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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!

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly stores on the internet.

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Pack a Punch in Knysna

Posted on 18 May 2017

Pack a Punch, KnysnaVisit their Vegan Food Stall, Pack a Punch, at the Wild Oats Market in Sedgefied every Saturday morning from 08:00-12:00 for the best vegan food on the Garden Route! From Breakfast Parfait’s, Breakfast Burrito’s, Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes, Bunless Burgers, Curries, Dahl, Bolognese, Lasagne, Coconut Yoghurt, Creamy Nut Cheeses to Cheesecakes, Ice-Cream & Chocolate Fudge!

Pack a Punch is a family business, founded in 2017 in Knysna and is focussed on delivering 100% vegan food to their customers. You can find us at the Wild Oats Market, or alternatively, you can order online on their website and collect from collection points in Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay.

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Vondeling Wines

Posted on 29 April 2017

Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoilt and undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704 when a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition began. Today, an environmentally sensitive approach to farming and minimal intervention during the winemaking process ensure wine with a distinct fingerprint of origin. Vondeling’s flagship wines, Vondeling Babiana and Vondeling Erica, are named after rare species of fynbos that are endemic to the Paardeberg mountain.

Vondeling wine farm, PaardebergThe Vondeling wine tasting room and function venue is situated on a gentle slope so that visitors can enjoy the expansive views of the Paardeberg and surrounding countryside. Pre-book a generous farm-style Vintner’s Platter or contact them to arrange specific catering requirements for your corporate or family event.

Complete with thatch roof, high steeple, stained glass windows and church bells, St. Clement’s will make a wedding in the winelands unforgettable. The chapel is conveniently situated alongside the tasting room and surrounded by rolling lawns, a charming garden, vineyards and spectacular views of the Paardeberg and surrounding countryside. Wedding receptions can be hosted in the function venue, which offers minimalistic elegance with a touch of Cape country style. In winter, a roaring fireplace will keep you and your guests warm and cosy. In summer, receptions can be hosted on the shaded veranda or on the rolling lawns under a marquis or billowing white linen shade cloth.

The Farm House comprises 7 en-suite bedrooms, which are luxuriously appointed and extremely comfortable. Other areas of the house include a fully equipped kitchen, dining and sitting room with a cosy fireplace. The Farm House has 2 extremely efficient housekeepers and a wonderful chef who will do as much – or as little – as you require. Surrounding The Farm House are peaceful gardens with delightful shaded terraces, a 20- metre swimming pool, BBQ area and spot-lit tennis court. The Farm House is available to rent subject to availability.

Visit the Vegan SA website direcory for more South African vegan wines.

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Col’Cacchio Pizzeria

Posted on 21 April 2017

The Col'Cacchio Pizzeria, KnysnaEstablished in 1992, Col’Cacchio pizzeria is an elegant Italian pizzeria that boasts over 30 restaurants nationwide. They promise patrons a dining experience of choice, health, fun and good quality Italian-inspired food, including crisp, thin-based artisanal wood-fired pizzas and a variety of freshly prepared salads and pastas. They aim to serve their customers the best handmade meals, crafted using the finest sourced produce.

Vegan options: Salad: Spiroco. Pizza: Vegan Margherita, Lazio, Bianca. Dessert: Amistoso. Pasta: Pomodoro (spaghetti, penne, linguini and zucchetti are egg free). Add a vegan pumpkin seed pesto and/or any vegetables as extras. You can also build your own pizza or salad using a variety of fresh ingredients.

Various restaurants in and around Cape Town, Hermanus, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Knysna, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Durban, Randburg, Sandton, Midrand.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly dining in South Africa.

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Swallow Hill Vineyard Winery

Posted on 14 April 2017

Swallow Hill Wines, GreytonSwallow Hill Estate of Greyton produces grapes and wines on the premises using only their own Tempranillo and Viognier grapes. The vines are farmed using organic farming principles. No animal products are used in the wine making process. They have 3 wines: Tempranillo, Tempranillo Rosado (pink), and Viognier. All their delicious artisan wines are mindfully hand-made on their small single vineyard wine estate in Greyton with minimal environmental impact.

Wines are available directly from their cellar and locally in restaurants and wine dealerships.

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The Almond Creamery milks

Posted on 5 April 2017

The Almond Creamery range of milksThe Almond Creamery dairy-free nut milk is a fresh handmade blend made with almond macadamia and coconuts. With a 5 flavour range available in 375 ml glass Consol bottles: Classic, Vanilla, Chai-spice, Chocolate and Frappuccino. The Almond creamery also offer 1 litre bulk classic pouches at select stores.

A Locally made nut milk that is low in calories and contains 5 times more nuts compared to most other brands, rich in omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants. With no hormones, preservatives or added sugar, only natural, healthy, real ingredients in this plant based product, that is dairy, lactose & casein free.

Available at Wellness Warehouse, Spar, local health stores, delis and coffee shops (Seattle Coffee Co. & Knead Bakery).

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more South African vegan milks.

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The Open Kitchen Bakery & Deli, Stellenbosch

Posted on 4 April 2017

The Open Kitchen Bakery and Deli, StellenboschFood made with 100% love, naturally, at 35 Plein Street, Stellenbosch.

Vegan Breakfast: Rye or energy bread topped with spinach, grilled tomato, mushrooms, avocado and rocket. Drizzled with sesame oil, roasted seeds and nuts R70

Vegan Wrap: Rocket, hemp seed pesto, grilled peppers, mushroom and avo served with truffle oil French fries. R75

Vegan Salads: Spicy lemon cous cous served with chickpeas, mint, peas and sweetcorn. R85; Rocket, roasted balsamic cherry tomatoes, red onions and peppers topped with pecan nuts. R75; Avo, cucumber, rocket pesto, baby marrow, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. R75

Substitutions and add-ons welcome. Almond milk available.

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Cape Town’s Punjab Wok

Posted on 1 April 2017

A Punjabi-Asian fusion restaurant in Energy Lane, Century City, serving the best flavours the East has to offer. Most of their extensive menu can be adapted to accommodate vegan diners. They also cater for wheat and gluten intolerant customers.

Indian: Pea and Potato Samosa; Tofu Malabar, Achari Mushrooms, Tarka Dal, Amritsar Chole, Green Bean Poriyal, Jeera Aloo; Vegetarian Parda Biryani; Plain Paratha, Rotis, Basmati Rice, Lemon Rice, Mushroom Rices and Jeera Pulao; Dairy-free Coconut and Cucumber Raita.

Oriental: Vegetarian Spring Roll, Crispy Chilli Potatoes, Tempura Veg; Mushroom Salad; Phad Ped Tofu, Sweet and Sour Tofu; Vegetarian Green Curry, Vegetarian Red Curry; Thai Fried Tofu Rice, Veg Fried Rice; Veg Hand Pulled Noodles, Tofu Phad Thai, Veg Bangkok Noodles (ask for non-egg noodles), Veg Spicy Noodles (ask for non-egg noodles), Veg Phad Khi Mao Rice Noodles.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly accommodation in Cape Town.

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Awesome Earth Bags

Posted on 25 March 2017

In a world where we’re inundated with mass-produced made-in-China products, it’s becoming more and more rare to find something that is genuinely unique, individual and full-to-the-brim with good karma.

Earth BagsBut we have found Earth Bags. And they are awesome!

Earth Bags are beautiful one-of-a-kind bags handmade with love in Jo’burg. All the bags are perfectly imperfect, sewn with recycled, reused and remnant fabrics by previously disadvantaged tailors using the principles of Fair Trade. Sewn onto the patchwork are messages that create awareness of real issues facing our planet, the plight of animals, or just to inspire people.

These amazing bags are incredible conversation starters, as well as being works of art.

Earth Bags donates to various charities with all bag sales, including Greenpeace, Blood Lions, Saints Animal Charity Shop, and Spaniel Welfare. They also do bespoke orders, using people’s own photos, pictures and messages.

Earth Bags are delightfully original and a beautiful show to the world of your conscious decision to care for our world and her animals. Go check them out on facebook at in a new window or email Barbara at

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