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The great vegan outdoors

The great vegan outdoors

Accessorise alfresco-style

Brighten your BBQs and perk up your picnics with our hot list of vegan picks, guaranteed to keep the sun shining and party pumping

COMPASSIONATEES

Be a shining beacon of fashion with compassion when you wear the Viva! Shop’s bright, bold and beautiful tees. Fairtrade, carbon-neutral and screen-printed by hand, these t-shirts scream summer and SAVE ANIMALS! Available in sizes S, M, L. £16.99. www.vivashop.org.uk


Organic truffles

SWEET VIRTUES ORGANIC TRUFFLES

The perfect climax to any party – dessert! Keep it simple and honestly good with Sweet Virtues superfood chocolate truffles. Combining a rich dark chocolate base (67 per cent) with complementary exotic ingredients, from maca powder and coconut nectar to ginseng and baobab; these luxury power balls pack a nutrient-dense punch with a subtle sweetness. Handily wrapped up in a gorgeous reusable box – bring ‘em along to the beach or hand-over (if you can bare it) as a host/hostess gift. Delight in three mood-boosting flavours: Detox, Energise and Balance. A box of 10 (approx 115g) is £13.95. www.sweetvirtues.co.uk


HUGLETT’S WOOD LARGE TRAY

You’ve sorted your summer drinks, now how to serve them in style? On this oh-so-pretty pastel serving tray from Magpie, of course! The newest addition to their award-winning vegan homewares line, starring the rescued animals of Huglett’s Wood Animal Sanctuary in East Sussex, to which a percentage of sale proceeds are donated. Made from coated tin and measuring 31.5cm (diameter) x 5cm (height). £20. www.vivashop.org.uk


Vegan BBQ rice salad idea

MINVITA ORGANIC SPROUTED GABA RICE

Stuck on salad duty at your next shindig? Toss aside the limp lettuce and dish up a ravishing rice salad with serious superfood credentials. GABA rice – so-called for the amino acid gamma-aminobutyric it contains – is naturally germinated over 24 hours to encourage the production of vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. While the health benefits are mighty, this grain is a champion companion to any well-dressed salad, thanks to its arrestingly aromatic flavour and firm bite. Minvita’s wholegrain GABA rice trio includes Black, Thai Jasmine and Thai Jasmine with Green Tea. £5.99 – 500g. www.minvita.co.uk Get your recipe rice-spiration from www.veganrecipeclub.org.uk


Coconut syrup

BALI NUTRA COCONUT SYRUP

Sultry days call for cool treats and what better way to soften the scorch than by serving up bowls of vegan ice cream and fruit bathed in Bali Nutra’s Coconut Syrup. Hailed as a healthier alternative to sugar, this ethically-sourced syrup is made from 100 per cent coconut sap so has retained its essential vitamins and minerals. The caramelly taste and thick consistency make it the crowning glory of any dessert – simply drizzle to your heart’s content. Suitable for use in baking too. £10.59 – 250ml. www.balinutra.com

 


CRANE’S PREMIUM CRANBERRY CIDER

Don’t let the party wilt under the hot summer sun – chill out with Crane’s ciderific homage to the humble cranberry. This 4 per cent alcohol cider is brewed solely from crushed cranberries (no apples in sight!) but with added juice for a more fruity, healthier glug. All natural, low in calories (99 calories) and sweetened with just 5g of stevia leaf – the result is a lightly sparkling and not too sweet bubbly bevvie. Available in three distinctive flavours: Original Cranberry, Raspberry & Pomegranate and Strawberry & Kiwi. A mixed case (12 x 275ml) is £24. www.drinkcranes.co.uk


GEO ORGANICS VEGAN MAYO

No self-respecting BBQ’d veggie burger should be eaten without a creamy dollop of Geo Organic’s new range of vegan mayonnaises. These tangy eggless mayos taste like the real deal and are made from a blend of sunflower oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds and a touch of agave syrup. Soya-free. Choose from Original (£2.19) and Chilli (£2.25), each 232g. For a full list of stockists, visit www.venturefoods.com