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Best Vegan Ice Creams: Cruelty-Free Cool Downs

Since the weather is absolutely scorchio, and it looks set to stick around for a while, I thought it was worth rounding up the best vegan ice creams! I’ve got to make sure my fellow dairy-free and vegan gods and goddesses can keep their cool in this balmy weather! Whilst I’ll admit you won’t often find me eating anything sugary, in this heat I will make an exception!

Iced Luxury: Booja Booja

Booja Booja products are seriously rich and tasty. Their products are cashew-based, raw and organic. Really beautifully produced, and pretty packaging too. Branding is on point!

Delicious flavours – Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle, Raspberry Ripple, Caramel Pecan Praline and Chocolate Salted Caramel. Vegan Ice-cream decadence at it’s best! No need to buy a dessert for these to go with, they are perfect all by themselves. Great for a dinner party, or just a Friday night catching up with your friends Netflix!

 

Supermarket Special: Swedish Glace by Wall’s

This is your classic vanilla ice cream, it’s soy-based and you’d never know it was dairy free.  You can also get it in raspberry and chocolate. The best thing is that it’s really easy to find as it’s in all the big supermarkets. I’ve even found it in deepest Devon much to my delight!

Swedish Glace Vegan Icecream

Swedish Glace is a soya-based, Italian-style ice cream that’s deliciously creamy and comes in vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate flavours. The brand also offers a box of mini ice creams covered with chocolate, which you can find in most major supermarkets.

 

On-The-Go Hero: Miiro Ice-Cream

These are seriously ah-mazing – totally moreish and delicious. They are coated with raw chocolate, so even contain the amazing benefits of cacao. They’re gluten-free and refined sugar free and come in three mouth-watering flavours… Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut and Salted Caramel. No wonder these guys win awards! Out of all the best vegan ice creams… this one comes out top for me every time. Super tasty, lovely treat size and a great young company to support too!

These beauties are available from Whole Foods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.

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Tropical Vibes: Coconut Collab

For those who love the bounty bar vibes, these beauties are spot on! Cute little packs of coconut ice-cream pops, what more could you want during a heat wave? If you’re a fan of ice-cream tubs, have no fear, you can also get chocolate snowconut tubs! Available in Sainsbury’s, and other supermarkets too.

This weather calls for one thing, and one thing only…

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nIce N Nutty: Almond Dream

Delicious flavours of mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and salted caramel – vegan friendly goodness fresh from our yank neighbours over the pond!

Almond Dream Ice Cream

[photo credit @pcos_nutrition] 

 

Plant Power: Alpro

Alpro is a really well known brand when it comes to dairy-free milks and yoghurts, so I was delighted when they announced their new ice-cream flavours;  vanilla, coconut, and hazelnut chocolate! The hazelnut chocolate is one of my all time favourite flavour combinations, great with a vegan pear crumble, or just straight out of the tub…

Best Vegan Ice Creams

[photo credit @spamellab]

 

I hope you’re enjoying this weather and keeping cool!

Happy ice-cream coma’s y’all 🙂

Ruth xx

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Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Quick & Easy Breakfast

Now the weather is warming up here in the UK, I’ve started to add a smoothie bowl recipe back into my weekend routine. It’s always easier getting up on the weekend when you have a delicious breakfast planned! This is a super easy recipe that only takes about 5 minutes to make. It’s healthy, filling and full of antioxidants from the berries too.

This smoothie bowl recipe is easily adapted to suit what ingredients you have around. If you have a pear, fresh berries, pineapple etc then these will be just as delicious. Just be sure to have enough frozen fruit, at least half, so that the consistency is correct. As a breakfast, you’ll be enjoying a mixture of delicious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre. If you have them handy, you can add extra goodness by adding in a teaspoon of Maca, Lucuma, Cacao Powder or other superfood powder. I tend to had a sprinkle of each just for good measure, to add extra nutrients!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Getting creative with the toppings is the best bit. Try adding granola topping, seeds, chopped figs, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced apple. You can go as fancy or plain as you like – it will taste amazing whichever way you choose. Nuts and seeds add healthy fats and additional nutritional value, as well as more crunch!

My favourite thing is that it’s a pretty cheap breakfast, bananas and frozen berries are great value products that you can get in even the smaller supermarkets. I tend to make my own Oat Milk using a blender, which is a great money saver too. Read my article on plant-based milks here.

I first got into smoothie bowls when I visited friends Bali, over there they even have smoothie bowl bars dedicated to these dreamy breakfasts! One of the more well known cafes is called Nalu Bowls. If you’re ever over in Bali you definitely need to check them out.

I hope you enjoy the recipe,

Ruth x

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Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Berries & Banana
Here is a simple and quick smoothie bowl recipe thats great for a weekend treat!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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  1. Blend banana and berries until they are chopped into little pieces.
  2. Then add the powder and milk and blend again until you've reached the desired consistency. Ideally, your mixture will be thicker than a regular smoothie but thinner than ice-cream.
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London Review: Raw Press Cafe in Belgravia

There are so many lovely places to visit in Kensington & Chelsea, from the Saatchi Gallery to the Natural History Museum to the lovely shops of the Kings Road. There is something for everyone! It’s a great place to spend the day exploring on the weekend, and if the sun is shining it’s even more delightful. When it comes to deciding where to re-fuel at Lunch, you’re spoilt for choice. But if I were to pick one absolute gem in this area it would have to be Raw Press, located just off Sloane Square.

Raw Press offers nourishing salads, acai smoothie bowls, fresh organic cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks from The Hardihood (nutritious raw cakes that are to-die-for-delicious!). Like all our favourite café’s, the menu includes nut-butters and avocado a plenty.  Seriously though, sweetcorn & avocado waffles? Yes please!

Raw Press Salad Spread
The ‘Superfood Bar’ is seriously impressive, and luckily you don’t have to pick just one dish, you can have a bit of everything!  The chefs are always adding new recipes to the menu so you’re unlikely to have the same thing twice. Think spiralised celeriac salad with cashew dressing, endive & radicchio salad with hemp seeds and pear, and ‘cream’ of mushroom soup with freshly baked sourdough.

A massive plus – the portions are generous…

 

RawPressSalad

You can wash your lunch down with cold-pressed juice, almond mylk or a matcha latte.

Raw Press Super Juice

The juices range from a pre-workout Coffee & Mylk or a sweet Carrot & Orange juice, to the hardcore veg only Super Green. In the words of Raw Press themselves… “Brace yourself for a green tonic so potent that your taste buds will be recalibrated and your cells zinging.”

If you’re thinking this place sounds great, well, there is more! The cafe set up is brilliant – with free Wifi and plenty of plug sockets, you could easily set up camp and have a productive couple of hours tucked away. There are toasters on some of the tables, so you can make your own nut butter toast for breakfast whilst catching up on emails. What a dreamy situation that is! Multi-tasking heaven.

Hardihood Cakes - Raw Press

Raw Press have a couple of London cafes, one on Dover Street in Mayfair beneath Wolf & Badger, and another on Chelsea’s Ellis Street – a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. If you happen to be in Notting Hill, you can also pick up the delicious Raw Press juices from the Wolf & Badger store on Ledbury Road.

Wellness warriors such as Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters are all big fans, so if you’re after a lunch supercharged with the healthiest food nature has to offer, pop down to Raw Press and fill your boots!

Ruth x

Raw Press Cafe Front

 

This post originally appeared over on Fitness Blogger Zanna Van Dijk’s website as a guest post by yours truly 🙂

Check out Raw Press at www.rawpress.co where you can find out about their Juice Cleanses and Cafes.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant – London Review

Neatly tucked away from the bustling mayhem of Oxford Street is Ethos vegetarian restaurant. “Deliciously Different” is the mantra at Ethos, and it certainly lives up to this.  There is a self-serve menu, with tonnes of fresh and inventive dishes to choose from. All of the dishes are clearly labelled, with plenty of amazing vegan and gluten free options too. It’s a little gem!

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Salad Spread

Each of the dishes are really tasty, and together totally delicious.  I love that you can have a bit of everything, and can cut out the 20 mins trying to decide what to have! I am the worst for that, so this is a welcome change. The only challenge is not to go mad and pile up the plate too high…
Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Christmas plate

There is a luxurious feel about the place, gold and white details and of course the tall birch trees adorned with flowers. All making for a gorgeous interior. Did I mention the flowers? So gorgeous, it’s woodland dining.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - The Vegan Edit at large!

A few of my favourites are the vegan lentil pie, the sweet potato chips and the kale & mandarin salad.

 

Ethos Alchemy Restaurant - Deliciously Different

Ethos is a great place to go if you’ve given alcohol up for lent (well done you!) as there are loads of delicious alternatives such as my favourite Jarr kombucha, fresh juices and elderflower presse.   Although, if you do fancy a tipple there is a carefully curated organic vegan wine menu too, and a cocktail list including a divine espresso martini.

Ethos Elchemy Restaurant - "Detox" Superjuice

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Gorgeous flowers

Whilst the desserts are delicious, I do think they’re slightly too pricey.  Tiny weeny squares of cake are £4 which is pretty insane if you ask me.  I can’t help but to compare the desserts to those at Wild Food Cafe (read my review here) which are far better value for money and much tastier.

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Dessert Spread

Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant - Green Juice

If you’re out shopping on Oxford Street and need to re-fuel, or meeting friends after work and looking for a central location I’d recommend popping into Ethos vegetarian restaurant for a plate of something deliciously different.

When you do, let me know what you think?

Ruth x

PRESS Soup Cleanse Review

So I’ve wanted to do a cleanse for a long time now, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to do one…I’ve been missing out BIG TIME! I decided to take my first dive into the world of juicing by trying the one-day PRESS Soup Cleanse which has just launched. Having a specially designed programme delivered was a whole new experience, and it was awesome! As a fully fledged cleanse convert I thought I’d better share a bit more about what a cleanse is, how it can benefit you, and what I thought of the soup cleanse programme.

So what’s the idea behind a cleanse?

A cleanse is a diet designed to give you body (and especially digestive system) a rest, in this case with nutritionally rich juices and soups. When consuming pure plant based juices and soups, your body is flooded with key minerals, nutrients and enzymes. Importantly, by having a cleanse that is a mix of cold-pressed juices and nourishing soups you don’t feel too restricted.

Ultimately, in the words of the PRESS team – “It’s about breaking habits, giving your body a rest and finding the healthiest version of you”.

Which cleanse did I do?

I decided to go for the ‘Energise’ programme as it has been designed for those with a more active lifestyle.

This was the menu for the day;

Charcoal Lemonade

Greenhouse 1 (Green Juice)

Skinny Veg Broth

Thai Coconut Soup

Orchard 2 (Fiery Apple & Ginger Juice)

Butternut & Beetroot Soup

Vanilla Leche (Almond Mylk)

It might not look a lot, but trust me it’s filling enough to get you through the day no problem!

PRESS Soup Cleanse - The Vegan Edit Review

What are the benefits?

Breaking your food routine means you can reset your habits and start a fresh. The boost of vitamins, minerals and enzymes is really beneficial to your body, and will help to improve your complexion and skin quality too. It’s also a great way to kick start a healthier lifestyle, where you are more mindful of what you put into your body and how your body responds to different foods. A way to spark a new way of thinking and a healthier happier daily regime.

The team at PRESS say… “You will be left feeling energised, refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges with a little more spring in your step”.

Amen to that!

What do I like about this soup cleanse programme?

Firstly the ethos of PRESS is awesome – Let us dream, let us never stop trying, let us laugh, let us make someone else’s day, let us live in the moment…. Let us live the juice life

What I like most about the PRESS Soup Cleanse is the combination of juices and soups – the mix of the two is such a simple and effective idea. I like to think of this as more of a foodie-friendly cleanse, as the variety means that you can look forward to each of the delicious flavours throughout the day. The soups are warming and savoury, and the juices are sweet and fresh. Both are super nourishing and balanced, created by the in-house nutrition team in LA!

The juices are cold-pressed which means they retain the highest amount of nutrients. Each recipe is specially formulated with rejuvenation in mind – with ingredients chosen to reduce inflammation, boost immune system function, aid digestion etc. Most importantly, all the juices and soups are super tasty!

PRESS Soup Cleanse - The Vegan Edit Review Greenhouse 1

So.. how did my cleanse day go?

It was great to hit the reset button and give my digestive system a bit of a rest.  I loved feeling lighter and knowing that I’d had such a nourishing diet. It was also really great to have a break from cooking for a change. I can honestly say that each and every one of the juices and soups are delicious. There is a Queen of the Cleanse though, I must give a huge shout out to the Thai Coconut Soup – it is mind-blowingly tasty. Seriously, it’s the best soup I’ve ever had (and I eat a lot of soup!). I know this sounds ridiculously high praise, but it’s completely true – this soup is the bomb! I was really surprised at how awesome all of flavours were, the PM drink Vanilla Leche is another winner. What better way to finish off the day than to have a sweet nutty mylk to sip while I read the latest issue of Women’s Health.

PRESS Soup Cleanse - The Vegan Edit Review Almond Leche

The day after..

I slept really well and woke up feeling light and energised. I did my usual 7am pilates class, managing a great workout with the usual strength and energy from start to finish. I was really surprised that I didn’t feel hungry as my tummy is usually rumbling in the mornings. It goes to show that the Press soup cleanse is a great way to re-set your appetite too. I found I ate a lot less than usual and felt in control, rather than being ravenous come lunch time or dinner time – a welcome change! I noticed feeling more thirsty, which is hopefully a good sign.

I really enjoyed doing the cleanse and genuinely think it is a really well designed programme. Delicious, easy and effective. Certainly something I think is well worth doing every month or so, or to give you a boost if you’re a bit off track.

*Update* it’s been nearly a week since I did the cleanse and my stomach is still really flat, I’ve not been bloated, I’m eating less (I’ve not felt like over-eating, which makes a change!) and feeling super light and energised! Amazing 🙂

If you fancy trying this awesome one-day Soup Cleanse I urge you to go for it. The team at PRESS have been kind enough to offer you a special 15% off with the code VEGANEDIT …so you might as well go for it. For more information and to order visit www.press-london.com

I’d love to hear how you get on, so let me know in the comments below!

Ruth x

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PS. I love sharing great health, fitness and wellbeing products that I genuinely think are awesome. I wrote it independently, and won’t be making any money from the code when you use it 🙂

Wild Food Cafe – London Review

Tucked away in Neals’ Yard Covent Garden is the enriching and enchanting Wild Food Cafe.  Its on the second floor of one of the beautiful and colourful buildings with painted blue windows and vines climbing up the front.  To me this place is is more like a sanctuary, I often pop inside to re-fuel after a hectic day. It’s just as pretty as it sounds, and the whole vibe of the place is magical too. You can taste the love that goes into each and every one of the unique menu options, and everyone who works there is happy and friendly.

Wild Food Cafe is founded on more than just the sharing of amazing nutritious food, it’s founded on a strong sense of community and the coming together of people. I think this is what makes it such a special place to visit. Inside, there are large communal tables to sit around which gives it an open and inviting feel. If you go by yourself, you’re likely to leave with some new like-minded friends!

Enjoying raw dessert at Wild Food Cafe

After one particularly busy week, and with no Friday plans, I took myself off for dinner. I decided it was just what the ‘self-care’ Dr would order – an indulgent and nutritious meal. I joined a table, sitting opposite a lovely chap called Barney. Fresh from inter-railing around Europe, he shared some of his travel stories with me, and we bonded over our mutual love of all things healthy – we’ve kept in contact ever since!

Wild Food Cafe – The Menu

The menu is an adventure into raw vegan creations. It’s really imaginative and vibrant. All the dishes are a riot of tastes, flavours, colours and textures. The ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and organic producers. It’s great to know what while you are enjoying the incredible food, you are also supporting farmers and local businesses.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel & Burger

Depending on what you’re after, the menu ranges from smaller soup and raw cracker dishes to curry with kelp noodles, burgers or raw pizza. The menu is always seasonal, which means the food is always super flavoursome and deliver maximum nutritional value.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel - The Vegan Edit

The desserts are in a league of their own, and ‘I want to lick the plate clean’ kind of delicious. Most of them are sprinkled with petals, and all of them are gorgeous.

Wild Food Cafe Desserts - The Vegan Edit

There are loads of different drink options too; biodynamic wines, juices, smoothies, medicinal mushroom teas, kombucha – all the good stuff!

Wild Food Cafe - Chocolate Smoothie

Wild Food Cafe - Power Smoothie

In the Summer, the sun streams in through the windows, and in the Winter fairy lights hang from the ceiling and around the window frames. No matter when you visit, this place always has a glow.  I don’t think there is anywhere so pure and comforting to eat out. Nourishing for your body, tastebuds and soul – guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Walk through the door of Wild Food Cafe and you’ll find out where all the wild ones are… just remember to arrive hungry so you have room for dessert!

Wild Food Cafe - Raw Millionaire Slice

Next time you’re in the Covent Garden area of London, be sure to check this place out. It is a must visit for any foodie, especially the vegan ones.

www.wildfoodcafe.co.uk

Ruth x