What We ♥ Heart

The Electric Future Foods lifestyle is all about plant-power and collaboration. Although we’re each on our own food journey, we’ll share what we’ve learnt along the way. Including time-saving life-hacks, exceptional enterprises and interesting foodie facts. If we are the compass, you draw the map.  

Please get in touch with our agent Felicity Trew for reviews and interviews felicitytrew@carolinesheldon.co.uk.

Sea Moss

Want to work like a well oiled machine? 16 essential minerals you need to perfect your robot dance moves: Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sulphur, Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium, Molybdenum, Chromium, Fluoride.

Sea moss is a water vegetable that traps sunlight and is packed full of essential minerals. It contains 15 of the 16 essential minerals that you need to function healthily. These minerals support the healthy functioning of your blood, bones and muscles; the foundations of a healthy body. We clean it thoroughly and create our own sea moss gel. This can easily be added to smoothies, sauces and cakes. It can act as an egg replacement and is an excellent binder.

Contact us if you would be interested in receiving a monthly subscription of enough sea moss to boost your mineral levels.

Food for thought : Let’s talk about salt

The world has such great variety of salt if we search a little, Himalayan pink salt , Flor de Sal from Castro Marim, Afar salt and Kalahari salt are but a few we’ve come across, each having a unique and complex flavour which is a  testament to their region and production methods.
So many salted snack are on the shelves of shops and supermarkets and we rarely see any product made with a salt that was not made in a laboratory. Sometimes you may come across sea salt but that’s as far as it goes.
The flavour comparison is not even a question, and when you compare table salt (NACL) and the salts above. The minerals and trace minerals available it really makes you wonder how our food systems have ended up so reliant on this dietary poison. Everything in moderation is the key but if we all substitute the chemical salt with a less industrial version like above we would all see the benefits.
What salt do you use or love ? Let us know. Variety is the spice of life. #food4thought #healthiswealth

Ebony Status

We cannot praise this enterprise enough. Initially set-up to help elders get tasty Caribbean produce that is sometimes too heavy to carry, delivered to their door. This business has expanded rapidly. We visited the early morning Spitalfields Market with founder, Jenny, and learnt a thing or two about selecting the best fruit & veg. This lady is dedicated and only picks the most delicious, high quality foods. Check out the website and order you first veg/ fruit box today- you will not be disappointed! www.ebonystatus.com

Omega 3 vs. 6

‘Where do you get your protein from and your omega 3?’ Many a time as a plant-based eater you will hear these questions. We might respond with the question: ‘Where do the animals you eat get theirs?’ After a puzzled moment people will often see that the proteins and omega 3s come from the digestion of leafy greens, grains or algae. You just need to imagine slightly further down the food chain to realise that you can go straight to source without the ickyness of animal blood in between.

One dietary problem that plant-based eaters do suffer is how to balance their omega 3s and 6s; both are needed for your brain and nervous system to function. We often consume large amounts of omega 6s (linolenic acid) through vegetable oils, seeds and nuts. Omega 3s can be created by your body once it has absorbed alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DA) or eicosapentaenoic acid (EA) from foods such as hemp seeds, walnuts, perilla oil, algae and pumpkin seeds.

Since 1965 the U.S government stopped running tests where people had to consume food containing high doses of omega 6. This was because of the high frequency of heart attacks that resulted from these types of experiments. Nutrition experts suggest that the optimal omega 6 to 3 ratio is 4:1. On average vegans can have this omega 6 to 3 ratio as high as 44:1 which can lead to inflammation and a host of other health related issues. Make sure you keep your diet balanced and try drizzling perilla oil onto your food for that added omega 3 boost.

References: The Vegan SocietyHow to Optimize Your Omega-6 to Omega-3 RatioThe 7 Best Plant Sources of Omega-3 Fatty AcidsIs Algae DHA As Healthy as Fish Oil DHA?, The Fatal Flaw of the Vegan Diet.

The Real Seed Catalogue

We buy most of our seeds from these guys as they only supply GMO free ones. They are incredibly helpful and are keen for everyone to empower themselves in the garden. This means that they actively encourage you to learn how to save seeds, even though this means that you need never buy seeds again. Take  a look at our urban garden page to see what we are growing. ‘You’ll find no F1 hybrids or genetically modified seed here – just varieties that do really well and taste great when grown on a garden scale – a catalogue of real seeds for real gardeners wanting to grow proper vegetables. Because all are open-pollinated (non-hybrid) , you can even save your own vegetable seed for future years, using the instructions we supply. There’s no need to buy new seed every year!”