Breakfetti

img_6896A party in the early morning! Granola is like having the most amazing confetti for breakfast. I really like granola, especially a home-made one. Some plain yogurt, fresh fruit and a little agave nectar.. yum! I sometimes have it for lunch or dinner too or I put it in a snackbox and have it in the afternoon. Oh and if you wrap it up in a nice bag and tie a ribbon around it, it’s even a nice little present to bring for somebody. You see.. so many reasons to make some lovely granola. This is the way I make it and I hope you’ll enjoy it. It might look like a lot of work, looking at the amount of ingredients, but I promise you that it’s not hard to make. They’re all quite common ingredients and if you just put all the ingredients in front of you, you basically only have to scoop the right amount in a big bowl. That’s most of the work done! Also, you can make a lot of granola in one time (you can even double the recipe) and you can enjoy it for a long time. Just make sure you store it in a good sealable container.

img_6895BREAKFETTI

Serves: 8-12 portions

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1/4 palm sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 tbsp coconut
1/3 raisins
1/4 almonds (chopped)
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp linseed
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

img_6894-Preheat the oven at 170C.
-Mix the almond milk, the sugar, the coconut oil and the agave nectar in a bowl.
-Mix in all the other ingredients except the raisins and the coconut.
-Spread everything evenly on a baking tray and put it in the oven for 20 min.
-Add the raisins and the coconut and put it back in the oven for another 10 min.
-Let it cool down. Store it in a sealable container.

Do you like granola for breakfast? Or are you going to have it as a healthy snack? I’d love to hear it. You can let me know in the comments below, but even better.. you could show me by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Yo Sushi

img_7761It looks so nice.. sushi on a belt! You sit at a table or at the bar and you can pick whatever you like. When I think about sushi, I always think about a sushi belt. Though, a lot of sushi restaurants don’t even have one. There is at least one known sushi restaurant that does have one and that is ‘Yo Sushi’. Funny name! A few years ago I went to Yo Sushi, but I only remember ordering some Avocado maki. I really wanted to go again as I love Japanese food. On my last birthday my boyfriend and I went to the premier of ’50 Shades Darker’ in Westfield and as there is a Yo Sushi in Westfield, I chose to go there. So that is what we did.

img_7808It was a Friday evening, so there were no tables available anymore. Not to worry, we took seats at bar. What was fine. I asked about the vegan options and they asked if I would like to see the vegan menu. Vegan menu? Yes please! On the vegan menu you can see what dishes are vegan. To see what it looks like (every dish has a picture) and what it costs, you have to look at the general menu. If you look at the pictures I took, you can see that every plate has a different colour. Every colour is a different price. You can get the dishes from the belt or you can order them. There is plenty of staff walking around, but in case there is nobody or they’re busy helping somebody else, they invented a button. If you push the button they can see you need them to come over. Super handy! The edamame beans are on the belt quite a lot, but the img_7807maki rolls for example, you have to order. They also have a ‘Tofu Katsu Curry’ (yes!) and you have to order that one too. Of course I did, because this was one of the reasons I wanted to go here. It was super delicious. My boyfriend ordered the ‘Miso Dumpling Ramen with Rice’ and that was very delicious too. I really love that he chooses to eat vegan whenever he’s with me. He’s amazing! Another favourite of mine, is the ‘Pumpkin Katsu’ and my boyfriend really liked the ‘Vegetable Gyoza’. In total there are 17 vegan dishes and I think that really deserves a compliment! I also really like that on the bar, in a lot of places, there are 2 little taps with still and sparkly water. So you order a glass and then you can fill it as many times as you like. Next to the tabs you can also help yourself to soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

img_7752Yo Sushi is quite a fancy restaurant I think. The sushi belt makes it look really cool I guess. Though I also really dislike the belt at the same time. It’s just because you’re eating this yummy cruelty free food, but in the meantime there are all dead fish and cows passing by every second. It would have been amazing if all plates had vegan food on it. Maybe they should introduce vegan evenings?! Haha.. would be cool! The place itself is all very bright and quite colourful. There is a lot of silver, white and bright orange. I think Yo Sushi is very nice to go to with people who all like something different, because there are so many little dishes. I think you can always find something you like.

WHO? Yo Sushi.
WHERE? 2106, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Ariel Way, W12 7GF.
CUISINE? Japanese.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 8 (Lots of delicious vegan options, less nice to also see the non vegan options)

Do you know Yo Sushi? Do you like Japanese food? Are you going here after reading this? Please let me know! You can do this by leaving a comment below. You can also show me by tagging me on Instagram or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Rose jam / Fishless fingers

img_1433ROSE JAM
I love everything with the smell of roses! The bubble bar Rose Jam is for that reason my absolute favourite bubble bar from Lush! When I was in Bath, last year, I treated myself to one. That was the last time I enjoyed a bath with this magic product and I need to do it again soon. I definitely need a bath in my future house, because I need to treat myself a lot more to this amazing product. First of all.. the smell is intoxicating! It’s smells like my favourite Lush product Ro’s Argan, but then you can take a bath with it. The bath water turns into a perfect pink (I mean.. who’s doesn’t want that?!) and you just don’t want to get out. Second.. it leaves your skin so soft and incredible. This is such a GO & TRY product! You can go to your nearest Lush shop to get one of course, but you can also order it online.

img_6726FISHLESS FINGERS
I don’t know where to start, because I have a very double feeling with these fishless fingers from Quorn. I want to say: they taste too good! Though, then I’m saying that they’re the perfect imitation of a dead fish’s body. I have the same with burgers which taste too good. Then again, I can’t change the fact that I used to be a meat eater and that I loved the taste of it. I also loved fish fingers, it’s something we often ate on a Sunday at home, with mayo and ketchup on a white sandwich. So it gives me good childhood memories too. I think, just img_6983because we love this taste, it’s alright to imitate and enjoy. I definitely think it’s perfect for the people who are having a hard time to make the transition because of taste. These days they can imitate so good and these fishless fingers the big proof of that. They taste exactly the same as I remember. Like 0 difference. It’s like you’re eating fish. So if there are huge fish (finger) lovers here, you have to try these. I ate them with some potato waffles (sorry, I looooveee these) and grilled some huge asparagus with them. Oh and + some yummy mayonnaise of course. It was a perfect meal. The next time I make them, I’m going to put them on a white sandwich and make them they way my dad used to make it. Yay!

Did you already know these products or are you going to try them after reading this? Please let me know or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Would you like me to test and review your product(s) or do you have any suggestions? Please send me a message via CONTACT! It can be anything (food, drinks, beauty..) as long as it’s vegan. Thank you! X

The Way We Grow Up

As some of you might know, I’m a nanny. Recently I started to work 4 days instead of 5, so I can focus on Planet Manel more. Being a nanny, obviously means that you’re always in contact with children. It also means you’re always in contact with the things around children. You go to playgroups, music classes, libraries, parties, nurseries, schools, meet other nannies and parents, playgrounds, zoo’s.. I can keep going, but I think you have an idea of what I mean. I’m vegan now for a bit over 3 years, but only lately I keep noticing how we grow up in this society where killing and using animals is so normal. In fact, most of us are getting familiar with it since birth I would say.

img_6609A child is pure and honest. How can a baby choose what to eat? And though 2 year olds can be really controlling about what they eat, in the end, they can only eat what you give them. You can get a lot of critic raising your child vegan. People say that you’re forcing your child to be vegan. I see it the other way around. Feeding your child animal products is forcing them to eat animals and you’re teaching them not to respect them. I do believe that if a child is able to choose, it would not choose to use, kill or eat an animal. Children are naturally very compassionate towards animals. Animals are friends in their eyes, not food, not shoes and not an ingredient in their bath bubbles. Only a child doesn’t know most of the times that it’s eating pork or wearing a woollen jumper. There comes a point though that they find out that the mince meat in their bolognese is made of a cow and that the fish next to their chips is a fish who swam in the ocean not long before. For some children that comes when they’re 4 years old and another realises it when turning 9. Though, at that point, people tell them ‘it’s ok’. You’re literally telling them that it’s alright to make a difference between animals. To not care about their feelings or maybe to act like those animals have no feelings. Isn’t that unfair?

i-only-drink-human-milk-onesieYou are what you eat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very much for breast-feeding, it’s totally vegan! Though, if the mum eats meat or drinks milk.. part of that is also going to the baby. Not only with breast-feeding, but already since the very beginning, starting in the womb. The body uses the food the mum eats to help the baby grow and to produce milk. This is the reason you can’t eat very spicy things for example, you risk the baby getting cramps. This is the very first thing what happens to a young innocent baby. Then after a few weeks or months a lot of mums have to stop breast-feeding for all sorts of reasons. So a lot of people will start giving their babies formula, based on cow’s milk. Milk what is made for a baby cow. From about 4 months, the weaning starts. First some fruit and veggies, but then also yogurt, milk, cheese, eggs and meat. This article is not about sugar and E-numbers, but with the weaning that also starts. A lot of children biscuits or cereals are full of crap.

img_5912That is all about food, but what about toys, books and education? How many toys are out there of happy elephants in the circus? Or the smily hippo’s in the zoo? Children are taught that elephants belong in the zoo, not in Africa. Worst of all, they’re being taught that the elephants like to be in the circus. But one of the biggest things that annoys me I think, is the farm books and toys. Children are being taught that chickens are here to give us eggs, cows exist so they can give us their milk, sheep are here to give us wool etc. Then I’m not even talking about the hypocritical way of pretending that the animals are happy farm animals. Then I’m thinking, how will the world ever change, if children are being taught lies? A few weeks ago I was at a playgroup and we img_6839had story time. The children were all excited and sat down, so the lady could read the story. It was about animals. Lovely! A lot of animals were mentioned, cows, cats, ducks, dogs and also a turkey. A beautiful gracious black turkey. Instead of mentioning what wonderful animals they are, she said: ‘we probably all had them at Christmas’! Everybody was laughing and some people started nodding. It made me furious and I almost wanted to say something about it, but I know that it’s not the way. People will only think of me being extreme and I would get the opposite result. It was a hard moment though. Nobody was thinking about what we were teaching the children here. Probably because these people grew up the same way. Where and when do we break this circle?! It was a very sad moment and it really got to me. One of the reasons I decided to start writing an article about this subject.

screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-20-12-56About pets. I’m very much for keeping pets, especially around children. There is no better way to teach children compassion and love for the beautiful animals in this world. Letting them close to them and care for them is great. You have to admit, that children love pets too. A lot of children get excited about seeing a dog or stroking a fluffy bunny rabbit. But shouldn’t we also teach them how to keep them? Most dogs and cats are fine, apart from being teased sometimes, without parents teaching the children how to approach them in a correct way. If the dog or cat bites or scratches, the animals gets blamed. Weird. A lot of parents like to get hamsters or fishes as a first pet. You get a cage, food and some other necessary supplies and the hamster can live there its whole life. Some cages are not bigger than an A3 paper. It’s like a prison. Also a lot of times they’re being kept alone. No social interaction with its own species what so ever. I don’t agree with this at all. I have to admit, I used to have a lot of hamster and bunny rabbits living like this when I was a child. It makes me sad thinking about it now, but at that time I didn’t now better, I didn’t think about it. Now I am and I fishythink it’s important to get it out there. Hamster like space, they like running around, exploring.. and not only in plastic tunnels. This is just as sad as a fish in a bowl or an aquarium. Fishes would normally have the ‘whole ocean’ to swim in and now they have a few litre of water. Just because we want to keep and own them. ‘My child love fishes, so I bought him a fish in a bowl’. Not thinking about, that if you really love fish, you wouldn’t do this to the fish. Same as fishing. Fathers taking their son on a fishing trip, sounds all very nice, being in the fresh air, near the water.. but it’s basically teaching them how to torture a fish. How can the world become a better world if we keep teaching the children to have selective compassion? You should not pull a cat’s tail, but it’s ok to catch a fish with a hook through its lip. You should not kick a dog, but it’s ok to take away a calf from its mum so we can drink the milk. You should not poke a bunny rabbits eyes, but it’s ok to kill a fly. Maybe a fly sounds extreme to you, but why can’t we teach them respect instead?

img_6610In London a lot of little children are chasing the pigeons in the streets. ‘So much fun’! I never liked it and I never allowed the children I looked after. It’s not like they’re harming the pigeons, but I always told them to be nice to the pigeons and not to scare them. I always tell them to say hi and wish them a good day. Just a little compassion for the living beings we share this earth with. Why can’t we teach them to do that with all animals? A spider isn’t scary and a rat isn’t disgusting. They’re animals with feelings and emotions. They can feel pain and all they want is to live, just like us. I’m sure if we all educate ourselves, we’ll educate our children better. Teach them to only eat plants, to choose compassion and to show love and respect for everything that lives. We have a choice nowadays. Children are not only the future, it is their future. And so far children are being taught to destroy the world they grow up in.

What do you think about this subject? Do you agree with me or do you have something you would like to add or do you have something to say about it? Please let me know in the comments below! Thank you! X

Coco Choco

img_6348Easyyyy! Sooo delicious! That sums up this recipe. Something everybody needs in life, is hot chocolate. Just sometimes you have to treat yourself and enjoy every sip. This is how I make my delicious hot chocolate and I felt the need to share it with you, especially because it’s still quite cold outside. Tip: It tastes even better after a firm walk. Go out, to a park or just enjoy the London streets. When you get back, you make yourself this and it’s like adding another secret ingredients. Did I already mention that this goodness is guilt free? No refined sugar or other crap. So you can enjoy this to the fullest. I doubled the recipe, so you can share it with your lover or friend. Orrrr.. you can easily safe a portion in the fridge and warm it up the next day. Why not treat yourself 2 days in a row, right?

img_6347HOT CHOCOLATE

Servers: 2

-2 cup Almond milk
-1/2 cup coconut milk
-2 tbs cacao powder
-4 tbs palm sugar
-cinnamon

-Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend for 20 seconds.
-Heat in a sauce pan or if you’re the proud owner of a Vitamix, blend on HighSpeed until heated.
-Sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Vegan hot chocolate, it’s something everybody needs! Simple as that. Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Crussh

img_2971On my way to the Whole Foods Market I always pass Notting Hill Gate and there is this cafe/smoothie bar, called ‘Crussh’. I really liked there logo and name and it just looks very appealing. Also.. reviewing smoothies is never a problem, so I went for it. I went before Christmas (I know little late to post it now, sorry!) and I was having a terrible cough at the time. They say they serve ‘fit food’, so I thought, that is what I need. I needed to be fit again! Loading myself up with a boost of vitamins and goodness, seemed like a great idea.

img_2972They have a lot of choice and you can even add extra shots of extra healthy things. Great to cure my cough, haha! I went for a strawberry smoothie and added an echinacea booster. As it was lunch time, I also ordered an avocado, red pepper and cashew nut tapenade wrap. Doesn’t that sound awesome?! It sounds awesome.. but it tasted even better. It was a super delicious wrap, with lots of nice, fresh and crunchy veggies. I really enjoyed that. They do have a few more vegan options for eating.. like a sweet potato falafel salad wrap! Gosh, that I do need to try too. The smoothie was really good too, sweet and fruity. I should come here for lunch more often.

Like I said earlier, I really like their design, the logo and the name. It’s simple, but catchy. I went to the one in Notting Hill Gate and I like that one, because you can sit upstairs. It’s quite big and because it’s upstairs, it’s quiet too. They have comfy sofa’s , but also proper tables and chairs. It’s perfect to bring your laptop and so some work (I might do that next week actually!). They have quite a lot of locations, which you can all find on their website. Go have a look to find out where the nearest one is for you. Their website is amazing btw, because you can find all their food there and filter the vegan food. How handy?! There is so much choice too. Crussh is definitely worth a visit!

WHO? Crussh.
WHERE? 59 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JS.
CUISINE? Fit food.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? (great, healthy and fresh food/drinks/snacks, great locations, good for working)

Do you know Crussh already? Did you try one of their super smoothies or juices yet? Or are you going to try it now? Please let me know! You can do this by leaving a comment below. You can also show me by tagging me on Instagram or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Newsletter MARCH

Every new month I will write a newsletter. March has already started, so that is why it’s published today. From now on you can expect a newsletter every 1st of the month. I will write about anything new around PlanetManel, future plans, activities/festivals, new products, recipes and hotspots. I hope you will like it and you will find it helpful.

12/03: ANNIVERSARY
On the 12th Planet Manel celebrated its first anniverary! A year ago I started my blog and I’m very pleased that I’m still happily typing away. I love having my blog. Now veganism is so upcoming I’m happy that I’m able to help spread the word. It’s so imporatnt that we all educate the people around us. That’s why I’m so grateful for all my followers. I want to thank you all, because without you it isn’t much fun!
You also might have noticed that the website looks a little different. It was time for new pictures and some improvements. I made the topics more simple and I hope this helps you to find things more easily.
To really celebrate, I organised a lovely giveaway. Click here if you want to see what is there to win and how to enter. I hope you will!

20/03: SPRING
The day we’ve all been waiting for. Spring is officially starting today! Spring is one of my favourite seasons. The first warm sun rays, the flowers, the blossoms, the baby animals.. instant mood-lift!

20/03: BANANA ISLAND
Next week (20-26 of March), the first day of spring, I will be on Banana Island. For the people who don’t know what that means: it’s not a real island (unfortunately), but it means that you only eat bananas(20+). It’s a detox. You can do this for just 1 day or even for a month if you like, but I will be doing it for a week. It’s like a reset for your body. Your body only needs to digest bananas, what means very little energy will go to your digestive system. This left over energy will go to other things in your body, so it can heal. I never did this before and I’m very excited to notice the benefits. Some of the benefits are: clearer skin, clearing digestive system, more energy, the difference between emotional eating and real hunger, improves sleep. I will keep a journal and makes notes about all the changes I experience.
Does this sounds like something you would like to do to? Let’s do it together! Send me a message if you’re interested or if you want more information about this subject.

23/03: RAW-TALK
If you’re interested in Raw food, you might like to go to one of the Raw-talks from Paradise Unbakery. The next Raw-talk is on Thursday the 23rd of 
March from 18:30-21:00. Make sure you have a ticket.

25/03: KINGSTON YOGA & VEGAN FOOD FESTIVAL
This is only the second edition of this lovely festival, organised by Yogific. You can join talks and 20+ yoga classes for only £5. There will also be lots of yummy vegan food, live music, yoga challenges (and exciting prices to win) and 60+ 100% cruelty free stalls. You have to admit that this sounds amazing! If you like to go, then make sure you’re free on Saturday the 25th of March between 9:15 and 16:30. The festival is at the Kingston upon Thames Guildhall. To get your ticket(s) and for more information go to their website. I’m very excited about this festival!

26/03: MOTHERS DAY
Don’t forget! It’s Mother’s Day soon! Are you well prepared and do you already have something for your mum? What is better than an old fashion breakfast in bed, with a modern twist?! What do you think of ‘Chia Loves Oaty’, with some lovely eatable flowers on top? ..or enjoy a Middle Eastern breakfast together with ‘Azka Ftour’! Of course you can also always give her some nice chocolates, every mum loves that! My favourite chocolate to give away: Booja Booja!

27/03: SOCIAL GATHERING VANTRA VITAO
Do you like to have an evening with like minded people? Then you should go to Vantra Vitao on the 27th of March. I’m sure there will be a lovely atmosphere and lots of good food (minimum spend: £12). You’re welcome from 19:00-22:00. Vantra Vitao is one of my favourite vegan restaurants for sure, so I’m quite sure you’ll not regret it.

08/04 – 09/04: VEGGIE WORLD
This is actually April news, but just because you can already order your tickets, order them now! It’ll be £2 pounds less when you pre order.

Reminder: EASTER EGGS
Not to worry, as a vegan you can still enjoy a delcious easter egg. A lot of brands (and every year there are more) now offer vegan options. Make sure to get your Vegan Easter egg before Easter. It’s nice to give away, to share or of course, to devour all by yourself! Vegan Easter egg brands: MooFree, Choices, Booja Booja, Tesco Finest Free From, Sainsbury’s Free From.

RECIPE SPOILER
Super healthy and yummy granola! Keep your eyes open for ‘Breakfetti’!

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Please let me know in a comment below! Do you have any exciting things coming up what is related to veganism, positivity, spirituality etc? Please let me know! Send me a message via CONTACT and I might publish it in my next newsletter! Thank you! X

Snack balls / Indian tofu

img_7262SNACK BALLS 
I think a lot of people know Deliciously Ella. She is a famous blogger who also owns a few deli’s: Mae Deli, with her husband. Apart from her deli’s she has also introduced these snack balls. There are 3 flavours: ‘cacao&almond’, ‘hazelnut&raisin’ and ‘cashew&ginger’. I only tried the first 2 as I’m not a big fan of ginger inside cakes. Though I should maybe try that one too, because the other 2 are very yummy! I especially like the ‘cacao&almond’ flavour. I think that is also the most popular one in general. I get that, they’re very good. One thing I really like about them, is that you can get them in Starbucks. Starbucks doesn’t have a lot of vegan snacks and now they have a tasty and healthy one. What also makes it very clever of them to sell them there. You actually see them everywhere now and they’re advertising for them a lot. So no excuses.. go try them!

img_2161INDIAN TOFU
You’re vegan, so you must eat only tofu. Well.. not only tofu, but I do eat tofu. I love tofu! One day when I was in Portobello Wholefoods (that can be a lot of days.. haha!) I was looking for a nice tofu. I always get the same one (smoked tofu), but when I saw the tofu from Clearspot, I thought let’s go for something else. The pack looks nice, doesn’t it? So I made a salad and wanted to fry the tofu for a bit, but it was quite wet and it became more like a scrambled tofu instead. I would have liked it a lot better if it was more firm. I also expected a lot more flavour actually. Maybe that is because of the picture in front of the img_2167pack. You expect some sort of rich curry sauce on it. I made a simple salad with it. I cut up some cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onions and a big hand full of lettuce. I also added some mayonnaise for the sauce I was missing. Normally I’m not even that much of a sauce-person. All together, the salad, the scrambled tofu and the bit of mayonnaise was really nice though. So I guess it’s tofu you really have to prepare in a dish (like in a curry) and it’s not that suitable to fry it with a salad. I do like that it’s organic and the overall basic flavour was good. So I like it, but I’m just not crazy about it.

Did you already know these products or are you going to try them after reading this? Please let me know or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Would you like me to test and review your product(s) or do you have any suggestions? Please send me a message via CONTACT! It can be anything (food, drinks, beauty..) as long as it’s vegan. Thank you! X

The Miracle Morning

img_6995Last year I discovered the book called, ‘The Miracle Morning. I discovered it via a Dutch blog I follow, called ‘De Groene Meisjes’. One of my favourite Dutch blogs to follow. Merel, the writer of ‘De Groene Meisjes’ was talking about ‘The Miracle Morning’ a lot and I checked it out as I really need a miracle every morning. My whole life I’ve struggled to get up from my bed. It’s one of my biggest struggles in life I must say. I always wake up exhausted and I don’t care about all my good intentions I set the day before. I do love getting up early and start my day fresh and be productive. I can’t (or actually I just don’t) force myself out of bed, I will easily stay in bed until 10:00 or longer. I feel good when I wake up then, without an alarm. Naturally though, I always wake up around 8:30. I don’t know why that is, but mostly I wake up rested around that time. I can just easily go back to sleep too. I have no trouble sleeping at alllll.. haha! This sleeping until the morning is almost or sometimes even finished completely (oops!) is something what obviously happens on my days off. For work or other appointments I’m always on time. So why can’t I be on time for ‘an appointment with myself’?

mmI read ‘The Miracle Morning’ within 3 days. I was fascinated by it and very inspired. I love this book! It’s about a system to get you out of bed and to start your day fresh, with good intentions and to be more productive. Sounds great, isn’t it? First of all it gives you a solution to get out of bed and to wake up properly. A ‘Snooze-proof wake up strategy’. I so need that, I’m a snooze-Queen fore sure.. haha! Then, when you have woken up, you will use S.A.V.E.R.S: silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading, scribing. It works really well and you can actually make these steps as long or short as you want. Or leave some out, in case something is really not your thing. Though I’d encourage to at least try all the steps for the first 2 weeks.

I did start my miracle mornings straight away, on my second day of reading. I read the last part of the book, in the morning at ‘reading time’. I must say it’s a good system and the best part is, you can fill it in the way you want. You can fill it in, the way it works for you. I did that and I did ‘The Miracle Morning’ for a few weeks, 6 days a week. I really liked it, but then when I went to Holland I got a bit more easy-going and kind of lost track. Nowadays I still do it, but on occasion. If I’m very busy and I need to have a lot done for example. That feels good! I learned a lot from it and I’m very happy that I discovered this book.

Do you also always struggle to wake up and  get out of bed and especially when you have a day off? Did you read The Miracle Morning already? Or are you planning to after reading this post? Please let me know in the comments or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Planet Manel’s 1 year Anniversary + GIVEAWAY!

Yay!! Today Planet Manel is 1 year old! Already for a whole year I’ve been writing about my passions. If you follow me for a while already, you know that this is mainly veganism. I love having my blog and I dare to say that I grew a lot in the past year. There were a lot of things that needed to improve and still there are things I work on and I try to improve every time I write something. I want to thank you all for following me, commenting and liking my posts. I really appreciate every one of you and I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t for my readers. Thank you so much!

As you can see, the website changed a little bit. A fresh start for a new year. I hope you like it and that this made it easier to find things. But to really celebrate the 1st anniversary, I created a little Giveaway with some of my personal favourites.

The giveaway:
-Avocado socks
-Peanut butter Nakd bar.
-Banana bread Nakd bar.
-Tony’s Chocolonely (almond/sea salt).
-Lenny & Larry’s cookie (snickerdoodle).
-Heath & Heather tea (green tea and coconut).
-‘Baa Bar’ bubble bar from Lush.

-I mean.. who doesn’t need avocado socks? Definitely great for the avocado-addicts over here! Like me.. I’ve got these sock myself! 
-Nakd bars for the win! These 2 are my favourite flavours, they even taste great together.. haha!
-Tony’s Chocolonely is hard to find here in the UK, but I brought this one especially from Holland. This is definitely the best flavour for sure! Just believe me..
-Just because after that huge work out, you need a treat!
-This green tea in combination with ‘Oatly Foamable’ is heaven! It’s like drinking green tea with coconut milk. Call it a ‘tea colada’!
-This is actually my second favourite bubble bar (Rose Jam is nmbr 1!!), but this one is lovely before you go to sleep. Soak yourself with this soy lavender goodness! Also.. it looks like a pig snout.. so it’s lovely! 

How do you win?!
-Follow my blog (you can enter your email address at the bottom of the website).
-Follow me on Instagram.
-Leave a comment below.

*** On the 1st of April the winner will be announced! (no joke.. haha!)

Thank you again and please enter the giveaway! If you have questions or if you want to send me a message about anything else, please do that via CONTACT. Thank you! X