Vegan Bird food: 3 easy salads

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I have been eating pretty much nothing but salads for lunch for a lot of 2016 so thought I would share with you 3 of my favourites.

Mexican Fiesta Salad

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Ingredients

Lettuce, Brown Rice, Sweetcorn, Roasted red onion, Roasted red peppers, Black beans, Cherry tomatoes, Coriander, Lime. Add salsa and guacamole if desired.

Couscous Roasted veg salad 

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Ingredients

Couscous, Roasted peppers, Roasted Aubergine, Roasted Red Onion, Sliced Raw Courgette, Cherry tomatoes, Mint.

All the Greens Salad

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Ingredients

Spinach, Lettuce, Baby Broad Beans, Peas, Raw sliced Carrot, Raw Courgette, New potatoes, Avocado. Serve with Humous.

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Current Favourites

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Some current favourites. Mostly food related but a few non foodie items just to mix it up a little.

TREK bars

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From those great guys at Natural Balance. The Cocoa Chaos is my favourite flavour, followed closely by Peanut Power. I buy in bulk because I have been eating these on a daily basis for pretty much 6 months now and am still not bored of them. https://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

Twinings Camomile and Spiced Apple Tea

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I’ve been trying to cut down on after dinner treats and this is just about filling the spot. A great calming pre bedtime drink which smells delicious. http://www.twinings.com/home.php

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

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Just about anyone who knows me, knows that this album is my all time favourite. From start to finish, this is a work of art. Each track is beautiful, moving and meaningful. This is pretty much on heavy rotation in my house.  And if you haven’t see the behind the scenes making of this album, you are missing out. http://fleetwoodmac.com

Listology – Your Life in Lists

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I was given this as a birthday present last year and only now getting back into it. As someone who is trying to appreciate the little things and also someone who’s open to a bit of self discovery, it’s the perfect entertaining vehicle. List topics range from the simple,  favourite movies, bands and teachers to the rather deeper,  ways you’ve changed since you were a teen and the things people should remember you for.  Sappy but joyful. http://listography.com/static/books/start.html

Rude Health Brown Rice Drink

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A rediscovered favourite , this milk alternative is naturally sweet, of course dairy free and perfect for Sunday morning Lattes. http://rudehealth.com

Meridian Almond Butter 

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This is such a treat and am starting to controversially love this more than it’s Peanut buttery friend. Perfect for smoothies, bagels, overnight oats and my personal favourite – pimped up porridge. http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk

I hope you found this interesting. What are some of your current favourites?

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London Vegan Bird Food: Top 5 Berry Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are great, aren’t they?  A fab snack or breakfast option.  At the moment, I’m trying to incorporate them into my everyday routine.  I have yet to venture into the Nutribullet world but when that happens (soon, I hope) I’ll be sure to share my recipes with you.  For now, here’s a selection of my favourite berry based options. Enjoy!

Super Berry Oat Smoothie

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1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Raspberries or Mixed Berries

1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries

2 Tbs Oats

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Green Power Smoothie

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1/2 Cup Frozen Mango

1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries

Generous Handful of Spinach

1 Scoop Vegan Protein Powder

1 Tbs Flaxseed

1 Cup Almond Milk

Nice not Naughty Smoothie

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1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Cup Raspberries

Blind Date Smoothie

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 2 Frozen Bananas

1/2 Cup Strawberries

4 Dates

1 Cup Non Dairy Milk or Water

Almond Delight Smoothie

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1/2 Banana

1/2 Cup Rasberries or Strawberries

1-2 Tbs Chia Seeds

Handful of Spinach

1/2-1 Tbs Almond Butter

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

I would love to hear your favourite smoothie recipes.

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Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind May #TVK19

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Another month, another late review of The Vegan Kind subscription box. This month, as usual had some great products but I didn’t like them all.  Check out my review below to see what my thoughts were.

Chika’s Chilli Plantain Crisps 35g (RRP £1.39)

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These Plantain crisps were surprisingly yummy. Very crispy and the right level of sweet chilli flavour.  www.chikas.co.uk @chikasfoods

Sarelle Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate Cream Filled Wafer 33g (RRP £0.75)

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These wafers from Sarelle were indeed rather tasty.  A lovely light covering of chocolate and tasty hazelnut cream filling. `Would definitely purchase this little sweet treat. www.dolfinuk.com  @dolfin_uk
Ecobamboo Medium Toothbrush with Round Handle 0.03kg (RRP £4.00)

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I love the idea of a vegan and eco-friendly toothbrush and this one was rather nice to use.  The wooden handle feels comfortable in the hand and it definitely did the job although I would prefer a firmer brush but this is probably personal preference. www.ecobamboo.pl  @ECOBAMBOOPL

Olive Branch Mezze Sundried Tomato Paste 190g (RRP £2.99)

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I’ve not gotten around to trying this bad boy but so far I have liked every Olive Branch product that I have tasted. I look forward to trying this on homemade pizza and in pasta dishes. www.myolivebranch.co.uk  @OliveBranchFood

Good Full Stop Fruit and Nut Based Mint Chocolate Bar 35g (RRP £0.99)

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Another box, another bar but I have to say this was not my favourite. I really didn’t like the extra minty taste and it was just not chocolatey enough for my sweet tooth.www.goodfullstop.com  @goodfullstop

Taking The Pea Sweet Chilli Salsa 40g (RRP £1.50)

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Probably my favourite product in the May box, these Sweet Chilli Salsa flavoured peas were deliciously crunchy and incredibly moorish.  I ate the lot in one sitting. Oops! www.takingthepea.com  @Takingthepea

All in all, not my favourite box but still a solid effort with some great snack options.

Let me know your favourite products from The Vegan Kind boxes this year.

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Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind March Box

IMG_1279Apologies for the lateness of this review. What the hecky pecky even happened in March??  I do know, however, that The Vegan Kind box held a delightful mix of products. (mostly edible). Here’s my review of TVK17. IMG_1283

Ananda Round Up (RRP £ 2.50)

I had already tried these Wagon Wheel dupes as I was lucky enough to get them for Christmas so was happy to see them again as although rather over priced, they taste like the non vegan originals. What more could you want? http://www.anandafoods.co.uk @AnandaFoods

Rebel Kitchen Chai Mylk 330ml (RRP £1.89)

IMG_1285It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Rebel Kitchen and again I have already tried this Chai flavour but this does’t make it any less delicious. A great fresh take on your average chocolate milk drink as it has a spicy Chai kick.  (see here for my review of this and the other products in the Rebel Kitchen range here). http://www.rebel-kitchen.com @rebel_kitchen

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Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Banana (RRP £1.99)

An interesting one. At first I really liked the taste of these satisfyingly crunchy banana flavoured crisps but then they became a little too greasy for my taste. Not my fave.

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Angelic Gluten Free Sea Salt Biscuits 150g (RRP £2.59)

These were a great surprise. I liked the Angelic chocolate cookies that had come in a previous TVK box but actually prefer this savoury variety. I slavered over some peanut butter and they were a great pre dinner snack.

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TheVeganKind Tote Bag (RRP £3.00)

And finally, who doesn’t love a tote bag? I have to admit to a rather large collection. They’re just so handy! So, I was extremely happy to find The Vegan Kind Tote amongst this month’s goodies. Here’s to more The Vegan Kind merch. www.thevegankind.com  @thevegankind

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Bird’s Eye Review: Nakd Protein Crunch Bars

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You all know that I love a snack bar and I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of the Nakd Crunch bars from Natural Balance Foods for review.

As a vegan, I often get the inevitable questions about where I get my nutrients from. I’m a big fan of The Natural Balance Foods company as their snacks are healthy and filled with minimal whole ingredients and no added sugars or nasties. Check out this link on their website which describes five iron rich foods as well as some other tips for healthy snacking. http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/dietary-needs/five-fantastic-iron-rich-foods/

Like the original Nakd bars, these are packed with raw ingredients but also have soya crunchies for added texture.  Although I really liked all of the varieties, out of the 4 flavours, the Strawberry was probably my favourite as it was sweet and satisfying.  The Cocoa Crunch came a close second though with it’s subtle chocolatey taste and crunchy goodness.

Find out more about the Natural Balance Foods company and their many wonderful products here and keep an eye on their website as they often have some great offers. http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

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Bird’s Eye Review: 30 Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

87ba4cb51a988c8da5f0e05e3622bdbf-14089125b999f852012a342a1cfd8c8b Or this blog post could also be called “The 101 reasons why I love Colleen Patrick-Goudreau”.  If you haven’t heard of this inspiring, compassionate, engaging and delight of a woman, then please consider yourself introduced.  I stumbled across Colleen’s podcast, Food For Thought, late last year and since then, have become a regular accompaniment to my runs and weekly routine.  Colleen has changed the way I look at others, has given me advice on every concernable topic and made me a more mindful vegan.

If you’re not yet vegan and not sure where to start, the 30 Day Vegan Challenge is a great introduction as it gives you all the advice you could possibly need. Based on the widely proven fact, that is takes approximately 21 days to start a new habit, Colleen gives you a little more time in the form of 30 days, in order to give you all the information you need to succeed on your journey. It answers questions such as what are the best sources of nutrients and how to bake without eggs.  It also features great recipes and most importantly, in my opinion, gives lots of advice on the social aspects of being vegan.
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                             Vegetable Pot Pie, oh my!

I also loved the chapter on how to stock a vegan cupboard. A great tool to use when creating your first vegan shopping list or to give ideas to existing vegans. As well as tons of information on foods to stock up on and ideas for each meal of the day,  Colleen, author of 7 vegan cook books has included lots of incredibly yummy looking recipes such as Vegetable Pot Pie (shown above), Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Baked Oatmeal, Herbed Cashew Cheese and the amazing looking Mexican chocolate cake (see below).

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                Mexican Chocolate cake, for every occasion

More handy hints come in the form of how to get by in non vegan restaurants and finding food options whilst travelling. So many great tips to use in every scenario you can think of. This is a great guide for vegans and non-vegans alike.

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                               The lovely lady herself

Find more information on the 30 Day Vegan Challenge at http://www.the30dayveganchallenge.com/fe/29373-30-day-vegan-challenge

Or to find out more about Colleen and her incredible work, check out her website: http://www.joyfulvegan.com

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Bird’s Eye Restaurant Review: Le Pain Quotidien

DSC_0851 What I love about this restaurant in particular is the menu indicating all vegan options with a happy little carrot making it super easy to tell what is vegan without the all too familiar rather awkward conversation with the waiter or waitress. Le Pain Quotidien means Daily bread and definitely one of the highlights of this restaurant is it’s freshly baked bread.  IMG_6964My boyfriend and I shared 2 entrees as we couldn’t choose between them;

Avocado Tartine which was absolutely delicious. The avocado is mixed with citrus salt, sprinkled with seeds and served on scrumptious wholewheat bread, this definitely beats anything similar I have tried to concoct at home.   

The Organic Three Hummus Mezze was also a fine choice. The platter consisted of sweet potato, beetroot and chickpea hummus, served with vegetable crudités and some more of that irresistible bread. As you know hummus is a vegan’s best friend as I have to say that they are all equally welcome to a girl’s night in with me very soon.

    IMG_6967I would definitely recommend checking out Le Pain Quotidien  if you have one near by. They use great seasonal ingredients and everything tastes fresh and healthy.   

Let me know your favourite dishes from the menu and if you have tried any of their tempting vegan puddings.

http://www.lepainquotidien.co.uk/ 

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