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The side effects of being a vegan

Although many people seem genuinely interested in Veganism, I noticed that many of them are more interested in the reasons why NOT to be a vegan, rather than listen to the facts. So yes this blog title was definitely click bait for the vegan haters out there.

Since transitioning from a carnivore, I've noticed a few things that have changed, physically & mentally. So, here are a few things that you can expect when you adopt a vegan lifestyle.

1. Clearer skin

Being vegan has cleared up my skin completely and made me feel so much more confident in my skin. I still have the odd break-out if i drink alcohol or when I'm on my period, which is when my favourite beauty products come in handy.

I took the "before" picture when I was eating vegan junk food. The "after" picture was taken 1 week after using my vegan beauty products and eating a plant based diet.

 

2. Lots more energy

Becoming a vegan has given me such a boost in energy its unreal. I used to HATE waking up hungry & exhausted, even after having a full nights sleep. Now I wake up with a surge of energy every morning ready to tackle the day ahead.

3.  Better nights sleep

DISCLAIMER: CUTE PUPPY PICTURE (Yes, he's mine!)

To put it simply, I sleep like a baby and I find that I fall to sleep a lot easier than I used to as a meat eater. I actually cant remember the last time I struggled to fall or stay asleep.

4. Weight loss

Being a vegan means you have to find your protein, calcium & b12 elsewhere, and after a few weeks of eating a healthy selection of fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, drinking dairy free milks and more, I started to notice how I was losing weight without any effort and I'd definitely say a vegan lifestyle is better than any fad "diet" I've done in the past.

5. Thick, healthy & strong hair & nails

Healthy hair & nails is a definite benefit of veganism. I also take hair vitamins for extra strength which has helped my hair sooooooo much. I take MSM & Biotin which costed me around £8 for both of them and are the main ingredient in all the popular healthy hair products.

6. Self discipline

When you become vegan, you notice many things you now have to say no to. Your favourite bottle of wine, muffins from the supermarket & yorkie puddings on your Sunday roast.

HOWEVER, it opens up your eyes to a million other things you can say yes to! I love finding alternatives to the foods I used to love, and I can happily say that the alternatives taste waaaaay better, and definitely make me feel better knowing I'm not eating any meat, dairy or eggs or hurting any animals.

7. Experimenting with food

In my opinion, this is has been one of the most fun and exciting parts of being vegan because it means that most of the time I have to think outside the box and be creative with my food. Some of my favourite fruit & vegetables I now cook with are things I had never even tried before! I'd never tried a radish or courgette or dragon fruit can you f**king believe that?!

8.  Save money

Having a vegan lifestyle means I buy in bulk, I cook meals from scratch with discounted fresh produce, I create simple recipes and I freeze leftovers. I save a lot of money by looking at offers and discounts at the supermarket & I tend to stay away from meat substitutes as they can be costly.

9. Inner peace

Inner peace comes from knowing that you aren't contributing to the slaughter of animals, the destruction of the planet or the destruction to your health

Personally, I think that once you've armed yourself with enough education about veganism & the meat industry, you can't sit back and ignore it anymore. Which is a big reason why many people are so resistant, because they know that if they found out the truth about what goes on their plate, they might not want to eat it anymore.

10. Overall better health & well-being

As a vegan I feel healthier & happier than I ever have. I used to suffer from serious migraines that would put me in bed for hours in pain, and as soon as I gave up meat & dairy, I haven't had a migraine or a headache since. And thank god because that shit was painful.

I've never heard of anyone going vegan and complaining about how they feel, and why would they when it feels f**king incredible! There is nothing in the world that would make me want to eat meat again which makes me feel really proud of myself because of how much I've educated myself.

Are you a vegan and experiencing anything similar? Or maybe you're thinking about becoming vegan? Comment below & share your story!

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16 easy plant-based vegan recipes on a budget!

 

Regardless of whether you’re vegan or not, you’ve definitely heard other people say before that “eating healthy is expensive”. And veganism is commonly known for being expensive, but that’s just not true anymore. Supermarkets are reacting to the veganism trend and are bringing out new vegan products all the time!

I’m a frugal gal, I love cooking and I eat soooo much food everyday, but you won’t catch me spending a ton of money on my shopping bill every week.

With new vegan products, an unlimited supply of inspiration on Pinterest and thousands of food porn pictures on Instagram, the vegan options are endless. Eating plant-based vegan food on a budget isn’t impossible if you know what ingredients to use and what yummy meals to cook. With these easy plant-based vegan recipes you can start eating healthy without spending a fortune. Living a vegan lifestyle can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!

 

TACO SALAD WITH LENTIL WALNUT MEAT

Budget ingredient: Sweetcorn, Lentils

Vegan Taco Salad with Lentil Walnut Meat

 

GARLIC ALFREDO WITH ASPARAGUS & PEAS

Budget ingredient: Peas, pasta

 

COCONUT AND BROCCOLI SOUP

Budget ingredient: Broccoli, coconut milk

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Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry

Budget ingredient: Coconut milk

Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry- Emma's Little Kitchen

 

EASY SPINACH PESTO PASTA

Budget ingredient: Spinach

Easy Spinach Pesto Pasta | yupitsvegan.com. Simple vegan spinach and basil pesto coats shell pasta for this fresh, healthy spring dish.

 

Open-Face Roasted Tomato Sandwich

Budget ingredient: Tomatoes

open face roasted

Red lentil bolognese

Budget ingredient: Lentils, tomatoes

 

Carrot & coriander soup

Budget ingredient: Carrots

Paleo Carrot Soup recipe with Coriander and Garlic, a delicious spin on carrot soup, it's gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.

 

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Budget ingredient: Cauliflower

Sweet, sticky, addictive sesame cauliflower, a healthy & delicious meatless recipe

 

Mexican rice and bean skillet

Budget ingredient: Rice

Mexican Rice and Bean Skillet: This easy gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan 20-minute meal is full of fresh and exciting flavors! || fooduzzi.com recipe

 

SWEET POTATO & KALE CHILI

Budget ingredient: Kidney beans, sweet potato

Sweet Potato & Kale Chilli

 

White Bean Mac and Cheese

Budget ingredient: White beans

Vegan White Bean Mac and Cheese (GF)

 

SLOW COOKER OVERNIGHT APPLE CINNAMON OATS

Budget ingredient: Oats

Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up.

 

OPEN-FACED ROASTED BEET HUMMUS SANDWICH

Budget ingredient: Hummus

Open-Faced Roasted Beet Hummus Sandwich - Eat Thrive Glow

SPICY AVOCADO CHICKPEA SALAD SANDWICH

Budget ingredient: Chickpeas

Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich | http://veganricha.com #vegan #soyfree #chickpea #avocado

 

ROASTED SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS

Budget ingredient: Sweet potato, black beans

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

 

Do you have any nifty saving tips for eating vegan on a budget? Comment below!

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25 vegan Christmas recipe ideas for your first vegan Christmas!

Before creating this post, I wanted to go through some of the recipes that I’ve found over the years to see what kind of ideas that first helped me on my vegan journey. And as I was scrolling through my Pinterest recipe board, I noticed how different the pins started to get as I scrolled further down and how the pins gradually went from all vegan to a lot of unhealthy recipes with meat and dairy in them. It was actually a nice reminder for me of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve educated myself in the past couple of years. Looking at all the recipes with meat in them, it doesn’t make me hungry like it used too, it just makes me sad that I was in the position that so many people are in today. People are so unaware and uneducated about the meat and dairy industry because society has made it seem acceptable for humans to feel as though we are better than animals. When you are brought up to believe that eating animals is “normal” no matter how much pain it inflicts on the animals themselves as well as the environment, it can be a big shock when your eyes are finally opened and you start to think about if you are leaving a positive or negative effect on the planet.

So on a brighter note, I wanted to create a list of all the yummiest yet simple vegan recipe ideas for your first vegan Christmas. Whether you’re cooking the meal yourself, or heading over to a family members house, it can be daunting as to what vegan recipes you might want to whip up to impress the vegans at the table as well as the meat eaters. There are soooooo many amazing vegan Christmas recipe ideas out there… but I’ve listed my top 25 recipes, including starters, mains, sides, salads and desserts. I hope these give you some inspiration for the Christmas season and make things a lot easier for you when planning your feast on Christmas day!

 

STARTERS

1. Sweet potato & avocado bites by Blissful Basil

2. Caramelized onion & roasted garlic bisque by Life Currents

3. Spinach stuffed mushrooms by Prepgreen

spinach stuffed mushrooms

4. Carrot, ginger & turmeric soup with cashew cream and spiced chickpeas by Dishing Up The Dirt

Nourishing Carrot Ginger Soup4

5. “Beef” stew by Gouda Monster

 

SIDES

6. Salted maple roasted parsnips by BBC good food

Salted maple-roasted parsnips

7. Carrots in a blanket by Neurotic Mummy

Carrots in a Blanket! A healthy, more delicious alternative to pigs in a blanket. Enjoy this appetizer that's not only good for you but cruelty free! NeuroticMommy.com #vegan #appetizers

8. Crispy potatoes with garlic lemon avocado aioli by I love vegan

Crispy Creamer Potatoes with Garlic Lemon Avocado Aioli - ilovevegan.com

9. Lentil “sausage” rolls by Amuse your bouche

Vegetarian lentil sausage rolls

10. Spicy bbq cranberry meatballs by Yellow Bliss Road

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

11. Caramelised brussels sprouts by The Vegan Road

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

12. Quinoa sage stuffing by Tasty Yummies

Quinoa Sage Stuffing - Gluten-free + Vegan

13. Maple roasted carrots in tahini sauce with pomegranate and pistachios by Closet C

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce with Pomegranate and Pistachios

14. Yorkshire puddings by Cruelty Free Cottage

Cruelty Free Cottage | Cruelty-Free Beauty & Vegan Lifestyle Blog: Vegan Yorkshire Pudding Recipe:

 

MAINS

15. Nut roast by Jamie Oliver

Vegan nut roast. Full of festive flavours. Being vegan doesn’t mean compromising on flavour, as this recipe proves. Crunchy and full of spices, everyone will be tucking in:

16. Roasted vegan thanksgiving bowl by I Love Vegan

Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl

17. Butternut squash nut roast by Gluten Free SCD And Veggie

Butternut Squash, Carrot & Quinoa Nut Roast sliced

18. Leek and mushroom pie by Vegan Convert

19. Spicy sweet potato casserole by The Fitchen

Spicy Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

salads

20. Broccoli Salad by Hummusapien

25 Vegan Christmas Recipes - Jade's A Mermaid

21. Chickpea Waldorf salad by The Kitchn

 

desserts

22. Black forest cupcakes by Wallflower Kitchen

Black Forest Cupcakes (Vegan GF Option):

23. Gluten free peppermint donuts by Petite Allergy Treats

Peppermint Chocolate Donuts (gluten free dairy free vegan) Bright and minty chocolate donuts are great Christmas!

24. Strawberry pie by Holy Cow

Strawberry Pie

25. Raw Christmas pudding bites by The Wallflower Kitchen

Christmas Pudding Bites ❄ {Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan}

And if you want recipes even simplier than these, why don’t you try my favourite go to Easy Vegan Cookbook
for lazy vegans like myself?

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