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Massimo’s of Hout Bay

Posted on 29 August 2017

Massimo's restaurant of Hout BayA family establishment at Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, run by Massimo (from Piemonte, northern Italy) and Tracy, his English wife. They are driven by a passion for good, wholesome food, sourced ethically where possible. Their aim is to leave a small footprint, so they recycle and re-use extensively. Their menu contains many initiatives supporting the local community, and customers are invited to ‘pay it forward’ by buying a virtual slice of pizza for someone in need.

They aim to provide a menu that demonstrates there are many Italian vegan choices without having to go too far from traditional foods. The separate vegan menu offers an array of tapas, pizzas, pastas, salads, and a chocolate ice-cream and sauce for dessert.

Open lunch and dinner, 7 days per week.

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Review: The Detox Juice Bar

Posted on 20 August 2017

A review of The Detox Juice Bar, Cape Town …

Situated in the colorful Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, Detox Juice Bar serves an array of delicious, organic, cold pressed juices and superfood smoothies to tantalize your taste buds while giving your body the health kick it deserves. They also have a small selection of healthy and vegan friendly snacks on display.

Detox Juice Bar Lamborgreenie juice

Over the winter I have been feasting on delicious vegan foods and indulging a little more than I should have. So I decided to do a 3 day Juice fast to give my body a Spring Clean so to speak. This was my experience:

Pre Cleanse: Detox Juice Bar recommends cleaning up your diet at least 3 days prior to your cleanse. Cutting back on the caffeine and alcohol is a good idea.

Day 1: In the 3 day juice cleanse you receive 5 bottles of juice per day 300 ml each. There are 3 flavours to choose from – green, red and orange. The green juice or “Lamborgreenie” contains spinach, kale, apple, celery, Himalayan sea salt and Cayenne pepper. It’s a little spicy and tastes like green apples. The Red or “Heartbeet” contains beetroot, cucumber, mint, carrot, apple and aloe vera. This is a lovely sweet and refreshing juice. The orange “Ginger Rabbit” ingredients include carrots, ginger, orange, lime and turmeric. This one also has a kick thanks to the spicy ginger.

The first day took some getting used to. Having to drink all my meals, I wasn’t sure which juice to drink first or in what order and how much time I needed to wait between juices. They all tasted great though and I didn’t feel hungry at all.

Day 2: The morning of day 2, I stepped on the scale for interest sake and I had lost 1 kg. I felt really light and energized, I even went for a walk, but all that changed in the afternoon when my energy dipped and I started experiencing the dreaded detox symptoms. Fatigue started to set in, I felt agitated and achy. My head started to hurt and I felt a little dizzy when standing up. I also started cravings solid food at this time and I was beginning to fantasize about all the delicious fruit I was going to devour after my fast ends. This was definitely the hardest day for me.

Detox Juice Bar juice range

Day 3: Just like the previous day, I felt energized upon waking, but I still had a pounding headache and I felt like my body was trying to preserve energy. By mid day the energy slump hit again and I was starting to feel hungry. That night I decided to break my fast early and ate a few pieces of fruit with my last juice.

Post Cleanse: It is important to ease into eating solid food again. It is recommended that you maintain a healthy diet after you cleanse and not to devour everything you have been craving over the last few days, that would just render your whole juice cleanse useless. Use this time to slowly re introduce easy to digest foods like juicy fruits and smoothies and then move on to other whole plant foods. It will be a good time to notice if you have any reactions when introducing a specific food type and you might be able to pin point a food allergy this way.

Conclusion: I would recommend doing a juice cleanse for those who want to rid their body of toxins and give your digestion a break so that your body has time to heal itself. If you have digestive or allergic issues and want to find out what the cause is, a juice fast can be useful prior to an elimination type diet. I would not recommend it for quick weight loss, but it can be a great kick start to a healthy eating plan. I would also recommend adding a smoothie to your daily juice feast especially if you are going to be active during your cleanse.

The 3 day cleanse will cost you R599. They also offer a 5 and 7 day cleanse. To find out more: www.detoxjuicesa.comOpens in a new window.

Reviewed by Gabby Correia – Vegan SA

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I am Superbar

Posted on 20 August 2017

I am Raw SuperbarSuperbar is a raw and wholefood product range of health bars with no artificial additives and a great source of protein and fibre. They taste great and are gluten, wheat and soy free. Just as nature intended, these bars are simple, raw and packed with super foods. Superbar is a complete, healthy snack that will nourish and sustain you whether you are working out or on the go.

These 100% nut and fruit bars come in 2 delicious flavours “I am Raw”(almond, cranberry and chia) and “I am Training” (cashews, cacao and Gojiberries).

Available online and at Checkers, Wellness Warehouse, Spar, PnP, Bootleggers Coffee Company, OuMeul Bakkery and various other health and sports stores.

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Adlife Soya Products

Posted on 5 August 2017

Adlife Soya ProductsAdlife Vegetarian Food is a producer of 13 types of vegan products converted from a combination of soy isolate, gluten and spices. These include shreds, sandwich slices, Burger patties, sausages, stir fry strips and mince. They are free from onion and garlic ingredients for those who are following a strict spiritual path. Also free from any added sugar, no artificial sweeteners and the like as well.

Available from Spice Emporium – Durban, Manilal Ratanjee – Durban, Tommy’s Vegetarian Food – Durban, Hypersinghs – Umzinto, Johannesburg – various outlets.

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PhytoPro Protein Powder

Posted on 2 August 2017

PhytoPro protein powdernPhyto Pro offers you the cleanest source of complete, non-allergenic, non-inflammatory, alkalising protein available. Their protein comes from non-GMO yellow peas, grown in Europe in an environmentally-friendly manner without chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The protein is extracted using only water which leaves it free from the acid, heavy metal and chemical residue found in other protein products. They build on this clean foundation by only using the finest plant-based vitamins, minerals, superfoods and other nutritional ingredients available.

Available at Dischem, Wellness Warehouse stores and leading health shops nationwide. Visit their website to find out more.

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GLÜKi Organics

Posted on 1 August 2017

GLÜKi OrganicsSouth Africa’s first internationally certified organic mother and baby body care range, is bringing soft, gentle and pure products to mothers and babies across the country.

All ingredients used are natural, organic and fully certified by ECOCERT France Greenlife, the world’s leading certification and regulatory body for organic cosmetics. Glüki Organics is also proudly vegan, Beauty without Cruelty and Phytotrade. ECOCERT prohibits the use of petrochemicals such as petroleum, paraffinum and mineral oil, parabens made from petrochemicals, sulphates (including sodium lauryl sulphate), and synthetic fragrances which are often included in baby and personal care products.

Available at pharmacies, BabysRus, Wellness Warehouse, Spar.

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Waterkloof Wine Estate

Posted on 20 July 2017

Waterkloof – A transcendent Sauvignon Blanc

Defined by a special place and happens to be made of Sauvignon Blanc. The flagship Waterkloof range, which currently consists of only one wine, epitomises their decade-long goal of producing honest, inimitable and truly fine wines.

Waterkloof Wine Estate

Circle of Life – Waterkloof’s message in a bottle

Circle of Life tells the story of Waterkloof: A conventionally farmed vineyard with vast, untapped potential which, over 10 years, was transformed by Christiaan Loots into a living, breathing, biodynamic farm that is now revealing its true self in the wines.

Circumstance – The French call them ‘vins de terroir’, Waterkloof call them ‘wines of circumstance’

At Waterkloof they make honest wines that are true to the unique place in which the grapes are grown. Each of the single varietal wines in the Circumstance range is defined by the unique circumstances that influence the chosen varietal and vineyard block on Waterkloof.

Seriously Cool – Drink them cool but take them seriously

Waterkloof is serious when it comes to the potential of South Africa’s ‘work-horse’ grapes, when expressed through seriously old vines, planted in cool, coastal vineyard sites. Seriously Cool Chenin and Cinsault both hail from some of the oldest vineyards (planted in the 1970’s) in the cool, coastal Helderberg area of Stellenbosch.

Peacock Wild Ferment – Proudly Stellenbosch, made the Waterkloof way.

When making wines the Waterkloof way, mature and naturally balanced vineyards are a must. Stellenbosch, but in particular, the cooler, coastal areas of the Schapenberg and Helderberg have these in abundance. The Peacock Wild Ferment range is a collection of earlier drinking, yet refined wines, crafted from small vineyard parcels, which are carefully selected by Nadia Barnard and enriched with grapes from Waterkloof. Named after the brightly plumed birds conspicuous in and around our biodynamic vineyards, this muster of Peacocks covers 6 single-varietal wines.

No animal products are used in the making of their wines.

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False Bay Vineyards

Posted on 20 July 2017

False Bay Crystalline Chardonnay

Real wines embodying an adventure in Cape terroir …

Before Waterkloof, back in the early 90s, this was how owner Paul Boutinot got to know The Cape: A young gun seeking out old, balanced Cape vineyards to turn into his False Bay wines, as always, with a minimum intervention. Named after the bay which frames Waterkloof’s eagle’s view from the top of the Schapenberg, the simple recipe has remained much the same. The range consists of 6 single varietal wines.

No animal products are used in the making of their wines.

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Review: Health Connection Wholefoods Vegan Cereals

Posted on 19 July 2017

A review of Health Connection Wholefoods vegan cereals …

Health Connection Wholefoods produce a wide range of speciality health foods, available in leading retailers, speciality health shops and online on their website. They have launched 2 new health cereals suitable for vegans and I had the opportunity to review them.

Firstly, I must admit that I am not a breakfast person. Recently, as part of my mid-year resolution, I decided that I would begin my day ‘the right way’ by introducing breakfast as part of my daily routine. The timing could not have been more perfect when Health Connection Wholefoods launched the new breakfast cereals. I jumped at the opportunity to review them as I absolutely love their other health products.

Cacao Quinoa and Sprouted Buckwheat Cereal (300g)

Health Connection Wholefoods Cacao Quinoa Cereal

The new cereals contain sprouted quinoa and sprouted buckwheat, respectively. There has been quite a bit of hype around sprouting recently, so I decided to do a little research of my own and find out what all the fuss was about. Recent evidence shows that sprouting increases the health benefits of seeds and grains by increasing essential nutrients. Sprouting also improves the bioavailability of nutrients making it easier for your body to absorb.

Cacao Quinoa Cereal: This super nutritious cereal is made with sprouted red quinoa, cacao, raisins, wholegrains and seeds. It is naturally high in fibre and is also preservative free. Quinoa is high in protein and is one of the few plant foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids. It also contains magnesium, iron, B-vitamins, potassium, calcium and fibre.

Sprouted Buckwheat Cereal: This brain-boosting superfood cereal is made with sprouted buckwheat, rolled oats, wholegrains and dried fruit, including goji berries.

Health Connection Wholefoods Sprouted Buckwheat Cereal

Apparently, buckwheat becomes packed with live enzymes and vital nutrients when sprouted. Sprouted buckwheat is an amazing superfood because it is one of the most complete sources of protein on the planet, containing all essential amino acids. It also contains all the B vitamins, is rich in lecithin, iron, calcium and contains co-enzyme Q10. It is known to lower high blood pressure, balance cholesterol and aids in alkalizing the body.

I am generally not a fan of breakfast cereals so through a series of trial and error I finally discovered my favourite way to eat these. I normally use unsweetened almond milk, but as these cereals have no added sugar, I found that I needed a little extra something sweet. So I opted to add sweetened soya milk (warmed) with some chopped bananas and it was a great combination. I am sure there are many other creative ways to enjoy these cereals.

As vegans, we need to be a bit more aware of our nutrient intake, making sure we are eating the right balance of nutritious foods. I would say this is the perfect start to the day for anyone who takes their health seriously. Though eating breakfast has always proved to be quite a challenge for me, it certainly has been a whole lot more tempting thanks to Health Connection Wholefoods amazing new breakfast cereals.

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Reviewed by Samantha Jooste – Vegan SA

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Apostrophe Bath & Body Care

Posted on 19 July 2017

Apostrophe Bath & Body Care soaps

Apostrophe Bath & Body is an artisanal soap company. Their soaps are handmade using the cold process method, where your soap starts as a blend of high quality oils that go through a natural saponification process before being carefully hand cut and shaped and finallleft to cure for 4 weeks.

Their oils are 100% plant based, resulting in a unique vegan soap that is ready to make you feel amazing! Each soap is individually handcrafted from beginning to end; they are also infused with essential oils, adding a variety of aromatherapy benefits.

Available from Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature.

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Tempeh in Cape Town

Posted on 13 July 2017

Tempeh in Cape Town

Tempeh is an indigenous Indonesian food produced by fermenting soy beans. It is a rich soya bean cake with a smoky flavour and a firm, nutty texture. Ideal for use as a meat replacement.

Order by phone or email.

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Cell Nu by Seaverah

Posted on 12 July 2017

Cell Nu by Seaverah

Cell Nu is a combination of Honey Mesquite shrub (Prosopis Glandulosa) and Spirulina. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels and reduces blood pressure as well as boosting the immune system. Safe for the whole family.

Available online.

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Saxenburg Wines

Posted on 4 July 2017

Sunset over the Saxenburg vineyardsSituated on the hills above Kuils River, between the Atlantic and Indian oceans and near Stellenbosch, the vineyards enjoy ideal soil and climatic conditions aided by the cool breezes from False Bay during the summer months. An ideal terroir for growing excellent grapes to produce high quality wines.

White wines only are vegan and bottles will be labelled as suitable for vegans as from July 2017. Collection includes: Guinea Fowl White, Sauvignon Blanc Private Collection & Chardonnay Private Collection.

Sales information is available on their website.

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Good Food & Co, Franschhoek

Posted on 19 June 2017

Good Food & Co, FranschhoekSituated on Franschhoek’s busy Main Road, this courtyard location is the perfect perch for observing the hustle and bustle of village life. Sisters, Joey and Emmarentia, have created an inviting and friendly food place. Their meals are simple, tasty and pocket-friendly. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, banting, gluten free or simply health concious, you are bound to find something on their extensive menu.

Good Food & Co options:

Breakfast: The Kickstarter (specify vegan) – muesli, soya yoghurt, mixed fruit and replace the honey with maple flavoured syrup. Soya, rice and almond milk available.

Niblets: Bruchetta: French loaf topped with basil, tomato and garlic; Big Easy: Black mushroom topped with onions, creamy spinach and garlic.

Salads: Simple Salad: Beetroot, butternut, strawberries, avo, tomato, cucumber,salad greens, rocket, hummus, citrus balsamic dressing; Power Salad: Mixed leaves (spinach, lettuce, rocket), sprouts, avo, nuts, seeds, beetroot, dried cranberries, tomatoes, citrus balsamic dressing.

Topless Sandwich: Grilled Black mushroom, sundried tomato, avo, hummus. Mains: Vegan veg lasagne, vegan Indian and Malay vegetable curries; new vegan burger coming soon! Dessert: Vegan pancakes.

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Pink Piggy Lifestyle

Posted on 6 June 2017

Pink Piggy Lifestyle online store

A family owned vegan online shop based in Johannesburg, but courier to anywhere in South Africa. Stockists include: FreeFood, HerbiVohr, Toni V, Earthshine, Earth Products, Caralishious, Irene’s Gourmet Foods, Kitchen Clouds, and many more.

This shop was started so people can go on one site and order all their vegan food in one go. Payment is secure and they are just a little better priced than most!

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