Vegans rejoice! Urban Platter and Epigamia have launched one new vegan product each. It is not often that this happens as vegans face lack of options amongst various dairy alternatives. So, when one milk alternative and one yogurt alternative hit the town, it’s time for some celebration.
Urban Platter Oat Milk | Buy Now
It was introduced a week ago. Urban Platter Oat Milk comes in a 1 litre pack. It’s made from premium quality oats. It is low in saturated fats and an excellent source of calcium & vitamins as well as gluten-free, lactose-free, also nuts & soy-free. It has a naturally sweet taste and a creamy texture making it easier to add in your smoothies, coffee, cereal, protein shake.
Epigamia Coconut Milk Yogurt | Buy Now
This one was introduced over two months ago. But it took many more months in the Epigamia kitchen to make the 100% plant based yogurt. Made from coconut milk, these zero preservative, dairy free yogurts are rich in probiotics, and available in unsweetened and coconut jaggery. The first batch was shipped on 12th June. It is sold in boxes of 6.
What we love about these products is that they are affordable, when compared to other vegan products. Try them both and let us know how you liked them.
What are Mock Meats?
With movies like Okja and The Game Changers gaining popularity, 2020 has become the year we care not only about how delicious our meat is but also where it comes from. Hence, products that look and taste like meat but have 100% plant based origins called mock meats are trending even in celebrities’ diets! They can be made of wheat gluten, soya, tofu, jackfruit, etc.
What are the benefits of Mock Meat?
On some days we have the energy to prepare lavish meals for breakfast and on others we find comfort in a simple bowl of milk and cereal. But by cereal, we don’t mean some sugar laden corn flakes. We are talking about clean, green, and delicious multigrain mixes. Let’s find out what has made the cut for us.
Magic Millet and Apricot Cereal | Buy Now
Gouri’s Goodies cereals come in six variants, i.e., Hearty Haldi & Almond Mix, Mighty Oats, Ragi Rhythm, Rice Power, Happy Millet & Apricot and our favourite Magic Millet & Apricot Cereal. They have no preservatives or added sugar. Our mix of choice is made of millets, oats, amaranth fortified with nutrient-rich seeds like flax, sunflower, and chia seeds plus apricots. What we love about this cereal is the hint of cinnamon!
Price- Rs. 700/ 700gm
Chocochip Oat Clusters and Ragi Flakes with Banana Breakfast Cereal | Buy Now
Our Chocochip Oat Clusters and Ragi Flakes with Banana Breakfast preference from Monsoon Harvest comes with a close second Oat Clusters & Ragi Flakes with Strawberry Cereal. Some morning blues can only be fixed by chocolate and that’s what the gluten-free Chocochip Oat Clusters and Ragi Flakes with Banana is for! The mix of carefully chosen ripe bananas, oats, flax seeds, and chocolate chip clusters is handmade in small batches to ensure maximum flavour and highest level of quality. Don’t forget to check out all the four variants here.
Price- Rs. 250/ 350gm
Murginns Ragi Flakes | Buy Now
Murginns has channelised the power of ragi that has ten times more calcium than rice for your morning breakfast. Their cereal mix, made of only ragi and jaggery, is 100% organic and refined sugar free. This bold new superfood mix is going to become your favourite! And of course, since ragi is gluten free, so are Murginns Ragi Flakes!
Price- Rs. 225/ 275gm
They all seem value for money, so go try them all and let us know your favourite in the comments below.
When we set out to search and try zero-waste snacks we knew our prospects were slim. Packaging is a huge menace when it comes to the planet’s ecological health. Snacking guilt free without harming the earth is a bit of a task. It’s not always possible to rely on homemade snacks and fruits, so we have got a short and salty list of zero waste, on-the-go snacks for you.
Green Snack Co’s Roasted Namkeen Teekha Masala | Buy Now
Chana, quinoa, moong, peanuts, bajra, jowar, and masoor are the succulent grains used to curate arguably the healthiest high protein namkeen out there. This Roasted Namkeen Teekha Masala by Green Snack Co is blended with just the right amount of spiciness that’s bound to give your palate a fiery workout. It tastes so good that it’s hard to believe it’s made without preservatives, artificial colours, and frying. The makers claim that this bottle of namkeen is un-put-downable. We are with them! Plus, full marks for packing it in a reusable bottle and keeping the price oh so pocket friendly.
Price- Rs. 99
Graminway Healthy Ragi Chips | Buy Now
Qtrove is literally a trove of healthy snacks and we were able to find one that’s being sold here in reusable packaging to avoid any waste. We have tried many variants of ragi chips but this one by Graminway is after our hearts as it comes sans the regular throwaway plastic packaging. It’s a great alternative to calm your hunger pangs when on a diet or simply watching your weight. The goodness of ragi and the flavour of Indian spices will make you forget potato chips for good.
Price- Rs. 198
Nourish Organic’s Omega Seed Mix | Buy Now
This one's for you if you are a serious health bug or if you enjoy a good crunch. Nourish Organic’s Omega Seed Mix is a powerful blend of sunflower, buckwheat, pumpkin, and flax seeds which make this snack a true superfood. What sets this particular brand apart from the others is the dash of soy sauce used for flavouring. You can eat it as a handful or as a topping over soups, salads or hummus. The price on the higher side for 150 grams but we promise its nutritional value makes it worth it.
Price- Rs. 250
Know of any other zero waste snacks packed in reusable packaging? Let us know about it in the comments below!
Forget about vegans, everyone must try dairy-free milk options for the sake of their health and fitness. The market is flooded with variants, that’s why it is a prerequisite that you do your due diligence before making a choice. We are here to help you make an informed one, read on:
Sofit | Buy Now
First up is Sofit, available in a host of flavours from unsweetened, chocolate, to kesar pista. It is a vegan product which is a rich source of protein and fibre. This healthy and delicious drink also contains omega-3. And you can drink it without a worry because it is lactose free, cholesterol free, and contains no preservatives.
Raw Pressery’s Almond Milk | Buy Now
Unsweetened Almond Milk by Raw Pressery is a new way to have your daily dose of almonds. This milk substitute is dairy-free, high in calcium & vitamins, and low in calories. It’s great for your skin & bones and also boosts brain power. We used it in our brownie recipe as this almond milk is good for baking too. Experience the taste of plant protein at its best with Raw Pressery.
Homemade’s Coconut Milk | Buy Now
One pack of Homemade’s Coconut Milk contains the thick-pressed extract of the best quality coconuts sourced from Thailand. Our mouths salivate as we write about it. We are reminded of all the thai curries and Khow Sueys made with Homemade’s coconut milk as the base. It is also a great fix for making Indian vegan ‘kadhi.’
Urban Platter’s Rice Milk Powder | Buy Now
Remember those times when you are in the kitchen and are looking for something rich and creamy to whisk or blend in your dish? Urban Platter thought of just that and made a great dairy and nut free milk alternative. Have their Rice Milk Powder with cereal, smoothies, or just as a cold refreshing glass of milk. It is ideal for blending, baking, cooking, and drinking.
Good Mylk’s Cashew and Oat Milk | Buy Now
Good Mylk’s bestseller, their Cashew and Oat variant is an easy swap for whole milk. Good Mylk claims that unlike other non-dairy milks, this one is devoid of the peculiar flavour that takes time and motivation to get used to. Just add it in your tea or coffee and watch it blend. Yes, you read that right- blend. It won't curdle. The only downside is that it comes with a bit of sugar. But when has a little sugar stopped us before!
Changing the milk you consume can be a big step. We get it and that's why we have curated our list in all honesty and only with the best variants. Let us know if you feel ready to take the leap after going through the options!
We have seen so many brownies on Instagram this season that we think that no one’s home quarantine is complete without baking it. For those of you who are super health conscious and up for a little challenge can follow our tried and tested recipe below. It is vegan and free of refined flour. But for those of you who are lazy like us we have got Plattered vegan cake mixes to the rescue. We followed the two step instructions on the back of their brownie variant. The result was delicious, fudgy, and satisfying so much so that it is going to become our go-to for birthdays and other celebrations.
Vegan and refined-flour free brownie recipe:
Let us know in the comments section if you plan to bake brownies following the step-by-step guide above or if you would try the Plattered cake mix like us!
What is it?
Urban Platter offers vegan cheese in many varieties but after sampling all of their Soft Spot cheeses, our heart is set on their 100% plant based Parmesan cheese.
What is it made of?
It is made of cashew cream and coconut milk. It does not contain any animal milk or soy ingredients; hence, it is allergen free.
Who is it for?
It is for anyone being conscious of their health and not just lactose intolerant people. It is dairy free and gluten free so if you are on a special diet, it works for you too.
How to eat it?
Their vegan parm has a nutty taste so it works really well on pasta, pizza, soups and even Indian dishes like pav bhaji! Grate it or shave it without a worry as it holds the shape really well. Urban Platter suggests making baked parmesan chips out of this sharp and tangy cheese.