Pancakes Galore!!!

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 I know I know I made y’all dribble… if you don’t know already pancakes are my THANG its my Saturday morning brekkie that will never get old. Good, healthy, tasty, nutritious and creative food doesn’t have to be boring or complicated. Seeming as I have my recipe on point I wanted share with y’all my simple recipe so you can get making them and ENJOY. These can be made anytime and in as little as 15 minutes, these pancakes only require 5 to 6 ingredients depending on what you flavour fancy. This recipe is my latest one but I do switch it up so feel free to add your own twist!!

LETS COOK!!!

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Spicy Bean burgers!!

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Hey y’all just stopping by to give you my tasty, filling and nutritious alternative for a typical burger patties. The powerhouse of this recipe are Pinto beans which are not only a great fiber source but they are packed with iron, B vitamins, folate, magnesium and manganese. They also give you energy and stabilize the blood sugar which we most definitely need on the daily. So enough chit chat lets get to making these tasty thangs…..
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The Cinnamon Snail (Vegan food truck)!!

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So a few weeks ago I set off on a big adventure which was a long time dreamt of, worked towards and finally fulfilled. As you may know I am a BIG foodie and of course FOOD is going to be a big part of wherever it is that I may travel. So when I was knew I was going to New York it was definitely a MUST to find some cool, tasty and unique vegan places for you to check out. A fellow vegan foodie and blogger recommended a lil food truck called “The Cinnamon Snail” after checking them out I wrote down on my list of places to visit whilst in NY!!

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The Cinnamon Snail is an organic vegan food truck that serves sandwiches, sweet stuff and dinner to NYC & NJ. Not only do they pop up on the streets of New York serving food to die for, they also cater for events, pop ups and provide cakes made to order.

 

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If you want to track down The Cinnamon Snail truck they announce where they will be parked on Twitter/Facebook, I personally love this idea as it build suspense and it means that you go and seek them. So Sunday morning it was time for to go and find them as I was dying to try their yummy things on offer. As I was now a pro at finding my way in NYC I found them easy enough so I set my hungry and excited eyes upon the menu.

Just one problem though WHAT DO I HAVE!!!

You see back in England I am so used to having to piece together food whilst out and most of the time only have one or two choices. Any vegan will tell you that choices are limited most of the time, so when faced with a whole menu its BIG decision time.

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Okay so it was still quite early and even though I am a bread lover I try to keep bread/wheat out of my diet. I decided I was going for one of the sarnies (sandwiches) I can’t remember the last time I had a tasty one. So after I asked the audience, phoned a friend and 50/50 I said right I would like the Maple mustard tempeh with kale, tomato, onion and garlic aioli I’m sorry but that sound AMAZING or is it just me. So of course with all the sweet things shouting heyyyy to me it would be rude to not take some, so I had a apple cider doughnut.

Can I just say I would fly back right now for one of those sandwiches they are FABULOUS!!!

The spelt bread was nice and light not too heavy, the tempeh was cooked perfectly and the flavour of the garlic aioli with the kale PERFECTO!!! The apple cider doughnut was something I wouldn’t usually go but it was the besttttt. I literally went round the corner and sat on a step and ate because I knew that if I really enjoyed I would want more, so I didn’t go too far.

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So guess what when I was done I went straight back and ordered another sandwich the Thai BBQ tempeh with argula, roasted peanuts and sriracha mayo. I also had a cinnamon snail and coconut doughnut, these were to take back home and eat for lunch the next day.

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Lets take a moment to appreciate this wedge of deliciousness……

I love spicy food so this Thai BBQ tempeh sarnie was right up my alley I think the picture says it all!!

 Unfortunately I not long found out that they are shutting off their flavour packed engine, sad to see them go but I know they will transform into something even greater.

So The Cinnamon Snail all I can say is that I love the food,I am inspired by their ideas and I will definitely be recreating with my own twist of there delicious sandwiches ASAP!! But if y’all could just drive to England that would b great haha!!

Explore, live, eat and share!!

xLBx

Body Transformation Update 2014!!

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Okay lets get straight to it this ISH is crazy I am not even going to lie!!!

I don’t even know where to begin this picture above provokes all types of thoughts and feelings.

Being on the bigger side for my teenage years and most of my twenties I wouldn’t say was the worst thing ever but it did cause obstacles for me. I have always had confidence and known how to present myself no problem, but being in a body you’re not 100% happy with isn’t good. Hiding you arms, covering your legs and dreading wearing a bikini in summer is not the way to be living life. Feeling like you can’t wear revealing clothing if you chose to and feel sexy or that your body wouldn’t be appealing to a man.When you live life full of boundaries and limitations you stop yourself from experiencing to your full potential.

When I look at that picture of me on the beach in my bikini in Jamaica I find it very hard to believe what my eyes are seeing. At the time I remember feeling pretty alright in my bikini that day and although I did attract a man lol, point being is that I know I wasn’t 100% happy with what I saw. It is a very emotional thing to look at a picture of yourself firstly not recognize that person and secondly just be in complete shock. I always knew I was a bigger lady but at the time I never saw myself how  see myself now looking back. Its like someone went and photo shopped all of my pictures!!

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So January 2015 will mark two years since I first started my healthier and fitter lifestyle. I not only decided to change the way I looked at food, treated my body, but also the way I thought mentally a long with my approach to life.  I wanted to be more open, laid back and inspirational it was my mission to achieve succeed and be able to share my experiences. I am no where near finished or done in my journey but I am damn sure proud of myself for how far I have come.

I am just an example of whatever you want it is yours for the taking, take both hands and grab it just do NOT let go!!!

Till next time keep it moving!!

xLBx

Vegan Omelette!

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For my fellow vegans out there or for those who just want an alternative this recipe is a great instead of a traditional egg omelette. Because chickpea flour is used this is still a great source of protein so it is giving you the nutritional benefits you need. This is also a cheaper omelette alternative as a bag of gram flour (chickpea flour) can last you a good while. So if you are interested in trying out this recipe then carry on reading below……

Vegan Omelette

1/2 Cup Gram Flour (chickpea flour)
1 Cup Water
1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Chili (adjust to taste)
dash of Black pepper

Veggies of choice (cut finely):
Onions
Tomato
Mushroom
Spinach

First thing in a medium sized bowl mix together Gram flour, water and spices. Whisk thoroughly to get rid of any lumps, then leave to one side to thicken up. Meanwhile add a little coconut oil to your frying pan and heat.

Chop your veg up finely, add to the frying pan and cook through.

Once veg is cooked spread out the veg evenly and pour the gram flour mixture over. Let it cook and set so it is no longer liquid, once cooked on the first side put a plate on top of the frying pan and turn out onto the plate. Slide back into the pan so the other side can cook. Give it a few more minutes to cook on the other side then slide onto plate and EAT!!

I usually add some Franks hot sauce to mine then inhale :)

For those of you that have tried this you will know that is a great omelette alternative and is very very satisfying….

Those of you that haven’t tried it GET COOKING it is oh so simple…….

xLBx

 

 

 

Being Vegan – Part one & two

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Hey y’all hope you are all enjoying the late summer sunshine…..

For those of you that know back in December 2013 I decided to embark on a journey to be Vegan. My new healthy lifestyle was already well on its way throughout 2013 and turning vegan was my ultimate high. Over the months I have shared with you (via instagram) my journey through food, tips and progress pics. So nine months later I thought it was about time I sat down and talked to y’all by way of a vlog about the ins and out of my vegan journey so far. I will continue to share, inform and support anyone that wants to bring healthier elements into their lives. Whether it is dairy free, gluten free or just food prep,no matter how big or small the changes are.
Hope you all enjoy, subscribe and like if you want me to keep it coming.
xLBx