Did you used to write on your hand to remember stuff when you were younger? Or do you perhaps still do that now?
Congratulations if you are staring the 4 week meal guide lifestyle change today.
One of the biggest challenges you might encounter is eliminating processed foods all together. By doing this you will be avoiding high-inflammatory oils, preservatives, thickeners, artificial colours and flavours plus excess sugars and salt that may be used in the processed food. Cut these out and you give your body a better chance to heal, feel great and lose weight if that is your goal.
We thought it might help to write a secret code on your hand to remind you each time you go to eat (if you are ok with writing on your hand lol). This secret code can serve as a reminder not only to keep off the processed foods, but also to prepare and be ready with the right foods for snacks and meals. There are plenty of hints and tips in the 'Vegansie Me Now' to help you with this.
Grab a pen or texta and write these 6 letters on your hand or forearm. Somewhere visible so when you are eating you see them.
VMN = Veganise Me Now
NPF = No Processed Food
Here are some common foods and great ways to substitute them on your new journey:
Corn chips or other packet crackers - 'Sweet Potato Flat Bread' (recipe on page 47 of your 'Veganiseme Me Now' book)
Bread - Authentic Sourdough Bread or flat pressed Sweet potato or potato slices
Pasta - Rice
Milk alternatives - Check your ingredients and avoid high inflammatory oils and thickeners. Making your own is best. See page 92 of your 'Veganise Me Now' book.
Packet chips and crisps - Home made 'Pop Corn' recipe on page 81 of your 'Veganise Me Now' book.
Feel free to email us or contact us via our Facebook page if you have any foods that you need ideas with substituting. We are here to help and love hearing from you.
Deanna and Amanda x
It's Easter time. A time of celebrating new life, family, friends and best of all, food.
Whether you have just made a plant-based change or you have been plant-based for a long time, you may be struggling for feasting ideas while keeping it all plant-based and healthy.
Here are some Easter banquet ideas to keep you feasting and/or entertaining all Easter day. The recipes are from the Veganise Me Now book and we also have a bonus new recipe for you all, a great Breakfast idea, 'Hot Cross Pancakes'.
HOT CROSS PANCAKES
Easter breakfast is sorted with these decadent, cinnamon spiced pancakes.
You will need:
1 cup gluten free self raising flour
1 cup milk (not dairy)
1 chia egg (1tsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tbs warm water and let sit 5 mins)
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp melted coconut oil
Rind of 1 lemon
4tbs Mixed dried fruit or sultanas
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
After making your chia egg, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Cook in batches in a frying pan with some coconut oil or on a sandwich press
Enjoy with your favourite chopped fruits, berries and coconut yoghurt
These make a delicious breakfast on Easter morning. You could also sprinkle some chopped (dairy free) dark chocolate on top to add to the Easter fun.
The great thing about the 'Whackity Yum Salad' (made famous in the 'Veganise Me Now' book) is it's ever changing colours and flavours which keeps it interesting, fun and able to adapt to any occassion. For a bit of Easter specialness, displaying all the colours seperately on a large plate will really put on show the vibrant colours and textures making the dish even more applealing to you and your guests.
You will find the recipe for the salad in your 'Veganise Me Now' book. So much fun every time you make it.
If you are entertaining and need finger food, nothing beats cutting up fresh fruit and veggies and having colourful dips to keep guests occupied. If you are leading up to a main meal, this also ensures that the snacks do not leave guest feeling too full to enjoy their meal.
We absolutely love having guests around to share our food. And we are sure that many of you feel this way too. Putting lots of colour in your food not only makes food more nourishing but also makes it look really yummy.
A LITTLE ENTRE IF YOU PLEASE
If you want to make dinner a little bit fancy, then having different courses not only stretches out the time, but also allows you to share more of your delicious dishes.
A great entre idea is the 'Vegetable Noodle Soup'. The recipe can be found in the 'Veganise Me Now' book.