Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Vegan & Vegetarian Supplements and a tasty curry recipe!*

Vertese vegan supplements

As any vegan will tell you, as soon as you stop consuming animal products, everyone around you suddenly becomes a nutritionist. "Where do you get your protein / iron / vitamin X Y Z?" The truth is, if you're careful to get enough variety into your diet, a vegan lifestyle can provide 99% of the essential vitamins and minerals needed - the only one which is a bit more difficult is Vitamin B12. Whilst I drink plant milks fortified with B12, I always like to 'top up' with a vegan supplement.

When it gets to winter, my attention also turns to other supplements to keep me well in the colder months. I went vegetarian at the age of 14 so I've never really relied on 'meat products' for my nutrients, but I found that I was super-susceptible to colds and bugs in the winter. I would literally go to bed feeling fine and wake up with full-blown, I-can't-breathe-and-my-throat-is-on-fire cold and flu at the drop of a hat.

Before I transitioned to veganism, the only thing I had to really worry about when it came to supplements was whether the capsules were made from animal gelatin. But since going vegan, I've found it really tricky to pick up supplements which don't contain dairy - everything seems to contain lactose! #Veganproblems.

So when the lovely folks at Vertese got in touch to tell me about their new line of vegan and vegetarian supplements I was chuffed to hear someone's come up with a solution! Inspired by the influx of consumers choosing a meat-free diet (apparently now 10% of the UK population is veggie or vegan!), Vertese has developed a new line of supplements suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Vertese vegan supplements

They sent me a couple of products to try in this wonderful meat-free dream of a gift box! Inside, along with a wealth of information about the products and why a plant-based diet is pretty much the best, were two of Vertese's extensive range of supplements to try out, as well as the ingredients to make an amazing vegan curry!

I'll be using both of the supplements each day for the next month and will report back how they've worked for me.

Vertese Berry C Complex Vegan Vitamin C Supplement

Vertese Berry C Complex (£10.99) is a plant-based vitamin C supplement for immune support. I'm especially excited to try this as I've got a super-busy month coming up with work, moving house and, of course, Christmas, and I can't afford to get a cold! The vitamin C in here is derived from Acerola Cherry extract and is designed to support the immune system as well as the health of your skin which I'll be especially grateful for when the cold weather bites and I'm blasting the central heating all day. Other ingredients in the Berry C Complex include grapeseed, blackcurrant, rosehip and citrus fruits. The capsules in all of the Vertese products are gelatin-free and not tested on animals!

Vertese Beetroot, B12 & Iron vegan supplements

Vertese Beetroot, B12 & Iron Complex (£9.49) is a little nutrient powerhouse! These little capsules provide a hit of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron! Up until now I've just been using a simple B12 supplement on its own, so I'm really interested to see how these extra benefits make me feel.

Vertese vegan capsules

Aside from being plant-based, the capsules are not too large either, no bigger than a regular paracetamol caplet, so these shouldn't be too difficult to swallow. Vertese doesn't add yeast to its supplements, so I'm hoping these don't have that slightly strange, yeasty taste which some supplements have; watch this space!

Naturally Sassy Sweet Potato & Spinach Korma

Vertese has teamed up with plant-based blogger Naturally Sassy to share her favourite meat-free recipes. They kindly provided me with the ingredients required to make this sweet potato & spinach korma, and here's how you can give it a go too. We tucked into this with brown rice and chapatis - it was delicious and so incredibly easy! Let me know if you give it a go!

1/2 cup cashew nuts (soaked)
1/2 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup water
12oz can chickpeas
4 cups spinach
1 cup peas
1 sweet potato peeled and chopped into cubes
1 packet spring onions

For the curry base
1/2 tbsp oil
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chili powder

THIS IS IMPORTANT. I failed at the first hurdle because I wanted to make this on Saturday night and I stupidly didn't read the ingredients in advance so I didn't soak my cashews. Fail. You need to cover the cashews in water and soak them for at least eight hours, preferably overnight.

OK, done that? You're ready to go!


Peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or until soft. In a blender process the cashew nuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, water and curry base (this makes the korma sauce). In a wok with a drizzle of olive oil, add all the vegetables and continue to stir until soft. Add the korma sauce, heat and serve. Serve with brown rice if desired.

Naturally Sassy Sweet Potato & Chickpea Vegan Curry

Vertese supplements are available to purchase online at Totally Nourish and in selected Boots stores.

Emily x


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