Nutritional Yeast and Chocolate

NUTRITIONAL YEAST
If you never tried nutritional yeast before, then run to the shops! I think basically all vegans (and probably a lot of non vegans too) will agree with me, that nutritional yeast is heaven. Especially when you like a cheesy flavour, this is what you want. You can use this on your pasta (my personal favourite), in Risotto (very good too!), in salads, soups and sauces. You can use this basically in anything you want to create a cheesy flavour. It’s used a lot for cheese sauces (think mac&cheese!). You can endlessly experiment with this. And the best past is, it’s actually good for you. It’s full of B vitamins, folic acid and zinc. It contains no artificial preservatives, colouring, flavouring or genetically-modified material and it has added vitamin B12. There is also one without B12, so pay attention to the one you get. I always get the one with added B12, because it’s always good to have some extra B12.

CHOCOLATE 
I just love this packaging. I secretly wanted it because of this, haha! Just look at it. I love the colours (my favourite pink!) and everything. Simple, but perfect. Looking at the ingredients of this chocolate made me really excited to try this too. It only has 5 ingredients and that is what you want. Products with not too many (all natural) ingredients. It contains (virgin)Cacao butter, (evaporated)Coconut nectar, (raw)Cashew nuts, Coconut and (pink lake)Salt. All good ingredients, so no guilt. It doesn’t actually have cacao in it, only the butter. So not sure if it’s technically chocolate, but it sure looks like it. It’s heart shaped and it says ‘luv’, what I love. It looks so attractive. It melts quite fast, so you can’t hold it in your hand too long, unless you have very cold hands, hehe.. the taste is very nice though. It melts very nicely in your mouth and it’s very soft and creamy. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and you can taste it’s made with good ingredients. It’s very filling, so just half of it is kind of enough. What makes it great to share! They sell it at Portobello Wholefoods, but I’m sure you can get it in other health shops too.

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Perfume and Cheesecake

PERFUME
I actually never wear perfume. I never used to wear it al lot, but since I went vegan I’m not wearing any. I’m very picky when it comes to perfumes (and everything else.. haha!) and all the vegan perfumes I didn’t like. Until I discovered Eden perfumes on a vegan festival. The man asked me if I want to try, but I told him I will probably not like any (so negative of me, hehe..). He put a list in my hands with famous perfumes, because they kind of copy the scent of famous perfumes, like Coco Chanel, Prada and many more. I don’t know any of these so that wasn’t very helpful for me. He asked me what I liked for a scent and I said I really love roses. They did have arose perfume and I actually liked it. He also had one with rose and vanille he said and I’m so happy he recommend it, because I totally love it!! So I bought it. The best thing is, they’re only £18 for 30 ml. It’s so affordable, 100% vegan and not tested on animals. Check their website for all their perfumes. They have perfumes for women, men and even pets! You can order from their website or when you’re in Brighton, stop by their shop (26 Gardner street).

CHEESECAKE
When I was in the Portobello Road Tesco I saw these cheesecake desserts. I never saw them before, so I decided to try them. Cheesecake is something a lot of people love and miss when going vegan, so I hoped it would be good, so I can recommend it to you. It has 3 layers. The base (bit like biscuit crumbs), the ‘cheese’ filling and a fruity top layer. My first reaction was ‘wow this is sweet!’. If you have a sweet tooth, you will really like this. It’s super sweet. A bit too sweet for my taste. The base has a nice taste though, but the ‘cheese’ is more like mousse. It’s tasty, but I wouldn’t call it cheesecake. The top layer is just very very sweet. It does have a fruit taste, but I think the sweetness ruins it a little bit. Overall I think it’s tasty, but you do need to really like sweetness. I think it’ll be nice for once in a while, as a treat, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again for myself.

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Vitamin Drink / Shower Gel

VITAMIN DRINK
One of the main unhealthy habits a lot of people have and what is super harmful for your body, is drinking fizzy soda drinks. They’re full of sugar or harmful sweeteners, like aspartame. If you’re one of those people, but you want to live a healthier life, the first thing you should do is cut out that crap. It’s not easy for the people who are really addicted to it though. Your body will ask for it. So why not replace it with another fizzy drink, but then one that has loads of added vitamins? I came across this drink called Alibi. At first I was a bit suspicious about the sweetener, but after looking it up, I learnt it wasn’t one of the bad ones. What doesn’t mean you should go crazy with this drink and drink litres a day though. But I think this is a super good idea, to add vitamins instead of harmful crap. Alibi comes in different flavours (I tried the pomegranate and the blueberry) and I can tell you that they’re very tasty. It’s refreshing with a nice fizz to it, not the one that makes your mouth hurt (really, I don’t understand how people can drink the painful fizz sometimes, but maybe that’s just me..). It’s sweet, but not too sweet and I’m sure it will help you to get rid of your fizzy soda drink cravings. You can buy it at several health shops and the Whole Foods Market. A perfect drink to enjoy this summer!

SHOWER GEL
This is the perfect shower gel. I use this since forever and in a very multi functional way, especially on holiday. I use it as a shower gel (duhh), I wash my hair with it and I use it as a make up remover. So this one product is all you need in the shower, what makes it super handy for when you’re on away. At home I mainly use it to take my make up off. It takes of my waterproof mascara perfectly, without harming my skin. You can get it in different sizes, with a small one under 100ml. This makes it even easier to take with you, if it needs to go in your hand luggage at the airport. At first this product was very liquid and it would have been better to call it shower liquid, but recently they changed that and it’s more like a gel now. This is so so much better! Way to go Lush!

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Yogurt / Fruit Jelly

YOGURT
To have sugary yogurts every day after lunch or dinner is not a really good habit. A lot of children are being brought up like this, but I think it’s not a habit we should encourage. Though, once in a while as a treat, I think it’s fine to have a special yogurt. You can even have it as a naughty snack. This coconut yogurt from Alpro is perfect for moments like those. It’s creamy and people with a sweet tooth will love this, because it’s quite sweet. It’s tasty, but a little too sweet for my personal taste. I like it’s coconut flavour though and the package looks nice and appealing. There is also a almond-vanilla one and a hazelnut-chocolate. I think I should especially try that last one, because it just needs to be done, haha! The downside: It advertises with ‘less sugar’, but there are actually almost 3 sugar cubes per pot. What is a lot! Such a shame.. but that’s why you should only have this as an occasional treat.

FRUIT JELLY
As a vegan, jelly is kind of a no-go. It often has gelatine in it and gelatine comes from cow’s or pig’s bones (how did somebody even come to this discovery?!). Though there are certain products with vegetables as a setting agent. Also the jellies of The Fruity Pot Family. Yay! I discovered them a while ago. They are even better than some other jellies, because The Fruity Pot Family is using whole fruit pieces in their jelly. It’s so yummy! There are different flavours: peach, tropical fruit and mandarin. I tried the peach, as I love peach and it was very tasty. The pots don’t seem very big, but I think they’re perfect size actually (120gr). The consistency is very good and the fruit pieces taste really nice on it’s own, but especially in combination with the jelly. They do not use artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives and they are also gluten-free. I’m not saying to have this instead of fruit. You still need to eat your whole fruits, but this is a fun way to eat fruit though. Especially for children I think, this is a nice treat. It’s perfect for on the way (it even comes with a spoon) and for lunch boxes. The downside is that there is a lot of plastic though. The pot is made of thick plastic and so is the spoon.

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Vitamin B12 / Croissants

VITAMIN B12
Protein and B12 are probably the most bespoke subjects when it comes to veganism. A lot of omnivores are using these 2 to make a point and an excuse to eat meat and other animal products. B12 is something no human or animal can make. B12 is a bacteria that grows on sugar. You get B12 by fermenting blackstrap molasses (from sugar cane or beet). B12 used to be in the ground and because the grass-eating animals got their B12 though that way, it’s believed that there is B12 in meat and dairy naturally. Nowadays the ground isn’t rich in B12 anymore and so we need to supplement. Animals are also supplemented. But why would you get B12 through killing and eating an animal if you can just eat it straight? A lot of products are enriched with B12 now, like plant milks and meat substitutes. To make sure you get enough B12, you can take extra by taking a B12 supplement. I use the B12 of the brand Solgar. This is a trustworthy brand, vegan and they don’t use any crap. They have B12 in little capsules, but I prefer the little pills with cherry flavour, that melt in your mouth. I only take it twice a week though. I feel that it’s enough for me, knowing I do consume some enriched products too.

CROISSANTS
One of the things I kind of missed when going vegan were croissants. Not like I had croissant that much before or that I was totally crazy about them, but once in a while it was always a nice treat. Especially when making a big breakfast or brunch (for Easter or something). But in most croissants they use butter. So that wasn’t an option anymore. Luckily there are these lovely inventions of croissant dough in a pack. I always loved these croissants anyway, because they are so sticky and I like that. So now I use those. Here in the UK I always have them from the brand ‘Jus Rol’ and they are delicious and easy to make. I often make them in the weekend when my boyfriend and I are waking up together and have a lazy morning. I like to roll in some cheese, pesto or even some pieces of dark chocolate. So yum! You can vary endlessly and it’s all so yum. I think cheesy is my favourite though. So whenever you need some croissants for a brunch or just because you’re craving some.. enjoy these ones!

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Tofu / Pate

TOFU
There is/was this hype around these things called a tofu press. Everybody needed one. I never really bothered myself, but I did always wonder how restaurants and some recipes gotten these perfect cubes of tofu that do not turn into a scramble as soon as you put the in the pan. Especially in curries. It’s always so delicious. I know some people use books and all heavy things they have for hand to press the water out of the tofu, but that it’s just a little too much for me I guess, haha! Then a while ago I discovered the tofu from The Tofoo Co. This is the perfect tofu for curries, to use in a stir fry, to put in a sandwich and so many more recipes. They have a naked version and a smoked version. The smoked version is nice for salads, sandwiches and wraps, because in a stir fry everything will taste like this and I can tell you that, even though it’s yum, it’s a little too much to have a whole dish taste like it. I’m so happy to have discovered this brand and the good thing is they sell it at quite a lot of shops, even the smaller Tesco’s for example. Hooray!

PATE
So what do you put on your sandwich? This is a question I get asked quite a lot. It turns out, people have no inspiration, apart from cheese and meat, when it comes to sandwiches. There are so many things though, including this nice pate I found from Liberto. It’s not only vegan, but also organic, gluten-free and it’s super yum. It doesn’t have a very strong taste, but that makes it perfect to use it for a base in sandwiches or on some crackers in the evening, whilst watching a movie. It really is a perfect movie snack I must say! It is also a good snack before or after the gym, because it’s high in protein. So if you want to get some extra proteins in, you better get some crackers and spread away (I got some garlic pita bread sticks and this is a perfect combination). It’s also high in fibre and has absolutely no crap inside. Totally perfect! I got mine at Ocado and I think it’s definitely a good treat. Liberto has more things to offer than only this pate though. Check out their website to see what else they have.

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Sweet potato crisps / Turmeric shot

SWEET POTATO CRISPS
I am a big big sucker for sweet potato! I love it! I can eat it every day.. from the oven, fried, in my salad, with my dinner.. you name it. What means, sweet potato crisps are heaven for me. Though from the ones I’ve tried, the lightly sea salted crisps from Tyrrells are definitely my favourite. The taste is the best, but what I really like is that the crisps are not flat, but all in weird shapes. It crunches so nicely in your mouth and the taste seems to be better, I don’t know why. It must be the whole experience all together.. haha! The only ingredients they use for this one are: sweet potato, sun flower oil and sea salt. The crisps are hand cooked in England, gluten free and have nothing artificial in them. They also have one with sweet chilli flavour, but this one has sugar in it unfortunately. The one with coconut and lime is not vegan, so watch out!

TURMERIC SHOT
Turmeric is so food for you. It is a root which has anti-inflammatory properties and has lots of anti oxidants. It may also prevent and slow Alzheimer + some forms of cancer. I can list a whole bunch of benefits right here, but a quick google will get you there too. You can use turmeric in you curries for example, but eating it raw is most beneficial. Then there are also these turmeric shots. They are perfect for an easy dose of this goodness. I tried the turmeric shots from James White and I really like them. It’s made with pressed apple juice, 15% of pressed turmeric, some concentrated lemon juice, organic chilli flavouring and a black pepper extract. The apple juice makes the taste less strong, in case you don’t like the taste too much. I got mine from the Whole Foods Market, but several health shops sell them. You can also order them online of course.

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Ice cream / Prawns

ICE CREAM
You might have already tried them or know they are on the market. The Alpro ice creams! They have 3 flavours: coconut, vanilla and hazelnut chocolate. I would really like to try the coconut too, but I went for the hazelnut chocolate, because chocolate ice cream is always the best. I must say they are really nice. It’s not like the best I’ve ever had or something, but it’s decent ice cream you will definitely enjoy for sure. Chocolate with a hint of hazelnut = Yum! Apart from this, I think it’s amazing that Alpro came with an ice cream. The more vegan products there are available, the more likely that more people will become vegan. A lot of (the bigger) supermarkets sell them now.

PRAWNS
Not real ones obviously, but the prawns from Fry’s. For me one of the best brands there is, so I needed to try their prawns too. One of my favourite foods used to be gamba’s. Now I can’t even imagine peeling them and putting them in my mouth though. It makes me feel horrified. I wanted to give these Fry’s ‘prawns’ a chance though. I made a little sauce with it (very simple: I mix up 2 tbs of mayonnaise and 1 tsp of ketchup.. this is the best!) and fried the ‘prawns’ in a pan. I served them with the sauce and some sliced gherkins. They were very nice! The inside is soft, but a little chewy and the batter you can make very crispy when frying them in some oil. They don’t actually have a very strong sea food taste, but even though, they are tasty. Perfect party food I would say too. Put some skewers next to them and it will make your guests happy. Fry’s have such good products. I get them from Ocado or from Holland&Barret.

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Melon Drink / Ice Lolly

MELON DRINK
Watermelons are in season, yay! Isn’t it the best? You can use watermelon for so many things. You can blend it and drink it, you can use the juice to make ice lollies or you can just get a spoon and dig in. Watermelon is the best! The people of What a Melon get this and juiced some yummy watermelons to put it in packs, so you can drink it all year around. Watermelon water is super hydrating and has the anti-oxidant lycopene + and the amino acid citruline (your muscles love this!). It’s vert tasty too, 100% natural and all they add is a little squeeze of lemon. A perfect drink to stay cool and hydrated this summer!

ICE LOLLY
Another way to stay cool are these delicious ice lollies from Ice Kitchen. One morning when I went to the park cafe behind my flat, I came across these fruity lollies. There was a sign with explaining which one was vegan too. Unfortunately one of them was labelled as vegan, but had yogurt and honey in them. I told the staff and they took action straight away, what was good. This Raspberry&Mint flavour was vegan though and I obviously needed to try it. It was very tasty, with the real fruit and the sweet taste of raspberries. Normally I don’t like products with mint in it, but it definitely works for this lolly. So I’m happy I tried it. They’re all natural, made with 100% fruit and contain no sugar. I really would like to try the Peach&Hibiscus one too, it looks amazing! They won the Taste Award 2016 and I discovered why!

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OrganiCup

I’m sorry this review will be slightly boring for my male readers! Still, this is such an important subject. Who is using a menstrual cup already? Well done for the ones who are! You might remember that a while ago I wrote a review for Lunette Menstrual Cups. But there are a lot more brands out there of course. Like the one I will write about today: OrganiCup, an award winning menstrual cup. They want to change the way your period affects your life, your body and of course the environment. They believe in a world without all the disposable period products, the need of putting chemical in your body because of your period and where all girls can go to school, even when they’re on their period, without being ashamed. Now this is something we all want, isn’t it?

OrganiCup is quite a small cup in comparison to other cups. The material is more flexible too. This makes them very easy to insert and they are also easy to take out again. This is nice, especially when you just started using a cup for the first time. I think for this reason the OrganiCup is great for teens. Though I do like them myself too, so of course it’s for all ages. I did experience a little leaking (very little!) though in the first 2 days of my period. If I empty the cup a little more often it’s fine though, but I advise to combine it with a liner, for some extra security. OrganiCup is 100% free of bleach, glue, perfume, lotion or anything that doesn’t belong inside your body. You can also wear during the night and I promise you that a cup really makes your period more bearable!

How Does It Work?
-Wash your hands.
-Fold the cup in a C shape (like on the picture above).
-Insert it and let it unfold into your vagina (you can make sure it has properly unfolded by gently moving your finger around the cup).
-Empty the cup 2-4 times a day (I think for a heavy period it’s definitely going to be 4 times).
-Take it out by gently pulling the stem, but also the bottom of the cup (wriggle it a little if necessary).
-After using it, rinse the cup with cold water first. Then with warm water and a cup cleanser or a natural soap.

TIP: You can cut off (a part of) the stem, if you keep feeling it. You’re not suppose to feel the cup. 

Would you like to use OrganiCup? Then go to their website, order one and start using it! I’d love to hear how you get about! Or if you have any questions, please let me know. You can also contact me via Instagram and 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