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November: World Vegan Month 2018

November celebrates World Vegan Month.   It is a time to recognise how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas.   Here at Virtuoso Foods, we offer a tailor made vegan […]

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Food, Activities & Mental Health

Today is the 10th October which sees the world ‘celebrating’ World Mental Health Day’. When I say ‘celebrating’, I simply mean that mental health issues are no longer a ‘hush hush’ topic and should be spoken openly and freely so that it can be dealt with in the right way, by professionals in the relevant […]

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Finding time to simply take time out is important for any person, whether you lead a hectic life with family and/or business, or simply need to find your way and identify your next steps and direction in life. For me, after what seemed like a totally crazy and chaotic Summer yet enlightening, gratifying and busy, […]

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Let’s Fall In Love…..

….with life! As we fully step into the Summer months, I encourage you to fall in love with life. Simple! We have the great opportunity of getting out in nature in the fresh air where we can let the adventures begin, whatever it may be, a simply walk in the great outdoors or something more […]

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What’s in Season: April & May

Buying food in season is fresher, more tasty, is better for the environment (no air miles) and cheaper too!  Visit locals farmers’ markets where the seasons are more obvious and you will be wowed by all the different varieties and colours of delicious fruits and vegetables you can experiment with. Being creative is key to […]

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Eating in Season 4 March ~ Avocado

March is the beginning of Spring: lighter & sunnier days giving us the opportunity to start enjoying fresher lighter foods. To enjoy fruits and vegetables at their best and fullest flavours, it is best to eat in season. Ideally, with anything, it is best to source local produce however this is not always possible hence why […]

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Nuts about Nuts

Nuts are a new ‘craze’ for vegetarians and vegans alike and I for one, love nuts. Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: Unsaturated fats. … Omega-3 fatty acids. … Fiber. … Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which […]

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The ‘white’ stuff

Well actually it’s more cream then white, however I wanted to talk about which plant based milks are the most nutritious. With the success of Veganuary and now stepping into February, more and more people have been turning to plant based milks as a great alternative to ‘cow’s’ milk.  I often get asked which plant […]

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Self Care & Wellbeing

Dare I mentioned the ‘C’ word however Christmas is over and done with, the New Year has firmly seen in 2018 and we are mid way through January.  Time travels fast and before we know it, we don’t know what’s hit us, where we are and what we have achieved. Did you set new year’s […]

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Magic Mushrooms?

I absolutely love mushrooms, especially in the form of my favourite – Shiitake! Shiitake mushrooms have a bold strong flavour like no other and are a great substitute for meat for me.  Personally I don’t like to eat a lot of processed foods and that includes processed ‘fake’ veggie/vegan meats hence opting for nutritious and […]

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