Last week I hosted my first workshop, which was created around vegetable fermentation and gut health. I had the most brilliant time and enjoyed every second. Being surrounded by a lovely group of likeminded people, we were able to chat all things gut health, vegetables and fermentation.
At every event I host, one of my favourite parts is handing out the goody bags at the end. I feel a bit like a mum at a party. Nothing’s better than being recommended a product by a friend, except, of course, trying it out for yourself. This way, you get the best of both worlds. I’d like to spread the love a bit further by telling you, my lovely readers, about the bits and bobs inside the goody bags… at least then you get the recommendation bit.
I’m all for ditching the chemicals. I haven’t used chemical cleaners for a very long time; they set me off itching, couching and sneezing and add unwanted cr*p to the environment. Although YOU only have a small range, what they do have is brilliant. Their cleaning sprays smell great and most importantly, do the job they’re meant to. If that’s not enough, they sell refills, so rather than buy a whole new bottle (and chuck away the old one), all you need to do is buy a small refill pod and use tap water to fill up the rest of the bottle… Pretty cool.
Buying raw chocolate is a funny thing. Unfortunately, there are many brands out there that slightly miss the mark and you often end up spending a bit too much on something that will likely end up in the bin. I sympathise… it’s a difficult thing to get right at the best of times, let alone when you have to consider it being shelved. I was, however, delighted when I discovered Ombar; I’d say it’s the closest to ‘normal’ chocolate I’ve tried. It melts in your mouth and they’ve got the ‘milk chocolate’ flavour and consistency down to a T. Try the Coco Mylk or Coconut… they’re my fav!
People always ask me about what nut milk brand I use. In answer to the question, I use Rude Health. They make one of the ‘purest’ milks on the market; as in they don’t chuck in a whole load of fillers and nasties. They’re at the lower end of the nut/rice/coconut milk price bracket, too, so you can’t really go wrong. Rude Health kindly provided some lovely snack bars for the goody bags. They come in three flavours; Beetroot, Pumpkin and Peanut and are a delicious snack to chuck in your bag for when you’re on the go. Nick Barnard (founder) has also just released his debut cookbook, Eat Right. It’s so up my straza.
I’m a bit addicted to their range and I’ve only just scratched the surface of what they have to offer. I’ve never been much into using protein powders – most on the market are chock full of rubbish. That was until I tried Indigo Herbs’ Super Protein Powder. After trying a few different plant-based protein powders, I knew I was on to a good thing with this one. The blend of plant-based proteins make for a mix that combines beautifully with anything it’s paired with. It delivers gram for gram, too, boasting 19.7g protein per 30g serving (chicken is only 8.1g protein per 30g… just saying). Watch out for a Super Protein Smoothie recipe coming soon...
The fermenting community is a lovely bunch. I visited Adam at Jarr Kombucha a couple of weeks back and was warmly welcomed; he gave me a grand tour of their micro-brewery and on tap Kombucha bar (a must visit if you’re in the area), I sampled some of their booch and we exchanged ferments. We drank Jarr at the workshop and all guzzled it down. Their ginger flavour is reminiscent of ginger beer and is best served ice cold. The perfect refreshment for when the summer eventually shows it’s face.
So there you have it. My Favourite Five… for June! What do you reckon? Would you like to see more posts like this? Let me know in the comments below…