Tuesday, 12 September 2017

How to go Vegan | Step by Step

In the mood to try a more environmentally friendly, animal-loving food-habit?
But you feel like going through the change is daunting?
Let me help you! ^^
In this step by step manual, I'll guide you, 
based on my personal experience from going vegan myself. 

Step 1
Vitamin Up!
Something that I had to learn the hard way, and that you don't have to;
is how important multivitamins and supplements are.
When you go for a change in eating-habit, to make sure your body doesn't feel like you're depriving it of anything; taking vitamins is key.
This way, even though you're introducing your body to new sources of nutrients, it won't feel like you've suddenly stopped giving it something it needs.

For me, personally, this made all the difference.
Before getting my vitamins in, I would CONSTANTLY be thinking about the things I was no longer eating. Hard-core, EVERY DAY. And EVERY NIGHT. Thoughts of eating cheese and meat infested my dreams on a constant loop.
Which is very unpleasant when eating those things repulses you.
Don't feel bad about yourself, if you have those thoughts. It just means your body is trying to get you to feed it something it needs. And going vegan, just means you need to feed it those nutrients and vitamins and minerals through new foods.

I was also very tired all the time.
Not because I was going vegan necessarily; before making the change, I was a very unhealthy eater, I never took vitamins (should have ofc, most people need to) and my meals consisted of ready-made packet reheats and fast-food. All very low in nutrients and all the good stuff the body needs to keep on top of it's game.

There are so many choices in vegan multivitamins and supplements now.
Take advantage of it, and rule the world! ^^

Step 2
Get a Vegan Cookbook!
My world opened up crazily when my mom got me a vegan cookbook.
Before going vegan, as I said, I barely cooked 
(I do not think reheating or adding water counts as cooking xD)
And I had a dim view of what I could eat now that I was going vegan.
I legit thought I had to eat a lot of salad, and that was it xD
Turns out, I was wrong, Thank G ;)

Before buying a cookbook I'd recommend browsing through it,
to see if the ingredients sound like it would suit your pallet.
Also check out the reviews.
I'm not a huge fan of chickpeas, and I'm allergic to avocado, 
so I make sure cookbooks I get, are low on those things x)
I also check if I like the way it's written, and if it's easy to follow.
Nothing more annoying than trying to cook a bomb meal,
but the recipe sounds like a different language trying to teach you heart-surgery.

I also try to get books that don't rely heavily on hard-to-get or expensive items.
A lot, and I mean A LOT (most) vegan food, can be made of the stuff 
you find readily available, at your local grocery-store.

If you're not much of a book person, or if buying a cookbook isn't in your budget right now;
No worries! I got you covered! ^^
Here are some cool, free vegan recipe websites that'll give you all the goodness! ^^


And of course, you should totally check out my original recipes,
that you can find right here, on this blog! ^^

Things to look out for when going vegan:
(a list of things to avoid)

- Gelatin (made from animal bones)
- Dairy (Milk from animals, also look out for yogurt/milk-powder in pastries)
- Meat (ALL meats, also seafood and poultry)
- Eggs
- Palm-Oil (palm-tree industry destroys habitats and kills off animals)
- Honey (also beeswax)
- Animal-Tested Consmetics
- Cosmetics and food that contain ingredients made from bugs
(Cosmetics that pledge to be cruelty-free and vegan are best)
- Leather
- Fur
- Feathers
-  Certain types of wool (Angora, and farms that mistreat their animals)
- Silk


Humans are creatures of habit, and changing habits might feel hard.
Don't be too hard on yourself, take it one day at a time, 
and soon enough, you'll reach your goals! ^^

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

2 WAYS to CUT BILLS and SAVE THE PLANET

2 WAYS to CUT BILLS 
and SAVE THE PLANET


Electrical-Sockets
Always plug out your stuff from your electrical sockets when you go to bed.
That's a whole night worth of sleep, that you're not using them, 
and having them plugged in is costing you money.

You could also save even more money, and the environment further;
by always plugging out electronics, when you stop using them, during the day too.





Dishes
Reuse your glass, if not actually dirty.
Most drinking-glasses could just use a little rinse, 
and they're basically fit for your next drink of choice.
This saves on both soap and water (and electric if you have a washing-machine).

I'm not suggesting to not give other people a clean glass of their own ofc,
but if you had a glass of OJ this morning, just rinse it after you're done, 
and you can use it for the next time you're thirsty.

I personally, can go days without changing my drinking-glass, 
and just rinsing it after I'm done drinking.
I often do the same with my plate, if it's not covered in stuff that will ruin my next meal.



Do you know of more ways to cut bills and save the planet?
LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENTS! ^^

Clipart courtesy of ClipArtLord.com, OpenClipArt.org, Pixabay.com

Monday, 3 July 2017

3 WAYS to LIVE CHEAPER

3 WAYS 
to LIVE CHEAPER

Cut out the hair-salon expenses
Cut and dye your own hair

VEGAN Hair-Dyes
NATURGIN
(cannot confirm definitely that is vegan, check if vegan or merely vegetarian)

TINTS OF NATURE 
(not all products are vegan, dyes are)

MANIC PANIC



Cut out the spa-expenses
DIY it at home




Cut out the costly gym-membership
POPSUGAR Fitness has some bomb and easy to follow + do at home routines
Here are my two favs

Do you know of more ways to live cheaper and vegan, that I haven't thought of here?
LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENTS! ^^

Top Clipart courtesy of VectorCharacters.net and rest courtesy of ClipartLord.com

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thai Green Curry | ONLINE RECIPES


Green Thai Curry

I bought some green curry-paste at the local Asian grocery-shop just the other day.
(I made sure it was vegan and palm-oil free)
And, because I'm a pasty white girl, and I have no clue how to make such wonderful gastronomic orgasms,
I googled recipes.

The choice fell on one on rasamalaysia.com (not vegan)
I've been having some trouble re-creating a vegan version, of one of my all-time fav restaurant dishes; the green curry. And have been (until this moment) convinced that I have just been doing it wrong; and that's why it hasn't turned out even remotely similar to what I fell in love with before going vegan, and basically stopped being able to eat out, because I live in a tiny town, in the middle of nowhere, and everything here caters to hungry hungry carnivores.
No but for real; WHY, do people put MILK in shit that you'd NEVER in a million years NEED to put milk in? Like PESTO. WTF.
Okay, rant over.
Back to the recipe.
After veganising this recipe, I realize, oh, you dumdum
THAI green curry, and, CHINESE green curry
ARE DIFFERENT THINGS.
My bad xD

Did I mention I'm a pasty white girl who doesn't know what she's doing?

But, for you out there, in the vast internet-verse, 
who actually INTEND on making vegan THAI green curry;
here's what I did to veganise the recipe linked from the website mentioned above.

Instead of chicken
1 green paprika pepper
1 yellow paprika pepper
1 red paprika pepper
2 medium-small carrots (that, let's face it HAD to be used in this recipe
not just cause they're awesome in curries, they are, but also 
for not going bad in my fridge reasons xD )
half a green squash

I de-veined the peppers, peeled the carrots
and cut all the veggies into nice strips

Instead of fish-sauce
1 and a half tablespoons of soy-sauce

I also just used half a tiny teaspoon of chili-powder instead of actual chillies.
Not for any particular well-thought-out reason, but because I forgot to get fresh ones x)

I hope you enjoyed my vegan take on that particular thai curry recipe
If you have any recommendations for other recipes, you think would ROCK my world
LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENTS! ^^

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Dairy-Free Fudge | VEGAN CANDY-REVIEW

Dairy-Free Fudge

This fudge is real yummy.
My favourite kind of caramels/fudge is the kind where it's soft to chew, 
and doesn't stick to my teeth or the top of my mouth.
This fudge checks all those boxes.

I love the fact that there are companies out there who actually make cruelty-free candy; no palm-oil, no dairy, no meat (bone-based gelatin) and no honey, no bullshit;
that tastes just as good, if not better than it's non-vegan cruelty-ridden counterparts.

The flavour is very "milky" and round.
I'd definitely recommend it, and would buy again! ^^

Food-Facts
75g
Ingredients: sugar, glucose syrup, soya-milk (dairy free alternative), fondant (sugar, glucose syrup), cocoa butter, flavouring, colour; burnt sugar syrup.
VEGAN | VEGETARIAN | DAIRY-FREE
NO HYDRODGENATED FATS | NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS OR FLAVOURS
NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES | GLUTEN-FREE
Ingredients

Company: Fabulous Freefrom Factory Product: Dairy Free Fudge

Thursday, 20 April 2017

PÜR Chewing-Gum | VEGAN CANDY-REVIEW

PÜR Bubble-Gum
This is by far my all-time favourite gum!
Vegan and otherwise!
The flavour is so juicy and long-lasting, it's divine!

The texture of the gum is a very easy chew, perfect gum all around!

Food-Facts
Ingredients: xylitol, gum base, gum arabic, natural flavours, caranuba wax, tocopherols.
SUGAR-FREE | ALLERGEN-FREE | ALL NATURAL FLAVOURS
NUT- & PEANUT-FREE | SOY-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE
NON-GMO | VEGAN

This product comes in two varieties
The Resealable Bag | 55 gum-pieces | 77g
The Pocket-Perfect Pack | 9 gum-pieces | 12.6g



Company: PÜR Product: Spearmint Gum

Pictures of product courtesy of Veganlife.no and The Official Pur Company Inc Website

Sunday, 16 April 2017

PLAIN VEGAN YOGURT | VEGAN FOOD-REVIEW

Plain Soy Yogurt

The product itself smells and tastes just like regular non-vegan yogurt.
I'm very impressed.

This Natural/Simply Plain version, is without added flavour, thus making it perfect for some personalized yogurt-time creative'ness. 
I for one: cocoa-/hot chocolate-powder and frozen berries all the way! :D

I used this product to add creamy'ness to an amazing, legit Italian, pasta-sauce recipe 
a friend showed me;
which worked well, although the yoghurt did add more of a pointy flavour to the dish, rather than round and creamy like something like vegan crème frãche would have added.

Food-Facts
100g
Ingredients: Water, Hulled soya beans (7.9%), Sugar, Calcium (tri-calciumcitrate), Stabiliser (Pectin), Acidity regulators (Sodium citrate, Citric acid), (Flavouring), Sea salt, Antioxidants (Tocopherol-rich extract, Ascorbyl palmitate), Yogurt cultures (S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus), Vitamins (B12, D2)

Overall; I'm a big, big fan of Alpro, and their products;
they always taste yummy, just like their non-vegan counterparts, and without strange bi-flavours.
So if you're pondering about trying an Alpro product, GO FOR IT! ^^


Company: Alpro Product: Soy Yoghurt (Simply Plain/Natural) (No Flavour)