Big Vegan Market x Coconut Bowls Recap

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WOW! What a day. It was such a thrill for Coconut Bowls to be an exhibitor at the first ever vegan market to be hosted in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. The atmosphere was electric, with visitors hardly containing their excitement as they bounced from stall to stall, munching on delicious plant-based food and having fun with their friends and family!


With over 100 stalls selling vegan food and drinks, fashion, craft goods, skincare and cosmetics. We were lucky enough to be invited to showcase our products alongside top Aussie vegan brands such as; Loving Earth, Pana Chocolate, Pressed juices and Prana On Protein.

We were overwhelmed with the support for our bowls, with customers bursting out with things like “OMG! These are the coolest bowls I have ever seen!” “I can’t believe these are real coconuts!” “Coconut Bowls are the most beautiful natural products ever AND they help reduce waste!”. Our favourite though, was one lady who refused to leave our stall until we sold her one of our new coconut shell soy candles, saying “You will ruin my Mother’s Day tomorrow unless you let me buy one of these candles”. We were only showcasing these on the day, but we agreed to cheekily give a few away on the day, shhhh.

We only attend a handful of markets and exhibitions, yet every time that we do, we leave with a BIG smile on our faces. As we’re predominantly an online business, we don’t get to physically see and talk to our customers all that often, so it is so incredible to see how excited people are to buy a set of coconut bowls, and it’s wonderful to hear all their feedback and suggestions!

One of our favourite parts of selling our bowls at markets is that we put a big basket of coconut bowls at the front of our stand so that people have the chance to forage for their favourite bowls. Rough, smooth, light, dark, small, big… the choice is yours! For some people, it really is love at first sight when they find their perfect coconut bowl. Along with our three types of bowls and two types of spoons. We also had a limited number of brand new products for people to buy and pre-order. Everyone loved our new coconut cups, bamboo straws, coconut palm spoons and chop-sticks! (Which are all coming soon to www.coconutbowls.com!)


Our coconut candles were on display (as they are still in the testing phase!) and holey moley were people excited. We had the toasted coconut scented candle burning at our stall and people were being drawn in from metres away! We received lots of suggestions on what flavours we should make and the general consensus was…. COCONUT EVERYTHING! We’re finalising a range of different coconut scents,  that you can expect to land on our website sometime in June!)


Thank you to all the beautiful people  that stopped by our stall to buy a bowl or simply to say hello! We had a coco loco time at Big Vegan Market and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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Four reasons why I Love my Coconut Bowl

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Written by Sass Woods (Republished from Fit Malta Muma)

I’ve had my eye on these bowls for a while now and was thrilled to find out that they are now available locally from Flavours for Health. Get ready to fall in love with these beauties and I’ll give you 4 reasons why I am already “coconuts” over mine …

  1. Eco-friendly product alert

    Most of the coconut shells that are harvested each year for oil, water and flesh are discarded and burned as waste. This burning is hazardous to the environment, humans and animals alike. The bowls are made out of coconut shells that are reclaimed from companies that treat them as a bi-product after their flesh and water have been extracted. Therefore when you buy a bowl you are actively supporting global sustainability!

  2. I’m not like the rest

    Can you believe that each one of these bowls is unique with its own natural shape, size, colour and pattern? It’s pretty cool knowing that if you purchase a bowl no one in the world will have the same one!

  3. How can I use you? Let me count the ways ..

    These bowls are totally safe to eat out of; they are made from 100% natural coconuts and contain no artificial glues or lacquers. Although they are suitable for both hot and cold foods, they cannot be placed in a microwave, oven or a fridge – instead use your bowl for porridge, smoothie bowls, “nice” cream, buddha bowls, noodles or even salads. The added bonus is that they are fun to eat out of and they look pretty damn special too.

  4. It’s always nice to play fair

    The company responsible for making these bowls supports fair trade practices. They currently have workshops in Indonesia and Vietnam and employ people within the local communities that they work with. They are also in the process of developing an initiative that will allow you to measure your impact from reclaiming a coconut bowl – pretty awesome if you ask me!

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Coconut Bowls Review: My Fridgie

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Written by Maria Loghin (Republished from My Fridgie)

Gorgeous Coconut Bowls: beautifully crafted, and handmade out of discarded coconut shells! 
I actually didn’t know this, but over 99% of shells from used coconuts end up getting chucked and burned. The smoke from the shells releases a lot of methane and CO2 in the atmosphere, which is hazardous not only for the environment, but also for our health. 
 
These bowls are made using ethically sourced coconut shells after the flesh and water has been extracted. The shells are then cut, cleaned, sanded down, and polished with coconut oil. So aside from them being eco-friendly and free from anything artificial, you won’t find two alike. Every single bowl, just like every person, is unique. 
Coconut Bowls come in 3 different varieties: original ( smooth inside and out ), natural ( smooth inside, rough exterior ), and white ( finished off with an FDA approved food safe white lacquer ). On their site you can also find some lovely wooden sono spoons made from reclaimed Amboyna tree wood that pair really nicely with the bowls.
I personally LOVE these bowls. I really, really like the idea of recycling coconut shells and reducing waste. They are perfect for serving smoothies, and somehow, when you eat out of them you almost feel transported to a tropical island! 
If you wish to buy a set of Coconut Bowls, click here.

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How To Eat More Sustainably

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The way we eat makes a big difference on our environmental impact. Here are some ways that you can eat more sustainably and reduce your food-related eco footprint!

Eat seasonal produce

Eating produce that’s in season helps local farmers and business, it's usually cheaper and better quality, and it’s the more sustainable choice. Seasonal produce isn’t stored as long and generally isn’t transported as far as out-of-season produce, which significantly cuts down on food mileage and therefore our carbon footprint.

The best way to shop seasonally is by heading to your local farmers market! Otherwise, do some research on the internet to see what is in season where you live, a big hint is: if a food gets a hefty price hike, then it’s probably out of season!

Eat less animal products and more plant-based foods

It takes a huge amount of natural resources to mass produce animal products! Going vegan can dramatically decrease your carbon footprint, but even if you don’t commit to the vegan lifestyle 100% of the time, you could make a big difference by simply eating only plant-based foods a few days a week.
 
Filling our plates with  plant foods should be a priority at every meal. The production of whole plant foods generally has much less of an environmental impact than animal foods.
 
 (image via @rawandfree)

Buy fair trade

When you buy fair trade foods, you’re supporting a cause that’s invested in improving the working conditions of farmers and holding farms accountable for the environmental standards they must comply with. Whether it’s a small chocolate bar or a box of cereal, buying fair trade means you’re purchasing products that were made with no GMOs, and with sustainably sourced soil and water.  

Compost your food waste

Instead of tossing a lot of your food waste, start a compost bin! Composting allows minerals and nutrients to be recycled, so instead of creating trash, food becomes soil, which grows more food, which can be turned back into soil!

Start a little veggie garden

Growing your own food reduces how much food mileage you imprint on the earth, as well as how many resources are used to get the food to your table. If you live in an oversaturated city, look for community garden spaces where you can participate.

 Buy organic

If you have the means, always choose organic! By doing so, you’re not paying into a system that mistreats the planet with harsh chemicals.

 

Shop in bulk

You’ll waste less packaging and the food you get will have required less transportation to get to you.

Plan your meals and food shopping

Planning your meals before going shopping and only buying as much as you need can help reduce household food waste, helping the environment and saving you money.

Eat less processed and packaged food

These foods tend to be more resource intensive to produce. Also, if packaging isn’t recyclable, it goes into landfill, contributing to our overall waste problem.

Use recycled and reusable kitchenware

Thrift shops and garage sales are a great place to pick up cheap perfectly good crockery, utensils, cookware and much more! It’s much more sustainable to use what’s already been produced than to require new products every time you have a kitchen need.
 
Purchase kitchen products that are made from recycled natural materials, like COCONUT BOWLS! Our bowls are made from 100% recycled coconut shells that are discarded from the coconut water, flesh and oil industries. Learn more about how bowls are harvested and made here.

'Eco-friendly bowls for eco-friendly souls'

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Caring For Your Coconut Bowl

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Caring for your coconut shell bowl is very important, as it's 100% a product of nature.

This is an actual, real, coconut. Therefore, it may have minor cracks, blemishes, and dents. Imperfections give your bowl personality and remind us that you're eating out of nature.

Follow these basic care instructions to ensure a long lasting and durable coconut bowl.

 
Washing
Hand wash with lukewarm soapy water. Do not use in the dishwasher, wash in very hot water or soak for a long period of time.
 
Eating
The bowls are suitable for both cool and warm foods. To ensure durability, prepare your bowl for the change in temperature by first rinsing your bowl in lukewarm water for warm food and in cool water for cooler food. Do not expose coconut bowls to extreme temperatures and do not use in refrigerator, microwave or use in the oven.

 

Your new coconut bowl will look similar to the bowl on the left! However, after 10-20 uses it may become dry and look like the bowl on the right.

Use virgin coconut oil to hydrate your bowl and restore its shine and smooth surface.You can also use linseed or flaxseed oil.

Simply scoop 1 tablespoon of coconut oil onto a cloth and polish your bowl inside and out.

Voila! Look at your beautifully restored Coconut shell bowl!

Pretty incredible difference for 30 seconds of work huh! 

If you have any questions about caring for your coconut bowl, email hello@coconutbowls.com!

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Smoothie bowls: simple, versatile and nourishing!

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Author: Jacinta Sultana @jacinta_sultana

 Smoothie bowls, are they all they’re hyped up to be..?

YES! They are an undoubtedly on trend breakfast at the moment and for good reason. If the versatility & simplicity of a smoothie bowl isn’t motive enough to be your new daily breakfast, the nutritional benefits will be sure to tip you right over the edge of becoming a smoothie bowl addict.
Fruit for breakfast is great for gut & adrenal health, it is a gentle start for your digestive system. Fruit in its raw form is quickly digested making it an easy task for the digestive system to break down. This avoids unnecessary strain on the gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands that alternative breakfast options such as high fat meals and coffee can cause.
Combining fresh fruit into a smoothie bowl for breakfast will fuel your body with its preferred energy source (carbohydrate in the form of sugars). Accompanying the carbohydrate component of fruit you will additionally be consuming a large amount of micronutrients (Potassium, folate, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C & vitamin B- levels vary depending on the fruit). Micronutrients are essential for the maintenance and regulation of pretty much every physiological function. Fruits also contain phytonutrients, which fight off free radicals and help to detoxify the body. Last but not least, fruits are high in fibre, which plays a key role in digestive health and is a major preventative for chronic diseases. 
These are just a few of the incredible health impacts that eating fruit can have. So here is one of my favourite smoothie bowl recipes for you to try jam-packed with all of the above and then some, enjoy!

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
1 banana
½ cup of coconut water
½ cup of frozen mango
¼ cup of frozen raspberries
¼ cup of frozen blueberries
2 tbsp of Raw buckwheat
2 tbsp of chia seeds
Seasonal fresh fruit of choice
Method:
Add 1 banana, ½ cup of coconut water, ½ cup of frozen mango, ¼ cup of frozen raspberries and ¼ cup of frozen blueberries to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and top with seasonal fresh fruit of your choice, 2 tbsp of chia seeds and 2 tbsp of raw buckwheat.

About Jacinta!

Jacinta is 3rd year vegan student dietitian who is soon releasing an E-book with some more amazing breakfast bowl recipes + much more! 

@jacinta_sultana

 

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Coconut "The Tree Of Life"

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COCONUT TREES ARE OFTEN CALLED TREE OF LIFE”, “TREE OF ABUNDANCE” OR “KING OF TREES” AS EVERY BIT OF THE COCONUT CAN BE USED! 


They’re everywhere – be it a mat for the floor, the water to refresh and quench our thirst, the milk to liven up a meal or the oil to….well we all know the numerous amazing uses for the oil!  

Its cultivation is also one of the most sustainable practices on earth. Coconut trees can grow up to 100 feet and continue to yield coconuts for up to a century, bearing around 60 coconuts every 45 days!

Who’d have thought that this rather odd looking, hairy, hard ball shape could have so many uses and be used all the world over?

SO, HOW ARE COCONUTS USED?

Well, where to even begin with this? There are so many uses:

The coconut provides us with so many nourishing and delicious foods! The meat is used to produce coconut oil, milk, desiccated coconut, nectar, sugar, while the water of the coconut is used mostly as a rehydration drink.

The rough husk and the shell of the coconut are used separately or together. The husk makes for a great natural exfoliant or pot plant but it is the shell of the coconut that we are most fond of :) The shell makes for beautiful, natural and sturdy bowls and utensils!

The less common parts of the coconut that you may use come from the actual tree itself. The trunk and leaves of the tree are used to make cooking and cleaning utensils, furniture and shelter, instruments even the tree root can be used as a dye. We've heard of a frayed root being used as a toothbrush! 

With this abundance of uses for the coconut tree, Mother Nature has excelled herself. It’s little wonder that it is called ‘The Tree of Life’.
 

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Why We're Nuts About Coconuts

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Considered a fruit, a nut, and a seed (though technically in the drupe family), the coconut is one of those addicting foods that you can never get enough of. It’s a good thing the coconut lives up to its weighty name! Here’s the low-down on the health benefits, how it is used in cooking and baking and used for beauty regimes!  It isn't hard to see why everyone is obsessing over this fuzzy, brown fruit!
      • Assist weight loss or weight maintenance
      • Reduce the risk of heart disease
      • Lower cholesterol
      • Improves diabetes and chronic fatigue
      • Improve digestion and nutrient absorption
      • Helps protect against osteoporosis
      • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents for immunity
      • Increases metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
      • Boosts your daily energy
      • Rejuvenates your skin and prevents wrinkles 

COCONUT MILK: Soups, mash, stews, curries, puddings, sticky rice, cakes, cereal, porridge, smoothies, coffee, cocktails

COCONUT WATER: Sports hydration drink, coconut kefir, cakes, puddings, ceviche, marinades, frappes, coffee, granita,  icy-poles, smoothies, juice, cocktails

COCONUT OIL + BUTTER: Grilling meats, curries, vegan butter, stir fries, cakes, muffins, pancakes 

COCONUT SUGAR: Cakes, cookies, churros, muffins, sauces, marinades, tea and coffee

COCONUT MEAT + FLOUR:  Eat the meat raw, dried or toasted! Coconut flour is a GF alternative for wheat flour used in desserts, donuts, slices, curries, stews, fritters and much more! 

COCONUT SHELL:  Coconut shells make an eco-friendly bowl to serve anything from smoothie bowls to asian dishes. Not only are coconut bowls 100% natural they're also beautiful serving bowls. Coconut shells are also used for carving traditional decorations throughout the world.

THERE ARE VERY FEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT WE CAN HONESTLY SAY ARE CURE-ALLS, BUT COCONUT OIL COMES PRETTY CLOSE!

HAIR

  • Deep conditioner
  • Add shine
  • Hair growth
  • Reduce dandruff
  • Prevents breakage and split ends
  • Styling

BODY

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