- REAL Kombucha
If you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink with a sparkle then look no further than REAL Kombucha. Brewed from carefully handpicked, loose-leaf teas from small gardens around the world, this is my new favourite drink.
Served in bars and hotels, as well as in 60 Michelin starred restaurants, REAL Kombucha makes a delicious alternative to sparkling wine.
In its tall glass bottles, topped with real cork, REAL Kombucha not only looks but also tastes the part and it can be paired with a wide variety of foods.
REAL Kombucha is available in two flavours Royal Flush (brewed from fragrant First Flush Darjeeling – my favourite!) and Dry Dragon (brewed from pan-roasted green tea).
This is my hangover-free drink of choice which comes just in time to celebrate the holiday season. I just love it!
Get it from: Real Kombucha, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods, Selfridges
2. White Rabbit Sizzling Jackfruit Pizza
We tried White Rabbit’s first-ever frozen pizza, the new Sizzlin’ Jackfruit. It has a gluten-free sourdough base and is topped with pulled jackfruit, marinated in a spicy vegan harissa sauce, chargrilled peppers and vegan mozzarisella ®.
We were disappointed that the amount of topping on the actual pizza did not match that shown on the packaging. Our meal would have been more satisfying with a bit more of everything. That said, the gluten-free sourdough base is really nice!
Get it from: exclusive to the Co-op
Firetree is a premium bean-to-bar chocolate brand, crafted from single-estate cocoa sourced from small island farms and estates in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Madagascar.
Firetree prides itself on the rarity of its cocoa which is said to make up only 0.2% of the world’s cocoa beans grown today, creating some distinct and delicious flavours.
Firetree also deals directly with the cocoa farmers paying them a substantial premium above the market rate.
We tried the Firetree Tasting Bar Gift Box whose single-estate bars are between 69% to 84% cocoa, each with its own unique taste. What an amazing tasting journey of complex and interesting flavours. Scrumptious & ethical!
Price: from £19
Get it from: Firetree
Vegatox is a new range of organic superfood blends, perfect to add to your morning smoothie.
We tried “Energy & Vitality” which has a delicious chocolatey taste. Made from organic Lucuma, cacao, guarana, maca, hemp, ashwagandha, Camu Camu and acai, this is a truly energising blend. Perfect if, like me, you are trying to cut down coffee but need a boost in the morning. Check out the smoothie recipe at the back of the packaging. So good!
We also tried “Kick Ass Vegan Protein” a superfood blend specifically designed to support muscle recovery, weight management and energy. It contains organic pea protein, hemp, lucuma, maca, schizandra and green matcha. A clean and healthy taste, to enjoy in smoothies at breakfast or post-workout. Ideal for my achy muscles!
Verdict: ★★★★ ★
Price: from £18.99
Get them from: Vegatox
5. Cucina Pianta
Cucina Pianta is a new vegan Italian ready-meal range available at Asda.
It includes classics such as Cannelloni al Forno, Lasagne al Forno (both pea protein ragu topped with plant-based béchamel), Spaghetti with plant-based Meatballs, Mushroom Ravioli, Parmigiana Aubergine etc..
So much plant-based deliciousness to fill up your freezer with.
The packing is fully recyclable and the meals are really tasty. Thumbs up all around.
Look out for Cucina Pianta when it is back in stock in January 2022.
Price: from £3
Get it from: Asda