Chai tea is something I drink every morning. The exotic melange of spices hooked me from my first sip and it’s just something I can’t live without. Of course i also dig the warm creamy Chai latte but the average chai powder (found in coffee shops) is oversaturated with sugar, so I came up with my own healthy version.
You can use tea bags but I prefer to sieve my loose-leaf chai in a pot (zero-waist FTW!)
Try to enjoy this before it gets warm and springy!
Well, I basically made no progress this week. I essentially copied last week’s formula of eating healthy during the week and bingeing on junk food during the weekend. Just to give you an idea of what I mean by junk food bingeing, here are some of the things I ate.
1.5 bags of potato chips
A giant piece of vegan chocolate cake
A vegan waffle with whipped cream and ice cream
A greasy Asian noodle box
A vegan ice cream cookie sandwich
A vegan Danish pastry
1 raw chocolate bounty bar
The biggest portion of Indian food imaginable
I’m being honest because I want people to be able to relate to the experience of failing to meet their goals. It’s easy to start thinking “once I slip-up I might as well give up” and “today doesn’t count, I’ll just start tomorrow”. These thoughts can lead to panicking and overeating when we should instead just enjoy our little slip-up and return to healthy eating as soon as possible.
No matter how much I try to avoid it, the weight loss mentality keeps creeping into my mind. I know it’s all in my head but it’s just so frustrating! I need to pull myself together; it’s just so damn hard!
I am persevering by forging ahead with small baby steps. After all, a healthy lifestyle is nothing but the aggregate of good and bad choices!
I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best vegan snack
I’ve ever had. Instead of going with overpriced cranked up sugar cookies you
can blend together your own cheap and easy Friday night treat. It tastes divine
and is the perfect finishing touch to a stay-in date night under the covers. A smooth
and soft consistency with peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors will please
your taste buds.
For a more authentic cookie dough aesthetic you can use chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate. This recipe tastes much better when cold so make sure you cool it down before you dig in (without letting it cool you might sense a slight chickpea aroma)
This recipe should be enough for all of you to be forever
grateful to me! I am your vegan cookie dough lord and savior!
Last summer I visited Krakow for the first time where I discovered the joy Polish food brings to all those who stick a fork into a perogie. Krakow is extremely beautiful and filled with countless restaurants that just ooze Polish hospitality. The hectic, whirl wind tourist vibe you get in places like Prague and Paris is largely absent and on egets the feeling they can navigate the city by foot or its straight forward tram system.
Poland is a joy for budgettravellers like myself. Excellent food, grand historical sites, and beautiful nature are available to those who lack affluence but crave an adventure off the beaten “Eurotrip-stagparty-trustafarian backpacker” route.
The Polish baking tradition is incredible (and I’m from Denmark)!). All around the city you will find small, old-lady operated carts selling a round wheat-bread ring topped with sesame seeds. Very simple but amazingly tasty and a bargain at 2 zloty (.50 € or .60 cents)! By venturing into a few different brick and mortar bakeries I found these traditionally Polish spinach and mushroom pastries called “Paszteciki z pieczarkami” that just happened to be vegan.
However, my favorite Polish food is perogies. They are soft, plump dumplings that traditionally contain cheese, potatoes, or meat but can be stuffed with an endless number of fillings. They are found in many restaurants throughout Krakow; my favorite vegan ones where found at “Pirozki U Vicenta”, a cozy local joint. They where stuffed with a red lentil and spinach mixture that had it’s flavor brought out by the soft, starchy dumpling it was encased in.
Are you a gluten-holic and desire to stuff yourself with perogies like me? Bookyour ticket to Krakow NOW!
Pirozki U Vicenta – address; Bożego Ciała 12, 33-332 Kraków
I feel a bit hesitant about
publishing this post since we fortunately live in a time where self-love and
body positivism has a major presence in our society and I don’t want to knock
or derail it in anyway. I’m completely on board with the self-love movement and
I think it’s really important to have a healthy relationship with your body.
Even though I’m currently at
a normal, healthy weight I still want to loose a few kilos (or lbs. for ya’ll
‘Muricans). I have a cute amount of chubbiness around my mid-section, but alas,
I still finding myself wanting to get rid of it! I just don’t like the idea of yellow,
stored, unnecessary fat around my organs. I know I could teach myself to love
and accept it, but I’m young and want to push my body to new heights before
it’s too late.
I hope you’ll follow my little
weight loss journey here on the blog as I give you weekly updates on how it’s
going. I don’t believe in dieting or hardliner restrictions I’m just going to
try to swap guilty habit junk foods for more whole foods! I’m very physically active
and I’m going to continue exercising daily.
I’m convinced that for
sustainable results I can’t starve myself by obsessively counting calories. Therefore,
my strategy is to lose weight slowly so I can acclimate myself to a healthier
lifestyle with greater ease. There is only one way to loose weight which is to
burn more than you consume- no one said you have to burn it all off in a month!
Remember that everyone is
different so what works for me may not be the best fit for you! Now that I’ve shared this
with the Internet there is no going back! I’m so excited!
My boyfriend came up with this simple marinade that goes
great with many different Asian cuisines. We usually serve it with rice noodles
and traditional Vietnamese vegetables, but I’m sure it would mix well with
other dishes or on its own.
For many unaccustomed Westerners, tofu can be difficult to appreciate. Most of us have experienced the dry, crumbly, flavour less variation served at certain Chinese restaurants. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to invest in high quality organic tofu. Also, make sure to press it by wrapping it in a clean towel and placing a heavy object on top (such as a pan or heavy pan lid) for 15-20 minutes.
I grew up being told that pasta is junk food and should only be eaten rarely. Fortunately, research has shown that moderate amounts are still healthy and can be consumed while losing weight. Nothing beats treating myself to lunch with a bowl of whole grain pasta with veggies.
Nutritional Yeast is a great cheese substitute as it has a cheesy flavour and melts easily. AND it contains B-12, which is an important supplement to take as a vegan
My body has learned to crave healthy food that tastes unhealthy! I like my breakfast sweet but also appreciate some vegetables in the morning. Waffles always satisfy my cravings as I can mix healthy things into the batter and still get awesome waffles! See my recipe for Spinach Avocado Waffles
The girly side of me is obsessed with the beautiful pink color the root beet adds to regular waffles. I was close to naming these waffles “Princess Waffles” but rediscovered my integrity at the last minute.
On a normal day I enjoy eating waffles as a snack but on a cozy weekend morning I top them with pumpkin seeds, coconut flour, maple syrup and a little yogurt mixed up with vanilla.
When you grate the root beets a food processor will do the trick, if you do it manually REMEMBER an apron; otherwise you’ll look like Ted Bundy before he’d clean himself up)