This is what to expect when you try a vegan keto diet

This is what to expect when you try a vegan keto diet

Even for the most sceptical of carnivores…

Disclaimer: I love food. From the age of 14, I have chosen to celebrate my birthday in a different restaurant ever year, ranging from local curry houses to haute cuisine: the only proviso is everyone eats. A lot. On top of this, in my family, food is associated with memories: when you’re tired or sad, French toast is the only cure, and even a hint of sun means various meats charcoaled to perfection on the BBQ.

As you might imagine, very few of my comfort foods are vegan. So when I decided to try the new vegan keto diet, my friends, family, and colleagues responded with disbelief (full disclosure: some just laughed).

This could be part of your diet… Credit: Nosh Detox

I went for NOSH Detox , created and founded by professional nutritionist and holistic health specialist, Geeta Sidhu-Robb.

Its aim? Making a vegan keto lifestyle as easy as possible – and they weren’t wrong. Twice a week, batches of three fresh meals and two snacks made from seasonal ingredients are delivered to your home or work. That means no stressing about an ingredients list, fridge space or clean tupperware.

After seven days, the results were pretty incredible. Here’s what I learned from my week on a vegan keto diet.

What is a vegan diet?

Let’s go back to basics: according to the Vegan Society, being vegan ‘is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.’ So with regards to diet, that means no meat, no poultry, no seafood, no dairy, no eggs and no honey/bee products.

Beautiful AND cruelty-free. Credit: Nosh Detox

What is a keto diet?

A keto (ketogenic) diet is a way of eating that aims to induce ketosis in the body.

What is ketosis?

Get ready for some science. According to WebMD, ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. These are a type of acid, which your liver sends into your bloodstream. Your muscles and other tissues can then use them for fuel.

Can vegans eat junk food?

Of course, just because something doesn’t contain any animal products doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good for you. Oreos, Skittles and tonnes of crisps are great for a vegan treat, but vegans need to make sure their diets are balanced, and that kind of food will not fly on a vegan keto diet.

How much does it cost?

Prices differ depending on where you go, but the 7-day plan I went for on the NOSH Detox vegan keto diet was £444.44 – not cheap, but if you bear in mind that you get all your meals and snacks delivered to your door for a week, the food is freshly prepared and seasonal AND is good for both your body and the environment, it’s not a bad deal.

Can I drink alcohol on the vegan keto diet?

NOSH Detox of course recommends that you don’t drink during the vegan ketosis diet. But, in case you do decide to rebel and have a drink during the plan, NOSH have got all the information you need.

What is the food like on the NOSH detox vegan-keto diet?

In a word, it’s great, The only slight reservation is that some of the dishes could benefit from a little more seasoning – having said that, I am a Tabasco obsessive, so my opinion might not be shared by everyone.

Menu highlights include unbelievable ‘kabobs’ for dinner on Day 6, chia seed pudding with clementine for breakfast and, the surprise hit, a walnut, beetroot, mint and clementine salad as one of my lunches. That combination sounds like it shouldn’t work, but I stand corrected.

How did I feel after seven days?

Genuinely? Brilliant. Despite an unusually busy week (and, frankly, not enough sleep), I was full of energy and raring to go. The first day of the diet took some getting used to, due to my previous scepticism towards including any more than five portions of fruit and veg per day, but after 24 hours, I was looking forward to every single snack and meal. On top of the mental changes, the physical effects are clear too: my skin is exceptionally clear and my hair is the healthiest it’s been in months. Oh, I also lost 6lbs. I might not always be strictly vegan keto, but even after a week, I’m feeling more mindful about what I’m putting into my body, and that can only be a good thing.

Will it last? We’ll see.

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How to throw a Missoni dinner party

How to throw a Missoni dinner party

Francesco Maccapani Missoni’s new book unwraps the Italian fashion dynasty’s rich history of food and entertaining


Francesco Maccapani Missoni, pictured above right with his family, is the son of Missoni’s creative director, Angela Missoni and collector of the family recipes. Here, he shares how to throw a dinner party in true Missoni style.

Spend more on less

‘Italian food is simple, because the ingredients are so good. For tomato sauce you just need olive oil, fresh tomatoes, garlic and a little salt, but you have to spend money on good quality ingredients. Living in the US, I found food in the supermarket looked nice on the shelf, but everything tasted like cucumber, and good olive oil was like liquid gold.’

Make it colourful

‘My mother and grandmother treat the table like a composition, with lots of patterned cloths, candles, flowers and glassware – it doesn’t matter if things don’t match. My mother is a compulsive collector of dishes that she finds at antique markets in Paris, Rome and Mexico. When we go away to a new place, she’s like a kid in a candy store.’

Keep welcome drinks simple

‘When guests arrive, I’ll serve them a glass of Spumante [Italian sparkling wine] or a Campari spritz – it’s not as sweet as an Aperol spritz, so it’s more refreshing before dinner.’


Always make extra

‘If I’m cooking for ten people, I’ll buy enough food for 15 – you never want to run out. We’ve always been a family who invites people home, instead of going out to a restaurant. Now, I cook for a group of friends every Friday or Saturday night at my house in Milan. It’s never formal – we put a big bowl of pasta on the table and everyone helps themselves. The first dish I learned to make was gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola. I still make it now, as it’s so fast to do.’

Use signature recipes

‘There’s a cake that was always made for my mum’s birthday by her best friend – the recipe [below] was secret until after she died and her daughter gave it to us. It’s a part of our family history now, so it’s very special.’

Finish dinner with…

‘Grappa – it helps you digest.’

The Missoni Family Cookbook by Francesco Maccapani Missoni (£35.84, Assouline) is out now


Traditional Missoni recipe: Torta Segreta del Compleanno di Angela

(Aka, the secret chocolate tart recipe for Angela Missoni’s birthday)

Serves 6 – 8
5 large eggs, separated
8¾ oz sugar
Pinch of salt
8¾ oz of 70 per cent dark chocolate, plus more for garnish
5 ¼ oz of unsalted butter at room temperature

1. Preheat the oven to 180°c. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes silky with a pale yellow colour.
2. Using a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites and salt together until they become stiff peaks.
3. Roughly chop the dark chocolate. Bring a small amount of water to simmer in a pan over a medium heat. In a glass bowl on top of the pan, melt the chocolate and butter, and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 2-3 minutes.
4. Gradually transfer the melted chocolate into the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Using a low speed, mix the batter until well combined, then delicately fold in the egg whites with a spatula. Divide the batter into two equal portions. Refrigerate the first half and pour the second half into a ten-inch tart pan with a detachable base. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
5. Spread the refrigerated batter on top of the cooled tart base. Sprinkle on some dark chocolate shavings to finish. Serve chilled.


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The best rooftop bars to cool off with a drink this weekend 😎

The best rooftop bars to cool off with a drink this weekend 😎

Sun’s out!

Boundary Rooftop - Best rooftop bars
Boundary Rooftop – Best rooftop bars

There’s only one direction we’re heading when the sun comes out, and that’s upwards. Much like festivals, Pimms and umm Andy Murray, sipping cocktails with a view of your favourite city skyline has become synonymous with British summertime. So we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars in the UK to while away a long summer’s evening. Up, up and away from all the traffic and crowds is where the best parties get started…

Best rooftop bars: West London

The Roof Gardens, London
The Roof Gardens is an eclectic venue, worthy of a Katy Perry music video. Flamingos roam the grounds and DJs spin a healthy mix of classics, remixes and mash-ups until 3am, making it a prime party destination. A glamorous crowd gathers at this private members club for some top notch al fresco dining and tickets to their weekend antics are available through at a great discounted price. Did we mention that they have a meaty BBQ available until 2am?

Best rooftop bars in East London

Madison Terrace Bar and Lounge, St Pauls
The view from Madison‘s terrace puts you at eye level with one of London’s best landmarks: the gorgeous grey dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Between May and September you can find a virtuous way to take advantage of the view by signing up for a Vinyasa yoga class on the roof at 7am (which costs £13), but the place really comes into its own at dusk, with a buzzy atmosphere, music and cocktails. If you’re feeling decadent order a bottle of champagne and some nibbles – the truffle fries and sautéed mini chorizo sausages are delicious – or cool off with a frozen berry Daiquiri.

The rooftop bar at Madison with its unrivalled view of St Paul’s

Dalston Roof Park, London
For as little as £5 you can become a member of Dalston Roof Park and enjoy a whole load of events, from free film screenings to street food stalls. Newly refurbished in April 2017, it draws a hip crowd thanks to hosting bands such as Basement Jaxx, Rudimental and Disclosure. Mismatched chairs are scattered across the venue creating a laid back vibe that’s the perfect switch-off for after-work drinks.

Boundary Rooftop Bar, London
We’re fans of anywhere that serves cocktails in sizeable pitchers. Add to this the delicious food, panoramic London views and fun staff and you’ve got one helluva hotspot to spend some time this summer. The restaurant is covered so even if the Great British weather should disappoint, your time at Boundary won’t. All the best rooftop bars have a Plan B for the weather. Useful, no?

The Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden has three stunning floors and boasts one of the highest roof gardens in London, making it a must-visit – even if you have a fear of heights. There’s more than one reason why it’s been regarded as one of the best rooftop bars in the UK – it offers quick bites to eat, from breakfast to lunch, not to mention down-the-hatch cocktails for those in search of some evening hedonism. It is renowned for its picturesque view of London which is an Instagram-filtered gift for your social feed.

Netil 360, London
Spice up not only your summer, but your year, and purchase Netil 360’s yearly membership for £120 – it doubles up as an awesome co-working space for freelancers and small businesses. A range of experiences, from yoga to rooftop parties, will be at your disposal alongside the added bonus of being able to bring along one of your friends for free, and boasting one of the best rooftop bars in the UK. You will also receive free entry to their BYOB evenings and weekends which are an absolute hoot and easy on the pocket. We love this place for its low key attitude and unconventional partying.

best rooftop bars east london

Queen of Hoxton, London
This summer sees the launch of Queen of Hoxton’s summer rooftop sessions and this year a giant tipi provides the backdrop for the ultimate sky-high night out. Festival on the roof, anyone? Last year, silent discos and film clubs fuelled memorable nights under the stars and, no doubt, this summer will be the exact same. Fun times will be on offer alongside frozen daiquiris to cool you down after the sun sets.

Best rooftop bars in North London

Proud Camden Roof Gardens

Looking more like a sun-drenched Eden than a bar, Proud Camden’s roof terrace is bedecked in botanical greenery and florals, and already attracting the most in-the-know crowd in town. Throughout the summer, there’s a residency from Manhatten Cantina, one of London’s most popular pop-ups serving Mexican-style burgers. After sunset (a view worth waiting for in itself), live DJ sets take you long into the night. Discover it before everybody else does.

best rooftop bars north london

Best rooftop bars in Birmingham

Marco Pierre White Champagne Bar, Birmingham
Marco Pierre White’s Champagne Bar is a venue with a 360-view of Birmingham’s skyline and offers a long list of quaffable champagnes. The mixologists are known for conjuring up delicious bubbly cocktails that aim to refresh summer palates.

best rooftop bars birmingham

Best rooftop bars in Manchester

Roof Garden Playground, Manchester
A bit of a hidden gem, Roof Garden Playground operates a work-hard-play-hard attitude as it serves up a vibrant selection of cocktails, champagne, wine, beer and spirits. Come evening, it’s popular amongst city slickers and brings to life a romantic vibe with candlelit lanterns. The terrace and hot tub are available for private hire to help people lap up some rays in privacy.

best rooftop bars manchester

Best rooftop bars: Glasgow

Ubiquitious Chip, Glasgow
Ubiquitous Chip is a venue full of wonderful curiosities. It has a themed indoor rainforest with plenty of twinkling fairy lights and a simple roof terrace where the good times roll. A great menu offers fine dining and entertainment comes in the form of jazz lunches. If you’re looking for a unique night out or bite to eat, this is your spot.

best rooftop bars glasgow

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