How to be a vegetarian or vegan on a tight budget
Dec29

How to be a vegetarian or vegan on a tight budget

Many ask if you spend more money if you go vegetarian or vegan? How this myth came about is a wonder. The reality is that it is always about choices. But essentially, a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle means that you are removing meat (and fish) from your shopping bill. With this act you are removing a big cost factor (meat). Yet if you still are having trouble with the grocery bill Veggy Malta is offering a few tips that can help you...

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Coffee Circus – a natural organic coffee shop on wheels
Dec22

Coffee Circus – a natural organic coffee shop on wheels

Veggy Malta met up with Alana. She runs around in one of the Coffee Circus vans. It will be her you will probably meet when you stop for a cup of organic coffee. The coffee market in Malta is growing and along with it is the consumer appreciation of a good coffee. The trend is to move away from the volume production coffees to specialised coffees. In most cases, specialised coffee would be made from high altitude coffee beans and...

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DStreet – dressed by nature is an organic clothes shop in Sliema
Dec18

DStreet – dressed by nature is an organic clothes shop in Sliema

Veggy Malta met up with Valentina from DStreet – dressed by nature in Sliema. Dstreet is not your normal clothes shop, but a place from where you can buy organic clothes. Whilst many of us are conscious of the benefits of organic food, organic clothing is still less appreciated but is also slowly gaining momentum. DStreet introduced the organic collection in summer 2016 and all the stock found in the shop come from certified...

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Naturali – providing a complete range of fresh organic fruit and veg
Dec16

Naturali – providing a complete range of fresh organic fruit and veg

Veggy Malta went to Naturali at Mosta and met up with Audrey and Charles, to see their operation of imported and also local certified fresh organic produce. This includes fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Every Tuesday Naturali clients receive an email with the list of fresh products that will be available that week (Thursday). The shipment arrives on Thursday and is sorted in boxes and delivered to clients. There are around 115...

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Good Earth – giving you the choice of better food for better health
Dec12

Good Earth – giving you the choice of better food for better health

Veggy Malta met up with Matthew and Liz from Good Earth retail shops at the Balluta shop. Good Earth is now 35 years old and was Malta’s first health and natural shop. Different times! Today Good Earth has three outlets, Balluta (which I visited), B’Kara inside Smart Supermarket and San Gwann. A fourth shop in opening soon in Valletta inside Is-Suq l-Antik. The Balluta shop is part of Balluta Buildings, a majestic art deco...

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Sattva at San Gwann – more than just a health shop
Dec05

Sattva at San Gwann – more than just a health shop

Veggy Malta went to Sattva in San Gwann and met with Anna (co-owner and vegetarian).  I asked Anna how to best describe the shop’s concept and what it stands for.  She said that Sattva’s ethos is to provide clean food for a balanced life. They have been in San Gwann since 2016. The shop has over 3000 names on the shelves. The food is 99% certified organic and a 100% vegetarian. A large percentage is actually vegan with the...

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Lip Tint Puro Bio from Hames Sensi
Dec02

Lip Tint Puro Bio from Hames Sensi

Veggy Malta met up with Sonia from Hames Sensi. There we talked about two of her products, the Lip Tint Puro Bio and the Lip Gloss Puro Bio, both from the Puro Bio range. So let’s introduce the product. As you can gather Puro Bio is an Italian product. It is Nickel tested, vegan OK and certified organic. So apart from being natural, it does not contain any animal derivatives. The side effect of that is that there is a lesser...

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ChiaGo Apple kiwi Spilurina – 100% organic drink
Nov30

ChiaGo Apple kiwi Spilurina – 100% organic drink

Veggy Malta met up with Elaine Genovese, Malta tennis player and Entrepreneur and tried ChiaGo Apple Kiwi and Spirulina. This is a 100% organic and preservatives free drink. All natural and rich in Omega 3. The packet says that “ChiaGo is a natural grab-and-go chia pudding for busy adults”.  So lets try to make sense of that. I choose to drink my ChiaGo at noon. At this time I usually start thinking and dreaming of lunch....

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Organic okra at Vincent’s Eco Farm + cooking recipe
Nov23

Organic okra at Vincent’s Eco Farm + cooking recipe

Veggy Malta met up with Vincent’s Eco Farm in Mgarr and we were shown the Okra being grown organically at the farm. Okra, otherwise known as ladies fingers in the UK or gumbo is the US, is rich in vitamins A, C and K.  Okra pods are actually packed with nutrients including protein, fibre, calcium, iron and zinc. In fact Okra is full of soluble fibres. Soluble fibres is what makes your stomach full faster and even for longer. The...

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Kale Chips (Mustard and Chia flavour) by TrooFood – a superfood
Nov22

Kale Chips (Mustard and Chia flavour) by TrooFood – a superfood

Veggy Malta tried out Kale Chips (Mustard with Chia flavour) by TrooFood, which is a Greek company making organic foods. Kale is a superfood.  Some actually consider it as the #1 superfood. Author of Superfood Smoothies Julie Morris states that cooked kale offers more iron per ounce than beef.  healthwithfood.org states that “Curly kale is a nutritional powerhouse packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene,...

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The Veg Box: an urban farm at Villa Bologna Attard
Nov21

The Veg Box: an urban farm at Villa Bologna Attard

Veggy Malta met up with Anita and Emanuela of The Veg Box at Villa Bologna in Attard. Nestled inside the grand gardens of Villa Bologna this a woman powered farming venture.  Even Monika, the part-time farmer is female. The Veg Box can be defined as urban farm, a concept that has taken off in Europe and North America in gardens and also on rooftops. The two women emphasised that they do not use pesticides on their produce. A lot of...

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Shanti Health shop – specialising in organic and natural products
Nov20

Shanti Health shop – specialising in organic and natural products

Veggy Malta visited Shanti in Mosta. Whilst Shanti in Sanskrit means peace, tranquillity or bliss, in Malta we know it for the health shop in the Mosta main road. I was greeted by the owner Helga Tonna, who explained that Shanti has been open for nearly 25 years. It is a pioneer in the health food sector. Shanti has a wide selection of organic and natural products. There are many products suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. One...

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Growing Mung Bean Sprouts at home – by GEO
Nov14

Growing Mung Bean Sprouts at home – by GEO

Veggy Malta tried out GEO Mung Bean Organic Seeds for sprouts. This is an easy way to grow your own food at home. We used the GEO sprouter to grow the mung bean sprouts, yet you can use a sieve or a nylon mexx if you wish.  Actually growing the mung bean sprouts couldn’t be easier. As a starter one simply leaves the beans in a glass of (tap or bottled) water overnight.  Next morning, spread the seeds in the tray. The seeds need...

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