Autumn is drawing in quickly and we love preparing to hibernate, feel cosy and get ready for the chilly weather.
The buzzword at the moment is ‘HYGGE’, which if you haven’t heard of it, means ‘wellness’ in Danish – it’s all about making yourself happy by relaxing, sitting round a log fire, nurturing friendships, being at home and lighting candles…the Danes are reported to be the happiest people in the world, so we’re willing to give this new trend a try. And of course, we couldn’t agree more with lighting beautiful scented candles around the house!
Each week in our blog we’re going to be recommending three good things which we think you will want to know about and will make you feel happy, so read on to find out what we’re loving at 100 Acres HQ this month…
1. Healthy Puddings – Yes, for real!
We recently discovered the jewel that is Asparagasm in Nailsworth, a cute little wooden-tabled vegan hideaway where rising star Lauren Lovatt (only 24, but wow is she talented) is making waves with raw, sugar free, dairy-free delights. Dip into soups, salads, vegan cheese (soon to be available at local markets) and hibiscus flavoured kombucha. We get particularly excited about the fabulous ‘Cake Slate’ with beautiful treats such as this no-guilt mini lemon cheese cake with wild foraged berries and edible flowers. Exquisite.
Asparagasm, Market St. Nailsworth, Glos. GL6 0DA, open Mon 12pm-3pm, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. http://asparagasm.com/welcome/
2. In the Nood
Ever set out the day with good intentions only to be flawed by that mid-afternoon must-have Sugar Monster craving? Gloucestershire husband and wife team, Sam (wife) and Alex (husband) Kai have cracked the healthy snack enigma with their brilliant little packets of ‘In the Nood’ – little pockets of goodness, packed with delicious ingredients ready for you to roll into your own energy ball. At 100 Acres we found the process of having to slow down a little and prepare our snack also added to a more mindful eating experience. And we were super impressed by the purity of the ingredients.
In the Nood packs come in three flavours: Orange and Cacao, Crunchy Cacao Chip, and Hired Muscle (which contains pea protein). Alex and Sam say: ‘We created In the Nood as healthy snacks with nothing to hide. They come in a pack with fully mixed dates, almonds and cashews, cacao and other amazing ingredients. With three flavours available we’ve created something that’s nutritious and jazzed, with no added sugar, they are a great pre or post work out snack, or a snack on the run, or, if you fancy I you can eat it from the bag. Kids love them too – and can create fun cookie cutter shapes with our mixture”. All round genius. http://www.inthenood.com
3. A Dreamy Jumper
What could be easier? Guaranteed to become a want-to-wear-every-day staple, this Suri Alpaca jumper comes in beautiful Ecru or this gorgeous grey melange colour. Perfect for pub lunches, afternoon walks and slumbering by the fire next to one our divine candles. You’ll thank us for this.
Suri Alpaca Pullover, £165, TOAST, 82 Promenade Cheltenham, GL50 1NB, or on-line https://www.toa.st/uk/