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Biskgetz® – New Vegan & Gluten Free Snack Launch

Biskgetz® – New Vegan & Gluten Free Snack Launch

The Story Behind The Biskgetz® Brand

Hey guys!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new vegan and gluten free snack, Biskgetz®.
Our healthy baked snack gives vegans, coeliacs and people living a gluten-free and vegan lifestyle, the chance to enjoy a delicious handmade treat without the gluten or dairy. What’s also great is the fact that you don’t have to be a vegan or a coeliac to enjoy them!

How Did It All Begin?

You might be wondering how I come up with the idea for Biskgetz®? Well, when I was a child I had two best friends who happened to be Nigerian. Their mum made the most delightful and moorish little biscuits called ‘Chin Chin’. This snack was amazing…and it was my favourite snack…well, it still is! Lol. Want to know more? Okay then, read on…

Chin Chin is usually deep fried, containing fattening agents like butter and sugar, and some other naughty pleasures which you REALLY do start to feel guilty about when you reach a certain age, lol. So, I set out to develop a much healthier recipe, whilst ensuring that I kept it tasting delicious of course.

I figured at least this way I’d be able to continue eating my favourite childhood treat, without having to feel guilty after every bite. 😊 I also wanted to vegans and coeliacs to be able to enjoy it as well.

The Perfect Vegan & Gluten Free Combination

Everyone who tasted my version of Chin Chin seemed to love it, and I started getting lots of requests to make it for special occasions and events. One day I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if I could share my version of the snack with even more people? So, I teamed up with my best friend and we spent months testing different sweeteners and processes…it was really challenging work.

Finally, we arrived at the point where we were sure that we’d found the right combination of ingredients. We felt confident that it delivered the right balance and taste. We just couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you guys…so, now here we are!

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Exciting Times Ahead!

For us, it’s all about sharing a snack that we’re deeply passionate about and offering an alternative to the what’s currently available on the market. Biskgetz® was born out of a desire to share and celebrate this wonderful snack with people of all cultures.

We’re proud to say that Biskgetz® is low in salt, with no refined sugar, GMO, MSG or nuts. We haven’t added any artificial colours or preservatives. It’s also handmade and individually packaged to prevent cross contamination.

We’re so excited to be part of the gluten free and vegan food industry. It’s come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. There are so many artisan producers out there who are sharing their fabulous gluten free and vegan products. What customers will love even more about our snack is the fact that you can you can enjoy it at your own convenience…even when you’re on the go!

Biskgetz® Makes Gluten Free & Vegan Snacking Easier

Grab some Biskgetz® in the morning and take them with you to work, to the gym, or anywhere else on your daily commute.

Biskgetz® will make your social snacking sooooo much easier…. It’s great for events, like weddings, parties, corporate conferences and office team meetings. Or you can just have them with friends and family at get-togethers.

Biskgetz® (RRP £2.49) are also affordable, and they’re packaged in a pocket-sized, resealable container, which means they can stay fresh for up to four weeks! So, pop them in your bag or keep them in your desk at work for a satisfying and tasty snack when you get a bit peckish. 😊They go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee, smoothie or veggie juice!

On the Horizon

So, what more do we have in store for you? 😊

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Well, we have plans to develop other varieties of Biskgetz®, both sweet and savoury. We also have a little mascot called ‘Bizibisk’ who we’ll be introducing to you later. 🙂

Subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media, because we’ll be popping up on there a lot in order to keep you in the loop about all our activities and other related things…like interesting information that we come across on vegan/gluten free cuisine, news, products and recipes.

Our blogs will include highlights about Bizibisk’s adventures – we will introduce him properly in our next blog. We’re sure that you’ll grow to love him as much we do…so follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too. 😊

Oh, before we forget, you really do have to check out the Biskgetz® Directory. It’s a work in progress, but the team are working really hard to put together a fabulous resource full of fantastic gluten free and vegan restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, hotels, street food, supper clubs, pop ups and shops across the UK.

—–>>> Look for Biskgetz® at your local stores and other venues, or buy online.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about us and our journey so far. We have lots more to share with you, but in until next time…

Stay connected, stay happy and stay blessed!

-x-

 

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Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives

So Many Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives…How Do I Choose?

Hey guys, welcome back!  Dairy-free milk alternatives, hmmmm…a very interesting subject eh? 😊

Okay…so, yesterday my best friend informed me that after having been lactose intolerant for pretty much most of her adult life, she has now decided to cut dairy out of her diet completely. ‘That’s great’ I said, having not anticipated that I was now going to be appointed as her new encyclopaedia for dairy-free milk alternatives, lol.

So, how do you know what dairy-free milk alternative to buy when there are so many milk alternatives on the market? They all have different benefits, tastes and consistencies as well! Well, hopefully, this little guide may be of some use to you:

Soy milk

Soy milk is a very popular alternative to cow’s milk. Some may say that it’s very similar to cow’s milk in terms of its creaminess and nutritional content.

Research reveals that soy milk has a number of benefits. It contains vitamin A and D, as well as providing 8-10g of protein per serving. It also contains vitamin B2 and B12. However, soy milk can also cause a severe reaction to those who are allergic to soy

What is soy milk best for?

As well as being low in fat, soy milk is also creamy. This makes it a great accompaniment for hot drinks and your favourite cereal.

Rice milk

Rice milk is sweet in taste and also has the least amount of fat compared to other milk alternatives. It contains zero amount of unsaturated fat and cholesterol.

Unlike soy milk, rice milk only contains 2g of protein per serving. However, rice milk does contain vitamin A, D and B12. It also contains iron and antioxidants.  Due to its sugar content, rice milk would be deemed unsuitable for those who are diabetic

What is rice milk best for?

I find rice milk to be quite watery, so I wouldn’t normally add this to cereal or hot drinks. However, I do find that it goes really well in smoothies, porridge and homemade rice pudding.

Hemp milk

Hemp milk is made from hemp seeds and is enriched with omega-3, calcium and vitamin D2.
A 250ml serving of hemp milk will provide you with 50% of your daily intake of omega-3. If that isn’t enough, it’s also free from all 14 allergens. This makes it the perfect alternative for those who are gluten intolerant, vegan and allergic to soy and nuts

What is hemp milk best for?

I absolutely love unsweetened hemp milk. So much so, that we use it when baking our delightful little Biskgetz. Use hemp milk in baking, smoothies, creamy desserts and sauces.

Oat milk

Oat milk is one of my much-loved milk alternatives. Although it’s very tasty, low in fat and contains no saturated fat, the downside is, it can be a little calorific compared to some of the other milk alternatives. What’s great about oat milk is that it provides you with vitamin E, folic acid and fibre. Fortified versions of oat milk also contain more calcium than cow’s milk. You’ll be pleased to learn that it’s brilliant for making sauces, as it doesn’t split.

What is oat milk best for?

Cooking. However, avoid if gluten intolerant

Almond milk

Despite its name, you’ll be surprised to learn that usually, almond milk doesn’t actually contain many almonds! Some brands might even contain only 2% ground almonds, with filtered water. Like hemp milk, almond milk is creamy in consistency and slightly nutty in flavour. However, where almond milk contains such a small percentage of almonds, for each serving cup of unsweetened almond milk, only 1g of protein is provided. Almond milk is free from saturated fat and is usually supplemented with added vitamins

What is almond milk best for?

Almond milk works well in smoothies, desserts and is delightful in a nice hot drink

Hazelnut milk

If you love your coffee, then you’ll love this!

Hazelnut milk is widely known for its subtle roasted nutty taste. It contains essential vitamins such as vitamin B and E. It also contains omega-3 and folic acid. Depending on the brand, hazelnut milk can either be low or quite high in calories. So, always remember to read the label. Nonetheless, one thing that all hazelnut milk brands have in common is that they all go amazingly well in coffee and hot chocolate!

What is hazelnut milk good for?

Coffee, hot chocolate and baking

Coconut milk

Coconut milk has a thin consistency and it’s mildly sweet in taste. As a result of its high-fat content, research suggests that it should be consumed in moderation. However, despite its sweetness, coconut milk is also low in both calories and sugar. It usually contains around 20 calories per 100ml serving. Unlike other milk alternatives, coconut milk does not contain many health benefits and it contains very little protein.

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What is coconut milk best for?

To maintain a healthy heart. Choose unsweetened coconut milk for desserts, cakes, smoothies, cereals and curries.

We hope you find our little list helpful…the key is choosing the right dairy-free milk alternative that’s right for you.

By the way, don’t forget that our Biskgetz® snacks contain hemp milk. So, it’s perfect for vegans, but you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy them! 😊

All the best x

Try Vegan, Stay Vegan – Top Tips

Stay Vegan Top Tips & Happy Health

Some people who try vegan may find that they need help with staying vegan. If you’re struggling a bit with veganism, you’ll love our stay vegan top tips! The Biskgetz team have put together some great tips to help you stay a happy vegan!😊

Being vegan is a way of life and a lifestyle choice that many people have adopted for different reasons. Some people do it for the health benefits because they’re against animal cruelty or to help protect our planet, (to name a few). However, the one thing that we know people struggle with in the initial stages is ‘how to stay vegan.’ So, are you ready to set off on your happy vegan path? Okay, then read on…

  1. Why do you want to go vegan?

Be sure to always remind yourself of your reasons for going vegan. Keep these in mind if you’re ever in doubt about whether veganism is for you. When faced with challenges, the reasons behind your conversion will motivate you to push on through.

  1. Do your research

Do your research into the vegan lifestyle. Look at what other people consume, read up on nutrition, explore recipes, watch documentaries, and check out social media etc. We find that social media provides a great platform for people to connect with like-minded individuals. The vegan groups on Facebook are endless! However, although social media can be helpful when gathering information, it’s also important that you do some independent research outside of social media. Look up vegan resources such as Vegan Society and Vegan Health. There are much more out that we’re sure you’ll come across.

  1. Start off slowly

To begin with, the transition can be quite tough. So, start off slowly by eliminating meat/fish from your diet a few times a week, and then for the rest of week consume only plant based foods. You’ll find this easier if you have a goal in mind. For example, eliminating non-plant based foods from your diet 3-4 times per week, for one month, then two times per week the following month, etc.

You could also try eliminating certain products from your diet gradually, i.e. cutting out red meat, then cutting out dairy, etc. Do what works best for you! The idea is to be truthful with yourself and what you believe you can realistically attain within a certain time frame. It’s important to remember that everyone has their own reasons for being vegan and we all work at our own pace.

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  1. Plan what you’re going to eat

Eat regularly and never allow yourself to go hungry. Try your best to plan what you’re going to eat to ensure you get your calories in. The best way to do this is to plan ahead. If you do this you’re less likely to snack and less likely to go hungry.

Before you do your main grocery shop, try thinking about the dishes that you would like to eat/prepare for the week. Consider breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Add the ingredients for each dish to your shopping list and increase the quantity if you want to make more. You can even freeze it for a later date.

  1. Be adventurous

Don’t limit yourself to what you already know. Be adventurous…look up vegan recipes, bloggers, vloggers, magazines, and books.  Find other ways of utilising your favourite ingredients and replicating your favourite dishes. Experiment with new ones too. This will prevent you from getting bored of eating the same old stuff, and throwing in the towel!

  1. Stock up on staples

Some people are under the impression that being vegan means living on salads and fruits all day, every day. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth! There is so much more to being vegan than living like a rabbit.

Keep your pantry busy by stocking up on herbs, spices and whole foods like legumes, grains, and seeds. As these are dried goods, you can keep them stored away in your cupboards for a long time. Keep your fridge stocked up with seasonal fruit and veg. Cooking doesn’t need to be difficult. Keep it simple!

For a quick and healthy vegetable fried rice, just add a bit of veg, a touch of seasoning and some olive oil to some brown rice. See, easy-peasy!

  1. Buy foods that are in season

Foods that are in season tend to be the cheapest. Not only that but if you’re a novice cook, you’ll find several chefs creating new recipes with seasonal produce. This keeps things interesting. You’ll also save money and learn so fab recipes!

  1. Stay hydrated

We all know the importance of drinking water, but so many of us struggle to consume the correct daily intake. Try to drink six or eight glasses of water per day. When we’re dehydrated it’s easy to mistake this for hunger. So, stay hydrated, especially in between meals.

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  1. Eating out

Eating out at restaurants is probably one of the most challenging things when you’re a vegan. The idea here is to plan ahead. Go online and look up the restaurant’s menu before you visit.

Most restaurants will have vegetarian options on their menu. They will also often be able to adapt the non-vegetarian/vegan options. So, you should call and enquire prior to your visit. We have a great resource for finding places to eat if you’re struggling to find somewhere to eat. Another good tip is to create your own meal from side dishes.

  1. Don’t give up

If you slip, dust yourself off and try again. Surround yourself with people that will show understanding and encouragement. Having a ‘slip-up’ is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you’ll revert back to your old lifestyle choices.

Whatever your reasons are for going vegan, it’s important that you feel happy in your decision. Don’t be too tough on yourself if you do slip-up. Stick with it and you’ll soon see and feel just how great it is to be vegan 😊

Good luck! x

GreenBay Vegan Supermarket Comes To Town

GreenBay Vegan Supermarket Comes To Town

Fulham’s Vegan Mecca – GreenBay Arrives!

Fulham is now also home to GreenBay, London’s first 100% vegan supermarket. Having been described as the ‘vegan mecca’ by the evening standard, Fulham’s North End Road is vastly becoming a hotspot for vegan eateries.

Anderson Caicedo – Co-Founder of GreenBay

Co-Founder of GreenBay, and former banker, Anderson Caicedo, spoke to the Evening Standard. He shares his thoughts on the growth of veganism and where this remunerative growth could potentially lead.

The vegan movement is growing really really fast but it’s still not mainstream. It requires a lot of work to be profitable….We are trying to unite with other vegan companies and get more vegan businesses to either launch here or to set up a second branch here.

Anderson has high hopes that Fulham can become London’s vegan centre. With the vegan movement growing so fast, we’re sure that there is great potential for that. We agree with Anderson and believe that it might encourage more vegans to move into the area. This, in turn, will prompt other vegan businesses to open up there.

GreenBay sells specialized foods, as well as all of your favourite meat and dairy alternatives. You’ll be pleased to hear that it also stocks organic wine and pet-food. 😊

Even though it hasn’t been on the scene very long, it’s already won an award for ‘Best Fulham Business 2016.’

Other Local Vegan Spots

  • The highly acclaimed 222 Veggie Vegan restaurant is located just a stone’s throw away.
  • Pizzeria Picky Wops have also recently converted their menu to an all vegan menu.
  • The Sanctuary is also in the vicinity – known for its infamous vegan burgers and fry-ups! 😊

We believe that it’s only a matter of time before Fulham becomes London’s number one vegan hangout spot.

To keep up to date with GreenBay’s exclusive product range, pop into the store and say hi!

The staff are very friendly and are always more than happy to help. 😊

 

Grazer Dating App For Herbivores

Grazer – Dating App For Herbivores

Love Dating App For Vegans & Vegetarians

Oh my goodness! A dating app for herbivores…whatever next…I hear you say.

Confused? Okay, keep reading and I’ll explain. 😊

Even if we’ve been quietly content in being single…after a while, loneliness begins to remind us that we may be missing out on a potential whirlwind romance. Most of us will then consider using a dating site/app in order to find that ‘Mr or Mrs Right’.

So, we’ve all heard about the much-loved dating apps and websites that are out there, such as Match.com, Tinder, e-harmony, Zoosk, (just to name a few). They’re cool right? However, for some people, like herbivores, for example, they may not be quite what they’ve been looking for.

Well, herbivore’s…brace yourselves, as this latest dating app might just be the thing that finally motivates you to finally take that plunge!

Introducing Grazer!

Let me introduce you to Grazer…the dating app with a difference! It connects local vegetarians and vegans. 😊

Grazer is a herbivores dating app which is very similar to Tinder. You also have to use a swipe motion to like and to pass on potential partners.

However, although there are similarities between the two apps, Grazer’s sole purpose is to provide a positive space for like minded herbivores to connect and to hopefully find love. Hopefully, without having to experience some of the digs and comments that are sometimes expressed by carnivores.

In an interview with Vevolution, the founder of Grazer (Lewis Foster), explained the reason why he decided to develop the app.

Well, fortunately, my girlfriend and I went vegan together but I have quite a few single vegan friends that would moan about how hard it was to find a vegan partner. So, I decided to look into what was out there for the single vegan and vegetarian community. I was surprisingly overwhelmed by the existing services and felt there was a gap in the market.

A Great Resource For Vegans and Vegetarians

With veganism and vegetarianism becoming more mainstream now, Biskgetz® thinks that this is an amazing resource and presents an exciting and innovative way for the community to come together.

We’re not saying that every vegetarian or vegan will want or need the app, but we think it’s great that people have the choice. We know many herbivores would love their potential partner to share the same type of lifestyle and values as them.

Grazer’s founder also stated: ‘Our intention is to establish Grazer as a brand that reflects this shift and creates something the new generation  of herbivores are proud of.’

Grazer launched in the UK earlier this year and it has already developed a nice little following on social media.

So, whether you’re looking for love, friendship or networking, check out Grazer guys!

                                             Have a blessed day! 😊