordinarily suffer from oily or combination skin, the right oil can help to actually hydrate the skin whilst balancing and helping to stop overproduction of sebum. Investing in a great face oil or serum will ensure that your skin is kept soft and healthy even in the depths of winter. We&rsquo;d recommend looking for the following ingredients, or just investing in a bottle of these oils and applying straight to the face! <ul> <li>Normally dry skin: Squalane is a wonderfully nourishing oil that has the ability to absorb almost instantly. It&rsquo;s a great antioxidant which means it&rsquo;ll help promote skin cell rejuvenation, helping to rid of particularly dry or flakey skin. BYBI&rsquo;s Supercharge Serum contains large amounts of squalane and makes for the perfect nighttime corrective treatment.</li> <li>Normally oily/combination skin: Jojoba oil is a fantastic way to balance out typically oily or greasy skin. It&rsquo;s similar in structure to sebum, so helps to stabalise and stop the overproduction, whilst also hydrating.</li> <li>Sensitive skin: Calendula oil is an incredibly soothing oil that&rsquo;s perfect for sensitive or irritated winter skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help calm and smooth, whilst also being high in Vitamins B and C which will brighten and nourish. BYBI Beauty&rsquo;s Babe Balm has calendula as its base and is perfect for sensitive skin types.</li> </ul> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BYBI5.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 15.600000381469727px; font-size: 13px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BYBI3.jpg" /></div> <br /> <span class="f-large"><strong>Don&rsquo;t forget about your body</strong></span><br /> It can be easy to get swept up in making sure your winter skincare game is on point and forget about the skin on the rest of your body! Hands, feet, legs, elbows and knees also suffer from dry central heating, a lack of sunshine and bitter winds. Whilst you may not be flashing the flesh in the depths of winter, there are a couple of quick ways to ensure your body stays baby-soft and well nourished! Here&rsquo;s how: <ul> <li>A bath soak is a great way to nourish from head to toe. It&rsquo;s easy to throw together a homemade recipe using Epsom Salts and your favourite essential oil (we like lavender). Mix together and decant into a bath before you get in. The salts are the perfect way to detox whilst soothing brittle skin and &nbsp;the lavender moisturises and calms.</li> <li>Exfoliating a few times a week is the best way to budge dead skin cells and promote new, supple skin. We love using ground coffee and coconut oil - it literally takes two seconds to whip up and provides an incredibly moisturising scrub that will perk up dull skin and deeply moisturise all over.</li> </ul> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/BYBI1.jpg" /><br /> <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/skincare/?pref=ignore&amp;brand=BYBI%5FBEAUTY"><strong>Shop their products</strong></a> 0 Cranberry Orange Smoothie http://www.planetorganic.com/cranberry-orange-smoothie/ http://www.planetorganic.com/cranberry-orange-smoothie/#comments Weds, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic /cranberry-orange-smoothie/ Need a delicious way to use up those leftover cranberries? We’ve got your back with this scrumptious smoothie. Need a delicious way to use up those leftover cranberries? We’ve got your back with this scrumptious smoothie.<br/><strong>Ingredients</strong> <ul> <li>25 g cranberries, fresh or frozen</li> <li>1 orange, peeled</li> <li>1 scoop (34 g) <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/vega/?page=1">Vanilla Vega&reg; Essentials</a></li> <li>1 pinch cinnamon</li> <li>250 mL plant-based drink</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <strong>Preparation</strong><br /> Blend, sip, celebrate Christmas!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/vega/?page=1"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Cranberry%20Orange%20Smoothie.png" /></a> 0 Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Kale, Cranberries, and Chickpeas http://www.planetorganic.com/stuffed-butternut-squash-with-quinoa-kale-cranberries-and-chickpeas/ http://www.planetorganic.com/stuffed-butternut-squash-with-quinoa-kale-cranberries-and-chickpeas/#comments Weds, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest /stuffed-butternut-squash-with-quinoa-kale-cranberries-and-chickpeas/ Delicious, healthy Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries, Kale, and Chickpeas. An easy, satisfying vegetarian recipe that’s perfect for fall! Delicious, healthy Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries, Kale, and Chickpeas. An easy, satisfying vegetarian recipe that’s perfect for fall!<br/><div class="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; margin-bottom: 25px; outline: 0px; color: rgb(91, 91, 91); font-variant-caps: normal;"> <div class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Ingredients</strong></span></div> <ul> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">2 medium butternut squash, about 2 1/2 pounds each</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">2 teaspoons olive oil, divided</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">3/4 cup quinoa</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable&nbsp;or chicken broth</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped (about 6 lightly packed cups)</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">2 cloves garlic, minced</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1 teaspoon dried oregano</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus additional for roasting squash)</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1/2 teaspoon black pepper&nbsp;(plus additional for roasting squash)</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1 (15 ounce) can low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">Zest of 1 orange, plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 3px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">1/3 cup reduced&nbsp;sugar dried cranberries</span></span></li> <li class="ingredient" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 16px; text-align: left; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; outline: 0px; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: none;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-medium">Grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese (optional)</span></span></li> </ul> </div> <h3 id="directions" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; font-style: normal; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px; outline: 0px; line-height: 1.2; color: rgb(64, 185, 182); font-variant-caps: normal; text-transform: none;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Quinoa-Stuffed-Butternut-Squash-wellplated_com_.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#000000;"><span class="f-mediumlarge"><strong>Method</strong><br /> Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the &nbsp;oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the butternut squash, scoop out the seeds, then arrange the halves on a baking tray, cut sides up. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake 45-55 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven and let cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> While the squash is baking, place the&nbsp;broth&nbsp;in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, return to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 12 minutes, until most of the broth&nbsp;is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive over medium. Add the kale and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 30 additional seconds, until is fragrant.&nbsp;Stir in the chickpeas, orange zest, orange juice, cooked quinoa, and cranberries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick border around the sides and a 3/4-inch border along the bottom. Reserve the flesh for another use (or if you don&rsquo;t mind a super duper stuffed squash, mix it in with the rest of the filling). Stuff the kale quinoa filling into the squash halves, then return the squash to the oven. Bake at 375 degrees until hot, about 10 additional minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Vegetarian-Stuffed-Butternut-Squash-recipe.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Stuffed-Butternut-Squash-with-Quinoa.jpg" /></h3> <a href="https://www.wellplated.com">Recipe from Eric, Well Plated</a> 0 Whole Baked Cauliflower with Mustard and Pesto http://www.planetorganic.com/whole-baked-cauliflower-with-mustard-and-pesto/ http://www.planetorganic.com/whole-baked-cauliflower-with-mustard-and-pesto/#comments Weds, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Guest /whole-baked-cauliflower-with-mustard-and-pesto/ by Juventia Wu by Juventia Wu<br/><div class="ERSIngredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Muli; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;"> <div class="ERSIngredientsHeader ERSHeading" style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-top: 8px; padding-bottom: 8px; line-height: inherit; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: none; margin-top: 10px !important; margin-bottom: 10px !important; font-size: 18px !important; font-family: Raleway !important;">Ingredients&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: inherit;"> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">1 whole cauliflower head, leaves removed</li> </ul> <div class="ERSSectionHead" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px; line-height: inherit; font-weight: 700; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important;"><br /> Cauliflower Marinade:</div> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: inherit;"> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">&frac12; cup of olive oil</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">3 garlic cloves, minced finely</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">1 tsp cumin powder</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">1 tsp salt</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">&frac12; tsp smoked paprika powder</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">&frac12; tsp coriander seed</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">&frac12; tsp fennel seed</li> </ul> <div class="ERSSectionHead" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px; line-height: inherit; font-weight: 700; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important;"><br /> Mustard and Pesto Sauce:</div> <ul style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: inherit;"> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">3 tbsp mustard</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">3 tbsp parsley and macadamia pesto</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">2 tbsp olive oil</li> <li class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: disc inside; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">1 tbsp lemon juice</li> </ul> <div class="ERSClear" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 0; clear: both; height: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="ERSInstructions" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(38, 38, 38); font-family: Muli; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;">&nbsp; <div class="ERSInstructionsHeader ERSHeading" style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-top: 8px; padding-bottom: 8px; line-height: inherit; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: both; margin-top: 10px !important; margin-bottom: 10px !important; font-size: 18px !important; font-family: Raleway !important;">Instructions</div> <ol style="box-sizing: border-box; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; line-height: inherit;"> <li class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: decimal; margin-left: 30px; line-height: inherit; background-color: transparent !important; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius.</li> <li class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: decimal; margin-left: 30px; line-height: inherit; background-color: transparent !important; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and rub the marinade onto cauliflower head evenly until well coated. Place cauliflower on a baking tray and bake for 50 minutes.</li> <li class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: decimal; margin-left: 30px; line-height: inherit; background-color: transparent !important; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;">Mix mustard, pesto, olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl. Remove cauliflower from the oven and brush cauliflower with mustard and pesto sauce evenly. Serve whole cauliflower with the remaining sauce in a separate serving sauce plate.</li> </ol> &nbsp; <div class="instruction" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: decimal; margin-left: 30px; line-height: inherit; background-color: transparent !important; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;"><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="instruction" style="box-sizing: border-box; list-style: decimal; margin-left: 30px; line-height: inherit; background-color: transparent !important; color: rgb(46, 46, 46) !important; font-family: Muli !important; font-size: 15px !important; background-position: 0px 0px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Whole-Baked-Cauliflower-with-Mustard-and-Pesto-8%20copy.jpg" /><img alt="" src="http://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/Whole-Baked-Cauliflower-with-Mustard-and-Pesto-4%20copy.jpg" /></div> </div> 0