One of the biggest hurdles that new vegans face is finding a vegan cheese. Most people, including myself were eating almost anything until recently. I have been vegan for only 3 and a half years and I am constantly improving my vegan repertoire of dishes that sharpen the appetite. 

For a lot of people who are still “flirting” with going all vegan, the biggest challenge is sometimes how to live without cheese. So for all of you aspiring vegans, I can not recommend Violife highly enough. Try it, cook with it and sleep soundly at night. 

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I am over the Moon to be working with Violife. By far one of my favorite vegan friendly companies. This year Violife was voted as the best vegan product for 2015. To be honest, I am not surprised at all. Violife delivers in many levels.

  1. You can buy it from most supermarkets, health stores or order it online. 
  2. It is reasonably priced.
  3. It offers many variety of flavours and doesn’t compromise in texture.
  4. It is made with good quality ingredients, which agree with most dairy intolerant people.
  5. It offers a fantastic choice for vegans
  6. It tastes great. And it is, in my opinion the best vegan cheese option on the market.


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So as soon as I got the delivery, I got stuck into cooking. I could hardly contain my excitement as I saw all these wonderful varieties, so I tried every one as soon as I got them. 

Prior to today, I have only tried the original and the cheddar style variety, so I felt spoiled for choice. The first thing I made was tomato and Violife sandwiches for my boys. My boys are not vegan, but they love Violife and it’s taste and texture. 

Here are a few recipes that I loved making and they are now a staple in my kitchen. I get very territorial here when I am cooking and having Violife to cook and prepare food with has taken my cheesy dishes to a new level. 


Here is the first recipe that I made. It takes literally 20 minutes to prepare. 

Spinach Pasta Dish

(Serves 3-4 people)

  • Ingredients:
  • 500 gr pasta
  • 500 gr of spinach (washed) 
  • A handful of fresh parsley (washed and finely chopped) 
  • 7-8 spring onions (washed and nicely chopped) 
  • 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • A teaspoon of cumin seeds 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Olive oil 

Choose your favourite pasta shape, including spaghetti and cook it as normal. Once cooked, rinse it, season it lightly and leave it on a side. 



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Spinach pasta with freshly grated Parmesan

In a large pan gently heat up some olive oil and add everything apart from the spinach and the parsley. Let the spring onion soften and change colour, and let the cumin seeds infuse the oil. Then add your spinach and put the lid on for about a minute or so until it becomes small and you can see water in the pan. Then, you add your ready pasta and put the cooker on a low heat. Mix well and let everything cook together for up to 3 minutes or so. 

Place on a plate and sprinkle with some parsley. While hot grate some Violife Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy! 

This dish is also an idea for what you can do if you have some leftover pasta. I have made the exact same recipe by replacing the pasta with rice and it works just as good. It is so simple and very delicious.

My next recipe is probably my favourite, as I can make it in advance and cook to ensure freshness. It is also a wonderful idea to bring to a dinner party.

3 Cheese Vegan Pizza  

I use a very simple recipe to make the pizza base. Here it is. 

Serves 10-12, Takes 90 minutes plus proving

For the dough 

  • 1/2 kg of strong bread flour.
  • 15 g dried yeast
  • 15 g sugar
  • A tea spoon of salt.
  • Espresso cup of olive oil, plus some for kneading and greasing.

For the tomato sauce  

  • 500 ml tomato passata
  • Basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch of cinnamon.
  • A pinch of ground cloves.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.


  • 5 chestnut mushrooms (washed and finely chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (washed and chopped into rings) 
  • 15 black olives ( stone removed  and cut into halves) 
  • Violife Mozzarella (sliced into thin strips) 
  • Violife 3 peppers (sliced into thin strips) 
  • Violife tomato and basil (sliced into thin strips) 

Method to prepare the pizza base

  1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl. In a cup mix the yeast, sugar and 100 ml of warm water. Gently mix with a small whisk or a fork and let it dissolve and bubble for a few minutes until it becomes a foam. Pour the contents of the cup into the flour and make a well in the center. 
  2. Add another 150 ml of warm water and a pinch of sea salt. Mix with a spoon and then start kneading with your very oily hands, adding a little bit more oil, so the dough is easy to handle. Keep kneading till you get a elastic, soft and smooth dough. Transfer it into an oiled bowl and cover it with damp cloth to keep the warm moisture. Let it prove for about an hour or until doubled in size. 
  3. Meanwhile, you can prepare the tomato sauce and lightly roast the mushrooms and the peppers. To make the tomato base simply put all the ingredients into a small pot. Bring it to boil, and then let it simmer for 20 minutes, until the consistency is thicker and the color has gone darker. In a small tray you can place the mushrooms with the peppers.
  4. Once your dough is ready, cut it into two halves. Grease your chosen baking pan. The ideal size would be 20cmx30cm for 1/2 of the dough, but you can simply work with what you have by just using less dough. The aim is to make sure you have enough space for the dough to rise and bake and also to remain flat. Using your oily fingers, place the dough into the pan and stretch it to fill the edges and the corners of the pan. Make rows of evenly spaced dimples over the surface of the dough. Set the pan aside to prove for further 35-45 minutes or until doubled in size. 
  5. Preheat the oven to fan mark 170-180 degrees. Once your dough is ready, simply spread some tomato sauce. Add your mushrooms, peppers and olives, sprinkle your cheeses and bake the pizza for about 25-30 minutes. 
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3 Cheese Vegan Pizza

Once it’s ready let it rest for 1 minute. Cut into slices and enjoy. You can serve it with your favorite leafy greens and some more olives on the side. The combination of the three vegan cheeses works very well and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. 

Before I wrap up this post, I want to share one more recipe with you. It’s for:

Vegan sun-dried tomato pesto 

I love roasted walnuts. The ones I am using are from my parent’s garden in Bulgaria. They seem to have captured the sunlight and have the earthy nutty taste that I know I have loved ever since I was a child. Growing up in Bulgaria, surrounded by an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables has made me love every plant even more.



I want to share one of my favourite recipes with you, sun-dried tomato pesto.


  • Small cup of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic. (peeled and cut into halves) 
  • A bunch of fresh basil.
  • A pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • 100 gr of roasted and peeled walnuts.
  • 50 gr of Violife Parmesan cheese.

Simply put all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend for about a minute or so, until you reach your desired consistency. 


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Serving suggestions for your sun dried tomato pesto-lazy pizza

This is the first vegan Parmesan that I have used, it really gives the pesto a true cheese taste and texture. It can be served as a dressing for your favourite salad, and it is also very nice with pasta or hummus. 

Hope you have enjoyed my recipe. Feel free to share them with your friends and do get in touch for more tips. 

I love cooking and creating recipes using simple ingredients with the help of some fantastic products like Violife cheese selections. 

For full list of their amazing cheeses and spreads please hop over to Violife website and Follow them on Facebook for the latest news and information. 

Once again, thank you so much Violife for letting me try and enjoy your products. You make every vegan pizza the best pizza! Thank you! 



Issued on behalf of SleepCogni

SleepCogni could finally signal the end of sleeping pills

Visionary new health device offers hope for global insomnia epidemic

Monday 9 November sees the launch on Kickstarter of SleepCogni – a revolutionary new product designed to give insomniacs everywhere what they have been looking for – a good night’s sleep induced naturally without the risk of drug dependency. Finally, SleepCogni offers an answer to sleep deprivation – something the Center of Disease & Control (CDC) describes as a global health epidemic.



Developed by award winning3 medical device inventor Richard Mills (in response to his own battles with sleepless nights), SleepCogni is a unique bedside sleep device that is backed by some very clever technology and supported by Sheffield Hallam University4 and international sleep expert and founder of the London Sleep Centre, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim.

“I became convinced it wasn’t just the hour before bed that explained why I couldn’t fall asleep, it was the whole modern lifestyle,” said SleepCogni inventor Richard Mills. “the stress and over-stimulus in daily life is contributing to the inability to fall sleep and stay asleep. SleepCogni has proved successful in clinical trials and endorsed by those who have seen it in action.”

The approach is so groundbreaking that when Dr Irshaad Ebrahim first met Richard, he gave SleepCogni his backing within minutes, while clinical studies of the pilot trial at Sheffield Hallam University confirmed SleepCogni is effective in treating patients with insomnia: 50% of those trialed reporting an improvement in quality of sleep and 40% reporting an increase in sleep duration, with the remainder of patients showing no change thus indicating a substantial improvement.


sleepcogni sleep better

“I have been waiting for someone to come to me with something tangible that patients could use themselves to treat their insomnia,” said Dr Irshaad Ebrahim of the London Sleep Centre. “SleepCogni is an integrated piece of scientifically validated research based treatment for insomnia. With devices like SleepCogni I see a trend to provide the patient with the tools to treat their own insomnia rather than relying on seeing professionals and leaving only the more serious insomnia to be treated one-to-one”.

SleepCogni monitors heart rate, mental alertness, skin temperature and movement. It is a non-invasive, and as simple to use as pressing a button. Personalised to the user, SleepCogni interacts with the patient to produce a program of audio, visual and tactile cues to help induce sleep. The device also trains the brain with its programs, which means the more it’s used, the more effective it becomes.

We are all hyper-aroused and over-stimulated from the moment we awaken; triggering our ‘fight or flight’ mode. For many, winding down before bed involves films, phones, browsing the internet and devices that emit blue light are suppressing melatonin – delaying natural cues to sleep. SleepCogni reverses the ill effects of all of this with a revolutionary technology that doesn’t stimulate. NASA have recently used the same LED technology on the international space station, which helps astronauts differentiate between day and night.

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“SleepCogni is providing a means to switch off today’s busy active minds, by combining environmental and personal data into an interactive sensory experience and the gold standard insomnia treatment,” added Richard. “It’s a modern means of counting sheep and clinically proven to help.”

SleepCogni is available on Kickstarter from Tuesday 10 November. The first 850 ‘early birds’ will receive the device for a 50% discounted price of £99 ($149) and delivered in June 2016. The device will go on sale to the wider public in September 2016.

The Kickstarter video can be viewed here:

Or at the Kickstarter page:

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You will find really a lot more than 10 explanations why yoga is really healthy for you, as well as the physical, psychological, and subtle advantages of this practice could fill books. But following is really a brief highlight of a few of the reasons you should think about adding yoga for your world.

health benefits of yoga

Listed here are 10 health advantages of yoga.


  1. Strength, Agility and adaptability are increased


Many sports will provide you with strength. Others will provide you with more agility, but few practices increases strength, agility, and adaptability at one time. Within my many years of teaching I’ve seen professional athletes overcome injury by increasing their flexibility with yoga, and victims of the double masectomy regain full mobility after debilitating surgeries that left plenty of scar tissue within their bodies. Nothing really compares for repairing your body and ensuring that the ligaments and connective tissues are simply as strong and pliable because the muscles themselves.


  1. Yoga Enhances Memory & Cognitive Functioning


It might appear strange that the practice that involves breathing and stretching can improve your cognitive functioning, but yogis could be better at learning, have risen memory capacity, and retain high degrees of concentration. A number of these benefits are related to meditation – arguably the aim of all yogic practice, but it may also assist you to in school or at work by enhancing your brain functioning.


  1. Bodyweight Normalizes – More Health Advantages of Yoga


While doing one hour of hatha yoga, as well as power yoga won’t likely burn as much calories as performing a intense interval workout, yoga features a method of normalizing bodyweight by restoring hormonal balance within the body.


By lowering degrees of cortisol and our nervous system’s constant fight or flight response, not just are we not as likely to overeat, or eat to suppress unpleasant emotions, we train our minds to feel satiated easier because we aren’t constantly in panic mode. Stress may cause obesity and fuel practically all disease, and yoga is an ideal countermeasure.


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  1. Yoga Naturally Reduces Pain


There are numerous studies proving that yoga can be quite efficient at relieving pain. It doesn’t matter should you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, or migraine headaches, yoga has been shown to effectively reduce pain coming from all these ailments. And when you are among the huge numbers of people who are suffering from lower back pain – yoga could make that pain practically disappear. Meditation has been proven to be much better than morphine at reducing pain.


  1. Respiratory Efficiency Increases


Further adding to the health advantages of yoga, yoga is among the few practices that utilizes pranayama – the cultivation of life force or chi through breathing. Even though many people practice pranayama as a way to acquire higher states of awareness, additionally they wind up having some serious side benefits including increased lung capacity, more tidal volume (the entire quantity of air your lungs can take at any time), as well as an capability to decrease the pace of the breathing that has been directly associated with an extended lifespan.



  1. Blood Pressure Level is Normalized

Yoga has specific benefits in blood pressure level. For all those struggling with hypertension, yoga is shown to be much more effective than dietary changes for improving blood pressure level.



  1. Mental Health is Greatly Enhanced

Yoga offers numerous benefits within the psychological department it is not easy to mention all of them inside a brief overview, but one of them are an improved overall mood and feeling of well-being, more connectedness with other people, lowered depressive states, less hostility toward the self as well as others, less anxiety, feelings of self-actualization increase, motivation increases, and much more.


  1. Yoga Prevents Degenerative Diseases

The ways that yoga prevents disease are astounding. Whenever you really know how, it may be more evidence than you will ever have to take towards the yoga mat, stat! Here a few of the causes yoga helps you to help you stay young and healthy longer:


    Glucose decreases


    Sodium decreases


    Total cholesterol decreases


    Triglycerides decrease


    HDL cholesterol increases


    Hematocrit increases


    Hemoglobin increases


    Lymphocyte count increases


  1. The Parasympathetic Central Nervous System Takes over in Yoga

The reason why this the best thing? Both parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems try to keep us stabilized within the face of stress. These systems are connected just like a see-saw. When one increases another falls. Once the sympathetic central nervous system is active, it always means we have been on ‘high-alert’ either addressing stress or attempting to minimize it.


This is actually the a part of our nervous systems that is frequently triggered – from flashing lights, traffic noises, emails from your co-workers or boss, family responsibilities, etc. Yoga strengthens the action from the parasympathetic central nervous system that is primarily accountable for the ‘relaxation response.’


Obviously you wouldn’t wish to constantly be zoned out or lethargic, nor perpetually on high-alert, so yoga helps you to place the circular motion, the total amount, into the two nervous system’s dance.


  1. That You Can Do Yoga everywhere


Perhaps probably the most convenient health advantages of yoga is you can experience them almost anyplace. I’ve done yoga in studios, in the airport, within my home, in a friend’s home, in rooms in hotels, outdoors in parks and forests, even on the top of rocks, or around the rooftops of tall buildings inside a busy city. You don’t need anything (except perhaps a yoga mat) but even that isn’t really essential to do yoga. You will find no gym memberships required, with no expensive gear. You don’t need to be fit to begin, and will also still challenge you even when you are fit. Yoga is timeless and can be achieved almost anywhere without having a great inconvenience.

Even for more good reasons to practice yoga, go to a class in your town and learn personally what it really can perform for you personally.

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Dream of doing yoga on the beach in Thailand?


Learn Yoga in Thailand can help you perfect your yoga practice, through asana clinics and workshops as well as deepening yourself into the spiritual aspects of yoga. Numerous scientific papers have been written and published in world renowned journals documenting the vast mental and physical benefits of yoga.

It is not just the practice but also the place, Thailand is a spiritually awakened and conscious country and Koh Phangan is the island for your next yoga retreat.


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