There’s nothing fresher than a good ol’ raw ricepaper roll packed with aaaall the veggies. I had been seeing so many gorgeous #ricepaperroll pics on Insta the past few weeks, that I just had to try my hand at them too. Surprisingly, they’re actually completely idiot-proof! I was expecting this whole debacle to go similarly to that time I tried to make sushi AKA toppings falling all over the floor, nothing’s sticking in the right place, kitchen’s now a mess, rest of the afternoon spent cleaning, don’t even have a decent sushi roll to show for it etc. etc. etc. BUT these babies are actually so simple and so diverse, you can make them with pretty much anything and everything and they’ll taste good. Part of the reason for that is probably the substantial amount of peanut butter in the dressing….but there’s no such thing as too much peanut butter am I right or am I right?? Continue Reading
Freakshakes have been all the rage lately. They have literally taken over my InstaFeed, somehow making me crave chocolate sauce, sprinkles and ice cream immediately. Like man it’s 7am, get out of my face with your drool-worthy, diabetes-inducing megashake. In any case, I just had to try my hand at “healthifying” these beasts of a beverage. When deciding upon a flavour I simply asked myself: “What is my all-time favourite junk food?” Movie theatre snacks came straight to mind. Considering I don’t like movies, the snacks were really the only thing that kept me going back to the box office. I mean, nothing’s better than that popcorn + peanut M&M’s combo. Soooo 2 and 2 came together, and VOILA! The ultimate blockbuster freakshake was born. On top of being NEXT LEVEL DELICIOUS, it’s also vegan, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free…basically veggies. Yes madame, your freakshake is a mix of fruit, veggies and nuts. Now you can go ahead and indulge. See ya on the flip-side, when you’ve died and gone to freakshake heaven. Continue Reading
When people say tell you you can’t eat peanut butter at every meal, challenge them with this salad. I’ve recently gotten into kelp noodles and i’ll be totally honest with you, they don’t taste of much. But mix em up in a big salad, and they add perfect texture while soaking up the flavour of whatever you mix them in (therefore I obviously doused them in peanut butter). Tangy, sweet and savoury, this babe of a salad is such a winner. Continue Reading
Today is National Oatmeal day!!! It’s a day where everyone can come together and enjoy the amazingness that is oatmeal. What a perfect occasion. I had initially planned a full blog post where I rant and praise oatmeal for being the most perfect breakfast food to have reached our kitchens. This post was to include 5 bomb oatmeal recipes, but last Friday I went to the naturopath and she suggested I go gluten-free for a few weeks. My first thought when she said “try keep off oats” was: “kay but like what about that blog post I was gonna write.” Not even kidding. Anyway, I thought I’d still join in on the oatmeal festivities, but instead create a healthy, tasty, grain-free version for all my gluten-free friends out there. This combo is so delish you’ll never guess that it’s ingredients make it arguably a salad…
What do you think when you think chocolate? Probably:
a) YUM – gimme
b) Indulgence, a “treat” or even a “cheat”
Chocolate is known as the “delicious thing you can’t have too much of” or the “forbidden fruit”. Except not fruit… damn if only chocolate were a fruit… I’d have it every day. Right? Oh wait, I do.
Yup no joke. I eat chocolate every. single. day. The answer is yes, chocolate can fit into a health, plant-based, balanced, wholesome diet. Yes you can have it every day without guilt, and yes it’s actually good for you. The only difference is that the chocolate I’m talking about here is probably a little different from the chocolate you’re thinking of.
Since I’ve been here I’ve gotten in the habit of making my breakfast at work. We have a dream kitchen equipped with Nutribullets, Vitamixs and all the healthy superfoods and vegan protein powders you can imagine. I keep frozen bananas in the office freezer and spinach in the fridge and make a big cacao-banana protein shake when I get in in the morning. Since I also like to workout before work this has ultimately lead me to working out on an empty stomach. I’ve always been one to eat breakfast the second I wake up and need something in my system before doing any kind of anything, buuuut weirdly enough, since I’ve been here I’ve been digging this quick wake up, run over to the beach, do a workout with the sunrise and deal with the rest later routine. My answer to having enough energy for fasted workouts is the same as my answer to literally EVERYTHING in life… drink a shit-ton of water. That’s it that’s all. However, I’ve recently made this fresh water infusion concoction which is so freakin high in vitamins and minerals, that it’s got you covered. I’ve been obsessed with the Food Matters Superfood Greens powder which is only good stuff: organic grass & algae powders, high in plant-based proteins etc. Compared to the classic spirulina or wheatgrass powder this actually doesn’t taste like crap, it’s surprisingly delicious. As much I love drinking on it’s own however, this fancy version amps it way way up. I drink one of these babies before my morning workout and there you go. Two birds with one stone. Got my water down plus 20% of my vitamin A for the day… all before 6am. KILLIN IT. Continue Reading
I have been absolutely obsessed with vegan cheesecake lately. I know right, vegans can’t even eat cheese, how the eff are you making cheesecake? The answer is cashews. The answer is also it actually doesn’t really taste like cheesecake at all BUT it has the same consistency AND it’s bloody delicious, so that’s close enough. I made a strawberry cheesecake a while back (recipe HERE), but my birthday was coming up in May and I was like, hey I wanna make myself a birthday cake (cuz birthdays aren’t complete without cake) so I was like: what’s my dream cake? Peanut butter & chocolate came to mind straight away cuz those are my two favourite things ever so combine those in a vegan cheesecake: MIND BLOWN. I tried this recipe out 3 times (kind of an excuse to eat a shiz ton of cheesecake but also because I was damn determined to make the best recipe in the world). I found that adding chocolate sauce and salted roasted peanuts in the middle of the cake made it EVEN more amazing, but obviously to simplify things you don’t have to include it, and it’s still unreal. All in all this recipe is amazing, I’ve probably eaten enough chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake to last me the next few years but you probably haven’t so TRY THIS RECIPE OUT (it was even approved by my non-vegan flatmates). Oh and feel free to tag me on my social media accounts if you do hehe 🙂 (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) Continue Reading
Mexican food is one of my favourite foods (after Indian, Thai and Middle Eastern). Okay it’s like 4th in line but that’s still pretty good. Tbh I’ve never been to Mexico and I’ve heard that “real” Mexican food is waaay different from the globalized Mexican food we find these days, so I can’t really say I like “real” Mexican food since I’ve never had it, but that European adapted Mexican food you find everywhere is daaamn good (mainly cuz guac…). It’s also one of the easiest foods to eat vegan, since most meat dishes can be replaced with beans and you can usually substitute the cream or cheese with more guac (ain’t never got enough guac). In any case, it’s cinco de mayo this week so I thought I’d make an adapted healthy vegan & gluten-free version of my already adapted Mexican food, so this would probably make a Mexico-native cry, buuuut trying to cover my ass by putting “style” in the title there. It’s Mexcian-style. Kinda Mexican, damn delicious, healthy and easy AF to make. Enjoy chicos! Continue Reading
Protein shakes are always a constant in my diet. Those of you that regularly follow me probably know (since I’ve repeated it like 400 times) that for almost 2 years now I’ve had the exact same protein shake DAILY. I’ve been awfully faithful to my spinach, banana, peanut butter and cacao combo, and it hasn’t let me down. It’s still my favourite meal and unless my afternoon is spent lying on a beach surrounded by puppies getting a back massage from Big Sean, it’s most probably the best part of my day as well. Buuuuuut as I said in my previous post all about protein powders (HERE), when I’m feeling super fancy (usually Sundays cuz Sunday is glute day and it’s a pretty fancy day you feel me?) then I crank my protein shake up a notch and create a mutant protein shake in the form of a #foodporn-worthy protein pudding jar. NO JOKE these babies are ABSOLUTELY UNREAL. It’s like a thicker, heartier, version of my already fire protein shake, with extra little bits to add some crunch, and usually some chia pudding to add some extra-creamy texture up in there… In any case, here’s one of my favourite extra epic protein pudding jars, plus it TASTES LIKE PIE. PROTEIN, VITAMIN-PACKED, HEATLHY-ASS PIE. Like uhhhh yes puh-leeeeez. Continue Reading
I’m not exactly religious, so for me Easter basically has always been synonym for: YAY long weekend where I get to stuff my face with chocolate. My mum used to hide easter eggs in the garden and my brother and I would spend the morning finding about 70% of them (the rest we would become ant-food or would spend the summer chillin til we find them the following October when raking the leaves). This year Easter is combining with Spring Break, and since I’m staying at home taking it easy, it’s perfect timing to spend the weekend doing some Easter recipe testing. So I asked myself k…what’s traditional Easter food I can cook up? Literally have no idea cuz all I remember eating on Easter was those Lindt chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Cream Eggs…guess I’m cooking up chocolate? I got inspired for this citrus chocolate bark by thinking about what colours are usually associated with Easter, and when I thought yellow and orange, plus chocolate…done and done. Citrus chocolate bark sounds amazing, let’s do it. As usual the recipe is vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugar. Plus it’s easily customizable, add any nut, fruit or spice to switch up the flavour. Oh and it’s pretty much fool-proof cuz chocolate is chocolate, it will always and forever be delicious and loved by everyone (except for those few people out there that feel the need to tell people that they don’t like chocolate… like who are you, where are you from, go back to your home planet pls cuz clearly it’s not this one). Continue Reading