Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Few Things I Like - 2

I was supposed to be posting a recipe this weekend but the daylight ran out on me today and I couldn't take the photos so I thought I'd share with you a few more things I like as a follow up post to the one I shared in September. I'm going to experiment with taking photos at night so if anyone has any tips please share!

I have been buying Meridian nut butters for as long as I can remember, they also come in huge 1 kg tubs as well as the jars. Their smooth, scrumptious seed butters are also easy to get hold of. So, why do I like this brand? Well there are a few reasons :

  • There is no palm oil added to the nut butters. Meridian supports the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation who provide welfare and rehabilitation for approximately 800 orphaned and displaced orangutans who have been displaced due to Palm Oil or other plantation establishment or the illegal pet trade.
  • In fact there is nothing added, the nut butters are 100 per cent nuts.
  • They are GMO free.
  • I don't have to order them on-line.
  • They taste delicious.

My favourite of all their range is the almond butter, it's out of this world!

I was recently diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency - eek!!! I now take Viridian liquid Vitamin D3 every day. I like this particular brand because of their ethics and the purity of their vitamins. 
"We guarantee non-GM, non-irradiated and 100% active ingredients with no nasty additives whatsoever. No added sugars, no colourings or artificial flavourings making our products as clean and pure as they can be. Be reassured that although we are absolutely against the use of animal testing and do not test any of products or ingredients on animals, the ingredients we choose all have a tradition of safe use in humans. So from the seed to the recycling bank, Viridian Nutrition maintains an ethical philosophy at every stage."
I also make sure I take Vitamin B12 most days due to my chosen diet so I take Biocare Vitamin B12 drops which contain only purified water, SCD legal preservatives (Citric Acid & Potassium Sorbate) and Vitamin B12 (as Hydroxycobalamine). If you're on the SCD and want to increase your Vitamin B12 levels, this is the ideal supplement.

Hotel Chocolat, IMO, is perhaps the nicest chocolate to be found on the planet. These dark drops are beyond heavenly. Unlike some other dark chocolate brands, Hotel Chocolat 70 per cent dark isn't bitter, it's actually just as it states on the packet, a full-on cocoa hit with good balance. It's melt in the mouth bliss! The only problem with that is you can actually eat much, much more of their dark chocolate than other makes. I buy their large packets of chocolate drops both for cooking with and for nibbling on, I just have to make sure I limit my nibbles - 400 g of chocolate drops sitting in the kitchen cupboard is a huge temptation.

I can't leave out my TVK boxes and the fact that this month I received 2 TVK boxes, my regular monthly box of goodies and a beauty box - which is being hidden away since it's a Christmas present. As some of you probably know, I review the monthly boxes here on the blog (check them out) and I'm never, ever disappointed with the contents. If you would like an exciting (and it really is exciting) surprise box each month, check out their site and subscribe, they're shipping world wide now!

This is one of the items from this month's box. I'm hugely excited about this bar from The Primal Kitchen, I haven't eaten it yet but from all accounts, it's going to be a great treat. All the bars made by the company are gluten, grain, refined sugar, soya, dairy, GMO and vegetable oil free and three of the four bars are SCD legal. I can't wait to try it.

I don't have time to make fresh coffee at work so I take some instant with me and I believe that Percol produces by far the best instant decaffeinated coffee. This coffee is decaffeinated naturally - "water and ethyl acetate are circulated around the beans, gently extracting the caffeine without leaving any residue. ethyl acetate can be found in many natural products including fruits, vegetables, and regular coffee and is obtained from purely natural source: fermented sugar cane molasses." Therefore there's no nasty chemicals involved in the process. While some decaffeinated coffees I've tried taste truly yukky, this brand tastes rich, smooth and a even little chocolatey.

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  1. I'm always intrigued by your products vs "ours." They always look better with fewer ingredients.

    Adequate Vitamin D is so huge to our well being. I bet you start feeling better right away. Hopefully, you're getting enough of it. I say that because the dosage that is usually prescribed is often lower than what's needed to make a difference.


    1. Hi Shirley

      Thank you for your comments. I researched how much to take and opinion varied greatly! While some people advise a huge dose, I've decided to just take double the amount normally prescribed and then check my level in December, if it doesn't improve much, I'll take more. I do feel a little better, thank you :)

      I think "our" products do look better, I agree, having seen photos of "your" products on-line the packaging is always rather fussy however, don't be deceived, we also have products with a long, long list of ingredients.

      VIcky xo

  2. My family are huge fans of the Meridian butters too. At the moment, we have the cashew, almond, hazelnut and peanut butters in the pantry! Of course, as you know, I adore the TVK boxes too ♥ I love Hotel Chocolat but haven't had it in ages. Hopefully Santa will treat me next month ;)
    I definitely need to start taking Vitamin D now that the sunshine's gone, so thanks for the recommendation. I also recently came across the UK company Vitashine which does a Vit D spray. I much prefer sublingual sprays or drops over tablets.

    1. Hi Sharon

      I'll look into the Vitamin D spray, thanks for letting me know about it! Did you get the beauty box this month as well? I LOVE this month's box, as per usual! I'm hoping Santa also brings Hotel Chocolat for me too!

      Vicky xo

  3. Interesting products, it’s nice to compare them with others I’ve seen and tried. These Meridian nut butters look absolutely delish - love that they are just made with 100% nuts! How was the raw paleo bar? I need to start taking Vitamin D and B12, everybody needs regular sources of these vitamins. I try to eat more fortified foods as often as possible and did not experience any health issues at all. Have a lovely Tuesday! x