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Dinner with friends

Hey!

I love to eat with my friends. But like I said in my last post, it can be hard to eat out. Another way to avoid that could be eating at home. That’s what I did yesterday, I invited a friend and together we cooked a delicious dinner!

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We made a few dishes; at first we made zuchinni soup. After that we had a zuchinni pasta and a salad.
I made the pasta for the second time, it’s still a succes!

The recipe for the soup;
– 4 zuchinni’s
– vegetable stock
– 2 onions
– some garlic
– around 600 ml water

Cut the onion and the garlic and put them in a big pot. Let them cook, and cut the zuchinni in little dices.
Put them in the pot, and cook for 10 minutes. Then put the water and the stock in. Cook for 20 minutes, then blend the zuchinni until you get a creamy texture. And your soup is done!

It was nice to make a meal together;  and it was fun that my friend liked my vegan food! That’s a good goal right? Eating at home can be the solution if you’re scared to dine out, or just want to save money.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Marrakech; camel riding and visiting the souks

Hello!

Vincent and I arrived in Marrakech! Our first day is more like a first night, but still. The temperature was really great; it’s 34° while in Holland it’s 16°. I brought some skirts and dresses. Our hotel is nice, it’s in the new city. We would like to have stayed in the old city, but it was so expensive.. We arrived pretty late so on the first night we ate at the first restaurant we saw. It turned out to be really good! It was an Italian restaurant  (Little Italy) and they served amazing home made pasta’s. With the cheese on the side, so I was really happy.

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The second day we went to the souks and got overwhelmed by all the people who wanted to sell us stuff. The taxi driver who brought us, showed us a spices store where I bought saffron lipbalm. After that he brought us to the souks. The souks were beautiful; all the colours, spices and shoes..

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We ate our first Maroccan meal in Medina, I had a tagine with vegetables. It was so delicious! I think I’ll be eating this more then once.. In the evening we did a camel ride, but I’ll write a seperate post about that. It was amazing.
Looking forward to tomorrow!

Love,

xx Jazzie

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Cooking class in Marrakech

Hello!

Today is day 5 in Marrakech, and Vincent and I decided to follow a Maroccan cooking class!

I found it online and after checking their site we decided it was a fun thing to do!
The class started at ten in the morning.
We first went to the market, to buy all our ingredients. I pointed out that I was a vegan, it was no problem.
We bought a lot of vegetables, meat for Vincent, fruit for the juice and spices for in our dishes.

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After that, we went to the hostel where we were going to cook. The lady who was giving the class, made us Maroccan tea. (You can see it on my YouTube channel; rawjazzie) And then it was time to make the preparations
Prepare (or making your mise en place) is always the most work to do. The cutting, mixing and chopping takes a lot of time.

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We were going to make a tagine with vegetables and lamb with a sort of gravin. We also made a mango/orange juice. I’ll be posting the recipe, so you can make it too! We made the lamb in a pressure cooker; if you use a stone tagine, it’ll take over 6 hours to cook. We didn’t have that time, so a pressure cooker is also fine.

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It took time to cook; in between we were drinking our juice and relaxing at the rooftop terrace. It was sunny, but not too hot. After 40 minutes it was cooked and we enjoyed our meal. I liked my tagine, there were so any vegetables in it!
The woman who gave the class was very friendly and her English was good.

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I recommend  the class because it gives you a new view into the Maroccan culture.  You’ll find out how they make all of your favorite dishes, and you learn to make them yourself. The atmosphere in the class was great; very relaxed and there was no rush. It was a very nice thing to do.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Breakfast idea’s

Hey!

What do you eat for breakfast?
Do you always eat the same thing?
Do you lack ideas, and want to try something different?
Here are my favorite, delicious and healthy breakfast ideas!

1. Soy yogurt with home made cruesli. This is one od my favourite quick breakfast ideas, I make the cruesli the day before and I only have to put it in a bowl with some yogurt. But still, a delicious idea.
2. Overnight oats. You have to make this one the night before, the oats have to sulk in all the almond milk (or soy milk) you put in. It’s really good with some extra maple syrup.
3. Baked oats with chopped apple cinnamon. I live to eat this in the winter. Somehow it reminds me of eating apple pie. It takes a bit more time; you need to peel and chop the apples and then cook it with (soy) milk,cinnamon and oats.

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4. Pancakes. I make my pancakes with almond milk and bananas instead of milk and eggs. (One large banana for 2 eggs) It takes some time,but it’s great for the weekend. It really feels like a Sunday brunch.
5. Rice crackers with hummus, tomatoes and cucumber. I eat this whenever we run out of oats or almond milk. It good, easy but it’s a bit like comfort food.

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I hope you find my tips helpfull and tasty and of course, good luck with all the cooking, and don’t forget to enjoy your meal!

Love,

xx jazzie

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Brain training

Hello everyone!

The subject of today is; your brain!
Why? Because it’s one of the most important parts of our body, but one we always seem to forget..

Your brain is a funny thing. It’s always developing itself, and some days it’s easier to remember things then other days. Why is that?

This can have various reasons. One is food (or better; energy!) just like your body, your brain needs food in order to work properly. The food gives enough energy to remember things.
Sleep is also so important. If you regularly sleep to little; your brain is always dealing with a lack of energy. It’s harder to concentrate.

What can you do to improve your brain function? Well,  make a lot of sudoku’s. By making sudoku’s you stimulate your brain to keep thinking. Remembering faces with their name is also a good one. Try this one at a party. Try to collect as many names as possible, and try to remember them at the end of the night. Did you knew them all?

I like to train my brain remembering everything that’s on my grocery list, without peaking. The first time it was difficult, but now I’m getting good at it!
Good luck with brain training today!

Love,

xxx Jazzie

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Calorie counting and losing weight

Hey!

A lot of people who are trying to lose weight, see calories as their enemy. If you count them, and stay under a certain amount, you’re sure to lose weight. But are you?

As a vegan I eat a lot of fruit and less fat. I don’t eat a lot of bread and more vegetables then other people. So for me it’s important to eat a bit more calories out of fruit then you normally would. Fruit has a different nutrition value then a sandwich. 

Does it mean I need to count my calories in order to lose weight, but in a healthy way? Nope.
I think that whenever you focus on the calories instead of how hungry and satisfied you are, you’re not doing it right.

Of course it’s important to eat enough. You need to eat in order to get energy, so don’t deprive yourself from food!
As a beginning vegan it might be handy to track down your calories, in order to make sure you’re eating enough. But as the time pass, you’ll learn to feed yourself well, and more important enough but not to much!

My tip is: track your calories in the beginning, but stop whenever you made your new lifestyle your own.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Rawjazzie on youtube

Good morning!

For those who don’t know; I have a YouTube channel! I don’t upload every day, but I upload  about the things that I find important. So if you want to see some fun vacation/city trips tips, or see some cool vegan stuff, check me out!

I make videos about travelling, but also vlogs and opinion video’s. (Like the elephant riding post; I go deeper into the subject in my video)

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I would really want to see your channels too! So post the link in the comment box, and check me out.
I hope you do. 🙂

Love,

xx Jazzie
Ps, I also have Instagram!  @rawjazzie

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The difference between elephant riding and camel riding

Good evening!

As a vegan I really want that all animals are treated with love and care. So if I decide to do something that involves animals, I want to be really sure that they’re treated the right way.

Last summer I went to Thailand. T1he trip was amazing. I did a jungle tour, and informed about the elephant riding (which was included in the tour). I spoke several different people, and they all told me that the elephants were in no pain, and living a happy life. I believed them. Until I got there. Until I saw the elephants with my own eyes.
It was awful. It wasn’t a sanctuary like the people told me, not at all.
The elephants had burn marks, and they were beaten up with metal sticks.
So although I already paid for it, I made the decision not to do it.
It felt so wrong to support something like that.

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I’m now in Marocco, and Vincent and I really wanted to ride camels.
But I was so afraid; where they treated right? Or harmed and broussed like the elephants in Thailand?  I asked the people from our hotel, and they said that wasn’t the case.
We decided to trust them.
It was a good decision.
It was amazing, and the camels were treated the right way!!
They weren’t slapping them, they were walking along a rope, and if they didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push the camels. It was like they treated dogs; they were on a rope, and they gave commando’s to let the camels sit or stand. Sometimes they stroke them.
It was truly an amazing experience. I’m not saying that it’s this way everywhere in Maroc, but here it was. Always inform yourself.

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Love,
xxx Jazzie

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Fat is bad?

Hey!

I find this subject (fat food) really interesting because everyone, and then I mean everyone, has a different opinion about it.
Are fatty foods good for you? Can you eat fat without consequences? Do fatty foods give you energy or deprive you from energy?
I think the real question is; why do you want to eat fat? And how do you feel afterwards?!

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I believe it’s different for everyone. I always ask for a salad at work (photo above) but they always make a dressing with oil. I don’t like fatty foods. But after this salad, and the coconut oil dressing, I always have enough energy to work. So do I want to deprive myself from this fat?! No.
Does it mean I always eat fat?  Not at all. Far from that. I eat fat like I eat sugar: occasionally, if I really have the need. 
I don’t believe the “the fat you eat is the fat you wear “. Yes, that might be the case when you’re only eating junkfood all the time. But some nuts or avocado? Not a problem. As long as you keep it to once /twice a week; I can’t see the problem.

What do you believe? Is the fat you eat, the fat you wear? Or do you think it’s a bit more complicated?

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Tips to get your morning started

Hello!

Some of us have no problem with getting out of bed. Others find it more difficult. Are you the one who always snooze for 20 minutes? Do you set 3 alarms to make sure you’ll wake up? Then these tips might be helpful!

Try not to snooze, but jump out of bed and get moving! You’ll be awake in seconds, and also giving your metabolism a boost.

Drink water. Make sure you have a big bottle filled up with water next to your bed, and make this the first thing you do when you open your eyes. Your body can use the hydration.

Take a cold shower. Just what suits you,if you really can’t stand the cold then find a way between your normal temperature and the cold. If you do this at first, you’ll give your body a shock. I assure you, this one works.

Buy a alarm with a radio option and put it at the end of your bed. If you wake up with a loud of hard sound (voice in my case; I always woke up when they were telling the news) you’ll be annoyed. But because it’s at the end of your bed, you need to get out to stop it. And no; DON’T go back!

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I hope you can find a tip that is useful  for you. Try to do it on a day to day base; if you give up after once it will probably not help you. Good luck with trying!

Love,

xxx Jazzie