Recently I went to the ikea to look for a new closet. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did had a great dinner together with mum.
Did you know IKEA offers more and more vegan options? I read about it, and was curious to know if the IKEA here had this too.
What did I want to try?
I like the fact that IKEA spotted the need for Vegan food, and made an effort into putting a vegan option on their menu. Of course I tried the “meatballs”. You could see all the veggies in it, it has multiple colours. The waitress in the restaurant asked me if I wanted fries or couscous, and I chose couscous.
This was what it looked like. A plate full of fresh vegan food.
But, did it taste good?!
Yes, it did! They weren’t soaky like the ones I made. They were a bit crispy and a little bit fat. They bake them in oil. The couscous was also good; filled up with beans. I definitely be back for this.
IKEA well done! You’re making a step in the right direction by adding this to your menu. I liked it and will be back for this.
I discovered something new. And I’m so happy I found it. Or better said, them. Do you all know the concept of a dinner club? You go to a location, people cook for you and you pay/or give something in return? (I also made a vlog about my day worth of food)
Well, today I discovered a vegan dinner club, in the middle of Amsterdam. I didn’t knew what to expect, and I hoped I’ll get some tasty food.
I got a really really nice, nutritional and healthy meals! It cost 6 euro, but this was what I got:
In the cup is lemonade, freshly made. The yellow substance in the little bowl was Dahl soup. The orange sauce on the left was a mango chutney. Then there was rice with cashews, and a salad made of papaya, kale and other veggies. And finally the green stuff on the right was spinach with chickpeas and lentils. Later I got a dessert, a small piece of a cranberry cake, with maple syrup on top.
It was so great to eat with like minded people. They understood me as a vegan, I didn’t have to ask if the cake was made with butter. They all talked about how they knew we could change the world, person by person, by becoming vegan.
I loved it, and I will definitely be back.
Have you got dinner clubs where you live? Vegan ones?
This morning I started my day with a power juice. I had to be at work at 6.30, really early for me. I couldn’t eat yet, but didn’t want to work on an empty stomach.
A power juice from Brandstof! The juices from Brandstof are fresh (they have a 3 day fresh grantee) and made out of veggies. They have all kind of flavours, and they all give your morning a boost. They use ingredients like ginger or vennel, that really boost up your metabolism.
I think it’s never a good idea to skip breakfast completely, but to have a juice instead seems like a good thing to me.
What do you think about a juice to start your day with? Good idea or a no go? Is it to much of an effort, or do you buy it like I did?
Thanks for the reading, and like or comment. I’m happy to be sharing my journey for a better health with you.
I think some of you (or maybe all) watch you tubers talking about their diet. (I show you my diet in this video you’ll see what I eat on a normal day ) Maybe you’ve seen High Carn Hannah, who just finished her potato diet. It turned into a massive hype, she even made it to the Australian newspaper. But why the hype? Let me explain things the way I see it.
What is the potato diet?
It’s a diet for 30 days, in which you’re only allowed to eat potatoes. Yes you can have some greens on the side, but the focus is on the potatoes.
Potatoes are your source for energy, and you’ll be eating them every meal. All kinds are allowed.
Why would you do this?
Eating one type of food can help your digestion. Your bowel has to digest only one type of food, what makes it a lot easier to digest. It can also work as a detox : it clears your body from toxins. It can help get rid of stomach pain or bad skin. Not for everyone, but for a lot of people.
Why the hype?
I think it’s because it’s something new and maybe ‘extreme’. A lot of people can not imagine to eat only potatoes for a whole month. Hannah also had great results so a lot of people are curious and want to try it themselves. I think it’s the same as it was with Freelee’s ‘banana island’ a few years ago.
Am I gonna try it?
No. I love potatoes, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want to eat them for a whole month. I don’t see the benefits of that. I love to eat out; to eat with friends or cook with my love. I don’t think I’ll be happy to do this for such a long time. But maybe I’ll try it for a week.
What do you think about the potato diet? Healthy or not? Should I try the week version?
Last week I was hungry all day. I snacked on fruit but it wasn’t satisfying me. I wanted something crunchy, something nice. So I made kale chips, for the first time in my life.
It was so easy and so tasty, that I want to give you all the recipe for this amazing snack!
– kale leafs
– paprika powder
– oil (optional, I didn’t use it)
Preheat your oven on 200°. Pick a tray and put some paper on it.
Cut the kale into eat able pieces.
Season them with herbs, you can also use garlic powder or basil.
Put it all in the oven for about 8 minutes, check if they are crispy. Of they aren’t then put them back for 4 more minutes.
It’s ‘s easy and ready under 15 minutes. I love to bring them to the cinema, or serve them when I have friends over. It’s my favourite new snack.
Which of you guys visit the gym? And with visiting, I mean more than 3 times a year. (After Christmas, Thanksgiving and before your holiday)
I recently got myself a new gym membership. I’m very proud of that. I run a few times a week, but I wanted to do something more than cardio.
I got my membership and I went. By myself. I was completely overwhelmed by all the machines, and in the end I only went on a bike and in the steps.
Not what I had in mind.
So, determinate to do it better, I went again. But what to use, and how? I asked it to my gym teacher. She helped me understand why machines can be helpful during your process, and now I wanted to share my new found wisdom with you.
There are a lot of machines; and it’s good to use them on certain area’s. The benefit is that with one machine you (most of the times) train different areas. So it’s always good for something. It can also help training parts that cardio isn’t training.
Going to the gym and use the machines isn’t a man thing only. If you follow the steps on the machine or in the guide, it can be very beneficial for muscle grow and a stronger body.
So don’t hesitate; ask someone to join you and just try things out. If you’re insecure like I was, you can always as an instructor to help you out. You’ve already done the hardest part: to go.
Good luck and a good training!
I have done 2 days of fasting (and cheating a bit with fruits) and I’m on day ! If you want to see what I drank on day 1, click here. I will be filming it all, just to show you how I’ve been doing and to show you the juices I drink. I also made a video of my second day. Feel free to watch, comment or whatever. I’ll be happy to read them. 🙂
How am I feeling?
Pretty good. I’m not that tired anymore. Actually I feel like I’ve been getting more energy. My sore throat is gone, and my headache too. You could say I’m getting the hang of it. I want to do at least 2 more days, but I’ll be eating a bit more. So it’s strictly seen not a juice fast anymore.
Today I have a movie date with a friend, I haven’t seen her in a while. We arranged to eat in a restaurant next to the cinema and I don’t want to cancel it. So I called the restaurant and asked if they could prepare me a green salad without dressing and stuff. They are willing to do that. So that’s what I’ll be eating today.
I now drink 3 Brandstof juices a day, and make 1L smoothie or juice myself. I also drink a lot of tea. I haven’t worked out the last 4 days because I was feeling so bad. Maybe tomorrow I will give it a go. I made a video about today. It gives a good view on what I drink.
Tomorrow is gonna be challenging. I have to go to my internship first for 4 hours, and then in the evening I have to work. Like some who may read this for a longer period, I work as a waitress. So I walk a lot and make long shifts. I think I’ll be eating some salad before work,because I’m afraid it might be to heavy without.
Nevertheless, I’ll keep you updated! I will be making posts and videos. I also have an Instagram account and that is; @rawjazzie.
I would love to follow you guys!!
I wanted to be more prepared and healthier this year. I’ve been sick for a few weeks. I had trouble with my digestion, headaches, and pain in my belly. Last week I also got a sore throat and I decided I really had to do something about it. I thought I had two options;
1. Go to banana island.
2. Do a juice fast.
I decided to go with option 2. So I’m juice fasting now!
I have my own juices but I also ordered some from a Dutch company, called “Brandstof Amsterdam”. On their site they said this;
We make organic juices, made with seasonal fruits and vegetables. We freeze the juices in, so the vitamins are kept inside.
I thought I should give it a go. The (new) job I have, works with them. That way I could get some for a special prize. I ordered some beetroot/fennel and some mango/orange.
I will also be filming about my juice fast. Be sure to check my channel, would love to hear from you.
This is the link. In this video I tell all about the juices I’ll be drinking and more. I’ll keep you updated.
I’m also a bit curious (when am I not curious?) are there people here who did a juice fast? For how long? How did you feel afterwards? Thanks.
Tonight I had dinner at a friends house. He knows I’m a vegan, and he wanted to make dinner together. We decided to make tapas! Why tapas? Well because I like eating and this way you can eat a lot of different things. It’s also easy for him, because I’m the only vegan tonight. Not everyone wants to eat the way I do. I respect that, so eating tapas is a great idea. This is what we made;
(From left to the right)
– peppers filled with mushrooms, spring onions and spinach
– corn/kidney bean salad with cherry tomatoes
– salad with cucumber, green pepper and spinach
– filled eggs (not vegan)
– dates with pieces of banana’s inside
– no-tuna-tuna salad
And today I’ll give you the recipe for the bruschetta.
– bread (I like Turkish bread)
How to make
Preheat the oven at 200° . Then cut the tomatoes, you’ll only need the outside, the ‘hard’ part.
Cut your bread and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Then cut the ‘hard’ part of the tomato in small dices. Throw away the wet inside.
Cut garlic into very,very tiny pieces, and do the same with the garlic. Put the garlic,basil and tomatoes in a bowl together with the olive oil. Mix it well.
Take your bread out and put some tomato salsa on top. Voila!
It’s an easy yet delicious recipe. I like to make it as an appetizer, or eat it as my lunch. You’ll always score with this one.
Merry Christmas everyone! Do you celebrate it with your loved ones? Do you enjoy a (vegan) dinner?
I do celebrate Christmas with my family. We eat out, we enjoy each others company and we laugh. We do this every year.
Having my whole family around made me realise something; I am so grateful for all that I have.
I think about all the refugees, that are celebrating Christmas without family. Without a Christmas dinner and without a home. How will they feel?
I realise now that I, and probably all of the readers of my blog, should be grateful for all of the happiness we have. Of course; we all have problems. Of course we all have troubles; maybe fitting in, maybe finding a new job. But our problems are so small compared to the ones of all the refugees, of all the orphan children in Africa, of all the woman in India, desperate to stand up for themselves.
Think about all the refugees, without a home,family or a nice dinner. We should be more grateful.
We owe them, we owe them in feeling grateful this Christmas. In feeling proud and happy of what we got. Although we may have lost someone close, we still have each other. We have a place to call “home”, family or friends that watch our backs and give us love.
So maybe there is something we can give to the world. Something easy, something we all should be.
So surround yourself with loved ones, show them your love and remember : be grateful of all the joy you a experience in your life. Be grateful for all the love you got.
Love and a merry Christmas,