Once you go black, you’ll never go back!

Here at farm girl we are firm believers of that. Once we invented and tried the Latte Black it’s been hard to go back to regular lattes and you’ll know why once you try it for yourself.

The new edition to our menu is a speciality drink comprised of activated charcoal, date syrup and steamed cashew milk. The Latte Black is a real tastebud pleaser but also as equally gut loving and nourishing. How you ask? The main ingredient, activated charcoal, is praised for its numerous health boosting properties such as removing toxins from our body that cause poor immune system function, increasing energy levels and mental function. It also helps hangovers and is anti-aging. Need we say more?

The cup of glorious goodness has a sweet subtle taste from the date syrup while the cashew milk ensures a creamy perfected finish. It makes for a disguised healthy treat that you will love but your tummy will love more!

Still haven’t convinced you to switch up your daily espresso? Ask for a shot of espresso in your Latte Black for the ultimate caffeine hit while still achieving the healing process of the activated charcoal.

FG xx

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I AM FREEHKING OUT!

Could freekeh be the new SUPERGRAIN!?

We digged a little deeper into the background of this grain. Find out why we have added freekeh to our NEW MENU!

The name ‘freekeh’ means ‘to rub’ in Arabic and is an ancient grain accidentally found when a small village’s crops caught fire. To save as much of the food as they could, they started rubbing away the burned chaff. They discovered that the seeds inside were roasted and had a nice nutty & smoked flavour.

The early harvested grains, usually durum wheat or barley, contain lots of nutritional value such as fibre, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also contains healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fats!

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Due to the high fibre content, it keeps you satisfied for longer, helps with digestion and weight control. It also contains prebiotics, which help fuel the probiotics. More and more studies show that a healthy gut is essential for a healthy body. It also has a low glycaemic index, meaning it controls your blood sugar levels and doesn’t spike your insulin. A great option to prevent or manage diabetes.

As it’s a wheat and not a seed, freekeh does contain gluten but has the same nutritional value as quinoa! Try it out and add it to the OVEN BAKED EGGS when ordering at Farm Girl!

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22-11-2016

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STREETSMART

As the days are getting colder and darker you can sense that Winter is on its way! I love those cold winter mornings, warming myself up with a tea or sipping on my coffee.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone. Around 6508 people sleep on the streets in London every year. They don’t have the warmth and shelter needed during the cold winter months. That’s why Farm Girl wants to do something to help the homeless in our town.

During the months of November and December we will be supporting an amazing local charity called StreetSmart. It was founded in 1998 by William Sieghart and Mary-lou Sturridge, two ethically-minded London business people. They thought ‘as many people go out to eat in restaurants and celebrate the spirit of the holidays, wouldn’t it be great if we could harness just a little of that ‘good cheer’ and raise money for worthy charities at the same time people were enjoying a nice meal out?’.

At Farm Girl we totally agree! That’s why, along with many other restaurants in London, we will add £1 to each bill (this is ofcourse voluntarily) and the full amount will go to StreetSmart. The funds raised at the end of December will go to carefully selected charities. The projects funded are all aimed at getting people off the streets and back on their feet as well as providing the basic needs such as a bed, shower or a pair of shoes.

Who doesn’t want to give that little extra to the ones that need it most? We hope to raise a great amount for this beautiful charity! Are you in?

FG x

31-10-2016

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HEARTCORE x FARM GIRL

It was a Heartcore launch last month in our favourite part of town and Farm Girl was proud to be part of it!

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The founder Jess Schuring believes in a well-rounded life of positivity and wellbeing. According to Jess, life is about how you feel and what brings you joy. Jess hopes that Heartcore is one of those things. Less than half a mile away from Farm Girl you will find the doors to Heartcore’s new gym on the corner of Ossington Street and Moscow Road.

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It was an amazing launch, classes were fully booked and our Farm Girl snacks were gone in no time! That’s why you can now use the    ir opening offer of 10 sessions for a 100 pounds. They have some real HEARTCORE YOGA & SPINNING classes that make you push your boundaries, and sweat and connect your heart & soul.

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After you have worked your butt off, come by Farm Girl and treat yourself with a well deserved breakfast & coffee!

FG x

17-10-2016

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WORLD PORRIDGE DAY!

Today it’s World Porridge Day and we have decided to do something extra. For every porridge sold, 50% will go to an amazing charity called Mary’s Meals. They provide meals to more than 1.1 million of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. World Porridge Day celebrates the huge difference this daily mug of porridge makes to the lives of chronically hungry children.

Not only that, our chef Benoit Marmoiton is competing in Rude Health’s Porridge Championships on October 20th! One of his secret ingredients in his recipe? MILLET FLAKES!

These small grains are over 10.000 years old and have some amazing health benefits. Not only is millet gluten- and allergen-free, it also contains lots of antioxidants! It’s great for your digestive system, contains lots of fiber and is low in sugar. Not giving you those nasty blood sugar spikes. Besides that, its full of magnesium and healthy protein.

But all that goodness wouldn’t be as amazing if it wasn’t for taste that Benoit has given our lovely Farm Girl Porridge! Come and try it out for yourself and top it up with some lovely avocado, if you dare;)

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10-10-2016

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IT’S ALL ABOUT COLOUR!

You have probably heard before that carrots are good for your eyes, but have you ever wondered why that is the case? The colours of fruits & vegetables have their own unique health benefits. And the darker the colour of the fruit or vegetable, the more health benefits it contains!

So what does each specific colour do?

  • GREEN: Green veggie’s such as broccoli and kale contain Chlorophyll and Lutein, which help lower your risk of cancer and prevent problems with your vision. Other nutrients such as fiber, calcium, folate and vitamin C, help to aid digestions and boost your immune system.
  • RED: Red fruits and veggie’s such as tomatoes, watermelon and grapefruit contain lycopene. It is well known for its ability to fight heart disease and some cancers.
  • BLUE-PURPLE: Blueberries, purple grapes and red beets contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have antioxidant properties that help limit damaged cells caused by free radicals and may also lower your risk of heart disease, memory problems and urinary tract infections.
  • ORANGE-YELLOW: These fruits and veggies are known for containing α- and β-carotene and flavonoids. These nutrients found in carrots, mango and pumpkins slow the aging process, help to alkalize the body and, improve the immune function and vision.
  • WHITE: Although not a colourful colour, it’s very much needed on your plate. The white colour found in garlic or cauliflower, comes from the polyphenols which have great antioxidant properties. These nutrients help balance hormone levels and fight cancer.

Not only does it make your plate look amazing, the brightness of the coloured fruits & vegetables are great for your body. So how do you know what colour to eat? By taking in all the colours of the rainbow you can get the best all-round health benefits!

At Farm Girl we provide you with all different coloured fruits & vegetables in our dishes. Such as our lovely avocado on toast and our brightly coloured pitaya or fruit bowl! Come and enjoy!

FG x

 

26-09-2016

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HYDRATE BEFORE YOU CAFFEINATE!

It seems like the warm summer days in London have not yet passed. It’s great to catch those last summer rays and get that healthy looking glow. How to keep that glowing skin? HYDRATE! Everyone knows how important it is to keep hydrated, still 90% of all people are slightly dehydrated throughout the day.

Drinking water makes your body happy! It helps carry around healthy nutrients and promotes organ function. At the same time, it flushes out the ugly toxins. This lowers your risk of cancer, improves digestion, softens your skin texture and slows your natural aging process!

So what happens when your body starts to dehydrate?

Your body will give you immediate signs such as a dry mouth, headache, fatigue, dizziness and even disorientation. Another big sign is hunger cravings! It is hard for our body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. So next time you have odd cravings, drink a large glass of water and see how you feel. Still hungry? Then make yourself a nourishing dish!

How much water is needed?

Just like anything else, it varies for each person and their lifestyle. Just keep a look out for the signs of dehydration and intuitively feel how much water you need to stay fit and healthy! When you have a active day, do intense sports or it’s thirty degrees outside, then you will naturally know to drink a little extra.

When to hydrate?

The best thing is to prevent dehydration. After you wake up your body is already dehydrated from your night’s sleep. That is why I drink 750ml of water every morning, squeezing in some fresh lime to alkalize my body and have it going for the day.
Do you find yourself wobbling towards the bathroom during the night? Try drinking more water in the earlier hours of the day and less in the evening. Last thing you want is to disturb your precious sleep as it restores your entire body, ready to take on another full day!

Finally, watch out for caffeinated drinks such as your daily coffee and teas. Although containing water, these drinks dehydrate your body. So next time, hydrate before you caffeinate! At Farm Girl we find health important and that’s why we serve water with fresh cucumber on every table, grab as much as you like!

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21-09-2016

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PEOPLE ARE GOING NUTS!

More and more people are turning towards alternative milks. At Farm Girl we totally understand and that’s why we provide you with a range of nut milks to choose from. Our latest addition? Cashew milk!

Almond vs Cashew

Cashew milk is thick and a little sweeter than almond milk. After soaking the cashew nuts in water they go all soft and turns into a beautifully creamy milk when blending. Almonds need to soak for hours in water to extract the flavour. They are then strained from the water leaving a tasty nutty milk.

Both nuts contain great sources of zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and copper. But when it comes down to nutritional values, almond milk is the winner with its calcium, B & E vitamins and healthy fats.

On the other hand, cashew milk is a more environmentally friendly milk. It takes a sh*t load more almonds compared to cashews to create the same amount of milk. Cashews dissolve and are blended with the water whereas almonds are soaked and then strained. Wasting a lot of pulp in the process.

So why don’t we use soy milk?

The soy bean is one of the most highly processed foods. Soybeans come from eastern Asia. In Asia they ferment the soybeans before consuming as it’s common knowledge that soy is poisonous and the fermentation process removes the poison.

Due to the high demand of soy products in the West, they started to genetically modify the production of soy. Splitting it up in soy oil and leftover soy protein. While in Asia they were consuming the whole fermented soy bean, we are putting these two separate products in most processed foods. This is leading to side effects such as thyroid imbalances and the rise of allergies. That is why we have chosen to not take any risks!

We provide you with the 100% goodness of coconut, almond and now cashew milk. It’s said to be the creamiest alternative to all nut milks and it goes amazingly well with your latte! Come and try it out and let us know what you think!

FG x

 

19-09-2016

 

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‘NEVER KEFIR. I AM HERE!’

NEW IN STOCK! Farm Girl now provides you with the amazing probiotic water kefir tonics from Purearth. The tonics are certified organic and dairy-free. Our two flavours of spirulina and apple & mint are amazing and soooo healthy!

So, what is KEFIR?

Kefir means ‘feel good’. It is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with good bacteria that are great for your your gut health. That’s why its named PRObiotics and not ANTIbiotics. Having a healthy gut means you digest your food better and can absorb all the nutrients your body needs to fight of anything nasty. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals along with amino acids and enzymes. That is why Kefir has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune enhancing properties.

Why is the spirulina flavoured one blue?

The blue coloured spirulina water kefir comes from the phycocyanin, a proprietary extract of spirulina. No, it’s not from all those nasty chemicals and sugars that the food industry uses to give drinks a funky colour! According to David Wolfe, the blue pigment is a highly organised, symmetrical molecule that acts as a powerful antioxidant.

Why Purearth?

Angelina & Tenna, founders of purearth, have a clear aim. They want to help people feel at their peak through the power of nutrition, using only organic produce. We fully support that! They don’t use any animal products nor soy. Their products are gluten free, contain no additives or added sugar and their environmentally friendly glass bottles retain the flavours and richness of the fruits & veggies. Letting no harmful chemicals leak into the drinks.

Curious? Come by Farm Girl to taste these great probiotic tonics and enjoy the benefits. It’s all PURE from our lovely planet EARTH!

FG x

14-09-2016

 

 

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WHY WE LOVE MUSHROOMS!

We believe in the power of nature. It provides us with such delicious and healing products. One of its fundamentally healing products is mushrooms. For thousands of years, ancient cultures have used them and for good reason!

Why are these fungi so healthy?

They come in all shapes and sizes and have their own specific healing properties. According to Tero Isokauppila, a real expert on these beauties, humans share almost half of their genetic makeup with mushrooms. Sounds weird right?! But we can take advantage of the special immune-enhancing benefits and survival methods that they build for themselves.

One of the main properties of mushrooms is that they help prevent cancer. By recognizing and binding to abnormal looking cells in the body they activate the body’s defence mechanism. They also slow down the growth and replication of abnormal cells. A study found that the risk of breast cancer decreased by 64% when taking mushrooms!

Which ones to take?

A mix is best! The best ones are Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s mane, Shiitake and Maitake. But the Portobello or baby button are also great choices! There is so much to learn as every mushroom has their own healing properties. From calming the body & mind, to giving you extra brain power and nourishing your skin & beauty.

At Farm Girl we provide you with some lovely button mushrooms. Order them as a side dish with anything you like. I love having them added to my omelette or topped on my Kimchee + Seaweed salad!

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08-09-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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