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Happy Christmas Jumper Day!

December 15th, 2017


Today marks 10 days until Christmas - eek! - and it’s also Christmas Jumper Day!

The annual tradition sees everyone from your colleagues to your grandparents wearing a Christmas jumper, the cheesier the better.

It’s fun of course, with people embracing all the bells, whistles, frills and baubles that the festive period brings.

And it’s also a fundraiser for Save the Children, so enjoy the day and dig deep.

Say cheese!

December 8th, 2017


Say “cheese” please …. Christina and the Easy Bean bake team with their Good Choice! Quality Food Award. Our Cheddar Crunch Crispbread was the winner of Snacks - Savoury Biscuits.

We also thought that you would like to see the fantastic team at Easy Bean HQ!

SAD face - and how to avoid it

December 4th, 2017


Well, the nights have certainly drawn in – and for some of us that means warm and cosy nights, for others, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) strikes.

SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter and most severe during December, January and February.

The symptoms of SAD can include persistent low mood, a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities, irritability, feelings of despair, feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day, sleeping for longer than normal and craving carbohydrates and gaining weight.

If you are liable to symptoms of SAD, then now is the time to get as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels. Some people buy a special lamp called a light box which is used to simulate exposure to sunlight. If the symptoms are severe, then a trip to the GP is in order.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!  Although we are generally happy to wait until Christmas for turkey, pumpkin pie has started to appear in cookbooks and in some cafes in the UK at this time of the year. Like all the best traditions, it’s a completely made up feast! There is no evidence that the first American settlers enjoyed pumpkin pie, but no matter.
The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time - and pumpkin pie is a custard base flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and sometimes cloves. vanilla might be a nice addition also. Using pureed pumpkin is easy and then you just mix the spices / flavourings with sugar and eggs and bake.

Good Choice Quality Food Award for us!

November 14th, 2017


We’re so thrilled to have won a Good Choice! Quality Food Award for our Cheddar Crunch Crispbread. Respected food and drink experts munched their way through more than 200 products to choose the winners. The process took three days to complete! We thank them for their dedication to duty and for singling out our crispbread as the winner in the Snack category.

Judge Helen Lyons said: “The awards were set up to recognise and reward those products that excel in both taste and ‘better choice’ options.”

Well, we may be biased but we do like to think that we are a worthy winner.

West Country Mature Cheddar gives bags of flavour to the Cheddar Crunch Crispbread, sourced from a farm in Dorset.  The addition of polenta enhances the crunch and, to finish, the crispbread has a healthy topping of linseed, flax, millet and chia seed.

Lighting up the sky

November 10th, 2017


Did you enjoy the Hunter’s Moon - a super moon and an annual landmark well known to us Easy Bean folk down here in deepest Somerset?

In the olden days it provided extra light for going out to hunt something for supper. The Hunter’s Moon rises earlier than usual, because of the elliptical orbit, so it seems brighter because sunset and moonrise are not far apart.

It’s all part of traditional countryside lore, founded in science and caught up up country tales. Luckily you don’t have to wait for a full moon to track down something tasty to eat.

You can just pop along to your local store and pick up a delicious Easy Bean meal!

Have a heart

November 2nd, 2017


Protein is essential for a healthy diet - and there is growing evidence that swapping meat and dairy for pulses, nuts and grains could help you live longer.

Proteins are sometimes called the ‘building blocks’ of life; they break down into amino acids that help the body grow and repair. Animal foods and three plant sources - soy protein, quinoa and Quorn - contain all the essential amino acids needed for good health.

Most adults need around 0.75g of protein per kilo of body weight per day (for the average woman, this is 45g, or 55g for men). That’s about two portions of meat, fish, nuts or tofu per day. As a guide, a protein portion should fit into the palm of your hand.

If you want to eat less meat, you can try to ease into meatless meals by going meat-free one day a week. Replace meat with foods like fish, dairy, eggs, beans or lentils.

The British Heart Foundation offers helpful advice on protein sources

And there is a protein quiz!  https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/protein/protein-quiz

Seaweed sensation

October 25th, 2017


It’s been used for thousands of years in the Far East as a freely available source of valuable nutrients: seaweed. This super-food could be one reason why the Japanese have a long life expectancy and low cancer rates.

Here in the West ’sea vegetables’ have been used for centuries as a food and medicine -  they are particularly well-known to people in the south-west of England as well as those in Wales and Ireland.

So being based in glorious Somerset, we Easy Beaners thought it was a natural for fit our nutritious chickpea crispbreads.

Our Easy Bean Seaweed & Sesame Crispbread is fast becoming a favourite among food connoisseurs - and the authority on the subject, the Seaweed Health Foundation, has taken an interest.

Easy Bean Seaweed & Sesame Crispbread is made with nutty-tasting chickpea flour and local buttermilk, seasoned with native seaweed for a delicate umami flavour of the sea, and topped with toasted sesame seeds for a Japanese twist.

Try them with a seafood salad, a bowl of miso soup, or simply snapped into chunky pieces as a tasty snack. So or, as they say in Japan, itadakimasu!

Was that a giant lentil in the sky?

October 20th, 2017


It was a little strange, but we did enjoy the sight of a giant lentil in the sky earlier in the week. A few of them would make a very big dish of soup indeed! We’re looking into it…

What’s next with the weather we wonder?

Worrying news about overweight children

October 12th, 2017


We were very sad to read yesterday - World Obesity Day - about the rising numbers of children and young people who are overweight or obese. This will cause them health problems in later life. It’s not just the UK, junk food and sugary drinks are taking an enormous toll on children around the world, with soaring numbers who are obese and millions developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure previously seen only in adults.

“Forecasts about the rising numbers of overweight children should sound an alarm bell for health service managers and health professionals,” said Tim Lobstein, the policy director of the WOF. “They will have to deal with this rising tide of ill health following the obesity epidemic.”

So much has changed in our diets over the past 50 years, some good changes and some not so good. You cannot replace water with Coca-Cola or simple meals with a greasy take-away and still expect children to grow healthily.

We strongly feel that healthy food supplies should be seen as a basic human right for this - and the next - generation. It’s not about blaming individuals, this needs looking at at the societal level.