Your health is your wealth – Casa Natura
May19

Your health is your wealth – Casa Natura

Veggy Malta went to Casa Natura and met up with the managing director Bryan Corlett. He is originally from New Zealand and married locally. The Health Shop opened some 28 years ago. In fact, in 2020 it will be 30 years since the business was started. Bryan has been living in Malta for 36 years. He explains that years ago he was unwell. Even though back then he still played rugby at the time, he needed an inhaler to help him breath....

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Valsoia Pizza Margherita – a healthy touch of Italy
May16

Valsoia Pizza Margherita – a healthy touch of Italy

Veggy Malta tried out Valsoia’s Pizza Margherita. The Pizza Margherita is considered by some as the simplest of pizzas. All you have is dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella (in this case Gustosino), salt, basil and olive oil.  But because it is so basic, it probably is the most complex. It does not forgive any shortcomings. The pizza margherita is an Italian tradition. Allegedly named after Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto...

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Mestemacher Protein bread and Pumpernickel explored
May14

Mestemacher Protein bread and Pumpernickel explored

Veggy Malta tried out Mestemacher, the lifestyle-bakery as they call themselves. Clearly this is a different type of bread than the traditional Maltese ħobża which we are accustomed to. I tried out two types of bread the Protein Bread and the Pumpernickel. Let’s start with the Mestemacher’s Protein Bread. The first impression one gets is that the packet is small. Yet this small packet weighs 250 g. This means that...

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Sattva superfoods – a wide choice from Spirulina to Hemp
May11

Sattva superfoods – a wide choice from Spirulina to Hemp

Veggy Malta looks at Sattva’s range of superfoods. These include Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein, Maca Powder, Baobab Powder, Chlorella Powder, Spirulina Powder, Wheatgrass Powder, Barley Grass, Raw Coconut Oil, Raw Agave Nectar, Cacao Powder, Cacao Beans, Cacao Nibs and Raw Cacao Butter. All the range is organic and furthermore Soil Association approved. So what are superfoods? Jo’Anna from Jo’s Delights describes them...

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How to best clean your fruit and vegetables from pesticides
May08

How to best clean your fruit and vegetables from pesticides

Veggy Malta looks into the issue of pesticides on our fruit and vegetables. There is no doubt to the fact that we are supposed to eat more fruit and vegetables. The problem is that pesticides might be present in the fruits and vegetables we eat. That is because they are used during the cultivation of the crops. Unfortunately they also remain as resides outside and inside, depending on the type of pesticide used. There is also a lot of...

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Apple Cider Vinegar – main health benefits
May05

Apple Cider Vinegar – main health benefits

Veggy Malta looks into an old product with a new boost in popularity – apple cider vinegar (ACV). It is the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community. In fact there is a long tradition of it being a home remedy product, used to treat all sorts of ailments. Whilst not all of these are as yet proven scientifically, more studies are being done on this product. Bean salads and cooked whole grains go well with...

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Meat free Lasagne Bolognese from Valsoia
May02

Meat free Lasagne Bolognese from Valsoia

Veggy Malta tried out Valsoia’s Lasagne Vegetale. Lasagne is a very popular dish locally and in Italy. It is believed that the name of this dish comes from the Vulgar Latin word lasania, from Latin lasanum which meant a cooking pot, coming from the Greek word lasanon meaning pot with feet.[1] Strangely enough, the word used to originally refer to the pot in which the dish was prepared yet eventually the actually food took the...

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Bottega Verde launches vegan range and 100% Natural
Apr30

Bottega Verde launches vegan range and 100% Natural

Veggy Malta went to Bottega Verde to have a look at their new 100% Natural and vegan range. As you know I don’t do many cosmetic and beauty products and for correctness sake one needs to state that I did not try these products out, given in general I don’t use female make-up, but can comment on the product features as stated by the company. The first question I asked was, are Bottega Verde products cruelty free? The answer...

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Raw vegan diet – an introduction, benefits and considerations
Apr27

Raw vegan diet – an introduction, benefits and considerations

Veggy Malta looks into a topic that is gaining popularity; raw veganism. So what is raw vegan? Essentially raw veganism is the combination of veganism with raw foodism. Being vegan on one part, that means that it will exclude all food and products that are of animal origin and this even includes by products like honey or cheese. On the other hand it excludes any food which is cooked above 48 °C (118 °F). [1]  A raw food diet, usually...

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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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