***Give away closed! Winner to be announced!***
Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post! But, I’ve got something pretty amazing to make up for it… A fabulous give-away!
I was incredibly lucky enough to win a hamper of amazing goodies from the Glastonbury-based company Indigo Herbs! Due to a little mix-up, I ended up receiving my prize twice! And very generously, Indigo Herbs have agreed to let me give away the second bundle to you lovely lot! How lovely is that?
So, what does this bundle contain, I hear you asking? Well, cast your eyes on this lovely selection…
I thought it would be a nice idea to review the products here as well, so you can get a little taste of what you’d have a chance at winning!
First up – Brazil nuts!
Assuming you’ve eaten brazil nuts before, there’s not an awful lot I can say about them! These are decent sized, good quality, delicious brazil nuts. For those who don’t know – Brazil nuts, although high in fat, are high in the good fat which actually helps to lower cholesterol (not all fat is bad!). They’re also high in vitamin E, selenium (just 1-2 nuts provide your entire days worth!), b-vitamins, magnesium.. The list goes on! Basically – eat lots of brazil nuts. You can have them as they are, on top of salads, in nut roasts, blend with nutritional yeast, cashews and salt for a cheesy topping, or if you simply grate a brazil nut on top of pasta – it looks like parmesan! ..albiet, it won’t taste like parmesan.. but we eat with our eyes too right? (Plus, you can just add nutritional yeast beforehand for a cheesy kick!)
Next – Chia seeds!
Now, the majority of the vegan world has probably heard of chia seeds by now.. but just in case you haven’t, these little beauties are nutritional powerhouses! These tiny seeds are packed with B vitamins thiamine and niacin, riboflavin and folate, and are also a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc! You can simply sprinkle them onto your food (they have next to no flavour, so they can be easily added to sweet or savoury dishes!) or you can add them to smoothies, make chia pudding, add to water/juices, or grind to a powder to add to water to make chia gel – which is useful as an egg replacer in cooking! Chia seeds are also sometimes added to bread! A very useful little seed to have around.
Now, Pumpkin seed protein powder isn’t something I’ve ever come across before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received it..
It’s actually really lovely. The flavour is just like eating pumpkin seeds, but the powder is incredibly fine and not grainy at all, which means it would be perfect to mix into smoothies, shakes, dips, etc! Surprisingly, I found the powder had an almost chocolatey flavour to it – but that might just be me (since it is just 100% pumpkin seeds!). I’ve been mixing this into my hummus, adding it to smoothies, and I think I might add some to some protein bars or brownies next!
As well as being high in protein, pumpkin seeds are also a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, as well as tryptophan and glutamate (Tryptophan is converted by the body to serotonin, and glutamate helps the body deal with anxiety and stress! A perfect excuse to tuck into pumpkin-seed brownies!)
These chocolates are divine. Each one is quite small, but so intensely flavoured and rich. I can never eat a whole one in one go, so I tend to cut them into tiny pieces! That way I get to enjoy them for even longer too :D.
Each one is packed with raw ingredients and various superfoods, and has it’s own unique flavour. They’re unlike any other raw chocolate I’ve had. Very fragrant and aromatic too. The Pure Goddess is a particular favourite – as because of the rose oil, it reminds me of Turkish Delight chocolate! Yum.
The Almond butter was an unexpected favourite.
Now, I’ve always loved almond butter. But this one is particularly gorgeous. Rich and creamy, I’m amazed I still have half a jar left.. I’ve been trying very hard not to eat it all in one go!
As you can see, it’s packed with goodness too!
My favourite way to eat it at the moment is simply a teaspoon of almond butter, a drizzle of date syrup, and a few tablespoons of plain soy yogurt. Stirred together and used as a dip for a banana! Yum.
The final item in the give-away is the only non-food item, but it’s still rather lovely!
A lovely little bottle of essential oils, blended to make a relaxing and unwinding fragrance. I was a little bit stressed out yesterday, and decided to give this a try. It may have just been the lovely smell that did it, but I felt far more relaxed!
I certainly feel spoilt rotton with this lot, and I can’t wait to share it with one of you!
For a chance to win, simply comment telling me which item you’d be most excited about trying and why! I’ll pick a lucky winner at random next weekend (on Sunday 11th October)! Sorry to anyone overseas, but this give-away is only open to UK people (due to shipping costs).
(Also – There’s a little link to all of the products on the product names. So anyone who doesn’t win who still would like to try them can pop along to the Indigo Herbs website and purchase them there!)
Oh.. and just to show that you don’t have to be super healthy with this lot.. Check out the cake I made for my brothers birthday!
Chocolate sponge, with almond butter buttercream, strawberry jam inside, chocolate ganache, caramel sauce and caramalised almonds…