So, now Miss Nang Treats is an award winning brand of gourmet nuts & Seeds. Whoop Whoop.
And has been recognised as Most inclusive Luxury Nuts & Seeds Brand – UK by Lux Life Food & Drink Awards 2020 – I made a reaction video, check it on the IGTV.
Winning such a title is really such an honour because Miss Nang intentionally set out to be a unifier: Creating plant based snacks that would be suitable for most diets to allow people to be more convivial and share their latest foodies’ finds. It seems the brand is achieving that.
The original inspiration was my love for nuts and the many ways I could make them interesting. 5-6 years ago when I started to scratch the surface, vegan snacks had weird names and ingredients. They were plain and often smell funny. This meant that a flexitarian for example might not want to share a kind offer from a vegan.
I found the food industry too devided with every diets in their own section, which means that many miss out on even seeing the great stuff.
UNITY: I created Miss Nang Treats so I could share my snacks with anyone around me: vegan, gluten-free, kosher, Keto etc… I didn’t want to leave anyone out or send them into a special shopping section to get their snacks.
ACCESSIBILITY: I also wanted to create something that people could pronounce and recognise all the ingredients of. This meant they’d be confident that there were no additive, colouring or refined hidden component in what they were eating.
MADE in UK: With Miss Nang Treats, I also tried as much as possible to include some ingredients cultivated in the UK, like sea salts or lavender.
Being recognised as inclusive of all the above is a really significant win and makes me excited for the future of this little enterprise.
Thank you to all the tasters and the first ever customers and to the people who gave me random ingredients to try and create with. I APPRECIATE YOU!
Pistachio, turmeric, Nigella seeds – Nang Gellastachios
Welcome to November.
If you like nuts & seeds but they aren’t part of your daily diet yet, this is for you.
Studies show that snacking can represent up to 30% of our daily food intake. It is therefore really important to plan our daily snacks in advance.
Planning a tweak in your food intake can start now or you can start thinking about your new year’s resolutions. Hello 2021!
This is not about dieting. If you’re over 30 years old, you know by now that dieting is like chasing the wind: every year, we start it and fall off just to start again.
I am talk about your Health Wealth. You may not have cottoned on to it yet, but guess what? All your WEALTH, no matter which form it takes is rooted in your HEALTH and you have a part to play in it.
Am sure you knew this, but are you working on it? Will your current diet defend you tomorrow?
One thing COVID-19 has made us more aware of is that a preventative and balanced diet will protect you from a lot. You’ll therefore not be among the firsts victims of random diseases or pandemics.
Protecting your inner body parts will not only keep you healthy, but help you keep a job, play your role in the society and in your circles. So, why not start now? The result isn’t immediate; drip feeding your organism with goodness takes time to build up. Make it a lifestyle habit starting now.
Since my speciality is nuts and more plants-based, below are few recommendations for your brain health, muscles and blood health. Each of them will include the link to one of the snacks on the website. Hope you find them helpful. From there you can look at eyes, gut, nerves, hair and bone health
Drip feed your brain:
Love coffee? Do you know caffeine & antioxidants can protect against Alzheimer?
Broccoli protects the brain against brain damage. Turmeric helps grow new brain cells.
Pumpkin seeds help the brain to function. Walnut is the brain nut par excellence’ with all its nutrients and Omega3. You can also help your brain with Oranges, blueberries and green tea.
*Protect the muscles: If you exercise, almonds are great nuts to add to your diet as they can be performance enhancers due to their content in magnesium (help muscle movements & boost sporting performance) vitamin E (protects from damages) & B (prevent infections). Eat almonds!
*Help muscles recovery: Cashews, are proven to help reduce cramps and muscle spasms. If you exercise, they are great post workout snack to help muscle recovery.
*Heal muscles: Eat spinach,carrot and sweet potatoes to heal your damaged muscles with their content in Vitamin A. Eat soy products to heal your muscles with their content in vitamin D.
*Regenerate your muscles: Vitamin B12, help your muscles regenerate quickly and promote the fast healing of damaged muscles. B12 are found in animal and do not really have a vegetable source sadly. Vegan can find the supplement in pharmacy.
*Increase your blood flow & circulation by using cinnamon in your food. Onion, garlic, lemon and turmeric ARE great helpers of blood flow. Oh and drink a lot of water. Did you know? Not drinking enough water thickens your blood and slows its circulation.
*Increase red blood cells count: Not having enough red blood cells, causes anaemia, chronic fatigue and other complications.
For normal people, increasing the red blood cells is as simple as adding Iron in your food. Eat more beans, raisins,green vegetables.
Top up on folic acids AKA vitamin B9 whenever you can. You find the folic acid in beans, lentils, peas and nuts (pumpkin seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds…)
Inflammations are part of the body healing system. They happen when the immune system goes into action without visible infection or injury. Arthritis, nerve pains, irritable bowels. Inflammations can go from regular increased pains up to chronic and Neuropathic pains.
To build your capital and also help reduce inflammations, start by cutting down on red meats, trans fats like margarine and deep fried foods as they increase free radicals in he body. Free Radicals trigger inflammations.
To reduce inflammations, add Ginger in your diet, it has an effect on gastro pains and arthritis pains.
Turmeric has an effect on most inflammations, so add it often in your savoury meals.
To reduce inflammations, eat walnuts, pistachios, almonds,peanuts,leafy greens, blueberries and oranges.
October is usually the month when nature deploys its most beautiful colours as autumn settles in. Who doesn’t appreciate those colours? Do you like me actually stop to look at them and appreciate the gradience that can be reflected on one single tree leaf?
I love colours, my whole life is dictated by colours my food and obviously the range of snacks on this website is full of colours.
Nuts are notorious for being boring in colours. With Miss Nang Treats, I have made it my mission to beautify nuts and seeds while dressing them with the best flavours that can be added onto them without them losing their Super Food statuses.
How I come up with the choice of colours and flavours? Day dreaming and observing nature and ingredients.
The first decision is about what colour is missing from the collection of existing treats.
Then comes the choice of the main ingredient that will produce the colour aimed at.
The rest of ingredients and the choice of nuts is based on the leading colour.
The choice of nut or seed will often depend on their behaviour in contact with liquid. Some nuts are less permeable than others and getting the colour to stay on them is a whole process.
Whether we end up with a savoury or sweet snack will depend on the behaviour of the nut vis a vis the process.
One of the snack that challenged me most was the Purple Lime. It took me almost a year and a half to get it right. During the process, I created a savoury snack that I wasn’t looking for before finally make it to the Purple Lime. Each batch still makes me nervous.
I wasted so many packs of blueberries; I tried them whole, then, just worked with the skin of blueberries (had to wash clean the blueberries skins). Still didn’t work. They were tasty, actually really good, but didn’t look like what I wanted. Blanched almonds are expensive and my colleagues at the time where very happy with anything I turned up with.
I finally decided to experiment with red cabbage. The problem with that, red cabbage changes colour when overcooked. Arrrrrggghh what a nightmare that was.
I wanted to stop when I got the Mustard & All, but I was determined to create something purple… it must me sweet. When I kind of got there, stinky sweet red cabbage isn’t the most appealing I was close. All I needed to find now was another flavour the would compliment, but almost dominate the cabbage flavour. That was the lime. I was in heaven when I found the right formula; purple lime is my proudest creation of the lot. And one of the most expensive of the collection too. Well worth tasting.
The other best discovery is the Nang Safprika, a cashew savoury snack that came about because I was searching for an orange coloured snack. Ingredients include paprika and Saffron.
Miss Nang Treats is all about healthy and inclusive snacking, colour dictates the process and am glad to say that all the snacks receive fantastic review.
Do look out for the savoury trio special offer coming up this week end.
You are also invite to Instagram live chat this Sunday 4th October at 6pm for more conversation on food colouring and flavours.
Hi! Am Hortense, founder of Miss Nang Treats. Few years ago, I suffered from Desmoid tumours. It was then recognised as a form of cancer a rare one that affected 2 people in a million. Today W.H.O. is still debating while researches continue on this ‘unicorn’.
My first surgery was in 1999, left me with a reconstructed left shoulder. After radiations, the tumour came back more aggressively, and I lost my 1 top rib along with about 40% use of my left arm. I had radiotherapy and chemotherapy and have been clear for a number of years now.
Desmoid is a rare disease and still fairly unknown. Today, it affects up to 4 people in a million. September happens to be Desmoid Awareness month. Info can be found at DTRF. please support the research if you can.
Since my ordeal, my body has never fully recovered I suffer from chronic pains, have a bone density problem, fragile teeth and am heavily anaemic. Am often on medication and do not always absorb nutrients in my food.
My health situation was not caused by my diet, but it has helped me to study and understand food a bit more. I was already a lover of nuts, but looking at them closely, I realised how undervalued these little kernels were.
Looking at what was on offer in supermarkets snacks’ aisles, I realised that many of them had unnecessary additives that could negate their nutritional values. The use of salt was exaggerated and most of them were deep fried.
I wondered why nuts weren’t paraded on golden pedestals for their amazing nutritional values.
Why weren’t they advertised as the superfood that they are? The answer is this:
*In their pursuit of high profits margins, the food industry does not take the time to slow roast nuts, it takes too long.
*Deep frying is easier, the nuts are uniform and oil provides a grip for salt to stick on the nut.
*The manufacturer add more salt because the more you eat, more you want.
This just to name a few reasons. So, there is are aspects of unhealthy-ness in the production of commercial nuts snacks and that is a bit of a dirty secret.
In creating Miss Nang Treats, I wanted the customer to discover the beauty and generosity in nutrients of nuts and seeds in general. I want to help people see how much snacking on none-mass-produced nuts or seeds snacks can be beneficial for their health. I want to encourage people the pay it forward and start including nuts in their snacking routine. A handful of nuts a day keep the doctor away and all that…
Now. I know how boring some nuts can be. They can at times taste like nothing. So, instead of just presenting customers with plain nuts, I apply the principle that parents use to make their children eat vegetables.
I make the nuts beautiful and enhance their taste as well as their already lengthy nutrients list. All done artisanally with a gentler manipulation, so the nuts don’t break or lose their Testa (nut coat) which are often packed full of nutrients. In our fast gain industry, you will often notice that peanuts do not have their Testa, because their manipulation can be an inconvenience.
The flavours from Miss Nang Treats nuts tell a story. They are often unusual and surprising. They make people curious and I am really delighted at every opportunity to tell people about the inspiration to create this or that flavour, the choice of nut, the colour and the ribbon, etc…
The beauty after tasting sessions on markets is to see the surprise on clients faces followed by ‘I never knew this could work with nuts.’ Or ‘I’ve never tasted anything like this.’
Eating nuts and seeds helped me build up on multiple vitamins and nutrients, the colouring and spices I use to transform them are more nutrients added to them and by the time they reach the clients, the snacks are doubly superfoods packed with nutrients a real palate adventure.
My health history resulted in me creating this beautiful range of snacks. Today, I want my customers to benefit from this range and fully enjoy collection while building up their immune system with invaluable nutrients.
There’s an opportunity to taste Miss Nang’s multi-packs at a reduced price on the website.