Vegan Protein Bliss Balls

So after starting to make date bliss balls, I realized I didn’t have enough dates, then I remembered one day I put too much protein in my protein shake and it became really thick. I made a thick protein mixture that was basically mouse which set really well.

This recipe includes protein powder as a thickener, if you don’t have the protein powder you could replace it with an avocado mouse or a protein of your choice.

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Ingredients:

-Handful of dates

-1 Cup oats (I blended them so it became a flour)

-1/2 cup almond meal (again just blended almonds)

-1/2 cup cashew meal

-1/2 cup flax/linseed meal

-2 heaped scoops of protein powder

-200 ml of non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)

-1/2 cup cocoa powder

– 2 tbsp of soy milk, separate from the rest

-1/2 cup of desiccated coconut

 

Method:

  1. Blend up the oats in  blender till it becomes a powder an then pour into a large mixing bowl
  2. Repeat this step with  the cashews, flax seeds and almonds.
  3. Mix the 2 tbsp of milk and dates till it smooth.
  4. Combine the protein powder, milk and cocoa powder and blend.
  5. mix together all the ingredients until it becomes near to a cookie dough.
  6. On a plate add the coconut and a small bit of coco powder for coating the balls.
  7. wetting your fingers to grab the dough like mixture so it doesn’t stick, roll some between your finger tips then placing it on the plate and roll in the mixture with your finger tips.
  8. Then you just have to try to let them set overnight without eating them

and that is it!

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Thanks for reading guys, if you try this recipe, let me know.

xxx

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Salad that isnt boring, that’s right chickpea!

Chickpea salad is my new obsession, I’ve eaten so much of it lately! It’s so brilliant to squeeze in some extra veggies. It’s so simple to make, even if cutting skills aren’t up to Ramsey standards. of course inspired by the amazing “hot for food” blog.

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Just finely cut up some of your fav vegetables, I usually throw some red onion, sweetcorn, cucumber, beetroot, in this case I threw in some tomatoes, bean sprouts, bell peppers and some spinach too because I wanted to add a little more bulk.

Then with a food processor or just with a potato masher, just break up the chickpeas, I try to keep them a little more chunky,

then put the chickpeas in a bowl add 1-2 tablespoons of vegan mayo and some salt and pepper if you want.

I added in some chia seeds for a bit of extra goodness.

Folks that is it! It’s so nice and easy to make and can keep in the fridge for a good while to.

I put it on everything I eat, wraps, sandwiches, bagels, pasta, quinoa and it’s so versatile.

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Thanks for reading guys 🙂 xx

 

What can vegans even eat #1

Most common question: what can you even eat?

Contrary to belief vegans eat just about everything everyone else does, just in a different way. Now yes there’s junk food that is vegan but that’s not what I’m here to do! My plan is to show you out there that you don’t need to use crazy ingredients to make food that is healthy and tastes amazing without too much effort!

 

Okay so to start I am currently trying to shape up and cut down on my previously crazy portion sizes. So my favorite thing ever is smoothies! I would live on them but I’m not too sure how well that’d go.

Breakfast:

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so for this I just added about half a handful of spinach, 1 banana, a kiwi, pineapple juice, handful of frozen exotic smoothie mix (If you’re near an Aldi, buy it, it’s amazing, just a bag of mango, papaya and pineapple) and some water! Cheap as choot and tasty as pie!

 

Lunch:

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So I have an unnatural obsession with wraps, just everything in wraps, leftover dinner in a wrap. I probably shouldn’t because they’re quite high in salt, but I buy the half and half to try justify my obsession.

So i made scrambled tofu for lunch the day before and had leftovers so I threw it in a wrap with spinach, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado.

just had hummus with veg and nuts on the side.

 

Dinner:

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Dinner: my fav meal of the day!

Quorn the amazing producers make vegan type chicken pieces, and they are amazing!

So I just fried them up with some onions, added in kale, spinach, sweetcorn and stirred in some leftover salsa, and was tastaaayyyy. I just had some oven baked sweet potatoe chips!

 

And that was that! Easy as hell and still cheap enough to be under a tenner in total 🙂

Thanks for reading xx

 

Vegan satay rice bowl

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So recently I tried tofu for the first time, admittedly I’m not sure if I dislike it or if I cooked it all kinds of wrong, but the rest of this dish taste so good I didn’t even mind! I thought I’d share this new satay saucy love affair of mine!

I actually made my sauce after watching way to many YouTube videos of how to make Satay peanut sauce. I have to say the easiest recipe to follow was the awesome Greg’s kitchen’s video! Although he did add fish sauce to his, we can just leave it out 🙂

Ingredients:

-1/2 Lime’s juice    -1 onion      -1 or 2 garlic cloves       -1/2 cup of peanut butter

-teaspoon of brown sugar   -1/2 teaspoon or less of chili flakes/ chili powder

-1 tablespoon of soy sauce   -2 tablespoons of sesame oi  -dairy free milk of choice

-Mushrooms   -How ever many peppers your heart desires   -200g of unflavored firm tofu

-a handful of rice for each adult eating

Method:

Satay sauce:

>cook your rice how ever you find easiest and follow time written on the package.

>meanwhile add the oil, onion, garlic and chili to the frying pan and fry until onions are just soft but not burned.

>add your peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, stirring this until combined.

>stirring in milk until desired consistency is reached.

>I separately fried the tofu as I followed the instructions on the packet, So I just fried up some onion and the tofu in a pan with some garlic powder and smoked paprika, because I literately can’t eat anything without those two seasonings.

>I then added the peppers and the mushrooms to the sauce and let that cook for a further 5 mins.

>drain your rice, throw on your tofu and your veggie peanut satay sauce in a bowl and enjoy till the cows come home.

If you try this out and enjoy it or even put this on your to cook list let me know!

Thanks lovelies, xx

Simple ways to cut back

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So as I have mentioned before I have made some changes, BIG and small to my eating ad lifestyle habits. I thought I would share them with you all in case you’re like me and looked up tips for loosing my extra bits and found super unrealistic advice! So i thought I would lay what I did out and see if it helps anyone 🙂

1. Green tea!

Its a small thing that goes that extra mile. I started to replace one of my many coffees a day with some green tea and it worked wonders. You can also find it so cheaply and that is a major plus plus for me! First brownie point to green tea is the energy levels, I actually drank more of it while I studied and it helps keep those too-many-words-blues away. It’s also full on antioxidants which are brilliant in fighting of any nastiness in your body. (more brilliant aspects: immune and metabolism booster, helps with circulation, maintains healthy blood sugar levels).

2. nuts, seeds, nuts!

Put down that chocolate bar and pick up them nuts. There is soooo much options out there. I replaced some (not all, because that week) of my chocolate indulgences with nuts and seeds. Sounds boring but throw them into some yogurt with some fruit or sweetener and your good to go. Or you can make bars out of them and have yourself some homemade nutty flapjacks!

3. Yoga the cr*p out of it

Start small and progress young padwans. I vouch for yoga so much. There’s so many variations and levels of difficulty even a few minuets a day and your balance and core strength will improve. Not to mention the amazing weightloosing capabilities. Healthy and charkaly wise! Youtube will be your helper big time, I still haven’t attended a class!

4. Read up on what your bodies requirements are

Believe it or not your body actually needs fat! There’s so many fad diets that tell you too cut out foods your body needs. We need carbs! Read up on you nutrients and minerals and all that good stuff and it will help a whole lot to plan healthy meals 🙂

5. Do your food shop late in the day

It’s crazy how much fruit and veg and noodles all reduce by when its passed the usual hours. I always wait till about 9 especially for Tesco, they tend to reduce stuff to even 30c when it’s later. This helps for the accessibility of fruit and veg so you cant miss that deal on mushrooms and lettuce.

6. If you eat meat, stop with the rashers!

I know killer right, yes I know what it’s like. I used to eat meat once upon a time and I was the rasher hoover, I had rashers in everything, then I stopped eating rashers and sausages and bits like that and my stomach reduced so much! I cut out meat altogether and the weight fell off me, so my advice is so seriously cut back on the really saturated fats and that unnecessary grease, easy alternatives can be made, grilled fish steaks, grilled chicken fillets, some lean red meats baked in tinfoil, anything but rashers!

7. Take it one step at a time

Your body is a temple and they are not built in a day. Please don’t expect fast results, those photos of 4 weeks in the difference are not what you should be striving for. Yes some results are fast but maintaining a healthy body is more important than being malnourished and trim in a month.

8. Don’t fret it!

If you have a junk day or a junk week it’s OK. It’s not the easiest to do, but it’s so worth it. If you fall off the wagon and eat 4 creme eggs, 2 portions of garlic cheese chips, a whole pizza and a small horse in one sitting, relax we all pig out and you did not fail! You do not have to start from scratch, you don’t have to take any ‘skinny pills’ or anything of the sort, your body can do it, its all waiting for you, just pick up the reigns!!

9. It’s your mind!

They say mind over matter right, well mind over that double chocolate fudge  cake because this is you. You can find motivation to change your not so healthy things. One man thing I’ve learned is being healthy and loosing weight is not a ‘diet’ is a lifestyle. It’s consistency, it’s choosing to live longer, live stronger and live healthier. It may be a hard long journey but it’s the best journey!

Love from Jadzia’s epiphany. xx