Snacking has to be healthy otherwise it is not wholesome. Finding healthy snacks is difficult, when we all are so accustomed to reaching out for cheese and bread. We want to eat fruits and nuts, but who are we kidding, that’s not going to happen. So here, we’ve found a way to make you consume fruits and nuts while keeping your palette submerged in deliciousness. Let’s have a look at what we’ve got in store:
Spread It’s Gourmet Spreads | Buy Now
Spread It offers spreads and preserves that are made of locally sourced seasonal ingredients, which are also fair trade. Their offerings are 100% natural and made in small batches. They come in flavors like fig, cherry and nectarine, rose, strawberry, plum chilli, etc. Clearly, you are spoilt for choice.
Pure and Sure’s Jams | Buy Now
Pure and Sure offers many amazing products but today, we are focusing on their jams and spreads alone. If you are going to gorge on that cookie or loaf of bread, then you might as well add a dollop of lip smacking goodness to it with Pure and Sure jams and spreads ranging from strawberry, apricot, red fruits, orange, and chocolate. They are 100% organic and spreadable!
Jus’ Amazin’ Nut Butters | Buy Now
Last but not least, Jus’ Amazon’ has come out with a peculiar range of butters made from nuts and seeds! They are bursting with antioxidants, which are supposed to boost your immunity. These plant-based butters in flavours like ‘punchy pepper’ and ‘dark choco’ are 100% natural and soy-free.
Dig into these amazing vegan butters, spreads, and jams to delight your taste buds. Trust us, you will thank us later! Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
If you grew food at your own place or your rooftop, the earth would be a better place. Let’s get to know why you should have an urban farming spot in your house, backyard, rooftop or community:
1. You can grow what you want, how you want, and where you want it.
2. Certain types of plants purify the air of your home and provide you with breathing benefits.
3. Hydroponic method of growing can lead to 2/3rd less use of water in urban agriculture than regular agriculture. It causes less greenhouse emissions.
4. It’s aesthetically pleasing, improves focus, and can delay the onset of illness.
5. Since you grow your own food, there is no disconnect between you and your produce. Hence, you can save food from getting wasted.
6. As you have control over the food you make, your food is higher quality.
7. You avoid so much unnecessary packaging used while transporting the food.
8. You can create a small business from your home of supplying fruits and veggies to nearby localities.
Today, we are covering restaurants with a variety of vegan options that deliver food without creating plastic waste in four metro cities. As people are becoming more aware of what’s in their food, where it’s grown, and how, veganism is finding more takers as it is a practice rooted in sustainable use of plant power and avoidance of animal resources. If you are vegan or vegetarian, then this blog post is for you. Let's get started:
1. Greenr, Delhi
Arguably the best vegan restaurant in India, Greenr does everything from loaded vegan nachos to pizza. Our favourite is their community mezze platter, which has different types of housemade sauces and dips. Their carry bags and food containers are all biodegradable and some of it is made from bagasse. They are currently open for dine-in and practicing social distancing. If you are not up for a dine-in experience yet, then order in from Greenr without breaking a sweat about the environment. They are as green as it can get.
2. GoodDo, Mumbai
GoodDo is an awesome kiosk/restaurant in Mumbai (plus, a total of 9 outlets) that makes the most plant powerful meals. They use mock meats like soy, pea protein, and wheat gluten to create the meetiest burgers and pavs. If you are a non-vegetarian turned vegan, then this definitely is the place for you. Order from here in their bagasse containers and enjoy a meaty experience.
3. Fab Cafe, Hyderabad
Fab cafe is a household name for many now as Fabindia opened a chain of immaculately done restaurants across India. Their food is packed in paper boxes to avoid the use of plastic. Their speciality is to serve the speciality cuisine of as many states as possible. They have at least one dish from almost all states of India. Plus, they have some refreshing smoothies and ice creams too. Don't wait Hyderabad, order from Fab Cafe now!
4. Go Native, Bengaluru
Go Native is what would be called the child of a temple and a restaurant. They have some similarities with Fab Cafe when it comes to the state speciality concept but the menus are completely different. They also send their delivery in bagasse containers so you don't have to worry about landfill pollution. Eat away!
Have you been to any of these restaurants in your city (or otherwise) or have more city recommendations? Let us know in the comments. Eat sustainable, stay home and be safe.
Who doesn’t like sweets? Don’t wee all love them! But what about the calories and fat that come with them? None of us do. That’s why, we have curated a small list of vegan dessert companies around India that offer guilt-free sinful desserts. Let’s have a look at these somewhat sustainable treat makers:
Bien Manger, Delhi | Order Now
Their motto is “working towards a world where taste and health go hand in hand.” That’s exactly what they do! From their popular bundt cakes, pies, focaccias to their madeleines and babka, you have to try them all. You can’t miss any of their refined sugar free, gluten free, and vegan offerings.
An Ode to Gaia, Mumbai | Order Now
Always eggless, An Ode To Gaia offers a host of desserts that you will only find at the finest patisseries. And if as a vegan you thought you can’t have macarons, then you were wrong. An Ode to Gaia makes the most delicious and varied flavours of this french delicacy. Apart from that they also have in store some technically sound cakes, cupcakes, tarts and cookies.
Crave by Leena, Bangalore | Order Now
Who would have thought there exists vegan fondant cakes? Crave by Leena, which is a PETA awarded vegan bakery makes it possible. You will be confused what to choose from their oatmeal cookies, elaborate cakes, or the (not so) humble pie.
We know we haven’t covered all the major cities in India here. But we promise, we are on the lookout for cool vegan bakeries you can get home deliveries from. Till then, try baking vegan desserts at home. For starters, An Ode to Gaia has plenty of baking tricks in their Instagram story highlights!
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!