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Oreo’s cookies

Posted on 17 August 2016

Oreo's cookiesThe classic Oreo is a tasty chocolatey round sandwich biscuit filled with a creamy vanilla flavour centre, made for vegan sweet snacking on the go. First produced in 1912!

Available from most food stores throughout South Africa.

Note: that only the original Oreo variant is vegan. Other varieites contain cow’s milk or its derivatives.

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Namaqua Wines are vegan

Posted on 12 August 2016

The Namaqua Wines bottled red rangeAt Namaqua Wines they believe that the only complicated thing about wine should be the process involved in making a good one; wine is made to be enjoyed, pure and simple. Namaqua specialise in affordable carton wines but they do also sell bottled wines. They provide for a broad range of tastes – red, white, rose, sparkling, and in dry, off-dry, semi-sweet and sweet varieties. No animal products are used in their wines.

Other wine labels that are owned by Namaqua Wines: Rain Dance, Goiya, Spencer Bay, Guinevere, B4 Play.

Namaqua Wines are available at most liquour stores throughout South Africa.

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Saigon on Kloof, Cape Town

Posted on 11 August 2016

Saigon Restaurant on Kloof Steet, Cape TownA popular restaurant on Kloof Street, central Cape Town. Saigon specialises in Vietnamese cuisine but also serves some Thai and Japanese dishes. There are many vegetarian starter and main course dishes on the menu, most of which are vegan.

Starters – vegetable spring rolls, Vietnamese style vegetable or Saigon special avo/rocket/shitake mushroom crystal rolls, vegetable wrap sensation, steamed edamame beans, wood ear mushroom or wild herb salad, vegetarian sushi platter, butternut or miso soup.

Mains – red, green or yellow curry, baked aubergine, wok toasted or spicy tofu, tempura or crunchy seasonal vegetables, rainbow or wok fried spicy vegetable noodles.

Sorbets.

Open daily 1230-2130.

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Vegan home remedies to shield you from flu this winter

Posted on 31 July 2016

Olive oil by The Media ImageIt’s that time of the year when being exposed to the cold can leave you with a runny nose; body aches that make you feel like just staying in bed, or chills that give you a definite alert that you might have caught the flu.

We’ve put together a list of DIY vegan-friendly flu symptom remedies that may not only save you from expensive prescriptions, but also from filling your body with medications and chemicals. You can prepare them from the comfort of your home, without having to step out into the cold. And while you’re looking into your health remember that winter is a good time to look at getting insuranceOpens in a new window, such as life coverOpens in a new window.

Ginger tea mixture

In winter especially, it’s always good to have ginger in your fridge. When you feel a scratchy throat or an irritation on your nasal cavities, simply slice some fresh ginger and place it in a tea strainer. Ginger is said to help stimulate the nerves that cause mucus production. Boil some water and pour into the tea strainer where you have put in your sliced ginger, drink it after 5 to 10 minutes.

Inhale steam

Mint water by The Media ImageSteam is good for you because it helps open your airways, making it an effective natural method to combat a cold or flu. This remedy also includes the use of ginger. Boil water and empty into a large bowl containing a minimum of 2 teaspoons of shaved ginger. Put a towel over your head, lowering it until your head is right over the bowl, and then you can start breathing in the gingered steam.

Raw apple cider vinegar

You might not have known that apple cider vinegar is believed to have a wealth of health benefits. According to Prevention.comOpens in a new window just adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water helps to alkalinize your body, and viruses and bacteria cannot thrive within an alkaline environment. Try it out as soon as you feel a sinus infection or the development of a sore throat. It is a healthy mixture you can keep on drinking, even after your body is back in top shape.

A garlic mix

If you can stand garlic then it’s another item you should always have in your kitchen during the cold winter months. Garlic is a well-known natural support against colds and flu. This is because of its strong antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. In plain terms, this simply means garlic is a natural antibiotic which can be very effective in combating a cough. The oil found in garlic can help to lower your fever and is also good if you want to open up your respiratory passages. Make a soup by chopping up 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, boil them, strain off the garlic and drink the mixture.

So there you have it, stock up on these natural supplies during the winter season and you can prepare simple vegan home remedies that can help shield your family during this ‘flu season’.

Article supplied by Nosisa Assumani, The Media Image


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Restore yourself in Port Alfred

Posted on 31 July 2016

Restore Café in Port Alfred offers wholesome healthy food designed not only to taste amazing but also to nourish the body. They have created a space where one can eat guilt-free in knowing that the food they create is designed to restore your health from the outside in.

Almost everything on th menu can be adapted to be vegan, but some of their best sellers include:

Breakfast
· Chickpea scramble with sautéed mushrooms, thyme and basil pesto served on a seed loaf with vegan butter.
· Fresh fruit salad with an orange, honey and mint dressing.
· Granola Parfit, homemade sugar & gluten free granola (vegan with honey) served with fresh fruit and coconut whip.
· Gluten free oat bowl topped with either; cinnamon, stewed apples and rasins, mixed warm vanilla berries with coconut whip or banana, cocoa nibs and cacao powder.
· Chocolate Banana Mega Muffin served with coconut whip and homemade jam.

Lunch
· Mini seed loaf serevd with vegan butter, basil pesto and chutney.
· Roast butternut salad, salad greens topped with roast butternut and beetroot drizzeled with our famous dressing.
· Fresh vegan soups served with mini seed loaves.
· Open sandwich topped with either; chutney, sautéed spinach and avocado or roast butternut, sundried tomatoes and basil pesto.

Open Mon-Fri 0800-1500.

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Amacwa macadamia nut oil and butter

Posted on 30 July 2016

The Amacwa macadamia nut rangeAmacwa offers a range of macadamia nut oil and butters, authentic South African products made of macadamia nuts which have great health bnefits, including:

  • beneficial for heart related illness, high blood pressure and cholesterol;
  • high in fibre, protein, minerals and vtamins;
  • reduce incidence of heart disease.

Certified as SABS Fair Trade Eco Cert.

Amacwa macadamia nut products are available at selected Spars in Groenkloof, Olivedale, Broadacres, Bedfordview, Ferndale and Hobart; Pick n Pay stores in Bedfordview, Brooklyn, Northgate, and the list is growing.

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Seaside Village Getaway, St. Francis Bay

Posted on 29 July 2016

The Seaside Village Getaway,  St. Francis BaySeaside Village Getaway is situated in gorgeous, sunny St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Styled like a Mediterranean villa, Seaside Village is nestled on a hillside with gorgeous panoramic ocean views which really make guests feel relaxed! Whilst vacationing here, guests can get comfy in the cosy homely atmosphere and enjoy the serene peacefulness that the outdoors has to offer. The neighbourhood is quiet, clean and safe. Guests will immediately notice the calm ambience in the area. Accommodation is suitable for couples, solo adventurers and business travellers. They are a vegan family and welcome all vegan kindred-spirits!

The generous breakfasts include: tea, coffee, homemade hot chocolate & freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, legume bubble and squeak, fried tomatoes, fried onions, fried mushrooms, bread/toast &vegan margarine, hummus, jam, peanut butter, Fry’s vegan sausage/strips, soy savory mince, soy yogurts, homemade muffins & pancakes, hot cross buns, English muffins, hash-browns, granola, oatmeal. Milks they offer: soy, rice, coconut.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan accommodations in the Eastern Cape.


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Organic Machine beauty products

Posted on 28 July 2016

The Organic Machine beauty rangeOrganic Machine is passionate about creating truly exceptional beauty and sensual products that are 100% natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free (BWC endorsed). They are also lovingly handmade in gorgeous packaging and proudly South African. With no harmful chemicals and most products even being completely chemical free and safe for ingestion, guided by the phrase “if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your face”. Packaging is recyclable or reusable, and ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.

Available from Weleda in Fourways and Bryanston; Faithful to Nature; Seeds of Change, The Rustic Timber, cnr Kingfisher and William Nicol drive, Johannesburg; Revolutionary Ink, Duncan Yard, Brooklyn; and House of Perfection, Ostrich street, Ferndale, Johannesburg.

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Food products from The Hungry Herbivore

Posted on 27 July 2016

The Hungry Herbivore rangeThe Hungry Herbivore produces healthy, honest and clean plant-based desserts and snacks. All of their products are refined sugar-free, gluten free as well as raw vegan. They also cater for those with nut allergies. They have a variety of Coconut chip flavors, including Dark Chocolate, Cheese & Onion and Spicy BBQ. They also have Italian Herbed Cheese flavored Kale Chips.

Their Choc Chip Cookie ingredients include: coconut, tahini (crushed sesame), *coconut blossom sugar, *raw cacao-paste, *raw cacao butter, pure vanilla bean and Himalayan salt.

All of their snacks can be found at a number of stockists nationwide including selected Wellness Warehouse and Spar stores.

The Hungry Herbivore is also known for premium vegan cheesecakes and other delicious refrigerated treats which are perfect for any occasion or just to sort out that sweet tooth, the right way! Products include No-Bake Chocolate Vanilla Cup Cakes, Raw Carrot Cake Cup Cakes, Salted Caramel Cheesecake and Peppermint Chocolate Cake.

Feel free to contact them directly to order any of their fresh and refrigerated desserts.

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Kind Cafe and Deli, Cape Town

Posted on 26 July 2016

Kind Cafe and Deli, Walmer Estate, Cape TownA small neighbourhood coffee shop in Walmer Estate serving coffee with either soya milk or almond milk, ready-made sandwiches, soups, breakfasts and lunches, take-aways and baked goods and sweet treats such as cupcakes and chocolate brownies. Their menu is continuously changing and their food is 100% vegan.

Corner of Chester and Milan roads, Walmer Estate, (near Zonnebloem in), Cape Town.
Open on – Mondays – Fridays: 08:00-16:00 hrs, Saturdays: 09:00-14:00 hrs.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan cafes in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Wellness holidays – no need to compromise on your lifestyle

Posted on 17 July 2016

Gone are the days when going holiday meant your healthy eating and drinking habits, and your fitness and wellness regimes were thrown out of the window. The rise in popularity of wellness breaksOpens in a new window means you can continue to build your health and wellness, even when you’re taking a break from your normal routine. No longer do you need to compromise on your diet or mental and physical well-being just because you’re taking some time out for yourself.

Yoga retreats

Yoga retreats by The Media ImageThe benefits of yoga are extensive, including the alleviation of stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases cardiovascular fitness and improves balance, flexibility and strength. A yoga retreat or holiday, allows you to focus on the daily practise of yoga, without having to worry about your daily demands at home.

The difference between the two is that a yoga retreat focuses more on the spiritual side in quieter and more secluded locations. Large amounts of time are spent in silence and the practise of yoga focuses heavily on meditation. A yoga holiday focuses more on the social aspect of a holiday whereby like-minded people join together for yoga practises and other holiday-related activities.

The good news is that many holiday resorts today, combine wellness activities with a wide range of food options. You don’t have to buy your own ingredients for a vegan diet or go searching for a local restaurant that may or may not cater for your requirements. Peace of EdenOpens in a new window for example, is a vegan forest retreat in Knysna that offers yoga events throughout the year. Here you will be able to take a break from the city, focus on the practise of yoga and not have to worry about where you might find your next meal.

Spa retreats

Yoga retreats by The Media ImageFor those who don’t enjoy yoga, a spa retreat can be just as relaxing and rejuvenating. From massages, to saunas all the way to quiet time a spa retreat can reduce stress and anxiety. Depending on the treatment you choose, you can focus on different aspects of your life whether it’s weight management, body pampering, mental health or pure relaxation.

In the heart of Cape Town, you’ll find the Cape Grace hotelOpens in a new window that offers a world class spa with a wealth of different luxury treatments for your individual needs. There’s no need to go searching for a vegan meal around the city as the spa lounge is vegan-friendly, and can tailor your meal for any dietary requirement you might have.

With the popularity of wellness holidays on the rise, there is no longer any need to stray away from your dietary preferences because they are not catered for. Your health is extremely important, and now you can take a holiday, and focus on rejuvenation all while maintaining your vegan diet at the same time.

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Copperlake beers

Posted on 9 July 2016

The Copperlake beers rangeCopperlake’s 6 hand crafted beers range from lagers though to ales, using 95% local malts and hops. Choices include Dark Lager, English Ale, Hefe Weiss, India Pale Ale, Light Lager, and Premium Lager.

Over 300 bottle stores, pubs and restaurants stock Copperlake beers, as well as their own brew pub in the Broadacres centre, Fourways.

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ButtaNutt vegan spreads

Posted on 1 July 2016

ButtaNutt vegan spread rangeButtaNutt is a proudly South African nut butter producer that hand-crafts a series of authentic tree nut spreads using only natural ingredients. *Some products do contain honey. Vegan options include (jars or squeeze packs) Cinnamon Macadamia, Roasted Almond and Macadamia Coconut Rooibos.

Available at Wellness Warehouse, Montague, independent Spars, and Faithful to Nature stores.

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Bocca Dolce Coffee Shop in Plettenberg Bay

Posted on 29 June 2016

A buffet at Bocca DolceBocca Dolce Coffee Shop is situated on Quarry Lake Estate near Plettenberg Bay and is open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 – 15h30. Stop by for a delicious cup of home roasted coffee and choose from their wide selection of organic vegan and vegetarian foods, breakfast and lunch dishes. Their popular buffet style “Harvest Table” is available for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, where you can enjoy a bountiful selection of healthy, organic food, free from animal products. No alcohol is sold, but patrons are welcome to bring their own.

Their shelves are filled with organic baked, bottled and dehydrated health food products and organic veg, wheatgrass and microgreens harvested from their farm, as well as freshly baked bread. Bocca Dolce and Quarry Lake food products are grown naturally in the Bitou River Valley without pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or poisons. They contain the finest natural ingredients, stone ground flour, unrefined sugar, natural preservatives and additives. No animal products are used.

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Mimu’s baby cleaning range

Posted on 21 June 2016

Mimu's baby cleaning rangeMimu of Johannesburg is the first naturally safe cleaning range formulated specially for cleaning baby mess. Included in the range is hypoallergenic laundry liquid, bottle and dish wash liquid, stain remover, toy cleaner, bath cleaner, floor cleaner and a dummy sanitizer spritz.

All Mimu products are biodegradable, never tested on animals, Beauty without Cruelty approved and vegan. Mimu products don’t contain any SLES, parabens, phosphates, formaldehyde dyes or fragrances.

The baby cleaning range that is tough on mess and kind to baby and our planet. Available from Kids Emporium, Babarazzi, Fruits and Roots, Kinderlove.

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