Money saving tips for vegetarians & vegans

One of the most common gripes I hear is that eating more healthily is expensive. If I received a bean for every time someone suggested to me that you need to be flush to go vegetarian or vegan, well, I’m sure I could make a very nice dip with it.

The truth is, convenience foods ARE cheaper than healthier items, but there’s plenty of ways you can adopt a plant-based diet without needing to take out a bank loan. Being smarter about key ingredients, prepping your meals in advance, and getting creative in the kitchen are just a few ways you can eat healthily on a budget. Continue reading “Money saving tips for vegetarians & vegans”

5 things you can do for your gut health

Confession: I first discovered the anti-inflammatory diet from Spencer Pratt. Yes, that Spencer Pratt. For the record, we both have sensitive skin so when I read his self-care routine on Fashionista, I thought the anti-inflammatory diet could solve my own skin and overall health woes too. Another reason to be thankful for Speidi, right?

When I first started looking into the anti-inflammatory diet I have to admit, I found the topic of gut health (Leaky gut! Microbiome! Good bacteria! Bad bacteria!) and the sheer amount of information on this topic to be completely daunting. Continue reading “5 things you can do for your gut health”

5 ingredient no bake date and pecan bites

Hands up if you ate a little too much chocolate over Easter! While I didn’t eat a single chocolate egg this year (yes, that sound you hear is the sound of my inner Chunk from The Goonies sobbing) I definitely overindulged on the food front and will be blaming Easter feasting for my next crotch blow-out. No regrets though.

As I mentioned before, I’ve really been trying to cut down on sugar in my diet so I’m always looking for sugar-free snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth and stop the nagging sugar cravings, especially after dinner when I would steal sweets straight from a baby. Continue reading “5 ingredient no bake date and pecan bites”

Seriously addictive no bake date, Brazil nut and dark chocolate squares

I made these no bake date, brazil nut and dark chocolate squares last weekend and they are to die for, if I say so myself. So you can guess what recipe I’ll be rustling up again this weekend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

If you’re looking for a vegan snack recipe that will only take about 30 minutes to make, look no further than this no bake recipe. Not only are these squares a delicious way to get more nuts and oats into your diet but I can guarantee you will want to eat them all yourself. Continue reading “Seriously addictive no bake date, Brazil nut and dark chocolate squares”

Energising beetroot smoothie recipe for when you feel completely zapped

If I hear myself complain about being tired one more time… But we’re all in a collective state of tiredness, right? Welcome to adulthood.

In winter, I seem to feel particularly sluggish and there’s something about the cold weather that makes me reach for junk food quicker than the healthy snacks I usually take smug pride in gobbling. I’m also trying to quit caffeine which is all kinds of fun. I’ve been using the excuse that it’s too cold for smoothies but today I decided to get back into my daily beetroot juice routine, in the hopes it’ll give me a much needed burst of energy. Continue reading “Energising beetroot smoothie recipe for when you feel completely zapped”

Baked sweet potato bean burgers recipe

How much sweet potato is TOO much sweet potato? That’s one of life’s big questions, really. Even though I’m this close to going a shade of oompa loompa with all the beta carotene, I’m unapologetic about my sweet potato obsession and I’m always looking for new ways to eat it.

Whether you’re a committed vegan or just taking part in Veganuary and you’re looking for a quick and easy, nutritious vegan recipe, these baked sweet potato burgers will not only give you another excuse to stock up on sweet potatoes but they’ll really hit the spot. You could also make this recipe into small falafel style bites, if you fancy a savoury vegan snack.

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4 ingredient date and cashew energy balls recipe for when you’re too busy to bake

Dear reader, please forgive me. I fully intended to post a round-up of easy vegan snack recipes for anyone who is looking for healthy snacks for Christmas but I just haven’t gotten around to it, thanks to the unpredictability of being a freelance writer. This weekend I managed to escape into the kitchen for half an hour, listen to a podcast (Leah Remini discussing Scientology on Ru Paul: What’s the Tee? – I 100% recommend it) and make these unbelievably easy date and cashew nut energy balls.

Similar to my recipe for coconut and cashew cookies, these balls are vegan, you only need 4 ingredients and there’s no baking required so, even if you’re time-strapped or not exactly Nigella in the kitchen, you’ll be able to make them. So, if you’re looking for a really delicious but healthy snack before you overindulge over the festive season, give these date, cashew and coconut energy balls a go. Continue reading “4 ingredient date and cashew energy balls recipe for when you’re too busy to bake”