A press release crossed the wires today telling Kent and the surrounding areas about the launch and availability of More Than Meat.
For details, please see:
A press release crossed the wires today telling Kent and the surrounding areas about the launch and availability of More Than Meat.
For details, please see:
After what seems like a whirlwind few weeks, my new Web site www.morethanmeat.co.uk is now live.
Please go and take a look and let me know what you think. For the time being you cannot order directly on-line as we want to try out a number of temperature controlled packaging options as well as a number of couriers. If you do want some products and you are in the UK – let me know and we will see what we can do to accommodate your request.
Also – if you are local to Tunbridge Wells then come on down to the Pantiles Farmers Market where you can try the product and buy them to consume onsite or enjoy at home.
We are selling our More Than Beef Burgers as well as the More Than Lamb casserole. In addition there are a number of new products in the planning stages, including a square sausage – well we like to be different and sausage rolls – so watch this space, or look out for them on www.morethanmeat.co.uk
Apologies for all my followers here that I have not been able to keep up the blogs and recipes, but as you may imagine the work on getting More Than Meat to market has been all consuming in addition to still working for Nomis 3 days per week.
Thanks for your continued support.
I am proud to announce that the first two of my food products are now available.
Why did I create my food range?
After years of yo-yo dieting, I switched to a whole food, plant-based diet and it changed my life and health. I founded my company, Plantalicious Ltd, to help others make the same change for their own good and also for the good of the planet – without feeling like their tastebuds are losing out. Our healthy revolutionary More Than Meat products are all home-made in small batches, straight from our kitchen to yours. They are high-protein, zero cholesterol meals, containing no added fats, no eggs, no dairy and, of course, no meat. We make them taste so delicious by incorporating purely natural seasoning in a unique way. If you follow a More Than Meat lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. But I hope that our product range helps make it as easy as possible to reduce your meat intake for a healthier future.
What are the products?
Currently we offer 2 products, a More Than Beef Burger and a More Than Lamb Casserole with white beans, rosemary mint in a rich red wine and tomato gravy. Many more products are on their way!
What’s so good about them?
Here is an comparison between the More Than Beef Burger and a Waitrose Organic Burger:MTM contains 37% less calories
Can I see what the products look like?
Here are pictures of the products:
Who are the products suitable for?
My products are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, meat reducers and meat eaters. They contain the following allergens: Wheat Gluten, Celery, Soy and are NOT SUITABLE for Coeliacs or other gluten allergies/intolerances. They are also made in a kitchen that handles nuts.
Yum – I want to buy some – Where can I get them from?
We are working hard to secure a market stall in London, and will let you know as soon as we have this sorted. If you’d like to buy the products you can order them by emailing Barry@Plantalicious.com or calling 07785280534 for collection from Sydenham or for local delivery for orders over £20. Mail order is possible but again subject to min order levels – please contact me for details.
How much do they cost?
More Than Beef Burgers (Pack of 2)
£2.95 rrp £2.65
More Than Lamb Casserole (2x 290g portions)
£7.00 rrp £6.50
Get in touch – Barry@Plantalicious.com or +44(0)7785280534
I hope you will try my products and that you will love them. If you do, please tell lots of others, if you don’t love them, then please tell me.
As some of you may know, I have always wanted to run. Well, I say always, maybe that’s an overstatement. When I was at school we had to do cross-country running in the wet and mud and that I hated. My exercise then was my bike. I rode miles on that thing.
In later years, having been so overweight, I did do exercise, but it was mainly on machines like cross-trainers etc., Running always seemed to elude me. For some reason I was unable to “get” running and found it so hard to do for more than a few seconds. Managing my breathing and my weight on my joints were all challenges. About a year ago, I did start working on running with my trainer, and built up to doing about 12 minutes of staggering around the local park.
Recently, I found Couch to 5k, or Couch25K It is a great resource from the NHS and teaches you to run, starting at the most basic level, (good for me). How does it do it? Well it is all thanks to Laura. Laura is a lady who runs with you – sounds stupid – but she does – She is on a each downloadable podcast. She acts as a coach and instructs and encourages you. You can also download the app, the only difference is that the podcast has it’s own music – which I like and the app allows you to use your own.
It is a 9 week plan and for the first few weeks you run 3 times a week doing intervals of walking and running with an initial warm up walk and a final cool down walk.
I really did not think that I would be able to do it, but with Laura’s support and help. the hardest thing was getting out of bed and pulling on my “running gear”. The first 3 weeks went fine, then I had a very busy and tiring business trip to Scandinavia. I did my week 4, run 1 run on the Monday morning, but that was it. So a week later, I was panicked, would I be able to do it? Should I start-over? Should I give up? (That little nagging voice at the back of my head said – “see, I told you, you would never do it”). I felt lost and very confused.
I found that there is a community on the site where you can share your concerns and your victories. For me, it was my fears. Almost immediately on putting my note online, I got some messages of support and encouragement back. These were from people who I did not know, but who were willing to support me. Why did that matter? Because they had been exactly where I was. They had faced the same issues and fears. I had a similar panic when moving to week 5, where I have to run for 3 x 5 mins for run1; then 2 x 8 minutes for run 2 and for 20 minutes (yes – non stop – not even for a soy latte at the Park Cafe) for run 3. YIKES!!! I posted my fears online and again, they came up trumps – “go do it Baz”. “Take it easy Barry – you will do it” etc., I was so lucky and also got support from friends on Facebook too.
This got me thinking about support in general. What do people need? How do we provide support to one another? A number of people who use this site have asked for advice, support, recipes etc., My site is specifically designed to provide support, through the shop with suggested books, ingredients, resources etc., the articles, the twitter feed and last but by no means least, the community. The Community was something that I was really keen to establish where people can sign up and share experiences and be honest about where they are and what they need. I recently saw some posts on Facebook where someone had shared some very personal pain – being a relatively public forum and un-moderated some folks had been supportive but others had been so nasty that this person had decided to close their page. A big shame as many others had benefited from her experience, knowledge and expertise.
So – Please sign up for the community. Please share recipes, your experience and your challenges. Please comment and share and help one-another as I know only too well how difficult it can be to change your health and diet.
You can join other Plantalicious People – here
Please let me know what I and other members of the community can do for you to help you take control of your health and well-being.
It is funny and I should now be very rich. Why – because when I tell people that I eat a plant-based diet, the first question I get is, “so where do you get your protein”?
As i say, I’d be very rich if I asked everyone who asks me that for £1.
Why do I find it funny? Well for so many years of my life, I dieted. I even lost 100lbs on LighterLife (which I put back on). At no point did anyone ever say: “oh where will you get your fats from”, nor showed any concern for my often extremely bad food choices. No-one ever questioned me when I was scoffing tons of unhealthy food down like a vacuum cleaner on steroids, despite having a history of heart disease in my family.
But now I eat a plant based diet, I get asked this a lot.
So here is an experiment with a sample of 1 – Ok, so not the most valid or scientific of experiments, but let me explain. I have been eating a Plantalicious diet for over a year and have never experienced any of the symptoms of protein deficiency.
Here is an article that I found on the wonderful site – http://www.nomeatathlete.com/where-vegetarians-get-protein/ and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
First, my standard answer to the question, Where do you get your protein?:
You don’t need as much protein as most people think, and it’s easy to get what you do need from beans, nuts, seeds, grains, soy, and even greens.
Not as much as people would have you believe. Somehow, everyone got the idea that we need exorbitant amounts of protein, way more than is even recommended. I know, it’s fun to blame government agencies and cry conspiracy, but if you actually look at the recommendations, they’re not that high at all.
For example, the U.S. recommended daily allowance of protein is .8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight (.36 grams per pound) for the general population.
Athletes need more than that, mostly due to greater tissue-repair needs. But how much more protein do we need as athletes?
Several sources I looked at cited a study which concluded that endurance athletes benefit most from 1.2 to 1.4 daily grams per kilogram of bodyweight, while strength athletes do best with 1.4 to 1.8 grams per kilogram. In pounds, that’s .54 to .63 grams per pound for endurance athletes, .63 to .81 grams per pound for strength athletes.
Let’s take a typical No Meat Athlete reader and see what this means for her, let’s a say a 140-pound runner. We’ll split the daily protein range for endurance athletes in the middle and aim for .59 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight:
140 pounds * .59 grams/pound = 83 grams of protein per day
Keep in mind that’s for a 140-pound endurance athlete, so you’ll need to plug in your own weight and, if you do a strength sport, use a different protein figure.
But really, only 83 grams?
All of this protein fuss — the incessant inquisition about where we get protein — is over 83 grams per day, even after adjusting for being an athlete? (And if our 140-pound woman weren’t an athlete, she’d need only 50 grams to hit the RDA number!)
Before we move onto good vegan and vegetarian protein sources for getting this amount, let’s take a look at what some well-known and credentialed vegans say about protein.
Notice that everybody expresses things in percentages rather than grams. How does our 83 grams of protein, for a 140-pound female endurance athlete stack up in terms of percentage of total calories?
Well, the first thing to note is that a gram of protein contains four calories. (Yay for paying attention in health class!) So:
83 grams * 4 calories/gram = 332 calories of protein
We’ll need to divide this figure by total daily calories to get the percentage we’re after. I plugged my imaginary friend’s stats (5’3″, 140 lbs, female, very active) into this basal metabolic rate calculator to approximate her total daily calories at 2375. Drumroll, please …
322 calories of protein / 2375 total calories = 13.6% of calories from protein
Not far off from the 15 percent that most of our experts mentioned! Based on all of this, aiming to get 15 percent of your calories from protein seems like a pretty good rule of thumb.
(And by the way, I find using percentages to be a much easier way to evaluate a food’s protein content than grams. See a post I wrote about using protein percentages.)
There’s no shortage of lists of high-protein vegan foods floating around. As you might expect, they’re topped by soy products (tempeh is much higher in protein than tofu), seitan, and legumes.
My personal favorite vegan foods for protein, in rough, descending order of how often I eat them, are:
These protein content numbers come from the Vegetarian Resource Group’s excellent article on vegetarian protein.
I also add a protein supplement to my smoothie each morning, which gets me about 20 grams to start the day, before you consider the protein from flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and almond butter that I also throw in there. I like the Vega Sport protein blend of hemp, rice, and pea, but often to save money I use this one, which also includes protein from chia seeds. (These links are both affiliate links, meaning No Meat Athlete earns a small commission if you use them to buy anything).
All protein is not created equally. Protein is made up of amino acids, and there are certain ones, called “essential,” which your body cannot produce on its own and must get through food.
As long as you’re eating a wide variety of whole foods — a good practice to follow for many reasons — you’re probably getting a nice mix of amino acids. One, though, that’s particularly tough for vegetarians to get, is lysine, as explained in this article on protein from Vegan Health.
Only a few vegan foods contain lysine in large amounts, but fortunately, they’re staples in many of our diets: tempeh, tofu, and legumes. If you don’t eat beans or soy, because of allergies or some other reason, you’ll need to pay special attention to lysine, and it might be worth considering an amino acid supplement.
See an old No Meat Athlete article for a breakdown of which foods contain which amino acids.
As it turns out, I weigh around 140 pounds, so the 83 grams of protein mentioned above is right about what I aim for. (I’m fairly certain I’m not female, but sex only entered the conversation when we were estimating total calories.)
So how do I get my 83 grams of protein per day?
My approach to getting enough protein is very simple:
Make sure you include a decent protein source, even if just a little bit, in every meal or snack.
Mainly, this just keeps you mindful and prevents you from slipping into junk-food-vegan, carbohydrate-only mode. It’s as easy as adding nuts or beans to your salad, protein powder to your smoothie, almond butter on your bagel, or beans to your pasta dish (actually not an inauthentic thing to do in Italy). For snacks, eat a handful of nuts, spread some sunflower butter on your apple, make roasted chickpeas, dip a pita in some hummus … all of these add just a little bit of protein, but if you eat two or three snacks a day, it adds up.
You won’t have to tell them it’s complicated, or argue to no avail that broccoli would be a good protein source if only you could eat five pounds of it in a sitting. Instead, you can just explain that we don’t need all that much protein, and it’s easy to get what we do need from a half dozen, common foods, eaten just a little bit at a time throughout the day.
No big deal.
Drat – now I have published this, I doubt that I shall be able to ask for a £, although I bet people still ask!
What do you think? Do you have concerns about your protein intake?
Do you love shopping?
I do! I’m always up for a bit of retail therapy.
One of the things when I first started eating Plantalicious was that I did not have a lot of resources. Recipes, books that explained the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle etc., Over the weeks, and months I have discovered lots of great resources: DVD’s, books, cookery books as well as ingredients and equipment. Very often friends and followers would ask me for advice on this and that or what book to buy as a gift, or what blender I use.
So…I created the Plantalicious Shop – It contains many of the books and resources that I have used as well as links to more unusual ingredients that you may not be able to get on your high street. My shop only stocks and sells things that I have either used and want to share with you or things that I recommend. In fact, I think I own all of the items listed. I also provide some information too to help you in your choices and to explain why I use the item. The shop sells the items via an “Amazon Affiliate” relationship so your items are sent from Amazon and I get a small percentage which goes towards running Plantalicious and you pay the same as if you had bought the items on Amazon directly. The transaction is safe and secure just as any Amazon purchase.
A few items that I would like to highlight are:
So next time you need some Plantalicious support or inspiration or are in the market for a blender, head over to the Plantalicious shop and bag yourself a bargain that is not only good for your wallet but also for your health.
Is there a fruit or vegetable that you dislike?
What is it about that particular fruit or vegetable that you dislike?
Do you only like some things cooked or raw?
As a child I had a hatred of a number of foods, these included peas – I hated the texture; broad beans – the smell put me off; Brussels Sprouts – I would sit for hours doing battle with my parents finally agreeing to eat two before I could leave the table!
Nowadays there are few things that I do not like. One of these is the humble Pear.
Guess what? Pears are in season just now and having not checked what was in my organic box this week, I got not one but four lots of pears. Enough for a family of 6 or a small office. The problem is that our family is just me and Mr G and i’m not lugging pears into my office in town.
The other thing that I get from my childhood is the belief that food should not be wasted. Many of the meals that I ate as a child were made from leftovers. The Sunday roast would provide a meal for the family as a roast, then maybe a casserole and maybe a soup or cold cuts. Vegetables were turned into pies, or bubble and squeak. So I was not prepared to waste them. Mr G only likes pears when they are rock hard and these were ripe when delivered. Hmmm. What to do?
I came up with two recipes that worked for me. I like pears in salads, so I made a salad –Pear & Pecan Salad Recipe I also love crumbles and anything ginger so I made a Pear and Ginger Crumble – Pear and Ginger Crumble Recipe
I have to say that based on that experience, I am not dreading more pears but actually quite looking forward to making another crumble or salad!
So, despite my strong dislike of pears, I managed to make two Plantalicious dishes both of which I liked and judging by the empty dishes, so did Mr G.
What vegetables and fruits do you dislike? Leave me a message on here or on the community pages of the things that you dislike and why and if you want me to see if I can conjure up a recipe that you would like so you can rediscover your nemesis, just as I did.
The sour taste of lemons causes this fruit to get the reputation of being acidic. The truth is that, in the body at least, lemons are alkaline and can do a lot to help balance out an acidic body. So while the juice can work well as a cleaner in its acidic state outside of the body, inside it counter acts sugars (which actually create an acidic body state) and can even help to ward off certain types of cancer.
Whether your goal is to lose weight or to detox your system, lemons can be of assistance. They are great for everything from your brain to your bowel. Plus, lemons are versatile and work as a garnish, a dressing, a drink, a dessert, and more! What other health benefits make lemons an indispensable part of a plant based diet?
Some of the many health benefits derived from lemons include:
Are you a lemon fan? What is your favourite way of consuming these wonderful little yellow nutritional powerhouses?
Note of caution – unless lemons are marked as “unwaxed” always wash them in warm water to remove the wax, as you would with any citrus fruit.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on a plant based diet or juicing, then you know that kale is a staple for providing the nutritional benefits to have energy on a day to day basis. Kale has all sorts of nicknames that hail it as everything from a vegetarian or vegan’s meat to the nutritional powerhouse of greens.
Whether you are trying to detox or lose weight, kale has what you need. It’s a great immune system booster. Making kale a regular part of your diet can even improve the condition of your skin, nails, and hair. What are the secrets that kale holds which make it the perfect plant for everything from fighting off disease to improving your vision?
Just some of the many benefits of kale include:
• An aid to digestion, kale contains 5 g of dietary fiber per serving. With no fat and only 36 calories per cup, kale is gentle on the digestive tract and will help keep a person regular.
• The letter K stands for kale on our A-Z list, and kale also stands for K, vitamin K that is. Whether you are concerned about clotting properly, fighting off the effects of Alzheimer’s, or want to protect yourself from certain forms of cancer, vitamin K has to be in your nutritional alphabet. Kale is a great source.
• Vitamin A also abounds in kale, giving a huge boost to your eyes, and helping to prevent optical disorders.
• Kale also contains both vitamin D and calcium. It’s a 1-2 punch for healthy teeth and bones, since the vitamin D improves calcium absorption. Plus, vitamin C provides additional benefits for the cartilage and joints.
• Kale gets the nickname beef, but that’s really not fair to the kale. Kale actually has more iron than red meat. Iron helps to fend off anemia, and it also plays a vital role in helping oxygen to get to all parts of the body.
• Omega-3 fatty acids make kale a great food for fighting inflammation. Omega-3 and omega-6 are also vital for the skin, making it appear vibrant by healing from the inside out. Hair and nails also need these fatty acids to thrive.
• Any sort of detox should include kale in some form. It contains both fiber and sulfur. It’s great for the liver and for the colon, detoxing the whole body instead of just one system.
Quick recipe tips, if you have some Kale in the fridge and happen to have made some hummus in your blender, scrape it out, but leave some residue. add some water, lemon juice or vinegar, (apple cider is my preference) and some garlic, salt and pepper, and whizz and you have a delicious creamy dressing for your kale salad).
Pop a few Kale leaves in your smoothie to “beef” it up a bit.
Love it or hate it? Share your thoughts and favourite Kale recipes in the community pages.
So many people trivialise diet and the link between what we eat and our health. Friends, colleagues, personal trainers, that chap down the pub even Dr’s and specialists deny that there is a link between our well-being and what we stuff down our throats every day to feed ourselves.
Well, now there is a book that helps you fight back with the assistance of over 100 Doctors – real qualified Dr’s not quacks or people with an axe to grind, plus a bunch of elite althletes and 8 world renowned nutritionists. This small global army provide evidence based arguements for how a plant-based diet can not only prevent but reverse a range of chronic diseases.
The book uses a format whereby each one of contributors provides an article or small chapter on their personal perspective. Some reviewers do not like this format as it does lead to some repetition, but in my opinion, they are missing the point as the repetition is there to drive home the message of the book that a plant-based way of eating not only deals with the symptoms of many chronic diseases but actually the causes. This is something that traditional medicine fails to do every day for many millions of people while the pharmaceutical industry’s profits grow in proportion to the obesity epidemic that we are seeing in so many developed countries around the world.
The material in this book debunks many of the myths around nutrition and health as well as the down right lies and falsehoods that have been propagated by the meat and dairy industry over the years. Think about – “Milk for strong bones” or should that be “Milk for osteoporosis”; “Meat the ultimate and only protein source” or should that be “we need much less protein and can get all we need from a plant-based diet”.
Critics will say that the book does not provide any counter arguements to it’s viewpoint. Again, I think that is the point of this book. There is so much conflicting and confusing information about the link between the food we eat and our health. This book brings together so many who have come to their conclusions through scientific research as well as personal experience to present a cohesive and compelling collection of evidence that is (almost) impossible to refute. I’m not suggesting for a moment that scientific research should stop and that we are at some kind of nutritional nirvana but this book proves for once and for all that there is a growing and significant body of evidence of the positive effects of adopting a plant-based diet.
I started reading it with a casual attitude and found that I could not put it down as expert after expert laid out their perspective and personal experience before me. It is written in a most approachable style and language such that you do not need any kind of specialist knowledge to understand what is being said. In fact it is suitable for anyone.
I have one small niggle that the Kindle version does have a somewhat confusing layout, which needs improving and can be a little confusing at first as some paragraphs are broken around others. I have encountered this in other kindle books so it is not unique to Rethink Food, but if it were addressed it would make it a easier to read and improve the flow.
This book is one that I shall buy and give as gifts to anyone who is either interested in or sceptical about the efficacy of plant-based nutrition and how it can help to improve human health, prevent and reverse many chronic diseases faced by society today.
I urge you to read this and to buy it for those you love and care about as this book proves for once and for all that a small change in your diet at any age can have a significantly positive effect on your health and well-being.
By the way – and surprise, surprise, you can buy this book in the Plantalicious Shop for the same price as on Amazon. Click here…http://www.plantalicious.com/shop/