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Vegananuary: cupboard essentials.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive period full of delicious food, friends and family! And now, as January has arrived, I wanted to take some time to talk about Vegananuary!

Vegananuary is where for the month of January you cut out all meat, eggs, dairy and any animal byproduct, and eat vegan for the month! It’s a great way to try something new and kick start your health for the year (75% of people trying vegananuary last year saw vast improvements to their health) and it also helps save billions of animals lives! and not to mention you can also do it for charity too!

I know it may sound tough but i’m here to show you that it isn’t! you don’t need to miss out on anything at all, it’s incredibly easy in this day and age to be vegan. More and more products are being sold in supermarkets, 2017 was a particularly good year for vegan food in supermarkets with Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s and Aldi all following suit and improving all their vegan ranges…not to mention Pizza Hut, Pizza Express and other fast food chains all released vegan food to their menu’s!

I will be posting recipes over the month as well as blog posts with helpful tips to help you on your vegananuary journey so keep your eyes peeled.

I thought i’d kick start my vegananuary blogs by my cupboard essentials! Of course fruit and vegetables are essentials for a vegan diet, but this goes without saying, but what else might you want to add to your cupboards?

First of all lets talk about milk substitutes. There’s loads of alternative “milk” drinks out there and in my opinion they all taste great in different things. For instance rice milk is sweet, creamy and tastes delicious with cereal, smoothies, hot chocolate or in baking. Soy and almond milk is great in tea (almond milk makes your tea taste like biscuits), oat milk tastes lovely in porridge and smoothies, and coconut milk tastes great with cereal, smoothies and baking! it’s all about trying to find your favourites so don’t be put off if you don’t like one or another, the flavour can also change dramatically depending on brand. There are tonnes of brands out there and you can buy both sweetened “milks” and unsweetened. It’s always worth noting to look out for fortified drinks, this means they’ve added calcium, B12 and/or vitamin D! perfect for being a healthy vegan!

 

SIDE NOTE: Cereals can also be a pain! A lot of cereals in supermarkets specifically cheaper cereals have either milk added in or milk protein! So just keep an eye out! There are tonnes of great vegan cereals, check out the free from section in supermarkets if you’re really stuck.

Of course if you don’t eat cereal you’ll want something to go on your toast in the morning! you can get vegan margarine from most supermarkets now! some such as Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s even have their own branded version other wise there are a lot of others. Brands to look out for are Pure and vitalite, although following suit you also have flora that have started doing their own version and some supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco do a coconut “spread” and avocado too. My personal favourite has to be Pure: olive oil spread though!

 

Nut butters are definitely one of my cupboard essentials! high protein and full of good fats! 🙂 I love adding them to my smoothies or porridge in the morning! (peanut butter porridge is delicious, just add a spoon of peanut butter in and slice some banana’s on top! adding seeds adds another protein boost and they’re packed with tonnes of nutrients!)
My favourite brand is Pip And Nuts, you can buy it in tubs this size or in 1kg tubs. They also sell almond butters (which are delicious, i’m going to do some brownies this month using almond butter! keep your eyes peeled!) and various different types of peanut butter for instance, peanut butter with maple syrup, coconut or agave! it’s available in Most supermarkets, Holland and Barrett’s or online.

 

Whilst we’re talking about proteins one of my favourite cupboard staples is Buckwheat! despite the name it’s gluten free and isn’t made from wheat at all. It’s actually a flowering plant and is related to rhubarb! it contains both protein and a healthy carbs making it great for a vegan diet. You can now buy buckwheat pasta in Sainsbury’s, It’s usually mixed in with the regular pasta’s in the supermarket and looks a dark purple/brown colour or you can find it health food shops. Buckwheat pasta is great with all your normal pasta dishes, it has a great texture and generally it’s just delicious! You can also buy buckwheat flour and crackers!

link to the sainsbury’s buckwheat pasta: buckwheat pasta

SIDE NOTE: also available in Sainsbury’s they sell Lentil and pea pasta! worth checking out, though the textures for me particularly pea pasta, takes some getting used to! I do however absolutely love Sweet potato noodles, butternut squash noodles and zucchini noodles all of which are great substitutes for pasta and you can find them in the fresh section in supermarkets!

 

Okay so I’m going to band these three together, unfortunately I do not have any photos of these as I’m currently away but they’re pretty straight forward.  These are definite staples in any vegans cupboards: Tofu, Lentils and chickpeas! all three are high in protein and perfect for vegan diets, they add essential nutrients, protein and help keep you fuller for longer.

TOFU: tofu is such a versatile tool! it’s a great egg and meat replacement in recipes. You can scramble it, fry it, bake it pretty much anything! I’ve used it as a scrambled egg replacement, I’ve used it to make frittata’s, quiche and flan! also suitable in sauces or you can also just added to a stir fry. There are two main different types of tofu found in supermarkets although there are quite a few different types. Soft/silken tofu is better as an egg replacement in  baking, where as firm tofu is best for frying and a meat substitute.

Lentils: Lentils are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, they’re also a great source of fiber and low in calories! Perfect in soups, chilli and casserole. You can also make lentil hummus! recipe coming soon!

Chickpeas: if you’re a fan of hummus then i’m sure you’re already fully aware of chickpeas and how delicious and wonderful they can be! they’re an essential in the cupboard too, add them to curries, soups or make your own hummus and be sure to save the liquid in the can because this makes a perfect egg replacement in baking.

 

Okay, now if you’re wondering how you’re going to get through without cheese and feeling a bit intimidated with the vegan “cheese” aka “gary” in the supermarkets, then take a deep breath and get experimental! what I will say is vegan “cheeses” do not taste like normal cheese and once you can push past this you’ll be able to accept the delicious nut, soy, rice and coconut blocks in their full glory. Like with the “milks” each of the different blocks are better for different things. Some brands will have their own versions of things you may or may not like, some brands you may not like at all. Some are better in sauces, melted, or just to eat with crackers. Honestly I could write an entire blog entry on my most favourite and least favourite vegan “cheese” blocks so all I can do is recommend that you experiment, both Sainsbury’s and Tesco have their own branded versions so make a great place to start as they’re both affordable and easily accessible, or the most commonly found brand is Violife. I love Violife! it’s a coconut based “cheese” and they do various types including melty, Parmesan, mild and strong. They even did a vegan “cheese” board this past Christmas. I buy violife slices on frequent basis as they’re perfect just to keep in the fridge for either crackers, sauces or just to chuck on top of a salad!

 

 

Lastly on my essentials list is this wonderful product called nutritional yeast. It’s essentially deactivated yeast which you add to food, it has an almost cheesy taste to it which makes it perfect to add to sauces, it’s also delicious in soups, or just sprinkled on top of salads or pasta. I’ve even used it as a sprinkling on top of baked mac and “cheese” to add a delicious crust top. I always make sure to buy the pot with added B12 in so that it adds a real nutrition boost to my food. You can buy it from Holland and Barrett’s, some supermarkets and health food stores.

 

So that’s all for my essential cupboard range, I will be adding lots more to these blogs including recipes, treat favourites and much, much more!

For now good luck on your adventure through vegananuary, whatever you’re reason behind starting. Let me know how you get on below in the comment sections.

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Giving Tree Snacks review.

Hello everyone, today’s post is all about these giving tree snacks. I first discovered these snacks about a year ago, I was visiting Manchester and I became really hungry that I decided to go and venture for a well needed snack. Of course my stomach being ultra sensitive I couldn’t just pop to a shop and grab anything, so I headed to Holland And Barrett’s where I scoured the shelves looking for something delicious that accommodates my dietary needs. Even in a shop that sells health foods and free from foods my choices are always quite limited, so after checking the backs of multiple different packets I reached for a bag of giving tree broccoli “crisps”.  They sound really strange don’t they? and this was going to go either one of two ways, either they were going to be absolutely terrible and I was going to regret buying them or they were going to be the best thing i’d ever discovered.

 

I’ve tried various different types of root vegetable crisps in the past and I’ve always really liked them but I was questioning how they would be able to turn broccoli into crisps. Never the less I decided to try them. Now before I continue I’d like to state that they were pricey at £2 for a 18g bag, you don’t get a huge amount in there. However I definitely needed to eat and it seemed like the better option for me.

When I opened the bag I was presented with actual broccoli florets but they were small and crispy with a sort of crumbly layer that covered them. Definitely not like root vegetable crisps at all. They looked exactly as they describe on the packet dehydrated broccoli florets with rice bran covering them. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting when I took my first bite, but my goodness they were absolutely delicious! packed with broccoli flavour and really crispy. They crunch in your mouth just like normal crisps would but they’re not greasy or oily. They have such a big blast of flavour which I found really surprising as there’s no added salt or flavourings other than the rice bran. This makes them the perfect healthy snack! I passed one to Ali my partner who is really dubious of a lot of the food I try and eat, but much to his surprise he also really liked them! I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful they would taste crumbled up on top of a pasta dish or salad to add a little crunch to the dishes. ( I have since tried this and can confirm they are absolutely wonderful on top of both,  but particularly favoured over pasta)

(they’re also perfect for a healthy snack)

I was really keen after I had tried these to see if there were any others and over the past year I was also able to pick up a few other flavours; Strawberry, mango and pumpkin.
Mango and strawberry were absolutely incredible. The strawberry feel like you’re eating sweeties, which means they’re perfect if you’re like me and like a sweet snack. They come in the perfect size too, they remind me of those strawberry squishy foam sweets that you get, only these are better because they’re the real thing. (and actually they’re not squishy at all, they just look a little like them, hehe) They’re packed full of flavour and really fruity and sweet.

The mango slices are also among my favourites. Imagine the texture of skips and how they melt in your mouth but with the flavour of Mango. I love biting into these and sucking until they’ve dissolved into a lovely fruity mango burst, or dipping them into my favourite coconut yogurt and enjoying them together.

I’m not sure about you guys but being a creepy cute kinda girl I always look forward to halloween for all the pumpkin related yummies. Pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin my life up! so when I saw their pumpkin crisps I was really excited. With how high I regard the other flavours these fell slightly flat for me. Pumpkin isn’t the most flavour-some of vegetables despite being one of my favourite autumnal flavours and I felt that with the punch of flavour that you get from the others these didn’t quite hit my taste buds the same way. I would recommend trying these though, if you’re looking for a more subtle flavour or perhaps to add on top of your favourite autumn soup.

It had been quite awhile since I had last tried these wonderful snacks but this month I wanted to come up with some zesty flavoured cupcakes (be sure to check out the recipe which is coming next week!) I decided to check out their online store, at just £1.75 a bag it works out much cheaper than buying from Holland And Barrett’s (although they currently have an online sale for mango and peach flavour at £1.50 but normal price is £2 a bag) I decided to buy a box full with a new flavour that I hadn’t tried (peach). With lots of recipes in mind and lots of cupcake and cheese cake flavours whirling round my head I was super excited to receive them all.

In evaluation I absolutely love these products, Pumpkin fell short for me but every other flavour I’ve tried have been exquisite. I highly recommend trying these. You can buy them from various places such as Whole foods, Holland and Barrett’s or you can even do a cheeky order online to get the best price possible! and here’s hoping they bring out a cherry flavour! what flavours would you like to see? leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get updates on recipes, blog posts and much much more!

http://givingtreesnacks.com/online-store/

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