If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probable already seen my posts about these guys over the weekend.

Their stall at the Just V Show was one of the busiest, and they weren’t even selling anything!

Oumph! was created to fill a gap in the meat substitute market. Something plant based, with low climate impact, that could increase people’s health, and help feed the 9 million on Earth. No small task!

The solution? These meat-free proteins, made entirely from beans, “unlike anything else from the plant kingdom”, and (they claim) with a climate impact is so low, that everyone on the planet can eat them every day!

Not only is this plant protein resource efficient, low in climate impact, rich in protein & fibre, and a great source of iron & folic acid, it tastes amazing. I mean A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! So good, we cheekily went back for more than a few of the tasting samples on offer on Sunday, despite the crowd & queues!

Oumph! comes is 9 varieties ~ 3 unseasoned & 6 seasoned with lots of spices ~ but as I mentioned, none of these were available at the show. Which at the time I was gutted about, however I am excited to announce that the full range will be launching in UK Whole Foods stores in September!!!

Their presence at the show was inspired PR-ing, and despite my initial disappointment, I’ll be spending the next couple of months planning how I’m going to cook and eat all 9 varieties. Roll on September… the question is, will we have enough Summer left for BBQs?

If you see them popping up anywhere else in the meantime, please make sure you give them a try.

I know some veggies & vegans don’t like the flavour or texture of meat (real or substitute), and if that’s you, you’re better off giving this one a miss. However, if like me, you were once an enthusiastic meat-eater, who has chosen to live a cruelty-free life for other reasons, I guarantee these texture & flavours will blow you away.

When you manage to get your hands on a pack, let me know what you think… I’ll be in front of you in the Whole Foods queue.

In the meantime, their website has loads of recipe ideas to ensure we never get bored, and can, as they suggest, eat Oumph! every day!

*** Disclaimer: whilst the majority of the images featured in this post have been borrowed from the Oumph! website, I have not been asked to promote this product by anyone & the opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ***


New vegan friendly brand on sale at selected Tesco stores.

Have you heard of Gosh! and their range of burgers, bakes and bites, made using 100% natural ingredients, “as nature intended”?

Naturally free from the top 14 allergens, including cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, soya, nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupin, sulphur dioxide, crustaceans, fish & molluscs.

So far I’ve tried their Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean Bugers and can honestly say they are very tasty and quite impressive. Baked in the oven for 15-20 mins, they are full of flavour and held together much better than most other vegan burger brands.

Each 125g burger is only 200kcals and contains 7.7g protein and only 2.3g sugar.

I’ve also just purchased the Mixed Seed, Quinoa, Carrot & Coriander Bakes with a Minted Pea Centre am hope these will be equally as tasty.

The whole range has been approved by both the Vegetarian & Vegan Societies.

Check out the whole range on sale online at Tesco or to find out more, including where you can purchase, check out their Facebook page or website.

Vegfest – Brighton 28-29th March

Has anyone been to Vegfest before? Last year I went for the first time, to the one at Kensington Olympia, London.

I picked up some bargains and found out about great new products and brands. So I am particularly excited for this Saturday, when the BF and I will be going to the one in in Brighton, unable to wait until it returns to London in October.

The dream is to one day have a stall selling food and sweet treats, but for now I’ll settle for being a happy visitor and customer.

A few things I will be purchasing :

  • Nakd bars from Natural Balance Foods – made from 100% natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts “smooshed” together in a handy bar. Wheat & dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras, I’m going to pick up a couple of boxes of my fave bars : Cashew Cookie & Cocoa Crunch
  • Explore Asian‘s bean pastas – vegan, organic, gluten-free, kosher “pastas”; the taste and texture of pasta, with all the benefits of beans! I’m especially looking out for their Edamame Spaghetti
  • Great Food UK 100% natural, gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, Halal & Kosher range of bites, snacks and meals – last year they had some great offers on their falafel and sweet potato pakoras!

I was a little unprepared last year and didn’t do my research before I went, so this time I’ve been studying the schedule.

Non-shopping things I’m looking forward to :

  • Jasmijn de Boo‘s (The Vegan Society) talk on vegan businesses, trends & success stories
  • Ellie Bedford‘s cookery demonstration – How to Eat a “Chocolatey” Rainbow
  • Melissa (Ms. Cupcake) Morgan’s talk on how to replace animal products in baking
  • Anneka Svenska‘s talk on vegan juicing and smoothies
  • Animal welfare conference section
  • Environmental & food sustainability conference
  • The Hemp Expo showcasing the industrial and medicinal benefits of hemp, including a smoothie demo from Tim Barford

    Think I’m going to have a busy day!! Maybe I’ll see you there?