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Being the only vegan at a party

Being the only vegan at a party

Being the only vegan at a party

I don’t know if it has happened to you before but I sometimes feel like I am the only vegan in the village. Eating a vegan diet does make you the minority, although the number of us are on the increase, so there are things you need to accept.

  • people don’t always understand you
  • people think you only eat lettuce and carrots
  • you may be weird to some people
  • some people assume you are judging them OR that they’re making you feel uncomfortable eating meat near you
  • some genuinely don’t know how to cater for you
  • don’t expect to be catered for at parties and don’t take offence!!

As a result of this you have to be confident in what you’re doing, happy with what you’re doing and always be prepared.

Here are some quick tips to help you feel comfortable in party situations:

  • eat before you go: you wont offend anyone at the party because chances are there’s not much substantial you will be able to eat there. Eating before hand ensures you wont be hungry there so you wont get “hangry” and want to leave. You want to be happy and comfortable there so make sure you’re well fed before hand.
  • take something with you:  super easy tip. Take food with you! Share you’re food with others, it will make you blend in and people will appreciate the gift 🙂
  • don’t make comments about there being no vegan food available: in a room full of numerous “normal” eating people, you can’t expect that on top of catering for all them people that they’re going to go that extra mile for you. They have spent a lot of time and effort into preparing the party so don’t mention you’re vegan and there’s nothing to eat, simply say you’re not hungry or “no thank you” to non-vegan offerings.
  • find any vegan food you can and take it before it goes: there’s a chance that there will be a cheese board with fresh or dried fruits. Take some and pop them on your plate before they all go. Bread is normally available and if you’re lucky some salads or veggie sticks. More times than none there will be vegan options but get them on your plate at the beginning of the party, just incase they run out by the time you’re hungry.
  • don’t worry about it: at the end of the day you’re not there for the food, you’re there for the party. Enjoy the party and be social. Social environments don’t always have to revolve around food and if they do just make sure you’re prepared.

I hope these few, quick tips help you for when you feel like the only vegan in the village 🙂

 

 

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Raw vegan carrot cake cupcakes? Yaaaaaay !!

So, I have made a couple of batches of these cupcakes to try and get the consistency more cakey, however I have come to the realisation that they’ll never quite be a cupcake consistency as they are raw of course, and carrot pulp is wet, therefore I’m working towards something that can not be achieved whilst keeping the taste on point.

I’m sharing this recipe with you because for me they taste awesome, they’re a healthy and delicious alternative to regular carrot cake and although not quite a “cupcake” texture, they look like a cupcake and they taste lovely regardless, ha ha!

I hope you can enjoy them too so let’s get into the recipe.

(Makes 5-6 Cupcakes)

NOTE: This recipe involves juicing carrots. If you do not have a juicer try blending the carrots first in a food processor or blender and then use a muslin cloth to strain as much juice out as you can.

INGREDIENTS:

Carrot Cake Base

  • 1 Cup Carrot Pulp (roughly 3 large carrots juiced)
  • 1/2 Cup Soft Sticky Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Pecans
  • 3 Tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger

Cream Frosting

  • 1 Cup Cashews (soaked either overnight or 6-8 hours)
  • 3 Soft Sticky Dates
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut water

METHOD:

Carrot Cake Base

  1. Start by juicing roughly 3 large carrots, this will give you a cup of carrot pulp.
  2. Add carrot pulp into food processor with all other ingredients and combine into cakey mixture
  3. Spoon into cupcake cases (makes 5-6 large cupcakes or more if making smaller ones)

Cream Frosting

  1. Soak cashews in water overnight or for 6-8 hours and then drain off all water.
  2. Put into food processor with all other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Spoon and spread onto cupcakes (you will have more than enough frosting so you could always save the extra for more cupcakes, morning oats or anything else you may like to have it with!).

Leave to refrigerate overnight, then enjoy !!

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Dreamy Chocolate Smoothie

Dreamy Chocolate Smoothie

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Dreamy Chocolate Smoothie; “dreamy” because it’s a chocolate smoothie with a creamy smooth twist. This recipe includes raspberries to give it some tartness, mango for a fruity creamy texture and dates for added sweetness.

This chocolate smoothie recipe is so delicious and satisfying and can be taken on the run as it is, or eaten in bowl topped with your favourite superfoods. Why not try cacao nibs? They’re the absolute King of superfoods, containing the highest amount of Antioxidents and Vitamin C than any other food! They also contain the highest natural source of magnesium, zinc, copper and iron, all of which are essential for a healthy metabolism.

Now let’s get into the recipe !

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango (approx half a regular mango)
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (add more for thinner texture)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 + 1/2 tbsp raw cacao

METHOD:

  1. Blend together all ingredients in high speed blender
  2. pour into a bowl and top with your choice of topping OR pour into glass and drink as a smoothie !
  3. Enjoy 🙂

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Healthy Chocolate Brownies

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

In the past few years I have seen so many recipes for healthy chocolate brownies using black beans, therefore I went and bought some… However that was about three months ago and they hadn’t been touched. This weekend however, I finally decided to go ahead and make them to see what they were like. I can honestly say, I should not have waited so long and I think I am going to say… That this probably my favourite recipe yet !! Honestly, they are so good and you’d never know that they were good for you. They taste incredible !! 

I always do a taste test on my mum because she is so fussy and never wants to try my food if she knows the ingredients, therefore I just give it to her to taste and not tell her till afterwards what the ingredients are. For these brownies she had no idea the ingredients apart from chocolate lol so that’s got to be a good sign right??

These bad boys will keep your cravings at bay with it’s naughty and delicious taste but also because of the protein content it will help fill a hole and leave you more than satisfied!

Go on, give them a try. These I can promise you, you will NOT be disappointed.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can, rinsed black beans
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 7 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (honey if not vegan)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F/ Gas mark 4.
  • Blend together all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a high speed quality blender (I always use my Nutribullet).
  • Once a smooth batter, mix in chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a small lined/ greased baking tray (roughly 8×8 size).
  • Bake for 16 minutes.
  • Once removed leave to cool and refrigerate overnight before cutting into 10 deliciously amazing chocolate brownies.
  • Serve and enjoy !!!