Studies have shown that a well-planned, nutritious, Vegan diet delivers extraordinary benefits to your health Included are significantly lower rates of heart-disease, cancers and type-2 diabetes. Furthermore, you can expect to enjoy better sleep, skin, and digestion. At Vantra we also believe that following a compassionate, Earth-friendly, diet nourishes your body and mind.
"The gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are trees, plants and seeds.' - Plato
SPROUTING AND GERMINATION
We serve a selection of sprouted legumes, germinating grains, nuts, and seeds. In this form, you can digest them more easily. This has the added benefit of increased nutrient uptake and alkaline forming in your body.
HEALTHY WHEAT AND GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVES
We were also the first restaurant in the UK to serve wheat-free raw, and steamed, cakes, as well as wheat-free bread and pasta (which is much easier to digest). This also helps you to avoid developing allergies from excessive wheat and gluten consumption.
ORGANIC PRODUCE, NATURAL WHOLEFOODS
Natural wholefoods and fresh, premium, ingredients are the foundation of our recipes, and we strive to ensure all of them are organic (unless certification is unavailable). The benefits of organic are substantial: with more nutrients, including antioxidants, and no harmful pesticides, organic supports the health of our planet and everyone on it.
Vantra was the first restaurant in the UK to serve gourmet living food. To create you meals in as nutritious a state as possible our Living Food dishes come either completely raw or not heated above 48ºc. This preserves the maximum amount of enzymes, vitamins and alkalines within our deliciously natural ingredients.
NATURAL, LOW, GI SYRUPS
Our understanding of the dangers of sugary diets inspired us to offer healthy alternatives in our desserts, drinks, and savoury dishes - meaning you can indulge with a clear conscience! Our coconut and yacón nectar syrups have a low GI and are suitable for those with diabetes or candida.
ONE STEP FURTHER
The vegan diet is already free from cholesterol, but to take your health one step further we also avoid all carcinogenic, mycotoxic, and highly acidic ingredients. This list of offenders includes not just meat, but also plant-based produce such as corn products, peanuts, and cashew nuts.
AQUEOUS COOKING METHODS
We are pioneers of water-based cooking methods, where food is not heated above 100ºc. In this way, food is cooked incredibly gently, ensuring maximum nutrient bioavailibility and better assimilation. This also avoids harmful carcinogens that result from frying, baking, roasting, grilling or browning.
By applying the principles of food combining when crafting our meals, we ensure you can easily select foods that digest well together.
ANCIENT WISDOM MEETS CUTTING EDGE
As well as cutting edge nutrition principles, we heed the ancient wisdom of the Ayurved in the preparing of our food and drinks. This helps to balance your mind as well as your body.
Throughout history, some of mankind's greatest achievements have been made by people who were either vegan or vegetarian. These include:
The World's greatest scientists: Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Eddison, Nikola Tesla, Charles Darwin, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Hippocrates (the father of Western medicine).
The greatest philosophers and writers: Socrates, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Confucious, Chuang Tzu, Leo Tolstoy, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, and Frank Kafka.
Masters of the creative arts: William Shakespeare, Leonardo Di Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Musicians: The Beatles (all of them!), Moby, Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, John Coltrane, Morrissey, Stieve Wonder, Justin Timberlake, KRS-One, JME, Akala, Andre 3000 (Outkast), Gwen Steffani, Brian May, John Peel, and Prince.
The most influential humanitarians and spiritual leaders: Siddhãrtha Gautama (founder of Buddhism), Lao Tze (author of the Tao Te Ching), Rosa Parks, and Mahatma Ghandi.
World class athletes: Martina Navratilova, Carl Lewis (nine Olympic medals), David Haye (world-champion boxer), Serena & Venus Williams (raw diet), Mike Tyson, Jim Morrison (bodybuilder), Jake Shields (MMA champion), David Carter (NFL star), Brendan Brazier (Ironman Champion).
Actors and Celebrities: Woody Harrelson, Brigitte Bardot, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, James Cameron, Russell Brand, Joaquin Phoenix, Al Gore, Peter Sellars, Ian Mckellen, Jared Leto, Forest Whittaker, Scarlett Johansson (raw diet), Samuel L. Jackson, Ellen Degeneres and Joanna Lumley.
Renowned Entrepreneurs: Steve Jobs, Russell Simmons (hip-hop billionaire), and Biz Stone (Twitter founder).