Food you think vegetarian but is NOT.

Being a vegetarian can be hard work when taken seriously. Constantly reading the back of packages to ensure that you are eating the right things. But there are some things we assume are not made with animal parts or meat just because it isn’t obvious.

Red Velvet Cake

I was devastated when I become a vegetarian and learned this. I hadn’t eaten in years but always love to have options when it comes to cake! Red velvet contains bugs. Yes BUGS. The ingredient is called Carmine (also known as Cochineal) which is used as food coloring. Some people do not feel affected by this as they do not class as animals but it is down to each persons discretion – always good to know as some people are not aware!

Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese contains rennet which is enzymes from baby animals stomach. Most cheese has a vegetable-based rennet but always good to double check the packaging before eating.

Baked Beans!

Yes, you read it right – baked beans! Who would have thought? Sadly it’s true and big brands add pork as an ingredient. There are alternatives

Tortilla

Some tortilla contains lard which is pig fat. Check the packaging if it is suitable for vegetarians or if you are at a restaurant, ask the waiter/waitress for details.

Fries

Can be fried in animal fat – check the label or if you are at a restaurant, ask what they are cooked in.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow contains gelatin to make it thick. Gelatin is made from parts of animals such as bones, stomach etc. Check the packaging if you are going to eat anything that contains marshmallows as there are alternatives – for example, Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food is vegetarian friendly! Phew!

 

Hopefully this has been useful, please check out my page for more vegetarian blog posts.

Healthy and Tasty Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients 

  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cous cous
  • Brocolli
  • Spinach 
  • Feta cheese
  • Clove of garlic
  • Smoked paprika 

Method

  • Cook cous cous on the hob for 10 minutes
  • Cut pepper in half and remove middle and seeds
  • Stuff peppers with brocolli, spinach, feta and cous cous
  • Crush garlic clove and sprinkle preferred amount over the top
  • Sprinkle paprika over the top
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes on 120 degrees

Enjoy!

6 Healthy snacks to give you a little boost!

That time between meals where your energy and concerntration levels are low and you just need a little something to get you through the next couple of hours… sound familiar? We all get it! 

It can be a struggle not to run straight to the treat cupboard (or vending machine at work) when you next that quick fix. Instead, why not try some of these delicious and healthy snacks instead!

Carrots and humus

A sweet, fresh snack to give you a little energy before a meal. 

Blueberries 

Refreshing and naturally sweet. 

Wholemeal pitta bread with humus

I promise this is not all about humus! But it’s a great flavour to add as an alternative to tomato ketchup! I only have this once a week to avoid eating too much bread!

Coconut chunks

Only lately I’ve started to like the taste of coconut (I’d like to thank my everyday use of coconut oil). They are really tasty and hit the spot for a light snack. 

Almonds


Almonds are so good for you and aid in suppressing bread or sugar cravings. They are high in fat but that’s ok, they are ‘good fats’ eat only a small handful per day. 

Apples and peanut butter


I’m not a fan of apples but team them up with a tiny bit of peanut butter and it tastes outstanding. Perfect little afternoon snack. 

I hope you find these tips useful. Please check out my other blog posts for other hints and tips 😊

13 ways to use coconut oil

Coconut oil seems to be the latest craze in the fitness and beauty world. But there is so much more you can use coconut oil for. I use it religiously for the following:

1. Make up remover

After a long day of being awesome, I rub coconut oil into my hands and rub onto my face then, wipe off using a cotton wool pad. The warmth of your hands melt the oil. The best part – you know there is no added chemicals to harm your skin. It’s a win win. 

2. Healthy popcorn topping

When I go to the movies or generally fancy popcorn I use coconut oil as a healthy alternative to salt and butter! It tastes delicious 😍

3. Keeping eggs fresh

I cannot remember for the life of me where I read this, but it works! Simply spread the coconut oil on the outer shell and it adds a couple of extra days freshness! Don’t leave it too long, though. 

4. Cooking oil

Never will I ever use another cooking oil. Not only does it add extra flavour to your food but it’s the healthier option – just do not use too much that it becomes unhealthy. Coconut oil is only healthy in doses, like fruit! 

5. Moisturiser 

I use this as a night moisturiser and apply every night before bed. It initially feels greasy but in the morning once it has absorbed into the skin, you feel fabulous. 

6. Lock in moisture after showering

If you have dry skin anywhere on your body, I would reccomend using after having a shower. Simply pat your body dry with a towel and then add to the dry area, allow time for the skin to absorb and then continue with your day. I found this helped reduce the appearance of eczema on my arms. 

7. Eyelash growth

I’ve been putting coconut oil on my eyelashes before bed every night for the past month now (I’m pretty much a pot of coconut oil at night time!!) i haven’t yet seen the benefit of my eyelashes growing, however they feel thicker which is definitely a start!

    8. Cellulite reduction

    As you may have seen in one of my previous blog posts, I have previously had cellulite on my thighs and bottom. I now use coconut oil to maintain cellulite reduction which seems to be working perfectly. Please see my blog post Cellulite blaster to see how I reduced cellulite and for before and after pictures. 

      9. Massage Oil

      Sometimes a massage is just what you need to take the stresses of life away. Why not get your beau to massage you with coconut oil? It smells amaaaazing and does the same job as normal massage oil whilst moisturising!

        10. Nail maintenance 

        I wear acrylic nails and this can leave my nails really thin and dry. I’ve started using coconut oil on my cuticles and on top of my nails and I find my cuticles and the skin around my nails are so much healthier!! 

          11. Reducing stretch marks

          Rubbing coconut oil on the affected areas have been known to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It heals the damaged tissue and helps to rebuild. Give it a try ☺ 

          12. Anti frizz hair solution

          I have ridiculously frizzy hair and the only product I have found to help tame it (other than hair straighteners!) is coconut oil!

          After drying your hair, add a small amount to the middle and ends of your hair and leave overnight then style the next day. Only do this after washing to prevent your hair going greasy too quickly! 


          13. Hair serum
           

          You can also use this as a hair serum to give your hair that extra shine. Simply add to ends of your hair after styling. 

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          Sweet potato vegetarian salad

          Tasty and healthy vegetarian salad. 

          Ingredients:

          • 1 sweet potato 
          • 1/2 tin of chickpeas
          • Spinach
          • Kale
          • Red pepper
          • Lentils
          • Broccoli
          • Brown rice

          Can eat all vegetables raw if preferred and boil rice and bake the sweet potato. 

          Anxiety – you are not alone

          The constant crippling feeling that every person in your life that matters is against you.

          The worry that something terrible is going to happen and it would be your fault.

          Your mind going into overload because of something someone said to you and you overthink what they meant by it.

          Thinking that if you expect something bad to happen, it won’t happen – and genuinely believing it.

          Imagining an entire scenario in your head, when you haven’t even left your house.

          Declining any invites to going out, even if you want to because of the fear of going out or doing something to make others not like you.

          Constantly trying to please others, smiling too much or being overly nice just because you’re worried they will dislike you.

          Constantly replaying a traumatic memory over and over again until you want to scream.

          Frightened of doing usual activity, such as driving or crossing the road.

          The fear of losing someone you love and being over protective because of it.

          Being too hard on yourself for something you have said and not letting the thought go.

          Because of the thoughts you are having, you feel like you are going crazy which makes you feel even more different.

          If you are suffering from anxiety, you are not alone. You are not crazy, nor unlikable. You are a human being who has a purpose in this world. Just because people do not understand anxiety does not mean it should not be addressed and taken seriously. Here are some things that may help.

          • Talk to someone you trust, it honestly helps!
            Whether its a parent, sibling, friend, mentor or doctor getting feelings off your chest may help you feel better
          • Cognitive behavioural therapy – seeing a councillor really helps. CBT encourages exposure therapy which basically makes you feel the fear and do it anyway. The more you do what you are fearful of, the easier it becomes and soon, it becomes part of your daily routine again. 
          • Mindfulness – practicing mindfulness helps you to relax and let go of negative thoughts. Download the headspace app to your phone and give it a try!

          7 fast and easy ways to lose weight

          I used to think if I drank enough green tea and did 10 sit ups I’d have a 6 pack. The truth is, losing weight does take work but by making these small changes you will see a big difference!

          1. Drink only water

          Cut out the fizzy drinks, tea and squash. Water has so many health benefits and can help you feel fuller for longer as well as making your skin look amazing!

          Aim to drink 2 litres of water a day which adds up to 8 glasses. You will notice the difference and feel fresh!

          I lost 3lbs alone by replacing lucozade orange with water.

          2. Increase exercise

          Whether that’s taking the stairs instead of the lift, increase deep cleaning at home or high intensity training. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference.

          I found that I lost most of my weight walking instead of running as you can walk for longer meaning your heart rate is increased for longer.

          3. Cut down on sugar

          An obvious one. Cut out chocolate, cakes, ice cream, fizzy pop and pizza for 21 days and see the difference yourself!

          There are some foods that are high in natural sugar which are good for you and should be included in your daily diet – fruit!

          4. Eat meals instead of snacking

          I made the mistake of thinking that if I took carrots, fruit and a protein bar to work daily I would lose weight quickly.

          Whilst the food itself is ok, it’s not lunch! I found myself starving by 2pm resulting me going straight to the vending machine for chocolate for a sugar rush.

          Whilst it’s great to have healthy snacks, do not use them as a meal instead eat a hearty meal for lunch!

          Healthy snack ideas:

          • Banana
          • Carrots and humus
          • Apples and peanut butter
          • Handful of nuts (Almonds, walnuts, cashews)

          5. Stop eating out

          Even eating a salad in a restaurant can have the hidden calories.

          Make your own food so you know exactly what it contains and as a bonus, it saves you money.

          6. Swap white for wholemeal

          Swapping pasta, rice and bread to wholemeal can have many health benefits. With more vitamins, high in fibre and less processed ingredients than white aids in weight loss.

          Source – Super Herbal Foods

          7. Try going vegan for one day 

          This one may be more of a challenge but for one day a week, try to go meat and diary free. This gives you the perfect opportunity to increase your intake of natural food such as nuts, fruit and vegetables. Also, if you still like your porridge in the morning, use almond or soy milk instead.

           

          You will see a difference by making one just of these changes for at least 21 days! It would be great to get your thoughts and also hear about your journey ☺