Whole Foods Vegan Haul

Whole Foods Bag

Something different for my blog this week, I decided to do a bit of a Whole Foods Haul.  Unfortunately, for my bank balance, this amazing store just happens to be 5 minutes walk from my work so I find myself wandering there more often than I should.  Sometimes, I just go in for a look around the shelves as it makes me happy.

After just popping in for some quick dinner ideas, I ended up getting a fair few bits so I thought I would show you these in Blog Post format:

Whole Foods haul

Thai Gang Red Thai Curry Paste £2.49 – unfortunately, I can not always get a vegan version from my local supermarket so I thought I would try this one.  Thai is by far my favourite cuisine and I don’t cook it often enough.

Rude Health Pumpkin bar 99p – Delish!  Not sure what tempted me to pick this up but I’m glad I did, it was great.  Sweet, tangy and satisfying.

Clift bars £1.49 – these are probably my favourite protein bars.  Not the healthiest but the peanut butter flavour is just such a treat and is really getting me through my long weekend runs.

Pulsin Protein Bar £1.69 – continuing with the snack bar, theme. My favourite flavour is the Vanilla Chocolate Chip.

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Explore Asian Black Bean spaghetti £2.49– ok, perhaps I got pulled in by the big Point of Sale display as they were ‘on offer’ but black bean spaghetti? Whaaat?  I had to give this a go.  I cooked this with some roasted veg and a homemade tomato sauce and it was pretty good. Definitely fills that pasta craving.

Amisa Spelt crackers £2.99 – my favourite platform for avocado goodness right now.  Just mashed with some lime juice and salt and slathered on these crispy delights. Yum. Also a good alternative to bread for soup.

Taifun Tofu with herbs £2,99– now the next section of my haul is entitled ‘worknight dinners when I just can’t be bothered’ or something like that.  First up is this already flavoured smoked tofu with herbs, perfect for when I just don’t have the time to press and dry out my tofu, this comes in real handy for loads of recipes from stirfries to curries. Super easy and real tasty. Steam it, fry it or add it to salads. Life saver.

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Drago Vegetable burgers £2.49 – I do make my own veggie burgers quite often and have been playing round lately with getting the right combination but I thought these were be good for those busy nights when I don’t have time to create my own masterpieces.

Urban Fruit £1.67 – a recent discovery of mine, you can also buy these in supermarkets too.  No added sugar, these beauties taste just like gummy sweets but actually count as one of your five a day. The Strawberry kind are by far my fave.

Whole Foods Porridge Oats £1.69– after noticing how much I am spending on various snack bars for pre and post gym snacks (see rest of haul), I have been making my own of late (recipe to come) and therefore have been going through oats like nobodies business.

Biona Filled Pastas £2.49– now, I try not to partake in pasta too much but what is better for a quick and easy dinner? These two vegan options caught my eye.  Spelt – I have tried before and I wasn’t bowled over but gonna give another go. The Tofu and Spices tricolour was particularly tasty, served with the Whole Foods vegan pesto I also bought.

Let me know what your favourite discoveries at Whole Foods have been or alternatively a store you have near you that you love just as much.

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Restaurant Review: Vegan Afternoon Tea at Raw

I am English.  Therefore, I love tea.  Well, that is the general rule, of course and in my case, it is most certainly true.  I love the English tradition of Afternoon Tea. Cake, limitless tea and tiny little finger sandwiches, what’s not to love?  And the special occasion of going out for a traditional English Afternoon Tea was something I hadn’t experienced since turning vegan, so I was super impressed when my boyfriend surprised me for my birthday with an all vegan Afternoon tea at Raw at Hotel Suite West.  Didn’t he do well?!

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Located in a rather posh looking hotel in Queensway, the restaurant’s ambience was admittedly rather lacking but through no fault of their own as there was only a handful of tables occupied most probably due to the weekday afternoon timing.  We were presented with a very long, extensive menu and were told that we were actually receiving everything on it.  We were in for a (sweet) treat.

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The delicious delicate sandwiches were my boyfriend’s favourite part. The variety was impressive, from grilled portobello mushroom with basil pesto, tofu scrambled with guacamole and roasted butternut squash with truffle….. but I loved the homemade scones.  I slathered mine with strawberry jam and whipped coconut cream and devoured them with gusto.

By the time the 3 cakes came out, we were pretty bursting at the seams but of course, we gave it a good go and finished up.  We didn’t want to be rude did we? I liked the mini chocolate cake and the cheesecake but wasn’t overly keen on the passionfruit dessert with its lightly wobbly consistency.

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On the whole, I would definitely recommend Raw at a reasonable £15 per person, I was very impressed.  I’m keen to go back to try the lunch or dinner menu.  Let me know if any of you have been.

http://www.lasuitewest.com/hotel-afternoon-tea-london

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The Vegan Kind April Review

Another month, another Vegan Kind box and this one is a goodie.  They just keep getting better.  Here’s my review of this month’s products. IMG_6503 Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk 200ml (RRP £1) IMG_6504 Probably my favourite item of the month. I discovered this little gem at Veg Fest in Brighton last month and so was pleased to get another chance to try it.  Since then, I have noticed Whole Foods have started to stock Rebel Kitchen products so this will definitely be a repeat purchase.  Guilt free chocolate milk; sweet, light and delicious. Not just for kids.  Love the fun packaging too. www.rebel-kitchen.com Coconom Coconut Sugar 250g (RRP £3.25) IMG_6508 I am having rather a coconut moment at present and so was pretty chuffed to see this exciting packet in my box.  Coconut sugar (made from the flowers of the coconut tree, natch) is a completely unprocessed, natural sugar and so I am looking forward to trying this in some healthy baking recipes. First stop will be these incredible Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich cookies from My New Roots. www.coconom.com http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2012/03/diy-almond-butter-almond-butter-jam-sandwich-cookies-2/ Freya Luna Lip and Body balm 10g (RRP £3.50) IMG_6506 Now constantly on the lookout for vegan skincare products as I am still transitioning into vegan non food related items too, I was happy to find out about Freya Luna’s range.  Their products are natural, handmade and contain no nasty chemicals.  This balm smells lovely and made my lips super soft.  Again, the packaging is wonderful.  Checking out their website, I see that there is an option to order a ‘Pick N Mix’ selection box of skincare products so I may just well be tempted. www.love-yourself-naturally.com Clearspring Sushi Nori 17g (RRP £3.39) IMG_6509 I love the fact that The Vegan Kind Boxes usually include something I would not normally think to buy myself to push me outside my shopping basket comfort zone.  This month, it is Toasted Fine Cut Nori which is a sea vegetable. Something I have never cooked with before.  I may try to make my own sushi or even a yummy vegetable wrap. I like the look of this recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life blog. www.clearspring.co.uk  http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2013/06/raw-nori-wraps-with-red-cabbage.html#.U2a4qSj-Lww Creative Nature Sublime Seed Bar 38g (RRP £1) IMG_6507 Another box, another snack bar but I don’t get bored of trying new kinds and this one by Creative Nature was a great surprise.  Much tastier than it sounds, this Sublime Seed Protein bar contains hemp powder, roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, dates and sultanas. Really delicious and a great option to have before or after a work out.  I will definitely be checking out the rest of the range which is happily now available in Holland Barrett. www.creativenaturesuperfoods.com Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Soya Snack 85g (RRP £1.99) IMG_6505 The Landgarten Chocolate Covered Pumpkin seeds from the January Vegan Kind box are still one of my favourite snack discoveries from this year and I have repeat purchased these a few times since.  These soya beans covered in dark Belgium chocolate are also pretty great although the pumpkin seeds remain my outright winner.  The website is currently offering 10% off though so I would urge you to give this brand a go. www.landgarten.co.uk And that’s my April review of The Vegan Kind box, another wonderful offering from this fabulous company.  I would love to know if you have subscribed and your favourite product so far. Thanks for reading. London Vegan Bird Follow me on Twitter @londonveganbird Follow me on Instagram: London Vegan Bird

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