Cause you health is your greatest wealth
Hey guys, good morning & Happy Thursday! I have been totally lacking with the recipe posts (well just posts in general let’s be honest.) Things have been pretty crazy here with course work & I have also been video editing from my trip to India. I was also in Hong Kong for vacation which was amazing – lots of nice veggie options in that part of the world – be sure to get in touch if you want any recommendations!
Anyway I think maybe due to all the craziness, my body is frantically screaming at me ‘OMG will you slow down you crazy so & so’. Now I NEVER get sick, especially since going vegan (& no I am not just saying that lol). But this week I haven’t felt good, just pretty crap in general. I’ve learned from experience that it is super important to listen to your body and take some time off & I am not a very productive person if I don’t feel great.
What you eat plays a huge part in how you feel on a day-to-day basis; it determines how strong your immune system is, how quickly you can fight off infection & sickness when it comes to mess up your life (even when you have a super busy weekend ARGH). One of my absolute fave ingredients as you guys know is Turmeric, especially when I feel bad. This little beauty of a powder is a natural painkiller & possesses an amazing strong anti-oxidant.(Read more about why I am obsessed with Turmeric on my blog post ‘What’s the deal with Turmeric?’)
I chucked some of this super hero powered into my oatmeal yesterday morning & it tasted great & I wanted to share the recipe with you guys. I used 1/2 tbsp. of turmeric, but if you don’t like the taste so much you can add a little less, but I would recommend trying to sweeten it with maple syrup before reducing the turmeric amount. I topped my turmeric oatmeal with powerful little treats including blueberries, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries but you can go with whatever. I hope you guys found this post useful & if you are feeling like crap I hope you feel better soon! Lots of love Jess xx
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of plant milk (I like almond or rice milk for breakfast as they are light)
- 1/2 tbsp. turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup (if you want to sweeten it, try it first)
- Your fav fruits/seeds for toppings - I used blueberries, pumpkin seeds & dried cranberries
- I don't need to tell you how to make oatmeal do I?
I believe in chocolate for breakfast
Hi happy Sunday all, I hope you had a fab weekend. I spent mine studying, reading, eating & video editing – nothing beats productive weekend.
Anyway on Friday morning I treated myself to this ridiculously creamy & chocolaty chia breakfast pudding. Chocolate for breakfast – what better way to start the weekend? & it is still healthy(ish)
Enjoy! Jess xx
PS. New Ration The Fashion video going up tonight, if you haven’t checked out my last video you can view it here!
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of chocolate dairy free milk (I used soy) OR
- 1 cup of plain dairy free milk + 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder
- Handful of raspberries
- 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
- Couple of squares (or loads of - I won't judge) of your fav vegan chocolate
- Mix the chia seeds & the dairy free chocolate milk (or the cocoa & dairy milk) in a small bowl/mason jar, making sure all the seeds are covered
- Cover and chuck in the fridge, leave overnight or for 4 hours
- Add your chocolate, raspberries & nut butter - enjoy!
Smoothie bowls, messy buns, sweatpants – ya know?
Seriously, what is the deal. These smoothie bowls are everywhere. You will find them plastered all over Instagram, a gorgeous bowl of acai smoothie goodness decorated beautifully, or in the beautiful hands of your favourite clean eating/boho instagram girl.
Well guess what, they are very easy to make & you don’t have to live in a beach hut to enjoy them. You can enjoy them whilst lazing around in bed watching your favorite wildlife documentary – like me.
I visted the AcaiXpress branch in Yas Mall & met with the marketing manager who explained all about the health benefits of this little acai berry. Did you know they are the highest anti-oxidant fruit out there? Nope, me neither. No wonder these insta girls are eating them 24/7.
AcaiXpress was founded in 2015 (popular for a baby right?) by a health conscious brazlian lady living over here. She notice they lack of healthy options in the malls & identified a gap in the market. AçaiXpress is an Emirati Company and the first ever to offer a dedicated acai based product.
“ I have a sweet tooth and every time I visited the Malls, I always wanted an option to feed my sweet craving but still be
healthy. That was the moment AçaiXpress was born.” – Owner, AçaiXpress
The menu is packed with healthy acai bowl/smoothie options. There are loads of different toppings/fruits available & they also sell green/detox juices with the option to add those little health shots.
& if you live in the UAE, I have excellent news for you. AcaiXpress sell these bags of frozen acai berry blend & even more excellent news – right now you can buy 2 bags get 1 free, now that’s a bargain. Check them out on Insta for more recipe ideas!
Toppings are endless – I went nuts, literally. I like the crunchiness so I added coconut chips & my fav berries. I’ve included the recipe below, it can be tricky if you don’t know the consistency & you can end up with a watery smoothie bowl. It needs to be thick enough so you can enjoy it with a spoon.
Are you already an #acaibabe? What toppings are you obsessed with? Tag me in your creations – I need some inspo! Have a fab weekend, I have been invited to visit Gossip Cafe & Desserts to check out the vegan options today, keep an eye on my snap for all the deets! Jess xxx
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup of frozen berries
- 3/4 cup of acai puree
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- Fruit/nuts of your choice for decor
- Add the banana, frozen berries, acai & coconut oil to a blender & blitz
- Pour into your bowl and top with all your fav fruits
- Take photos for Instagram & eat lol
- If it's a little on the runny side, just add more berries to the blitz. Too thick? Add some almond milk.
Carrot cake for breakfast anyone?
Who loves a good breakfast!? Me!
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I couldn’t agree more. If I don’t eat a good breakfast, I feel like I can’t concentrate during the mornings and it can make me kinda hangry.
At the weekends I love to make a big vegan fry up or have some avocado toasts or vegan oats, but when it comes to the week days I need to be a bit more practical with work. I usually have a vegan protein shake or some soy yogurt, but I needed some inspiration for quick breakfast recipes that I can take into work with me – and thankfully you guys came to the rescue 🙂 I am so for grateful for all my followers!
A few of you recommended chia breakfast puddings. I have seen some of these chia bowls online but hadn’t actually tried them before. The fact you can make them overnight gives them huge (vegan) brownie points as I needed something I don’t have to prep in the morning. Being able to make breakfast for a few days in advance is like heaven for me – trust me.
Chia seeds are an amazing way to kick-start your day. They are packed with nutrition, so packed that they are one of the most nutritious foods around. They contain protein and fibre (which is why they are keeping me so full till lunch time) omega 3 fatty acids and they are really high in anti-oxidants too keeping your immune system strong. They are great for weight loss as they boost your metabolism and energy. Because they absorb liquid easily (you will see what I mean when you make the recipe) your digestive process is slowed down slightly keeping you feeling nice and full.
You can make so many different flavors and recipes. I went with carrot cake as I liked the idea of eating carrot cake pudding for breakfast (who doesn’t?). But you can literally make anything – go crazy.
So if you are stuck for a healthy vegan breakfast option be sure to try this out. This recipe is nice to not only your body, but the planet and the animals too 🙂 yay! Have a good day – I am off diving tonight! Jess xx
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup of finely grated carrot
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
- 1 tbsp. of raisins/currents
- 1 tbsp. of pistachio nuts
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. of nutmeg
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine them thoroughly
- Transfer the ingredients to a tub/mason jar with a lid
- Leave overnight or for at least 4 hours then enjoy!
Easy Vegan Overnight Oats (A.K.A The New Breakfast Of Champions)
I never used to be a big breakfast person and if I did eat it, it was crap. I would grab a muffin or a croissant from a coffee-house on the way to work – or pick at sugar filled chocolate kids cereals at my desk. Seriously, who has time to make breakfast in the morning and enjoy a leisurely bite to eat – not me. Plus, I don’t like eating as soon as I open my eyes. I wake up between 5am -5.30am and I the thought of eating that early is too much for me to handle. At the weekend I have time to make and enjoy healthy breakfasts (I made avocado on toast with spring onion yesterday – so good) but during the week, it just doesn’t work for me.
I love my breakfast smoothies, and most mornings I will take one into work and enjoy around 8.30am. But, last night I made berry and cacao almond milk overnight oats and I think I have found a way to switch it up a bit. Variety is the spice of life after all.
The method is in the name ‘overnight’, which is one reason why I love this recipe so much. My almond milk and berry overnight oats can last up to 5 days in the fridge, meaning you can prep your breakfast for the week – no crazy rushing around trying to figure out what to have or ending up buying crap breakfast last-minute.
There are lots of ways to enjoy dairy free overnight oats. I made my breakfast with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as they are a great size plus provide a lot of nutrition. You can use frozen berry’s to which are much cheaper. My second ingredient was raw cacao, powder and nibs to give it some more texture – you can read more about raw cacao in this post. I also love the taste of dark chocolate and this healthy alternative helps my cravings.
You can use any oats, again an ingredient which is quite cheap to buy. Oats are a great for breakfast as the fiber content will help keep you full until lunch time. And I have of course used almond milk (not cow’s milk) which not only tastes delicious, it has almost no fat content, giving you a low-fat, delicious breakfast 🙂
Here is the recipe –
- ½ cup of oats
- ½ cup of almond milk
- 1 tsp. of coconut oil
- 1 tsp. of raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp. of raw cacao nibs
- ½ cup of berries (frozen or fresh, I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- Mix all ingredients before moving into a small jar
- Place jar in fridge overnight (minimum 6 hours) and enjoy the next morning
SO EASY. I made 5 tubs – that’s all my breakfasts prepped for the week. This vegan overnight oats recipe is packed with anti-oxidants and other health benefits, a great way to start your day. I feel a lot more productive when I have eaten a nourishing breakfast, I just don’t feel right if I haven’t. I love how quick these are to prepare and also how cheap an available the ingredients are too. My overnight berry and cacao oats are fab as part of a weight loss plan and a good post work out breakfast too if you a morning gym bunny. I hope you have all had a nice weekend – I am sunburnt, in November!! Also, the Hunger Games is worth a watch.
Ciao for now– Jess x
It’s A Scrambled-Breakfast-Protein-Tofu-In-Bed Kinda Morning
Good Morning and Happy Weekend from the UAE 🙂 It’s been a pretty productive one so far – I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the treadmill before a 20 minute arm work out (arms which I can no longer feel). I didn’t eat before hand so naturally I was starving when I finished and went and bought the ingredients for this easy scrambled tofu recipe.
After reading and learning about Jamie Oliver’s hero foods, I decided to try to add more tofu to my diet. It is not something I have cooked before, however when we eat out I do enjoy it. Thankfully not only was my dish delicious, it was really quick and easy too, just what I needed.
- 175G of tofu
- 1 handful of chopped spring onion
- 1/2 avocado (sliced)
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- pepper to season
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- Remove the tofu from the packet and slice into 8 - 10 pieces
- Wrap in kitchen roll firmly, allow to soak for ten minutes to drain any excess water
- In a pan, saute the spinach and spring onion in the coconut oil until nearly all of the spinach has wilted, drain and return to pan
- Add the tofu to the pan with the spinach and onion and mash with a fork until it resembles scrambled eggs
- Saute for 5 minutes, season with black pepper
- Drain in a fine sieve if needed
- Serve your spinach tofu with the sliced avocado on top, enjoy immediately.
Quick, easy and tasty. Tofu is high in protein, along with the spinach and avocado, my scrambled tofu recipe is a great pre/post work out meal. Tofu is also high in calcium and iron, making it a fantastic dairy free product. I have just finished eating mine (in bed) and loved it – definitely making it again.
Do any of you eat or cook tofu a lot? I hope you all have a good weekend – I am planning on spending my afternoon reading outside and topping up my tan – enjoy! Jess x
Peaches For Breakfast
Hi everyone! 🙂 I can’t WAIT to go back to the UK this weekend, I really miss the home this time of year. I love autumn, especially in Scotland, it’s so beautiful. I miss the ‘fall feel’ you get back home, over sized jumpers, and all the autumn fruits and spices. I heard Starbucks are doing a hot mulled fruit drink? I haven’t seen it out here yet 🙁 (Expat problems) I will investigate this weekend.
Anyway my cravings led me to a breakfast recipe for you this morning, my Vegan Peach and Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake. It is delicious! You only need a handful of ingredients and it is so easy to make. I got some HUGE, organic peaches the other day from Ripe Fresh (local fruit and veg market) and this is a great way to use them. I love peaches, I really don’t understand how you can’t like them. Nala and Zara love them even more than me it turns out, I was the referee of a messy peach fight last night, (for those who don’t know I own two Fennec Fox pups).
This is another Vegan dish I have created, and again I am pleasantly surprised at how delicious and filling a plant based meal can be. Instead of cow’s milk I opted for Almond Milk (a brand called Nuts For Mylk to be precise, which I will tell you about soon), it’s a great healthy alternative with no fat and hardly any calories. I also have sweetened this recipe with Agave Syrup as opposed to honey.
I understand now why they tell you breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I feel so much better now that I have a nutritious breakfast in the morning, it really does set you up for the day. I have read a lot about the importance of breakfasts recently, it can help boost your brain productivity and promote weight loss. The more you eat earlier on in the day, the better and oats are one of my favourite breakfast ingredients. The fibre in them can help keep you full until lunch time and the high protein content makes this a great breakfast for after the gym if you love working out in the morning (or you hate running and want to get it over and done with like me).
So if you have a passion for peaches and are looking for a tasty, low fat breakfast I recommend you try this!
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of agave syrup (honey if not vegan)
- 1 cup of oats
- 3 – 4 peaches (depending on size, I used 3 huge ones)
- A few peach slices for the top (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees
- Chop the peaches
- In a bowl, combine the almond milk, agave syrup, chopped peaches, cinnamon and ½ the cup of oats
- Pour into your baking dish and cover with the rest of the oats and peach slices
- Add another small drizzle of agave syrup and sprinkle of cinnamon before baking if you like
- Bake for 40 minutes, until the oats have turned golden then serve!
This peach breakfast bake made me around 4 servings, and will stay fresh in the fridge for around 4 – 5 days. I took some into work this morning and re-heated it in the microwave and it was perfect.
Why don’t you make this dairy free, peach oatmeal for your breakfast? Let me know if you love it as much as I do!
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Delicious, hazelnut milk oats!
Recently I have been playing around with plant based milks, and have discovered some great ways to add them to your diet. This morning I used hazelnut milk as opposed to cows milk in porridge, and I loved it!
Out of all the dairy free milks I have tasted, hazelnut milk has the strongest taste. So if you like hazelnuts, you will love the nutty flavor that comes with dairy free milk, especially in porridge which can be quite bland. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this low fat porridge recipe.
- 2/3 cup of oats (100g)
- 2/3 cup of hazelnut milk
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- Toppings I used for this recipe were; banana, chopped almonds & coconut shavings
- Add the oats, hazelnut milk and boiling water to a pan and stir continuously
- When warm add a sprinkle of cinnamon and the coconut oil
- Serve in a bowl and add your toppings
Have you used dairy free milks in porridge before? Why not try hazelnut milk next time for a low fat, healthy breakfast. I am off to enjoy mine in bed!