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Refresh Body and Mind

Posted on 30 December 2017

Refresh Body and Mind is a luxurious range of perfume and body products. Designed to be anti-ageing and effective on the skin while keeping the planet in mind.

Stockists available online at hellopretty.co.za.

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Skinny Legs Cafe, Cape Town

Posted on 28 December 2017

A bright and airy café in the heart of the city serving up a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options. The walls are host to local art, all of which is for sale, and you can pick up a small selection of curated food and deli goods in the retails section. This is real food – unadulterated, unadorned.

Vegan options include:

Avo Toast: tomato, rocket, mixed seeds
Coconut Quinoa Porridge: coconut milk porridge, cinnamon, baked seasonal fruit
Tahini Toast: banana, apple, hemp and chia seeds
Qunioa Bowl: aubergine, almonds, avo, coriander, mint
Tokyo Bowl: brown rice, radish, cucumber, musroom, kale, miso citrus dressing
Zucchini Linguini: zucchini noodles, macadamia nut pesto, roasted tomatoes
Sunflower Seed Risotto: with seasonal baby veg
Genie Smoothie: avo, apple, kale, chia seeds, berries

OPENING TIMES:
Mon-Fri 7 am – 4 pm, Sat 8>30 am – 2 pm, closed Sun.

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Revolution Skincare

Posted on 22 December 2017

Age Away by Revolution SkincareExceptional facial care containing Swiss actives and botanical Sugar Squalane to enhance results. Product range is formulated to target specific problems such as sensitive skins, acne, aging or age spots.

100% Pure Squalane available for severe problem skin and specialised treatment for cuticles, lips and hair.

Products are formulated for absolute ease of use and saving water. The range is endorsed by BWC, vegan friendly and palm oil free.

And some news for the new year – the bath range will launch as well with products like Kiddy Calm but without SLS and coconut oils. The best of all is that the bath range has a natural additive that removes chlorine which is very important as we all drink dechlorinated water while our bodies are absorbing approximately 70% of the chlorine we actually get in through our baths.

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Thembisa Soap

Posted on 22 December 2017

Thembisa Soaps100% and hyperallegenic. A charcoal free and SLES free 100% handmade soap with coconut oil and kaolin clay. Suitable for all skin types, babies, and people suffering with eczema.

Avaiable from The Bespoke Artichoke (online), Mooigoed Design (Plettenberg Bay), Noom (Grahamstown).

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Curaloe

Posted on 16 December 2017

Organic aloe vera products, Curaloe by Aloway Natural Health Products was created for internal and external wellness. Aloe vera is a healing, anti bacterial plant that can be used by all externally and internally. Normalises acid levels and inflammation internally. Soothes any burn, scratch or itchy bite externally. Safe to use on babies and children.

Available at Wellness Warehouse, health shops, and Alphapharm.

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Soya Rama faux meats

Posted on 11 December 2017

Soya Rama meat substitutesA delicious and wholesome meat-free range with an Asian blend of spices. The Soya Rama range includes meat-free chicken style pieces, fish style pieces and chicken breasts.

Their combination of spices bring the fusion of Asian flavours into their meat-free product range. All products are meat-free, healthy and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Products are also free from onions, garlic, preservatives, artificial colours, antibiotics, hormones, cholesterol and trans-fats.

Soya Rama prides itself on products rich in Asian flavours, aromatic spice and texture. It is committed to manufacturing products of high quality and adheres to the conscious vegetarian, vegan, and the environmentally conscious.

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Saravana Bhavan, Sandton

Posted on 11 December 2017

The Indian cuisine is as diverse as its culture, languages, regions and its climate. Every major region of India brings its own unique dishes and subtle variations to popular dishes. Aromatic spices are the essence of Indian cuisine. This is the unique formula that the Hotel Saravana Bhavan chain of Indian vegetarian restaurants follow, to build their businesses across the globe.

There are plenty of vegan options and it is advised that you ask the waiter for any dishes without ghee, paneer, milk, curd or cheese as these are ingredients being used in approximately 20% of their menu.

You can find one at Rivonia Junction.

OPENING TIMES: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM, every day.

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Masonwabe Retreats, Sedgefield

Posted on 7 December 2017

Nestled in the forest in the Garden Route (35 Yellowwood Road, Ruigtevlei, Sedgefield), a conscious plant-based couple are building up a self sustainable 50ha indigenous farm to be a magical, healing space to retreat from the stresses of life.

Masonwabe Retreats, SedgefieldThey offer self catering accommodation in beautiful cottages, with the option of vegan and vegetarian catering. They also offer a space to do workshops and health retreats. Their passions are to live as close to nature as possible and they love to grow organic food.

They will hold the space for you to come and relax, unwind and reconnect with the beauty of nature and healthy food. You will leave rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Their motto is to #behappy #behealthy #begrateful #beamazing.

Breakfast options:

R120 per person – includes 1 meal and 1 drink of your choice

Drinks:
Tea (selection of herbals teas); Coffee (Freshly ground organic coffee); Freshly cold pressed juice (juice of the day depending on what’s in season)

Food:
Chia Porridge
Mixture of chia seeds, superfoods and coconut milk to make a raw chocolate porridge topped with seasonal fruit

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Mixture of freshly cut seasonal fruit topped with superfoods and coconut milk

Bowl of Oats
Cooked oats topped with seasonal fruit, cinnamon, raisins, superfoods and coconut milk
(Gluten free oats available at an additional cost of R15)

Avo Toast
Two slices of homemade bread topped with Avo, homemade sauerkraut and sprouts
(Gluten free option available for additional cost of R15)

Fry Up
Tofu scramble, fried mushrooms, fresh or fried tomatoes, onions/garlic, spinach and fresh avo with freshly baked bread on the side.
(Gluten free option available for additional cost of R15)
(Vegetarian option available with ethically sourced scrambled/fried eggs)

Lunch options:

R120 per person – includes 1 meal and drink of your choice

Drinks:
Tea (selection of herbals teas); Coffee (Freshly ground organic coffee); Freshly cold pressed juice (juice of the day depending on what’s in season)

Meals:
Enchilada Lasagne
A Mix of tomatoes, onions, kidney beans, sweet corn, cumin and a hint of chilli on layers of tortilla wraps. Topped with fresh avocado and sprouts with a side salad.

Bunless Burger
A bean/lentil/sweet potato/sweet corn veggie patty on a freshly made millet flatbread. Topped with fresh avo, pepperdew pesto, gherkins, tomato and sprouts. With sweet potato chips and a salad on the side.

Seasonal Roast Veg Salad
A beautiful selection of fresh greens, topped with cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, olives, sprouts, seeds and seasonal roast vegetables. With a home-made salad dressing on the side.

Dinner options:

R150 per person – includes 1 meal, tea/coffee after meal with a sweet treat. Bring own alcohol as they don’t have a liquor license yet)

Meals:
Enchilada Lasagne
A Mix of tomatoes, onions, kidney beans, sweet corn, cumin and a hint of chilli on layers of tortilla wraps. Topped with fresh avocado and sprouts with a side salad.

Bunless Burger
A bean/lentil/sweet potato/sweet corn veggie patty on a freshly made millet flatbread. Topped with fresh avo, pepperdew pesto, gherkins, tomato and sprouts. With sweet potato chips on the side.

Butternut & Sage Soup
Freshly made butternut and sage soup topped with hemp seeds, with freshly baked bread on the side
(Gluten free option available at extra cost of R15)

Macaroni and “cheese”
Spelt macaroni baked in the oven with a potato/butternut “cheese sauce”. With homemade tomato sauce on the side.

{All food is organic and local where possible}

Extras:
Coffee/Tea/Fresh juice – R25 per extra cup/glass
Seasonal Superfood Smoothie – R65

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Bella Anima, Sandton

Posted on 5 December 2017

Bella Anima, at the Sunhill Centre, quite simply means “Beautiful Soul”. It was born out of a passion for vegetarian cuisine. They are a refined Italian-inspired vegetarian restaurant serving neoteric dishes and offering seasonal menus. At Bella Anima they aim to provide you with a “little piece of heaven” to enjoy great food and amazing service.

Their amazing chef Giulio is a committed vegetarian with over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. His love affair with food started at a very young age, sitting in the kitchen watching his ‘mama’ create magical heart-warming dishes. Giulio quite literally puts soul into every dish. Go and join their “famiglia” for cuisine that “warms the soul”.

Various Vegan Dining Options ranging from breakfast dishes, salads, platters, starters, main courses such as pasta, burgers, salada, and sandwiches. Their entire range of pizzas also comes with an option of substituting dairy-based cheese with vegan cheese.

OPENING TIMES: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, closed Mondays.

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Mimi’s The Delicious Food Company

Posted on 11 November 2017

Quaint, shabby chic establishment in Observatory, Cape Town, with a relaxed atmosphere, offering an inclusive vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Their focus is on good quality meals at an affordable price. They are fully licensed.

Their vegan menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options such as Fruit Salad, Muesli, Vegan Breakfast, Gourmet Sandwiches and Wraps, Salad, Soups, Pastas, Lasagne, Curry, Dessert, Juices, Smoothies. Building your own meals and substitutions are allowed. Almond and soya milk available with hot drinks.

We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options for vegans. We do not use soya based meals as an option however we do offer soya milk as a substitute for cow’s milk. Our food is made on the premises which includes falafel and hummus which is all homemade as well as our onion marmalade this ensures that we know what products are used in the preparation and can assure that no animal products are used. We offer hot drinks and smoothies which are vegan. We allow our patrons to build their own meals and substitutions are allowed. Chickpea flour and coconut products are used in the preparation of our vegan meals. No preservatives are used in the preparation of our meals.

Open from 7 am to 9 pm Mon-Friday, 8.30 am to 4 pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

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Blue Bird Cafe, Cape Town

Posted on 4 November 2017

Blue Bird Cafe, Muizenberg, Cape TownBlue Bird Café at 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg, in collaboration with Ragamuffin Food is open from Saturday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm. This cozy restaurant offers a variety of food from burgers, pizzas, curries, wraps, salads, potjies and more. Daily specials are available on the boards in the restaurant. Their bar includes a large selection of local craft beer on tap, wine, spirits, cool drinks and kombucha.

Vegan options include: Onion bhaji with mild indian spices, Butternut and beetroot salad, Ethiopian red lentil curry, Chinese crispy tofu, Brinjal, chickpea and garlic potjie, Falafel burger, Paratha with banana ‘ice cream’ caramel sauce and sesame seeds.

OPENING TIMES:
SATURDAY – THURSDAY: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Hang Ten Cafe, Muizenberg

Posted on 4 November 2017

Hang Ten Café is a very popular crêperie & coffee bar at Muizenberg’s beach front Surfers Corner, Cape Town.

Vegan options include:

1) The hippie brekkie – a stack of rocket, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, sunflower micro greens, fresh salsa, green vegan pesto & toasted seeds on toasted rye
2) The nutty bowl – home made toasted granola, fresh seasonal fruit, cinnamon, toasted coconut flakes and almond milk
3) Sweet vegan crepe – on rice flour base with date sauce, banana & toasted coconut flakes
4) Veganissimo crepe – on chickpea flour base with spinach, roasted Mediterranean veggies, green vegan pesto, toasted sesame seeds & micro greens
5) Vegan bringal burger – deep fried pringals (with chickpea flour) on a bun with greens, tomatoes and topped with onion relish & hummus and a side of sweet potato crisps
6) Vegan rottie with side salad
7) Powerballs – dates, seeds, dried fruits & some secret ingredients 😉
8) Raw cacao tubs – nutty base, avo-cacao cream, nutty cream and either topped with gojiberries or toasted sesame seeds

OPENING TIMES:
MONDAY / FRIDAY: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SUNDAY / PUBLIC HOLIDAYS closed

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Health on Broadway, Durban North

Posted on 4 November 2017

A vibey health shop with a keen focus on nutrition and holistic wellbeing. They not only stock herbal and nutrition supplements but also gluten, sugar and wheat-free, and vegan food alternatives.

Also offers weekly organic vegetable boxes.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly stores in Durban.


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Easy Vegan Dinners to Fill You Up

Posted on 30 September 2017

An article by D. Scott Carruthers …

The idea that vegan cooking leaves you hungry comes from the people who have no idea how to put together a satisfying vegan meal! Vegan cooking is not about finding substitutes for meat. It is about finding amazing ways to use the millions of vegan ingredients we have available to us! Think about all of the plant based foods that can be combined into colorful, nutrient rich meals! These foods are packed with the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Here are 5 east vegan dinners that will leave you feeling full, fed, and energized:

Lentil And Root Veggie Delight by D. Scott Carruthers

1. Lentil And Root Veggie Delight

Cook the lentils until they are tender. At the same time, begin cooking the cubed butternut squash, beets, turnips, and rutabaga (a yellowish root vegetable that looks like a large turnip but tastes a little sweeter). Add in a can of diced tomatoes as well as some water and Italian herbs and spices. Toss in your lentils and let everything cook together until all of the root vegetables are soft.

This vegan dish is great served over basmati rice.

 

Bean and Cilantro-Rice Burrito by D. Scott Carruthers

2. Bean and Cilantro-Rice Burrito

Vegan burritos are every bit as satisfying as Mexican meat burritos, and leave you feeling fed but not heavy or lethargic. Fill a wheat tortilla wrap with warmed beans and cilantro rice (just mix white rice with finely chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime).

Next, top it all off with guacamole, corn, fresh tomato, and shredded lettuce.

 

 

Seitan Stew by D. Scott Carruthers

3. Seitan Stew

Seitan is a meat substitute made with fermented wheat gluten. This is a great protein source for anyone who feels like they have reached their soy intake limits. Seitan does really well in stews because the hearty texture of the grains absorb a great deal of moisture and flavor. I love making stew with a vegetable, red wine and rosemary flavored broth.

I add in carrot, potato, celery, onion, and seitan, and cook for hours.

 

Hearty Chili by D. Scott Carruthers

4. Hearty Chili

Yet another hearty and satisfying vegan meal can be made in the style of a chili. Use kidney beans, onion, chopped green peppers, corn, and black back beans. Cook all of this in a crock-pot or on the stove top in a chili foundation made with tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, water, and chili spices.

This can be served with fresh baked tortilla chips (just bake tortilla slices that have been tossed in olive oil and sea salt), or on top of rice or pasta.

 

5. Veggie Dumplings and Rice

Veggie dumplings are easier to make than you might think. Stores sell pre-made dumping cases that are ready to be hand filled with a lovely veggie medley. You can chop up cabbage, collard greens and kale and mix this with shredded zucchini and carrots. For a meatier taste toss in some mushrooms or a meat substitute.

Next, boil, steam or fry your dumplings (your choice!) and serve with rice.

 

D. Scott Carruthers has been interested in all things related to food since he was just a child. While in college he started a popular food blog which then translated into a column at the local paper. As Carruthers became known as a food expert he continued to explore the culinary arts.


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Vita AID mousse and protein shake

Posted on 30 September 2017

Vita AID vanilla mousseVita-Aid Vegan Mousse is a clean label, sugar free, quality product made from all-natural, gluten-free ingredients. It is available in 2 delicious flavours, Cocoa 160g and Vanilla 135g. It is light, low fat, vegan, low salt, high in fibre and is gluten free. The Vita-Aid Vegan Mousse is easy to put together, and gives you the choice of preparing either vegan or vegetarian mousse.

Vita-Aid™ Vegan Protein Shake with organic maca is a blend with brown rice protein, beet fibre and maca powder. It is free from animal by-products, gluten free, contains no soya protein and is non-GMO. Rice protein powder contains high amounts of several essential amino acids and is a hypoallergenic source of supplemental protein. Maca powder is an adaptogen so it adjusts to your body’s metabolism, working with your body for optimum results. Maca assists with building the immune system, increasing energy levels, athletic performance and memory. It has relatively high amounts of absorbable plant-based nutrients, including protein, fibre, calcium and magnesium. Vita-Aid™ Vegan Protein Shake with Organic Maca is ideal for adding to your breakfast, lunch or dinner smoothie. Vita-Aid™ Vegan Protein Shake is available in two flavours, Vanilla (300g & 600g) and Chocolate (300g & 600g).

Available in South Africa in November 2017.

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