Monday, May 31, 2010

So after a craving for gummy lollies.. I couldn't find any without gelatine (for a refresher gelatine: a jelly-like substance made from hooves, animal bones etc and used in food) one packet of lollies ingredients said gelatine (beef) how freaking gross!! Anyhoo I found some lollies without gelatine..
Sure it says Palm oil.. aka Hydrogenated oil which is bad.. but pick your battles.
also.. Toffutti better than cream cheese and avocado..

Sunday, May 30, 2010


So I went to dinner lastnight at Redbank plains Tavern with my Family and my aunt and I spoke to the chef about making me something Vegan he offered me a great salad or vege based pasta, I got the pasta because I only get salads everywhere else. When the girl served it to me she told me I had to let the chef know if it was any good. It was fairly decent, I'm not that fussed on pasta and I kinda wish I asked for the salad but still decent.

Since I've been eating porridge A LOT lately I figured I'd do a more thorough post about them...

Instant oatmeal is a dish many people enjoy having for breakfast. Not only it is a delicious dish for breakfast, it is also a dish that helps in reducing your hunger, thereby helping you stick to your diet plan. This is because the fiber in oats forms gels to fill up. And it is these gels that delay the emptying of your stomach so that you don’t feel hungry quickly.
Having a bowl of instant oatmeal every morning increases your consumption of whole grains. These whole grains have fiber, various minerals and phytonutrients. These phytonutrients include lignans, plant sterols and stanols and antioxidants. The lignans are helpful in protecting your heart while stanols help in normalizing blood cholesterol levels. Eating about two bowls of oatmeal a day helps to reduce your cholesterol levels by six points in three months.
In addition to this, instant oatmeal also helps in reducing the medication in a person with diabetes. Instant oatmeal is also full of proteins and has about 50% of the amount of manganese a person requires in a day. Oatmeal also offers lots of iron, magnesium and thiamin. So it can be seen that instant oatmeal helps you to lose weight, and at the same time, provides you with your required nutrients. There is absolutely no cholesterol in a bowl of instant oatmeal as there is only three grams of dietary fiber in it. Oatmeal is a high source of phosphorus where you can find 133 mg of phosphorus and 42 mg of magnesium in it.
Instant oatmeal is a dish that does not have many calories. Though a portion of oatmeal has only 110 calories, it is a very filling dish. With a bowl of instant oatmeal, your hunger gets satisfied and you don’t feel hungry for quite sometime. The amount of fat in a bowl of oats is only two grams; so you don’t feel guilty of eating unnecessary fat in your breakfast.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A little bit from my nutrition book
^ what australians eat ^

^ what australians should eat ^

Breakky :)
For dinner I cooked my Vegies in a pan with Tofutti 'better than cream cheese'
instead of oil
oh and i've tried EGGPLANT.
It has a weird banana taste and funny texture, but I don't mind it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's funny what tempts me nowadays. Back in  the day before my Veganism if I was on a diet and there was a slice of chocolate cake put before me I probably couldn't resist it. Well tonight was my house mates birthday and they had Chocolate mud cake and I tell you what, just knowing what was in it and the fact that it wasn't Vegan didn't make me tempted to have it at all!

Monday, May 24, 2010

So it's been a while.
Some Vegan food updates - First of all some treats I discovered in IGA. (Hope I didn't look weird taking photos of food in the shop)
Quite tasty...
and some more...
Dinner tonight was PIZZA! I was thinking about it today but forgot then Brendon suggested it again tonight, so we made some home made pizzas, he truly is great when it comes to my veganism. Not only did he pay for me to get some So good Vanilla bliss soy milk (as it's on sale 3 for $4.8) he also paid for all my pizza stuff..
We found some Tofutti cheese too.
Which was surprisingly really nice and OMG IT MELTS! 
Now here is the end result of my pizza with Tomato pizza paste, Tofutti Cheese, mushroom, tomato, zucchini and sun dried tomato vegetarian sausages.
'Twas amazing! :P
(luckily we made two so I can have one for lunch tomorrow)

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Vitamin B12.
How to include b12 in the diet
  • Two cups if Sanitarium So Good soy milk provides the daily B12 requirements for an adult
  • Soy burgers, sausages, luncheon slices and sanitarium marmite
  • Supplement
B12  helps the production of 'Red Blood Cells' and DNA, our genetic material.

How to include calcium in the diet

  • Soy milk with cereal
  • Legumes heart soups. Navy beens and green soybeans.
  • Calcium set tofu
  • Dry fruits and nuts; figs, apricots, almonds and brazil nuts
Calcium is for healthy bones it also plays a role in blood clotting, muscle contraction, transmission of nerve impulses and enzyme activity inside cells.

How to include protein in the diet
  • Eat legumes and  foods made from legumes everyday e.g. kidney beans, peas, lentils, chick peas, baked beans, soybeans.
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains such as wheat, oats, millet, rice, barley, quinoa, amaranth, and foods made from grains.
Protein helps with the growth and maintenance of all our body's cells. All enzymes in our body, as well as many hormones, are proteins. Proteins also assist in oxygens transport and for part of DNA.

Studies on vegetarians have repeatedly confirmed that vegetarian diets provide more than enough protein. Protein is contained in most plant foods and as log as you consume enough foods to maintain a healthy weight, with as much variety as possible, it is easy to get enough protein.

How to include Zinc in the diet
  • Wholegrain breads and cereals, wheat germ, legumes, tofu, tempeh, nuts and seeds
  • Rinsed canned legumes
  • Pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds or pecans
Zinc is essential for reproduction, growth, sexual maturation, wound healing and maintenance of a strong immune system. Also plays a role in our ability to taste.

How to include Iron in the diet
  • Wholegrain bread cereal, sanitarium marmite, legumes, tofu, soy burgers, nuts and seeds
  • Citrus fruit; fruit juice, berries, tomato, capsicum, broccoli and cabbage
Iron in the key component of haemoglobin in red blood cells that transport oxygen around the body. It is also involved in energy reactions and maintaining a healthy immune system.

The most beautiful Vegan Soup ever.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Whole grains :) 

Calories in Arnott's, Crispbreads: Vita-Weat, 9 Grain

Nutrition Facts

(What's CD) CD: 2 stars2 stars
Calories 1128      ( Kilojoules 4710 )
  % Daily
Total Fat22.8 g35%
   Saturated Fat2.7 g14%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Sodium1350 mg56%
Carbohydrate176.1 g59%
   Sugars4.8 g 
Dietary Fibre36.6 g146%
Protein33.6 g 
Note: A dash indicates no data is available.
Calorie Breakdown
This table shows you where the calories in this food come from.
Calories from Fat205 (20%)
Calories from Carbohydrate704 (67%)
Calories from Protein134 (13%)
Calories from Alcohol0 (0%)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I recently got a new job at the Cinemas and one of my jobs is making popcorn.. one thing we put in it is flavocol.  The ingredients said 'artificial' butter flavor.. but I was still concerned as to weather is was 'Vegan' or not.. so I did a little googling and i founnd..

Flavacol is an accidentally vegan butter flavored salt. It's the same stuff the movie theaters use on their popcorn! It's really strong when sprinkled on foods but when you cook with it the flavor mellows and leaves a hint of butter that's normally hard to obtain from other sources. In that particular recipe using the Flavacol masks the yeastiness and accentuates the cheese taste. 


Monday, May 10, 2010


Personal Trainer Reveals Blake Livelys Diet | blake lively

What is Blake eating to maintain her amazing figure and fabulous legs? Let’s find out from US Weekly:
Her diet? Oatmeal with a handful of blueberries, salads with chicken and balsamic vinaigrette for lunch and fish and veggies for dinner. (Lively also blends fruits and veggies with a juicer, and avoids noshing on too much dessert by eating just a “fork-full.”)
Her food splurge: The 5-foot-10 actress loves to cook and eat Greek food.
“You would not believe what she could consume,” Strom says. “The Greek fest that she made… crepes with cream cheese in them… we could only eat half of it. She ate all of hers and then went back and ate somebody else’s half.”

Friday, May 7, 2010

Um Uncle Toby's quick oats cooked in juice.
Tonight I cooked then in Mango Nectar and then put some soy milk and maple syrup on it.
I wanna try it cooked in Apple sauce.. Yummo.
Tomorrow night I am hopefully going clubbing so my Friend Kyla and I are going to do some juicing and make some tasty alcoholic drinks.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tonight I made the best Vegan biscuits ever and they are fairly healthy!

1 1/2 cup combinations of Quick Oat and Normal Oats (Organic)
1/2 cup Wheat Flout
1/2 Desiccated Coconut
1/2 Hazelnut meal
1/2 Wheat germ
1/2 Squeezed Lemon

Melt on a stove
1/2 cup water
2 Lid caps of Vanilla essence
2 Tbls Molasses
1/4 cup Weight watchers Canola margarine
1 tsp No egg
Pinch Baking Powder
Pinch Baking Soda

Combine. Roll into balls and squash flat and bake for less then ten mins at about 180 degrees or higher and WALLAH amazing and predominately healthy VEGAN cookies :)

Monday, May 3, 2010
I finally downloaded the Vegan gal DVD and watched it last night and I also took plentiful interesting notes!!
Here they are!
To clog... or not clog
Recommended reading; For for life, McDougall plan, new diet for America.
  • Did you know.
    • 2 eggs = 64% FAT 500mg CHOLESTEROL, 
    • Oatmeal = 13% FAT 0 CHOLESTEROL
    • Cheese 73% Fat
    • Corn 9% Fat
    • Brown Rice 5% Fat
    • Salmon 53% Fat
    • Potato 1% Fat
  • 'In America' 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women die from heart disease.
  • The only way to get cholesterol into your body is by eating Animal proteins.
  • Animal fat STICKS! It makes blood cells stick together and it takes up to 12 hours to get blood flow back to normal.
  • Everything in our body needs Oxygen and nutrients which is transported through our blood, to slow this  down is damaging!
  • If you're trying to get your nutrients through consuming animal muscle your not getting the nutrients from the source. That animal ate the grass or grain. What you are getting is the animals stored fat, cholesterol and storage of hormones.
  • You're getting FAT not FIBER there is absolutely no Fiber in meat!
  • Fiber sweeps away toxins - keeps us clean.
  • 2,500 gallons of water is used to make just 1LB of meat.
  • Animals are fed;
    • Shredded newspaper
    • Plastic hay
    • Processed Sewage
    • Poultry litter
    • Saw dust
    • Cardboard scraps
    • Insecticides
    • Antibiotics
    • Hormones
    • Ground up DEAD ANIMALS
  • Breast milk is only 5% Protein. We do not need as much protein as we seem to believe.
  • People who try to reason that just eating Chicken and Fish is okay.
    1. Chicken has same amount of Cholesterol and Beef
    2. Hormones
    3. Toxins
    4. Not nutrients from source
    5. No fiber
    6. And will make you urinate out all the calcium your body uses to break down the protein.
  • The largest and strongest animals in the world are Vegetarian - They get plentiful nutrients from plan base foods. E.g Elephants!
  • "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet" - Albert Einstein
  • Hydrogenated oils may extend Shelf life of food but will shorten your life!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

If at first you don't succeed you try and try again.

Okay okay So I'm a bit excited. Today I am going to attempt biscuits.. similar to the Anzac ones but a little better as I shall be using some molasses.
Okay here is what I intend on doing..

  • Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the1 cup (150g) plain flour into a large bowl. Stir in the 1 cup (90g) rolled oats,1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut and 3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar.

  2. Put the 125g Vegan marg, 2 tbs golden syrup and 2 tbs water (and molasses) in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.

  3. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.

  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.

  5. Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.