If you have been a Vegan all your life then I am sure you know of all these foods. But if, like me, you are a “New Age Vegan” then we are learning all the time.
So here is a list of some real comfort foods that are actually Vegan.
Crumpets. Can you believe it? A lovely toasted crumpet covered in vegan butter and your favourite jam. Yum.
Oreos. Yes, Oreos are vegan.
Fig Rolls. I love these, try dunking them in your tea. Could even be one of your 5 a day? (I doubt it!).
Fry’s Chocolate Cream. I remember having these. They stopped making them for a while but now they’re back, fab.
Most cake mixes are Vegan but the instructions will ask for you to add the eggs and milk. Add soya milk to replace the milk and a teaspoon of baking powder and a 1/2 tablespoon of soya milk to replace each egg. If it requires butter then that is easily replaced with a vegan butter.
Turkish Delight, check the labeling as some makes use gelatin.
Jacobs Cream Crackers.
Baked beans. The ultimate comfort food for me is baked beans on toast, delish!
Skittles. These used to be coloured with cochineal but not any more.
Most fresh bread will be vegan but it is best to check with the baker.
Most pringles and tortilla chips are vegan.
Doughnuts. Yes, I said doughnuts are vegan. (Except the custard ones). Always check the packaging.
Ginger Nuts, one of my all time favourites for dunking. There’s a skill to dunking ginger nuts as they are quite a hard biscuit and you have to hold them in the hot tea a bit longer, but you’ll get it with practice.
Treacle Tart. Mr Kipling makes a delicious treacle tart and it’s vegan. It’s so easy to make at home too. Just line a pie dish with vegan pastry , prick with a fork and part cook it in the oven for 15 mins, (180degrees), then fill with a mixture of golden syrup and fresh breadcrumbs and pop it back in the oven for another 15 mins.
Walker’s crisps, check the packaging on the flavoured ones.
The Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kit is vegan and works well along with a nice home made veggie chilli.
You know when you have a coffee in a small coffee shop and they pop those lovely Speculoos biscuits on the saucer. Well they are so delicious I always imagined that they would be full of butter so would never eat them, (much to John’s delight as he would eat mine as well as his own), well I have just found out that they are actually vegan…..so happy….sorry John. Remember labels are often poor and that means it’s difficult to make a judgement. I always say, if the label says vegetarian or vegan and you can’t see any dairy or egg listed in the ingredients, it’s probably vegan. But look out for gelatin, as that can be made from bones. If it says pectin then you are usually alright.
I am so excited, I have decided to start adding three magical powders to our diet on a daily basis.
As we follow a vegan diet, it always worries me that we are not getting the right supplements. After an enormous amount of research I have decided to include Arbonne’s Digestion Plus, Ausha’s Moringa Powder and Yogi Organic’s Amla Powder to our daily shake.
I already use Arbonne’s Digestion Plus daily as it was a large part of my diet when I followed Arbonne’s “30 Days To Healthy Living” program. It was that program, together with going plant based, that started John and my fantastic weight loss and John’s diabetes reversal. After completing the 30 days we have changed our diet for life and intend to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
Read about John’s journey.
I’m not one for soppy posts but I had to say that I am so happy at the moment. John is continually losing weight on his plant based, (most of the time and when I’m not looking), eating regime. So we are both pleased with that but he has just been told by his doctor that he is no longer diabetic….no longer diabetic! Can you believe that? Losing weight and reversed his diabetes, yeh, fan bloody tastic! Thank you Annamaria for encouraging us to do this and thank you John for coping with life without meat, I’m so proud of you. Onwards and upwards.
Back to my research on my magic powders.
So what is Moringa Powder?
Ausha’s Moringa Powder comes from the leaves of the Moringa tree. They are 100% Organic. Moringa Powder is certified by the Soil Association & Vegan Society. It is 100% Pure & Natural, 100% Organic, Non-GMO, No Gluten.
So what are the benefits?:
Moringa Powder is a super food, it is a fantastic source of minerals. There’s Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Magnesium.
Also regular use of Moringa powder may help in balancing the blood sugar levels in the body. Which is perfect for John.
Moringa Leaf Powder is rich in nutrients and antioxidants which helps in boosting the overall immune system of the body. It helps in improving immunity and reducing fatigue.
You can use Moringa powder in juices, smoothies, yogurts or just dissolve in a little hot water. I am going to add a 1/2 a tablespoonful a day each in our protein shakes. So if you normally make enough for two people then add a whole tablespoonful.
Ausha Moringa Powder is even packed in a 100% recyclable resealable pouch at source to retain the freshness of the product.
I bought mine from Amazon, here is a link to the product. Ausha Organic Moringa Powder
So what is Amla Powder?:
Amla is known as the Indian Gooseberry.
What are it’s benefits?:
Amla contains a massive amount of Vitamin C, it has the most Vitamin C in the whole of the plant World, 20 times that of an orange can you believe.
Being a very rich source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium, Amla is a health treasure.
“Amla is a very special fruit full of antioxidants that are effective in reducing the cell damage which reduces the free radicals that can cause disease in the body”, says Dr. Komal Bhadouria, Nutritionist, SCI International Hospital, New Delhi.
Amla powder is great for boosting your immunity but it also has other wonderful benefits for your hair, skin and overall health.
Hear what these doctors and nutritionists have to say.
According to Dr. Shalini Minglani, a Bangalore-based nutritionist, Amla powder is the purest form of Vitamin C and it enriches you from within by making the blood vessels stronger and thicker. It also improves your immunity so that you can fight infections easily.
Amla reduces the risk of heart disease by regulating the build-up of bad cholesterol, suggests Dr. Komal Bhadouria.
Amla is rich in antioxidants these help in fighting free radicals in the body. This reduces cell damage and also the risk of cancer and inflammation.
Like the English gooseberry, Amla powder has a high fibre content which works wonderfully for the digestive system. It’s an effective cure for constipation. The dried powder of the Amla fruit is said to be a great home remedy for hyperacidity and stomach ulcers.
It is also said that Amla is a great food for anti-aging. Consuming Amla in any form on a daily basis is the secret behind a slow aging process and beautiful skin.
Amla powder is good for diabetics. Amla contains chromium which makes the body more responsive to insulin and regulates the blood glucose levels. Again good for John.
I am going to add 1/2 teaspoon each to our daily shakes.
My Organic Amla Powder is from “Yogi Organics” I bought mine from Amazon, here is a link to the product. Organic Amla Berry Powder
A lot of the information here about Amla was from a fabulous website called www.NDTV.com
Arbonne’s Fibre Support
What is it?:
It is a flavourless powder that can be mixed with any food, I will be adding 1/2 scoop each, (scoop comes in the pack), to our shakes.
It contains pea powder, apple pectin, inulin, orange fibre, sugar beet fibre and citrus pectin.
What are the benefits of Fibre Support?
It is an easy to take, boost to your dietary fibre intake.
If you would like to try Arbonne’s Fibre Support or indeed read about the “30 Days To Healthy Living” program and all the other products that are there to support you then click her to the link on my daughter’s website. Or you can contact her through me. Email me with your contact details and she will be in touch very quickly.
Below is a video where she introduces herself. She is talking about the business opportunity available with Arbonne and how it has changed her life. If it’s just the products you are interested in then she can get you a massive discount too.
I’m not one for soppy posts but I had to say that I am so happy at the moment. John is continually losing weight on his plant based, (most of the time and when I’m not looking), eating regime. So we are both pleased with that but he has just been told by his doctor that he is no longer diabetic….no longer diabetic! Can you believe that? Losing weight and reversed his diabetes, yeh, fan bloody tastic! Thank you Annamaria for encouraging us to do this and thank you John for coping with life without meat, I’m so proud of you. Onwards and upwards. #annamariakalebic#livingplantbased
1. No refined sugar – choose agave syrup or maple syrup for sweetening.
2. Maximum two or three alcoholic drinks a week. Cut it out completely if you can for the first 30 days.
3. Try to leave caffeine drinks out for the first 30 days. We drink decaffeinated tea and Whole Earth no caff coffee alternative.
4. No meat products including milk, cheese, butter and yogurt etc.
5. Cut right down on carbs such as bread pastry etc. Include these types of carbs, if you must, in only one main meal a day, (although we do have a small packet of gluten free instant porridge for breakfast).
6. Drink loads of water.
7. Eat loads of fruit.
8. For quicker weight loss, (not too quick as you will only put it back on again quickly), for the first 30 days replace your lunch with a protein smoothie see below for recipe.
How to prepare for the new regime:
1. We love our tea so had to find a good alternative. We use Yorkshire Decaffeinated tea with cashew milk. It tastes a tiny bit different but hardly noticeable I promise. Once you get used to it you won’t want to go back to cows milk in your tea ever again.
2. Make up a large jar of mixed seeds, chia seeds and chopped nuts. You can buy all these in the supermarket. These are great for adding to your smoothie, putting on top of salads and for sprinkling on your porridge in the morning.
3. Get yourself a nutri bullet for your smoothies.
4. Get some dark chocolate covered rice cakes for when you desperately need a sweet kick.
5. Get rid of anything naughty so you are not tempted to snack on bad stuff.
6. Buy the fruit you like, it’s no good having a bowl full of apples if you don’t like them, (or like me you find them boring), if you like peaches, plums or oranges then indulge yourself and buy the best.
7. Start to love veg, try new stuff, veggies should cover 2 thirds of your plate with the other third made up of protein like lentil dahl, chick pea curry, stir fried tofu etc.
What we have for Breakfast:
We have an instant porridge sachet with water, not milk in the microwave. Once cooked add a large teaspoon of the seed mix and a squeeze of agave syrup and top with some almond milk. You can also add to this some fresh berries, blueberries, raspberries etc. I also buy them frozen and add them to the porridge before it goes into the microwave.
Lunch for us is a protein smoothie:
Mix 2 scoop of protein powder, (make sure it’s vegan, we get ours through my daughter, here is the link if you want it, http://www.arbonne.com/Pws/Anna-MariaKalebic/store/AMUK/product/Protein-Shake-Powder-Vanilla-2979,6560,486.aspx
(My daughter can get a large discount for you if you want any Arbonne products. Contact me here and I can arrange this for you.) it’s a very large bag and will last you for probably 6 months at least). Add some spinach or kale leaves and a spoonful of the seed mix with water or pure apple juice half and half. Zap this mix in a nutri bullet or a powerful liquidizer adding more liquid if it is too thick.
Follow with a large glass of water.
Evening meal is our chance to do some cooking.
If you like chilli then make it the same way but replace the meat with chopped mushroom.
If you like curry, replace the meat with oyster mushroom, tofu or jack fruit adding orange lentils to thicken, (they take about 15 minutes to cook down but add a lovely flavour to the curry).
Most normal recipes can be veganized quite easily.
Just remember to keep veggies to 2/3 of the plate and the protein to 1/3.
If you like to finish with something sweet then try some vegan yoghurt or vegan icecream, (available in most larger supermarkets) with some berries and little agave syrup.
Read this article from The Grape Tree website. It’s based on a major study by US researchers in Harvard University.
The Grape Tree is my go to place for nut, seeds and everything good. I’m lucky to have a shop near my home but you can also purchase from their website.
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