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Scrambled Tofu

It wasn’t until I turned vegan that I decided to try tofu. I wish i had as it’s since become one of my favourite things to experiment with. There are many forms of tofu all good for different things. You can use it for so many recipes from eating it by itself to creating delicious cheesecakes.

Before I turned  vegan one of my go to easy lunches to make was definitely scrambled eggs it was filling and high protein and healthy! When I started going off of eggs and knew I wanted to be vegan I started looking for an alternative. Tofu is the perfect replacement it is high in protein and quick and easy to make!

I’ve seen scrambled tofu made a few ways but i’m going to share with you my favourite way of making it. Some people will press their tofu, you can do this but I don’t feel the need to with scrambled tofu.

 

Ingredients: 

  • Roughly 100grams of firm or extra firm tofu (this can usually be found in the fridge section of your supermarket I prefer either cauldron or Tofoo)
  • A teaspoon of smoked paprika,
  • Olive oil for frying,
  • half a teaspoon of asafoetida (this comes in powder form and is found in the herbs and spices section)
  • half a teaspoon of mustard powder,
  • a  teaspoon of dried chives,
  • half a teaspoon of marjoram.
  • salt and pepper to taste,
  • a good handful of spinach,
  • table spoon of nutritional yeast, (optional but really recommend)
  • a teaspoon of cyder vinegar (optional)
  • 15 grams of grated vegan cheese (optional)
  • 50 grams of chestnut mushrooms chopped up into small pieces,
  • 50 grams of sweet pepper or standard pepper chopped into small pieces.

Method:

  1. Drain the liquid from the tofu packet and take your tofu from the block. on a chopping board or place use a fork and start using it to crumble down the tofu block, it’ll start breaking down and looking a little like scrambled egg.
  2. In a small bowl mix all of your nutritional yeast, spices and herbs together and put to the side. In a frying pan heat your olive oil over a medium heat then add in your tofu. cook your tofu for about 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally and allowing to go slightly brown and crispy, add your cyder vinegar if using then add in your peppers and mushrooms and allow to cook for another minute.
  3. Now shake your bowl of seasoning over the top and add in your spinach and vegan cheese then allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy over a slice of toast, potato waffle, salad or simply enjoy it by itself!

 

Healthy weight loss Pt2: Balancing Macros

Hey everyone <3 This is the second part to my series of my healthy weight loss blogs there will be a part 3 next Monday. Last time I spoke about how to calculate your calories and how to track them and spoke a little bit about what Macros are, this week I wanted to help you understand how to balance your macros out.

**Okay so again I want to put a disclaimer! I am not a Doctor if you’re feeling unwell or are worried about something medical then please go to see your local GP I am simply sharing the tips and tricks I have picked up along the way through research and self observation.**

Before anyone becomes over whelmed with too much information remember In part one I mentioned you can absolutely loose weight just keeping in your calorie deficit however monitoring Macros can truly help you lead a balanced life style as well as making sure that you’re not lacking in all your vital nutrients which will help you on your journey.

At the beginning of my weight loss journey I felt super pumped and motivated and for awhile I found myself doing all the toxic diet habits thinking that I was doing everything right. At first I lost weight however it didn’t take long to get frustrated after I hit a plateau and would constantly feel hungry, tired and irritable. That was when I decided to really do some research and discovered tdee and learned all about Macros. Feeling a new lease of excitement I input all my details into fitness pal and after a couple of days I had realized how wrong I had been eating. After monitoring myself I discovered not only had I been massively under eating and putting my body into starvation mode but I also had been way over eating carbohydrates and not eating anywhere near enough Protein. It was no wonder I was feeling tired and irritable and getting a serious case of the hangries often!

So how did I amend this? For someone that has come through the other side of having an incredibly toxic relationship with food for me to change this, knowledge gave me power. Learning to not be afraid of food and learning how to nourish myself correctly so I felt good on the inside has helped me combat my destructive patterns. So i’m going to teach you a little about the different macros and what they’re good for.

Macros (macro nutrients) as I mentioned in my previous blog are the carbohydrates, protein and Fats that are in your food.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are found in almost every vegetable product and also commonly known to be things such as rice, pasta, bread. Carbohydrates are used in the body to create glucose a form of sugar which is then turned into energy. There for it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right types of carbohydrates regularly and then allowing yourself to eat delicious sweet treats in moderation.

It’s important to eat slow releasing carbs on a regular basis so that you have lots of energy during the day, If you’re not follow a paleo diet or alternative diet then carbohydrates will be your main source of energy.

If you eat a heavy carb diet or you have a heavy carb meal one day you may notice that for a couple of days or at least the day after your weight will be higher, this isn’t actual weight gain this is just water retention. When you eat heavier carb meals your body holds water weight more, often when you start a Keto diet you’ll notice a big weight loss at the beginning this is because you aren’t eating carbs and you loose a lot of water weight that you were storing from carbs, so don’t fret if one day you eat pizza and the next few days you weigh 2 or 3 pounds heavier.

A good example of carbohydrates that you should eat often are:

  • fruit,
  • Vegetables,
  • rice,
  • quinoa,
  • oats,
  • buckwheat,
  • seeds,
  • nuts

Protein

Protein Is found in numerous plant sources, and it is needed to help build muscle, repair broken tissue as well as help your skin, blood and brain function. Unlike Carbohydrates and fat your body doesn’t store protein in the same way so it’s really vital that you keep working towards eating your protein goals daily. Of course I mentioned in my last post that having one day where you eat higher carbohydrate content or fattier foods isn’t going to harm you in any way and you should by no means feel guilty over this but keeping the right balance is important.

Some really good plant sources for Protein are:

  • lentils,
  • chickpeas,
  • beans,
  • soy,
  • tofu,
  • tempeh
  • peas,
  • seitan,
  • seeds.
Fats

Healthy fats are also important to eat. I mentioned in my last post that I’ve met lots of people who see the word fats and shy away from eating anything that contains them but eating certain fats are a vital part of being healthy. Fats help you absorb some vital nutrients as well as helping you burn away fat that is already on your body. A good source of healthy fats are

  • Avocados,
  • oils such as olive, coconut and avocado,
  • nuts and nut butters,
  • chia seeds,
  • raw cacao nibs or small amounts of dark chocolate,
  • Flax seeds,
  • Tahini. (found in hummus)

 

Okay so now we know about what macro nutrients are and what they’re used for lets talk about how to balance them out. You may of noticed that yours swing one way or another, most likely your carbohydrates are higher, this is because they’re in so many foods. I find the best way to Keep my plate balanced is to make sure that you’re mindfully eating, instead of making your carbohydrates the key element in your dinner make your protein is your key element and do this for every meal. I try to keep my carbs balanced throughout the day but some days If I know i’m going to have a heavy carb dinner I will make sure that I eat higher protein meals and less carbs earlier on in the day. Always trying to maintain a balance between each day. Again do not stress if one day you eat too much of one or the other as long as you are generally eating with balance it’s perfectly okay to have one day higher than the rest, chances are you’ll end up balancing out anyway!

Below i’m going to show you a couple of examples of the kind of days I would do for myself whilst I was trying to loose weight. You’ll see that I have 5 small meals a day, I prefer to eat little and often as I find this suits my body better than having three separate larger meals a day, I will talk about this more in next weeks blog so keep your eyes peeled.

The first example is keeping my meals balanced through out the day and the second are how I’ve balanced my meals knowing i’m having a heavy carb dinner.

Example 1: balanced: 

Breakfast:

Porridge with almond or peanut butter mixed in, half a scoop of protein powder, raisins and cinnamon mixed with almond milk.

Snack:

A couple of brown rice cakes one with almond butter and sliced strawberries on the top and the other with dark chocolate spread and sliced strawberries.

Lunch:

Quorn chicken pieces with vegetables such as peppers, mushrooms, courgette, tomatoes cooked in a tomato sauce and herbs served over salad. I’ll usually add seeds or nuts to my salad too and create a dressing from scratch using either avocado oil or cyder vinegar.

Snack: 

Yogurt over the top of mixed berries, a sprinkling of either paleo granola or seeds and a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.

Dinner: 

Home made seitan burgers with sweet potato chips, salad or steamed vegetables.

 

Example 2: heavy carb dinner:

Breakfast: 

Protein shake with frozen banana, spinach almond milk and almond butter.

Snack:

handful of almonds and a bowl full of fresh fruit with yogurt.

Lunch: 

Scrambled tofu with vegetables over salad.

Snack:

cucumber, carrot and sweet pepper sticks dipped into a nut or seed butter

Dinner: 

Pizza with vegetables on and salad. If there’s the option I almost always will get tofu on my pizza too.

 

So as you can see from my examples above planning out my meals is key and working out a balance between each of the days. For each of my meals I try and make sure i’m consuming protein in some form in every meal i’m eating. Whether it’s in the nut butter on my crackers or having it as my main focus for my meal. I usually plan my meals around the protein i’m going to have and everything else after as fat and carbohydrates are easy to incorporate that way I’m usually able to hit my calorie intake for the day as well as hitting my protein goal. (I aim to eat between 85-100 grams of protein a day minimum.)

So that’s it for this weeks blog I hope you’ve found it useful, as always if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

I originally mentioned that my upload schedule would be Monday’s for a blog and Thursdays for a recipe. This will actually be Tuesdays for a blog and Thursdays for a recipe.

My final part of weight loss tips will be coming next Tuesday. <3

 

 

beginners weight loss

Hey guys, I’m so sorry It’s been awhile since I last posted having been christmas and new year I’ve been incredibly busy and as always experiencing serious January blues. I have big plans this year for my blog and my youtube account. On my blog I’m planning to be adding either a new blog entry or recipe every other week going forward, perhaps more often depending on how busy I am. So keep messaging me and leaving comments of things you’d like to see from me. I have decided going forward my blog is going to be about health (physical and mental) and all things food (reviews, recipes etc) and my You tube will be outings, baking fun videos, creativity and fashion stuff.

Okay so I did a Q and A the other day on Instagram and I was asked many questions about how I lost weight and for recipes to aid in this. I thought rather than addressing them all independently I would write a blog entry to share with you all as in the past I’ve also had a lot of questions about it. For those that don’t know I lost quite a lot of weight after being on some heavy medication that made me gain 2.5 stone (35 pounds) in two months, I was really depressed and had absolutely no idea how I was going to loose the weight as i’d on and off struggled with weight gain through binging and thyroid issues in the past. I did manage to loose 3.5 stone (49 pounds) then last year after having a bad bought of depression I had an episode of over indulgence and I gained a stone but having changed my relationship with food I very easily lost the weight and have successfully kept the weight off. I have since gone on to help many friends to loose weight and keep to their goals.

I believe that you should be any size you’d like to be as long as you’re comfortable in your own skin. This is something I preach to everyone. For me I didn’t feel comfortable being the weight I was and I decided I wanted to loose it. I wanted to not only loose weight but I wanted to feel stronger and build some muscle too. So there started my journey to loosing weight.

 

 

11.5 stone

 

 

 

8 stone.

I am by no means an expert so please if you are experiencing issues or feeling weak or unwell please go to a health care professional. I am simply sharing how I lost weight and how I changed my relationship with food to keep the weight off in a healthy manner.

Please note that I hate the term dieting and my main focus is about a life style change to something that is sustainable to your body and most importantly if you’ve lost the weight you want to maintain it.

 

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I’m a massive foodie. I’m one of those annoying people that constantly posts photos of my food in my stories, on my facebook and of course always creating recipes to share with you all. So after gaining weight the dreaded thought of having to cut out my favourite foods because as society would tell you they were a huge sin and this was really depressing, I love pizza and chocolate and although my diet is generally very healthy the thought of giving up my favourite “naughty” foods was really depressing. In the past the reason I had lost weight was purely by cutting out “bad foods” but would often lead to bingeing sessions later on. This is why I no longer label foods as naughty or bad as for me it leads to a very toxic  relationship with food and disordered eating habits. I had no idea how to loose weight other than this really toxic mentality.

There is also a whole host of contradicting information out there telling you to be on *insert fad diet* or of course the alternative of weight watchers and as great as these are for many people as soon as you stop at your goal weight you start gaining again because you don’t actually know how you lost the weight in the first place and then the cycle of “well I better start again” happens. I have so many friends that have done this, but I’m here to reassure you that you don’t need to give up all your favourite foods to loose some weight.

After doing a lot of research I discovered their big secret…. the way these types of programs work is that they keep you in a calorie deficit and that’s it! To loose weight you just need to make sure you’re eating less than you burn off. Simple right! you don’t need special teas and there isn’t some magical tablet you can take that will make you loose the weight you want to, you just have to eat less than the energy you’re using.

Yes that means that you can eat pizza and ice cream and chocolate and still loose weight.

I know, this sounds like an absolute dream come true doesn’t it? And it absolutely is! Now before you get carried away and start shoveling bags of crisps down your throat you need to make sure that you’re leading a happy and healthy balanced life style (I know! You hear this everywhere and i’m sure you’re sick of hearing it honestly, but you want to be healthy on the inside too so that you don’t struggle with heart issues and other inner body issues). You can still eat the odd take away, packet of crisps or muffin but It’s important to remember that foods like this aren’t nourishing for your body and although you can definitely still eat them and they aren’t the devil like diet culture would have you believe they are high in calories and saturated fats.

My biggest weakness is definitely… hands down… chocolate,  (self confessed choc-o-holic here) I would have it for every meal of the day if I could.  When looking at my favourite chocolate bar (big shout out to OMBAR For the most incredible chocolate ever) for the 35 gram bar it contains 202 calories but then for comparison you get the same amount of calories for scrambled tofu on a slice of toast with veges and of course this is a lot more filling and sustainable. I wouldn’t just have a chocolate bar for lunch as i’d still be hungry.

Making wise decisions when choosing what you’re putting into your body is really important but also remember it’s absolutely okay to eat foods that you want when loosing weight (and going into your diet with this mentality often stops the needing to binge). When I lost weight I ate pizza at least once a week and a few pieces of dark chocolate every day. I ate everything I baked so I was definitely having cakes regularly, I just made sure that I accounted for them into my calories and the rest of my meals were healthy and nutritious.

Also if you slip off the band wagon for a day or two don’t worry! you’re not suddenly going to undo all of your work it’s absolutely okay to have a few days where you eat more than others if you’re extra hungry those days. The biggest thing i’m trying to stress here is to make sure that what you’re doing is maintainable and sustainable. 

Phew! So now that is all out in the open lets talk about how I worked out how to eat in a healthy deficit.

First thing I did was go to Tdee calculator and input my stats. I’m going to show you screen shots of my stats so you can understand and see mine. I’ll try to break it down as easy and as much as possible.

 

Your Maintenance Calories

1,852
calories per day

12,964
calories per week

After inputting your stats it’ll tell you bunch of information. At the top to the left in the box it says “your maintenance calories” as you can see mine says 1852 with 12,964 calories per week, I am at a point where I don’t want to loose anymore weight but maintain so for me I can eat up to this amount each day and I won’t gain weight as long as I stick to my current exercise regiment. To the right hand side it says “basal metabolic rate 1,195”

This is really important, you should never eat below this amount. 

Eating below this amount can cause serious health issues. Your body needs this amount to function every day and to make sure your body is healthy.

 

Basal Metabolic Rate 1,195 calories per day

 

scrolling down the page you have your ideal weight and BMI. I don’t really pay much attention to these. As you can see it states:

“Your ideal body weight is estimated to be between 110-123 lbs based on the various formulas listed below. These formulas are based on your height and represent averages so don’t take them too seriouslyespecially if you lift weights.”

I got to the gym regularly and I lift weights and do cardio so I don’t tend to pay much attention to these. BMI also doesn’t account for bone density etc so don’t worry so much about this even if you don’t it’s just an average.

Lower down near the bottom of the page you have a section that says macro nutrients. “maintenance, cutting and bulking” click the tab that says cutting. As you can see mine says “1,352 calories per day, which is a 500 calorie per day deficit from your maintenance of 1,852 calories per day.” So that is exactly what I would need to eat if I wanted to loose weight.

You also have a list of Macro nutrients. If you don’t know what macro-nutrients are they’re simply the fat, carbohydrate and protein amounts in your food. I really recommend that everyone sticks to the moderate carb maintenance unless you’re on something like Paleo diet where you might want to pick higher protein, but for simply just loosing weight on a regular weight loss journey this option is the most suitable.

Next you need some way of tracking how many calories you’re eating. I use My fitness Pal (if you’d like to add me on there my diary is deliberately public so you can see the food I eat every day and I add recipes from my website so you can replicate them and find them easily. Leave a comment below) after making an account go to the section that says Goals. From there input your calories and macro nutrients. I believe you can only do this from the website and not the app. I really recommend downloading the App too, this will make adding food in really easy as you can scan barcodes. The food data base on fitness pal is huge and I’ve only had a couple of times where food items haven’t been found and that’s usually with a new product. You can also recipes of your own in there with your own ingredients and it’ll work the calories out for you. (if you make any of my recipes then you can find my recipes in fitness pal as Miss bunny *insert food*)

Please note above that it says I’ve lost 18lbs, this was after I reset my fitness pal so isn’t accurate to my true weight loss which is stated above.

I have found that using a food scale really helps, I bought a cheap electronic one from Amazon. It’s often hard to eye up exactly how many grams you think you’re using especially at the beginning so if you’re not good with portion control like I wasn’t in the past then weighing scales are really handy to help you keep track of portion sizes!

I used to struggle a lot with stopping when full if there was food in front of me because I felt bad about waste but it’s really important to remember that if you have a portion of food in front of you and you’re full don’t push your body to eat more and to try tune into the signals that your body is giving to you to stop. On the flip side of this if one day you are really hungry then make sure you eat something, don’t let yourself starve just to keep yourself in your calorie goals because this will be detrimental to your health.

Are you boredem eating?

I used to find that I would do this all the time. I wasn’t really hungry but if I didn’t have much else to do I would start looking for food. If you find this relates to you then this trick may be handy for you. Ask yourself “could I eat an apple now?” often if we’re boredem eating it’s crisps or junk food we want. If your answer to this is “no” then you know it’s likely boredem eating and it might be a sign to go find something to do to distract yourself.

HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYDRATE

This is a funny one. Often when we’re feeling hungry it’s actually thirst. Make sure you aim to drink plenty of water. I drink about 2 liters of water a day more in the summer and if I’ve done a heavy work out.

 

Keep an eye on Macros.

Okay so I mentioned macros above. Just a reminder they’re your carbohydrate, fat and protein intake. You can absolutely loose weight not paying attention to your macros as long as you’re in a calorie deficit. However tracking them makes it easier to do so. On fitness pal it’ll tell you if you’ve over eaten a specific macro. Some days my macros are all over the place… for instance I totally ate the new Papa John’s pizza yesterday (it was absolutely delicious by the way) and so my carbohydrate intake was a lot higher. However to try and keep some balance knowing I was having pizza for dinner I ensured I had a high protein breakfast and lunch.  (mindful eating and all that)

I am currently on the low fodmap diet due to stomach issues so as a vegan it cuts out a lot of big protein sources (chick peas, lentils, beans) however I always aim to hit between 85-100 grams of protein per day minimum. I use a great tasting protein powder for shakes from a brand called The protein works. Their vegan protein powders are some of the tastiest I’ve ever tried. I’ve tried almost all of them now and my favourites that I highly recommend are Chocolate silk, vanilla creme, Birthday cake, mint chocolate brownie and salted caramel. I really recommend protein shakes especially if you’re working out as you need the protein to help build muscle and of course even if you’re not working out protein is vital for brain function! If you sign up and buy protein through my code they’ll also send you a free bag of protein!  Click this link: The protein works

Okay so we’ve talked protein but what about fats? It’s really important to make sure you eat healthy fats when trying to loose weight. A lot of people see the word fat and shy away. You don’t need to do this at all (hurray!) There is a really big difference between trans fats and healthy fats. Trans fats are those fats you’ll find in fried foods or take away. Healthy fats can be found in almonds, avocado and olive oil for example. Fats are essential to the body and you need fat to burn fat! So make sure that you’re eating healthy fats too.

On tdee they say for every 10-14lbs you loose then you should reset your stats on the website. When you reach your goal check tdee and up your calories to your maintenance calories.

Down 3.5 stone, trying on an old skirt that I used to wear regularly.

 

Exercise?

So I’ve just given you a whole host of information on my diet. What about exercise? Do you need to exercise to loose weight? Absolutely not…You could sit in bed and eat your calories lying in bed doing nothing all day and still loose weight. Do I recommend this? No.

The more you exercise the more calories you can eat…That sounds like the perfect reward and the best excuse to exercise if nothing else. That aside exercise has so many positive impacts on your body and can definitely speed up weight loss.

I really recommend finding an exercise that you find fun and incorporating it into your day. I exercise 6-7 days a week either from walking, gym, yoga, rebounding or pilates (and very excitingly starting pole fitness soon). Even dancing around your house for an hour is better than doing nothing and can have such a positive impact on your mental health.

I’ve invested in some work out bits for home; A yoga mat, light weights and a rebounder (indoor exercise trampoline perfect for low impact workouts on the joints). I have found a couple of you-tubers I adore Blogilates and Yoga with Adriene are a couple I highly recommend. I also have an app called easy workout light which is just a 5 minute work out a day; one for abs and one for thighs and butt. I do generally make sure I exercise everyday in some way or another being active for a minimum of 60 minutes (going for a walk, yoga, gym) but some days I’m tired, It’s really important to listen to your body other wise you could end up doing more harm than good. so along with mindful eating mindful exercise too!

Another good thing to point out is that if you’re exercising remember muscle weighs more than fat! this might mean your inches are going down but your weight isn’t. On fitness pal you can also keep track of measurements too. I focus less on weight now a days and as i’m working out more at the gym I’m keeping an eye on how i’m feeling and measurements. I have been taking progress shots each month.

Supplements?

I took some supplements on my weight loss journey. Purely because I have borderline low thyroid issues (and at times my thyroid has become under active) for this I take Magnesium which is also good for reducing water retention that you might be holding onto, typically heavy carbohydrate meals can mean your body holds water weight more. Vitamin D which also helps aid weight loss if you’re deficient, iodine, B12 (because i’m vegan) and selenium. Please research supplements before taking and if unsure ask your Dr. I really recommend researching your supplements before buying too, make sure you’re paying for quality!

I don’t recommend weighing yourself everyday. Your weight will naturally fluctuate during the week depending on food and a whole host of other things! Try weigh yourself once a week at the same time of the day. You will weigh more at night than in the morning and If you’re a girl remember you can gain up to about 4lbs in water weight before your period.

Now I know that Is a whole load of information that I have given you but i’m really hoping that I’ve answered all of your questions and in a simple form. A really great you tuber Jordan Shrinks also has a video explaining the same thing. Her channel is really inspiring. She talks a lot about her issues with binge eating and body dysmorphia so I really recommend following her if you have similar issues.

If you have any more questions please feel free to leave a comment below. But for now so long, lots of love and good luck on your journey <3

 

Hello Autumn

Hello lovelies, ahhh the autumn is here and it’s officially October. I have pumpkin spiced everything on my brain and I’ve been making tonnes of seasonal recipes.

I love this time of the year and I always feel so inspired. The warm crisp colours, the smells and of course the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Due to my food allergies and sensitivities I’m not able to buy my favourite seasonal foods whilst out and about which is always so disappointing, of course I’m always determined to not miss out! So I’ve taken to creating my own recipes and I want to share some of my favourites with you so i’ll be posting a lot of recipes over the next month to hopefully inspire you all to go and create! I’m also actively working on my Youtube channel  too and will be posting cute autumn fashion blogs and maybe some inspirational make up videos for you guys <3 I can’t wait to show you all what I have planned.

So when I was thinking about my first recipe I wanted to make I thought about all the things I missed out on and decided I wanted something pumpkin spiced flavoured. So I created my recipe for a Pumpkin spiced shake. It took a few times to get it to a recipe which I felt really worked but I’m really happy with how this recipe worked out, the shake itself is creamy, thick whilst being subtly spiced making it perfect for those autumnal rainy days.

 

Tips And Extras: 

I’m allergic to ginger so I haven’t added it to my recipe, but you could always experiment with putting ginger powder in this too for a little kick.

This recipe calls for a frozen banana. I always have frozen bananas in the freezer and I use them in loads of different recipes. Don’t worry if you don’t, pop a banana in the freezer over night or first thing in the morning (if you want it for the evening) and it should be perfect for when you need it.

 

Calories:

As I wrote on my bourbon twist recipe I’ve started adding my recipes to fitness pal, this one is under miss bunny’s Pumpkin shake. it contains 292 calories and these stats are based off of using the brands that I state below. The calorie content may differ slightly either being slightly more or less depending on your ingredients. I always try and write which brands I use so that you can find the same. The calories are also not worked out using cream and chocolate on the top but I have included the calories for maca powder and ground flax seeds.

I have done my best to keep it as accurate as possible but like with anything it may slightly vary if you’re concerned about it not being 100% accurate or you don’t add flax or maca then pop the ingredients in independently.

 

Vanilla and pumpkin spiced shake.

 

Ingredients: 

  • 100 grams of frozen banana,
  • half a can of Pumpkin puree,
  • 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup,
  • 30 grams of Plain Yogurt, (I used koko dairy free)
  • 250-300 ml of almond mylk or non dairy mylk of your choice (I used Almond breeze unsweetened mylk)
  • quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon,
  • quarter of a teaspoon of all spice,
  • quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg,
  • quarter of a teaspoon of Almond extract (or Vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, (I used roughly 10 grams of pip and nuts peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder, (optional)
  • a couple of pieces of dark chocolate (optional)
  • vegan spray cream.(optional)

 

Method: 

  1. In a blender pop all of your ingredients except the chocolate and blend until well mixed and creamy.
  2. pour into a cup or glass, spray on the cream and then using the fine side of a grater grate the chocolate over the top of the cream.

 

I hope you enjoy drinking your pumpkin spiced shake as much as I did. Leave me a comment below if you’ve tried it and let me know what you think <3

I’d also love to hear what your favourite thing about autumn is <3

 

 

 

White Rabbit Vegan and gluten free pizza review.

Hey guys, so i’m really excited to write this review. As you can see by the title it’s for the vegan pizza that Sainsbury’s announced they were launching. Sainsbury’s this year has started to release an amazing home brand range of vegan and free from products as well as stocking other brands such as pudology, violife and the coconut collaborative. They also announced about a month a go that they would be releasing a vegan and gluten free pizza! The pizza is by a brand called The white Rabbit. I was really excited when I saw the Smokin’ vegan pizza in there on Thursday and decided to grab it and see what I thought.

The pizza is topped with Olives and peppers (I was very naughty as i’m not able to eat peppers at the moment…but I won’t tell if you don’t) and is subtly smoked.

 

So first thing I did was check all the ingredients. I was really impressed with how allergen aware they were, in fact they avoided all of the main allergens. The cheese isn’t made with soy but with rice, Rice “cheeses” are some of my favourites next to coconut as they make a really creamy substitute. They also didn’t add sugar or citric acid but instead opted for carob gum. They use Psyllium husk as an egg replacer which I love as I also use it as an egg replacer in pizza too and it’s a really healthy alternative! All ingredients considered as a pizza that is available in a supermarket I was pleasantly surprised that it hadn’t been bulked out with lots of hidden nasties!

I was really excited to get it home but decided to wait until the Friday to have it (yay pizza weekend treat!!). Now I feel that as a review you need to know the good and bad points, and this is just a minor discrepancy but in the time it took me to get from the shop to my house (takes approximately 8 minutes) the pizza crust had broken in several places. I do love a thin and crispy pizza but It was also slightly annoying how it had broken both quite far in and on the crust (see photo’s below). This obviously this was my own fault as I should have taken more precautions when carrying it and I will in future, but I felt it was worth noting here so you guys can make sure you do! I also noticed how fragile the pizza was when I was transferring it onto the pizza tray. The pizza base is quite thin and so just make sure to be really careful when moving it about.

When it came to popping my pizza in the oven I made sure to follow their instructions perfectly, although instead of adding olive oil I added avocado oil as it’s my favourite treat. The cooking instructions said 7-10 minutes, so I checked the pizza after 10 minutes as instructed but the “cheese” didn’t look like it had melted at all, so I decided to leave it in there for another few minutes, i’m really glad I did as the cheese melted a lot more and looked absolutely perfect.

 

Cutting into my first slice of pizza I was really excited to hear the crispy crust. Of course the plus to having a thin and delicate pizza is how deliciously crispy it becomes when it bakes and as you cut into it towards the center of the pizza the base was softer. This for me is the perfect pizza slice. Crispy outer softer gooey inner!

taking my first bite I was really in love with the flavour the vegetables gave to the softness of the cheese. The “cheese” is very creamy, I wouldn’t say it blasts you with flavour as it is very mild and delicate tasting, but you get this slight tang from the olives and sweetness from the peppers mixed in with creamy cheesy goodness which makes for very happy taste buds! I didn’t get much from any of the herbs or seasoning they used and I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t really taste any smokey flavouring, I know it stated “subtle smoke flavour” but it was barely coming through at all. I could pick up on a little something else but couldn’t place my finger (or in this case tongue) on it. I think in future when buying this pizza I will definitely be adding a little something extra to mine..perhaps some Marjoram and some extra oregano!

Now I’m not sure if you have ever noticed that flavour tends to comes out more as food cools, so to give this pizza a fair review I decided to eat some cold and some hot/warm and It was just like I had suspected, once this pizza had cooled down you could taste the smokey flavour a lot more. It was still subtle but it was definitely more apparent, you could also taste more of their seasoning and it almost tasted like a different pizza, of course it wasn’t and you still had the creamy “cheese” and sweetness and tang from the olives and peppers, only there was a lot more emphasis on all of the different flavours,

I would say the pizza base doesn’t have much flavour, however I would definitely say that out of all the gluten free pizza’s i’ve tried this base is definitely in my top 2! in fact this may be joint first with Zizzi’s. If you don’t eat gluten free on a regular basis then you won’t know how many pizza places get it so wrong! Believe me when say I’ve had my fair share of bad pizza bases, I’ve had pizza bases that taste like cardboard or are really rubbery, others that taste okay when warm but as soon as they’re cold you may as well say RIP to your teeth! (and that means no pizza left for the next day…I know! a total nightmare!) I’ve had lots of pizza places burn their thin gluten free pizza bases which means they’re also a tooth ache when trying to eat them warm! (ouch!) So whilst I did make a note and was a little unhappy with how fragile the pizza was unbaked, when baked this base was absolutely fantastic! it didn’t have a whole bunch of flavour, (but then do a lot of pizza bases?) but it definitely ranked right at the top of my pizza base list!

In evaluation I would 100% recommend this pizza to anyone vegan or not! at £5 a pizza it can be deemed as pricier than none vegan/gluten free pizza’s, however I would definitely say it is the best competitor for pizza restaurants as well as other pizzas like this on the market and at the price it is a lot better value! I am very impressed with how allergen aware White Rabbit have been whilst creating this which has made it suitable for a much larger audience. The cheese is okay warm but even more delicious once it is cooler! The toppings couldn’t be more perfect I really feel they thought out the flavours perfectly for this pizza! I would say my main criticism is that for me personally there isn’t a great deal of seasoning that comes through when the pizza is warm. I definitely will buy this again though, but I’ll be adding lots more herbs to mine!

The pizza definitely tastes and feels like it’s come straight out of an Italian Restaurant and I’m delighted that Sainsbury’s made this move towards free from and allergen food and i’m thoroughly impressed. Well done Sainsbury’s! This pizza is miss bunny approved! <3

 

 

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