Let me tell you about my latest amazing discovery...
VEGAN TUCK BOX!
Vegan Tuck Box is an amazing, fairly new vegan company that specialise in guilt-free, DELICIOUS vegan snacks that boxed up and delivered right to your door!
I nibbled away at my Tuck Box for about a week and found it an amazing staple to have sitting in the pantry. I primarily used it for snacking (which I do a lot of!) and sharing with friends. Some samples I took with me for a hectic day, some were great for after exercising and others, perfect for when I had friends over and needed sweet treats to share.
Where I live in Manchester, it's not exactly easy to find decent vegan snacks. Having my Tuck Box made my life (and shopping!) that bit easier for the week. (And more delicious.)
So, What Was in My Tuck Box?
I honestly don't know where to start bragging about these snacks. My first endeavour was the Fig and Linseed Flapjack - which was a no-brainer as someone who is slightly obsessed with Flapjacks.I saw it in the box and dived in straight away. This one was super healthy, nutritious and a perfect, high-energy snack.
The Doisy and Dam Chocolate Bar was saved for sharing with friends, which was a good move because if I'd attempted that alone, the entire thing would have been polished off, no problem whatsoever. I got this out along with the Emily Apple Fruit Crisps and the Thai Summer Heat Peanuts for everyone to share. It made an amazing sharing board, but have to confess - the Peanuts stole the show. They were perfectly spicy, a delicious combination of flavours, wholesome ingredients and SO moreish. I was fighting for the last mouthful.
My partner and I shared the Raw Brownie and it was great. Kind of exactly what you expect from a raw brownie - but up there as one of the best I've had. Again, perfect for taking in your bag for a sweet snack during the day. The company, Elements for Life, seem fantastic also, which is always a bonus. I'd never heard of them, so thank you Vegan Tuck Box for introducing us.
Honestly - everything in this Tuck Box was worth bragging about. The Promamel Cashew Milk sample was super handy for a busy work day, the Sarelle chocolate was delicious (and they have an amazing array of sweet products on their website!), I LOVE the Maca Superseeds and am still finding ways to include them in my meals.
A quick favourable mention has to go to the Ten Acre Hickory BBQ Crisps, which were really tasty (coming from someone who usually doesn't like crisps!) and JJ's Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cocomels. These two bites were really sweet, deliciously chocolatey and no one would guess were vegan.
If you've not yet discovered them - definitely go check out the Vegan Tuck Box haven. They have Gluten Free boxes, Classic Boxes (which change each month), Mini boxes and Gift Boxes, which I will utilise for my next friend's birthday!
Love and Sweet Potatoes (and snacks!),
This entire post is basically an excuse for food photos.
Although, it's true there are plenty of people who still, in 2015, cannot imagine what a vegan eats. And I get it. If you've never been exposed to a meat and dairy-free lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. What do you eat for breakfast? What do you eat when you want a treat? What do you eat EVER?!
I'm more than happy to answer these questions and show you a MASS of vegan food. Basically - what I've been eating over the last week.
I keep my food simple, healthy and as true to whole foods as possible. I want to be a vegan for the rest of my life and for that to happen, I cannot live on Linda McCartney sausages, however delicious they may be.
I've been very slowly shifting to a Raw Till 4 lifestyle recently, which I will write a full post about soon. For now that's not affecting my diet a whole lot, but there will be plenty of photos of bananas and potatoes, hope you don't get too bored.
If you want more inspiration, be sure to check out my: "Seven-Day Vegan Meal Plan Extravaganza Cleanse of Abundance and Deliciousness" which is great if you're just getting started on this lifestyle or aren't sure where to start.
Jumbo oats cooked slowly with organic soy milk and a sprinkling of cinnamon, finished off with sliced banana and flaked almonds.
I EFFING LOVE PORRIDGE.
When I'm running around "on the go" - I cannot go past Overnight Oats. I make them in the evenings after dinner, shake 'em up, pop 'em in the fridge and they're all ready to carry around the next day and eat at the first opportunity.
In my attempt to live more "Raw Till 4" - fruit for breakfast is ideal. And a lot of it.
Just mentioning here - the bananas below are not at ideal "ripeness". You want to eat them when they're a bit spotty.
For days when I'm craving it, you really cannot go past classic Avo on Toast. I mix in some lemon juice and a tiny bit of sea salt with my avocado.
These may not be the prettiest photos as the food in question has likely been rolling around in my bag all day, but here ya go! Seven Vegan Lunch Boxes!
(They're usually leftovers)
This right here is a great Raw Till 4 Lunch to be carrying around. I have a delicious salad plus some bananas to snack on and a giant bag of dates. God, I love abundant eating.
This was lunch out today at an amazing spot called Earth Cafe in Manchester.
The above dinner I cannot take credit for - but will happily promote! My partner is quite a cook and (thank God!) enjoys a wholefood, high-carbohydrate, vegetable-orientated feast as much as I do. You're looking at delicious tomato and celeriac soup with thyme and with it, crispy parsnip fries!
Above - Asian Rice Salad and a big Raw Green Salad (Spinach, asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, spring onion, toasted almonds, red pepper and lemon juice). One evening I had friends over for dinner and made these two along with my Vegan Potato Bake.
Happy, abundant table :)
Below - Crispy potato wedges with homemade hummus, Brown Rice and a simple tomato, mushroom, spinach and bean sauce.
Dinner below is oven baked Sweet Potato, a simple salad with Hummus and some of the best god-damn potatoes I've ever made. Boiled and then dressed with lemon juice, crushed garlic, fresh basil, spring onion and sea salt.
THE VEGGIE STACK!!!
I love this recipe. This time I added a side of parsnip fries and a pretty incredible salad.
Okay - one of the best things I've made in a while. And delightfully simple.
A Vegan Mezze! So easy to adapt to whatever you like and improvise as you go along. Mine had homemade Falafel, Pita breads, Sweet Potato wedges, grilled artichoke, Hummus, Guacamole and Salad.
When in doubt? Go for Jacket Potatoes! I love a simple Jacket Potato dinner. Serve with a giant salad and a stuffing to go inside.
Sautéed onion and garlic, chopped mushrooms, 2 tins of Organic crushed tomatoes, black beans, lentils, fresh basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Let the flavours all marinate together and leave on a low heat until ready to serve.
And Some Treats to Finish....
And, what's a week without some treats? Yesterday I made some pretty banging Banana bread and do enjoy a good Mocha when I'm writing in a cafe....
I have a recipe for this particular Banana bread here. Too good not to share ;)
And there you have it! A weeks worth of low cost; super simple, mostly High-Carb vegan meals.
For daily updates - I post in Instagram constantly. Yes, maybe a little too much.
Have a great weekend everyone,
Love and Sweet Potatoes!
Over the last few weeks I've been fortunate enough to try an amazing new product, "Nothing Fishy"; a 100% Vegan Fish Oil that is a healthy source of Omega 3, ethical, non GMO and completely sustainable.
(UNLIKE fish farming.....)
If you're new to veganism, long-term vegan (or just a damn regular human being) you should take your health seriously and ensure you're getting what you need. Our body is an amazing thing, but it needs building blocks to work properly and function at its optimum.
Vegans get a lot of buzz issues to stress over: protein, calcium, iron, B12, OMEGAS. "Where do you you get your Omega 3 if you're not eating fish?!" "Where do you get your protein if you're not devouring steak?!"
Bless them, they get so concerned.
Thankfully, most vegans can answer these questions in a heartbeat. Plenty of fruits and vegetables have protein, not to mention beans, tofu, nuts and such, but it can get a bit complicated after that. Looking after your Omega 3 is very, very important and something maybe not all vegans are clued up about. Non-vegans tend to associate Omega 3 with fish and fish oil (eww) and may imagine it's difficult for vegans to come by.
Well happily, it isn't.
I've always used Flaxseed for my Omega 3, sprinkling it over my porridge in the morning or adding into smoothies, but after doing some very enjoyable research on the Nothing Fishy website, I read up about how Omega sourced from Algae is far better for us and comes straight from the source. (Always the best way, surely?)
"We choose Omega 3 from algae as it's healthier, it's highly sustainable and it doesn't contain any toxic chemicals. Each capsule packs at least 200mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) - which is a miracle supplement for your eyes, brain and heart. Our algae is fermented in a controlled environment. It's non - GMO, vegan-friendly and there's no unpleasant aftertaste. As algae is the original producer of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, it's the purest form."
If you need any reasons why Fish Oil is a no-go zone, Nothing Fishy have great information on their website to keep you informed and they promote a healthy, sustainable vegan lifestyle.
Just one of the scary statistics (proving why humans shouldn't be relying on fish for any form of nutrition or well being) is that the levels of mercury in the sea have risen by 30% in the last 20 years alone. Fish are living in contaminated waters. They are caught, killed and then processed in a disgusting, unsustainable, unethical way (taken to a processing plant, mashed up on an industrial scale, cooked, chemicals added, encapsulated) for us to take AS A HEALTH SUPPLEMENT. It's ludicrous. If we can get the essential omegas, vitamins and minerals we need straight from the natural source, surely that makes the most sense?
I cannot recommend this product highly enough. It's as simple as taking 2 tablets a day with food and you never have to think about your Omega 3 again.
I've never really been very diligent (or bothered) about supplementation, but it pays to be careful and many people supplement with brilliant diets. If you want to have a carefree, sustainable, healthy option for you Omega 3 - I highly recommend Nothing Fishy. They are clearly a caring, compassionate company and are putting out a product they believe in.
"We don't believe a health supplement should be poisoning people or destroying the environment."
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