Showing posts with label vegan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegan. Show all posts

RECIPE | Vegan Creamy Coriander Tofu Curry

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Happy National Vegetarian Week!! I love that National Vegetarian Week also falls on my one year 'Veganversary'. I've been vegan for a whole year! Woow, I can't believe it. I still remember back when I aspired to be vegan. It took me years to work up to it, and it turned out to be the easiest and best thing I ever did for myself and my family. Yay!

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week and my one year 'Veganversary' I'm going to share with you a super duper delicious recipe that I served at my mum's birthday dinner last weekend. Everyone around the table couldn't get enough of it and there were even some third helpings being had.

The kind team at Ilumi sent me a box of goodies to try out, I collaborated with them a couple of years ago before I stopped eating meat so I was really excited to try out their meat free range of food this time around.  I was able to use their gorgeous turmeric rice to accompany this recipe, it was so easy to pop it in the microwave a couple of minutes before serving and have one less thing to worry about on the stove.

They're doing a 3 for 2 offer on their entire vegetarian food range until Sunday so head over to their website for more details and fun pickings: www.ilumiworld.com

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Ingredients:
(serves 4)

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, chopped 
A thumb of ginger (about 1.5 inches), crushed into a paste
4 tomatoes, pureed
A large handful of coriander leaves (cilantro)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
3 bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
350g silken tofu, pureed
350g firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes (optional)
Ground Pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Rice to serve


Directions:

Heat up your coconut oil on a medium heat then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the pan moving them around constantly until the mustard seeds start to pop. Add onions and ginger paste to the pan and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour in 1.5 cups boiling water, pureed tomatoes, half the coriander leaves, maple syrup, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Stir well and let it cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Add the pureed silken tofu, chopped peppers, the left over coriander leaves, the cubes of firm tofu (if using) and salt and pepper to taste (I recommend the pepper as it helps 'activate' the goodness in the turmeric). Reduce the heat and simmer for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it gets too thick add some water.

Side Note:

We ate this dish without the firm tofu, but my mum, the only meat eater around the table, made the suggestion to add it. Everyone else thought it was perfect without, but if you have people around your table who are used to having a meaty texture in their curries perhaps add the tofu so they can get their texture fix. Personally next time I make it I'll do it the same as before, without the firm tofu. 

RECIPE | Easiest Aminos Rice

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A lot of people overlook the importance of whole grains in their diet but whole grains contain so much goodness which helps every part of our bodies function properly. Whole grain rice is full of fibre, protein and so many essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to feel fantastic. And what's even better is that whole grain rice is really delicious!

Rice can be used in so many different ways but sometimes when the fridge is empty or I'm in a rush (or can't be bothered to cook anything more exciting) I always fall back on liquid aminos. We are absolutely obsessed with this dish at home as it tastes great, can be prepared quickly (especially if you have leftover rice) and it's really easy to throw some additional dishes on the table to make a complete healthy meal. 

Bragg Liquid Aminos is a really great addition to meals. It contains 16 of the 20 amino acids, some of which you can only get through diet. It's basically plant protein in a bottle and it tastes delicious. 


Ingredients:
Leftover Whole Grain Rice (or cook a batch to packet instructions)
Bragg Liquid Aminos


Directions:
Spray (or pour of you don't have the spray bottle) liquid aminos over your rice to taste, we use about 15 sprays (or 1 tablespoon) per cup of rice, and serve with some nutritious side dishes to make a delicious meal. Or eat on it's own if you're feeling glutinous. Simple. As. That.

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Mildreds Soho

Mildreds London

Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Oxford Street, it felt quite naughty going into the city for leisure on a week day. We wandered down Oxford Street popping into some shops along the way before heading to Mildred's for a bite to eat.

Mildreds is a popular vegetarian restaurant in Soho with lots of vegan and gluten free options. The atmosphere there is really buzzing, it's very laid back and just after we arrived it got packed for the lunch time rush. It was one of the busiest places I've ever eaten at, but the tables weren't too close together so it didn't affect our meal in any way.

When I first walked into Mildreds I started drooling as I passed a takeaway bar that was packed with colourful, delicious looking (and smelling) food. We sat down and ordered our meal quickly, eager to get some food inside us. We ordered a 'side dish' of smashed avocado with lime, chilli and blue corn chips as a shared starter which was filled with giant chunks of fresh avocado and was so light and delicious. 

For our main course we both chose dishes from the 'specials' menu. Mine was a mushroom and chestnut wellington with gravy and vegetables which tasted really lovely and was such a treat, and my friend had a creamy squash tagliatelle which she thought was gorgeous. We ordered a bowl of fries (although I'd call them chips as they were quite chunky) with chipotle ketchup and basil mayo which were the perfect addition to the table. The chips were beautifully crispy and both sauces were out of this world, I could eat the basil mayo on everything. It was so light and creamy and completely vegan.

I was really hoping I'd have room for pudding after my meal but we were both so stuffed there was no way we could eat any more food, which was a shame as I'm sure the desserts at Mildreds would have been lovely. Mildreds is now top of my list of places to eat, all the food that came out of the kitchen looked delicious. I'm definitely going back very soon.

You can visit Mildreds Soho at 45 Lexington Street, Soho, London, W1F 9AN. They don't take table reservations so you'll just have to cross your fingers and try your luck, and if they're busy you can enjoy a drink at their bar while you wait for your table. 

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Mildreds London
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Vegan Food Diary

I can't do my vegan food diary as I was doing before. Firstly, on the days I work we don't get home until 7pm, Orlaith has already been fed by her childminder (who is amazing and cooks her fresh vegan dinners every night) and the sun has already gone in (the sun is my photography light).  So basically I just grab photos of food here and there wherever I get a chance now. It's usually on the days I don't work, and is usually some kind of leftover from dinner the night before. P.S. on week days I either eat leftovers for dinner or a big bowl of miso soup with noodles so there's nothing too exciting that's being missed.

Orlaith's still in a more picky phase. Honestly sometimes she looks at her food like I've dumped a bunch of alien people on her plate. It's just a different type of broccoli mate, just eat it. I probably don't help by making random things that she probably won't like but I love recipe testing and discovering new dishes to add to our 'love' list. It's a bit of give and take most days.  

Vegan Food Diary
Pesto Pasta w/ Spinach, Avocado, Toasted Pine Nuts + Nutritional Yeast - We absolutely love pasta. I try not to make it too often, maybe once every week or two, because we tend to have less veg when we eat it. Orlaith had hers just with the pesto + nutritional yeast. The pesto was shop bought, Sacla do a lovely vegan one we use often (here).

Vegan Food Diary
Potato + Lentil Stew w/ Rice + Veg - Ok, I'm fully aware this may look gross in the picture but it's one of our absolute favourite recipes we make at home. It's meant to be a soup but I cook it longer so it turns into more of a stew and serve it with grains and veg, It's packed with lentils and beautiful spices. I gave it to Orlaith and her friend who came over for a playdate and they couldn't get enough of it.

Vegan Food Diary
Leftover Sweet Potato Gratin w/ Baby Corn, Yellow Peppers, Toasted Peanuts + Avocado - If you like Asian food you'd like this sweet potato gratin (recipe here). Orlaith had one taste and recoiled like I'd put poison in her mouth (hah) so I ended up making her steamed corn on the cob and tender stem broccoli instead. I generally don't make separate meals but the flavours were strong on this one. I quite liked it but probably won't make it again.

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Leftover Black Beans + Rice w/ Kale + Avocado - These black beans are another favourite of ours. We had them for dinner the night before, with the rice and black beans separated and served with tender stem broccoli.


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Vegan Food Diary

Orlaith is being super fussy with her food right now. She's always eaten quite a wide range of food, but now she's refusing to eat certain things she's happily eaten in the past. I hope it's just a phase. It's not fun when I spend time planning and preparing a meal for it to be picked at and complained over. Five year olds ey!

Vegan Food Diary
Vegan Food Diary

Falafel & Roasted Pepper Fajitas / Salad - Orlaith had her wrap with just the roasted peppers, she's not a fan of falafel or avocado.  This falafel came from a packet and it wasn't the nicest one I've had.  I'll make my own next time.

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Hotdogs - Yup, I had a super duper lazy kitchen day.  We like these meat free sausages.

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Bang Bang Tofu - It looked and sounded so good but we weren't the biggest fans of this dish.  It was definitely edible, but there was nothing exciting about it.  Recipe found here.

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Falafel Wraps - I had to use up the rest of the falafels so we made more wraps, this time with tahini and salad.  

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Broccoli Quinoa Bowl - Another recipe that didn't quite hit the spot for us.  I thought it was fine, Orlaith disliked it and just ate the broccoli and toasted nuts out of it. I added avocado and a large quantity of chilli to mine to make it a bit more exciting. Recipe found here.

19 Oct '15 - 25 Oct '15
Monday: Falafel & Roasted Pepper Fajitas / Salad
Tuesday: Hotdogs
Wednesday: Bang Bang Tofu
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Falafel Wraps
Saturday: Broccoli Quinoa Bowl
Sunday: Dinner Out


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Vegan Food Diary

I'm happy to introduce this new feature on the blog.  I went (almost) fully vegan in May and Orlaith followed suit in September (we still eat honey so we're not 'officially' vegan but we do what works for our family).

Having a diet rich in predominantly plant based foods is the healthiest way to go.  I want to use this feature to share the food I cook for dinners during the week (and weekends if we eat at home too).  Orlaith and I sit down together at the table every day after school and eat the same meal so these meals are both adult and kid friendly.

I'll start adding recipes for some of my favourite meals soon, if you see a meal without a recipe link that you want to know more about please let me know in the comment section and I'll make it a priority to get the recipe up.  I hope this feature might encourage people to add a few more plants to their diets and perhaps a bit less meat.

Vegan Food Diary
Black Bean & Pumkin Orzo Soup - As soon as pumpkins hit the shops each year Orlaith begs me to make this recipe.  I added avocado and chilli to mine, Orlaith had hers plain.

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Leftover Pumpkin & Black Bean Orzo Soup - The day after you make the pumpkin and black beans orzo soup the orzo soaks up all the sauce and it becomes more of a 'stew'.  I added mine to a bed of spinach and sprinkled it with coriander and chilli, Orlaith had hers plain.

Vegan Food Diary

Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry - This is one of my favourite dishes at the moment.  Orlaith dislikes it... a lot.  Sorry kid, I was really craving aubergine and made it anyway.  Orlaith had double rice and a just few mouthfuls of the curry and ate hers with a bowl of peanuts. 

Vegan Food Diary

Leftover Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry - I didn't get home until late on Friday so Orlaith and I ate separately. I mixed the rice and curry up and threw in a giant handful of spinach and some coriander when heating it up.  Orlaith had these noodles instead of the curry.

12 Oct '15 - 18 Oct '15
Monday: Pumpkin & Blackbean Orzo Soup
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry
Thursday: Dinner Out
Friday: Ramen Noodles in Miso Soup (& Leftovers)
Saturday: Dinner Out
Sunday: Dinner Out


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5 Easy Steps To Eliminate Dairy From Your Diet

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Dairy is bad. Scientific paper after scientific paper reports that dairy is bad for humans to consume. It leads to an increased risk of multiple cancers, leaves us with weaker bones, and countless other problems including IBS, skin disorders such as acne and eczema, and depression.

Dairy cows are treated in inhumane ways, spending their lives attached to uncomfortable machines, artificially inseminated to get them pregnant over and over again so they can continue producing milk, then having their babies taken away from them for the cycle to be repeated again. Dairy cows are routinely given animal grade antibiotics and hormones (which gets passed into the milk then into us) and if they're 'organic' cows and they get mastitis or any other type of infection they are left to suffer without any kind of pain/infection fighting medication leaving the cows in agony and their bloody puss passing into the milk. The human digestive system was not built to digest dairy, and cows were not put on this earth to be strapped to machines. 

My personal journey eliminating dairy has been a long and rocky one.  Giving up something that we've grown up eating is not easy and anyone who does it deserves a medal. It's been four years since I learnt that I was intolerant to dairy, and I can now confidently say that I'm 100% dairy free. I no longer suffer from acne (something I've suffered from severely since I was a teenager and well into my adult life) and (with the help of a meat free diet) my unpleasant journey with depression has all but come to an end. It's pretty amazing that the food we eat can affect us in so many ways.

While change doesn't happen overnight, taking the first step always helps to get you going in the right direction. So here are 5 easy steps to help you begin reducing dairy from your diet. 

1. Educate Yourself
Do some research. Watch some documentaries. Read some books. Get your facts straight and be clear on why you are deciding to reduce or eliminate dairy from your diet. Not only will this arm you with proper information when people question your decision (that's if you wish to explain it at all, some people don't), but by having a clear reason why you want to cut out dairy also helps you stay strong on your dairy free mission. On a side note, some people don't like it when others change their own habits, so be prepared for people to disagree with what you're doing. That's ok. The world would be boring if we all agreed with one another.

2. Switch Your Staples
Picture yourself at home, adding a dash of milk to your coffee and spreading delicious butter on your toast, taking that freshly baked cheese pizza out of the oven or getting the carton of chocolate ice cream out of the freezer for that movie night... I still enjoy all these things without the addition of dairy. And I promise you, the 'substitutes' on offer are good. When friends come to mine I prepare food the same way I prepare it for myself and no one ever notices the difference between my butter and theirs, my cheese and theirs or my ice cream and theirs. In fact, most people comment on how delicious what I've given them is. That's when I usually mention it's dairy free and the news is usually met with surprise.  If the dairy products are not in your house you are not going to eat them. It's as simple as that.

3. Read Food Labels
A friend of mine recently claimed he didn't eat dairy shortly before ordering and eating a croissant from a cafe. It didn't cross his mind that a croissant is made up of something like 50% butter! When you pick up food and drinks from the shops take a moment to read the label at the back. You'll probably be surprised at how many products contain dairy in them! To this day I always do a quick scan of the ingredients before buying because they sneak dairy into everything these days. When you first start this process is can be a bit overwhelming but you soon learn what does and doesn't contain dairy. In the UK they often put dairy ingredients in bold so it's very easy to see it at a glance.

4. Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions
When I first went dairy free I would always choose the most dairy free looking thing on the menu. Well, most of the time it turned up on my plate covered in some kind of creamy sauce that wasn't mentioned on the menu. The easiest thing to do it casually mention that you don't eat dairy and ask if the dish you've selected has any dairy in it. If it does have dairy in it, ask them what else they could recommend that doesn't include dairy. If it's as simple as a buttered bun that gets in your way just ask for the bun to come without butter, or for your fish to be cooked in oil instead of butter. Don't be scared of being a 'fussy' customer, there's usually something you can eat in most restaurants and staff are generally more than happy to assist you with finding something to enjoy.

5. Bring A Dish
When eating at friends houses I never expect them to cater specifically to my dietary requirements. Instead, I always ask if I can bring a dish (no one ever says no). Ask how many people are eating, find out if there's a theme to the food (Italian, barbecue etc.) and make enough so that everyone can have some if they wanted to. No one is ever disappointed by extra food at the table.


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RECIPE | Sweet Almond Balls

Sweet Almond Balls

I'm slowly taking steps to reduce the amount of refined sugar and flour in my diet. So, instead of those lovely packets of biscuits I'm used to picking up from the shops, these days I try to make my own puddings and sweet treats when I get the chance.

These almond balls are such a winner in my house, the only problem is they are so moreish that every single one gets eaten regardless of how many I've made, so I always have to make them in small batches.


Ingredients:
(makes approximately 8 small balls)

80g ground almonds
1 tbsp manuka honey (or agave syrup)
3-4 tsp water
ground cinnamon


Directions:

If you have a grinding mill grind your almonds (I use the milling blade on the nutribullet for this). Knead the almonds with the honey or agave syrup and water with your hands until you've created a smooth mass. If it's too thick add more water until you're reached your desired consistency.  Form the paste into small balls and roll them in the ground cinnamon. These can be eaten immediately or kept in the fridge to eat later.


Quick Tip:

If you're using agave syrup for this recipe I would try adding less water (1-2 tsp). Manuka honey is thicker and therefore needs a bit more water to soften the paste up. 

Sweet Almond Balls
Sweet Almond Balls


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RECIPE | Kick Starter Juice

Kick Starter Juice

It's no secret that I'm in love with juicing and having a fresh juice first thing in the morning always gets me energised for the day. I've been juicing daily for the past couple of months and I've felt so many wonderful benefits. I've been making good choices in other areas of my diet which all goes hand in hand but one of the best changes for me is the amount of energy I have these days and living without the constant brain fog I've suffered with for so long.


Ingredients:
(Enough for 2 glasses)

half a lemon
2 carrots
2 oranges, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 apple, stalk removed
fresh ginger, thumb sized piece
health powder (optional)
water (optional)


Directions:

If you're using a health powder for that extra burst of goodness put a teaspoon or two in your juicing jug and add some water. Give it a good shake or stir until the powder has totally absorbed into the water (I currently use Baobab and Maca powder with citrus juices).

Juice all of your fresh ingredients through the juicer except for the lemon, which should be squeezed separately (you can also squeeze the oranges and grapefruit separately instead of putting them through the juicer if you prefer). Add the squeezed juice to the extracted juice, give everything a good mix with a spoon. Add water to dilute if you wish. Pour into a glass (with or without ice) and enjoy.


Quick Tips:

This is a very citrus rich juice. If your stomach is sensitive to acidic things I would probably dilute the juice even more, omit the lemon and not drink it on an empty stomach.

I am the worst at drinking water throughout the day so I often dilute my juices to get some water into my body. If you're sharing or making juice for kids always dilute with water!

Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice

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London | Tanya's Cafe

Tanya's Cafe

Last weekend I got to try the breakfast menu at Tanya's Cafe in Chelsea. Tanya's Cafe is an organic, raw cafe where I arranged to meet a friend for an early breakfast.  We had the best start to our day sipping cold pressed juices and catching up over a delightful raw breakfast.  This is my second time dining in a raw restaurant, and while the whole of the breakfast menu didn't jump out to me (I have weird food issues), there was definitely something for everyone and I really enjoyed my breakfast choice, Avo Un-Toast. My friend tried Jam Un-Toast and by the end of our meal we were all un-toasted out (in a good way).

The cold pressed juices were divine, in fact I think it's the first time I've had my juice cold pressed and, while I love my home made juices on my centrifugal juicer, the crystal clear juices at Tanya's Cafe are what dreams are made of. I had My Alkaliser for my first juice of the day and then My Doctor for an after meal treat. Both juices were lovely with a fresh ginger tang to them. My friend also had the My Calm shooter which is bursting with goodness and perfect if you don't want to fill up on a whole juice. The juices arrive so beautifully garnished with bright edible flowers.  If you're in the area but don't have time for a meal you can pop in and grab a juice to go.  Whenever I need a pick-me-up nothing does it better than a fresh juice. 

You can find Tanya's Cafe at myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth place, London SW3 3QX and check out their menu online at www.tanyascafe.com.

Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe

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RECIPE | Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink

Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink

So, I've finally jumped on the chia seed bandwagon. When I read into them and saw how flipping amazing they are for you I went straight to the health food store and bought a bag (or two). Chia is high in fibre, protein and omega-3 and you should definitely be trying to incorporate these little guys into your diet.

It took me a while to find the perfect way to enjoy chia seeds then I finally teamed them with my favourite tea to create a refreshing and delicious chia drink that both Olaith and I love. This is double amazing because earl grey tea is an antioxidant and a natural disinfectant and is great for your digestion and teeth.  So many health benefits in one yummy drink!


Ingredients:
(makes one 300ml glass)

1 earl grey tea bag (or another black tea)
250 ml boiling water
50 ml milk (I use almond)
2 tbsp chia seeds
agave syrup (optional)


Directions:

Prepare your tea by putting the tea bag in 250ml of boiling water and leaving for around 5 to 10 minutes to infuse. Put your milk and tea into a glass or cup (please check it is shatter proof as you are using very hot water), add 2 tbsp of chia seeds and give it a good stir. If you like sweet tea you can add agave syrup until you've reached your desired sweetness. I use between 1 and 2 tsp of agave syrup per glass. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight) stirring halfway through. Give it a stir before drinking.

Enjoy x

Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink
Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink
Refreshing Earl Grey Chia Seed Drink

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Healthy Snacks | Nakd

Healthy Snacks Nakd

One thing I like to do is snack. I have a fast metabolism and a terrible snacking habit and have just never been satisfied with three meals a day.  So for me finding healthy snacks is a must, there's nothing worse than snacking on junk all day. I've done it before and it does nothing for my energy levels, my skin or my general health.

I started buying Nakd bars a couple of years ago. They're made with whole nutritious ingredients and they taste great! Let me start by telling you first what they don't contain. Naked bars don't contain additives, preservatives, GM, dairy, wheat or gluten and they have zero added sugar (apart from the new 'Trek' bars).  All Nakd and Trek bars are vegan and they contain lots of my favourite beauty foods including nuts, oats and fruits, and one bar counts as one of your 'five a day'.

So as I said we've been eating Nakd cereal bars around here for a couple of years. Our go to bars are the chocolatey ones (of course) which are made with cocoa, but I've recently been trying more of their flavours and I'm really impressed with how great (and accurate) their other flavours are.

We always have a couple of Nakd bars in our house. They're great to eat when you're feeling peckish, or for popping in your bag for an 'on the go' snack. We take them on picnics with us and whenever Orlaith has a packed lunch she gets one in her lunchbox. There's nothing better than being able to give your child a treat without having to worry about the amount of junk going into their body or about them going crazy from the added sugar.

Have you tried Nakd bars? And if so, which is your favourite flavour?

Healthy Snacks Nakd
Healthy Snacks Nakd
This post was written in collaboration with Natural Balance Foods.


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