Sunday, 27 March 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - A VEGAN EASTER, DRINKS IN BRIGHTON & DOG WALKS

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

TEN VITAL LIFE LESSONS IN TWENTY-FOUR YEARS

1. There are only two emotions; Love and Fear
There are only two emotions. Love and fear, everything else is just a by-product of one of the two. So you can choose to face things with fear or you can choose to face them with love. I choose love. Emotions that stem from fear are sadness, disgust, guilt, shame, inadequacy, jealousy, anger, control, confusion, anxiety, confusion, feeling hurt, loneliness and depression. Emotions that stem from love are unselfishness, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, openness, honesty, confidence, kindness, freedom, being merciful, peace, humility and trust. I plan on operating with the latter list every single day because after all you get what you give in this life.

2. Gratitude is the key to happiness, it's that simple.
Cherish your time with those you love and always operate with a grateful heart. Right now I am living in limbo with a loved one. I don't know if we have a matter of months, years or decades, but what I do know is whether I have a day, week or year with anyone I love, I will appreciate them and they will know just how much gratitude and love I have for them! You can't cap time but you can enjoy the moment that you have, make memories and gain experiences to carry through this life and the next. I have written a post about all the little things and how focusing on them makes me happy here and I also write a gratitude diary every morning. When you start putting out these thoughts, you'll be surprised at how more things to be grateful for come flooding in! 

3. You do you, I'll do me & we'll let everyone else do them.
I read a book called 'me and my shadow' not so long ago and she used an analogy I loved; she wrote 'Imagine everyone on this planet has their own puzzle piece, and we are all holding it above our heads to make up the bigger picture, yet the problem is, people are so willing to fob it off to someone else and there are others that are busy tugging onto other people's in an attempt to control them... but imagine how well the world would work if you just took charge and proudly held your own piece up'. Amazing and true.

It goes hand in hand with the old saying 'you can't change someone' and you can't, but you also shouldn't try to. Mind your own business lady (or man) and focus on your life, the one that was given to you, to be yours. I believe relationships worth having are those where neither party wish to change the other. If you find yourself trying to change someone, or someone trying to change you then walk on by and find yourself a new path girlfriend (or boyfriend) because you are on the train to destination nowhere.

People must STOP blaming others for the outcomes in your life. Just stop. I have associated myself with negative people in the past and with hindsight I can say that; yes, these people were assholes and yes, they didn't deserve a minute of my time, but I was the primary abuser because I stuck around and allowed someone to treat me that way even though it is my job to control what I do. Once I learned that valuable lesson, I got rid of all the negative people and things from my life and became happier for it, but you need to take control of yourself only. No one else can control you and you should feel no desire to control them. Neither the puppet or the puppeteer are happy so we must move away from living in fear and control and towards living in love and freedom as I mentioned earlier.

4. Everything is internal so take absolutely nothing personally.
'You are at your most powerful when you take absolutely nothing personally'. I read a book called 'The Mastery of Love' earlier last year and this is the second agreement. I read a quote that read 'Imagine if you took absolutely nothing personally, imagine how powerful you would be' and it's so true. I don't take anything personally anymore. I know that it is all internal to that individual! (myself included). 

The next time somebody tries to hurl abuse at you or insult you, think what must be going on internally to them. They say 'nobody loves you' - what they mean is, they are loveless. They say 'you need to grow up' - what they mean is, they don't know what they are doing either. They call someone a liar or deceiver, they've probably lied to you a thousand times. People can only see what is internal to them, they can only see things from their own experiences and perceptions of the world. So if you find yourself in the company of someone who only has negative things to say, they're probably feeling pretty crappy on the inside and that is what they're projecting, so don't ever take any of it to heart. It doesn't mean to say that you let those who hurt you stay in your life because it wasn't 'personal' - you get rid of them and move on and feel free to do so without beating yourself up about it!

5. Always go with your gut, never with your heart & only occasionally go with your mind.
I have learned to always, always go with my gut. Whenever I haven't gone with my gut, be it regarding men, friendships, travel, career or other situations, it has always been the wrong decision. For whatever reason you are contemplating ignoring that niggling feeling down in your solar plexus - don't. Your intuition knows everything before 'you' do. The day this epiphany came to me I thought to myself 'From this day forth, I honestly, wholeheartedly, no matter what will always choose to go with my intuition. No matter what my sneaky little heart has to feel about it or my cheeky little mind has to think about it'.

6. Stop taking life so seriously. 
Everyone always says 'the one sure thing in life is death' and I'm not entirely sure If I like that quote because I do believe we create our own realities to some extent so the fact we are all 'collectively' conscious of this 'fact' (myself included) means it to be true in this realm but I've read lots about civilisations that do not will that upon themselves, especially not as soon as we do but that's conditioning for you I guess but anyway, I digress; when you wake up from a dream, you don't dwell on it and in the dream you rarely take it seriously so why do that in life? You are going to slip out of it the same way and nobody knows what's next but I think living with ambiguity and accepting it is all a part of this game in life anyway. My point is that if you know the ending anyway, why be critical about the content? Do what makes you happy in every given moment and proceed with the choices you make. 

One of the best qualities in this life is to have the ability to laugh at yourself. There is no control drama quite so draining as the defensive 'I'm so insulted' control drama. Get a grip, have a laugh, enjoy it. The ability to laugh at yourself is good for you and good for those around you and there's nothing better than an inside joke right... right?

7. Trust is everything.
In my experience you cannot continue to have an individual in your life if there is no trust there, be it a boss, a partner or a friend. If you don't trust them and they give you an icky feeling in your stomach, drop that shit like a hot potato and get on with your life. It's super hard in this day and age to know what to believe because anyone can be a master of words but talk is cheap baby. It's what people do that truly speaks volumes. The ones that are there for you when you need and want them are the ones you should be focusing on. The ones you can sit in a room with and feel completely at ease with, no energy theft or drama involved. The ones who's words are sincere, truthful and not sugar coated in a pledge to fulfil their own self-serving ego or manipulate you somehow. Acta non verba is the way to know who to trust - actions speak louder than words.

8. Time is the strongest currency 
Money is the illusion of happiness and success that has been sold to you through years of monetary focused governance. Let me tell you this, you will not care what car you have or what designer bags you've managed to accumulate throughout your lifespan when you are on your death bed so why spend your life wasting the most precious currency - time - to get those things? I will only ever spend my disposable income on experiences and travel. I only want to invest my time and money into memories and things that make my soul rich, and I'm so glad I've learned this young because I can cram a whole lot more in. Time is your most precious income, spend it wisely. Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer and nothing can substitute experience. 

9. No one can love you until you do.
Once you know your true worth, they'll be no stopping you, but you cannot seek that worth outside of yourself. Before you do anything in this life you really must build your self-love, worth and respect first. I read a great analogy in a book the other day; imagine if you had an oven with an unlimited supply of pizzas, and they just kept coming into your oven so you were never hungry and a delivery man comes to your door and says 'here's some pizza, if you do everything I say, you can have this pizza'. You would obviously say 'No thanks mate, but do come in as I have lots of pizza you can have too!' However, if you didn't have any pizza or food in your kitchen and someone came to the door and said the same thing, you would probably be more inclined to agree to do whatever they want because you would be starving. Moral of the story? Don't starve yourself of love.

'He who lives for a man's compliment will die with their insult'. One of my best friends told me once that she just lets all comments outside of herself fly over her head, the positive and the negative because all she believes and cares about is her own perception of herself and that's a great way to be (within reason obviously but we aren't speaking about ego here, just confidence).

10. Until you choose to challenge it, almost everything within your belief system is a result of conditioning, be it from family, society or educating bodies, however, you will never truly evolve into your true self unless you break these down & build them back up again.
I was brought up to believe a relationship defined you. I was indirectly taught through my parents relationship and led to believe that you should stick with someone for 'security' whether they are right or wrong for you. I went to a girls school so having a boyfriend outside of school was almost an achievement? Something to be proud of? Something that deemed you worthy and pretty? It wasn't any wonder I used to believe love was something you found outside of yourself.

I was brought up to believe a meat diet full of animal products is a 'healthy balanced diet'. Hell, I was even brought up thinking it was RUDE to not continuously apologise and say thank you one million times and that I was entitled to have negative emotions towards another person if they didn't do these things.

These instilled belief systems can hurt you and stump your growth, so surely in order to lead a life of happiness and joy you cannot possibly hold on to them tightly. A rigid tree gets torn down by the wind but the bamboo tree sways with the wind right? I believed that love was sticking to someone through anything and I wasted eight years. This is not to say that I didn't learn a lot from these years; so wasted is probably for want of a better word, but I do know with hindsight on my side that I should have focused on myself and my path only, especially now I know I am here to take care of my puzzle piece only. 

I am a vegan, the only one I know in real life. For so many reasons, primarily due to my dislike for the mistreatment of animals, but also because I don't believe a word the government or the BBC has to say about health anymore, because I don't feel healthy eating animals and animal products and the list is could go on for paragraphs, but I was conditioned to have a different belief system and I broke it down and rebuilt it and it has made me a much happier person. 

Finally, I was brought up in Britain, where we're taught to get righteous and impolite when we think someone is being anything less than polite to us, it's hilarious. We are taught in England to say that special 'magic word' every time we want something, however in Spanish this does not exist, it is more so 'a magic tone'. I am not saying you shouldn't have good etiquette and respect for others, I am just saying that we should all take a few moments to think 'Is anything I've been told what I actually believe to be true?' If you even doubt it for a second, break it down and build it back up again. It's fun and we must all have a mind that open to everything and attached to nothing. It's freedom.
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Monday, 21 March 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - BOWLING, BRIGHTON & BEVERAGES

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Friday, 18 March 2016

KNOW YOUR NUTS!


I graze on nuts every single day! Nuts are a fantastic source of all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, especially if you have a plant based diet like I do. Many nuts are considered a good source of protein, and they may also provide fibre, useful amounts of the B vitamins, especially B1, B2, B3 and B6, Vitamin E and several minerals including Selenium. They also contain essential polyunsaturated fats, however some contain varying levels of saturated fats so should be eaten in moderation (e.g. Brazil nuts).

Nuts are actually the fruits or seeds of plants. Which explains why they are called 'frutos secos' in Spanish - which means 'dried fruits'. I just had to mention that as it just popped in to my head and I literally just had one of those language 'eurika' moments! Ha! Nuts have been an important source of nutrition for thousands of years all around the world and are an important protein source in many cultures.

They are super valuable and versataile to me so I thought I would put together all the information you need to know about each individual nut, what nutrients they have and how you should eat them and I hope you find it somewhat helpful!

BRAZIL NUTS
My goodness, Brazil nuts are, by far, my favourite. They're so succulent and tasty! They are the edible seeds of the South American tree that itself is referred to as 'the Brazil nut'. Brazil nut trees are amongst the tallest in the Amazon Rainforest, reaching heights of up to 50 metres (160ft). They can live for over 1000 years, but only produce their fruits as the result of a complex relationship between the tree, a certain species of bee and a tropical orchid! I read in an Australian study the other day that eating two brazil nuts daily is the equivalent of taking a 100mg Selenium supplement. Selenium is great for healthy skin, hair and nails, but has also been proven to aid male fertility, boost immunity, aid thyroid problems and help asthma due to its antioxidant properties. 

You can add these nuts to your diet simply by snacking on them, but be careful as they do have a higher than average fat content compared to other nuts/ The majority of the fat content is mono and poly-unsaturated, but the level of saturates is still substantial. They are popular in cakes and biscuits, but my personal favourite way to eat them is mixed with some carob raisins for a delicious treat! 


NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Brazil nuts are a natural source of fibre, calcium, iron, vitamin B6 and Biotin. They are also a natural excellent source of Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin E and Thiamine (B1).

Every 100g of Brazil nuts contains...

ENERGY: 682kcal
PROTEIN: 14.1g
CARBOHYDRATES: 3.1g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 2.4g
FAT: 68.2g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 16.4g
FIBRE: 4.3g
POTASSIUM: 660mg
CALCIUM: 170mg
MAGNESIUM: 410mg
PHOSPHORUS: 590mg
IRON: 2.5mg
COPPER: 1.76mg
ZINC: 4.2mg

MANGANESE: 1.2mg
SELENIUM: 254ug
VITAMIN E: 7.18mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.67mg
VITAMIN B6: 0.31mg
 BIOTIN: 11ug


ALMONDS
Almonds are probably my third of fourth favourite nut (after brazils, cashews & peanuts), but they are definitely before walnuts, pecans and pine nuts for me ha-ha de-ner-ner-ner-ner-NUT-wars! Anyway, I digress, I love almonds for their versatility the most I think. Almond butter, marzipan, almond paste, savoury dishes, sweet dishes and as a simple snack - they're great! 

Fancy a fun fact of the day? They're technically not even a nut (like peanuts) - they are in fact 'drupes'! Another fun (and helpful) fact is that if you have a headache, eat a handful of these bad boys - they contain salicin - as does willow bark, which is what aspirin is made from, so they will work as a natural analgesic (pain killer) and relieve your headache, how amazing is nature eh?

Almonds make a fantastic snack on their own but mixed with cashews is an even better idea as their nutrients compliment each other well. The Amino acid profile in Almonds works well with that of corn (maize) too. I baked a bunch of mixed nuts in the oven the other day with salt, pepper, mixed herbs, parsley and a tiny drizzle of agave nectar and I thought I was in love. Try it yourself for a delicious & nutritious snack!

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Almonds are a natural source of protein, iron, Thiamine (B1), Niacin (B3) and folic acid. They are also an excellent source of Fibre, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin E, Riboflavin (B2) and Biotin.

Every 100g of Almonds contains...

ENERGY: 612kcal
PROTEIN: 21.1g
CARBOHYDRATES: 6.9g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 4.2g
FAT: 55.8g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 4.4g
FIBRE: 7.4g
POTASSIUM: 780mg
CALCIUM: 240mg
MAGNESIUM: 270mg
PHOSPHORUS: 550mg
IRON: 3mg
COPPER: 1mg
ZINC: 3.2mg

MANGANESE: 1.7mg
VITAMIN E: 24mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.21mg
RIBOFLAVIN (B2): 0.75mg
NIACIN (B3): 3.1mg
FOLIC ACID: 48ug
BIOTIN: 64ug


CASHEWS
Cashews are so 'Nom-Nom' it's unreal. I like putting them in my sandwiches! I know it sounds weird, but I really wouldn't knock the idea until you've tried it. They're also great as a snack with salt and pepper or chilli, in a stir fry or in a nut roast! Cashews come from northeast Brazil. They actually grow beneath a fruit called the cashew apple, which is edible too but too fragile to transport, hence is not commonly found here in Europe - when I do eventually go to Brazil, I will be sure to hunt one down and try one. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Cashew nuts are a natural source of Fibre, Protein, Pantothenic acid and Biotin. They are also an excellent source of Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Thiamine (B1), Vitamin B6 and Folic acid.


Every 100g of Cashew nuts contains...

ENERGY: 566kcal
PROTEIN: 18.2g
CARBOHYDRATES: 27.1g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 5.9g
FAT: 46.9g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 8.3g
FIBRE: 3.3g
POTASSIUM: 710mg
MAGNESIUM: 270mg
FOLIC ACID: 67ug
PHOSPHORUS: 560mg
IRON: 6.2mg
COPPER: 2.11mg
ZINC: 5.9mg

MANGANESE: 1.7mg
SELENIUM: 29ug
THIAMINE (B1): 0.69mg
VITAMIN B6: 0.49mg
PANTOTHENIC ACID: 1.06mg
BIOTIN: 12.7ug


PISTACHIOS 
Pistachio plants are cultivated throughout Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and America. Pistachios are a relative of the cashew nut and are characterised by their hard shell that naturally splits open as they ripen, it is said that you can hear the constant cracking of pistachio shells as you walk along the orchard when the nuts begin to ripen. Oh my goodness - Pistachio homemade 'nice-cream' is on my future agenda for sure. I love them on their own though and I recently had a pistachio flapjack and it was just beautiful.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Pistachio nuts are a great source of Protein, Iron, Zinc, Folic acid and Riboflavin (B1). They are also an excellent source of Fibre, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin E and Thiamine (B1). They also have a good profile of essential amino acids.

Every 100g of Pistachio nuts contains... 

ENERGY: 601kcal
PROTEIN: 17.9g
CARBOHYDRATES: 8.2g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 5.7g
FAT: 55.4g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 7.4g
FIBRE: 6.1g
SODIUM: 0.53g
POTASSIUM: 1040mg
MAGNESIUM: 130mg
PHOSPHORUS: 420mg
IRON: 3mg
COPPER: 0.83mg
ZINC: 2.2mg

MANGANESE: 0.9mg

VITAMIN E: 4.16mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.7mg
RIBOFLAVIN (B2): 0.23mg
FOLIC ACID: 58ug

PEANUTS
Peanuts aren't technically nuts, they are legumes. I especially love peanuts for their butter. Peanut butter is a fantastic way to add a source of iron and protein to your breakfast; I like to put mine on toast, in smoothies or in my porridge. It takes approximately 540 peanuts to make one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter so I appreciate every spoonful. Also, fun fact I learnt the other day; 'Arachibutyrophobia' is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth! LOLzies. 

I like peanuts on their own or with other nuts as a snack, but I also like them in sandwiches too. When my friend and I went to Prague, we snacked on peanuts, guacamole and salted crisps and they make a wonderful combination I can assure you.


NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Peanuts are a natural source of Protein, Iron, Fibre, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Thiamine (B1), Niacin (B3), Vitamin B6, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid (B5) and Biotin.


100g of Peanuts contain...

ENERGY: 563kcal
PROTEIN: 25.6g
CARBOHYDRATES: 12.5g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 6.2g
FAT: 46.0g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 8.7g
FIBRE: 6.2g
POTASSIUM: 670mg
FOLIC ACID: 110ug
MAGNESIUM: 210mg
PHOSPHORUS: 430mg
IRON: 2.5mg
COPPER: 1.02mg
ZINC: 3.5mg

MANGANESE: 2.1mg
VITAMIN E: 10.1mg
THIAMINE (B1): 1.14mg
NIACIN (B3): 13.8mg
VITAMIN B6: 0.59mg
PANTOTHENIC ACID: 2.66mg
BIOTIN: 72ug


HAZELNUTS

Hazelnuts are also known as cobnuts or filberts. They are grown throughout the world, Turkey being the largest producer. Here in the UK, Kent is the main county for hazelnut production. I love hazelnuts purely for the fact they make VEGO chocolate bars. My goodness, If you haven't tried one of these chocolates, you need to - it is l-o-v-e-l-y!



NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Hazelnuts are a natural source of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Pantothenic Acid, Fibre, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin E, Thiamine (B1), Vitamin B, Folic Acid and Biotin.

Every 100g of Hazel Nuts contains...

ENERGY: 650kcal
PROTEIN: 14.1g
CARBOHYDRATES: 6.0g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 4.0g
FAT: 63.5g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 4.7g
FIBRE: 4.7g
POTASSIUM: 730mg
CALCIUM: 140mg
MAGNESIUM: 160mg
PHOSPHORUS: 300mg
IRON: 3.2mg
COPPER: 1.23mg
ZINC: 2.1mg

MANGANESE: 4.9mg

FOLIC ACID: 72ug
VITAMIN E: 24.98mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.43mg
VITAMIN B6: 0.59mg
PANTOTHENIC ACID: 1.51mg
BIOTIN: 76ug


PECANS
The pecan tree is native to America and Mexico.They are thought to naturally contain some omega-3 oils which is super handy if you don't eat fish although hemp seeds, flaxseeds and their oils contain high amounts of these. There are over 1000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, Including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee. Also, I was told the other day that the pecan is the state tree of Texas baby!

You can have them as a snack, but they are not the tastiest in my opinion. They have a significantly lower protein content than other nuts but people tend to choose them for their fatty acid content to maintain a healthy heart. I like them in cakes and mixed with dried apple. 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Pecans are a natural source of Fibre, Potassium, Iron, Selenium, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin E and Thiamine (B1).

Every 100g of Pecans contains...


ENERGY: 691kcal
PROTEIN: 9.2g
CARBOHYDRATES: 5.8g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 4.3g
FAT: 70.1
OF WHICH SATURATES: 5.7g
FIBRE: 4.7g
POTASSIUM: 520mg
MAGNESIUM: 130mg
PHOSPHORUS: 310mg
IRON: 2.2mg
COPPER: 1.07mg
ZINC: 5.3mg
MANGANESE: 4.6mg
SELENIUM: 12ug
VITAMIN E: 4.34mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.71mg
FOLIC ACID: 39ug 
PANTOTHENIC ACID: 1.71mg

PINE NUTS
I've only just developed a love for pine nuts. I have been putting them in my salads, coleslaws and homemade pesto. Pine kennels take about 18 months to mature, forming the first season, then maturing in the second. The cones then have to be heated carefully to extract and collect the seeds. This is the reason they can be rather expensive. 


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Pine kennels are a natural source of Fibre, Niacin (B3), Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin E and Thiamine (B1). 


Every 100g of Pine nuts contains...

ENERGY: 670kcal
PROTEIN: 14.0g
CARBOHYDRATES: 13.0g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 4.0g
FAT: 68.0g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 5.0g
FIBRE: 4.0g
POTASSIUM: 780mg
MAGNESIUM: 270mg
PHOSPHORUS: 650mg
IRON: 5.6mg
COPPER: 1.32mg
ZINC: 6.5mg

MANGANESE: 7.9mg
VITAMIN E: 13.65mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.73mg
NIACIN (B3): 3.8mg


WALNUTS
I can't tell if walnuts are the tastiest thing on the planet or the rankest. Maybe it is how they're prepared but for me they can be so hit and miss. The walnut tree is native the Persia yet 75% of the world's supply comes from California.

Walnuts contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of blood vessels - this beneficial effect is obtained by a daily intake of 30g of walnuts. Walnuts have a high content of omega-3 fatty acids - 100grams of walnuts may contain up to 10grams of omega-3 oils. Due to this high content it is said to benefit heart health and the effects of high cholesterol. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Walnuts are a great source of FIbre, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Niacin (B3), Pantothenic acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin E, Thiamine (B1), Vitamin B6, Folic acid and Biotin. They are also high in unsaturated fats.


ENERGY: 688kcal

PROTEIN: 14.7g
CARBOHYDRATES: 3.3g
OF WHICH SUGARS: 2.6g
FAT: 68.5g
OF WHICH SATURATES: 5.6g
FIBRE: 3.5g
POTASSIUM: 450m
MAGNESIUM: 160mg
FOLIC ACID: 66ug
PHOSPHORUS: 380mg
IRON: 2.9mg
COPPER: 1.34mg
ZINC: 2.7mg
MANGANESE: 3.4mg
VITAMIN E: 3.83mg
THIAMINE (B1): 0.4mg
NIACIN (B3): 4.0mg
VITAMIN B6: 0.67mg
PANTOTHENIC ACID (B5): 1.6mg
BIOTIN: 19ug

I hope this blog post is useful to at the very least one other person. I plan on using it as reference material myself both for my nutrition qualification and as a quick aid to ensure I am getting all the correct nutrients in my diet. It also helps that I find nuts delicious and fulfilling so would be eating them anyway. What's your favourite nut? Why? and how do you like them?
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Saturday, 12 March 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - IKEA, CINEMA & A GOOD OLD FASHIONED GIRL'S NIGHT OUT!

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Monday, 7 March 2016

REVIEW < FED BY WATER, DALSTON JUNCTION, LONDON


I have been wanting to visit FED by water for what feels like a lifetime. A few of my friend's had told me about their vegan cheese board and almost every vegan I have ever spoken to that hasn't been there yet is planning on doing so. So myself and two of my Omni friends decided we would give it a whirl and here is what we thought...

THE FOOD
My goodness, the cheese board was to die for. My friends and I were all blown away by all the amazing textures and flavours. You get a Stracchino spread, smoked mozzarella, smoked herbs & chives soft cheese, Blue cheese style, Red cheddar and two other soft cheeses full of flavour! It was served with a beautiful focaccia bread, which was still warm. I used to eat real cheese and I would go as far as to say this is the best cheese board I have ever had in my life. The flavours were immense and it was a truly lovely experience trying them all. It was so good in fact both of my (cow's milk) cheese loving friend's said the same! One of them plans on bringing her parents there when they come to visit London and if that doesn't speak volumes I don't know what does! The best thing about vegan cheese (after the fact it is cruelty-free) is that it doesn't give you that mucousy aftermath that 'normal' cheese does so you can enjoy the feeling of a cheese board for longer. 

As if a cheese board wasn't enough, myself and my friend Kristina got pizza with more cheese! She got a meat pizza and I got 'wild' with red cheddar and blue style cheese added on top (due to the fact I had been so impressed with the cheese board). I like that there is omnivore choices too. It makes it so lovely to eat out as a group; no one has to compromise and there's no awkwardness. FED have a vegan menu and a mixed menu and the staff ask you straight away if you're a vegan to give you the correct menu, I think this is a lovely added touch, because I knew everything was okay for me to eat. It was also nice to know my friend's were being catered for and happy too! My beautiful friend Lissett got a Salad and I tasted the courgettes and mushrooms, they were seasoned to perfection and complimented each other and her garlic bread perfectly! 

FOOD - 10/10

THE DRINK
Kristina got a glass of white wine and said it was beautiful. Myself and Lisett got a blueberry sparkling drink. I can't remember the name of it (I want to say Blueberry heaven or something) but it was delicious! I wasn't in the mood for alcohol when we visited but I also spotted a cocktail list in the corner with my sneaky alco-dar! Anywhere that does cocktails is a winner to me and they sounded great. Next time I go there I will definitely be taking the list for a spin! 

DRINK - 10/10

 THE STAFF
Aw! Upon arrival the staff gave us a wonderful welcome. We had a male waiter to start with who immediately made us feel welcomed and added a personal touch to his service by communicating with us in Spanish when he heard us speaking Spanish amongst ourselves. I love people like that, so friendly and warm. He then let the Spanish waitress know and she came over to take our orders (another personal touch we all appreciated), this lady was equally as lovely too! The staff were all well presented, impeccably friendly & it just felt like they were a warm, kind family who worked well together to be honest. 

STAFF - 10/10 for them too! 

THE VENUE
FED has quite a quirky vibe to it, I liked the ladder hanging from the ceiling and I especially adored the table made out of retro vinyls. The restaurant is only a 3-minute walk from the metro station and there's cute little places all around it. It reminds me of a lot of places I tend to go to in Brighton with it's kooky design and happy atmosphere. 

VENUE - 10/10 again!

THE PRICES
Our entire meal came to about £70.00 for three of us and that was for our huge sharing platter, main courses and drinks so worked out about £24.00 each, which is what I usually expect to pay here in London for a nice meal out. I did feel a bit anxious about the prices when I thought we weren't going to share the cheese board though -haha! Pizza's range from £8.75-£15.75 which is fair and average. You could always go and drink just water and it's the perfect, affordable conscious meal. I will have to say 10/10 for prices too because they're fair and the same (if not better) than most places & you can't ask for more than that.

Price - 10/10

Thanks to FED for such a wonderful experience!
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Sunday, 6 March 2016

FOOD < VEGAN COLESLAW RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

* carrots
* red cabbage 
* pine nuts 
* soya cream 
* lemon juice 
* sea salt or Himalayan salt
* black pepper 
* coconut oil (or olive oil)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Shred your carrots and cabbage into a bowl.
2. Mix in half of the soya cream, lemon juice, salt & pepper. 
3. Lightly toast the pine nuts - and I don't say lightly, lightly ha. These burn so easily so literally toast them for one minute! I toasted mine in coconut oil.
4. Mix the nuts into your mix and voilá - listo! You have yourself a beautiful vegan coleslaw. 
5.  Serve it with something yummy. I love it with fry's soy and flaxseed schnitzels or their chia and rice protein nuggets! It's also great on top of beans on toast or baked beans and a jacket potato! and of course you can have it as a side with any meal you choose. Nom nom nom! 
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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - FED BY WATER, DATE NIGHT & PHANTOM OF THE OPERA PARTY!

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