This was my first time at Mary & Archie, despite living super close. My partner and I were looking for somewhere to have a kick-ass Sunday breakfast and not having much luck at all.
Any Mancunian would assume Chorlton is haven for vegan food .... Sadly not the case. There is Tea Hive (which is great if you want mushrooms on toast) and an ENTIRE vegan grocery store, which is the best place on earth, but Chorlton isn't a spot with a wealth of vegan food options. (Which is okay by the way! I ain't the entitled type.)
We were walking past Mary & Archie and it looks gorgeous from the outside. I'm Australian, so anything with a great-looking coffee machine, big open doors, outdoor seating and fresh flowers on the tables is going to take my fancy. Once we sat down and got a glass of water, I felt I could close my eyes and pretend I was home in Brisbane... it had the same feel and vibe of a curb-side Aussie cafe. And I love that. (The weather is even nice today!)
We grabbed a menu and, as expected, there was no vegan breakfast (not shocked. Ever.) We approached the counter like naughty children to ask if we could be the Annoying, Menu-Changing People and the staff were fab. "Yeah, change what you want!" "Vegan? Totally fine."
THANK YOU. I guess we are in Chorlton. We can't be the first ones.
We sat down at a lovely table, right by the open doors and were served pretty much immediately. All the staff were ace - warm, friendly, didn't treat us like vegan-aliens. She jotted down our breakfast amendments and then, tragically informed me that they don't have soy milk. Only almond and coconut.
This is growing more and more common and it devastates me. I inquired why and she said they are just trying it out, seeing what sells best. Totally understandable - business need to be good businesses and stock what sells.
But I have gone to more and more places lately that are not serving soy milk and I fear it's a response to the fear-mongering around soy, which has been largely proven to be baloney.
There is a LOT of negative press around soy (though it has eased off in the last year or so) and I certainly took the time to do my research to see if there was something in it.
Is soy actually bad for us? To save you time and energy and me typing for ever and ever, here is an awesome video from Unnatural Vegan on YouTube that is great watching, and very well researched.
All I would say to cafes is - please don't shun soy for any health reasons. I WELCOME any comments on this post or on my Facebook page if you have new information to share - I am always eager to learn and I keep an open mind. But, from my previous exhaustive research and drinking soy every day for the last five years and feeling absolutely ace (not to mention my partner's 33-year-long soy consumption without sprouting boobs) I don't believe there is anything to fear. Science has done it's thing and they haven't found anything scary.
So, aside from my not-soy latte (which is not Mary & Archie's fault. As I am one of the only vegans in the world who don't worship almond milk) our experience was fantastic. The breakfast arrived and I nearly cried into the perfectly ripe, perfectly seasoned avocado.
It was delicious.
I highly recommend any vegans popping by this place. You'll get a lovely coffee (depending what milk you like!) a delicious breakfast and a very warm welcome.
Thanks Mary & Archie for treating us good :)
Mary & Archie is located in Chorlton at 111 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9PG
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!
This morning I have a rare, amazing amount of time to sit and be with my own thoughts. In this scarce "down time" I love listening to podcasts, reading, writing (of course), but this morning I did something I do a shamefully small amount of - reading blogs.
I have a blog, so often feel guilty I don't spend more time reading other peoples' work and getting inspired. The truth is I barely have enough time to blog myself, let alone do any reading, but this morning I could and it was wonderful. I found a post from a non-vegan blogger about her thoughts on the "Raw Till 4" diet, which I happen to be quite a big fan of, despite not following it specifically.
Her post was well written and very inspiring, the major point being: don't expect any diet to cure you or make you a perfect person. Self love has to come from you and not from trying to achieve a perfect diet or lifestyle. I completely agree with this, but I also see these inspirational sentiments as counter-productive in some ways. Self improvement can and should AID self love. Becoming healthier should never be a bad thing, but there are always people who will abuse or misinterpret a healthy idea.
In my opinion, there is advice for those who may abuse a diet, who are suffering in some way, and then there is advice for everyone else! The logic that applies to one pool of people shouldn't be applied to the other, but SO often is. Don't shut yourself off to bettering yourself, or your diet, just because the diet may not work for everyone. If you are not recovering from any form of disordered eating, there is no reason to not try and eat as healthily as possible and certainly no negative of following a high-carb, vegan diet! The Raw Till 4 diet is not as extreme as you may think... It's not all Raw, for starters, but also it's about abundance, realistic living and keeping people VEGAN for life - not just for a six month cleanse.
Raw Till 4 was invented as a progression from the standard Raw diet because the amount of people who actually succeed and stay long term on all raw is painfully low. Raw Till 4 keeps the basic principals of staying high-carb, high calorie, high fruit, but allows cooked vegan food as well, which, we all know, isn't BAD for you! The Raw diet loses a lot of intelligent people when they try and say cooked vegetables are "toxic" or not optimum. In my opinion - what is optimum is a stress-free, healthy, sustainable lifestyle that people enjoy and can thrive on.
I have done nearly every diet out there. When I was trying to lose weight I did a week of soup, I've done juices, I've done Raw, I've done calorie counting.... It's very easy to let food rule your life. It takes over! The most intelligent and brilliant of women become compete illogical nut-jobs over food and it's staggering. I consider myself a relatively intelligent person, but there was a time when I was so ruled by my calories and my meal planning that I wouldn't eat, even if I was hungry, because it want "time" for my designated meal yet! As if my food planner has a better understanding of my body than I do?
Any diet or lifestyle that makes you ignore your own body? Not good. Far more toxic than a cooked mushroom.
What drives me crazy, now that I'm out the either side, following no food plan, just eating when I'm hungry, is seeing how many people don't know how to eat anymore.
I read articles, emails, messages or have real-life conversations with women that terrify me. So many people, not just women, don't know how to eat anymore because they've been following diets too long. The most basic of human needs has made into a minefield of misinformation and competition.
THIS diet is best! No this one is! Potatoes are bad! Potatoes are good! Coffee is acidic! Coffee drinkers live longer! Yogurt is a healthy snack! Yogurt is high in cholesterol! You should eat three times a day! You should eat six times a day! Eat no carbs at dinner! Eat nothing but carbs!
It's an absolute, fucking, ridiculous minefield.
Food is food. What is it's most basic purpose? What is food to you? My answer (now that I'm a bit more zen about it) is that it's fuel. Plain and simple. It's fuel for the most precious vehicle you have. Your amazing body that needs looking after and needs the best kind of fuel you can give it. What's good fuel? Well that's where the minefield begins, I suppose, but really - it's not hard to know some things. It's not hard to know we need a lot of fruits and vegetables. Can we agree on that? Vegan or not - fruits and vegetables are key. They contain nearly ALL of the vitamins and minerals your body requires to perform and thrive - that's fuel. Can we agree that deep fried shit isn't fuel? Please. Or even taste good enough to justify the shit-storm it's doing to your insides.
Can we agree that chocolate and chips and candy and shitty refined sugar is bad for you? Good. Can we agree fast food is bad? Okay good - thanks. Let's strip things right back to basics and help everyone remember how to eat again. Of course some people want to eat what is optimum, I consider myself one of them, but overthinking food can be dangerous. Your relationship with food should be a relaxed, educated and personal one. You should eat what YOU want assuming it's coming from an educated place. You should know about what is bad and what is good, but never at the expense of your peace of mind or other areas of your life. At the end of the day, it is just food.
I now also would argue that, in our day and age, food is a responsibility. The food you eat says something about what you stand for. What your vote is. What your place is in the world. When you buy cheap meat, you are voting. You are paying people to breed and lock up innocent, thinking and feeling animals, pump them full of hormones and slaughter them. That's what you are voting for. I love to be the one to tell you - that ain't good for you, it ain't good for the animals and it's certainly not good for our world. It's kind of a lose-lose situation. You get sick, animals are being murdered and our food system falls further down the crapper. It's all so illogical my fingers hurt trying to get the words out because I can't rant as much as I want to. Can you hear me yelling through your screen? USE YOUR VOTE! Don't be a mindless idiot who thinks what they do doesn't matter. It does.
You matter. What you DO matters. If you are lucky enough to have money to buy groceries, if you're lucky enough to be reading this post on some kind of computer, perhaps you're drinking a coffee or relaxing at home or distracting yourself from work, you are someone who can make GOOD choices. People may disagree about what they want to eat, they may disagree on what matters - but there are some things we all must agree on. We must agree that consumers have power - consumers influence industries. While you pay for shit - you will get shit. While you feed shit companies, they will grow. Why NOT feed good, ethical, sustainable companies? Companies that care about the environment, companies that are vegan, companies with a sustainable and moral ethos? Buy local, minimise imports, cut out needless animal suffering and support brands that don't exploit people and operate out of horrific sweat shops. Open your computer, spend a few hours educating yourself and get invested. It really isn't much more expensive and even if it is - it matters! You can make it work if you choose. I am the poorest person I know and I make it work.
Make food more than just "will this make me fat?" "How many calories are in this?". Yawn. Make food really matter. For something other than yourself.
I find it empowering to see my actions as a part of something bigger.... If more people were capable of this we may actually have a chance to turn things around.
If you can feel good about the food you eat, on a level that's deeper than your own body, you will have an overwhelmingly more positive relationship with it. You will grow and be more informed and, dare I say, more enlightened?
And, if you don't care about any of the ethical stuff, but just came to this post for some dieting advice, then I would say - eat when your hungry, stop when you're full and eat food you know isn't crap.
No shit - that's honestly what hit home for me. As long as the food I'm eating is GOOD (which, in my case means plant based, high carbohydrate vegan) then I just eat when my body wants food. When it feels full, I stop.
This approach has been working very well for the last four years and I know, 100%, I am forever out of illogical dieting hell.
Please use your money to vote. Please use your food to make ethical choices. Please see yourself as a part of the big picture.
Unlike deep fried food, It's a win-win situation.
October has been a bit of a mental month, I'm not gonna lie.
It's been one of the best months of my life because I've been performing nearly every night, but it hasn't been fantastic health-wise. I don't (yet!) get paid to do my acting, so when I'm performing in independent plays, I'm still working in the day. In a dream world, I would spend my days cooking, making smoothies, going for walks, doing yoga, writing, doing voice warm ups and plenty of other things.
Instead, I spend my days working and I spend my evenings rehearsing or performing. And I love it. I love every second and feel so lucky I get to do what I love. Especially with people I love.
But, when you are passionate about health and wanting to eat the best foods and sleep eight hours a night, it does get difficult to be happy when you know you're compromising and not feeling like your best self.
My "diet" this month has been one of convenience and minimum cost. I've had a lot of porridge, a lot of free meals at work and a lot of takeaway sandwiches from Pret a Manger.
I also drink coffee. And I love it.
These days, I am having it a little too much. It's never been a crutch... but is slowly becoming one as my sleep hours get shorter and my little indulgences and time to myself becomes more fleeting.
My body is tired... my mind is tired and I'm desperate to become my best self again. I want to get back into my good habits and shed all the bad ones I've built up during this month of madness.
So - I'm planning my November cleanse and I AM SO EXCITED!
You should only "cleanse"/"diet" when you really, really want to. All kinds of diets don't work because people have the wrong goals attached to them, usually "lose weight". This is nothing like that. I can genuinely feel my body wanting GOODNESS. My body wants fresh, vibrant foods to the max. My body wants sleep. I cannot wait to have the time and energy to put into my health, so this cleanse won't feel at all like deprivation.
Coffee will be the hardest thing to give up - so I'll need you all to help keep me on track! This will be as simple as me posting every day what I'm eating, how I'm feeling and did I cave? I'm a Barista by day - so if I cave and have a coffee one day, go gentle on me!
This cleanse is my own invention - going off years of experimenting and knowing what makes me feel good. BUT - I am going to take a lot of inspiration from the Raw Till 4 diet, designed by Freelee the Banana Girl, whom I follow religiously on YouTube.
It's funny when you're just "ready" to do something. I've been aware of this diet since it very first started. I've been intrigued, inspired and definitely dabbled in it - eating mono meals on occasion and certainly living "High Carb" as a solid rule. But - I now feel ready to dive in head-first and commit 100%.
(At least for November and see how I feel!)
So - What is this Cleanse?
Remember - this is my own invention! I ain't no doctor. But - I have been an avid student of all things health/wellness and vegan for the last four years or so and tried pretty much every vegan "cleanse" out there.... so, here we go.
1) No Going Hungry.
This isn't about weight-loss. So at no point will I be minimizing how much food I eat. This is about giving my body want it wants and NOURISHING it as much as I can.
2) No Soy, Gluten or Coffee
BAM! BAM! BAM! Oh boy... this is the killer. This is the only part of the cleanse that I feel sad about. I love my coffee/cafe time more than life itself. I do a lot of my blogging from cafes. SO - as this is a cleanse of my mind/body/spirit overall - I'm still going to go to cafes - but just drink a tea if I must or have an awesome juice/smoothie if they are on offer. Why no soy? Simply - I'm curious to try. Soy is a very controversial topic and I'm interested to see if I feel any better cutting it out. I have a feeling that I will, but don't want to admit it.
Gluten? I've given up gluten before and it's always been a good experience. Hello flat stomach.
3) Wherefore Art Thou Yoga?
(For the record, all you nerds out there - I'm aware that technically says "Why Are You Yoga" not "Where are you Yoga" - I'm a Shakespeare nut. I just wanted to write "Wherefore art thou Yoga" cause I thought it sounded cool.)
I used to be a Yoga addict and haven't done it for ... probably a year. In November - I WILL make time for Yoga. My beloved Yoga that made me feel so good. I will set a realistic goal and try for twice a week. If I can go to Yoga twice a week - I will be so proud of myself.
4) Emphasis on RAW
I want to shove in as much raw food as I can. I need to eat more fruit. Vegetables have never been a problem for me - I love veggies. But I do find it hard to get my fruit because the produce here is so uninspiring. I love bananas and dates, so will focus on those for now. I can buy ripe, organic ones easily here and most other fruits are in sad supply. I want to get in as much fresh, raw food as I can. The best thing about Raw Till 4 is you can have a guilt-free cooked meal in the evening - so I'll still get to cook a bit. You know I love my cooking.
5) Get My Greens In
Greens. I need my greens. If I'm honest - I don't eat enough. I want to try and eat a head of some kind of leafy greens a day! Yes - you heard me :) I want spinach, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, silverbeet... all of it!
6) Water, Sleep, Sanity
Water isn't an issue for me. I drink water like a camel. If you don't drink a lot of water - please get on it. Particularly first thing in the morning. Drink at least one massive glass of water before you eat anything; it flushes your system, wakes up your digestion and (hopefully) "eliminates" any excess from the day before. Basically - you do a poo.
Then - there's sleep. I need to sleep more. I want to aim for the basic 8 hours a night. Please oh please.
Sanity? I want to cleanse my mind as well. I want to feel peaceful and low-stress (yoga, sleep and diet will help with this).
7) Time for Myself
I want to do some reading, I want to go watch more movies, I want to see my friends and I want to keep my flat nice and serene and beautiful.
An easy November then.
I'm not going to write out any meal plans - in my experience it doesn't work for me. They are great for some people, but I love cooking and inventing my meals far too much. As long as I have guidelines and know what I'm avoiding - I am happy to wing it each day.
But here are a list of what are my "dream" cleanse meals for each. Most of these (as you can see from the pictures) are things I've made before - so I know make me feel good.
Planning is key to this. I will need to make time for shopping and fill my flat with fresh foods (bananas especially so they have time to ripen.)
If I can do this every day for November - I am fairly sure I will be a glowing, sexy, happy, CLEANSED ninja. Bring it on.
The best meal-plans I've found are the ones that give me simple "eat" and "do not eat" lists. Then you simply eat in ABUNDANCE from the "eat" list. Good, yeah? Oh and understand completely why things are in the "do not eat" list.
Allowed/Eat in Abundance:
- All fruit
- All vegetables (raw and cooked)
- Sweet Potatoes
- All root vegetables
- Home-made accompaniments like hummus, guacamole (don't buy out. Keep fat content LOW.)
- Smoothies and Juices (home-made)
- Hot water with Lemon
- Organic canned veg (like tomatoes for making pasta sauce...etc) Check salt content on all lables.
Allowed/Eat Less Regularly
- Almond Milk
- Gluten Free Pasta
- Onions and garlic
- Sugars not from Fruit
Remember - this is a diet of my own invention. I look at these lists and feel excited. I understand why (for me!) each thing is on there and can't wait to experiment and see if I feel any different.
Please don't hesitate to ask me for more information about any of these items and why I've put them in those categories. Remember - I ain't no dietitian! I am simply well-researched and coming from a background of dieting/cleansing and knowing what makes me feel amazing. Remember my goal isn't weight loss - it's health.
Smoothie hour! Any kind of epic smoothie is a good breakfast choice. If I'm following Raw Till 4 guidelines - the smoothies should be CALORIE-PACKED. So - bananas and dates are great choices. Remember - there is no limiting or going hungry on this lifestyle. It's all about being satisfied.
A "typical" breakfast will be an epic banana, date and cinnamon smoothie. Minimum 6 bananas. All ripe.
My goal for lunch will be to "mono meal" - which is where you eat one kind of fruit until you feel satisfied or a really good large salad/high-carbohydrate meal.
As I'm living in the UK and organic fruit isn't as easy to come by - I'm going to be really flexible with my lunches and say - as long as they are high carbohydrate, whole foods and within my cleanse guide-lines, I'm not going to be too harsh on myself with lunch. I work most days, so if I have a day where I need to eat at work - I'll eat a giant salad.
Here are three options that I would feel very good about and are realistic goals.
Dinner is always my favorite meal of the day :) So - I'm going to give you LOTS of pictures because I know dinner is what I'll enjoy preparing the most.
I want my dinners to be CLEAN. Super clean eating. I love simple foods and flavors... i could be happy sitting down to a massive pile of potatoes, no joke. And that is kind of the idea of this lifestyle. Eat simple, eat healthy, eat abundantly.
As you can see - I want the emphasis of my dinners to be on FILLING WHOLEFOOD CARBOHYDRATES. I love eating veg - and I want to smash in as much veg as possible. But salad alone is not going to leave you full for long. You need substance. I went through a phase of eating giant salads for dinner and it can be amazing... but i usually went to bed feeling unsatisfied. The picture above with the giant basil leaf is an example of one of my giant salads - these days I would eat that, but add a jacket potato (or two!)
If you want to go full raw - of course go for it! Thousands of people are raw foodists and eat giant salads for dinner - just make sure they are enormous and you're eating enough food throughout the day to keep your calories. up :)
Few more pics and then I'll sign off!
Here We Go!!
I'm going to aim to keep you updated regularly with this! And - be honest if I fall of the wagon and drink a coffee... which may happen.
I'll post on Instagram every day - so if you aren't already following me - please do!
And I'll update my Twitter and Facebook pages every day with pictures of what I'm eating and how I'm feeling on this cleanse. I'm excited (did I mention that??)
Have a great week everyone - I will be starting as of the 1st of November! So - off to drink a soy mocha now and enjoy every sip! ;)
- Love and Sweet Potatoes
These days, I cannot complain in the slightest. I'm as happy as a clam.
You may remember a while ago I was feeling a bit low. I'm a creative person and absolutely nothing creative was happening in my life. For anyone reading who paints, writes, performs or plays... you'll know what I'm talking about. If you cannot spend much time doing the thing you love - you start to feel it draining your soul a little.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case! I put it out into the universe "MAKE ME BUSY!", got my butt in gear, went to a million auditions and happily I am insanely busy again. I'm rehearsing with a wonderful new theatre company called 1956 Theatre on some brilliant new plays and have some other projects on the go!
This Sunday I'm doing a day of filming for a music video and I'm even playing Linda Lovelace in a new play being performed in November. I may include some photos in this post if I'm feeling bold ;)
What I'm trying to say is - I'm bloody busy again. Busy, busy and I love it. The down side is, it's harder to set an entire day aside to make food and do amazing food photography and have my blog being at the standard I like... but that will not last long, I promise!
What I love about these times, is that I am not living in the "ideal" way of making every single meal I eat, having enough money to buy the best kinds of food or even sleeping enough, if I'm honest. I am working less to make time for rehearsal, which makes me pretty broke and means a lot of food I'm eating is cheap, convenient and a bit samey. My Instagram has never been so bloody boring. Follow me anyway!! ;)
So many people seem to think being vegan is more expensive. Is it BALLS! I have to laugh when I hear these things. Being vegan is no more expensive than any other diet or lifestyle - you are just choosing to spend money on one thing instead of another. In what universe are mushrooms more expensive than chicken? Sure if you want to buy mountains of organic fresh fruit and veg every day, that's expensive, but when you're a struggling actress like myself, this just will not be the case.
So, how do I do it? How am I still eating, sleeping, walking, talking and thriving as a broke, penniless vegan actress? Well, here are the secrets....
Thank God For Oats
And on the seventh day.... God created Oats.
Because he was awesome and he didn't want us to eat the animals. And he knew one day we would have to pay for everything and Oats would always stay cheap.
I'm not religious. But whoever did discover Oats - thank you. You have saved my life. The best, best, best thing about Oats is that they are HEALTHY AND CHEAP. Healthy and CHEAP! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm not-too-ashamed to admit that I'm literally eating Porridge or Overnight Oats nearly every day at the moment.... some evenings, if I'm exhausted and haven't eaten enough in the day, I may even make myself a late night bowl of porridge and sit, relaxing for a little bit.
I always have Oats in my flat. The most convenient way to have them at the moment is Overnight Oats, so I can just eat them on the go!
God Also Created Bananas
I am so sorry, I don't know why I keep talking about God .. but it seems appropriate to praise something holy for Bananas.
Again - healthy and cheap! Massive staple in my life. Bananas don't have to be bought Organic because they have a nice, thick skin and you can buy them in bulk, fairly cheaply and leave them to ripen. I usually include some banana in my oats and have bananas handy as a snack during rehearsal too.
HIGH CALORIE SNACKS
It's so important to get the bang for your buck when you have very few bucks.
For rehearsals - I've been snacking on dates and figs to get me through, as I know they will give me enough energy to get through till dinner time and I won't feel remotely deprived! This tiny bag of figs (only 250g) is a whopping 1000 calories (THAT'S A GOOD THING.) Some people may hear that and freak out - but I promise - if you're a vegan and an ACTIVE vegan and if you're eating mostly fruit and veg - you want massive calories. You need to feel energized and good.
Figs ain't gonna make you fat ;)
Free Transport :)
Have you met my beautiful new bike? Her name is Goldie and she means I now spend ZERO on transport. This has completely changed my life. Goldie means I'm accidentally exercising, am covered in bruises and spending even less money.
Simple is GOOD
Don't be afraid of simple food... especially if you're broke! As long as what you're putting in is good and healthy and you're eating until you're satisfied, don't get weighed down thinking you need Quinoa every day or green super drinks or anything else fancy. These things are obviously good, but it's unrealistic to set such high expectations for yourself every single day. If I can only afford potatoes, then I will eat an epic meal of potatoes and that's okay! Try and get some salad in, but don't stress about what's on your plate if the basics are healthy. Stress can be just as harmful as dairy ;)
Some people live on chip sandwiches and coca-cola. If you're eating fresh vegetables, you're already doing a lot better than most of the population!
If You Need Fast Food - There ARE Good Options
Sometimes when finishing late - cooking an epic dinner just isn't an option, sadly. Rest assured - I would SO MUCH RATHER cook every single meal I eat, as you all know, but this isn't a bad back-up-plan is it? I am lucky to live in a big city that has options like this, so hopefully you have things similar. There are a few amazing "fast food" Falafel joints in Manchester and they make epic salads like this for a mere 4 pounds. Nod bad, hey?
I am Happy
Always the most important thing, of course :)
If you are happy and doing what you want to do, then you will always make it work. Being vegan makes me happy, eating vegan food makes me healthy and I will never compromise on those things, no matter how broke I am. Nearly everywhere you go for a "quick" option, you can find SOMETHING vegan and chances are it'll be better for you than the non-vegan versions!
Here's a sneaky rehearsal shot ... because I'm feeling generous.... ;)
Published by Chic Vegan - 27/08/14
I have been vegan now for over three years. It was nearly an overnight process and I have never once looked back.
No exaggeration – I went from eating rare steak one day to being disgusted by it the next. Vegan followed vegetarian after a mere few months.
I like to say “the switch flipped”. I’ve heard many vegans and vegetarians talk about a similar moment. Suddenly you just feel like your blinders are ripped off, your switch is flipped and you cannot look at the world the same way.
You are awake. Lame I know, but that’s just how it feels.
But, I don’t really want to talk about how I BECAME vegan, what I want to talk about is living as a vegan. Day-to-day life, the moments, happenings and realities of shirking animal products from your diet.
Do you suddenly become some kind of alien? Does your life flip upside-down? Are restaurants a thing of the past and you are destined to live as a social outcast for the rest of your days?
In case you can’t see where I’m going with this – NO. That is absolutely not the case.
In my (limited) experience lots of people opt out of going vegan out of some fear their life is going to change and become more complicated. I hear a lot of “I couldn’t live without cheese” or “I couldn’t afford to be vegan” or “I wouldn’t know what to cook” or, my favorite: “I just can’t be bothered.”
I once felt all of these things…. the idea of going vegan seemed like an epic mountain to climb and nearly impossible to imagine. What I want to write today is an honest, if slightly gushing, “ode to veganism” about how much it has changed my life for the better. I want to talk about how my life is so much richer because of this choice I made and how, it’s actually insanely easy. Don’t opt out…. don’t opt out of the greatest pleasure you will ever take on.
I am Voting
The main thing I notice about my life now – is that I stand for something. Even just by waking up in the morning and going to bed in the evening. Every day COUNTS, every day is a protest, a vote, a stance for something I really, truly believe in and I think nearly everyone does on some level. Living my life as a vegan means that just by getting up, walking around and eating food, doing what everyone does every day, I am making these actions count for something. I am buying bananas instead of chicken thighs, cabbage instead of rib eye, parsnips instead of sausages and with each of these “votes” – I am sending a message that I want money filtered into the creation of organic fresh fruits and vegetables and not dead animals. I know it’s airy-fairy to think that one person makes a difference, but I think we all do in some way. But more on that later
I am Healthy
It’s amazing and rewarding that I get to be living proof human beings don’t need animal products. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing vegans brag about how great they feel – but I just have to do it quickly. Since giving up meat and dairy, I feel truly like the best version of myself. All the energy that my body was using to break-down and digest animal flesh, is now just being used to LIVE. I wake up in the morning and (most days!) I want to just get up out of bed, I enjoy every mouthful of food I eat, I rarely get tired, I never get sick, I have an abundance of energy… and if you think I’m exaggerating or bragging, just ask anyone who knows me in real life. I genuinely feel happy and healthy all of the time. Of course, we all have low days, but they are incredibly rare and usually with just cause. Obviously – veganism isn’t a magical cure for everything – but it’s pretty damn close!
I Love Eating and Have a Good Relationship with Food
I didn’t used to love and trust food the way I do now. I don’t mind admitting that. From growing up chubby and not really understanding how to eat and be healthy – it’s insane to me that I now can eat whatever I want, as much of it as I want and not fear any serious weight gain. I love eating healthy food, I love creating vegan feasts, I love playing with my diet and experimenting. I love trying raw food diets, I love eating until I feel completely full and satisfied! You really can’t eat cheese until you’re full and satisfied without worrying about the insane amount of calories and fat you’ve eaten, right?! But you genuinely can do that with whole vegan foods and you’re only putting more and more goodness into your beautiful body. It’s the most wonderful, amazing and logical win-win scenario ever.
I See the World Differently - with No blinders
This point is a little controversial… but hey, isn’t everything these days? Basically – since going vegan I feel like I am walking around looking at everything completely differently and I like that. I can’t look at a fridge full of flavored milks before wondering how people don’t think more about how much milk there is in the world. I watch children drinking hot chocolates with marshmallows and I think about what they are really eating and putting into their bodies…. I hear people talking in every day conversations and saying things that are so contradictory and hypocritical. I work in my hospitality job and see the wastage of food and I can’t be casual about it….
It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s the burden of knowledge. But I’d certainly rather know than turn a blind eye.
I Am Doing the Best I Can
Being vegan isn’t about being perfect. This is a very common misconception about veganism. Being vegan is about doing the LEAST amount of harm possible. Not killing unnecessarily. Not causing unnecessary pain. Valuing life. Doing the absolute best you can in a world that is not doing too well. In this modern time, it’s nearly impossible to lead a fully ethical life and not hurt any living creatures – but veganism cuts out SO MUCH of it. Of course we know that basic farming hurts animals, I know that housemates are going to kill spiders, I know that every cup of coffee I drink maybe has some trail to something unethical, I know that my life isn’t perfect. I’m not trying to be perfect, I’m trying to do the best I can and that is a good feeling.
And – it’s NOT HARD. It’s not hard to say “hold the cheese”, it’s not hard to eat delicious potatoes and hummus and fruits and things, it’s not hard to Google “vegan chocolate cake recipe” and put in some oil instead of eggs. These things are NOT hard. It’s easy. It’s an easy, effortless way to make an enormous difference and that is a bloody good feeling.
I am Learning, Growing and Challenging Myself Every Day
One of the best things that can ever happen to you – is finding out something you believed in, or something you thought was true – absolutely isn’t. Having your beliefs challenged, tested and losing faith or keeping it. The day I realized I had been wrong my entire life about eating meat, that it’s actually not okay and I didn’t understand anything about the way it came to my plate, was an incredible and powerful day. I had to sit down and figure out who I was and what I believed in. I never thought there was anything wrong with eating meat. I thought cows were made to be milked. I thought eggs were healthy and chickens just laid them for us to eat. Having these beliefs blown out of the water is a powerful thing and empowers you to question everything.
This goes for veganism as well. I question my veganism nearly every single day. I believe in it so strongly that, having already had everything I believe in debunked, I know to question this too. Mainly because veganism is still in SUCH a minority and I can’t understand why. I don’t want to live in a bubble and I never want to be ignorant, so I continue to research and I continue to question. I want to be informed. And every time I question, every time I do some research or every time I watch a video of an “ex-vegan” – I come back to the same conclusions. I do my research, I think about how I feel, I think about animal products, I think about industries and I come back to the same beautiful, educated resolve: I am a vegan. This makes sense to me. This is the best thing I’ve ever done and I only ever question it when people tell me to.
I have stopped questioning veganism. I embrace it with all my heart because it has given me so much. It’s made me fit and healthy. It’s made me bright and positive. It’s given me compassion for animals that I really have never had. It’s made me think about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of children I want to raise and the kind of influence I want to have. It’s given me amazing health, new friends, new perspective (and new kitchen supplies!)
I owe a lot to veganism and only wish I’d been a vegan sooner. But then, of course, I wouldn’t have had this amazing journey.
I discovered something new last week.... and am excited to share it with you today!
I've often mused how fun it would be to cook for people in my spare time. I love food! I love cooking. I love having people over for dinner..... "maybe I can set up my own business!" I thought, like the wannabe entrepreneur I am. "Set up a "Vegan to Your Table" business where I go and cook people dinner! Or have them to my place for a vegan feast! That's genius!"
Little did I know - I don't have to start up my own business because it already exists and if, like me, you had no idea what VizEat is - I'm here to tell you!
If you have a passion for cooking, hosting dinner parties, entertaining, but don't want to run off and become a chef - your platform is here in the brilliance of VizEat. (You can now throw that Come Dine With Me application in the bin...)
VizEat is an online community I only just discovered and don't know how I've been without it so long. It is like Come Dine With Me - but no cameras and no competition: just good, old fashioned hospitality with interesting guests from around the world.
VizEat works on many levels - for example: you can use it as a "guest" and organize to have meal with someone from the community (perfect for when you're traveling!) It works for wannabe chefs like myself, who love hosting and want to cook for people all the time and share lovely meals. Best of all, it's great for meeting new people from around the world. Food is traditionally all about sharing, community and bringing people together. I love that there is a safe, online community that is built on bringing people together to share a meal.
I have just joined VizEat as a "Host", so for anyone reading this who is coming to Manchester anytime soon - you can totally COME TO MY PLACE FOR DINNER!
What is VizEat?
VizEat is still fairly new and gathering momentum! If you've ever used Airbnb before - it's like that - but with FOOD! Food, glorious food.
VizEat brings together hosts (from all over the world!) who are happy to open their home for a meal with a guest (or a group) at a time/date you've organized together. You register as a "Host", set up your profile, upload a few "Meals" that you are willing to cook and set a price. You can also go on as a guest and find a lovely host to share a meal with from anywhere around the world.
Pretty cool, huh?
This appeals to me on many levels and I'm so excited to join VizEat. I love cooking (obviously), I love meeting new people and being social and I love the idea that when I next travel (can that be soon, please?) I can have at least one meal with a host from VizEat. I am currently (I believe) one of the only Vegan hosts on the website - so let's go drum up some support for the Vegetarian/Vegan world on there and show that there is high demand for Veggie food out there ;)
Go and have a look around and JOIN THE COMMUNITY! It's honestly so much fun and you only have something to gain.
Want to Come to Mine for a Vegan Feast!?
Oh yeah - I know you do!
Come put my culinary skills to the test :) I love having guests over in my quaint little Manchester flat. I'm still building up my profile, but am having a ball doing so.
Check out my profile here - http://www.vizeat.com/users/profile/hannah
Perhaps I should have gone for a simpler title, but hey, food makes me excited. And VEGAN food makes me want to throw a damn party 24/7.
With this post, I hope to reach anyone who is considering vegan, or wanting a little "clean-up" of their system and show them how YUMMY, EASY, DELICIOUS, SIMPLE and HEALTHY vegan food is!
If you are lazy - vegan works. If you are inventive - vegan works. If you cannot cook - vegan works. If cooking is your passion - vegan works.
It's magical. Magical I say.
If you are curious about wanting to go vegan, but have no bloody idea where to start - this post is for you. This meal plan also works if you want some kind of health-kick. All the meals aren't perfect (I've included some fun meals, some gluten, etc) - but all will absolutely SERVE your body and do you far more good than harm!
Here is your sample meal plan! Mix it up as you like... and enjoy.
(Yes, this post is also an excuse to post food photos....)
The Rules ;)
On this plan I promise you will NEVER:
a) Feel deprived
b) Feel hungry
c) Feel unwell (unless maybe from Detox symptoms!)
d) Feel guilty
On these seven days there are only a few rules to guarantee success:
1) If you feel hungry: EAT.
It makes no sense to be hungry and not eat. If you feel hungry, your body wants food. Ideally, we have breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of a good size so you don’t really get hungry till meal-times, but if at anytime you are hungry and can’t eat a full meal – have something healthy like some fruit or a simple vegan snack. Easy. After a little while, you will become very in tuned to what is right or wrong for your body. If you're eating "right" foods (foods that make you feel good and are healthy) why not eat them? They won't make you fat! And again - if your body is asking for food - you must feed it. There is a trust relationship there that needs to be built. If at any point your body is worried about starving or not sure when its next food source is coming - it will store fat. Simple.
2) Eat a decent sized breakfast. The only way to stay satisfied till lunch-time is to eat a good-sized breakie! If you don’t have time for breakie – eat it on the go or while opening at work… etc. I often do!
3) Stop eating when you feel full.
4) This is NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This is a VEGAN meal plan. If you eat healthy foods and don't over-eat, there is no reason why you shouldn't lose weight eating similar to this, but that is not my focus. My focus here is showing you how fun and delicious vegan food is. :)
Day One - Breakfast
Let's start easy, and go with an ABUNDANT, delicious, simple bowl of Banana and Cinnamon Porridge
Make your Oats with water or soy milk and finish with yummy sliced banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon. If you own some, add a tablespoon of Flaxseed - this adds essential fatty acids to your diet.
Smashed avocado and sliced tomato on toast. With a side salad if you wish :)
Tip: add a squeeze of lemon juice into your smashed avocado mix.... it's the bomb. And a sprinkling of salt and pepper!
An abundant, massive and delicious Roasted Parsnip and Mushroom Salad
Oven-roast some Parsnip, baby potatoes and Mushrooms with a sprinkling of Sunflower Oil and Rosemary.
Prepare a simple salad to go underneath (just spinach, tomato, capsicum, steamed broccoli and pine nuts). Combine all together and finish off with a spoonful of Hummus. Hummus is easy to make fresh (you can do it in ten minutes!) or just buy from the shop.
Day Two - Breakfast
Banana Berry Morning Smoothie! Recipe here!
Chickpea, Spinach, Avocado and Sun-dried Tomato Salad.
Always mound up your salads with as much or as many ingredients as you like!
Vegan Pizza anyone? It's easy to buy vegan pizza bases in any health food shop, but also SO EASY to make. You only need flour, yeast, water, salt and oil to make a simple Pizza base.
Roll out your base and layer with Tomato Sauce and a selection of yummy veggies! There are so many vegan cheeses available these days, which you are welcome to include.
My pizza below is just sliced Portobello Mushroom, Peppers, Tomato and Eggplant. Finished with fresh basil.
Day Three - Breakfast
Soaked Oats with Blueberries :) This is one of my absolute favorites and involves making some Overnight Oats.
Full recipe here.
Sweet Potato, Maple and Pecan Salad
Recipe here :)
Vegan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Veggies (or even converted into my Vegan Fine Dining Recipe)
Buddha Bowl's are great to make up and have plenty of leftovers in the fridge! They're basically brown rice, chick peas, veggies, herbs and spices. I have my recipe here!
Day Four - Breakfast
Yummy fiber-packed Muesli with Coconut Yogurt, fresh fruit and Soy/Almond Milk
Raw Kale, Tomato and Avocado salad - with a drizzle of Tahini and Lemon Juice.
Pesto and Potato Salad with whole Asparagus. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Day Five - Breakfast
Time for a fun, vegan BIG BREAKFAST, I feel?
If you have an amazing cafe near you that offers this - go order the works! Otherwise, it's really not hard to whip one up.
If you're even hungry after your amazing breakfast extravaganza... go for a lovely light lunch!
Fresh green salad, avocado and hummus :)
Wholemeal Penne Pasta with Sauteed Mushrooms, onion, garlic, sun dried tomato and spinach,
Finish off with roasted pine-nuts!
Day Six - Breakfast
A lovely, fresh, wholesome breakfast this morning! If you have access to ripe mangoes - they are my FAVORITE fruit (apart from dates).
Have a mango and banana feast.
Vegan Superhero Salad!
This amazing feast is complements of my workplace. When it comes to my Lunch, I think they just throw everything in a bowl that isn't an animal product. Genius, right? The result is an amazing quinoa, pea, cucumber, fig, onion and olive salad with a basil oil dressing! I'm sure there's more in there ;)
Open Mushroom Shepard's Pie!
Day Seven - Breakfast
I'm finishing off with my absolute favorite breakie..... Smashed Avocado on Toast.....
So simple. So yummy. So good. USE AMAZING BREAD! I'll always go for a good sourdough :)
Falafel Wrap and yummy side-salad!
Roasted Parsnip fries, steamed Sweet Potato, hummus, asparagus and side-salad.
Let's include at least one bloody dessert recipe! I'm a huge advocate of dessert, you only need to see my recipes to know that!
My favorite creation from the last year was probably my Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies! Give 'em a try.
You Can Do It!
In an ideal world - we will all eat an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies every day and the majority of our diet is simple Whole Foods (fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds) with minimal or no processed foods.
I am a big believer that you can be happy and healthy, while including vices in your diet. (My biggest vices are coffee and bread!)
Oh coffee and bread! I don't see myself giving you up anytime soon and don't think I should have to! I try to eat my greens, smash in the yummy fruit and I feel as fit as a fiddle.
Please do give the vegan diet a try! You may surprise yourself how easy it is and how much abundance is in this lifestyle. The above meal plan is just a simple guideline to show you how easy this is!
Click around the rest of my blog for more food ideas! And if you enjoy this to the point of thinking you may even GO vegan - check out my Going Vegan page for more info!
Love and Sweet Potatoes,
- Hannah! xx
Thank you as always to Lucas Smith Photography for the top and bottom shots! :)
This incredible picture:
Came from this....
The last two weeks I have learned a lot and had an absolute ball.
But most importantly, I've started taking my work here a little more seriously.
I have witnessed magic of proper food photography; the process that goes into creating a perfect image. Or - even better - when that image comes from an organic moment. (I.e - when the cook and the photographer have nearly eaten everything and decide the empty plates should be snapped.)
I'm used to making food, snapping it quickly with my good old IPhone and getting into the "eating" part ASAP.
Today and last week's photo shoot was all about detail. Detail. Perfection. Angles.
And I loved it.
Lucas of Lucas Smith Photography incredibly offered to start taking proper photos of my recipes and I was nervous. I love cooking and I LOVE sharing, but I wasn't sure if I was up to any kind of professional standard!
I pondered about what might look best, but, in true Hannah Style, I just went for it and made a lot of elements as I went along. I always get inspired by ingredients... sometimes plans change based on what flavors are coming out, what's looking freshest in the shop that morning... what you're craving... all sorts!
In the end - I always want to make food that is simple, fresh and delicious. Food that embodies what veganism should be all about - eating healthy, eating whole-foods and how that can be delicious without getting too complicated.
But will that photograph well?
Turns out, thank goodness, it will. Lucas was passionate about me making what I wanted to make and he would work his magic around it. From day one he was attracted to that idea of simple, fresh, summery food. And wow, work his magic he did!
I thought it would be fun to share a mixture of my photos "behind the scenes" with some of Lucas's incredible shots today.
All the recipes for these dishes are coming via the brilliant Vilda Magazine.
Not bad hey?
Once a week my tiny Manchester flat gets transformed into the cutest little studio ever.
On the start of the first day, I had no idea what to do or how to assist, I cooked, plated things up and kept offering Lucas more and more coffee. But as we go on - I feel far more comfortable arranging food, getting stuck in and even seeing photo options.
It's incredible the difference that a background, a pattern, an unironed napkin (sorry Lucas!), a dish, fresh tomato or naughty crumbs can make!
Quotes of the day.....
Lucas: "Hannah, you did polish that glass before you started plating, didn't you?"
Lucas: "BRING ME THE OATS!"
It goes without saying that this is the start of an amazing relationship and I cannot wait till our next shoot!
In the meantime - let's eat all the cold food and put our feet up. It still tastes good.
Check out all Lucas's photography here: www.lucas-smith.net
Or connect on good old Twitter @LucasCSmith and Facebook.
There are so many incredible images worth checking out, including photos of Manchester city and landscapes. I think they're my favourite. (Oh, apart from the food!)
Until next time,
Love and Sweet Potatoes! Xx (Do you think Lucas would snap just some sweet potatoes and hummus?) xx
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