Planet Organic Blog https://www.planetorganic.com Sun, 24 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.planetorganic.com en hourly 1 Glossworks Mani-Pedi at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/ If like us, your fingertips and toes are looking a bit neglected in lockdown, then Glossworks is here to help. If like us, your fingertips and toes are looking a bit neglected in lockdown, then Glossworks is here to help.<br/>Glossworks&rsquo; nail polish range is never tested on animals and contains no animal products or any of the usual harmful chemicals found in nail varnish like formadehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, paraben, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Set the Scene</strong><br /> <br /> Put on your favourite playlist, make yourself a drink, light a scented candle and change into comfortable clothes.<br /> <br /> Fill up two large bowls - one for hands and one for feet - with warm water, adding bath salts to help soften the skin. Get comfortable and immerse your feet in the foot bowl.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Prep Hands</strong><br /> <br /> While your feet are soaking, it&rsquo;s time to prep your fingernails. If nails are long, use nail clippers to trim, then shape gently with a nail file into the desired shape. Once you&rsquo;re happy with the shape, place your fingertips into the finger bowl and soak for four minutes.<br /> <br /> Sit back and enjoy the sensation of the warm water.<br /> <br /> When the four minutes is up, remove your now-softened fingertips and very gently push back the cuticles, clipping away any loose cuticle with cuticle scissor. Be careful not to damage the cuticle.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prep Feet </strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s time to turn your attention to your feet. Remove feet from the warm water and use a pumice or foot file to gently remove the hard skin from your heels and the balls of your foot. Dry off your feet, clip then file nails and push back cuticles, as you did with your hands. Massage in a rich moisturiser.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Back to Hand Prep</strong><br /> Dry your nails, then apply a drop of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-cuticle-oil-9ml/27303">Nail &amp; Cuticle Oil</a> to every nail, rubbing the oil into the cuticle in a circular motion. Finish by massaging your favourite hand cream into your palms, fingers and knuckles. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Take a cotton bud soaked in Glossworks Polish Remover and remove the excess oil from the nails.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Get Painting </strong><br /> Apply an even base coat of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-bb-base-coat-9ml/27304/">BB Base Coat</a> to every fingernail for an even-toned, smooth finish, plus it&rsquo;ll help protect the nail. You could also build up the subtle colour of the BB base coat and use this as your main colour.<br /> <br /> Once the base coat is dry, choose one of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/nails/">Colour Lacquers</a>. Use a generous amount of polish for a smooth coat and try to paint each nail using only three brush strokes: One on the left side, one on the right side and one down the middle. Apply two coats for a richer colour.<br /> <br /> If you make a mistake, move on and finish the rest of your nails, then use a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover and start the nail again.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Once the colour coats are dry, finish off your manicure with a final coat of Glossworks&rsquo; multi-functional 3-in-1 polish, which prevents chipping and gives an extra-glossy finish.<br /> <br /> Sit back, enjoy your music or podcast and sip your drink while you wait for your nails to dry. This might take up to fifteen minutes.<br /> <br /> Once your nails are dry, repeat the process with your toes.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Hair Removal at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/ Hair removal is proving tricky during lockdown with salons closed, so we’ve pulled together our favourite at-home hair removal methods and aftercare advice. Hair removal is proving tricky during lockdown with salons closed, so we’ve pulled together our favourite at-home hair removal methods and aftercare advice.<br/>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Legs </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although shaved hair does grow quickly, it&rsquo;s painless, fast, cost-effective and low on waste. Lather up Dr Bronner&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/dr-bronners-lemongrass-lime-shaving-soap-207ml/26662/">Lemongrass Shaving Soap</a> and massage into damp legs then use Zero Waste Club&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/zero-waste-club-rose-gold-stainless-steel-razor-10-blades-included-each/38126/">stainless steel razor</a> in long, upward strokes, taking particular care around knees and ankles.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Underarms, Bikini Line and Upper Lip </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> As these areas are more sensitive and prone to ingrown hairs, we like to use <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/acorelle-ready-to-use-strips-underarms-and-bikini-x20-each/38821/">Acorelle&rsquo;s hypoallergenic sensitive wax strips</a>, made only with natural ingredients and enriched with aloe vera and organic honey.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Method:<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Prep skin the day before by exfoliating with a mitt, scrub or body brush to remove dead skin cells.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Make sure skin is clean and free from any products when you&rsquo;re ready to start waxing.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Warm up the way strip by rubbing between the palm of your hands. Pull apart and set one half aside.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Apply the strip onto the area, smoothing down in the direction of hair growth</li> <li>.</li> <li>For your upper lip, this would mean smoothing down from your nose towards your chin.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Pull the skin taught and rip in the opposite direction to hair growth. Do it quickly and with intent, otherwise you&rsquo;ll have to do the area again!</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Areas like the underarms and bikini line have different directions of hair growth, so you may need to go over the same patch at different angles to get all of the hairs.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Work methodically across the area until most of the hair are gone. Tidy up with a pair of tweezers.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Use the sweet almond oil to help remove any tacky bits of wax and to nourish the area.</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Maintenance </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ingrown hairs can be a problem will all methods of hair removal. The best way to prevent them is by exfoliating the skin between hair removals. We like to use a Hydrea&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-body-brush-wnatural-bristle-each-each/19981/">dry body brush</a> on our legs before showering and a body scrub in the bath or shower to slough off dead skin cells.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hair removal - especially shaving - can leave skin feeling dry, so make sure to keep skin moisturised. We love Fushi&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-cellulite-oil-100ml/24696/">Really Good Cellulite Oil</a> or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-virgin-shea-butter-unrefined-250ml/26299/">Virgin Shea Butter</a> to nourish and repair. 0 Freshening up Split Ends with Tabitha James Kraan https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/ https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/ Hairdresser and founder of Tabitha James Kraan haircare range, Tabitha walks us through trimming split ends without ruining the shape of your last haircut and how to inject some moisture into your locks with a hair oil head massage. Hairdresser and founder of Tabitha James Kraan haircare range, Tabitha walks us through trimming split ends without ruining the shape of your last haircut and how to inject some moisture into your locks with a hair oil head massage.<br/><h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;">&nbsp;</h3> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&lt;<iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="1138" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/418878624" width="640"></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/418878624">Trimming Hair at Home with Tabitha James Kraan</a></p> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this video</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29577.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-scented-hair-oil-amber-rose-30ml/29577/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Hair Oil - Amber Rose</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29579.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-shampoo-amber-rose-250ml/29579'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Shampoo - Amber Rose</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29583.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-clean-conditioner-amber-rose-200ml/29583/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Conditioner - Amber Rose</h3> </div> </div> 0 Our Beauty Buyer's Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/ As there’s nothing more interesting than peeking into someone else’s bathroom cabinet, our Beauty Buyer shares the products she can’t live without, from body balms to hair oil, jade rollers to face masks. As there’s nothing more interesting than peeking into someone else’s bathroom cabinet, our Beauty Buyer shares the products she can’t live without, from body balms to hair oil, jade rollers to face masks.<br/><div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37066.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ilapothecary-sos-body-balm-100g/37066/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ilapothecary SOS Body Balm </h3> <p>This luxuriously buttery body balm soothes skin and the delicious scent lingers on the skin for hours. Our favourite after a warm bath in the evening in the evening to instantly soothe and calm body and mind.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19982.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-lymphatic-detox-brush-each-each/19982/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Hydrea Detox Brush</h3> <p>Before your bath or shower, gently brush dry skin towards the heart to improve circulation and exfoliate skin. </p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/24696.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-cellulite-oil-100ml/24696/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil</h3> <p>Once you’re out of the shower and dried off, massage Fushi’s Really Good Cellulite Oil into arms and legs to firm the skin and moisturise.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29577.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-scented-hair-oil-amber-rose-30ml/29577/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>TJK Amber Rose Hair Oil</h3> <p>Protect and nourish your hair with hairdresser Tabitha James Kraan’s gorgeously scented hair oil. It locks moisture and restores your hair’s oil balance for buoyant, bouncy hair.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38821.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/acorelle-ready-to-use-strips-underarms-and-bikini-x20-each/38821/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Acorelle Wax Strips</h3> <p>Probably the easiest at home waxing we have ever attempted, Acorelle is perfect for sensitive underarm skin and results last for minimum of three weeks.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38126.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/zero-waste-club-rose-gold-stainless-steel-razor-10-blades-included-each/38126/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Zero Waste Club Razor</h3> <p>This beautifully designed stainless steel razor is the perfect sustainable alternative to plastic razors. Use with Dr Bronner’s nourishing lemongrass shaving soap for a close, nick-free shave.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/27818.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/whamisa-real-kelp-mask-35g/27818/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Whamisa Real Kelp Mask</h3> <p>Whamisa’s unique sheet mask is formed from pieces of sea kelp soaked in a skin-saving solution of 32 natural ingredients that plump and hydrate skin for a youthful glow.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28317.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-miracle-mask-60ml/28317/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Evolve Miracle Mask</h3> <p>Made with fruit AHA, papaya and Peruvian maca, this gently tingling mask will instantly brighten tired and stressed skin and it smells so fresh and fruity you might be tempted to eat it. </p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28095.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/white-lotus-rose-quartz-roller-200g-28095/28095/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>White Lotus Rose Quartz Roller</h3> <p>Inspired by the healing powers of rose quartz, this beautiful face roller helps to ease tension and relax facial muscles by gently massaging the skin. It will help to smooth, firm and reduce puffiness. Keep it in the fridge for a cooling treat.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37997.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/glosswork-sea-of-tranquillity-9ml/37997/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Glosswork Sea of Tranquility Nail Polish</h3> <p>A gorgeous nude colour from Glosswork that’s free from harmful chemicals and is easy to apply, even if you’re usually a nail bar regular and your skills are on the rusty side. It looks particularly lovely with light tan, so ideal for summer hands and feet. </p> </div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 CBD Lockdown Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/ The Planet Organic team pick their personal favourites from our huge range of CBD products, helping support you with stress, anxiety and more during lockdown. The Planet Organic team pick their personal favourites from our huge range of CBD products, helping support you with stress, anxiety and more during lockdown.<br/>&nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38476.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-adaptogen-cbd-500mg-30ml/38476/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Wunder Workshop Adaptogen CBC - Will keep you balanced</h3> <p>Feel yourself calm and gently uplifted with Wunder Workshop&#39;s blend of nature&rsquo;s most potent ingredients. Contains CBD,Turmeric extract, BioPerine to improve bioavailability, Mucuna and Ashwagandha.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31127.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/you-oil-fullspectrum-hemp-oil-cbd-5-in-synergy-with-bioactive-phyto-components-is-recommended/31127/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>You &amp; Oil CBD 5% emollient cream - Rescue for sensitive skin</h3> <p>Wonderfully soothing emollient cream for stressed and inflamed skin. Combination of lipids and CBD in this cream protects the skin from drying out due to external factors like excessive washing, harsh soap or alcohol sanitiser.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/30640.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-cream-with-magnesium-plus-optimsm-100ml-30640/30640/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>OSI Magnesium CBD 300mg cream - Must have after a workout</h3> <p>Ideal after a bath or shower and best when massaged into joints or muscles. CBD and magnesium applied on the skin can help to reduce muscle pain, cramps and fatigue.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38703.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/minami-cbd-plus-omega3-30-caps/38703/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>MINAMI CBD + Omega-3 - Helps with stress and anxiety</h3> <p>A brilliant combo of CBD and Omega 3 fish oil to nourish skin and boost brain function.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37259.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/zen-cbd-oil-5-500mg-10ml/37259/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Organic ZEN CBD 5% - An easy add on</h3> <p>Creating new wellness rituals as we working from home has never been more important. Use CBD Zen in the morning to supercharge your beverage of choice. CBD will balance the caffeine spike and the feeling of anxiety. Mix few drops of CBD with salad dressing for dinner to help relax and sleep better.</p> </div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Golden Balance Latte https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/ https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/ Soothing hot milk and invigorating warm spices meet in this simple recipe from Wunder Workshop. It’s a great excuse to sit down, relax and be present. Soothing hot milk and invigorating warm spices meet in this simple recipe from Wunder Workshop. It’s a great excuse to sit down, relax and be present. <br/><br /> Wunder Workshop&rsquo;s Golden Balance is made from a blend of organic, Ayurvedic herbs to combat a stressful modern lifestyle, including ashwagandha, turmeric, black pepper to help absorb the turmeric, liquorice, ginger, black pepper and cayenne pepper.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For one cup:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 cup /220ml plant-based milk<br /> 1/2 tsp <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/">Golden Balance</a><br /> 1 tsp <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-turmeric-honey-110g/25589/">Golden Turmeric Honey</a> (or alternative sweetener, although we use this for a double dose of turmeric)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Heat the plant-based milk in a pan on the hob or with a milk frother.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>As the milk is getting warm add the Golden Balance and stir well. Continue to heat the milk but make sure it doesn&rsquo;t boil or simmer as this could make your golden milk taste bitter. Whisk before serving for extra frothiness.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon of Golden Turmeric Honey to taste.</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26614.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Golden Balance Adapotgen Blend</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/25589.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-turmeric-honey-110g/25589/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Golden Turmeric Honey</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31790.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Dairy Free Milks</h3> </div> 0 How to use aromatherapy to reduce stress https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/ https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/ Feeling unsettled and apprehensive in these testing times? Uncertainty and unwelcome change will naturally cause feelings of stress to emerge and things can get a little overwhelming. Aromatherapy is an effective and enjoyable tool to help you find calm amid this quiet chaos. Feeling unsettled and apprehensive in these testing times? Uncertainty and unwelcome change will naturally cause feelings of stress to emerge and things can get a little overwhelming. Aromatherapy is an effective and enjoyable tool to help you find calm amid this quiet chaos.<br/><br /> The Tisserand Aromatherapy Total De-Stress Diffuser Oil is pre-blended with Geranium, Orange and Nutmeg to help you slow down, breathe and reclaim your calm. But if you would like to try blending yourself, there are many essential oil combinations that you can use to help keep calm, find clarity, gently uplift your mood and balance fraught emotions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Starting out:</strong><br /> There are many safe ways to use essential oils, including through bathing, massage and diffusion. When starting out, we recommend following the below dilution and usage guidance and practicing caution as pure essential oils can be hazardous when used incorrectly. <u>Please seek more specific oil advice regarding children and pregnant women.</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Adding essential oils to a base oil like Tisserand Aromatherapy Sweet Almond Blending Oil gives you a blend you can use safely in contact with the skin &ndash; either directly in massage or in a bath. <u>Never use essential oils neat on the skin or in the bath.</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A blend is a mix of 2-5 different essential oils, although we consider 3 essential oils in combination to be the best synergy.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Try using the following oils together:</strong> <ul> <li>For soothing mind and body - Lavender, Bergamot &amp; Roman Chamomile</li> <li>For deep relaxation - Frankincense, Neroli &amp; Bergamot</li> <li>For positive productivity - May Chang, Lavender &amp; Rosemary</li> <li>For mental clarity - Peppermint, Lemon &amp; Eucalyptus</li> <li>To stay in control - Cypress, Frankincense &amp; Lemon</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> Or try your own combination!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Usage guidance:</strong><br /> <strong>DIFFUSER</strong><br /> Fill your diffuser with water, such as the Tisserand Aromatherapy Aroma Spa Diffuser, and add 6-8 drops in total (e.g. 2 drops Frankincense, 1-2 drops Neroli &amp; 3-4 drops Bergamot) of your chosen essential oils.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> MASSAGE</strong><br /> Use 10 drops in total (e.g. 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Bergamot &amp; 2 drops Roman Chamomile) of your chosen essential oils per 20ml of blending oil. Using sweeping movements, apply to area of the body in need of a massage, re-applying as the blend absorbs into the skin.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Safety guidance for massage blend: <ul> <li>Suitable for 11 years +</li> <li>Do not use on the face. Seek separate guidance for use on face</li> <li>This is applicable for all skin types where there are no skin sensitive issues</li> </ul> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> BATH</strong><br /> Add 4-6 drops in total (e.g. 1-2 drops May Chang, 2-3 drops Lavender &amp; 1 drop Rosemary) of your chosen essential oils to 20ml of blending oil. Just before carefully stepping in, pour half of the mixture into the water and swirl around, lie back and relax!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> From our homes to yours, keep calm and stay safe.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> P.S. You&rsquo;re doing great!<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21611.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-aroma-stream-each/21611/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Aroma Spa Diffuser</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21603.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-frankincense-essential-oil-9ml/21603/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Frankincense Essential Oil</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21601.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-lavender-essential-oil-9ml/21601/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Lavender Essential Oil</h3> </div> 0 The Ultimate Sleep Routine https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/ https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/#comments Thurs, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/ Our body repairs and restores while we're asleep but with routines disrupted, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough. Here we’re sharing our ultimate sleep routine, starting with a long soak and a spot of meditation, to help get you get the rest you need. Our body repairs and restores while we're asleep but with routines disrupted, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough. Here we’re sharing our ultimate sleep routine, starting with a long soak and a spot of meditation, to help get you get the rest you need.<br/><br /> <strong>Leave the Day Behind and Switch Off </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> During lockdown, we&rsquo;re extremely reliant on our devices for work, human connection, even working out. Before bed, try and reserve a technology free hour to read, stretch, meditate or take a long bath.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It doesn&rsquo;t have to be long, even five minutes of meditation will leave you feeling calmer. Blasta Henriet wrote a meditation guide for us to use with their eye pillows - <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/">have a read here</a>. A short yoga sequence is a peaceful way to unwind too, we love this seven-minute sequence from Yoga with Adrienne. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LI9upn4t9n8" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> To help unwind, try a natural supplement or take <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-oil/">CBD oil </a>a few hours before bed. Plants like ashwagandha, L-Theanine, lavender, valerian, chamomile and bacopa monnieri help foster a sense of calm, while cannabidiol may reduce anxiety. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/60-caps-28099/28099/">Motion Nutrition&rsquo;s Unplug supplement</a>, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/blooming-blends-sleep-easy-30ml/30877/">Blooming Blends&rsquo; Sleep Easy tincture</a> and <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/better-you-cbd-oral-spray-25ml/37982/">Better You&rsquo;s CBD Oral Spray</a> are three of our favourite calming supplements before bed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Soak</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Having a bath before bed helps us relax and the drop in body temperature after a hot bath or shower encourages the body to rest. Sip a cup of soothing chamomile tea for added relaxation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add a scoop of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/bath-salts-oils/">bath salts</a> to your bath to soothe a tired body, and an <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/essential-oils/">essential oil</a> or bath melt to relax the mind. We love Corinne Taylor&rsquo;s handmade scented bath melts and salts, all handmade in rural East Sussex with carefully chosen organic botanicals.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Follow up with a magnesium-rich body oil or lotion to relieve tired muscles. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/osi-magnesium-body-lotion-plus-melatonin-plus-optimsm-200-ml/28983/">OSI&rsquo;s Good Night body lotion</a> delivers a high dose of magnesium through the skin while the shea butter and sweet almond oil leaves skin soft and supple.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Set the Scene </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The best environment for sleep is a cool, dark room. Take time to find the right pillows and get comfortable.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Aromatherapy and scent can be an effective way to signal to your brain that it&rsquo;s time for sleep.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Try applying a lavender oil or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/">Scentered&rsquo;s Sleep Well Therapy Balm</a> to your pulse points and inhaling. Find Scentered&rsquo;s guide to using breathing techniques and aromatherapy to aid sleep <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/stop-inhale-reset">on our blog here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Spraying your pillow with a sleep spray like Neom&rsquo;s is also great for triggering sleep, or spray Blooming Blends&rsquo; Sleep Easy mist directly onto your face. <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38513.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/blasta-henriet-eye-pillow-creatures-navy-each/38513/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Blasta Henriet Eye Pillow</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37982.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/better-you-cbd-oral-spray-25ml/37982/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">BetterYou CBD Spray</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26314.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Balm</h3> </div> 0 Supporting Your Workout https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/ https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/#comments Thurs, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/ The Planet Organic team go through their handpicked selections from our health range to make sure your body has everything it needs before, during and after your workout sessions. The Planet Organic team go through their handpicked selections from our health range to make sure your body has everything it needs before, during and after your workout sessions.<br/><br/><br/><div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26296.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/form-superblend-protein-chocolate-salted-caramel-520g/26296/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Form Salted Caramel</h3> <p>One of the most versatile proteins powders in our range and an all-time favourite, Form&rsquo;s vegan superblend protein is made from a base of organic pea protein with brown rice protein, hemp protein and algae protein to deliver a complete amino acid profile with no animal products. The superblend has added maca, flaxseed and greens and fruit powders for fibre, prebiotics and probiotics.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31102.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/motion-nutrition-creamy-cacao-protein-shake-360g/31102/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Motion Creamy Cacao</h3> <p>The most delicious protein powder we&rsquo;ve ever tasted, each sachet of Motion&rsquo;s creamy cacao contains 20g of whey protein, 5g of BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) for performance and is made with certified organic ingredients. This one&rsquo;s perfect for whizzing up into smoothies or baking with because it tastes so good.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37455.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/enerc-electrolyte-sport-12sachets-12-sachets/37455/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ener-C electrolyte sport</h3> <p>Unlike other electrolyte sports drinks, Ener-C&rsquo;s is made only with natural ingredients. Great to refresh with post-run, replace minerals lost through sweat, boost energy levels and support recovery with every sip.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/18751.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wn-gtf-chromium-antiox-60-caps-60-caps/18751/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Wild Nutrition Chromium and Antioxidants</h3> <p>Chromium helps to maintain blood sugar levels, supports the normal metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and may help to reduce oxidative stress post-exercise.<br /> <br /> As you&rsquo;d expect from Wild Nutrition, their chromium supplement is made from Food&ndash;State and whole food ingredients to ensure bioavailability.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28981.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ois-shea-butter-and-almond-oil-body-lotion-enriched-with-magnesium-200-ml/28981/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>OSI Mag body lotion</h3> <p>Magnesium is essential for muscle and nerve function and for regulating blood sugar and pressure. Massage OSI&rsquo;s body lotion onto tired muscles and joints for a high dose of magnesium post exercise. Enriched with nourishing almond oil and shea butter, it&rsquo;s also a treat for a dry and dehydrated skin.</p> </div> <br/><br/> 0 Form Chocolate Peanut Protein Smoothie Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/#comments Weds, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/ This plant-based smoothie using Form’s Performance Chocolate Peanut protein powder packs a low-carb, high protein punch, with 43g of protein per serving. The silken tofu lends an indulgent, creamy texture. This plant-based smoothie using Form’s Performance Chocolate Peanut protein powder packs a low-carb, high protein punch, with 43g of protein per serving. The silken tofu lends an indulgent, creamy texture.<br/><br /> Serves 1<br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 40g Performance Chocolate Peanut<br /> 140ml Almond Milk<br /> 20g Peanut Butter<br /> 70g Silken Tofu<br /> &frac12; Cup of Ice<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s really simple. Just pop all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until all of the ice has been whizzed up.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You could also add half a banana or a handful of oats for an even more filling option.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26294.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/form-performance-protein-chocolate-peanut-520g/26294/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Form Performance Protein</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/25471.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamix-s30-red-each/25471/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Vitamix S30 Blender</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29354.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-crunchy-peanut-butter-750g/29354/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Planet Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter</h3> </div> 0 Supplements to Support a Healthy Immune System https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/ https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/ The best way to support our immune system is through plenty of sleep, regular exercise, a nutrient-rich diet and keeping stress levels to a minimum but to ensure we’ve got all bases covered, we like to include supplements into our daily routines. Here are our health buyer’s four essential supplements for supporting immune health. The best way to support our immune system is through plenty of sleep, regular exercise, a nutrient-rich diet and keeping stress levels to a minimum but to ensure we’ve got all bases covered, we like to include supplements into our daily routines. Here are our health buyer’s four essential supplements for supporting immune health.<br/><br /> <strong>Gut Health </strong><br /> We&rsquo;re slowly realising the impact of gut health on our overall health and wellbeing. With the gut home to an estimated 70 percent of the cells that make up our immune system, live culture supplements can support the good bacteria in your gut and foster a diverse microbiome, helping to support a healthy immune system.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Try a liquid supplement with billions of live bacteria like <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/rhythm-life-shot-200-billion-100ml/38570/">Rhythm&rsquo;s Life Shot</a>, made from fermented organic young coconut and vegan kefir cultures for over 200 billion live bacteria, or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=Symprove%20">Symprove&rsquo;s water-based supplement</a>, much-loved by the Planet Organic team.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Vitamin C</strong><br /> We recommend everyone takes Vitamin C as it encourages the production of white blood cells, and it has been shown to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Liposomal Vitamin C is particularly effective as it is fat rather than water based, and because the liposome&rsquo;s membrane is made of the same fat found in the cell membranes throughout the body, this allows the liposomal Vitamin C to pass into cells easily and be delivered directly into the cells.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Each sachet of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/yourzooki-liposomal-vitamin-c-30x15ml-sachets/30764/">YourZooki Vitamin C</a> contains 1000mg of Vitamin C wrapped in billions of nano-sized spheres called &quot;liposomes&quot; that shield, protect and deliver Vitamin C directly into the cells.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Manuka Honey&nbsp;</strong><br /> The anti-bacterial and healing properties of honey are well known, but make sure you&rsquo;re taking a raw and unprocessed manuka honey for maximum benefits. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/mgo-250plus-pure-manuka-honey-250g-250g/25349/">Manuka Health&rsquo;s honey</a> is sustainably sourced from hives in pristine parts of New Zealand, from bees who feast on the native manuka trees. The MGO in the name stands for methylglyoxal, the unique compound in found in manuka honey, and the number next to it indicates the methylglyoxal content per kilogram.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Vitamin D</strong><br /> Vitamin D supports our immune response to infection and may protect against respiratory tract infections.&nbsp;Direct sunlight on unprotected skin is the best way to get your fix, but that isn&rsquo;t possible for many of us during lockdown or during the cold winter months. Most Vitamin D supplements are derived from lanolin, the wax from sheep&rsquo;s wool, but <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-vit-d2-90-tabs-90-tabs/7765/">Viridian&rsquo;s Vitamin&nbsp;D 1000IU</a> is extracted from lichen and suitable for vegans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19454.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/symprove-live-probiotic-course-4x500ml-4x500ml/19454/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Symprove Probiotic Course</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/30764.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/yourzooki-liposomal-vitamin-c-30x15ml-sachets/30764/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">YourZooki Liposomal Vitamin C</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/7765.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-vit-d2-90-tabs-90-tabs/7765/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Viridian Vitamin D</h3> </div> 0 Making Coffee at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/ One of the things we're missing the most is our morning coffee, so we've put together the ultimate guide for how to get your fix at home, including the best methods, best beans and how to get that all-important froth. One of the things we're missing the most is our morning coffee, so we've put together the ultimate guide for how to get your fix at home, including the best methods, best beans and how to get that all-important froth.<br/><h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;"><strong style="line-height: 31.2px; font-size: 26px;">The Beans</strong></h3> <br /> If you have a coffee grinder (we&#39;d recommend a burr grinder) it&#39;s best to buy whole beans and grind as and when you need them. The coarseness of the grind has a big impact on flavour, so start by grinding to a fine, sand-like texture, see if you like it, then gradually try more coarse grinds until you find the right one for your pallette. We&#39;d recommend<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/caf%C3%A9-direct-espresso-blend-coffee-beans-227g/27993/"> Cafe Direct&#39;s Espresso Blend</a> whole beans for a delicate raisin aftertaste.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> It&#39;s no problem if you don&#39;t have a grinder. Choose a ground coffee like this <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/bristot-our-ground-coffee-192g/38723/">medium roast from Bristot</a>&nbsp;- this is what we use in our stores.<br /> <br /> For maximum flavour and to prevent it from going stale, make sure you store your ground coffee and beans in an air-tight container.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;"><strong style="line-height: 31.2px; font-size: 26px;">The Milk&nbsp;</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re like us, oat m*lk holds a special place in our hearts. Minor Figures Oat and Oatly Barista froth up really well, but we&rsquo;ve got plenty of other <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/">plant-based m*lks</a> to experiment with, from hemp seed to tiger nut.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Look at the fat and protein content. The higher the amount of fat, the bigger the mouthfeel and perceived sweetness. Higher levels of protein makes for better froth.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; <h3><strong>The &ldquo;Espresso&rdquo; </strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> If you don&rsquo;t have an espresso or coffee machine, here are some alternative ways to get you a shot of coffee.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Moka Pot</strong><br /> The classic stovetop espresso maker uses the pressure of steam to extract the coffee, and is probably the best way to get an espresso like coffee at home. Remember to keep the stove temperature low to medium as boiling too quickly will result in extracting more bitter flavours. Learn how to brew with one here: <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rpyBYuu-wJI" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <strong>Aeropress </strong><br /> The Aeropress uses pressure to extract the flavour of the coffee and is great for making a quick espresso style coffee at home. This video tutorial goes through the different brews you can make with this piece of kit. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> &nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z9Pa7hxJUfA" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> <strong>French Press</strong><br /> It won&rsquo;t taste as strong due to the lack of pressure, but you can make a concentrated coffee in a French press by using a lot less water than normal and leaving to brew. This video gives exact measurements: <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> &nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GaDMuU-j9uo" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> <strong>Instant Coffee</strong><br /> If you don&rsquo;t have any of the above, you could make a really concentrated instant-coffee, using around 50ml of water and a teaspoon of granules.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>The Froth</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> Luckily there are plenty of ways to froth milk without a steaming wand.<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>On the hob. </strong>Heat up the milk of your choice in a pan on the hob, Once it&rsquo;s hot (but not boiling) start to whisk until it works up into a foam.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>In the microwave. </strong>Pour your milk into a jar with a lid, leaving at least half of the jar empty. Screw the lid on tightly, then shake it like you&rsquo;re mixing a cocktail for 30 seconds, until the milk is foamy. Microwave for 40 second, until it&rsquo;s hot.</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 15.6px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> <li style="line-height: 15.6px; font-size: 13px;"><strong style="line-height: 15.6px; font-size: 13px;">Using a French Press.&nbsp;</strong>Pour wamed milk into the French press, leaving plenty of space for froth, then push and pull the plunger up and down through the milk continuously for a minute or so. Once it&#39;s frothy, you can even create latte art with it.&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>The Mug </strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> For the ultimate coffee-shop experience, warm up your mug by filling it with a splash of boiling water, leaving it for 30 seconds, then tossing the water away before filling up with coffee. It&rsquo;ll keep your coffee hot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38723.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/bristot-our-ground-coffee-192g/38723/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Bristot Ground Coffee</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/13504.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/equal-exchange/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Equal Exchange</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31790.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Plant Based Milks</h3> </div> 0 Green Goddess Noodle Salad from Biona https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/ https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/ Whether you’re working or not, taking a proper break away from laptops and phones to refuel with nourishing food is essential. Try this noodle salad from Biona, quick to make and easy to customise with whatever veg you have available. You’ll be making this zingy green goddess dressing again. Whether you’re working or not, taking a proper break away from laptops and phones to refuel with nourishing food is essential. Try this noodle salad from Biona, quick to make and easy to customise with whatever veg you have available. You’ll be making this zingy green goddess dressing again.<br/><br /> <strong>Serves Two</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>For the Salad</strong> <ul> <li>150g&nbsp;Biona Organic Spelt Buckwheat Noodles</li> <li>150g vegetables to steam - broccoli, asparagus and green beans all work well, as do frozen peas or edamame beans</li> <li>Raw vegetables &ndash; we&rsquo;ve used a pak choi, half a bulb of fennel, chopped spring onions, half a cucumber, half an avocado - but sub in whatever crunchy fresh vegetables you have in the fridge</li> <li>A handful or two of salad leaves, like watercress or baby spinach, lettuce or a salad mix</li> <li>A small handful of chopped nuts and seeds. Cashews, almonds and peanuts are great, and use any seeds you have available like poppy seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chia seeds</li> <li>A good handful of coriander and mint, roughly chopped</li> <li>Fresh chilli, finely sliced</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;For the Dressing -&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;(we&rsquo;d recommend doubling it and saving some for tomorrow) <ul> <li>1 lime, zested and juiced</li> <li>1 tbsp toasted sesame oil</li> <li>2 tbsp&nbsp;Biona Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil</li> <li>1 small garlic clove, grated</li> <li>Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped</li> <li>1 tsp&nbsp;Biona Organic Tamari Sauce</li> <li>A pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli flakes</li> <li>Sea salt and milled black pepper, to taste</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>METHOD</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="margin-left:18.0pt;"> <ol> <li>Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water until tender. Err on the side of undercooked rather than over. Drain and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds. Once the water has drained off, toss in a little oil to stop the noodles sticking together.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Steam the broccoli, green beans or asparagus for five minutes, leaving them with a bit of bite.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.</li> <li>Dress the salad leaves, the raw and steamed vegetables and the noodles together, than serve into bowls and top with the nuts, seeds and fresh herbs.</li> </ol> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38622.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/500g-38622/38622/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Biona Organic Sunflower Seeds</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/3411.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/biona-olive-oil-500ml-500ml/3411/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Biona Olive Oil</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/10064.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/vegetables/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Organic Vegetables</h3> </div> 0 Tiba Tempeh Red Peanut Curry https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/ https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/ <div><br /> <br /> This plant-based red curry from our friends at Tiba Tempeh is rich and creamy from the coconut milk and peanut butter, and brought to life with aromatic spices.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serves two, ready in half an hour.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ingredients:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1 tbsp of coconut oil&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3 shallots, finely chopped&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 garlic cloves, crushed&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A thumb size piece of ginger, finely grated&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 tbsp Thai red curry paste&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tiba Tempeh Curry Pieces 200g</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1/2 can chopped tomatoes&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1/2 can of full fat coconut milk&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>150gr baby spinach or chopped kale&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 tbsp smooth peanut butter&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Salt to taste&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serve with:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brown or white steamed rice&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roughly chopped roasted peanuts</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A handful of coriander</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A wedge of lime&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Method:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the coconut oil to a large pan and place on a medium heat. Add the chopped shallots, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes until the shallots start to brown.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the curry paste and give it a good stir, then add the Tiba Curry Pieces and stir-fry for 3 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Turn down to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>4.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the coconut milk and peanut butter, mix everything together, put the lid on and cook for a&nbsp; &nbsp;further 10 minutes until you have a creamy sauce.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>5.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the baby spinach or chopped kale, stir everything one last time and simmer for 1 more minute or until the greens have wilted. Season to taste with salt.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Serve the curry with basmati rice, chopped salted peanuts, fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> 0 Lockdown Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/ <br /> <br /> Explore our lockdown essentials helping to make this strange time a little more okay. From bath oils for your evening wind down to the chocolates bringing us a dose of pure joy, we hope our suggestions enhance your days at home as they have ours.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Meditate&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Dependent on technology more so than ever, taking five minutes to pause, switch off and meditate is a great way to improve focus and concentration. Read <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/blasta-henriet-eye-pillow-face-navy-300g/37954/">Blasta Henriet&rsquo;s</a> guide on how to get started with their meditation eye pillow <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/?sessionid=undefined">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Froth&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> One of the things we miss the most from our old routine is the morning oat flat white. Recreate at home without a steaming wand by heating up your <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/?sessionid=undefined">m*lk of choice</a> and whisking vigorously until frothy before pouring into coffee.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Bathe&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Finishing work, taking an evening stroll then running a hot bath has become a daily ritual for many of us in the office. Pour in a good glug of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-bath-oil-110ml/26525/">REN&rsquo;s Atlantic Kelp Bath Oil</a> to soothe a tired body and mind, or add a few drops of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-lavender-essential-oil-9ml/21601/?sessionid=undefined">lavender essential oil</a> to help unwind.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Take 5&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Taking breaks from work is important and can help to improve focus and productivity. Step away from your laptop and phone and take five minutes to do nothing. Mix <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/omgtea-aaa-grade-single-serve-organic-matcha-sachets-14x1g/31175/?sessionid=undefined">OMGTea&rsquo;s AAA grade matcha</a> into a paste with a drop of water, then once it&rsquo;s smooth, top up with not-quite-boiling water.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Savour&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s nothing better than savouring the taste of chocolate melting on your tongue. Try a single origin chocolate that you haven&rsquo;t tried before, like one of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/chocolate-confectionery/?sessionid=undefined&amp;brand=blanxart&amp;pref=ignore">BlanxArt&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;organic bars made in Barcelona, and take note of all the flavours and textures that come to you.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Indulge</strong><br /> <br /> Make your bath a little more indulgent with a<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/masks-treatments/?sessionid=undefined"> face mask</a>. This <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-radiant-glow-mask-with-raw-cacao-and-coconut-60ml/25802/?sessionid=undefined">Raw Cacao &amp; Coconut Mask</a> from Evolve smells heavenly and will leave skin feeling smooth and moisturised.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Unwind&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s normal for the mind to whirr before we drift off, and even more so at the moment. A few hours before bed, drop <a href="http://https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-oil/">CBD oil</a> under the tongue and hold there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing to help start the wind down.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 ?Best Natural Sun Protection https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/ https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/ <br /> <br /> With the weather getting warmer and our daily outdoor stroll or jog more important than ever, it&rsquo;s time to prioritise protecting our skin from the sun. Here&rsquo;s our beauty buyer&rsquo;s edit of our favourite natural and organic formulas.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gp-suncream-spf30-scent-free-100ml-22147/22147/">Green People SPF 30</a><br /> <br /> Made without essential oils, this organic sun lotion is perfect for those with ultra-sensitive skin, plus it&rsquo;s water resistant and non-greasy.&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gp-suncream-spf30-scent-free-100ml-22147/22147/">Shop</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/">Ren Clean Screen Face Sun Screen SPF30</a><br /> <br /> Our favourite face sun screen, REN&rsquo;s formula does not clog pores, is quick to absorb and easily incorporated into daily skincare. Perfect for wearing under makeup.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/">Shop</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/40ml-29068/29068/">Madara City CC SPF 15&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> This colour-correcting cream from Madara is the best of both worlds, protecting from UVA and UVB rays while perfecting the appearance of blemishes and skin tone.&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/40ml-29068/29068/">Shop</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/hurraw-sun-lip-balm-43g-43g/16837/">Hurraw Sun Lip Balm SPF15&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t forget to protect your lips. This one from Hurraw is extra thick and creamy for longer staying power in the sunshine.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/hurraw-sun-lip-balm-43g-43g/16837/">Shop</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/urtekram-aloe-vera-gel-100ml/26450/">Urtekram Aloe Vera</a><br /> <br /> Enriched with hyaluronic acid and hexapeptide, this organic aloe vera will nourish and moisturise sun-kissed skin.&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/urtekram-aloe-vera-gel-100ml/26450/">Shop&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Lockdown Literature https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-literature/ https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-literature/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-literature/ There's nothing like the escapism lended by a good novel or the gratification from delving into a new topic, so we rounded up the ultimate lockdown reads from our Head Office team. Perfect for whiling away a lazy bank holiday Monday. There's nothing like the escapism lended by a good novel or the gratification from delving into a new topic, so we rounded up the ultimate lockdown reads from our Head Office team. Perfect for whiling away a lazy bank holiday Monday. <br/><strong><em>Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don&#39;t Know</em> by Malcolm Gladwell </strong><br /> One of the most popular reads from our office book club, this book illuminates how easy it is to misunderstand one another and the significant consequences of when we fail to interpret our fellow, equally flawed humans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Gut: The Inside Story of our Body&#39;s Most Under-Rated Organ </em>by Giulia Enders</strong><br /> &ldquo;Giulia Enders covers&nbsp;everything from the gut-brain axis, the link between the gut and the immune system and deep dives into the different gut bacteria. Easy to read, this book is packed with advice for how to improve your gut health as well scientific information. A one stop shop to get to know your gut.&rdquo; &ndash; Issy, Fresh Foods Associate Buyer<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>The Power of the Dog</em></strong><strong> by Don Winslow</strong><br /> &ldquo;The first novel in a fictional trilogy about Mexican drug cartels, this is by far the best book I&rsquo;ve read. Art Keller, a DEA agent, pursues the &ldquo;padron&rdquo;, Adan Barrera. The trilogy is exceptional. If you need something to get stuck into at a time like this, it&rsquo;s a great option. And, each&nbsp;book&nbsp;is 600 pages so you can easily lose yourself in it.&rdquo; &ndash; Alex, Customer Director<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Everything is Figureoutable</em></strong><strong> by Marie Forleo</strong><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always believed in positive thinking and that your mind set can have an impact on success. This book reminded me that all problems can be solved, and everything is truly figureoutable. Especially in these uncertain times, we need to focus on being positive.&rdquo; &ndash; Alexa, Grocery Sales and Marketing Assistant<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>And the Mountains Echoed</em></strong><strong> by Khaled Hosseini</strong><br /> &ldquo;From the very beginning of the novel, we are taken down a path of uncertainty, but this path bares an overwhelming sense of hope that shines a light on the unity of love and the special bonds that bind us altogether. At times like this, we need to remember what and who is important in our lives, so a novel that gives hope and light seems apt. The book is about pining after loved ones, separation and being reunited so gives us all hope that patience is key and love is there, regardless of who you are around.&rdquo; &ndash; Sophie, Senior Chilled Buyer<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Everything I Know About Love </em>by Dolly Alderton</strong><br /> &ldquo;A relatable memoir about growing up and the terrifying uncertainty that comes with it. It&rsquo;s witty and makes you laugh, smile and almost cry. Almost like a true Bridget Jones&rsquo; diary.&rdquo; &ndash; Caroline H, Own Label Brand Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries </em>by Jon Ronson </strong><br /> &ldquo;A collection of weird and wonderful tales from journalist and author, Jon Ronson. Always funny and intriguing, Ronson delves into extraordinary lives, mysterious worlds and bizarre situations. <em>So You&rsquo;ve Been Publicly Shamed</em> and <em>The Psychopath Test</em> are also fantastic. The kind of books you&rsquo;ll always reference.&rdquo; &ndash; Caroline L, Marketing Manager<br /> &nbsp; 0 Self-care tips from REN https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/ https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/ At home self-care solutions to keep you looking and feeling yourself. At home self-care solutions to keep you looking and feeling yourself.<br/><br /> <br /> Stress and uncertainty can take its toll on the body and mind. Whether you&rsquo;re working during this current climate, or at home possibly feeling disconnected, taking time to care for ourselves physically and mentally is never more important. While skincare, to some, may appear a superfluous luxury, it can help underpin our daily routine and sense of normality, also providing relief and a moment of calm. We asked our #TeamClean on Instagram what they&rsquo;d like to see from us, and self care and distraction was still high up there.<br /> With that, here&rsquo;s our tips to keep you feeling and looking yourself, while hopefully taking a moment of calm, however you&rsquo;re spending your time.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Keep your hands healthy.</strong><br /> <br /> Whatever your daily routine may currently look like, the advice is to wash our hands more frequently and at least for 40-60 seconds each time. Now&rsquo;s the time to reach for a sulphate-free hand wash if you can. Sulphates or &lsquo;SLS&rsquo; can be drying, stripping the skin of natural oils and weakening it&rsquo;s protective barrier.<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-hand-wash-300ml/26528/"><strong>Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Hand Wash</strong></a> will help provide optimal hand-hydration and protection from uncomfortable chapping and drying, while still purifying the skin. Follow up with our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-hand-lotion-300ml/26527/"><strong>Energising Hand Lotion</strong></a> to lock in moisture, which is especially needed when using alcohol-based hand sanitisers - a must in the current climate.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>A moment for your mind.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Switch off the news, stop scrolling your feed and take time to ease your mind. If you have a bath, stand in it and scrub dry skin with one of our body scrubs, then simply lie down and allow the salts, nourishing oils and fragrances disperse while your muscles relax. Our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-moroc-rose-polish-330ml-330ml/9527/"><strong>Moroccan Rose</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-scrub-150ml/26526/"><strong>Atlantic Kelp</strong></a> and Guerande Salt scrubs all contain aromatherapeutic blends of natural fragrances, so breath deeply as you relax.<br /> For those without a bath, use them in-shower, too or as an anytime hand scrub to avoid flaky hands - just avoid using on chapped or broken skin. When you&rsquo;re finished, lock in moisture with your favourite body cream and spritz &amp; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-now-to-sleep-75ml/27838/"><strong>Now To Sleep Pillow Spray</strong></a> on your pillows, fresh linens or even pyjamas to further help your mind unwind.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Keep up the cleansing.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Outdoor pollution, especially for city livers, can wreak havoc on skin. Airborne particles can clog pores, induce breakouts and lead to premature ageing. Indoor air is essentially the same, not accounting for dust inside our homes. Proper cleansing here is key, AM and PM. Massage <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-perfect-canvas-clean-jelly-oil-cleanser-100ml/38190/"><strong>Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser</strong></a> over your skin to break up dirt and impurities, and really take your time with it, as massaging can not only increase microcirculation but can release pent-up stress and give you a moment of calm. Why not practice some deep breathing as you cleanse, too.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Reveal even, glowing skin.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> AHAs and BHAs are known for helping deeply cleanse, break up dead cells and smooth skin texture, but they can make your skin more sun sensitive. As we&rsquo;re spending more time in our homes, now is a great time to incorporate acid-based formulas like Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic and Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. We&rsquo;re not recommending you go gung-ho and irritate your skin, as inflammation can lead to premature ageing, so use <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-ready-steady-glow-daily-aha-tonic-250ml/28063/"><strong>AHA Tonic </strong></a>daily and <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-glycolactic-peel-mask-50ml-50ml/4879/"><strong>Glycol Lactic Mask</strong></a> as a twice-weekly treatment, Depending how your skin responds, you can use AHA Tonic morning and evening - but always use sunscreen when venturing outdoors.&nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;ve got hyperpigmentation, being indoors is the perfect time to help fade discolouration as sun exposure won&rsquo;t counteract your efforts. Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream is a non-acid treatment, so you can use it in conjunction with all of the above.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Future proof your skin.</strong><br /> <br /> If you are lucky enough to get outside - whether that&#39;s in your garden or on a run to your local park, be sure to safeguard your smooth complexion. Use <strong><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/">Clean Screen SPF 30</a>&nbsp;</strong>to protect skin from burning and prevent premature ageing such as leathering and hyperpigmentation in one simple step.&nbsp;<br /> However you are tackling the recent changes to your daily routine, take care of yourself, of others and stay safe.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Sourdough School Tin Loaf Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/ Our friends at The Sourdough School are sharing their most basic sourdough tin loaf recipe. Aside from proving and resting times, this loaf only requires about 15 minutes of actual effort, once you have your starter going. This recipe makes two loaves to save you time, so halve it if you only need one loaf. Our friends at The Sourdough School are sharing their most basic sourdough tin loaf recipe. Aside from proving and resting times, this loaf only requires about 15 minutes of actual effort, once you have your starter going. This recipe makes two loaves to save you time, so halve it if you only need one loaf.<br/><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re new to sourdough and don&rsquo;t have a starter, you can ask a friend who already bakes for some of theirs, or you can make your own from scratch. The Sourdough School have fantastic video tutorials <a href="https://www.sourdough.co.uk/getting-a-sourdough-starter-going-from-scratch/">here</a> on their website.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The joining fee for the Sourdough Club is normally &pound;99 with a monthly &pound;9.99 subscription, however if you are a Planet Organic customer, The Sourdough School has very kindly issued 100 discount codes for a 75% discount code off the joining fee for our customers to learn to make sourdough making the joining fee &pound;24.75 and a &pound;9.99 monthly subscription. This includes a sourdough starter to get you going.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The club is run by Vanessa and her team and there are over 70 video tutorials and core lessons in sourdough, with recipes and tips, and as a member you get regular recipes and you can also chat with her directly for advice about your bakes in the club forum, and she uses equipment and flour many of you will recognise as items that we sell.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please use code <strong>planetorganic-club-april-75</strong> <a href="https://thesourdoughclub.com/courses/sourdough-club-monthly-subscription/">here</a> for 75% off the joining fee.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please note that the discount codes are valid until the end of April and are available on a first come first serve basis<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Equipment:</strong></u><br /> <br /> Large mixing bowl<br /> 2 x Large 900g (2lb) loaf tin, or 2 small ones<br /> 2 x Clean tea towels<br /> Wooden spoon<br /> Sheet of greaseproof paper<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Time and temperature guidelines:</strong></u><br /> <br /> Day 1 &ndash; Thursday<br /> 9pm &ndash; Refresh your sourdough starter. Use tap water at about 22&deg;C<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8am &ndash; Refresh your sourdough starter. Use tap water at about 22&deg;C<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8pm &ndash; Prepare and weigh out the ingredients<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8.30pm &ndash; Mix the dough. Use your bubbly, lively starter. Try to mix your dough at a temperature of 23&deg;C. Leave the dough in the tin on the kitchen side overnight. When you&rsquo;re done making the dough, put your starter back in the fridge at a temperature of about 5&deg;C.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 3 &ndash; Saturday<br /> 8am Onwards &ndash; you can bake at any time from 8am, or you can store the dough in the fridge and bake any time until 4pm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Makes: 1 large 900g (2lb) loaf or 2 smaller loaves (reduce baking time accordingly)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>Ingredients:</strong></u><br /> <br /> 750g water at 27&deg;C<br /> 500g stoneground organic wholegrain flour<br /> 500g organic strong white flour<br /> 200g bubbly lively sourdough starter (second build &ndash; starter that has been refreshed twice)<br /> 20g fine sea salt<br /> butter, ghee or coconut oil, to grease the tin<br /> about 2 tablespoons oil to drizzle over the top and around the sides of the loaf (we used olive oil)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>Method:</strong></u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Double refresh</strong><br /> It is important to build the microbes in the starter if you only bake once a week. A double refreshment as outlined in the timetable above will make a beautiful loaf.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Mix</strong><br /> In a large bowl, mix 700g of your water with the starter, remembering to pay attention to the temperature of the water. Mix well &ndash; getting plenty of oxygen in at this point helps the yeast to reproduce. Add the flour and salt and mix until all the ingredients come together.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You don&rsquo;t need to knead: just mix well, then wait 10 minutes. You can then add the last 50g water, incrementally (2 x 25g), over the course of 5&ndash;10 minutes, allowing each addition to absorb well. This technique helps create a beautiful open crumb because the gluten forms stronger bonds when the dough is less hydrated.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Prepare the tin by greasing a sheet of baking parchment lightly with butter, ghee, coconut oil or lard (not olive oil.) Then line the tins with the baking parchment. Transfer the dough to the tins.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prove</strong><br /> Leave the dough overnight on the kitchen table, covered with a clean tea towel. As a general guide, the ambient temperature at the School is generally about 23&deg;C.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the morning, the dough will be 50 percent bigger. If you prefer, at this stage you can make your loaf sourer and therefore more digestible, by transferring it to the fridge for another 3&ndash;4 hours before baking.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bake</strong><br /> Preheat your oven to 220&deg;C/428F/Gas mark 7 for at least 30 minutes before you are ready to bake. Place a small pan of boiling water at the bottom of the oven (or use a Dutch oven if you can fit your tin inside one). The extra steam from the water will help to form a beautiful crust.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Drizzle the olive oil over the top and around the sides of the loaf. Reduce the heat to 180&deg;C/355F/Gas Mark 4 and bake for about 45&ndash;50 minutes. I don&rsquo;t give precise timings, as everyone&rsquo;s oven is different. Bake to the point that you like the look of the loaf &ndash; it should be a beautiful golden colour. As soon as it comes out of the oven, carefully place it in the box provided by the person you are baking for. Be sure to maintain correct social distancing. See protocol here on the Sourdough Exchange page.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Storage</strong><br /> I usually advise that sourdough needs to cool in the tin for a few minutes before cooling completely out of the tin, preferably on a wire rack.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Tips</strong><br /> How to refresh your starter<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can see my video <a href="http://www.sourdough.co.uk/getting-a-sourdough-starter-going-from-scratch/">here </a>on how to refresh your sourdough starter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Leftover starter<br /> I realise it feels wasteful to discard when refreshing, but please remember that this gives the yeast a boost and is a necessary step because the acidity retards yeast. You will get flat, sour bread if you keep it all. You can use the leftover starter in many other recipes such as pancakes or muffins, or if you are a Sourdough Club member my recipe for chocolate rye. You can also compost it. 0 Seven Ways to Stay Calm When You're Stuck at Home with Pukka Herbs https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/ https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/ Working from home and self-isolation is now the &lsquo;new normal&rsquo; for many and we face a period of uncertainty.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Swapping the office desk for a kitchen table, and face-to-face meetings with video chats has the potential to dampen our moods, making us feel more anxious and tense than ever before.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And whilst &lsquo;me time&rsquo; is crucial to give our minds and bodies a rest, when it&rsquo;s forced upon you, it might not seem so appealing! These 7 expert-approved tips will help keep you calm when everything around you seems so crazy&hellip;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Establish calm surroundings&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re going to be spending all your time at home, it needs to become somewhere that you&rsquo;re happy to spend time in.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When the weather permits, open windows for 15 to 20 minutes to remove stale air from inside the home, and allow fresh air in. If you dry your washing indoors, it&rsquo;s even more important to allow air to circulate and to get rid of damp air. Natural, toxic-free candles can also help to create a calming atmosphere in the home.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Sip on herbs&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re all familiar with the phrase &lsquo;hug in a mug&rsquo; and you won&rsquo;t be surprised to hear that the simple action of sipping a warm cup of tea can be oh-so-comforting. What&rsquo;s more if that tea has additional herbs and ingredients to calm you, such as chamomile, lime flower or tulsi, all the better.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In an office environment, people give themselves time throughout the day to take a tea break, but at home we&rsquo;re not as likely to do so,&rdquo; explains Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education and Ayurvedic Practitioner at organic wellbeing company Pukka Herbs.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;A mug of herbal tea can help to calm a busy mind, particularly if it incorporates well known stress-relieving herbs. One of my favourites is Pukka&rsquo;s Relax blend, made with chamomile flower to help us unwind, as well as fennel seed and ginger to ease digestion and give anxious tummy&rsquo;s some respite.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Exercise at home&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Personal Trainer Lucy Gornall says that despite gyms being closed, working out at home is still a great way to get your heart rate up, and clear an anxious mind.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I recommend a 20-minute-high intensity interval routine&rdquo;, says Lucy. &ldquo;Set a timer and work on a 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off set-up. Alternate between squat jumps, burpees, high knees and mountain climbers; you&rsquo;ll be breaking a sweat in no time. Plus, you can do it in front of the TV!&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> For easy-to-follow routines, check out Youtube, which is home to a multitude of workouts from yoga through to high impact exercises.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Housework&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Psychotherapist Noel McDermott (<a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/fVBCCoY6YhQy6VT1d3rs">www.noelmcdermott.net</a>) explains: &ldquo;The mental health benefits of housework cannot be overplayed. Cleaning and de-cluttering do wonders for your mood. So, when self-isolating, jump to it and get everything done you&rsquo;ve been putting off in your home.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Scrubbing the oven, clearing out old clothes and cleaning windows are just three jobs that we often find on that never-ending to-do list&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put the music on&hellip;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Make some &lsquo;mix tapes&rsquo; and get ready for the many parties you are going to throw when you get back to civilian life,&rdquo; says Noel. &ldquo;Singing and dancing are great ways to release pent up energy and upbeat music will quickly put a smile on your face.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Take time to breathe&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We often underestimate the importance of breathing, but &ldquo;practicing mindfulness and meditation may help you manage stress and high blood pressure,&rdquo; says Jo. &ldquo;It can also improve sleep quality and enable you to feel more balanced and connected.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;When you&rsquo;re constantly under stress, your adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to this hormone can affect the function of your brain, immune system and other organs.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Not sure how to get started? This simple routine shared by the NHS will help calm the mind in just five minutes:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Find a comfortable position &ndash; stood up, sat down, lying back &ndash; and place your feet roughly hip-width apart.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, gently and regularly. Try counting steadily from 1 to 5 on your breath in. Then, without pausing, let it flow out gently, counting to 5 again. Do this for up to 5 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Embrace routine&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> You might find that you work and eat from the same table, and actually, with no human connect, find yourself settling down for a day in your dressing gown, with no real motivation to get dressed or even shower. However, going about your normal morning routine &ndash; even as so far as setting your alarm- will help you get in the right frame of mind and boost your productivity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Lucy explains, &ldquo;Too much &lsquo;downtime&rsquo; is not a good thing in times of uncertainty and keeping your usual routines helps us have a sense of control. Wake up and go to bed as usual, eat healthy, manage your work hours and find<br /> &nbsp; 0 Ombar Vegan Rocky Road https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/ https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/#comments Tues, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/ <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Serves: 12</span><br style="line-height: 15.6px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;" /> <br /> Prep time: 15 mins<br /> Cook time: 30 mins in the fridge&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>INGREDIENTS:</strong><br /> 200g Ombar Cocomylk&nbsp; chocolate (but any apart from 90% would work)<br /> 60g dairy-free butter spread<br /> 50g vegan biscuits, chopped (we used digestives, but you could use another kind)<br /> 50g vegan marshmallows<br /> 50g dried strawberries<br /> <br /> <strong>METHOD:</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Break up the ombar chocolate and add to a heat-proof bowl along with the dairy-free spread.<br /> 2.&nbsp;Place over a saucepan with simmering water making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn&rsquo;t touch the water. Mix until melted, then take off the heat.<br /> 3. Pour 1/4 of the mixture into a separate bowl and leave to one side. Fold in the rest of the ingredients into the main bowl of melted chocolate.&nbsp;<br /> 4. Transfer into a tin (22&times;12 cm loaf tin) lined with parchment paper. Pour the remaining chocolate on top and smooth with a spatula or a spoon.<br /> 5. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes of until set, then slice.<br /> &nbsp; 0 JARR Kombucha's Basic Brew https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/ https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/#comments Tues, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/ Makes 2 litres of kombucha.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>What you&rsquo;ll need to get started:</strong><br /> <br /> -1 x SCOBY w/ starter liquid OR 500 ml starter liquid (buy from www.happykombucha.co.uk)<br /> <br /> -2 litres filtered water (500 ml boiling/ 1 litre cold)<br /> <br /> -4 x organic unflavoured teabags (8 grams loose-leaf tea)&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -120 grams organic cane sugar<br /> <br /> -Glass jar capable of holding 2 litres<br /> <br /> -Stirring utensil<br /> <br /> -Breathable cotton/ cheesecloth&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -Rubber band&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -A warm and airy space to let your booch brew<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Brewing Steps:</strong><br /> <br /> *Sterilise your jar and stirring utensil with boiling water before brewing.<br /> <br /> 1) Boil 500 ml of filtered water. While you&rsquo;re waiting, drop the 4 tea bags into your jar. Pour the 500 ml of boiling water into your jar and allow the tea bags to steep for approximately 5 minutes.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> *Different teas require different steep times and temperatures so please research the specifics of your tea before brewing.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 2) Remove the tea bags with your stirring utensil and add your 120 grams of sugar. Mix until dissolved.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 3) Top up your 500 ml of sweetened tea with 1 litre of cold filtered water and stir. This will cool the liquid down to below 35 degrees, making it safe to add your starter liquid/ SCOBY.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 4) After the tea is cooled, add your starter liquid and SCOBY to the jar and stir.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 5) Secure the cloth over your jar with a rubber band. Place in a warm, airy space out of direct sunlight. The ideal brewing temperature for kombucha is between 23 and 26 degrees.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 6) Leave your kombucha to brew for 5 days. After 5 days, remove and dispose of the layer of cellulose that has grown on top of the liquid. Begin stirring your kombucha with a clean utensil, bottom to top for 1 minute, twice daily. This will help to oxygenate the liquid and encourage healthy bacteria growth which will speed up the fermentation process, dissipate much of the ethanol produced and ultimately produce a cleaner and more delicious tasting kombucha.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 7) It is now entirely up to you to determine when your kombucha is ready based on your own personal preference. We recommend a period of about 2 weeks when fermenting at 24 degrees. If you&rsquo;d like to get more specific, you can purchase PH strips/ litmus paper. Finished kombucha normally sits between 2.8 and 3.1 ph. When your kombucha is ready, put a lid on your jar and place it in the fridge. This will stop the fermentation process. Remember to save at least 1/4 (500 ml) of your final 2 litre brew as starter liquid/ SCOBY for your next batch. If you&rsquo;d like to scale up to 4 litres for your next brew, save 1 litre of this batch.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Any questions? Get in touch with JARR Kombucha co-founder Adam Vanni directly by emailing him on adam@jarrkombucha.com&nbsp;<br /> 0 De-Stress with Blasta Henriet https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/ https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/#comments Thurs, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/ De-stress and unwind with our friends at Bl&auml;sta Henri&euml;t&#39;s relaxation technique.<br /> <br /> You need: 1 blanket, 1 bolster or firm pillows, 1 eye pillow<br /> <br /> 1. Sit down on a yoga mat or soft rug with your knees bent and your feet grounded. Fold the blanket in half and place behind you. The blanket will support you from your tailbone to the top of your head.<br /> 2. Place the bolster under your knees for support.<br /> 3. Lie back onto the blanket and place arms out at a 45-degree angle, palms facing up and your knees relaxed over the bolster.<br /> 4. Place the eye pillow over your eyes. The eye pillow will apply gentle pressure that send signals to the brain to relax, it will also block out unwanted light and help quiet your mind.<br /> 5. Breathe deeply through your nose and exhale deeply through your nose or your mouth. Try lengthening your exhale and keep the inhale shorter than your exhale - inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 8 counts.<br /> <br /> Aim to stay in this position for at least 2 minutes and longer if needed.<br /> <br /> Whilst maintaining the pose and breathing, travel across your body in your mind and acknowledge each body part as you go along. Starting with the big toe, second toe, middle toe and so on - move on to the shin, calf and thigh and across the abdomen, bellybutton, ribs, shoulder and on to the arm down to your fingers and back to the throat, across your face to the tip of your head and across to the other arm and all the way back down through the opposite leg.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This exercise is really helpful to help clear your mind and deepen relaxation. If you notice your mind starts wondering just acknowledge that it has happened and bring your attention back to your body.<br /> <br /> Repeat as necessary.<br /> 0 Planet Organic Acquires As Nature Intended https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/ <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">We are delighted to announce that Planet Organic has acquired <a href="https://www.asnatureintended.uk.com/">As Nature Intended</a>, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Back in 2018 when we received investment in the business, we set the target of opening ten new stores in London over the next five years. Our mission is to provide food and products that are healthy for both our bodies and the planet, and to become pillars of the communities we serve.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We opened Queen&rsquo;s Park last August, taking us to eight stores, and it has been wonderful getting to know our neighbours in the area. Now, with the purchase of As Nature Intended, we are moving towards our expansion goal and we can&rsquo;t wait to meet our new communities across London.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as our plans develop over the coming weeks, and we&#39;ve popped our press release below for you to have a read through.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Planet Organic&nbsp;</strong>Announces Takeover of&nbsp;<strong>As Nature Intended</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Planet Organic</strong>, the leading UK health and wellbeing retailer, has acquired&nbsp;<strong>As Nature Intended</strong>, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Planet Organic has targeted opening 10 new stores in the Greater London area within next five years.&nbsp;In 2019 Planet Organic opened a new store in Queen&rsquo;s Park, North London, taking its shop count to eight. Now, with the purchase of As Nature Intended, Planet Organic increases its store count to become the largest specialist organic grocer chain in the UK.<br /> Planet Organic was founded in 1995 and in 2018 Inverleith LLP became the majority shareholder to help expand the Company&rsquo;s growth. As Nature Intended was founded in 1999.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Planet Organic&rsquo;s Chairman, Ben Thomson, says:</strong><br /> &ldquo;This deal allows&nbsp;us to further the mission of Planet Organic to provide food and products that are healthy for our customers as well as healthy for the planet. We share a similar outlook to As Nature Intended, a company which, like Planet Organic, promotes wellness with high environmental standards. Both organisations believe the future of High Street retailing is in providing experience- based shopping for the communities where we are located.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In the short term our primary focus is to make sure we are there to support our customers, and the customers of our newly acquired stores, through the coronavirus outbreak. We have a very knowledgeable staff who can help answer questions on what foods, supplements and lifestyle changes we can make to help to boost immunity and general wellbeing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In the longer term this acquisition allows Planet Organic to grow quickly into locations we have already identified as ideal for our brand. With the addition of As Nature Intended stores, we will be the largest organic grocery chain in the UK with plans to grow further as the popularity of healthy foods continues.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Planet Organic&rsquo;s CEO, Peter Marsh, says:</strong><br /> &ldquo;Planet Organic is the original organic supermarket chain in the UK.&nbsp;There is nothing we like more than to see our customers relaxing and chatting over a cup of coffee, an immune boosting juice, or helping them to shop in an environmentally friendly way, enjoying our unpackaged products, home- compostable packaging and zero-food waste policies. Ours is the sort of shopping that is the future of the high street. We are looking forward to providing this Planet Organic approach into the newly acquired stores in new communities.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Caroline Gooding, As Nature Intended owner and CEO, who now steps down from her role, commented:</strong><br /> &ldquo;Planet Organic is an amazingly complementary business, operating similar stores in London, with limited overlap with our own premises, and most importantly pursuing a similar mission and sharing our core values.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;While I am naturally sad to have reached the end of this 20-year adventure, I firmly believe that stepping back now is in the best interests of the As Nature Intended business, my colleagues and our customers. I am confident that I am passing the company into highly capable and committed hands, and that its new owners will be able to make the most of the opportunities for what now becomes the biggest and best operator in this market.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp; <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> 0 Supporting your Immune System https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/ <br /> <br /> Staying well and supporting a healthy immune system is one our our best defences against viruses. We want to do all we can to help our communities keep healthy, so we&rsquo;ve put together a short guide on how to support overall health and our immune systems, in addition to government health advice. Although particularly relevant now, this is our long-term advice for overall health and wellbeing.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/g44fCBgRgsypKLtz4fY6">Eat Well&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> Diet is hugely important, so ensure you&rsquo;re getting enough nutrients from a diverse range of food sources including vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, proteins, nuts and seeds with a focus on plants and eating the rainbow. Eat organic fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes as they contain higher levels of antioxidants compared to conventionally grown crops and are more nutrient-dense, plus they have lower concentrations of pesticides, which can have a negative impact on gut health. Organic meat and dairy products contain around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic, and organic milk and dairy contains higher concentrations of iron and Vitamin E. All of the food at our mix and match counter and our fresh juices, smoothies and coffees and certified organic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/ZVAsCDRJRTyNA8t5GNXR">Support Gut Health</a></strong><br /> The gut houses over 70% of our immune system cells - more than anywhere else in the body -&nbsp; which protect us from external disruptors like pollution and chemicals, and internal disruptors like pathogens, emotions and stress. The microbiota interacts with immune cells and stimulates our immune system as needed but this communication can be damaged by disruptors such as stress, poor diet and overuse of antibiotics. In order to support gut function, include prebiotic foods and spices in our everyday diet. These include&nbsp;kefir,&nbsp;inulin,&nbsp;chicory, Jerusalem artichokes and high beta-carotene foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and leafy greens.&nbsp;Bone broths&nbsp;can help to repair the gut and multiple-strain probiotics&nbsp;can help to improve the variety of microbes in the gut.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/5qJVCEl6lIYVxZipem3h">Sleep&nbsp;Well and Rest Up</a></strong><br /> During sleep, our immune system secretes cytokines, a group of proteins that regulate immunity and inflammation. Adequate sleep also supports T cells, a type of immune cell that fights against pathogens. Going to bed early enough, creating a calming sleep environment and preparing your body to sleep can all help to improve the quality of your rest and in turn, support your immune system. Read up on our sleep tips and recommendations <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/let-us-help-you-sleep/">here</a>. If you feel exhausted or run down, listen to your body and rest up, rather than pushing yourself with a jam-packed schedule or intense exercise, as this will only prolong recovery time.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/5qJVCEl6lIYVxZipem3h"><strong>Reduce Stress </strong></a><br /> A stressed body and mind is also more vulnerable to illness due to increased cortisol levels - the hormone that puts out body on high alert. Try meditation, breathing exercises or taking a long bath to lower cortisol production and supplement with apoptogenic&nbsp;Reishi&nbsp;mushroom that work as a natural stress modulator and immune booster.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamins-minerals/">Supplement&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> Supplementing our diets we have enough vitamins and minerals to support bodily function and boost the immune system.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We recommend everyone takes Vitamin C as it helps to boost the immune system by encouraging the production of white blood cells, and it has been shown to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Liposomal Vitamin C is particularly effective as it is fat-based rather than water based, like regular Vitamin C supplements, and because the liposome&rsquo;s membrane is made of the same fat found in the cell membranes throughout the body, this allows the liposomal Vitamin C to pass into cells easily and be delivered directly into the cells.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Additionally, we recommend taking an immune supporting multi-vitamin like Wild Nutrition&rsquo;s&nbsp;which delivers food-grown vitamins and minerals, amino acids, biomass mycelial mushrooms and Elderberry.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Take lauric acid, found in human breast milk and coconut oil, in the form of Monolaurin to support immune health without adverse effects on beneficial intestinal flora. Designs for Health&rsquo;s Monolaurin Avail contains Vitamin C for added immune benefit, and sunflower lecithin to enhance absorption of the monolaurin.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/kids-healthcare/"><strong>Family Health&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> The same advice - eat well, support gut health, get enough sleep and supplement &ndash; is true for children too. Feed them foods high in Vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis and tangerines and B6 rich foods such as leafy greens and chickpeas, and supplement with&nbsp;elderberry syrup, Manuka honey and a&nbsp;probiotic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0 Let Us Help You Sleep https://www.planetorganic.com/let-us-help-you-sleep/ https://www.planetorganic.com/let-us-help-you-sleep/#comments Weds, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/let-us-help-you-sleep/ <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 2.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 17.0px} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 2.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p5 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #dca10d} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #dca10d} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline} span.s3 {color: #000000} </style> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">We all know that a good night&rsquo;s sleep is essential for our mental health and cognitive function, but it&rsquo;s also crucial for a healthy immune system &ndash; something we all need now more than ever.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">But getting&nbsp;the holy-grail of an eight-hour, uninterrupted sleep&nbsp;can be a complex, anxiety-inducing affair. As it&#39;s National Sleep Awareness Week, we want to help you get you the best night&#39;s sleep you can. Read on for our top tips and recommendations from our buyers and favourite brands.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>All Hail Ashwagandha</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Although we&#39;ve been slow to clock on to the benefits of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/_an5CO757UMk0NS5H_Pu" style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><span class="s1">ashwagandha</span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">&nbsp;in the UK, the herb has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic practice to manage stress-related conditions and help with chronic fatigue, insomnia and adrenal fatigue. Pukka&#39;s in-house Ayurvedic expert, Jo Webber, gives us the low down on how this herb can improve our sleep.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sleeping-with-herbs-ashwagandha/" style="font-size: 13px;">READ ON &raquo;</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>Read Me To Sleep</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">You&#39;re in bed, pillow spray spritzed, blackout-curtains drawn, phone exhiled in the living room but your mind isn&#39;t there yet. Enter the sleep podcast, using soothing voices and relaxation techniques to help you wind down. We&#39;re loving Get Sleepy at the moment, with different narrators to choose from and episodes including a tour of Venice and a trip down the Missisippi river.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/YnJdCWnjnTV8P6SrChEf" style="font-size: 13px;">LISTEN &raquo;</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>And Breathe</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Aromatherapy is a powerful tool when it comes to sleep, so our friends at Scentered have shared their Stop, Inhale and Reset technique to help us relax and prepare for sleep. This technique is great to have in your arsenal as it can be used during the day when you need a few moments to collect yourself and re-focus.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/ydW2CX6k6IWZq4iEiZrF" style="font-size: 13px;">READ ON &raquo;</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Our Product Picks</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=Blasta%20Henriet%20Eye%20Pillow"><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>Blasta Henriet Eye Pillow</strong></span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Designed to block out unwanted light and soothe tired eyes, this weighted eye pillow can be heated up or cooled down and helps deepen relaxation before bed or during meditation.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/pukka-night-time-60-caps-60-caps/19906/"><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>Pukka Night Time&nbsp;Supplement</strong></span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Featuring the all important ashwagandha, this supplement also uses a blend of high-grade, certified organic valerian root, gotu kola leaf, hawthorn berry and nutmeg fruit, to aid sleep naturally. Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram this week - we&#39;ll be running a big in-store giveaway.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/neom-perfect-nights-sleep-pillow-mist-30ml/25207/"><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;"><strong>Neom Perfect Night&#39;s Sleep Mist</strong></span></a><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">A complex blend of 14 of the purest essential oils including English lavender, chamomile and patchouli, all expertly blended to help you relax and prepare for sleep. Spritz onto your pillow, lay down and breathe in through your nose for 7 seconds and out through your mouth slowly for 11 seconds.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/soakin-magnesium-flakes-bath-salt-800g/30507/"><b style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Soakin Magnesium Bath Salt</strong></b></a><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">The drop in body temperature after a hot bath encourages the body to rest. Add a scoop or magnesium flakes to help relieve aches and pains and set you up for a restful night.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/pukka-night-time-latte-uk-case-75g/37040/"><b style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Pukka&nbsp;Night Time Latte</b></a><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: 300;">Expertly blended by Pukka&rsquo;s Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, this luxurious herbal drink contains a plant-based blend of organic oat and nutty carob bean, infused with nature&rsquo;s finest night-time herbs; lavender and chamomile, ashwagandha and nutmeg to help you relax and drift off with ease.</span></p> 0 Stop. Inhale. Reset. https://www.planetorganic.com/stop-inhale-reset/ https://www.planetorganic.com/stop-inhale-reset/#comments Tues, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/stop-inhale-reset/ <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">There are many factors that contribute to a restful night&rsquo;s sleep, so the aromatherapy experts at Scentered have put together the ultimate bedtime routine to help you wake feeling well rested.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <br /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Breathe</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Release tension and anxiety with deep and conscious breathing coupled with aromatherapy. Our Stop, Inhale and Reset technique is a great tool to use during the day too when you need a few moments to collect yourself.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">1. STOP</strong><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;- Apply Scentered&rsquo;s Sleep Well Balm onto your wrists, neck and temples</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">2. INHALE</strong><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;- Place your hands on your abdomen. Deeply inhale the therapeutic natural aromas.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Breath 1: Place your hands on your chest, fingertips touching and breathe into them. Feel your fingers part at the deepest part of the breath, exhale mindfully.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Breath 2: Move your hands to your tummy, breathe consciously and deeply fill your lungs, feeling movement beneath your hands.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Breath 3, place your hands onto the lower abdomen and inhale deeply into the whole body, pause, hold your breath here, then exhale as slowly and mindfully as you can.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">3. RESET</strong><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;- Observe your calm breathing and relaxed body and mind.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Use Aromatherapy to Associate Sleep with Scents</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12px;" /> <span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Once you&rsquo;ve entered your technology-free hour before bedtime, apply our&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/" style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Sleep Well Therapy Balm</a><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;to your pulse points. When we smell something, it triggers our olfactory nerve and sends a signal to our limbic system and the amygdala, the part of our brain that controls mood and memory. Certain associated smells can instantly impact mood and using this routine regularly will help associate the soothing scent of palmarosa, ylang ylang and lavender with sleep.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Create a Sleep Space</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Look around your bedroom and ask yourself whether you feel relaxed in this space. Are your blinds letting too much light in at night? Is the room stuffy or well ventilated? Would you sleep better with white noise, or less noise? Assessing these factors before you get into bed start you off on the right foot. Lighting our&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sleep-well-candle-home-220g/27180/" style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Candle</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;an hour before bed will make the space feel as calming and relaxing as possible thanks to the essential oils of lavender, chamomile and palmarosa.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Reduce Screen Time</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We all know the negative effect blue light and overstimulation from our phones and devices can have on our sleep quality. Try leaving your phone outside the bedroom and have a technology-free hour before bed. Replace this screen-time with reading or practicing some light yoga.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Consider What You Drink</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">It might seem obvious, but here&rsquo;s a friendly reminder: Cut the caffeine. Drinking too much caffeine throughout the day or too close to bedtime will have a negative impact on your sleep routine. Replace with herbal teas or water, especially in the afternoon.</span><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 14.4px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Don&#39;t Hit Snooze</strong><br style="line-height: 14.4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The average person completes five 90-minute sleep cycles per night and ideally, we wake up between these cycles, not in the middle of one. Being jolted aware by an alarm clock in the middle of REM (rapid eye movement, i.e. deep sleep) sleep cycle can leave you feeling sluggish but even if you&#39;re feeling tired, it&#39;s important not to hit the snooze button as this begins a new sleep cycle that will inevitably be broken when your alarm goes off again in ten minutes.</span> <div>&nbsp;</div> 0 Sleeping with Herbs: Ashwagandha https://www.planetorganic.com/sleeping-with-herbs-ashwagandha/ https://www.planetorganic.com/sleeping-with-herbs-ashwagandha/#comments Tues, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/sleeping-with-herbs-ashwagandha/ <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} </style> <p class="p1"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1"><em>Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs, gives us the low down on ashwagandha and how it can help us get a better night&rsquo;s sleep.</em></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1">Whatsapps, flash sales, an overflowing work inbox - all factors contributing to the increasingly fast pace of modern day life. Staying calm before and winding down after a busy day have never been trickier to master. &nbsp;All of us are beautifully unique and have different ways of managing this busy lifestyle but, fortunately, to supplement these there is a natural remedy out there to help restore calm and balance to our bodies and minds.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-family2"><span class="f-family1">Introducing ashwagandha&hellip;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Although we&#39;ve been slow to clock on to the benefits of ashwagandha in the UK, it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic practice to manage stress-related conditions and also help with chronic fatigue, insomnia and adrenal fatigue.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Ayurveda views ashwagandha as one of the most prized rejuvenating herbs, known as a &lsquo;rasayana&rsquo; in Sanskrit. Rasayanas are thought to enhance both the quality and quantity of life, nourish the mind and enhance physical&nbsp;vigour, making them perfect for when we are feeling weak and exhausted. Classed as a modern-day &lsquo;adaptogen&rsquo;, ashwagandha adapts to the needs of the body, helping to support it and reduce negative changes during times of emotional and physical stress by&nbsp;strengthening the endocrine and nervous systems.&nbsp;A growing body of evidence is now being collated around this powerful herb with an impressive variety of health benefits.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Stress is often at the root of our sleeping problems: When we&rsquo;re troubled, our sleep is too. Ashwagandha&rsquo;s botanical name, withania somnifera, gives us further clues as to its properties. The Latin word &lsquo;somnifera&rsquo; is translated as &lsquo;sleep-inducing&rsquo;, reflecting its ability to support deeper sleep. By</span><i style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</i><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">nourishing and strengthening a weakened and over-anxious nervous system, studies show that Ashwagandha helps us to relax enough to get a better night&rsquo;s sleep</span><i style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">.&nbsp;</i><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">According to our circadian clock (the body clock that naturally prepares us for sleep and wake), cortisol should naturally decrease in the early evening in preparation for sleep. Stress can overrule these rhythms and cortisol can stay elevated into the night and affect sleep success.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Ashwagandha acts as a depressant to the central nervous system, exchanging feelings of anxiety for feelings of calmness.&nbsp;Stress normally causes a surge in the adrenal hormones - adrenaline and cortisol - that increase alertness. Ashwagandha tackles the problem at the root as it acts directly on the trigger of stress by regulating the imbalanced cortisol level and nourishing the adrenal glands.&nbsp;It acts directly on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, modulating the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol, from the adrenal glands.&nbsp;Chronic stress is a major health concern worldwide and of course impacts our sleeping habits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> 0 Help The Honeybee Spelt Sourdough Pancakes https://www.planetorganic.com/help-the-honeybee-spelt-sourdough-pancakes/ https://www.planetorganic.com/help-the-honeybee-spelt-sourdough-pancakes/#comments Thurs, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/help-the-honeybee-spelt-sourdough-pancakes/ <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">Taken from <a href="https://www.octopusbooks.co.uk/titles/vanessa-kimbell-2/food-for-thought-changing-the-world-one-bite-at-a-time/9780857832719/"><em>Food For Thought: Changing The World One Bite at a Time</em> </a>by Vanessa Kimbell, founder of <a href="https://www.sourdough.co.uk/">The Sourdough School&nbsp;</a></span></span> <div class="title-header__bylines" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: &quot;Source Sans Pro&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</div> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">Every year, I find some local honey for the children to give to their father, and rather like Pooh Bear, he stashes it away. I get him to share it on Sunday mornings though, because honey is perfect for drizzling on pancakes.<br /> <br /> Using honey also makes me think about the effort that local beekeepers put into looking after their hives. But our bees are in trouble; and if the bees are, then so are we. We need bees: it&rsquo;s estimated that they pollinate as much as 30 per cent of humanity&rsquo;s food crops, everything from figs, apples and avocados through to broccoli, onions and pumpkins and berries,<br /> nuts and spices. The sudden decline in their numbers seems to be caused by two factors: contamination of the pollen on which the bees feed by pesticides and fungicides; and then pests and parasites such as aethina, verroa and nosema attacking weakened bee populations. What we know is that if we lose our bees, we will lose a lot more than just honey: we will lose<br /> much of the world&rsquo;s food.<br /> <br /> So here are five things you can do to help the honeybee. Let a corner of your garden go wild: weeds are often a food source for bees. Plant more bee-friendly flowers and herbs: the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) publishes a list that you can find online. Don&rsquo;t use chemical sprays in your garden because they get carried back to the hive in pollen. Provide fresh water in a shallow container with some stones for bees to land on: bees need to drink. And find a local beekeeper who sells natural honey and buy two jars: one for you and one for a friend.</span></span> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /> <br /> <br /> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1"><strong>Ingredients&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> 250g unrefreshed 1-week-old sourdough starter (you can find all the information you need to get going <a href="https://www.sourdough.co.uk/getting-a-sourdough-starter-going-from-scratch/">here</a> on The Sourdough School&#39;s website)<br /> 2 medium eggs<br /> 75g caster sugar<br /> 1 teaspoon mixed spice<br /> &frac12; teaspoon sea salt<br /> 175ml whole milk<br /> 200g spelt flour<br /> 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda<br /> 1&frac12; teaspoons cream of tartar<br /> 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil<br /> honey, soured cream and sliced<br /> bananas, to serve<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></div> <br /> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1"><strong>Method</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put the sourdough starter, eggs, sugar, mixed<br /> spice, salt and milk in a mixing bowl and whisk<br /> well.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream<br /> of tartar together into the sourdough mixture,<br /> stirring as you do so, just enough for the<br /> ingredients to be mixed to a consistent batter<br /> with no lumps.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heat a little of the oil in a heavy-based frying<br /> pan over a medium heat for about 1 minute:<br /> not too hot. Add a ladleful of the batter to the<br /> centre of the pan and cook for about 1 minute.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once the bottom is cooked to a light golden<br /> colour, flip the pancake over with a spatula and<br /> cook the other side. Watch what you are doing,<br /> as pancakes can burn really quickly. Transfer<br /> to a warm plate, covered with a clean tea towel,<br /> and continue to cook the remaining mixture in<br /> the same way, using the remaining oil to keep<br /> the pan lightly greased. Serve warm, drizzled<br /> with honey and soured cream, and topped with<br /> sliced bananas.</span></span><br /> &nbsp; 0 Assessment: Is My Gut Healthy? https://www.planetorganic.com/assessment-is-my-gut-healthy/ https://www.planetorganic.com/assessment-is-my-gut-healthy/#comments Thurs, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/assessment-is-my-gut-healthy/ <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Taken from <em>Eat Yourself Healthy</em> by Dr Megan Rossi. Published by Penguin Life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>For each of the 10 questions, note down the answer that applies to you.</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">How often are you bothered by gut symptoms, e.g. bloating, reflux, constipation?</span></span></li> </ol> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Less than once a month (0 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">1&ndash;3 times a month (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">1&ndash;2 times a week (2 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">3 or more times per week (3 points)</span></span></li> </ul> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="2"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Do you take regular medication or over-the-counter drugs (including the contraceptive pill)?</span></span></li> </ol> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">No (0 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Yes (2 points)</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ol> <li value="3"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Do any health conditions run in your family, e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure?</span></span></li> </ol> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">No (0 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Yes (2 points)</span></span></li> </ul> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="4"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">How many different plant-based foods do you eat each week? (Including wholegrains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds &ndash; herbs and spices count as a quarter of a point.)</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Fewer than 10 (3 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">10&ndash;19 (2 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">20&ndash;29 (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">30+ (0 points)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="6"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">In an average week, how would you describe yourself?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Unhappy (2 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Neutral (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Happy (0)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="7"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">How often are you unwell, e.g. with colds and flu?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Fewer than 3 times a year (0 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Once every 2&ndash;4 months (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">At least once a month (2 points)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="8"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Are you avoiding any foods because of a suspected or diagnosed food intolerance?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">No (0 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Yes (2 points)</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li value="9"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">How many hours sleep do you get a night on average?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">5 hours or fewer (2 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">More than 5 hours and less than 7 (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">At least 7 hours (0 points)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="10"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">&nbsp;How often are you negatively impacted by stress?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Less than once a month (0 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">1&ndash;3 times a month (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Every week (2 points)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;</span></span> <ol> <li value="11"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">How often do you exercise (for at least 30 minutes) to a level where you&rsquo;d become short of breath if you tried to sing?</span></span> <ul> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Less often than once a week (2 points)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">1&ndash;2 times per week (1 point)</span></span></li> <li><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">3 or more times a week (0 points)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ol> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Tally up your score.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Closer to 0</strong><br /> Top marks. For you it&rsquo;s all about keep-ing your gut health in top condition.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Closer to 20</strong><br /> Let&rsquo;s get to work. Using the practical strategies laid out in Eat Yourself Healthy, get your gut health back on track &ndash; it&rsquo;s all about health and happiness from the inside out.</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"><strong>Dr Megan&#39;s Top Three Tips To Start Looking After Your Gut</strong><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Boosting the health of your gut is one of the most effective ways to enhance your overall health and wellbeing. Gut health expert Dr Megan Rossi, founder of The Gut Health Doctor and Bio&amp;Me, shares her top three tips to get you started!</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"><strong>1. Eat a wide variety of plant-based foods - the more different types, the merrier!</strong></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">The more plant-based variety in your diet, the more diverse your GM (gut microbiota - the community of trillions of microbes living within you), so aim for 30 different types of plant-based foods every week. That includes all the six plant-based food groups full of gut-loving fibre: fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve created my Bio&amp;Me granola with 15 different types of plant goodness all in one.</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"><strong>2. Hit snooze and de-stress.</strong></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Sleep and stress can have a big impact on our gut health. In fact, sleep is one of the most underrated resources at your disposal to support optimal gut, and overall, health. Just 15 minutes a day of meditation (or using a mindfulness app) can help to reduce stress and rewire the gut-brain axis. To improve your quality of sleep, try to get into a regular bedtime routine, limit caffeine after 3pm and use relaxation exercises.</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2"><strong>3. Tuck in to fermented foods.&nbsp;</strong></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">Traditional fermented foods with live cultures are linked with a whole host of potential health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to supporting our immunity - not to mention they&rsquo;re super tasty. While the clinical evidence is currently limited, anecdotally I&rsquo;ve seen the physical and mental benefits. There are so many to choose from and my favourites include live yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut.</span></span></div> <br /> <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family2">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp; 0 New Food on the Block https://www.planetorganic.com/new-food-on-the-block/ https://www.planetorganic.com/new-food-on-the-block/#comments Tues, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/new-food-on-the-block/ You might have noticed some new additions on our food counters, juice bars and in our fridges of late. Here&rsquo;s a roundup of everything that&rsquo;s new, organic and delicious in store. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Breakfast Pots </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Find five new Grown To Go breakfast pots in our fridges this week, designed to make grabbing a healthy organic breakfast on the go a little easier. All gluten free, organic and made with whole, natural ingredients.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Coconut Vanilla Rice Pudding </strong><br /> Creamy rice pudding made with coconut m*lk and coconut yoghurt, spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. Finished off with fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of toasted coconut. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Acai &amp; Coconut Yoghurt Pot</strong><br /> Live coconut yoghurt with a layer of acai and blueberry compote and Planet Organic Paleo Granola, made with nuts, seeds and dates.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Blueberry Peanut Butter Protein Oats</strong><br /> Gluten-free rolled oats with almond m*lk, coconut yoghurt and vegan protein powder, topped with toasted coconut, cacao nibs, fresh blueberries and a dollop of peanut butter. 19g of vegan protein per pot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Berry &amp; Greek Yoghurt Pot</strong><br /> Thick Greek yoghurt topped with a strawberry, raspberry and blueberry compote sweetened with maple syrup and a sprinkling of slivered almonds.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Raspberry Almond Butter Protein Oats </strong><br /> Gluten-free rolled oats with almond m*lk, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and protein powder, topped with fresh raspberries, pumpkin seeds and a spoonful of almond butter. 18g of protein per pot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ----<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Sprouted Grain Wraps</strong><br /> Based on our favourite plant-based Grown To Go salads, we have three new vegan wraps to choose from. We use sprouted grain flatbreads made from sprouted grains, legumes and seeds to maximise nutrition and digestibility.<span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-family: &quot;Varela Round&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</span>Find them in the food to go chillers now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bahn Mi </strong>wrap filled with sriracha and coriander tofu, tamari shiitake for an umami hit, crunchy carrot, peppers pickled in kombucha vinegar, pickled red cabbage, a cashew mayo and finished with crushed peanuts.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Spicy<strong> Sweet Potato Falafels </strong>with beetroot hemp hummus, live sauerkraut, and kale massaged with extra virgin olive oil.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Buffalo Cauliflower</strong> with raw purple slaw, green hemp hummus, a herby green ranch dressing and massaged kale.<br /> <br /> ----<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Hero Boxes </strong><br /> Sometimes choosing what to have at our food counter can be daunting&hellip; Enter our four new hero boxes. Don&rsquo;t worry, you can still ask us to hold the carrots, or swap them for a spoonful of detox greens. Plus, we&rsquo;ve got a new Planet Organic lunch box to use at our food counter making these the ultimate zero-waste lunch option. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our <strong>Mexican Box</strong> is vegan and packed with bean chilli, Mexican quinoa, a stuffed pepper and topped with avocado and butterbean smash and salsa.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The <strong>Good For Your Gut Box</strong> brings together our favourite zingy salads, from pomegranate, kale and buckwheat to kombucha carrots and beetroot slaw. It&rsquo;s topped with a turmeric-stained egg, pickles and our vegan raita.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Perfect for a satiating lunch, our <strong>Protein Power Box</strong> features our new tandoori-spiced tofu skewers, a turmeric-stained egg and protein rich sides including spiced chickpeas and squash and butterbean salad. Topped with our omega-3 seed mix and cashew dressing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Last but not least our warming <strong>Falafel Box</strong> is bursting with chickpea tagine, tabbouleh, harissa quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes and falafels. Topped with hummus and rose water yoghurt for the ultimate Moroccan-inspired feast.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> ----<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>New Drinks at our Coffee, Juice and Smoothie Bars</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Keto Smoothie </strong><br /> We whizz vegan vanilla protein powder, hemp milk, MCT oil and raspberries together for a high protein, low carb boost. 19g of protein and only 4.5g net carbs per cup.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Lion&rsquo;s Latte</strong>&nbsp;<br /> Chicory root is caffeine-free but when roasted, tastes like the real deal. Our new Lion&rsquo;s Latte is made with chicory coffee rather than espresso, the milk of your choice and lion&rsquo;s mane mushroom powder, to support cognitive function. Order from our coffee counters now. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Kinda Beuno Blast</strong><br /> A creamy, chocolatey protein smoothie made from hazelnuts, cacao, banana, kale, avocado chia seeds and plant-based protein powder for an impressive 19g of protein per serving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ----<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bagels and Pretzels &nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bagels</strong><br /> Baked locally in North London, we&rsquo;ve added plain and poppy seed bagels to our baked goods selection, or try our <strong>wild smoked salmon and cream cheese</strong> <strong>bagel</strong> or <strong>tempeh and vegan cream cheese bagel</strong> at the food to go counter.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Pretzels </strong><br /> Cinnamon sugar, cheese, salty or seedy to choose from. We&rsquo;re loving the cinnamon sugar pretzel with our oat milk latte in the morning.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowl from RAW Vibrant Living https://www.planetorganic.com/ultimate-winter-bliss-bowl-from-raw-vibrant-living/ https://www.planetorganic.com/ultimate-winter-bliss-bowl-from-raw-vibrant-living/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/ultimate-winter-bliss-bowl-from-raw-vibrant-living/ <div style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #dca10d} </style> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1"><strong>Try making&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rawvibrantliving.co.uk/"><span class="s1">RAW&#39;s</span></a>&nbsp;ultimate winter bliss bowl for the perfect mid-week dinner.&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">Prep time:&nbsp; 15 minutes</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Cook time:&nbsp; 1 hour</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Serves: 4</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">INGREDIENTS</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>For the roasted veg:</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">5&ndash;7 carrots</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1 head cauliflower</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">2 tablespoons RAW olive oil</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">4 teaspoons cumin</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">salt and pepper to taste</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1"><strong>For the bliss bowls:</strong></span></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">8 falafels (use your favourite kind)</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">2&ndash;3 cups spinach</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1&ndash;2 cups chopped red cabbage</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1 jalape&ntilde;o, cut into slices</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">50g crushed pistachios</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Lashings of RAW sauerkraut</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1"><strong>For the dressing:</strong></span></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1 tbsp RAW tahini</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1 tbsp lemon juice</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1 tbsp RAW honey</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">3 tbsp RAW olive oil&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">METHOD<b>:</b></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">2. Peel the carrots and shop into batons or rounds and chuck into a roasting tin. Chop the cauliflower into small florets and place in the same roasting pan. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil, sprinkle with cumin and season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">3. Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally. Don&#39;t agitate them too too often as this will stop them from developing a beautiful golden, roasted colour.</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">4. While the vegetables are roasting, make the dressing by combining all of the dressing ingredients together and whisking with a fork.</span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">5. Chop the red cabbage and assemble the other elements into bowls, adding in the roasted vegetables once they&#39;re done. Drizzle with dressing and top with jalape&ntilde;os and pistachios. Finally, top with lashing of RAW sauerkraut and enjoy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> </div> 0 The Sourdough School x Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/the-sourdough-school-x-planet-organic-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/the-sourdough-school-x-planet-organic-/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/the-sourdough-school-x-planet-organic-/ We are delighted to announce our partnership with <a href="https://www.sourdough.co.uk/">The Sourdough School</a> this year to bring you recipes, competitions and events, centred around topics we&rsquo;re both passionate about: good quality food and the impact it has on your health.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Sourdough School, founded by baker and award-winning author, Vanessa Kimbell, is internationally renowned for teaching people to make more nutritious and digestible bread that nourishes the gut microbiome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Sourdough School believes deeply in using the best quality and widest range of ingredients to benefit the gut, which is where Planet Organic come in.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Vanessa has been researching, baking and testing for her new book, out in September 2020, and we have been providing our extensive range of baking ingredients for her recipes, from milled hemp seeds to activated pistachios, date syrup to sprouted rolled oats.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Keep your eyes peeled for our monthly competitions with The Sourdough School to win a year&rsquo;s Sourdough School online membership and start you on your sourdough journey, plus a Planet Organic voucher to fill your pantry with the best ingredients. Follow <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sourdoughschool/">@sourdoughschool</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/planetorganic/">@planetorganic</a> on Instagram for the latest. 0 ?Fermented foods: Health Panacea or Just Another Fad? https://www.planetorganic.com/fermented-foods-health-panacea-or-just-another-fad/ https://www.planetorganic.com/fermented-foods-health-panacea-or-just-another-fad/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/fermented-foods-health-panacea-or-just-another-fad/ <em>by Dr Megan Rossi, Registered Dietitian, Research Fellow at King&rsquo;s College London and author of </em><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gut-Health-Doctor-easy-digest/dp/0241355087"><em>Eat Yourself Healthy</em></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> With the fermentation craze growing fast, by now perhaps you&rsquo;ve dabbled in kombucha or kefir - but what actually are fermented foods and what does the science say? Here&#39;s the inside scoop on fermentation and the evidence behind the proposed health benefits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What is fermentation?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fermentation is when bacteria and yeast &#39;pre-digest&#39; food and drink, producing a range of vitamins, beneficial organic acids and other health-promoting compounds. Generally, anything that uses microbes to transform simple ingredients fits the &#39;fermented food&#39; bill. They may have boomed recently, but fermented foods have been around for thousands of years! Some of my favourites include kombucha (fermented tea), kefir (fermented milk, or sugary water if you use water grains), live yogurt and sauerkraut (fermented cabbage).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>The health benefits: where&rsquo;s the evidence?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Traditional fermented foods are associated with a whole host of potential benefits, including increasing vitamin concentrations (such as folate and vitamin B12), reducing anti-nutrients, lowering blood pressure, supporting our immunity and having a calming effect. Fermenting may also lower gluten and lactose content in some sourdough bread and dairy, respectively.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although I am a big fan of fermented foods and anecdotally, I&rsquo;ve seen first-hand the physical and mental benefits of them, with my science hat on, I must declare the clinical evidence for most types is currently limited. The exception being fermented dairy, where there is decent evidence for the health benefits across heart health, bone health, digestion and weight management. The clinical evidence aside, our ancestors have been having fermented foods for thousands of years and associating them with benefit, not to mention they are so full of flavour. So yes high-quality clinical studies need to be done, but in the meantime I do recommend people include fermented foods into their daily diet.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They may also contain live microbes, although it&rsquo;s worth noting that&rsquo;s not the case for all fermented foods, as many die off in the processing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fermenting at home: a beginner&rsquo;s guide</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Despite the rumours, fermenting is surprisingly little effort &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve prepared it, you just leave it and allow the microbes to do all the hard work. You can later return to a dish that&rsquo;s transformed and ready to serve. Some fermented foods (such as kimchi or sauerkraut) do require more love and care, but there are plenty of time-efficient options, including kefir, yoghurt and my sourdough wraps (recipe in my book!).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Before you begin, I should also make you aware that, as with dietary fibre, going from a little to a lot too quickly could make some people extra gassy (while your inner community of microbes have a feast!) so it&#39;s best to increase gradually. Chat to your GP first if you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant too.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Megan&rsquo;s Favourite Kimchi Recipe, </strong><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gut-Health-Doctor-easy-digest/dp/0241355087"><strong>Eat Yourself Healthy</strong></a><strong>, published by Penguin Life</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> An iconic condiment in Korean culture, this ancient flavour bomb is said to be one of the secrets behind the Koreans&#39; long and healthy lives. Kimchi is known as a &#39;wild ferment&rsquo; as it uses the microbes naturally found on plants and in the air (versus a culture-based ferment like kefir). I love kimchi with eggs (my favourite), salads or feta on crackers &ndash; the options are endless.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Equipment:</strong> 500ml glass jar with lid<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong> (Serves 8, 40g portions)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Base:</strong> <ul> <li>200g Chinese cabbage (or cabbage of choice)</li> <li>25g sea salt (don&#39;t worry, you won&#39;t be eating this)</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Toppers:</strong> <ul> <li>1 carrot (50g), grated</li> <li>1 spring onion, diced</li> <li>50g daikon radish, chopped into matchsticks</li> <li>1 garlic clove, finely sliced</li> <li>1 tsp ginger, grated</li> <li>1 tsp gochugaru powder, OR 1/2 tsp chilli powder and 1/2 tsp paprika</li> <li>1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method</strong> <ol> <li>Rinse the cabbage leaves under running water (to get rid of any residual soil) before chopping to the desired thickness.</li> <li>Put the cabbage and salt in a bowl. Firmly massage the salt into the cabbage.</li> <li>Pour 500ml of water, filtered or de-chlorinated, over the cabbage and submerge it by sitting a plate on top. Let it soak for 2 hours.</li> <li>Drain the soaked cabbage, and rinse three times to get rid of the excess salt. Squeeze out any excess water in the cabbage and place back in a bowl.</li> <li>Add all the topper ingredients and mix well, before transferring the mixture into a 500ml jar and, using your fist, punching down so there&rsquo;s a layer of juice separating the raw kimchi and the air above.</li> <li>Place your glass weight or mini jar on top of the raw kimchi, making sure to submerge all the vegetables.</li> <li>Screw the lid on and leave at room temperature (ideally, 18&ndash;22&deg;C), out of direct sunlight. Each day, check on your kimchi and release any gas that has built up by untwisting the lid a little to let it out.</li> <li>After 3 days (more in colder climates, less in warmer climates) your kimchi is ready for its first taste. If you&rsquo;re missing that acidic bite, leave for an extra day or two.</li> <li>Once it&rsquo;s reached your preferred flavour, pop it in the fridge with the lid sealed tight to trap in the gas, creating the fizziness of traditional kimchi. Leave it for 2 weeks to allow the flavours to develop - and enjoy!</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>About Dr Megan Rossi</strong><br /> <strong>Dr Megan Rossi</strong> (The Gut Health Doctor) is considered one the most influential gut health specialists internationally. A practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist for the last decade with an award-winning PhD in gut health, Megan is passionate about empowering others to take control of their health and happiness from the inside out. A leading Research Fellow at King&rsquo;s College London and founder of The Gut Health Clinic, Megan is currently investigating nutrition-based therapies in gut health and has recently written her first book <strong><em>Eat Yourself Healthy</em></strong>, with the perfect mix of science, anecdotes and practical tips for optimal gut health and beyond.<br /> @TheGutHealthDoctor&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguthealthdoctor.com/" target="_blank">www.TheGutHealthDoctor.com</a><br /> &nbsp; 0 PAMA's Traditional Sauerkraut Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/pamas-traditional-sauerkraut-recipe-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/pamas-traditional-sauerkraut-recipe-/#comments Weds, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/pamas-traditional-sauerkraut-recipe-/ Patka and Martin started PAMA Plant Based Kitchen in 2011 with their range of raw and organic wild-fermented sauerkrauts. You may recognise Patka and Martin from the several London farmers&rsquo; markets they sell their unpackaged krauts at weekly. In 2017, PAMA moved their ferment operation from east London to the serene Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Lambourn, West Berkshire, where they continue to hand make their krauts and ferments surrounded by nature and healthy air.<br /> Here&rsquo;s their recipe for a traditional sauerkraut but feel free to experiment by adding in your own fresh spices and herbs.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You will need: <ul> <li>1 medium head of white cabbage</li> <li>2 carrots</li> <li>5g caraway seeds</li> <li>15g of Himalayan or sea salt</li> <li>1 litre jar, sterilised with boiling hot water</li> <li>A weight that fits inside your jar</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> 1. Finely shred the cabbage and grate the carrots into a mixing bowl.<br /> 2. Using your hands, mix the vegetables together with the salt and caraway seeds. It&rsquo;s important to use sea salt or Himalayan salt for ferments as some highly processed salts can stall the fermentation process.<br /> 3. Continue to mix through until the salt is evenly distributed and the vegetables have released a lot of liquid.<br /> 4. Take your clean jar and add in the kraut mix, packing the mixture in and pouring over all the juices from the bowl. The cabbage must be kept under the surface of the liquid, so make sure there are no bits of cabbage clinging to the sides of the jar, then place your weight on top of the mixture to push everything below the surface. You can buy fermenting weights or you can improvise with a ramekin, a small dish or even a stone &ndash; it just has to be squeaky clean.<br /> 5. Close the jar and leave it to ferment at room temperature for two to four weeks, ensuring the sauerkraut is always covered with brine in the jar. You will need to undo the lid to let the air out occasionally. &nbsp;<br /> 7. After two weeks, if the kraut is as sour and tangy as you like it, it&rsquo;s ready to eat. Store it in the fridge after this for up to six months.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0 Our New Home Compostable Packaging https://www.planetorganic.com/our-new-home-compostable-packaging-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-new-home-compostable-packaging-/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/our-new-home-compostable-packaging-/ It&rsquo;s taken a few years of researching, testing and redeveloping, but we are extremely proud to re-introduce our 120-strong range of organic store cupboard ingredients, now in home compostable, 100% plastic free packaging.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Most plastic bags for store cupboard items are not recyclable, so we are delighted to now be using home compostable packaging for all of our Planet Organic store cupboard products, from red rice to apple chips and flaked almonds to gluten free oats.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our new bags are made from two layers of material for strength; FSC certified sustainable eucalyptus chippings and GM-free corn, stuck together with home compostable glue. The bag has been certified by the TUV as OK Home Compostable and even though we hope they don&rsquo;t end up here, they are certified as marine compostable too. When these bags break down, they will leave no toxic residue, unlike biodegradable or plastic packaging.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> How do I dispose of it?<br /> If your local council collects food waste separately, pop it in there, or chuck it onto your garden compost heap, if you have one. When disposing with food waste to the council, we&rsquo;d recommend snipping it up into smaller pieces to avoid it being removed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We know these options aren&rsquo;t available for everyone, so if you dispose of these bags with your other waste, it will break down in landfill too and not leave any toxic residue. The bags will compost within one to two years, depending on the conditions. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Composability is a characteristic of a product or packaging that allows it to biodegrade under specific conditions. Composting can reduce the volume of organic waste quite significantly, while the compost produced can be used for agricultural and horticultural purposes. About 50% of all domestic waste comprises organic material, a percentage that is set to grow in the future due to the growing popularity of biodegradable products like packaging, disposable cutlery and plates etc.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So, what&rsquo;s the difference between industrially compostable, home compostable and biodegradable?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Biodegradable</strong> means it will eventually break down. It is not going to stay at landfill for decades or hundreds of years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Compostable</strong>, on the other hand, means it is not only going to break down, but it is also not going to leave any toxic residues during the process of breaking down. There are different levels of composability which depend on time, temperature and oxygen levels.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Industrially compostable</strong> means that packaging can only be broken down in an industrial composting plant. It requires very high temperatures and very low oxygen levels during this process. It can be broken down in around 180 days under the right conditions.<br /> Unfortunately, there are not a lot of Industrial Composting Sites available in the UK. Most councils also cannot deal with industrially compostable materials due to lack of infrastructure.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Home compostable</strong> does not require higher temperatures or a lack of oxygen to break down, therefore it can break down without special industrial conditions.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Cashew, Sweet Potato and Tamarind Curry https://www.planetorganic.com/cashew-sweet-potato-and-tamarind-curry/ https://www.planetorganic.com/cashew-sweet-potato-and-tamarind-curry/#comments Tues, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Rude Health https://www.planetorganic.com/cashew-sweet-potato-and-tamarind-curry/ Our friends at Rude Health have teamed up with ultimate vegetarian foodie and author of <em>The Modern Cook&#39;s Year</em>, Anna Jones, for this comforting plant based recipe.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &lsquo;This recipe is a version of a recipe that has become a weeknight classic in my house. The sweet potato and tamarind come together to make a vibrant curry perfectly balanced between sweet and sour.&rsquo; &ndash; Anna Jones<br /> <br /> <strong>Serves 4</strong><br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> - 2 tablespoons of garam masala<br /> - 800g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces<br /> - 1x 400g tin of good chopped tomatoes<br /> - 400ml Rude Health Cashew Drink<br /> - 2 tablespoons tamarind paste<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; line-height: 15.6px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">From the store cupboard:</strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;<br /> -&nbsp;1 onion (red or white)<br /> -&nbsp;2 cloves of garlic<br /> -&nbsp;coconut or groundnut oil</span><br /> -<span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;Brown rice or chapatis to serve</span><br /> <br /> <strong>Optional Toppings:</strong><br /> <b>-</b>&nbsp;Toasted coconut flakes<br /> - Lemon wedges for squeezing<br /> -&nbsp;Fresh coriander<br /> - Toasted cashews&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Method:</strong> <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> 1. Peel and finely chop your onion and finely slice 2 cloves of garlic. Heat a little oil in a large deep saucepan, add the onion and garlic and a good pinch of salt and cook for 10 minutes until soft and sweet.&nbsp; <p>2.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Next add the garam masala and cook for another couple of minutes.&nbsp;<br /> 3.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Add the sweet potato, tinned tomatoes, cashew drink and the tamarind, together with a good pinch of salt, and allow this to simmer on a low heat for 20-30 minutes until the sweet potato is cooked and the sauce is rich and thick.<br /> 4.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Taste and add more salt if needed and a little more tamarind if the curry needs more of its sour kick.<br /> 5.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Divide between four bowls and serve with brown rice or chapatis and top with add ons above if you like.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 Planet Organic Queen's Park https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-queens-park-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-queens-park-/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-queens-park-/ &nbsp;<br /> Planet Organic is extremely excited to open its eighth store in Queen&rsquo;s Park, Northwest London this August. The shop will be part of Queen&rsquo;s Studios on Salusbury Road in the heart of Queen&rsquo;s Park.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The pop-up caf&eacute; outside is already set up outside the store serving organic coffee, vegan affogatos and kombucha on tap while we work on getting the store ready for opening. The pop-up will be open 8am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9-5pm Saturday and Sunday for the whole of July, so stop by and say hello to the new team.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our Queen&rsquo;s Park store is already set up online for click and collect orders during the coffee bike&rsquo;s opening hours, so simply order online and collect from the team at our pop-up caf&eacute;. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In store, we&rsquo;ll have fresh juices and organic coffee, wholesome hot food and superfood salads, our unpackaged range of store cupboard essentials, organic fruit and vegetables, a natural health and beauty section and plenty of eco living products for your home.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With a strong, family orientated community, we feel that Queen&rsquo;s Park is a perfect location for Planet Organic and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new neighbours. 0 ?Luna & Fennel Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Pesto and Asparagus https://www.planetorganic.com/luna--fennel-cauliflower-crust-pizza-with-pesto-and-asparagus/ https://www.planetorganic.com/luna--fennel-cauliflower-crust-pizza-with-pesto-and-asparagus/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/luna--fennel-cauliflower-crust-pizza-with-pesto-and-asparagus/ Luna &amp; Fennel&#39;s cauli pizzas are vegan, wheat free and utterly delicious. This recipe offers a little seasonal inspiration for topping L&amp;F&#39;s cauli pizza bases at home.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Ingredients: <ul> <li>2-3 white baby potatoes</li> <li>4 asparagus</li> <li>Handful of almond flakes</li> <li>Mint leaves</li> <li>1/2 lemon</li> </ul> <br /> For the pesto: <ul> <li>60g spinach</li> <li>60g basil</li> <li>120g almonds</li> <li>120ml olive oil</li> <li>Juice and zest of 1 lemon</li> <li>1 garlic clove</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon salt</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. Heat the oven to 180&deg;C and line an oven tray with baking paper.&nbsp;<br /> 2. Place the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water. Add half a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Leave for 5 minutes then drain and rinse under cold water. This step allows the potatoes to cook evenly and ensures you get the best potato slices possible.<br /> 3. To make the pesto, put all ingredients into a blender, blitz and set aside. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.<br /> 4. Once the potatoes are cooled enough to touch, take a mandolin or sharp knife and slice the potatoes thinly length ways. Lightly and evenly brush both sides with a little olive oil, season well and lay out on the baking tray. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until a few charring marks start to appear and the edges are slightly crisp.&nbsp;<br /> 5. While the potatoes are in the oven, prepare the asparagus by snapping off the woody ends and massage with a little olive oil. If they&#39;re thick spears, we recommend slicing down the middle before cooking to give a more manageable bite.<br /> 6. Lay the asparagus in a hot griddle pan going against the ridges, season with salt and pepper and leave for a few minutes. Turn them over and repeat until beautifully charred on both sides. You want there to still be a nice bite to them.<br /> 7. Take your Luna &amp; Fennel pizza base and top with the pesto, then potato slices and lastly the asparagus.&nbsp;Pop in a pre-heated oven for five minutes to heat through and once cooked, finish with some fresh mint leaves, toasted almond flakes and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.&nbsp; 0 National Refill Day https://www.planetorganic.com/national-refill-day/ https://www.planetorganic.com/national-refill-day/#comments Weds, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Unpackaged https://www.planetorganic.com/national-refill-day/ National Refill Day is a public awareness campaign aiming to make single-use plastic bottles a thing of the past. It helps to prevent millions of the 8 billion single-use plastic bottles sold in the UK annually from polluting our streets and our oceans - today, people are being encouraged to carry a reusable water bottle and refill on the go. National Refill Day is a public awareness campaign aiming to make single-use plastic bottles a thing of the past. It helps to prevent millions of the 8 billion single-use plastic bottles sold in the UK annually from polluting our streets and our oceans - today, people are being encouraged to carry a reusable water bottle and refill on the go.<br/>Happy <a href="https://refill.org.uk/get-involved-this-national-refill-day-2019/">National Refill Day</a>!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We think it&#39;s a brilliant opportunity to share the positive message of refill so we&rsquo;ve written this blog to help you think about all the ways you can refill at Planet Organic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ve all seen the videos on social media and Blue Planet and the damage that single use plastic is doing to our environment and oceans. The BBC1 documentary &lsquo;<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005xh7">War on Plastic</a>&rsquo; has highlighted, yet again, the complexity of waste and recycling as well as the problems of illegal plastic waste dumps in developing countries such as Malaysia &ndash; who receive a lot of the UK&rsquo;s exported plastic, supposedly for &lsquo;recycling&rsquo;.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The partnership between <a href="https://www.beunpackaged.com/contact-us/">Unpackaged</a> and Planet Organic grew because we all believe reuse is a better answer than recycling. But we&rsquo;re all in this together! For reuse to work, we need YOU to join us and bring your own kit to Planet Organic to refill.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re going to show you what you can do and why it&rsquo;s important.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Unpackaged Refills @ Planet Organic</strong><br /> Planet Organic have a wide array of ingredients and snacking items in the refill sections in four <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/unpackaged-at-planet-organic/">stores</a> &ndash; Muswell Hill, Torrington Place, Westbourne Grove, and Islington (and soon to be Queen&rsquo;s Park) &ndash; from healthy staples such as short grain brown rice, oats and quinoa to nuts, seeds and delicious raw chocolate covered almonds. Did you know Planet Organic have unpackaged coffee beans which you can grind at home for maximum freshness? Bring your own boxes, bags and tupperware from home and use the self-service scale to zero off the weight of any container you bring - sorted!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Food To Go - BYO Cups, Cutlery &amp; Boxes</strong><br /> The food to go counter is a great opportunity for refilling, in ways you may not have thought of! The simplest is BYO coffee cups for hot drinks, and remember you can also put juices in a large reusable cup too. Consider investing in a <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/cheeki-stainless-steel-straws-straight-4-pack-each/30124/">reusable metal straw</a> for smoothies that you can take with you which means you won&rsquo;t need one of Planet Organic&rsquo;s compostable straws either.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There are lots of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=cutlery">reusable cutlery kits</a> available at Planet Organic which are<br /> really compact and easy to keep in your bag - using a reusable cutlery kit means cutting down on<br /> even more compostable usage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re eating in one of Planet Organic&rsquo;s cafes, you can use an enamel plate or bowl, just ask at the counter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Planet Organic is a proud supporter of the <a href="https://www.citytosea.org.uk/">City to Sea</a> and <a href="https://refill.org.uk/">Refill App&rsquo;s</a> campaigns for free water refills to be available across the country in a bid to slash the 8 billion bottles sold in the UK every year. All<br /> Planet Organic stores offer free reverse osmosis filtered water to anyone and everyone, so pop in for a refill of London&rsquo;s purest still or sparkling water.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Health &amp; Bodycare Refills</strong><br /> Planet Organic regulars will know that the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/stores/muswell-hill-london-n10/">Muswell Hill</a> store is where we first trialled the Unpackaged<br /> concept back in 2015 and where we have a couple of extra refill stations. We offer E-cover washing up<br /> liquid and laundry liquid where the refill is always better value than the bottle &ndash; giving you an extra<br /> reason to refill.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And we recently added an amazing new #uselessplastic Unpackaged Beauty section where you can<br /> find a really good range of hair and bodycare refills from Faith In Nature and Tabitha James Kraan as<br /> well as super relaxing range of bath salts which you can refill.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The key to #zerowaste and refilling is to think big, be bold and try and do as much as you can, don&rsquo;t worry about getting funny looks when you hand over your reusables!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our best tip is to stock up on a set of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=produce%20bag">small cotton bags</a> and keep those in your bag at all times so that if you&rsquo;re ever caught on the hoof and you want a croissant or some fruit, you can pop it in one of those.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Watch this space for something new and exciting coming to the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/stores/devonshire-square-london-ec2m/">Devonshire Square</a> store &ndash; a new and exciting refill station &ndash; a little bit different than we&rsquo;ve done before &ndash; to help your #waronplastic.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0 Ombar Chocolate & Pistachio Pancakes https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-chocolate--pistachio-pancakes/ https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-chocolate--pistachio-pancakes/#comments Weds, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-chocolate--pistachio-pancakes/ <strong>VEGAN CHOCOLATE &amp; PISTACHIO PANCAKES</strong><br /> <strong>Serves: 4</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>INGREDIENTS:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>For the Pancakes:</strong> <ul> <li>1&frac12; cups plain flour</li> <li>3 tablespoons coconut sugar</li> <li>2 teaspoons baking soda</li> <li>&frac12; teaspoon baking powder</li> <li>Pinch of salt</li> <li>1&frac14; cups nut milk</li> <li>1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)</li> <li>2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for cooking</li> <li>1 x 35g Ombar 72% chocolate, chopped</li> <li>&frac12; cup chopped shelled pistachios</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>For the Chocolate Sauce:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>1 x 35g Ombar 72% chocolate, chopped</strong></li> <li>Teaspoon of coconut oil</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>To Serve:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>1 x 35g Ombar Pistachio Centre</strong></li> <li>Chopped pistachios</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>METHOD:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>For the Pancakes<br /> 1.&nbsp;</strong>Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.<br /> 2.&nbsp;In a large measuring cup, whisk together the nut milk, vanilla and melted coconut oil.<br /> 3.&nbsp;Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring slowly to gradually incorporate. Mix well until everything is combined and don&#39;t worry too much about any lumps.&nbsp;<br /> 4. Gently fold in the melted chocolate and pistachios.<br /> 5.&nbsp;Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a little coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, add the batter in ?-cup measurements for each pancake.<br /> 6.&nbsp;Cook until the underside has browned and the batter on top begins to form bubbles, then carefully flip the pancake and cook for another minute or so on this side. Keep the cooked pancakes warm in a 100&deg;C while you cook the rest of the batch.<br /> 7. Melt the chocolate with a little coconut oil either in the microwave or a bain marie.<br /> 8. Finally, stack the pancakes, drizzle with&nbsp;warm chocolate sauce, sprinkle with pistachios and top with a bar of pistachio&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Ombar.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0 Raw Press PBJ Acai Bowl Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/raw-press-pbj-acai-bowl-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/raw-press-pbj-acai-bowl-recipe/#comments Tues, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Raw Press https://www.planetorganic.com/raw-press-pbj-acai-bowl-recipe/ 2019 is all about adaptogens. ‘Adaptawhat?’, we hear you ask. Adaptogens are natural ingredients that help the body’s autonomic nervous system to adapt to stress or return to homeostasis. As wellness has shifted from an attitude of just looking good to feeling great, both physically and mentally, many cutting-edge brands are focussing on introducing functional products aimed at boosting mental performance or managing stress. 2019 is all about adaptogens. ‘Adaptawhat?’, we hear you ask. Adaptogens are natural ingredients that help the body’s autonomic nervous system to adapt to stress or return to homeostasis. As wellness has shifted from an attitude of just looking good to feeling great, both physically and mentally, many cutting-edge brands are focussing on introducing functional products aimed at boosting mental performance or managing stress.<br/><div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/raw-press/">Raw Press </a>has recently brought out a range of adaptogenic granolas, exclusively at Planet Organic, where each flavour (BOOST / CHILL / HAPPY / BEAUTY) integrates a variety of functional ingredients, from everyday fruits, seeds and nuts, through to more exotic Ayurvedic or eastern mushrooms and herbs. This delicious PBJ a&ccedil;a&iacute; bowl recipe is a signature dish at the Raw Press cafe, and which pairs perfectly with their rose, raspberry and rhodiola rose BEAUTY granola.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>INGREDIENTS&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>BASE:</strong></div> <div>- One 100g sachet of a&ccedil;a&iacute; sorbet</div> <div>- 1 frozen banana</div> <div>- 1 cheek (roughly 75g) of frozen or fresh mango</div> <div>- A small handful of raspberries (say, 3-5 raspberries)&nbsp;</div> <div>- 1 tbsp of peanut butter&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>TOPPINGS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/raw-press-beauty-adaptogenic-granola-200g/31261/">- 50g (1/2 cup) of Raw Press Beauty granola&nbsp;</a></div> <div>- Another small handful of berries to your personal taste&nbsp;</div> <div>- Berry chia jam (see below)&nbsp;</div> <div>- 1 further tbsp peanut butter&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>BERRY CHIA JAM:</strong></div> <div>- One punnet of berries (125g)&nbsp;</div> <div>- 25g chia seeds&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>BLUEBERRY WAFFLE</strong> (makes 2 waffles):&nbsp;</div> <div>- 150ml almond milk</div> <div>- 1 tsp maple syrup</div> <div>- 1 tsp cider vinegar&nbsp;</div> <div>- a drop of vanilla essence&nbsp;</div> <div>- 100g buckwheat flour</div> <div>- 20g ground almond</div> <div>- 15g blueberries&nbsp;</div> <div>- 2g baking powder&nbsp;</div> <div>- 2g chia seeds&nbsp;</div> <div>- 1g cinnamon</div> <div>- 1g sea salt</div> <div>- 1g cornflour</div> <div>- 5g aquafaba (whisked chickpea water - optional)&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>METHOD&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>- For the waffles, separately combine the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients, other than the blueberries, and then slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing in as you go, until you have a smooth batter.&nbsp;</div> <div>- Add in the blueberries, and for a lighter texture, whisk up some chickpea water until it forms soft white peaks, and fold this in; chickpea water (otherwise known as &lsquo;aquafaba&rsquo;) is a great and innovative vegan alternative to whisked egg whites.&nbsp;</div> <div>- Cook in a waffle maker until dry and light brown. For &lsquo;toasts&rsquo; to go with your PBJ bowl, cut a quarter or a half of a cooked waffle through the centre (to create thin pieces like Melba toasts) and then toast until crisp!&nbsp;</div> <div>- For the a&ccedil;a&iacute; bowl, blend all ingredients together in a blender or with a stick blender.&nbsp;</div> <div>- Top with the granola, berries, a couple of wedges of the blueberry waffle toast, and finally decorate with alternate drizzles of nut butter and your chia jam.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The perfect breakfast bowl for all PBJ addicts!!&nbsp;</div> 0 London's First Sustainably Sourced and Organic Sushi Bar with Maido Sushi https://www.planetorganic.com/londons-first-sustainably-sourced-and-organic-sushi-bar-with-maido-sushi/ https://www.planetorganic.com/londons-first-sustainably-sourced-and-organic-sushi-bar-with-maido-sushi/#comments Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/londons-first-sustainably-sourced-and-organic-sushi-bar-with-maido-sushi/ Something very exciting is coming to Planet Organic Tottenham Court Road.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> From 14<sup>th</sup> May, the skilled sushi masters of <a href="http://www.maidofoods.com/">Maido Sushi</a> will be slicing, shaping and rolling at London&rsquo;s first sustainably sourced and organic sushi bar at <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/storelocator/">Planet Organic Tottenham Court Road</a>. Using the best quality ingredients, everything is free from preservatives, MSG or artificial additives and when we haven&rsquo;t been able to find non-organic ingredients, we&rsquo;ve decided to make them ourselves in our certified organic kitchen.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ll be using only organically farmed fish or fish from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable fisheries. We&rsquo;ve taken extra care to ensure all tuna is caught using short fishing lines to protect dolphin populations.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Handcrafting an extensive range of sushi including nigiri, handrolls and chirashi,&nbsp;choose from the infinite menu at the live sushi bar and your order will be made fresh in front of you, or find the most popular sets freshly made in the takeaway fridge.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re also proud to say that the plastic-free packaging is sustainable and 100% compostable.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Find Maido Sushi&rsquo;s counter at Planet Organic Tottenham Court Road from Tuesday 14<sup>th</sup> May, open Monday to Saturday,&nbsp;9am&nbsp;until&nbsp;7pm. 0 New Summer Salads https://www.planetorganic.com/new-summer-salads/ https://www.planetorganic.com/new-summer-salads/#comments Sun, 05 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/new-summer-salads/ With winter coats edging towards the back of the wardrobe and temperatues (hopefully) on the rise, we&rsquo;ve updated our mix and match salads to celebrate some of our favourite seasonal ingredients. All of our new summer salads are vegan, wheat-free and are made using fresh organic vegetables.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Chickpea Tabbouleh</strong><br /> Think couscous is reserved for gluten-eaters? Think again. We use chickpea flour gluten-free couscous and mix it with chopped peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes and an abundance of fresh parsley, mint and coriander before dressing with lemon juice and olive oil for a vibrant take on a classic tabbouleh.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Summer Pea Salad</strong><br /> This fresh garden pea, raw courgette, shaved fennel and celery salad is a celebration of all things summery, with plenty of parsley, lemon and garlic for added zing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Heritage Tomatoes </strong><br /> Summertime means one thing: beautifully ripe British tomatoes. This salad celebrates just that, so it&rsquo;s just chopped tomatoes dressed with a black olive and garlic oil to balance the natural sweetness and a sprinkling of china rose radish sprouts to finish.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>CBD Tahini Carrots</strong><br /> This zingy salad is the perfect partner for anything in our mix and match section and helps up your CBD intake. We dress the shredded carrot with a CBD, lemon, maple and tahini dressing and garnish with hemp seeds and chopped coriander.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Quinoa and Kale </strong><br /> A marriage of crunchy kale, pomegranate, seasonal heritage tomatoes and three colours of quinoa, with creamy vegan mozzarella running through it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Summer Slaw </strong><br /> This Asian-inspired slaw is zesty with coriander, chilli, lemon and ginger with plenty of crunch from grated butternut squash, white cabbage, carrot and courgette.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Coleslaw with Purple Carrot Mayo</strong><br /> Not your typical slaw, we dress the shredded red cabbage and white cabbage, carrots and spring onions with homemade vegan purple carrot mayo, made with purple carrot juice and apple cider vinegar.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Pickled Vegetables</strong><br /> We thinly slice white cabbage, carrot, cucumber and red pepper and quick-pickle it in white wine vinegar, Himalayan salt, coriander seeds, mustard seeds and cane sugar for a tangy, crunchy addition to your plate.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep? https://www.planetorganic.com/dreaming-of-a-good-nights-sleep/ https://www.planetorganic.com/dreaming-of-a-good-nights-sleep/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Scentered https://www.planetorganic.com/dreaming-of-a-good-nights-sleep/ <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> <p class="p1"><span class="f-family1">Balancing the demands of a busy lifestyle in today&rsquo;s hectic, fast paced world can sometimes feel overwhelming, leaving little time for self-care. We seek new solutions to enhance our wellbeing, to allow ourselves to do more and feel better. We look to eat the right foods, exercise our body and mind, yet we often forget about the one tool we rely on every day: Sleep. There are many factors that contribute to a restful night&rsquo;s sleep, so the aromatherapy experts at Scentered have put together the ultimate bedtime routine to help you wake feeling well rested.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Create a Sleep Space</strong><br /> Look around your bedroom and ask yourself whether you feel relaxed in this space. Are your blinds letting too much light in at night? Is the room stuffy or well ventilated? Would you sleep better with white noise, or less noise? Assessing these factors before you get into bed start you off on the right foot. Lighting our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sleep-well-candle-home-220g/27180/">Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Candle</a> an hour before bed will make the space feel as calming and relaxing as possible thanks to the essential oils of lavender, chamomile and palmarosa.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Reduce Screen Time</strong><br /> We all know the negative effect blue light and overstimulation from our phones and devices can have on our sleep quality. Try leaving your phone outside the bedroom and have a technology-free hour before bed. Replace this screen-time with reading or practicing some light yoga.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Use Aromatherapy to Associate Sleep with Scents</strong><br /> Once you&rsquo;ve entered your technology-free hour before bedtime, apply our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/">Sleep Well Therapy Balm</a> to your pulse points. When we smell something, it triggers our olfactory nerve and sends a signal to our limbic system and the amygdala, the part of our brain that controls mood and memory. Certain associated smells can instantly impact mood and using this routine regularly will help associate the soothing scent of palmarosa, ylang ylang and lavender with sleep.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Breathe</strong><br /> Release tension and anxiety with deep and conscious breathing coupled with aromatherapy. Our Stop, Inhale and Reset technique is a great tool to use during the day too when you need a few moments to collect yourself.<br /> <br /> <strong>1. STOP</strong> - Apply Scentered&rsquo;s Sleep Well Balm onto your wrists, neck and temples<br /> <br /> <strong>2. INHALE</strong> - Place your hands on your abdomen. Deeply inhale the therapeutic natural aromas.<br /> <br /> Breath 1: Place your hands on your chest, fingertips touching and breathe into them. Feel your fingers part at the deepest part of the breath, exhale mindfully.<br /> <br /> Breath 2: Move your hands to your tummy, breathe consciously and deeply fill your lungs, feeling movement beneath your hands.<br /> <br /> Breath 3, place your hands onto the lower abdomen and inhale deeply into the whole body, pause, hold your breath here, then exhale as slowly and mindfully as you can.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. RESET</strong> - Observe your calm breathing and relaxed body and mind.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Consider What You Drink</strong><br /> It might seem obvious, but here&rsquo;s a friendly reminder: Cut the caffeine. Drinking too much caffeine throughout the day or too close to bedtime will have a negative impact on your sleep routine. Replace with herbal teas or water, especially in the afternoon.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Don&#39;t Hit Snooze</strong><br /> The average person completes five 90-minute sleep cycles per night and ideally, we wake up between these cycles, not in the middle of one. Being jolted aware by an alarm clock in the middle of REM (rapid eye movement, i.e. deep sleep) sleep cycle can leave you feeling sluggish but even if you&#39;re feeling tired, it&#39;s important not to hit the snooze button as this begins a new sleep cycle that will inevitably be broken when your alarm goes off again in ten minutes.</span></p> <br /> <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} </style> 0 Fresh Blueberry Nut Balls https://www.planetorganic.com/fresh-blueberry-nut-balls/ https://www.planetorganic.com/fresh-blueberry-nut-balls/#comments Thurs, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/fresh-blueberry-nut-balls/ Quick and easy doesn't have to have to compromise on taste and nutrients! Motion Nutrition have created these tasty snacks to get you energised, feeling good and balanced, all day long. Quick and easy doesn't have to have to compromise on taste and nutrients! Motion Nutrition have created these tasty snacks to get you energised, feeling good and balanced, all day long.<br/><br /> <br /> <strong>FRESH BERRY NUT BALLS &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br /> Makes 8<br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>30g Motion Nutrition Fresh Blueberry Protein Powder</li> <li>&frac14; cup cashews</li> <li>&frac14; cup walnuts</li> <li>&frac14; cup hazelnuts</li> <li>3 tbsp water</li> <li>1 &frac12; tbsp tahini or nut butter of your choice</li> <li>&frac14; cup coconut chips</li> <li>1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds, plus another spoonful to roll the balls in</li> </ul> &nbsp; <ol> <li>1. Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse 3-4 times to roughly chop them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>2. Add the protein powder and water, pulsing again to combine.</li> <li><br /> 3.&nbsp;Add the tahini or nut butter and hemp seeds to the food procesor, pulsing to form a sticky dough.</li> <li><br /> 4. Fold the coconut chips through the mixture with a spoon, then roll into tablespoon sized balls using the palms of your hands.</li> <li><br /> 5. Roll the balls in the extra hemp seeds then pop them into the fridge to firm up.</li> <li><br /> 6.&nbsp;Once they&rsquo;re firm, they&rsquo;re ready to eat. Keep them in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> 0 Carlin Pea & Carrot Falafels by Hodmedod's https://www.planetorganic.com/carlin-pea--carrot-falafels-by-hodmedods/ https://www.planetorganic.com/carlin-pea--carrot-falafels-by-hodmedods/#comments Weds, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/carlin-pea--carrot-falafels-by-hodmedods/ Have you heard of the carlin pea? We certainly hadn't, until the pulse-experts at Hodmedod’s put them on our radar. Have you heard of the carlin pea? We certainly hadn't, until the pulse-experts at Hodmedod’s put them on our radar.<br/>They&rsquo;re like chickpeas but taste chestnutty and originate from northeast England. These carlin pea, carrot and flaked quinoa falafels are delicious for dinner and make amazing lunchbox fillers, for all the meal-preppers out there.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> 2 carrots, roughly chopped<br /> 3 spring onions, roughly chopped<br /> Handful of fresh coriander<br /> 120g dry Carlin Peas, soaked overnight in cold water<br /> 1 cup quinoa flakes or rolled oats<br /> 1 tsp cumin seeds<br /> 1/2 tsp ground turmeric<br /> 1 tsp garam masala<br /> 1 tsp chilli flakes<br /> 1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste&nbsp;<br /> Freshly milled black pepper, to taste<br /> 4 tbsp rapeseed oil or other oil for frying<br /> <br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> 1. First, rinse the soaked carlin peas, cover with fresh water and bring to the boil on the hob for 40 to 60 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside.<br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;Next, put the carrot and spring onion in the food processor and pulse a few times, then add in the carlin peas, coriander, spices and seasoning. Blend until everything is combined, leaving some texture.<br /> <br /> 3.&nbsp;Scoop the mix out of the food processor, then shape the mixture into 12 small flat patties.<br /> <br /> 4.&nbsp;Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then carefully place the falafels into the pan once the oil is hot. Fry on a medium heat for around 7 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure both sides are evenly browned.<br /> <br /> 5. Serve with a simple carrot, white cabbage and spring onion slaw, a quick sesame oil and tamari dressing and garnish with chopped coriander.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Top Tip</strong><br /> <br /> If you haven&rsquo;t had time to soak the peas overnight, you can do a quick soak by boiling for 10 minutes on the hob then leaving to stand for an hour in the water. After an hour, drain and rinse, then bring to the boil again in fresh water for 40 to 60 minutes, until tender. 0 Zero Food Waste https://www.planetorganic.com/zerofoodwaste/ https://www.planetorganic.com/zerofoodwaste/#comments Thurs, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/zerofoodwaste/ Food waste is a problem. <p> It is the third largest contributor to climate change, but with so many people going hungry it also feels like, well, such a waste. That is why we are proud that all our stores are now Zero Edible Food Waste. Food waste is a problem. <p> It is the third largest contributor to climate change, but with so many people going hungry it also feels like, well, such a waste. That is why we are proud that all our stores are now Zero Edible Food Waste.<br/>Like lots of retailers we work hard to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste in the first place, but as we sell a large range of fresh foods and serve 10,000 meals a week in our cafes there is inevitably some.&nbsp; To avoid it being thrown away, since 2017 we have been part of OLIO&rsquo;s &ldquo;Food Waste Heroes&rdquo; programme.<br /> <br /> At the end of every day we donate all our edible food to volunteers who redistribute it to the local community via OLIO, the food sharing revolution platform. It is a truly pioneering partnership and each month more than 5000 portions of perishable food now feed bellies in communities near all of our stores.&nbsp; The rescued food helps many people affected by hunger and food poverty.<br /> <br /> OLIO Food Waste Hero, Amran Ali, has been picking up food from our Devonshire Square and Islington stores for seven months:-<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&ldquo;Volunteering at OLIO has strengthened my understanding of what it means to give back to the community. Since I started saving food from Planet Organic, I have shared my collections with over 100 people in my local area. Struggling single parents, the elderly, the disabled, the hungry &amp; vulnerable; have all benefited from the surplus food. I believe it&#39;s important to do what we can for others in need, and as a bonus we&#39;re helping the planet too.&rdquo;</em> 0 New Year, New Brews https://www.planetorganic.com/new-year-new-brews/ https://www.planetorganic.com/new-year-new-brews/#comments Weds, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/new-year-new-brews/ Our 2019 drinks menu has landed! We're all about brain health and optimal functioning this month. Click to learn more! Our 2019 drinks menu has landed! We're all about brain health and optimal functioning this month. Click to learn more!<br/>Feel better this January. We&rsquo;re going to honest here&hellip;January is our least favourite month. There we&rsquo;ve said it and we&rsquo;ll say it again, it ranks 12 in our list of top months.<br /> Christmas is over, it&rsquo;s dark outside ALL the time, that Christmas Eve pay cheque; which seemed great then, is now being stretched to the max and to top it all off there is this pressure to make life altering commitments. Quite frankly, we&rsquo;d rather stay in bed.<br /> But the start of a new year; 2019, is a good time to refocus and think about you. Rather than making promises to the gym and a brand &lsquo;new you&rsquo; why not give &lsquo;current you&rsquo; a bit of a wellbeing hug. We know we&rsquo;re not alone in hating January, which is why we&rsquo;re concentrating on boosting our mood and overall feel good factor; physically and mentally.<br /> We&rsquo;ve designed 3 drinks to deal with January head on; not only are the ingredients potent stress reducers &amp; immunity boosters but they taste great. A wellbeing hug in a cup.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><strong>High Vibes Shot</strong></strong> <em>5-HTP, CBD, Mucuna Pruriens, Rose Water, Cherry Active &amp; Coconut M*lk</em><br /> A powerhouse in a shot glass with 5 active ingredients to make January better. 5-HTP increases serotonin levels giving you a mood boost. Mucuna pruriens and CBD help to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety while rose water and cherry active will give your immune system a much-needed helping hand.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><strong>Blue Pearl Shot</strong></strong> <em>Pearl Powder, E3 Live, Hazelnut M*lk</em><br /> Just 3 simple ingredients, but this delicious tasting shot has the power to turn your day around. Pearl powder (your new best friend) has been used in Chinese medicine for years as a calming, mind stabiliser and for radiant skin. E3 live, a complete food, provides over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids for an all-round wellness uplift.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><strong>Bloom &amp; Glow Latte</strong></strong> <em>Ashwagandha, Pearl, Rose Water, Beetroot, Coconut Nectar, Oat M*lk</em><br /> Ashwagandha, an adaptogen, will relieve feelings of stress and anxiety along with giving you an immune boost. Pearl powder will add to the calming effect making this the most chilled out latte around. A great swap for your morning latte or as an afternoon pick-me-up.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Available in all store throughout January and February. Share your pictures of them with us on Instagram @planetorganic<br /> &nbsp; 0 Eggless Cashew Nog https://www.planetorganic.com/eggless-cashew-nog/ https://www.planetorganic.com/eggless-cashew-nog/#comments Tues, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/eggless-cashew-nog/ No one’s ever said no to eggnog. This dairy-free, egg-free version made with Rude Health's Cashew Drink is lighter with a subtle sweetness and strikes the perfect balance between nice and naughty (hello, brandy). No one’s ever said no to eggnog. This dairy-free, egg-free version made with Rude Health's Cashew Drink is lighter with a subtle sweetness and strikes the perfect balance between nice and naughty (hello, brandy).<br/><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><strong><strong>Makes:</strong></strong> Approx. 2.4L<br /> <strong><strong>Prep time: </strong></strong>25 mins + 3 hours chilling time<br /> <strong><strong>Cook time: </strong></strong>N/A<br /> <br /> <strong><strong>Ingredients:</strong></strong></p> &bull;&nbsp;800ml Rude Health Cashew Drink<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;12 tbsp of aquafaba<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;130g coconut nectar<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;130g maple syrup<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;325ml brandy/cognac<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;300ml cashew cream (160g of cashews, soaked + 160 ml water)<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;1 tsp nutmeg<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;1 tsp cinnamon<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;2 tsp vanilla extract<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;Extra nutmeg for grating<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong>Method:</strong></strong><br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>1.&nbsp;Mix together the coconut nectar, brandy and maple syrup and let this sit for about an hour.</li> <li><br /> 2.&nbsp;Next, make the cashew cream by whizzing together the drained cashews with water and a pinch of salt in a high-speed blender. Adjust the water if needed, adding more to thin out the cream.</li> <li><br /> 3.&nbsp;Whisk the Cashew Drink, cashew cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon into the mixture from step one. And put this in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours.</li> <li><br /> 4.&nbsp;When this has chilled, whisk your aquafaba with a pinch of sea salt to form stiff peaks and fold these into the boozy Cashew Drink mixture. Check the flavour and adjust with more brandy or spices, if you wish.</li> </ol> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 5. Return to the fridge and chill before serving. Serve chilled with an extra<br /> &nbsp; <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img alt="" src="https://www.planetorganic.com/images/blog/rude%20health%20eggless%20nog.jpg" /><br /> <br /> Allergy info: nuts<br /> Recipe by Nena Foster<br /> You&rsquo;re a rude elf when&hellip; your eggnog brings all the boys to the yard.</p> 0