Valentine’s – Say It With Seasonal English Tulips

All My Love £25

If you’re looking for something a little different but nonetheless spectacular this Valentine’s, look no further than our selection of English flower bouquets.

A great selection bound to please anyone questioning where their flowers are coming from and how they are grown.

Voted amongst the 50 Best UK Florists by the Independent, Tregothnan is a working estate since 1335 where traditional skills and craftsmanship still survive and thrive. The horticultural skills gleaned from generations of gardeners inspires this range of seasonal British flower bouquets.

All bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate in Cornwall or sourced from local growers many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land. Tregothnan is committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers.

This Valentine’s we have some beautiful tulip arrangements grown right here in the UK and ranging from £25 to £54.25.

You can choose from:

All My Love £25
All My Love £25
Tutti Frutti £33.75
Tutti Frutti £33.75
White Valentine - £54.25
White Valentine – £54.25
Red Valentine £54.25
Red Valentine £54.25

Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives

Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives


EWG
(Environmental Working Group) has just released its “Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives “.  According to EWG “More than 10,000 additives* are allowed in food.  Some are direct additives that are deliberately formulated into processed food. Others are indirect additives that get into food during processing, storage and packaging”.

The “Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives ” aims to help consumers identify food additives with serious health concerns, additives banned or restricted in other countries as well as other substances that should not be in food. Even though they are allowed in food, some additives are linked one way or the other to health concerns such as cancer, allergies, eczema, hyperactivity, ADD/ADHD, reproductive function etc…

The “Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives ” follows in the footsteps of EWG’s yearly Shopper’s Guides to Pesticides in Produce™ (“Dirty Dozen Plus™” and  “Clean Fifteen™“). It gives a detailed description of each additive, including the health risk(s) they are associated with, which types of food they are contained in and how best to avoid them.

You might wonder why if they are so bad, those additives are allowed in food? This comes down to loopholes in the legislation. In the US the designation is called GRAS or  “Generally Recognized as Safe”.  Other similar designations are in place in the EU.  This is of course controversial as even though a substance might be linked to health issues it still can be allowed in food if present at “safe levels”.

The Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives includes:

  1. Nitrates and nitrites (found in cured meat)
  2. Potassium bromate (found in bread)
  3. Propyl paraben (found in tortillas & muffins)
  4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) (found in crisps and preserved meat)
  5. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (found in cereals)
  6. Propyl gallate  (found in cured meat)
  7. Theobromine  (found in chocolate)
  8. Secret flavour ingredients (found in processed food)
  9. Artificial colours  (found in processed food)
  10. Diacetyl  (found in yoghurt and cheese)
  11. Phosphates  (found in processed food)
  12. Aluminum additives  (found in processed food)

While it is impossible to avoid these additives entirely, you can limit your exposure by cooking fresh food and avoiding cured meat as well as processed food. Make sure you also read food labels carefully and eat organic food whenever possible.

Additional websites you might want to visit:

  • Food Intolerance Network which provides fact sheets, shopping lists and general information on food additives, preservatives etc..
  • Explore E Numbers where you will find helpful information on good & bad E numbers.

This article was originally published on The Flexitarian

Lunch Ideas For The Lunchbots Bento

The Lunchbots Bento is the ultimate lunchbox. Made of stainless steel and 60% larger than Lunchbots‘ classic containers it is ideal for a large sandwich or salad, a sushi combo, veggie burrito, or other favourite meals to go. Refill it over and over, save money and add zero waste to landfills.

LunchBots Bento Stainless Container  - Trio

Only food grade stainless steel comes into contact with your food.  There are no linings and no toxins.

The Lunchbots Bento is suited for larger appetites and available in different combinations: Bento – UnoBento – Duo or Bento – Trio. The compartments enable you to mix and match your lunch options. For children and smaller appetites we recommend Lunchbots‘ classic containers.

LunchBots Bento Stainless Container  - Duo

The Lunchbots Bento is best for dry foods. If you want to add a soup, stew etc.. we recommend the Lunchbots Insulated Jars which have a water tight lid.

Lunchbots Insulated Food Container - Dark Blue

Here are some healthy lunch ideas:

Rainbow Salad Wrap by Jamie Oliver [vegetarian]
Carrot & Houmous Roll-Ups by BBC Good Food [vegan]
Curried Quinoa Wrap by Lunchbox Bunch [vegan]
Creamy Greek Salad Wrap by Kitchen Treaty [vegetarian]
Cool Refried Bean Wrap by Veg Kitchen [vegan]
Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad by Food Network [flexitarian]
Tortellini with Pesto & Broccoli by BBC Good Food [flexitarian]
Broccoli Lemon Pasta by Marin Mama Cooks [flexitarian]
Vegetable Pasta in Tomato Basil Sauce by Archana’s Kitchen [vegetarian]
Macaroni Slice by Good Food [flexitarian]
Sweet Lentil Salad & Green by Love & Lentils [vegan]
Lebanese Lemon Parsley Bean Salad by Cookie & Kate [vegan]
Zesty Black-Eyes-Pea Salad by A Dash of Soul [vegan]
Veggie Chilli by Jamie Oliver [vegan]
Vegetable Stew by Woman’s Weekly [vegan]
Green Club Sandwich by BBC Good Food [vegan]
Mediterranean Sandwich by The Flexitarian [vegan]
No-Chicken Coronation Sandwich [vegan]
Better-than-Tuna Salad Sandwich by The Fig Tree [vegetarian]
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado, & Feta Sandwich by Tow Peas & Their Pod [vegetarian]
Lunch Box Quinoa Salad with Veggies by MOMables [vegan]
Tangy Couscous Salad by BBC Good Food [vegetarian]
Three Grain Grilled Vegetable and Feta Salad by Naturally Ella [vegetarian]
Root Vegetable and Cauliflower Tagine by Food & Wine [vegetarian]
Asian Quinoa Salad by Two Peas and Their Pod [vegan]
Classic Hummus, with variations by VegKitchen [vegan]
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by BBC Food [vegan]
Three Easy Dips for Kids by BBC Food [vegan]
Broccoli Dip by Real Simple [vegetarian]

 

Christmas Wreaths

Celebrate Christmas in style with one of our Christmas wreaths. They are handmade in England from foliage, flowers and herbs sourced from the Tregothnan estate in Cornwall and nearby growers.

Each Christmas wreath is created with attention to sustainability and flower miles. Give your home a real festive feel by adding a matching garland.

Edible Chilli & Herb Christmas Wreath
Edible Chilli & Herb Christmas Wreath
Hydrangea & Statice Christmas Wreath
Hydrangea & Statice Christmas Wreath
Ice Christmas Wreath
Ice Christmas Wreath
Fire Christmas Wreath
Fire Christmas Wreath
Hydrangea Christmas Wreath
Hydrangea Christmas Wreath
Statice Christmas Wreath
Statice Christmas Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Advent Calendars To Make Yourself

Advent calendars make a lovely countdown to Christmas. Making your own is easy and you can customise style and surprises.  Here are 5 ideas to create your very own advent calendar at home.

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Envelope Advent Calendar  (via A Few Things From My Life): transform plain envelopes into a stylish calendar. Easy & fully recyclable.

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Free Printable Advent Calendar Treat Bag Kit (via Yellow Bliss Road): the printable template can be turned into fun and festive bags. Fill them with treats and surprises. The string layout is perfect for long walls, halls and corridors.

Pretty Advent Calendar (via Desire Empire). Easily put together. Get a reclaimed frame that can be used again and again.

Vintage Advent Calendar (via Dawanda Blog) made from origami music sheets. Simple and elegant.

Advent Tree DIY

Reclaimed Wood Advent Calendar (via A Beautiful Mess) to make with old wood planks.

Bam Bamboo Autumn / Winter Collection

Bam Bamboo Autumn / Winter Collection

Bam Bamboo Autumn / Winter CollectionDon’t let the cold weather get in the way of your workout! Bam Bamboo latest Autumn/Winter sportswear collection has brand new pieces to ensure peak performance.

You will find a wide range of bamboo sportswear suited to a wide number of activities such as running, cycling, skiing, hiking and yoga.

The new Enduro range is made from supportive, heavy weight bamboo fabric that offers great support and is ultra comfortable.

Bamboo fabric is perfect for active wear offering:

  • Climate Control – bamboo’s cellulosic structure ensures you are kept warm in the cold by trapping warm air inside the microfibres, yet cool in the heat by allowing air to circulate between the microfibres.
  • Moisture wicking – bamboo is highly absorbent, pulling moisture away from your body to the surface to evaporate.
  • Antibacterial – bamboo naturally disposes of bacteria and inhibits its growth, unlike many other fabrics. It is also antifungal.
  • Ultra soft – bamboo’s smooth microstructure ensures it is incredibly soft to the touch, and, therefore, very, very comfortable to wear.

<< Click here to view Bam Bamboo AW Collection >>

 

Kite Kids – Autumn / Winter Collection

Kite Kids - Autumn / Winter Collection

The latest Kite Kids‘ collection is now available. As before the British brand is spoiling us with a coordinated range of bright and colourful organic clothes for children for 3 to 11 year old.

Kite Kids‘ clothes have a unique look and feel. Their design is inspired by the nature of the Dorset coast and the love of the big outdoors. All garments are manufactured using certified organic cotton or fleece made with at least 50% recycled plastic bottles. Kite Kids‘ clothes are certified by the Soil Association to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and meet strict environmental and social criteria.

It’s always a difficult pick but here are a few of my favourite outfits for this season:

Ditsy Top +Trim Skirt + Spotty Tights
Ditsy Top +Trim Skirt + Spotty Tights
Fleece Lined Jacket + Nautical Jogger + Compass Tee Shirt
Fleece Lined Jacket + Nautical Jogger + Compass Tee Shirt
Dolphin Crossing Tee Shirt + Chino Trousers
Dolphin Crossing Tee Shirt + Chino Trousers
Lightweight Fleece + Stripy Legging
Lightweight Fleece + Stripy Legging
Stripy Sweatshirt + Nautical Jogger + Fleece Gilet
Stripy Sweatshirt + Nautical Jogger + Fleece Gilet
Grizzly Bear Tee Shirt + Nautical Jogger
Grizzly Bear Tee Shirt + Nautical Jogger
Party Dress + Plain Tights
Party Dress + Plain Tights
Stripy Jumper + Check Shirt + Chino Trousers
Stripy Jumper + Check Shirt + Chino Trousers
Toadstool Tee Shirt + Cord Shorts + Spotty Tights
Toadstool Tee Shirt + Cord Shorts + Spotty Tights
Floral Knitted Dress + Plain Tights
Floral Knitted Dress + Plain Tights
Check Shirt + Slim Fit Jeans
Check Shirt + Slim Fit Jeans

Click here to view the full range of Kite Kids

SHOP GIRLS     SHOP BOYS

U Konserve Lunch Containers – New Neon Range

U Konserve Neon Range

 

The latest range from U-Konserve has just arrived. Available in bright neon pink and neon orange it includes matching insulated food containers and round containers.

The insulated food container is made from a double layer of stainless steel and comes with a leak proof screw top. Heat up the meal at home and pop it in the food jar and it will stay hot for at least 4 hours – perfect for using up leftovers. It is also useful in hot weather to keep salads cool until lunchtime.

The clever construction means the food jar is cool to the touch when filled with hot foods, and moisture-free when filled with cold foods. We recommend pre-heating by pouring hot water into the food jar for a few minutes prior to adding your hot food. To pre-chill, place in the freezer a few minutes before adding your cold food.

The round container is perfect for packing snacks, fruit, nuts, hummus and lots more! Also handy for storing leftovers in the fridge.

U-Konserve is a range of waste-free and reusable lunch packing for work, travel and life. It is made by the people behind Kids Konserve and uses the same great fabrics (including Petspun #1 made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton) and high quality #304 (18/8) food-grade stainless steel. However this time the range is aimed at adults and is ideal for packing a healthier, waste-free lunch for work and travel.

Non-Toxic: The complete range is made from the safest, non-leaching, non-toxic, BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead-free materials – a mouthful, but true! Lead, BPA, PVC, and phthalates are substances that are known to be harmful to our bodies with repeated exposure.

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Giveaway – Win A Hamper from Discover The Origin

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Discover The Origin and The Flexitarian are offering this fabulous food & wine hamper giveaway, perfect for anyone passionate about authentic food.

Discover The Origin is a campaign financed with aid from the EU, France, Italy and Portugal that celebrates the provenance and history of five delicious fine foods and wines: Bourgogne Wines, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Douro Wines, Parma Ham and Port. The focus of the campaign products is on quality rather than quantity, a viewpoint which mirrors The Flexitarian’s philosophy.

The red and gold logo on the packaging of these products indicates that they have Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which assures traceability and chain of custody; they’re guaranteed to have been made using age-old methods that in turn give a promise of quality each and every time.

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive a gorgeous wicker hamper worth £70 and containing the following delicious goodies:

  • Bourgogne Wine
  • Douro Wine
  • Port
  • Parma Ham
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

For a chance to win this fabulous food & wine hamper, simply “Like” The Flexitarian’s page on Facebook or Sign up for The Flexitarian’s newsletter by adding your entry here.

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