Sunday, 23 September 2018

Vegan food haul from Sainsbury's

My go to supermarket is Tesco, partly due to proximity to where I live and partly due to product range and price. However and not sure you'll ever see someone more excited than me to visit Sainsbury's on occasion. I literally feel like a kid in a candy store when I go there because they have such a wonderful and I believe unrivalled range of great vegan products. However..... yes they are expensive and this little lot cost £60 (excluding the pack of shroomdogs which were AMAZING and a probiotic shot I had already snaffled before photographing, I also bought 3 jars of veganaise, and another urban noodles that aren't pictured)


So as we can see for £60 there isn't a whole lot of food and the other thing I would like to point out is that a lot of these items are novelty buys because we all know how excited us vegans get when things like ready meals we can eat come out! I very rarely eat ready meals and I am more on the healthy side of the spectrum than the junk but I do like to try these things.

Pudology millionaires puds, vegan food

One of the last things to really start showing up were ready made vegan desserts, the internet is full of recipes for fabulous vegan puddings and desserts but sometimes you don't have the time or can't be bothered to make something from scratch so items like these pudology millionaires puds are fantastic!

love your veg, katsu curry, vegan

As I already mentioned I don't often use ready meals but sometimes it's just nice to have something like this stashed in your fridge for when you get home and just can't be bothered with life, shove it in the microwave and jobs done! I also really love Katsu curry.

veganaise, vegan, vegan mayo

Veganaise is the best vegan mayonaise ever! This is why I bought 3 jars of this stuff because it's life! It tastes just like helmans and is just so good. If you miss potato salad or coleslaw then this is the stuff you need to mix through warm potatoes with chopped chives or spooned in with some prepackage coleslaw mix.


Is there anything more amazing than a hot cup of tea and some shortbread to dunk? I think not!
These amazing little morsels are accidentally vegan and boy am I happy they are. I bought some of these last Christmas because in my family growing up we always had biscuits and tea whilst opening our presents and more often than not it was shortbread, so at least I don't have to miss out. This year I may dip some in chocolate for a bit of added luxury.

I really enjoy making the odd sandwich and I love that there are now lots of options to have meat replacement sandwiches. I wanted to try some of the hickory smoked tofurky, and plan to have a roll loaded with lettuce, tomato, tofurky and mayo!

urban noodles, vegan

I spotted these noodle pots and got very excited when I realised they were vegan, they had 3 flavours, satay, pad thai and sweet and sour. I bought one of each of satay and pad thai and will probably take them to work with me for a lunch time treat. They are not super healthy but I am always about balance and eating healthy 80% of the time and having a little naughty treat every so often.

Violife Mediterranean block, by far my favourite cheese. I think I have said before I don't think it tastes anything like halloumi which is what it's based on, however I do think it tastes just like manchengo cheese which is so good. 


vegan chocolate, rhythm 108

I tried the Rhythm 108 chocolate range last year at Stylist Live and oh my they are amazing! If you miss chocolate bars then you should give these a try. Vegan chocolate is a bit slow to catch up with the growth of the rest of the movement, yes you can buy dark chocolate and yes there are dairy free versions of chocolate buttons and plain bars but there aren't readily accessible versions of things like twix, kitkat, crunchy, mars etc. So these little delights are starting to bridge that gap, yay!

vegan iced coffee, alpro, califia

Now I love me an iced coffee, and I used to enjoy drinking those little chilled starbucks coffee's you could pick up at the corner shops. Luckily Alpro came out with their caffe range a while back and let me tell you they are delicious! The caramel one is my personal fave but they also do hazelnut.
Califia is an American brand that I had my eye on and was quite jealous we didn't have them here in the UK, so when Sainsburys started stocking them I was very happy, they do a range of iced coffee drinks that are all really yummy.

Merchant gourmet, vegan, chestnut dip

I have always quite liked Merchant Gourmet for their pouches of rice, lentils and quinoa but I was surprised to see they have now branched out into dips. Some may say I'm obsessed with houmous and I do love any type of dip so I was sold when I spotted this chestnut and red pepper dip.

I also got two flavours of moorish dip as well because a girl can never have too much dip. I haven't had the chance to try this brand yet so am looking forward to having some with carrot and celery.

ugo vegan pasta, vegan

I used to love buying fresh pasta at the supermarket for a speedy dinner, sometimes I still go down the aisle to look at them and shed a tear for all the lovely pasta I can no longer have. However Ugo have a vegan ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and sage, how perfect is that flavour combo for the upcoming season?

Linda McCartney meatballs are one of the items I have never tried. So I got some to either use to do spaghetti and meatballs or to make a meatball sub..... time will tell what I decide to do with those.

Smoked Tofu is the best kind of tofu! Really I just like anything smoked, but I do really enjoy the tofoo brand and love it straight out of the pack.

edamame thai spiced dip, vegan

Lastly, this dip.... words cannot express how bloody tasty it is. Just give me a spoon and leave me alone with this dip. I love those little peppers on the top and usually they are gone within seconds of me opening the tub. 


I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some inspiration, let me know what your favourite vegan products are in the comments.



Sunday, 16 September 2018

Vegan Coffee Protein Shake

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Slowly but surely I have been working my way through lots of vegan protein powders and have some firm favourites now that I will do a separate post on.

I thought I would do a quick post about making a protein coffee shake which is really yummy and sets you up for the day. It's lovely and filling, packed with protein and healthy carbs and is only 216 calories, and best of all takes under 2 minutes to make!

Ingredients

1 medium banana (about 90-100g)
200ml of unsweetened almond milk (I use almond breeze or alpro roasted)
32g of Missfits coffee protein powder

pop it all in a blender and whizz until smooth and frothy.

vegan coffee shake, protein shake, protein smoothie


You could modify this and just make it an iced protein coffee if you would rather by leaving out the banana and blending the protein with ice, I might even be inclined to add a shot of cooled espresso as well.

vegan coffee protein smoothie

Keep an eye out for my round up of the best (and worst) vegan protein powders, they are expensive so it will hopefully save you from wasting your money on the ones that taste terrible.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Why I drink lemon water in the morning and you should too

The benefits of drinking lemon water daily have been documented lots of times and you've probably seen that it has health benefits, but did you know just how many? 



As much as I am addicted to a cup of tea in the morning I really try and drink a big glass of water, especially with some fresh lemon before I have anything else, here are some of the reasons why. 

Source of vitamin C

Lemons are high in Vitamin C which has quite a few health benefits including helping to lower blood pressure, boosts your immune system and is an antioxidant that helps to protect your cells from free radical damage.

Helps with digestion

Drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning is said to help stimulate the digestive system due to the atomic structure of lemon juice being similar to that of your digestive juices, therefore it tricks the liver into producing more bile which keeps food moving through your gastrointestinal tract smoothly. I actually quite like hot water with lemon and ginger so don't find this too much of a chore.

Helps keep your skin more youthful

Vitamin C encourages your body to produce collagen which is an important part of youthful skin helping to keep your skin plump and ward off wrinkles, most of us are in a constant battle to keep wrinkles at bay so what better reason is there to down a glass of lemon water? A study recently published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consumed more vitamin C were at less risk of wrinkles and dry skin.

Boosts energy

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial for your body because after sleeping through the night the tissues in your body are dehydrated, lemon water hydrates and oxygenates your body providing you with an energy boost that is far better for you than coffee. This doesn't mean I am not a fan of coffee, because trust me I am. Just make sure you get the water in first, to re-hydrate and then have some good coffee about an hour after your water, because coffee if you buy decent stuff also has health benefits.

Helps prevent kidney stones

Lemon contains citric acid which may help prevent the build-up of calcium kidney stones, and no one wants to get those!



With all these worthwhile reasons for a simple glass of lemon water, why wouldn't you?

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

My 5 go to vegan snacks

When you get the munchies that feeling can totally take over the logical side of your brain, we have all been there when you felt a tiny hunger pang and before you knew it you had eaten an entire share bag of crisps and a giant chocolate bar.... or is that just me?

Finding healthy snacks that taste great is tough when all you really want is all the sugar and all the salt! There are new healthy snacks popping up on the market every day, but they are not all nice and certainly not all cheap!

Here are my 5 favourite snacks.

Nakd Bars


These have been around for some time now and frequently have new flavours, they are all natural made just from fruit and nuts but taste amazing. They have a base of dates and cashews which put off one of my date hating friends until I insisted you can't really taste them, she's now a convert and really likes Nakd bars.
They have loads of flavours, my favourites are lemon drizzle, bakewell tart, peanut delight and pecan pie.

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Coconut Bites


I discovered these at Boots a couple of weeks ago and you can also get them from Ocado and I am totally smitten with them. I have eaten so many packs since then because they are totally delicious! I am obsessed with the coconut and sesame flavour, perfect amounts of coconut with a subtle hint coming from the black sesame seeds. The pack is 140 calories and I find they curb my snack craving and are quite filling.

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Hippeas


If you haven't given these a try yet then you really should! Made out of puffed chickpeas rather than potato they are a healthier alternative to wotsits. They come in a variety of flavours and I'm yet to try any I don't like. Ocado have a huge range of flavours of them, Boots stock them as do Holland and Barrett (uber expensive in H&B though!)

hippeas, vegan snacks, healthy crisps




Graze boxes


They have a huge range of lovely snacks. Not the cheapest and not all flavours are vegan so watch out, but they are really yummy. I love any of the smoked or BBQ ones, the one pictured is a combination of pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried broad beans and they were really good. Unless you live under a rock you'll know you can order them online and have them sent to your workplace which is pretty handy, who doesn't love a snack drawer at work?

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Vego Bar


This one isn't so much of a snack as it is a treat. But hey, we can't be good all the time right? These are an indulgent treat, its a vegan milk chocolate and hazelnut bar. It melts really easily so be careful of you might end up covered in chocolate, it's really rich and smooth and totally not for sharing ;)
I pop into my local Holland and Barrett for these, you can get them online from various places now but watch out for the price. They should be around the £1.99 mark, anymore and you're being ripped off.

vego bar, vegan chocolate, vegan snacks,


What are your favourite vegan snacks? I'm always happy to eat new things, and don't like to miss out on something good. Let me know in the comments if there's something I should try. If you fancy reading about when I first went vegan, here's the post I wrote.

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