• Environment

    5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce Your Single Use Plastic Consumption Today!

    Plastic was first used in 1907 and was a mix of phenol and formaldehyde. Then a boom in plastic production in the 1960s brought it to the forefront and since then consumers have used millions of tonnes of the stuff. Only 44% of the plastic used in the UK is recycled and this falls short of the 50% target set to be reached by 2020. Whilst many people are beginning to realise the problem and risks plastics pose to the planet, many seem unsure how to go about reducing their use of these plastics. Here are my short and simple tips that you can start using right away to reduce…

  • Diet & Lifestyle,  Environment

    Top Free Eco-Apps 2019

    Have you ever wondered just how green you are? Are you an eco-warrior or a plastic loving Percy? The Earth can not heal herself, we have to take responsibiltiy for the mess we are creating with greenhouse gases, single use plastics and agriculture to name a few. These practices don’t just harm the planet but we harm each other. According to the UN over 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year and that plastic is consumed by marine life. That marine life is then caught and served to people across the world. We do not know what the long term effects of consumption of micro-plastics…

  • PCOS Lifestyle

    How polycystic ovarian syndrome effects the heart and how to minimise your risk

    We have all had those moments when we are convinced that there is something wrong with our heart and most of the time it turns out to be trapped wind or indigestion or some other trivial gastro problem. I bet you didn’t know that women PCOS are at higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than women without PCOS. I have never understood why doctors are so transfixed on solving the absent period problem or the facial hair dilemma than the actually problematic and deadly symptoms of PCOS. Not once when I was under the guidance of a doctor or consultant did they inform me that my cardiovascular health…

  • Desserts

    Peanut Butter Cheesecake

    Print Peanut Butter Cheesecake This is a chocolate nutty cheesecake treat. Make a whole bunch of bitesize cheesecakes for a party or just make a big cheesecake and eat it all on your own. Course Dessert Prep Time 10 minutes Freeze 45 minutes Servings 8 Servings Ingredients Base 250 g vegan disgestive biscuits e.g., M&S, McVities Digestive Light 100 g melted vegan butter e.g., Vitalite, Pure Cheesecake Filling 600 g vegan cream cheese e.g., Yoso, Tofutti 100 g granulated sugar 56 g vegan butter e.g., Vitalite, Pure 60 g peanut butter 50 g dark vegan chocolate chips or grated chocolate melted Topping 2 tablespoons unsalted chopped cashews optional Reese's Pieces…

  • Sides

    Bruschetta

    Print BRUSCHETTA A classic Italian dish that works great as an appetizer or snack. This is naturally vegan. Course Side Dish, Snack Cuisine Italian Prep Time 10 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Ingredients ¼ cup scallions chopped 1 large tomato diced 1 clove garlic minced 1 tablespoon dried basil 6 slices fresh whole grain bakery bread Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine first four ingredients. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and arrange bread sliced on sheet. Spoon tomato mixture evenly over all four slices. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until bread is toasted.

  • Sides

    BLACK OLIVE HUMMUS

    Print BLACK OLIVE HUMMUS Hummus is a classic vegetarian food that is low in fat and high in protein. Spread on whole grain, vegan crackers or serve with bread. Ingredients 15 oz can cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon water 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup pitted black olives diced Instructions Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with crackers, bread, or whole grain pita wedges.

  • PCOS Lifestyle

    Are your sanitary products harming you?

    Funny thing about pcos and periods is you either have really heavy bleeds or you can go years without seeing one. I fall into the latter category. My last visit from aunt flo was somewhere in the region of a couple of years ago. I am talking natural periods not birth control induced. Now I don’t know about you but I am one of those lucky cysters who normally gets all the pain and none of the period. I get the tell tale signs that my body is trying it’s hardest to get things moving, backache, night sweats, craving for sugary things etc but then nada, nothing, zip. So imagine…

  • Diet & Lifestyle,  Fertility

    How to enjoy Halloween -Vegan Kids, Halloween and Trick-or-Treating

    Halloween that magical time of year when the nights are getting darker and the air is crisp. Halloween has always been my favourite celebration, I love the costumes, the stories and of course all of the sweets. Then I became vegan and I realised just how limiting it can be for parents of vegan children. Many people don’t consider the fact that vegan children may come knocking at their doors, sweet bag in hand looking for a variety of treats that give dentists nightmares. Now when I buy sweets for Halloween I make sure that they don’t contain any nasties. Halloween for vegans just requires a little bit of extra…

  • Sides

    Ultimate Vegan Spice Mix – Spice up all your vegan food with this hot mix

    Does your vegan food lack a little bit of something? Do your fajitas frighten people with how bland they are? Then look no further than Mama Vegan’s “Ultimate Vegan Spice Mix”. This spice mix is guaranteed to shake up any vegan dish. It really packs a punch and is full of heat but wont kill your taste buds in the process. Mama Vegan is always coming up with wonderful mixes and I am sure we will feature many more on this blog but this is definitely one of my favourite blends. It is rich and full of aroma. Our kitchen feels empty without it so I am always popping over…

  • Reviews

    Review of Choc Chick Cacao On the Go Range New 2018

    Who doesn’t love cacao? National chocolate week is just around the corner, so I was delighted to receive some yummy samples to review in the post this morning. As you all know I am a cheap date, my favourite chocolate is Sainsburys basics dark chocolate as it is vegan and only £0.50 a bar (how could you not love that) but I am always willing to try something new and these products were just what I needed. I am constantly on the look out for new treats to nibble on throughout the evening. Working very early mornings means my sleep pattern tends to be inverted. Staying healthy is key to…