In vegan circles, vitamin B12 (or cobalamin) has developed a reputation as THE nutrient of interest, and rightfully so. While it can be found in all animal foods, the plant kingdom is devoid of it, or at least of the active form that our bodies can use. The topic is therefore an especially relevant one for vegans, who abstain not only from meat but also eggs and milk products. Here is an overview of everything there is to know on the matter….
Back in April, Martin and I headed up north to Aarhus, Denmark, to spend the weekend with our friend Gabrielle. I think it’s safe to say that she likes cooking as much as I do and, to our delight, she had planned delicious meals for the entire length of our stay.
One that definitely grabbed our attention was a big pot of vegan baked beans she’d made for breakfast. We had never eaten them this way and were immediately smitten with the luscious tomato sauce. Actually Martin constantly asks me to make them but I just kept putting it off. Until now….
Milan seems to be the black sheep of Italy. Yeah, no one seems to have anything positive to say about it. Nothing negative either, simply that it’s nowhere near as exciting as Rome and Florence (which totally blew us away back in 2014!), for instance.
It is however a great starting point to explore northern Italy. Martin’s brother was visiting from Québec and we were looking for some exciting place to take him. Ryan Air’s summer sale and Milan’s proximity to the Cinque Terre, a long-time dream of mine, sealed the deal….
Have you ever made your own granola? After seeing the list of ingredients on the store-bought kind, which should be found in desserts and not in nutritious breakfasts, I just had to come up with my own recipes. I already have a hazelnut and chocolate granola and a nut-free pumpkin granola on the blog, both oil & refined sugar free!
But today, I’m excited to share my beloved Chunky Monkey granola. Not really familiar with this flavour? It’s a delicious mix of peanut butter, banana (perfect for those old bananas) and chocolate. So pretty much the best combo ever.
*Here is the first of a series of articles in which I aim to clear up the common questions and misconceptions surrounding vegetarianism, argued in a nuanced way and supported by credible sources. Enjoy! – Martin
In any discussion surrounding vegetarianism or veganism, protein remains a seemingly unavoidable theme. More specifically, the concern is that by abstaining from meat and other animal-based foods, an insufficient intake of protein will negatively affect one’s health. Plants are thought to contain incomplete, lesser-quality protein that will lead to a deficiency.
But let’s be clear: it’s a myth, and a tenacious one at that, which is why one should know how to promptly set the record straight. With this in mind, here is an excerpt from the official position paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) regarding vegetarian diets in the broad sense that includes veganism:…
Ice cream salons rarely carry vegan pistachio ice cream though. I was able to satisfy my sweet tooth at Amorino in Paris and Barcelona, but they don’t have a location in Hanover. Well, instead of moping around, waiting for them to come to me, I thought it would be much simpler (and healthier, you know me) to just whip up my own pistachio nice cream….
Guys! I don’t know what I’m most excited about today.. that decadent raw cake people go crazy over or the fact that I have finally published my first ebook. A completely free ebook at that! With 9 easy recipes, all gluten-free and under 10 ingredients!
There’s this raw cashew cheesecake, which I’ll get to in a sec, don’t worry, along with a refreshing watermelon slushie, a ratatouille-inspired summer stew and raw cookie dough bars, to name only a few….
One of the perks of having a husband who works for a foreign company is that he sometimes get to travel to the head office. He normally only stays a few days, but when he told me that he was staying an entire week and suggested I meet him there, no arm-twisting was required. Especially since I’d been dreaming of going to Stockholm every since he started working for Skargards a year and a half ago.
I flew there on a Wednesday and landed in mid-afternoon. The cheapest way to reach the city from Arlanda airport is with the Flygbussarna, which costs 130sek (approx. 13eur) and makes multiple stops along the way to Central Station. You can purchase your ticket at the terminal or directly from the driver, but I later realized that you can buy it online and save 31sek.
From Central Station it’s fairly easy to walk to most places in the city, so I picked up my press Stockholm Pass at the Visitor Center, which would give me free entry to most museums as well as access to the hop-on hop-off busses and boats. Martin and I are usually not the biggest fans of museums, but I was visiting the city alone, during winter, so I was actually thankful I had something to do. And Stockholm turned out to have exhibitions more than worthy of my attention!…
Considering how you guys loved my first Buddha Bowls, I can’t believe it took me so long to publish another version of one of my favourite meals!
The first ones even made it all the way to #1 of my 10 most popular recipes of 2016. The pressure is on, but I hope you will like these two Buddha bowls, featuring potatoes and a quick homemade hummus, just as much as I do!
I’m afraid I do live up to that stereotype, with at least one green smoothie and a pound of tofu a week. But in all seriousness, there’s really nothing weird about these foods and everyone can enjoy them, regardless of their diet. You just need to know how to “make them delicious”….