Braw http://www.brawfood.co.uk Pressed gluten free oat and fruit bars. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:32:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coconut Oil http://www.brawfood.co.uk/coconut-oil/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/coconut-oil/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:21:19 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=1130

CoconutsCoconut oil is one of the biggest selling items in health stores at the moment, its little wonder when you hear about the vast health benefits that it can bring as part of a balanced diet.

Some of the benefits of coconut oil include-
Being one of the best types of fat to have in the diet, this is because of the medium chain fatty acids specifically lauric acid which aids the immune system due to its antivral and antibacterial properties.… Read more ➞

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CoconutsCoconut oil is one of the biggest selling items in health stores at the moment, its little wonder when you hear about the vast health benefits that it can bring as part of a balanced diet.

Some of the benefits of coconut oil include-
Being one of the best types of fat to have in the diet, this is because of the medium chain fatty acids specifically lauric acid which aids the immune system due to its antivral and antibacterial properties. In fact studies have shown the positive effect coconut oil has in deterring tooth decay. The acids within coconut oil also increase metabolism and some research is suggesting it aids weight loss.

With all these great benefits in mind we have now started using Coconut oil in our new Braw bar recipes. We have had fantastic feedback from all who have tried the new recipe, the coconut oil has also made the bars even juicier as well so if you haven’t tried yet look out for them!!

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The Future of Healthy Snacking http://www.brawfood.co.uk/the-future-of-healthy-snacking/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/the-future-of-healthy-snacking/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:47:42 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=1056

At Braw, our mission is to promote healthy, guilt-free snacking. While our bars can be bought directly from our website and in a variety of stores throughout the world, you can also have our bars delivered alongside a selection of other nutritious goodies courtesy of innovative companies such as Nutribox and Saviour Snacks.… Read more ➞

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At Braw, our mission is to promote healthy, guilt-free snacking. While our bars can be bought directly from our website and in a variety of stores throughout the world, you can also have our bars delivered alongside a selection of other nutritious goodies courtesy of innovative companies such as Nutribox and Saviour Snacks.

They’re making it easy to receive a selection of exciting healthy snacks at the click of a mouse. These online home delivery services allow you to select different size boxes, which type, how often you would like to receive them and you can have them delivered to your home or workplace. Each snack box contains delicious products which will help sustain, and benefit your health. These products will satisfy your mid-morning hunger and won’t leave you craving unhealthy crisps and chocolate. These specially curated selections of healthy snacks change on a monthly basis, meaning you can also discover different products with each delivery.

The Ultimate Saviour Snack Box

Saviour conducts a nutritional screening process before any products make it to their snack boxes, ensuring that the only items customers receive are healthy and natural.   There are specially tailored boxes for Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free diets. 

Saviour also runs an initiative where fans can vote for the Community Team they think is most deserving of a free Super Saviour Snack Box. These currently include; Greenhouse, a sport and art’s facilitation project aimed at helping London’s disadvantaged communities; The Cambridge City Food Bank which delivers food to those in need and  CareFree Kids, a charity providing emotional support to children and their parents through drama, art and play therapies. We love that Saviour helps support invaluable community groups like these.

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Like Saviour Snacks, Nutribox are committed to supplying honest, healthy food. Nutribox select specifically gluten free products, and offer a tempting 25% discount on your first order!  Coming in two sizes, each box contains a selection of fruit and nut mixes, snack bars, savoury snacks, and treats. Our Braw Bars were Nutribox’s Star Brand last month!

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Gluten free cosmetics http://www.brawfood.co.uk/gluten-free-cosmetics/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/gluten-free-cosmetics/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:33:38 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=1045

Going gluten free means removing gluten from your diet, but you can also avoid absorbing it through your skin. Cosmetics and skincare products often contain Wheat, Barley and Rye to bind ingredients together, and some products contain emollients (softening or soothing to the skin, we had to look it up too) made from gluten derived oil.… Read more ➞

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Going gluten free means removing gluten from your diet, but you can also avoid absorbing it through your skin. Cosmetics and skincare products often contain Wheat, Barley and Rye to bind ingredients together, and some products contain emollients (softening or soothing to the skin, we had to look it up too) made from gluten derived oil.

These ingredients can aggravate symptoms in people with gluten intolerance, Coeliac disease and Dermatitis herpetiformis. Some people experience adverse reactions in the form of skin rashes and if ingested, lipsticks and lip balms can cause dietary symptoms. Many products contain Vitamin E which benefits the skin, however this is often derived from wheat. Gluten-free cosmetics derive Vitamin E from other sources, including Rice bran, Cotton and Olive oil.

It is not always easy to figure out from product information which ingredients may cause a reaction as many ingredients are not listed as ‘gluten’. Thankfully there are a growing number of companies making certified gluten-free skin care, make-up, toothpaste  and even nail varnish. Many of which are also vegan or cruelty free. As with food products, choosing cosmetic products which are gluten free does not mean sacrificing quality – you can feel good and still look great!

Wholesome cosmetics companies include Afterglow, Everyday Minerals, Mirabella, Red Apple Lipstick, Logonoa and Christine Marie cosmetics, which are also nut free.  Surface Hair Care make a full range of gluten free hair products, from shampoo and conditioner to styling products. Mineral based make-up products can also be multi-functional; mixing a mineral blusher with lip balm can create an attractive coloured lip cream and so you can cut costs by selecting a few products and using them in different ways. Taking a focused approach to what cosmetics actually contain means that many gluten free cosmetic products contain less chemicals and are made from natural ingredients and so are generally better for your skin and hair.

Other good sources for buying organic, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics we like are Gluten Free Make-up Gal and  Cute Cosmetics.

 

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Great North Run 2013 Cancer Research UK runners http://www.brawfood.co.uk/great-north-run-2013/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/great-north-run-2013/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:03:49 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=1034

Great North Run

We’ve been approached by Cancer Research UK to provide healthy snacks to their team who are running the Bupa Great North Run this Sunday 15 September 2013. The Bupa Great North Run starts in Newcastle, where runners can take in the iconic Tyne Bridge, then on to Gateshead finishing along the coast in South Shields.… Read more ➞

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Great North Run

We’ve been approached by Cancer Research UK to provide healthy snacks to their team who are running the Bupa Great North Run this Sunday 15 September 2013. The Bupa Great North Run starts in Newcastle, where runners can take in the iconic Tyne Bridge, then on to Gateshead finishing along the coast in South Shields.

Many people chose to raise money for causes close to their hearts since the Great North Run’s inception in 1981. There’s also a serious competitive element to the race. Paula Radcliffe’s course record (for women of course) of 65 minutes 40 seconds, set in 2003 was the half marathon world record for four years. Haile Gebrselassie and other famous names in distance running have took part and Martin Mathathi set a new course record in 2011 with an epic 59 minute and 27 second completion of the 13.1mile half marathon distance.

Whether you’re a professional athlete like Mo Farah, double world and Olympic champion, who this year will be starting the 5k race that forms part of the Great North Games weekend or a fun runner aiming to complete your first half marathon, replenishing lost fuel immediately after an endurance run like a half marathon, is essential. Braw bars contain gluten free oats that are a good source of complex carbohydrates, and are available in four flavours, Cocoa & Orange, Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Apple & Pear. We love refuelling after a 10K jog in the park on a Braw bar, getting our fix of unrefined carbohydrates and tasty too. There’s no need for additional refined sugars, Braw bars contain high fruit content making them a tasty and healthy post-workout snack.

We’re delighted that Braw food will have a presence in Cancer Research UK runners goodie bags as they cross the finish line in the second largest half marathon in the world. There are more runners in the Great North Run than even the London Marathon, making the event the largest mass participation sporting event in the UK. The Cancer Research UK team includes up to 2,700 runners. We’ll be cheering you on, not only in running effort but also equally epic fund raising – and support for such a worthy cause.

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Seasonal Summer Berries http://www.brawfood.co.uk/seasonal-summer-berries/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/seasonal-summer-berries/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:46:57 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=992

Britain revelled in a scorcher of a summer this year and our berry farmers have enjoyed a particularly good crop, bringing in even sweeter and juicier berries than with more recent harvests. It’s good for the environment to eat seasonally and source locally, and at this time of year berries are abundant in Britain.… Read more ➞

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Britain revelled in a scorcher of a summer this year and our berry farmers have enjoyed a particularly good crop, bringing in even sweeter and juicier berries than with more recent harvests. It’s good for the environment to eat seasonally and source locally, and at this time of year berries are abundant in Britain. Why not enjoy a walk in the park, or along a river and forage some tasty blackberries that are in season just now? We’ve spotted them in hedgerows in towns and cities throughout the UK on our recent travels.

Full of colour and flavour, berries can satisfy a sweet tooth and are a fun and healthy snack for kids. Summer berries are also extremely good for our health. Rich in many essential nutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin C to help boost the immune system and keep skin looking fresh. They also contain flavanoids which can protect against free radicals the heart and help lower cholesterol. The seeds in berries are also a really good source of fibre, which is great for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Berries are good for the whole body and are definitely a superfood in our book and so two of our bars contain these nutrient rich gems.

Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are really versatile and can be easily added to many recipes. Whether eaten fresh or added to fruit salads, smoothies or in our delicious and healthy Strawberry and Blackcurrant Braw bars, berries are definitely something we should all try to include in our diets, and what better way on your way home from the gym or off on a family holiday than a tasty Braw bar snack. Babies can enjoy pureed berries and these soft fruits can even be added to low sugar jams and jellies so you can make your own preserves and enjoy wild and locally picked berries once the season has come to an end.

Our Strawberry and Blackcurrant Braw bars each contain one portion of your recommended five a day and so are a great and convenient way to get more berries into your diet and enjoy that summer taste on the go.

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A Vegan in Glasgow http://www.brawfood.co.uk/a-vegan-in-glasgow/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/a-vegan-in-glasgow/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:05:16 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=996

According to PETA, Glasgow is the most vegan friendly city in the United Kingdom. As Braw bars are completely vegan, many of our fans have been asking if we know any good vegan spots. We compiled a list of our favourite vegan and vegetarian eateries in our Dear Green Place;

 

Mono- 12 Kings Court, 103 King Street (G1 5RB)

Mono’s in-house microbrewery

Not only does Mono serve delicious vegan main courses, snacks and alcohol, many drinks coming from the in-house microbrewery.… Read more ➞

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According to PETA, Glasgow is the most vegan friendly city in the United Kingdom. As Braw bars are completely vegan, many of our fans have been asking if we know any good vegan spots. We compiled a list of our favourite vegan and vegetarian eateries in our Dear Green Place;

 

Mono- 12 Kings Court, 103 King Street (G1 5RB)

Mono’s in-house microbrewery

Not only does Mono serve delicious vegan main courses, snacks and alcohol, many drinks coming from the in-house microbrewery. Home brewed Ginger beer anyone? The space is also used as a music venue, record shop, a zine store and hosts art exhibitions. Weekday deals include 2-for-1 on mains on Mondays and a chilli dog plus a beer for £5 on a Thursday. The chilli dog by the way, is amazing.

 

Stereo 20-28 Renfield Lane (G2 6PH)

 

Stereo is Mono’s little sister. Primarily serving delectable vegan tapas, the menu also includes crowd pleasers like falafel and Mexican dishes as well as offering sharing platters. Stereo is in a more central location and the space, like Mono is multi- functional serving as a music venue, arts venue and nightclub. For those of you interested in Glasgow’s architectural history, the building was once the home of the Daily Record printing works, and is a lesser known building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It has a distinctive white tiled exterior, designed in 1900 and built in the following four years.

 

Saramago Cafe Bar 350 Sauchiehall Street (G2 3JD)

Located within the city’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, Saramago serves adventurous mains, tapas and daily offerings of fresh home baking. The CCA is an exciting space with many events and exhibitions, and the bar often plays host to live local music. There is also a terrace outside so you can enjoy a relaxing meal watching the city go by.

 

The 78 10-14 Kelvinhaugh St  City Centre, Glasgow (G3 8NU)

 

Very reasonably priced with a varied menu The 78 is very popular with locals. There is a lunch and evening menu, burger and pint deals and students can enjoy 25% off. Thursday nights host The Dutchy Pot, an evening of reggae and dancehall music enjoyed alongside a very cheap set menu. Great desserts too.

 

The Flying Duck 142 Renfield St  Glasgow (G2 3AU)

This relaxed and cozy pub and club offers tasty and extremely cheap vegan snacks. On Tuesdays you can get two tacos for £2 and there is a weekly Jazz Kitchen where customers can listen to live jazz get a bowl of jambalaya for £1.50

If these options aren’t too much choice already, the city also boasts several vegetarian restaurants, most of which have vegan options.

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#BrawDeal: Win Braw bars http://www.brawfood.co.uk/brawdeal/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/brawdeal/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:39:50 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=1002

 

#BrawDealSummer is almost over and its time for kids to go back to school (well, at least here in Scotland, our English chums have a few more weeks). We know busy mums and dads sometimes struggle to fill lunch boxes with exciting, healthy snacks their kids will love but never fear Braw is here to help.… Read more ➞

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#BrawDealSummer is almost over and its time for kids to go back to school (well, at least here in Scotland, our English chums have a few more weeks). We know busy mums and dads sometimes struggle to fill lunch boxes with exciting, healthy snacks their kids will love but never fear Braw is here to help. Each week we are giving away a selection of our bars which are perfect snacks for schoolchildren and bigger kids too. Braw bars contain whole grain oats to keep little people going as well as containing 60% fruit, so if your child is fussy about fruit and veg, Braw bars are great way to ensure you and your family are getting enough of the nutrients they need.

Braw bars are available in Apple & Pear, Blackcurrant, Strawberry and Cocoa & Orange and contain 100% natural ingredients. Our bars are completely vegan and gluten free which makes them a perfect playtime snack option for children with special dietary requirements. They’re also dairy free and suitable for people with nut allergies as Braw bars are now nut free.

To get your hands on some free Braw bars enter our giveaway competition. There are multiple ways you can enter so get sharing and liking for your chance to win a selection of bars every week from now until the end of September!

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Braw Adventure http://www.brawfood.co.uk/braw-adventure/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/braw-adventure/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:01:07 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=989

Corryvreckan

The Gulf of Corryvreckan is a beautiful strait of water off the west coast of Scotland, According to Scottish mythology Cailleach Bheur, the hag goddess of winter uses the water to wash her tartan. The area was also home to George Orwell who moved to Jura in 1947 to complete his masterpeice 1984.… Read more ➞

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Corryvreckan

The Gulf of Corryvreckan is a beautiful strait of water off the west coast of Scotland, According to Scottish mythology Cailleach Bheur, the hag goddess of winter uses the water to wash her tartan. The area was also home to George Orwell who moved to Jura in 1947 to complete his masterpeice 1984. The author and his son were shipwrecked and nearly drowned in the whirlpool.

The water at Corryvreckan can be unpredictable and so people enjoying water-sports in the area should make sure they are full of energy. Braw bars are an excellent choice for athletes, our gluten free oats provide slow release energy while the fruit content helps ensure you get vital nutrients,  Whether you are canoeing, kayaking or swimming, a Braw bar is easy to take with you on an adventure and will help keep you going.

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Sustainable food sourcing: test-tube burgers, whatever next? http://www.brawfood.co.uk/sustainable-food-sourcing-test-tube-burgers-whatever-next/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/sustainable-food-sourcing-test-tube-burgers-whatever-next/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:33:46 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=977

Test tube burgerThis week scientists at Maastricht University have unveiled the first ever ‘test tube burger’ made entirely from lab-grown meat. We can safely say, none of our ingredients contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and in fact we source organic apple and pears where ever possible.… Read more ➞

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Test tube burgerThis week scientists at Maastricht University have unveiled the first ever ‘test tube burger’ made entirely from lab-grown meat. We can safely say, none of our ingredients contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and in fact we source organic apple and pears where ever possible. No Braw bar ingredients were harmed in the production of our healthy, fruit pressed, gluten free bars.

Cultured from cow stem cells, the stem cell burger isn’t cheap – costing around £250,000 to develop, however creator Professor Mark Post says his technique could revolutionise the meat production industry, offering solutions to problems of sustainability and even reducing the number of animals slaughtered for food. Doesn’t sound appetising to us or appealing in the slightest. Cultured from the stem cell of a slaughtered cow, think we’ll pass on that one. Our Braw bars are vegan, containing no animal products whatsoever.

The reputation of the meat industry has notoriously garnered negative (rightfully so?) criticism for producing harmful greenhouse gasses and using up natural resources at an alarming rate. The recent horsemeat scandal has made it difficult to trust what ingredients processed meat products contain. While the test-tube burger reduces some of the problems associated with meat consumption, it isn’t everyone’s idea of fresh, natural nourishment. We’ll make no disguise of our anti-GMO stance as we’d rather source naturally grown food, whether that’s in our bars and more generally in the food we eat day-to-day.

Choosing to incorporate more fruit and veg into your diet is a great way to do your bit for the environment. Buying seasonal plants and trying to source products locally is a good way to reduce our impact on the planet, and choosing natural products gives you more control of what you are putting in your body. We wholeheartedly subscribe to eating less meat and plenty more veg.

Eating a balanced diet containing a wide variety of fruit and veg is essential in maintaining optimum health. Our bars contain only natural ingredients and count as one of your five a day so are great if you find getting enough fruit and veg through the day difficult. And let’s face it, carrying around prepared carrots and celery sticks isn’t always practical. Braw bars contain absolutely no additives, preservatives or synthetic ingredients, there are neigh horses harmed in our bars!

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Braw-some festivals http://www.brawfood.co.uk/braw-some-festivals/ http://www.brawfood.co.uk/braw-some-festivals/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:13:25 +0000 http://www.brawfood.co.uk/?p=962

Braw bars at T in the ParkThere’s something about a Scottish summer that brings out the best in folk. That’s folk music, folk fashion and folk people in general. We love being outdoors, bringing back memories of the long-summers spent swimming in the sea, beachcombing and foraging for wild berries back on Islay.… Read more ➞

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Braw bars at T in the ParkThere’s something about a Scottish summer that brings out the best in folk. That’s folk music, folk fashion and folk people in general. We love being outdoors, bringing back memories of the long-summers spent swimming in the sea, beachcombing and foraging for wild berries back on Islay.

We’ve been lucky enough to make it to a few festivals this summer, including the fifth largest greenfield festival in the world (according to Wikipedia), T in the Park here in Scotland. We feel a sense of pride when we think of what DF Concerts and Tennent’s Lager have achieved over the past twenty years, bringing some incredible acts to Balado airfield. We also love the rise in much smaller boutique, independent festivals in Scotland, and more widely across the rest of the UK and Europe too.

We’ve looked longingly at the beach festivals in Barcelona, Croatia and Serbia that many of our friends have been raving about. With an array of diverse festivals like Kelburn Garden Party (and their psychedelic raves), Insider, Belladrum and RockNess, Scotland has plenty of choice on the festival circuit.

Check out our list of Braw-recommended festivals still to come this summer:

Wickerman
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26 July – 27 July
Alternative festival, 12 years young based in Dundrennan in the Scottish Borders. Family friendly, highlights include burning of effigy of a giant man made out of wicker, there’s a hint in the name.

Doune The Rabbit Hole
dounetherabbithole.co.uk
22 – 25 August
Small, limited to just 1000 this newcomer is three years old features over 100 local musical acts in a family friendly setting – kids under 12 go free. Car sharing and workshops like learning how to play the musical saw are on the agenda plus glamping options by way of yurts, poetry, story-telling and a cinema for times when you want to lounge back, relax and take a break from live music.

Burning Man
burningman.com
26 August – 2 September
Experimental week long festival in Nevada desert of self-expression. Famed for the absence of cash transactions where bartering is the currency along with plenty of nude cycling and adoption of the leave no trace ethic.

Bestival
bestival.net
5-8 September
This award winning 4 day boutique festival is set in a country park in the heart of the Isle of Wight. Created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife, Josie and John and Ziggy from Get Involved this year is it’s ninth outing. Fancy dress themes change each year and there’s a contest to take part in the swim to bestival excursion from the mainland to the Isle of Wight.

Festival Number 6
festivalnumber6.com
13-15 September
Portmeirion is the site of this serene festival that looks like a magical, spiritual offering. Including a mix of screenings, readings, performance art and a luxury spa on the edge of Snowdonia, Wales.

Attending a festival can be a feat of endurance. Having a Braw bar for breakfast is one way of ensuring you’re getting one of your five a day in handy, festival friendly packaging (no squashed banana bag, right?). The bright colours of our bars make it easy to rummage around a tent and find something satisfying and tasty to eat, even in the dead of night under wind-up torchlight. Carrying a couple of Braw bars in a fabric festival bag made sure we weren’t tempted by junk food and other snack offerings, instead opting for some of the  more refined eating options. Oysters and Mussels anyone? Yup, we’re well into “glamping”.

Whatever festivals you go to have fun and stay healthy. What’s your favourite festival moment over the summer? Share your stories with us for your chance to win a selection of Braw bars.

 

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