The French Parliament declares that only meat sausages can be called sausages
Apr24

The French Parliament declares that only meat sausages can be called sausages

So we have just heard that the French parliament has enacted legislation that obliges food producers not to use the words “steak”, “sausage” or whatever other meat term to describe products that are not partly or wholly made up of meat. In short this is a move targeted against the healthy meat free and dairy free industry. Companies that fail to comply can get fined up to €300,000. The French MPs have voted...

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A board, the sea and a downward dog – three things in a fun hour of SUP Yoga
Apr20

A board, the sea and a downward dog – three things in a fun hour of SUP Yoga

I am not a yoga or sea person myself. That might sound strange coming from someone who has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and lives on an island obviously surrounded by water. SUP Yoga, combining Yoga & the Sea, is possibly the worst fit for someone like me. Yet the majority of islanders love the sea! So what is SUP Yoga. Whilst somewhat novel in Malta, Stand-Up Paddle boarding (SUP) started on the beaches in Hawaii in the...

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Mushrooms, tofu and sunlight have one thing in common – vitamin D
Apr18

Mushrooms, tofu and sunlight have one thing in common – vitamin D

Are you getting your daily requirement of Vitamin D? Although you might think that the Maltese shouldn’t have a problem, even in this sunny Mediterranean island, the probability is that we are not getting our full dosage of Vitamin D. There are common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency [1]: Having dark skin. Being elderly. Being overweight or obese. Always using sunscreen when going out. Staying indoors. So how can you get...

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Valsoia Rice Milk – a sweet and low fat alternative to dairy milk
Apr16

Valsoia Rice Milk – a sweet and low fat alternative to dairy milk

Veggy Malta tried out Valsoia’s rice milk. Rice milk as the name clearly implies is made from rice.  Whilst you can choose to make your own rice milk at home using rice, vanilla extract and agave nectar, I guess it’s far easier to pick up a packet of Valsoia. Furthermore Valsoia adds calcium,vitamin B2, B12 and D2 in the mix. As is the case for all Valsoia’s non-dairy milks, it is vegan and can be consumed by those...

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Ramla Bay Resort – a vegetarian and vegan friendly venue
Apr13

Ramla Bay Resort – a vegetarian and vegan friendly venue

Veggy Malta went to Ramla Bay Resort at the northern tip of the island just opposite the islands of Comino and Gozo. Ramla Bay Resort is a 4 star holiday resort and is one of Malta’s largest hotels. Although large, it actually is a vegan / vegetarian friendly hotel. Ramla Bay Hotel is the only Maltese hotel that is certified by Vegan Welcome, an association of vegan friendly hotels. Every meal served inside the hotel has a...

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Amazing health benefits of Rosemary – a Mediterranean plant you should have at home
Apr11

Amazing health benefits of Rosemary – a Mediterranean plant you should have at home

Veggy Malta takes a closer look at Rosemary, a typical Maltese (and Mediterranean) plant locally know as Klin. It is in fact native to the Mediterranean area. Grow your own rosemary Whilst you can find it dried, or even fresh from any shop, it is a plant you can easily grow in your herb garden at home. It is a bit tricky to grow, but it is a beginner-level plant.  Rosemary is a great container-plant or alternatively you can grow it in...

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Eben Holz – anti-ageing vegan skin care range for men
Apr09

Eben Holz – anti-ageing vegan skin care range for men

Veggy Malta tried out Eben Holz power care Anti Age. Now at my tender age of (nearly) 50, I guess it’s high time to start using an anti-ageing cream. The product comes with a tough claim on the box itself. 92% of men report a noticeable improvement in their skin’s appearance from a 1-week user trail. Well I am not a great fan of cosmetics so getting into the routine of smearing cream over my face was not going to be easy....

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Valsoia Almond Milk – a healthy alternative to dairy milk
Apr06

Valsoia Almond Milk – a healthy alternative to dairy milk

Veggy Malta tried out Valsoia Almond Milk. This is one of the non dairy range of milks that Valsoia has. Whilst I have been a practising vegetarian for over 30 years, I am not a vegan. Interestingly though I have recently chosen to reduce my dairy intake and have switched to non-dairy milk. For those doing the same jump. the switch might be difficult at first. This is because during the first few days one has a tendency to compare....

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List of Health Food Shops in Malta and Gozo
Apr05

List of Health Food Shops in Malta and Gozo

Are you looking for a health food shop in Malta or Gozo? Do you want a list of health food shops to check which is the closest for you to buy from? Veggy Malta has compiled a list of shops that sell healthy food according to where they are found on the island. Whilst many people choose to buy from traditional retail, one must highlight that health shops are important. They offer a more personalised service. The staff is usually more...

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Tully’s tastiest vegan lasagna recipe ever!
Apr03

Tully’s tastiest vegan lasagna recipe ever!

Veggy Malta is proud to be twinning with Tully Zander a vegan blogger who has a website called Vegans First. I will be linking to her awesome posts and recipes. Tully has the tastiest vegan lasagna recipe ever! If you don’t believe it, you need to try it out and then judge. It’s dairy-free, guilt-free, low-fat, gluten free and tastes as great as Nanna’s lasagna.  The important thing though is that it is healthy and...

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Rinatura Bio – spelt pasta and products and more healthy choices
Apr02

Rinatura Bio – spelt pasta and products and more healthy choices

Veggy Malta tried out Rinatura Bio, a German range of certified organic products with various products for vegans, vegetarians and others that are gluten free, lactose free and egg free. In fact there is a wide range of products to choose from and are all well labelled. Of particular interest is the range of spelt products. There is greater awareness on the health benefits of consuming spelt versus products made from regular flour....

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A golden Ayurvedic Soup from Soul Food in Valletta
Mar30

A golden Ayurvedic Soup from Soul Food in Valletta

Veggy Malta went to Valletta to try out Soul Food and met up with Anna Martina. The restaurant is in Merchant’s Street just behind the Grand Master’s Palace. Certainly the shop is totally different from how I remember it 30 years ago, with Bertu there. Even Merchant’s Street has changed a lot. The removal of the open air market, the opening of is-Suq l-Antik, the various restaurants and shops have all contributed to...

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The Healthy Pantry – Zurrieq’s local health shop
Mar28

The Healthy Pantry – Zurrieq’s local health shop

Veggy Malta went to The Healthy Pantry in Zurrieq and met Karl Sacco. The Healthy Pantry is the only health shop on the south-western side of the island, after the airport tunnel, thus serving Zurrieq and (Qrendi, Mqabba and Kirkop). Karl took a risk around two years ago and opened a health shop. It originally was in a different location from where it is today, closer to the parish church. The gamble paid off and the project worked...

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Spelt – the health benefits of this ancient and natural grain
Mar27

Spelt – the health benefits of this ancient and natural grain

You have heard the word spelt, but what exactly is it? In short, it is an ancient grain that was very abundant in Europe and lost it’s place with the introduction of engineered flour. Spelt flour is a substitute to wheat or white flour. It still contains gluten and is richer in many nutrients. It also has a slightly nutty flavour. History of spelt Let’s start with the history. Although it  might seem the new boy in town,...

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Pukka Turmeric Active – herbal care for the active in a teabag
Mar23

Pukka Turmeric Active – herbal care for the active in a teabag

Veggy Malta tried out Pukka Turmeric Active, an organic herbal tea. This is one of Pukka’s 42 blends of herbal teas. All organic. The Pukka Turmeric Active, as the name implies is targeted towards those individuals with an active lifestyle. If you go out jogging or power walking, or do some other regular exercise Pukka Tumeric Active is a convenient herbal tea ideally suited for your active lifestyle. This is because of the...

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