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Someday All Yogurts Will Be Made Like This

Ah, yogurt. The age old fridge-staple that is oh-so versatile. Have it for breakfast, have it for dessert or any occasion in between and no-one questions your intentions. There’s something comforting about ‘spoon-able’ foods and yogurt is no exception. Addictive, moreish and now in typical Rebel Kitchen dairy free style, we have launched our new and improved coconut yogurts and they never tasted so good.

That’s right. We Rebels have been busy perfecting our organic, dairy free coconut yogurts with vegan cultures to bring you four delicious flavours: Original, Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee. Not to toot our trumpet but our dairy free coconut yogurts are kind of a big deal. We use the meat of young green coconuts grown by smallholders in the Philippines. Yep you read that right, we use coconut meat. Not milk. By using the meat as the base, our yogurts are a good source of potassium plus everybody’s best friend – fibre. It also means our yogurts are lower in fat than conventional coconut yogurt but still give that satisfying creamy hit.

So what do they taste like? How can I use them? We hear you ask…

Our Original flavour is smooth and creamy with live vegan cultures. It’s these cultures that give it a familiar yogurt-y tang. This is our most versatile flavour as it’s perfect for both sweet and savoury occasions. Original works wonders dollop’ed on top of your curry or chilli or drizzled over a weekend pancake stack.

Our Vanilla flavour is light, fresh and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. But there’s no refined sugar here, instead we use coconut nectar to sweeten. It tastes luxurious thanks to the organic Madagascan vanilla we add to the coconut meat base making it a firm favourite. Use Vanilla in place of ice cream next to a brownie dessert (we won’t tell).

Chocolate has an intensely rich flavour thanks to the organic cacao. We use cacao because it’s chocolate but in its purest form. We recommend enjoying this one straight from the pot. It’s the best way to experience the rich chocolate hit.

Coffee is a Rebel HQ favourite, found being added to many morning smoothies. Word on the street is it tastes just like a tiramisu, just saying.

This is pure innovation, it’s not only disrupting the dairy free yogurt category by using coconut meat not milk, but it actually tastes like a dairy yogurt thanks to the live vegan cultures. The range also plays a key part in Rebel Kitchen’s sustainability process. We use the whole coconut. Coconut water goes into our bottles; coconut meat goes into yogurts and the coconut husks help to fuel our plant in the Philippines as a renewable energy source. It’s sustainability at its best and we hope you love them.

Someday all yogurts will be made like this. Simple Ingredients. Nothing Added.
Get your fix online at Ocado.com, As Nature Intended and from Abel and Cole.

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Batten Down the Hatches: Autumn has Arrived

And suddenly, it was September. We’re not quite sure where the time went either.

Given most of us are programmed to see this time of year as a signifier of ‘change’ (school year, academic year, summer hols coming to an end) the change in season can offer the perfect time for a much-needed mental reboot. So get ready to reset, re-motivate, and reap what you’ve sown. Until Christmas that is, when it’ll all unravel again…

(Did we just mention the C word? Yep. Sorry)


REORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE

Arguably, more exciting statements have been uttered. But give us a sec. Alleviating the physical clutter in your home environment could really help you to mentally declutter too. There’s this saying: have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

So pack away summer clothes. Bring out the wool knits. Donate any unwanted goods to charity. Sell your unworn garbs on eBay or Depop for a quick bit of cash. Free up space for the new (and be ruthless about it).


PLAN SOME PROPER ‘YOU’ TIME

Summer’s gone but that doesn’t mean holidays have to end. Give yourself something to look forward to and plan to go away for a long weekend a month from now; deals are cheaper, places are quieter. In the midst of workflow it’ll be a welcome break – and one you’ll be thankful for.

Equally, embrace the buzz of summer wearing off. Enjoy a weekend at home minus plans. Give yourself the chance to fully decompress. Whether that’s quiet reading or blasting loud music whilst gyrating around the house in your undies, just do what you gotta do to let off steam. No judgement, peeps.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A FITNESS TEST

Ah, summer. It’s a funny one for fitness. On the one hand the weather’s half-decent so you’re motivated to get out there and sweat more. But then…. BBQs. Beer. Festivals. Fun… The dilemma of juggling the two.

Autumn can, handily, help to remove those temptations (unless you’re currently basking in an Indian summer à la right now – in which case, carry on). Otherwise use this as a chance to try something new. If you’re used to running and biking, give hot yoga or Pilates a go. If you’re a gym fiend, try an outdoor boot camp or weekend hike instead. Switch up your routine this season and embrace what’s new!


MAKE THE MOST OF THE MORNINGS

Don’t let the darker evenings kill your good vibes. Instead, make it all about the mornings.

Fancy a sober morning rave? (That’s a thing by the way). Why not kick-start the day with MorningGloryville ? We challenge you not to love it. Or, give yourself an extra hour in the AM to simply…get stuff done. Stretch. Meditate. Prep lunch. Take the time to have a decent breakfast. It’s amazing what you can achieve pre-9am. Let the morning maketh you.


CHECK IN WITH YOUR GOALS

Remember writing New Year resolutions back in Jan? It’s okay, we’ve forgotten ours too. Now’s a great time to revisit any personal goals you made at the start of the year.

Reflect back on what you were keen to achieve then rewrite out your goals. What have you accomplished? What’s still to come? What’s shifted? There’s still time to make stuff happen! Pin the list on your wall. Then, push forward until December (just in time to let your hair down for party season and celebrate all the good work).

Above all enjoy the new season. Roll with the changes and make the most out of fluffy socks and big jumpers. Follow us on Instagram at @rebel_kitchen for Autumnal-inspired dairy free goodness.

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FESTIVAL SEASON: 5 TOP WAYS TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GLAMPING WHEN CAMPING

Glitter at the ready. It’s Festival Season. It causes mass-excitement among the young, the old and the generally fun.

Us Brits get hyped for festival season long before it begins. You know the drill. Rally the troops, create a WhatsApp group titled ‘GLASTO 2017 BBY’ or whatever your super-keen mate decided was a good idea way back when in October. We’re so up for festival season that we’re willing to part with our hard-earned cash in exchange for months of excitement when tickets are released on those cold, dark October mornings.

If you’ve been to your fair share of festivals you’ll be familiar with the thought: do you you reeeally want to camp? Lets face it, we’d all secretly like to throw in the camping towel and glamp, but that’s ‘not part of the fun’, is it? Well, we’ve done the rounds in Rebel HQ pre-Glastonbury this month to collate 5 top ways to feel like you’re glamping when camping this festival season:

1. *Step away from the babywipes* – Hello Portable Shower.
Ok so it doesn’t sound like the most essential item to be packing for Glasto but we all know by day 3 you’ll be trying to remember what it felt like to feel clean. Simply stride on over to the nearest tree, portable shower in tow and bam, nope no baby wipes for you. They also don’t have to break the bank. So worth it.

2. SOCKS
Never under-estimate the feeling of sliding into a pair of crisp, freshly washed socks. Nobody wants to be waking up on the last day and looking at that pair that are still stuck at the depths of mudy-wellies in your tent ‘porch’. Be prepared – take a good old few spare (they take up no room) and you can make your mates jel.

3. Ditch the Freeze-Dried Noodles
That little extra upfront cost is nothing in exchange for having allllll that choice. Rebel’s dairy free organic coconut mylks are delicious AND nutritious. They don’t have to be chilled so they can be enjoyed a-la-field during festival season (we couldn’t resist a plug). But seriously they’ll keep you on top form right up until the Monday morning. They contain only natural, simple ingredients and are refined sugar free.

4. External Charger
Life. Saver. That favourite song your boyfriend’s sister wanted a Facetime from? Not possible when you’re in the red battery zone. Noooboddyy wants those 20% and 10% warnings so make sure you’re prepped and you can forget phone-charge-angst (definitely a thing) and enjoy the fest.

5. Pillows, Duvet, Mattress
OK admittedly only really possible if you’re driving to the entrance gate in a van (unlikely but maybe). Bringing your well-loved fluffy duvet is going to be your best bet of getting good quality z’s when you finally hit the hay. So forget cacooning yourself into a sleeping bag (the one that you may or may not have forgotten to air out after last season) and treat yourself.

*Rebel Kitchen Dairy Free Organic Coconut Mylks are now available in selected Sainsbury’s stores across the nation! Go grab ‘em and tag us in a photo when you do @rebel_kitchen*

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10 healthy habits to carry into the New Year

Most of us approach the New Year from the disenchanting stance of giving something up. Lots of things. Things that we like. As if the post-Christmas comedown wasn’t hard enough….

Instead, why not focus on the positive sentiment of starting something new? Habits take time to build but lots of small steps in the right direction equate to bigger, more positive changes over time. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top 10 healthy habits to carry into the New Year.

The best part? You don’t need to give up a single thing. Amen.

THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND GOAL SETTING

Less than 10% of us who set resolutions stick to them. Why? Because we’re unrealistic when it comes to goal setting. They say it takes up to 21 days to form a new habit but in actual fact it’s much longer. Try two months – or 66 days to be precise (according to studies). In other words, we significantly underestimate the time and effort it takes to make (or break) a habit.

The point being, change is slow – and it’s a process. It’s important not to judge ourselves harshly if we do slip up. So embrace the process, enjoy the journey and keep it real all the way.

HEALTHY HABITS TO START RIGHT NOW:

  1. Sign up to something new

 Whether it’s a reading club or Salsa dancing, a fun new activity will broaden your social group and give you the feel-good boost – and is proven to lower blood pressure and levels of depression too. Nourishment for mind, body and soul. 

  1. Move more

You don’t need to join a gym to get fit. Just get out there and get moving. Regular cardio, even low-impact walking, is still exercise. And it’s one of the single best things you can do to impact your physical and mental health for the better. Try to build in 20 minutes of this each day. 

  1. Drink more green tea 

Green tea is more than a caffeine-boost. It’s an antioxidant-rich, metabolic-enhancing elixir that could even protect against diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Plus, it won’t give you the jittery side effects of one too many coffees. Drink up.

  1. Schedule 10 minutes of meditation or quiet time each day

Clear space to be alone, without distraction, for 10 minutes a day. It’s an opportunity to declutter the mind and destress, which will contribute to a more positive relationship with yourself and others. It’s one of the least selfish things you could do for yourself this year.

  1. Donate your time: volunteer 

Volunteering your time to others improves overall happiness and mental wellbeing. It can also enrich your sense of purpose in life. As little as an hour of your time each week for all that? Priceless.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people

Commit your time to people who lift your spirits and make you laugh – there are plenty of places we can go to find stress without our friends being one of them. It could be one of the most positive things you do for your health this year.

  1. Create a better sleep environment 

The quality of our sleep can affect our physical, emotional and mental health – so create the best sleep environment possible. Make your bedroom a technology free zone after 9pm. Invest in a mattress comforter or cosy throw. Make the bedroom (and sleep) your sanctity.

  1. Make just one healthier food replacement this year 

For example, replacing a sugary soft drink with a naturally sweet coconut water (check out our special offer in Waitrose) or confectionary chocolate for a Rebel Kitchen Mylk. Start small and build in more over time. The changes will soon add up.

  1. Drink water. Lots of it

The best advice never gets old. Make drinking more water the habit that sticks. It flushes out toxins, aids digestion, relieves fatigue and reduces headaches. Make sure you get your 2 litres a day.

  1. Keep it real 

Remember – don’t make your new habits absolute. Because it’s not about perfection. It’s about balance, loving yourself and striving towards a direction that fits in with your life. Here’s to 2017.

 


 

 

 

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Rebel’s Revitalising Ginger, Cucumber & Smoothie

Our guts could probably do with a bit of TLC after the festive overindulgence – this revitalising smoothie will help put the spring back in your step.

Healing properties in ginger help to soothe the digestive system, the fruit and veg are nutrient-dense, and the coconut water is loaded with antioxidants and electrolytes. The perfect combination to help reset your health. 

ingredients:

1 250ml Rebel Kitchen Raw Coconut water

½ cucumber

1 generous chunk of fresh ginger

1 ripe banana

2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Ice cubes

Serves one.

method:

Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend for 1 minute or until the texture is a smooth consistency and the ice cubes have disintegrated.

Serve immediately and enjoy!