A guest post by Michelle Aurora Hebbard.
I get pretty darn excited about earth sourced foods and healthy snacking. I’ve been known to squeal in grocery stores on discovering aisles of healthy snacks and raw chocolates, I plan whole trips overseas around visiting raw food cafes just to taste their delicacies (and by delicacies I mean sweet treats), and I fan-girl pretty much any brand that is out there doing their bit to bring more plant based tasty goodness to the world!
So I’m super excited to share with you what I’m digging right now in the world of plant based living…
OM Bar Centres (where have you been all my life?)
If you’re anything like me on entering the raw food world you looked for ways to replicate your favourite childhood food with a raw healthy version.
When I was a child I was mad about Cadbury’s Roses chocolates. And not just any of them, but specifically the strawberry flavoured ones. There started my life long passion for chocolate combined with berry flavours.
When I discovered OM Bar Chocolate I was immediately taken with their Strawberry Mylk bar. It took creamy to a whole new level in raw chocolate, with the sweet tart taste of strawberries I adore. Then came the Blueberry + Acai bar with its tart snap along side the rich raw cacao flavour.
But recently those bars were trumped by the Raspberry & Coconut Centres bar. The closest thing to my childhood chocolate love, this bar is literally an Oh My Yummm experience. OM Bar have taken what is already an amazing chocolate bar and put a filling in it and made it extra wonderful! And they put a really pretty wrapper on it too – see it pictured below (right) next to my previous favourite.
I’ve heard that there are other flavours in the OM Bar Centres range. Personally I wouldn’t know, I’ve found my one and only and I’m sticking with it.
Wanna know the best part? It’s full of amazing nutrient rich ingredients so I don’t even have to feel naughty!
Organic ingredients: coconut cream*, coconut sugar*, raw cacao*, coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, raspberry powder*, ground vanilla powder*. *certified organic. Cocoa solids 60% minimum.
Immerse yourself in the world of nutrient rich chocolate here >> www.ombar.co.uk
Nobo Icecream (a love story)
One day in late November there was a report of snow on the horizon in my lovely town of Hove. I love it when it snows. I love it in the way that only an Australian can who grew up wondering what White Christmases were like.
‘It won’t snow here, we live too close to the sea’ my house mate assures me. I hope she’s wrong.
The day before the expected arrival of those dainty white flakes it was the coldest it had been all year. I could almost taste the snow in the air. I was pumped. ‘It’s going to snow, it’s going to snow I just know it.’
But on the morning of the next day my iPhone had converted the sweet little snow flake icon on my weather app to cloudy and rainy. What a disappointment.
My house mate was not surprised, but on seeing my dismay she returned from the shop with a bounty of delicious ice cream. And this ain’t just any kind of ice cream. It’s the kind that leaves you feeling like you’ve just given yourself a mouthful of heaven. It’s the kind that lets you forget that winter isn’t for eating ice cream, and reminds you that good exists in this world when you can eat something so truly delicious which also just happens to be nutritious as well. It’s even the kind of ice cream that makes you forget that it didn’t snow…
Meaning no cow in Irish, this total deep freezer supermarket find has become our weekly staple for soothing anything that may not go our way.
Made only with coconut milk and avocado it’s naturally dairy and gluten free, and just yummy beyond words. Aaaand they have a ridiculously amazing selection of flavours too, like Irish Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Toasted Almond and Vanilla and Coconut. Win, win, winner!
Nobo is what I’ve raved about most this year, and I simply can’t wait until Summer to fill my freezer with it. Or rather, to not to be considered weird for eating it when I’m wrapped up in a scarf and thermals.
Drool over their awesome flavours here >> www.nobo.ie
Positivitea (a positively delightful experience)
Have you ever wanted to combine your love of chakra cleansing with your love of tea?
In all honesty I hadn’t thought of combining the two until I came across Ellie and her beautiful brand of Positivitea chakra inspired herbal blends. And then I was like: ‘why didn’t I think of this before!? It’s brilliant.’
As someone who has been fascinated by chakras since reading Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss I relish every chance to learn more about my own energy system and how to cleanse and strengthen it.
So I promptly purchased a tester pack (because I have so much difficulty picking just one favourite chakra) and I embarked on a 7 day chakra cleanse.
Each of the teas have life affirming words that connect with the colour, and the nature of that chakra, which is just so uplifting in itself.
There are various ways that you can do a chakra cleanse, the key component as I understand it is to simply give each chakra ample attention and focus.
Here are just a few examples:
+ Using a chakra meditation like this one from Belinda Davidson
+ Wearing the colour of that chakra that you’re celebrating that day
+ Drinking tea that embodies the essence of the chakra of the day (this is where Positivitea comes in handy :))
If you’re a big tea drinker I imagine that you could do all of the above and drink each of the 7 teas in the same day. But as someone who enjoys being slow and methodical I took it 1 chakra per day, starting with the root.
Ellie has matched each tea to the chakras so that you can truly delight in the experience, and find your favourite.
The result? A very self nurturing and loving experience with a sense of vibrancy and aliveness.
I love this tea. It’s more than just a cup of tasty colourful loveliness to warm me, it reminds me how alive I am. But I’m still trying to pick my favourite!
Find your favourite here >> www.positivitea.london
I hope you’ve enjoyed this bounty of nourishing treats.