Oh my, oh my, oh my! I’m actually growing things and they are really growing! I have been super excited the past week as my patio vegetables begin to appear and take shape. Before now I couldn’t even keep a cactus alive, but the old me is gone and the new green fingered me has taken hold. I now spend a considerable amount of time in garden centres, as well as online grow your own veg forums attempting to clue myself up. I have stuffed my brain with so much knowledge about patio veg the past few weeks; I am starting to feel as though I can actually offer a little advice, or enjoy a conversation about the topic at the very least.
I wasn’t too worried about the potted veg (carrots, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes) as these had already started growing, so I just had to feed and water. Though there was still a chance I’d slack off or forget, so I’m still impressed with myself. The potatoes were another matter though. I planted these from seed and had no idea if they would grow. Yep, I’ve heard they are super easy to grow, but this is me who knew absolutely nothing about growing veg and has never grown anything from seed before. I kept eagerly checking each day, well, perhaps a couple of times per day and not much seemed to be happening. Then, boom! Out of nowhere most of my ten sacks had three inch shoots and leaves shooting up through the compost. How do they grow so fast? It’s astonishing!
Feeling excited with my success so far, I searched for something I could plant from seed outdoors this month. I chose Kale Cavolo Nero (black kale) which is supposed to be quite hardy and should be ready to harvest in autumn. I’ve planted some seeds in small pots and I have my fingers tightly crossed they will germinate!
I purchased Rude Health’s newest flavour drink last week, hazelnut, and quickly realised I’ve never blogged about my absolute love for these drinks and this company. I’ve been drinking Rude Health ‘milk’ for almost one year now. I’d highly recommend it.
I originally planned on turning vegan this year. I became obsessed with watching documentaries on YouTube last year about veganism and plant based whole food diets. I’m already vegetarian and it seemed like the next logical step to take for a healthier lifestyle, and to leave a smaller footprint on the environment. One small step at a time though, and my first is cow’s milk. I already enjoyed soya milk and often drank this instead of milk. So I decided to give up milk (as a drink) for good and change completely over to soya.
Before becoming a Rude Health convert, I mainly drank soya milk. Shop bought soya milk, however, has a lot of unnecessary ingredients. I was becoming a little concerned when reading labels. I did find a much purer soya milk brand, but, whether it was coincidence or not, developed an itchy rash the more I consumed. I set about trying to find a cow’s milk and soya alternative for my morning muesli and luckily stumbled upon Rude Health.
Rude Health drinks are not called ‘milk’ or even labelled as an alternative, they are called drinks. I am just using the term milk as this is what I use them to replace. They point out on their website they are not anti-dairy, just anti rubbish ingredients really! Instead of regular milk, I use Rude Health drinks on my cereal, in smoothies and to make delicious hot raw chocolate drinks! Ooh, and I recently used the coconut drink to make fruit smoothie ice lollies which were delicious (see here).
The flavours I recommend and use are hazelnut (new and totally yummy), almond (never disappoints), coconut (great for smoothies and tastes super summery) and oat (so good on a bowl of, well, oats and for a hearty hot choc).
A word I keep bashing around in my blog posts recently is cool. I seem to have gone back to my teenage years where I labelled everything I loved as cool. But, this company, in my opinion, is pretty cool. Their website is cool, their branding is cool, their packaging is cool and their ethics are cool. If you love real, honest food, just pop over to their website and see what I am talking about! It’s full of great products (more than these drinks, but these are what I use every day) and there’s even a ‘rants’ page, ha!