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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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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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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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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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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9 health benefits of turmeric
Mar19

9 health benefits of turmeric

Veggy Malta looks at Turmeric. A spice used for over 4000 in India since the Vedic cultural that is finally being recognised in the west for its natural benefits. It grows wild in the forests of Southern Asia including India, Indonesia, China along with some Pacific islands [1].  The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Whilst somewhat unsure, it is believed that the word turmeric comes from the Latin words terra merita...

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Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs
Mar16

Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs

Veggy Malta went to Marsaskala. To be precise I went to Bidni, which is between Haz-Zabbar and Marsaskala. There further in from the quaint chapel of Madonna tad-Dawl, there is Stefan and Antoinette’s organic farm. Their farm is a registered organic farm. The farm actually started as a hobby where Stefan and Antoinette Psiala could grow their own food without pesticides but is slowly taking up more and more of their time. It...

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TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg
Mar13

TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg

Veggy Malta visited TheFruit.com a fresh fruit and vegetables shop in the heart of Qawra. The one thing that stands out is the impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables in the shop. You would expect this given that the shop is owned by Jimmy Vella Fruit and Veg. There is a long section of vegetables which includes; broccoli, cabbage, chinese cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, pumpkins, marrows, cucumbers, aubergines, tomatoes, cherry...

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Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips
Mar12

Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips

Veggy Malta met with Sarah Crockford to talk about Bare English & Co Lip Balm. In short this is an organic, vegan, tea infused lip balm. It is after all still cold, although spring is just round the corner. So what’s the story behind these lip balms? Sarah said that her cousin in Canada (a vegan chemist) started off in the kitchen fiddling about with ingredients. She infused a mix of oils with green and white tea. One tweak...

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Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup
Mar09

Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup

Veggy Malta tried out Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup, an organic vegan soup in a glass jar. The main thing behind the Daily Meal Soup is how simple and convenient it is. All you need to do is shake the jar, open it and heat it for 2 minutes at 600w in a microwave and enjoy. That is your lunch served in a jiffy. I actually tried out all three soup flavours. The tomato basil soup, the pumpkin mango soup and the sweet potato soup with...

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Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee
Mar06

Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee

Veggy Malta tried out Koawach, an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee. The main ingredient is guarana. Guarana is Latin American plant. It gained popularity when the Jesuit missionaries in the Amazon realised that when the tribesmen consumed the seed they managed to hunt for extended periods of time. In fact the name reflects the Guarani Indian tribe in the Amazon, who ate the plant seeds. A number of...

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