There’s nothing like the looming date of January 1st to get you thinking about your new fitness goals. And there’s also nothing like the promise of a new gym wardrobe to make you more motivated to step out of that warm cosy house to workout.
Here’s a few of my fave picks from my current Wishlist.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas. Mine was low key and family oriented which was the perfect antidote to my crazy busy December.
As a follow up to my previous post, I thought I would share some vegan snack ideas that are great to take with you when travelling. It’s always good to stock up the suitcase with some vegan friendly bites in case you don’t know where you’re next meal is coming from. Ha!
Here’s what I took to Amsterdam a few weeks ago.
Nuts – Almonds and Brazil Nuts – I love the Organic variety from Planet Organic. Perfect for that 4 o’ clock hunger slump.
Protein and Snack bars – now, I may do a separate post of my favourite snack bars as these are a pretty much daily necessity for me. These were the ones that went with me:
Biscuits/cookies- now I do try to keep these to an occasional treat but I justify these by the fact I need some comforting snacks on my work trip. I took some Bourbons (one of those ‘who knew they were vegan?’ biscuits). Tip – these are great dipped in green tea. And I may have splurged in Whole Foods on some of Lucy’s Maple Bliss cookies. Beyond delicious!
(Non Dairy) Milk – a great tip if you are in need of your daily coffee fix (like me) is to take these small cartons of non dairy milk. Most hotels have a fridge which is particularly handy. As it was, Amsterdam has a plethora of coffee shops (no, not those kind of “coffee shops”) that offered soya milk but these are a great idea for when you are stuck.
Mini (vegan) Milks
Tea, tea and more tea – I have become more than a little obsessed with green tea of late and couldn’t bare to be without my favourite kind on this trip. After a manic 14 hour day, it was the perfect relaxing fix. I am currently loving Double Dragon Organic Green Tea from Holland and Barrett.
Let me know what your favourite snacks and drinks are to take away with you. I’m away again in January so would love to hear some more ideas.
Just when I was getting in the swing of things….ha… it’s been a while but I have been so busy with work and Christmas preparations, I’ve barely been remembering to capture any moments to share with you all but hopefully now that I have 2 weeks off (woop! woop!), I shall be able to create a little more vegan filled content.
Today, I have some food highlights of my work trip to Amsterdam. I go abroad often for work and can sometimes struggle, especially when having to go out with colleagues to predetermined places, but I have to say I didn’t do too badly.
Being a huge book lover and a big fan of libraries, first up is one of my favourite finds; a food court on the top floor of Amsterdam Public Library. As well as being a pretty impressive library, the food court in itself is an added bonus. Offering a selection of yummy salads and vegetables as well as hand made sandwiches to order. They also have a juice bar too so how could I resist? I got a selection of veg, including sweet potatoes, couscous and green beans and a strawberry and banana smoothie. A wonderfully healthy start to my first day in Amsterdam.
Up next is my first room service meal on my trip and after scouring the menu for any vegan options, I discovered there was none, so called the very helpful staff who after a little to-ing and fro-ing and some further elaboration from me, the chef came up with this warm seasonal salad of butternut squash, beetroot and rocket. I asked for some rice on the side and voila, a pretty decent vegan meal. It’s always worth asking what they can do for you and I make sure I look at the side options to see whether they can be made into a main meal with a few additions and amends.
I wasn’t familiar with Vapiano before this trip but apparently this is an International chain that even have 2 restaurants in London (Great Portland Street and Southwark Street). Their menu includes pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads and they have a great concept where they cook the food in front of you. I love the fact they have a transparent kitchen where you can even watch the chefs hand making the delicious pasta. As it was lunchtime, I went for the seasonal special salad of lettuce, candied apples and walnuts and I switched out the cheese for some roasted veggies. It was beyond delicious and I am definitely going to try to recreate this one at home. http://www.vapiano.de/frame.php?section=locations&lang=uk
Lastly, was definitely the most unique offering I had in Amsterdam. The famous Tomato burger from &Samhound Places. This very cool restaurant actually has 2 Michelin stars but if you eat in the lounge on the ground floor, prices are much more affordable. I omitted the cheese in this burger to vegan it up and oh my, this was one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had and served with some particularly delicious chips. (although I would recommend an additional side order as the portions are a little ‘fancy’). http://www.samhoudplaces.com/
Would love to hear from you if you have been to Amsterdam and how you got on with the vegan options over there. Overall, I wasn’t pretty impressed.