Veggie Bowl

img_9302Some people find it hard to get a salad together. What vegetables do you use? What tastes nice combined with what? I actually think that all veggies can go together. This is why I like to make colourful salads. Eat the rainbow! It’s also important to make a salad filling. So what I always do is: I cut up lots of yummy, colourful (mostly) raw veggies, add beans, avocado and mix it up. Most of the time I like to eat salads like this for lunch. In fact, this is basically my lunch every day. I love it and I can really enjoy digging into a huge bowl of crunchy yummy tasting veggies, mixed up with a simple dressing. I just love vegetables. I know, I’m a lucky vegan! To just give you an idea of what my salads look like and to help you make your own, I’m giving you an example today. I hope you like it just as much as I do!

img_9310VEGGIE BOWL

Serves: 1

veggies
-1/2 cup black beans
-1 (big) handful lettuce (any)
-1 (big handful spinach
-1/4 cucumber (sliced)
-1/4 bell pepper (sliced)
-1 cup red cabbage (chopped)
-1 (large) tomato (chopped)
-1/2 avocado (chopped)
-1 spring onion (chopped)
dressing
-1 tbs sesame seeds oil
-1 tbs lemon juice
-1 tsp balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tsp chilli flakes
-salt/pepper (to taste)

-Mix all veggies in a bowl.
-Put the ingredients for the dressing in a shaker and shake well.
-Pour over the dressing and mix up well, until everything is nicely covered.

Are you just as lucky as me and do you love vegetables a lot? What do you normally have for lunch? Or are you going to try this recipe now? 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

Green Booster

img_6788In this world there are people who don’t like bananas. I can’t imagine that myself, but it’s reality. Also, some people might be allergic to banana or they find a smoothie with banana too filling and you want to have something a little lighter. That last reason makes sense to me, I have moments like that. So that’s why I created this healthy green smoothie. It’s actually a little bit in between a smoothie and a juice. The spinach and the kale do make it a little thick, but I think it’s more like a juice. It’s one of my favourite healthy things to drink. It’s super healthy and great to start your day with. It also works really well to drink this just 20-30 min before a meal. This way you get a lot of greens even before eating something + you’re already a bit full and won’t overeat that fast.

img_6789GREEN BOOSTER

Serves: 1

-400 ml apple juice
-handful spinach
-handful kale
-2 cm ginger (10gr)
-1 tsp wheat grass
-1 tsp spirulina

-Put everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth.

Would you try this healthy smoothie? Please let me know! 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

Holland&Barrett

img_7762I remember when I just moved to Hemel Hempstead, 5 years ago, and that I discovered Holland&Barrett. It was the first health store I went to and when I got home from my shopping trip, I called my mum to tell her that there is a really nice health store just 15 min walk from my house. Not knowing at that time that Holland&Barrett is the leading health shop in the UK. Because let’s face it.. Holland&Barrett is everywhere! I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of this shop. Just in case you didn’t know what I’m talking about or if you’re curious what I normally get here, I thought I make it a hotspot. Also.. how can a health store like this not be on my blog yet?!

img_7764Because my previous job was very close to Portobello Road, I mostly went to the one located there. It’s not a very big one, but they have a lot of vegan products though. Now, I most of the time go to the one in Westfield. They moved (to the opposite side) a while ago and now it’s much bigger and newer than it used to be. So there are 2 things I especially go to Holland&Barrett for. That is for the brand ‘Fry’s’ (I mostly get the traditional hamburgers) and the ‘BooTea’ detox tea. I don’t know other shop where they sell these 2 things and they’re simply the best when it comes to burgers and detox tea. And then when I’m there anyway, it might happen I also get things like: Vio life cheese, Provamel yogurt, coconut oil, plant-based milk, B12 supplements, snack bars, Moo Free chocolate and nuts/seeds. They have so many good products. Though, they also have products I think are really bad. For example (and I really don’t get this) quite a lot of their dried fruits etc, of their own brand, have sugar in them. Such a shame!

img_7763One of the absolute best things from Holland&Barrett is their discounts and sales! Because at first you think they’re quite expensive. Only if you look at the things on sale you can get so much stuff for really not too much money. Half price on my detox tea for example, but also on a lot of supplements and on big bags of nuts/seeds.. all great things, you normally pay a lot of money for. They also have ‘penny sales’ for example, where every second product is only 1p! How great right?! They always have some sort of sale going on + when you’re a member you get very nice coupons too. So make sure you get the H&B customer card and go shopping (you can also shop online)! Another thing I totally love about Holland&Barret is that, in the emails you get with discounts, veganism and vegan products are often highly promoted. On pancake day for example, they send a vegan pancake recipe. So cool!

WHO? Holland&Barrett.
WHERE? Westfield White City, Ariel Way, W12 7GG.
CUISINE? Health store.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 8 (good products, amazing sales, lots of stores around)

I’m sure you know Holland&Barrett already, do you like them? Let me know what products you get at H&B! 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

Banana Island

So as some of you know, I’ve been on Banana Island for a week, from 20-26 of March. For the people who don’t know what Banana Island is, it’s not a real island. Being on Banana Islands means that you only eat bananas for a certain amount of days. I chose to do 7 days. This way your body can make real changes and it’s still very doable. You can eat bananas unlimited. Though, you have to try to at least eat about 20-25 bananas a day. To have some variety and extra vitamins and minerals, you can also eat a little bit of greens (spinach, celery, cucumber). I will first tell you about bananas and about the Banana Island, before I tell you how I experienced being on Banana Island. I will also tell you what I experienced and if anything changed. So here it goes.. 7 days, 140 bananas!

BANANAS:
Bananas have esseital vitamins and minerals. Let me explain why they are so important:
vitamin B6 – About 4 bananas give you the recommended amount of B6. So you’re good!
manganese – This helps with healing wounds (read: clear skin), healthy bones, activates enzymes (read: great metabolism).
vitamin C – It’s known to boosts your immunity to colds, but it also reduces inflammation and slows the aging of skin (read: clear glowing skin).
copper – It pairs with iron to help stimulate more red blood cells. Red bloods cells carry oxygen through the body (read: lots of energy).
fiber – It prevents heart disease and it’s especially great for a healthy bowel movement.
potassium – A very important one! It helps your muscles and nerves to work properly, it’s great for your metabolism and a healthy balance of fluids in your body. 

REASONS TO GO ON BANANA ISLAND: 
Healing – You’re giving your digestive system a break. As it only has to digest bananas, your system has an easy job to do. This way it uses less energy for digesting. The extra energy can go to other parts of your body.
Energy – For the same reason as described above, you will also experience more overall energy during the day.
Skin – You’re only eating raw and your body gets loaded with lots of important vitamins and minerals. Your skin will benefit a lot. You might notice your skin calms down (in case you have a troubled skin) and/or has an extra nice glow.
Hunger – You will learn the difference between emotional eating and hunger. If you just want to eat because of eating something and the only thing you can eat is bananas, you will less likely eat something. But if you’re really hungry, a banana will do.
Mind – Is quite similar to what I just described. You will be more mindful, because you will feel lighter (thanks to digesting faster), but also very important is that you will fight cravings. You will learns how to handle cravings: You admit you have a craving, you acknowledge it and then hopefully you can move on. This might be a struggle at first.
Weight – It’s very likely that you will loose weight. This will be mostly water weight. If you struggle with water retention, Banana Island will help you. Just note that if you will start eating lots of bad food again after you finished, you will easily gain weight again. To stay on the same weight or even lose more, keep eating healthy and exercise.
Senses – Your taste and smell senses can increase. You can experience better smell and taste. Especially your tastebuds will likely heal/improve.
Sleep – It improves sleep, because your body is able to make the right amount of sleep-hormones: melatonin and serotonin. These hormones are needed for our sleep/wake cycles. They often get disturbed by the things we eat or we do not eat.

SIDE EFFECTS*
Changing your diet and lifestyle can create a situation of temporary withdrawal. As Banana Island is a detox, you might experience side effects, like:
Headaches – A headache is one of the most common side effects of detoxing. It’s mostly a dull and prolonged feeling, but it is because your body is busy removing the buildup of toxins.
Fatigue – As your body is very busy cleansing, a lot of energy is used for only that. The more toxins in your body, the longer this takes. Though, if you eat enough bananas, you shouldn’t feel tired after day 3.
Feeling cold – Also very common, as your body is focusing on getting rid of toxins.
Shaky – Your body wants the bad things you consumed before. By not getting this your blood sugar drops and that is what making you shaky. Just make sure you eat a few extra bananas.
Trouble sleeping – Your body is disturbed by all the changes going on in your body. This might wake you up in the night more often.
Gas/Bloated –You body is getting rid of symptoms in all ways possible. Passing gas is a good sign, it means your intestines are busy clearing everything up. Don’t think it’s not effective if you don’t have this, as long as you have 1 (or more) good bowel movement a day it’s going well.
Cravings – Especially when you were a huge consumer of specific things like: sugar (!), coffee, alcohol and bad fats. You body will ask for there, because it was used to getting this. This side effect is probably the most difficult one. Stay strong!

*You are likely to experience this in the first 1-3 days. Some of the side effects are conflict with improvements. Don’t get discouraged, keep going! Of course if it’s getting really bad (fainting for example), you might want to consider eating a proper meal and maybe even stop all together. It’s very important that you make sure that you eat enough bananas. 

PPREPARATONS
To prepare  myself for Banana Island I did a few things. First, I (obviously) bought a lot of bananas. As I started on a Monday, I got my first batch of bananas on Friday. I got myself 50 bananas, to be sure I had enough for at least 2 days. On Sunday I got my second batch. I did it this way, so they have time to ripe, but not be too ripe.
Something else I did, is having a fruit day the day before (Sunday). This is not necessary, but I did it for 2 reasons. First, I had a lot of fruit I was not able to eat in the 7 coming and I didn’t want it to go bad. Second, I wanted to clear the way, so the effect of the bananas would work faster.

EXPECTATIONS
The reason I wanted to do Banana Island, is because this detox (as many other) is like a reset for your body. A lot of detox programs make you feel hungry, what is ok, but I liked this one because you will not be hungry at all. I especially like this detox because of the mental aspect. The difference you will experience between hunger and emotional eating. I’ve been eating a lot of junk food lately and it didn’t do my body any good. I was looking for ways to get out of that junk food circle, but every time I found myself back in that circle. So this is one of the reasons what made me go to Banana Island. I expect to learn a lot about myself and my body. I also really hope it will clear up my skin a bit. I’ve always had a bad skin since puberty and though it was way worse (before I went vegan), it can improve a lot! Though, my main reason for doing this, is because I’m more and more interested in raw food. This might be a step towards more raw food. I don’t think I will ever go fully raw and I always ate a decent amount of raws anyway, but I think I can do a lot better. I want to be a more healthy vegan. I expect to eat more than 20 bananas and I’m even slightly anxious I will eat an abnormal amount and double that or something.


BANANA JOURNAL

DAY 1 / Bananas: 20
I woke up feeling tired. I had about 7 hours of sleep, but I always have a lot of trouble waking up and getting out of bed. I had my first banana at 7:00 and I ate 7 bananas in total over the morning. At 12:30 I had another 2 bananas, but then I didn’t have any for a while. I had to go out around 15:00 for just a bit and when I came back at 15:30 I was all shaky. Just my arms and hands. I should have eaten a bit more by now I think and it also might be part of the detox effect. I had some more bananas and after an hour I was all back to normal. Still I didn’t seem to eat enough bananas and my stomach started to rumble at 18:00. I did eat 14 bananas by then. In the evening I had a whole organic cucumber, what was so refreshing and tasty. Love how something so simple was so delicious and it’s only day one. I also had 3 bananas with some spinach and water, blended into a smoothie. Was very yummy and a nice change after eating only bananas on its own. I didn’t have any real cravings today, I guess the fist day was quite easy.
Over the whole day I drunk 4 cups of tea and I drunk 2 litres of water.

DAY 2 / Bananas: 20
The second day and I woke up before my alarm (6:15), feeling very well rested. That doesn’t happen a lot. Walking to work I felt very energetic and light, what was a lovely feeling. When I got to work my employer gave me a compliment, that I looked well and energised.. ‘The bananas are doing you good’! It’s only the second day and even people around me see a difference already. Again I ate 7 bananas over the morning. In the afternoon I had a little nap. I didn’t feel tired, but to help my body detoxing and because I had a mild headache. It helped me to have less headache. Being shaky for an hour yesterday and the mild headaches are the only bad side effects I’m having now. Weird enough, having the side effects is kind of exciting, because it means my body is getting rid of toxins. Though, in the end of the afternoon, starting from about 16:00ish, I had a very dry mouth. When I got home around 19:00 I ate an organic cucumber and then the dry mouth was gone. To have the last 5 bananas, I made 2 smoothies with spinach and 1 with celery (I really liked this one). Also had a celery stalk on its own. Very yummy and refreshing. Normally I won’t eat them that often on its own. I like celery, but mostly I put them in my salad. I enjoyed eating it by itself a lot. I really like that about this detox, the appreciation for food. I also drunk almost 2L of water and 3 cups of tea.

DAY 3 / Bananas: 20
I felt less energy than yesterday morning, event hough I did sleep for 7 hours. It might be a side effect, but it could also be because I have to eat a few more bananas a day. I ate 7 bananas over the morning again and around lunchtime my stomach started to rumble. So this is also a sign I should actually eat more. The thing is that I’m not hungry. I eat bananas, but most of the time it’s because I have to at least eat 20 bananas in order to do this detox. What is very positive I think, because normally I’m always ‘hungry’. My body is learning about when I’m really hungry or when I just want to eat for the sake of eating. One of the main reasons I started this detox is because of this mental aspect. I felt very cold today too, overall, but especially my hands.. As this is day 3, the side effect must come to an end by tomorrow. What means I’m very excited about what is going to come next. When I left work (18:00) I only had 13 bananas, what meant I had to at least eat another 7. I decided to blend them, to make it easier. I blend them with some celery and made 1 big glass with a little bit of raw cacao powder too. It was very tasty and felt like such a treat. I divided it over the evening, but I was still very full in the end. I didn’t want to screw up though and make sure my digestive system kept working properly. I also made my boyfriend a burger for dinner, what is my favourite food. Surprisingly, though it was a little hard, I managed doing it and it actually went really well. I didn’t even have huge cravings. I also did really well drinking 3 litres of water, next to my 3 cups of tea. Hydration is very important in a detox!

DAY 4 / Banana: 20
My sleep was very deep, even though I only had 6,5 hours. I felt good in the morning, not highly energised good, but I felt good and content. I can feel I lost some weight, but the best thing is that I feel so happy and light. From around 14:00 today was the first time I was really thinking about having something else than bananas. I wouldn’t say it was a huge craving, but it was different from the other times I thought about different foods. I ate 2 stalks of celery, drunk a cup of tea and I felt better. I think day 4 as the middle day and with the side effects gone (headache free!), your body is changing the focus. I’m surprised I still didn’t have huge cravings, especially because I will have my period next week. Normally in this week (so the week before my period) I’m craving a lot of different things 24/7. I basically alway overeat this week, but thriving on bananas this week, makes me feel a thousand times better. When I got home after work (18:45), I had to eat 5 more bananas to reach 20, so I blended them with a little spinach and 1/4 of iceberg lettuce (I’m quite a fan of blending iceberg lettuce, it gives this little zing to a smoothie). I’m thinking about food quite a lot still. Not in a very annoying, can’t pull myself together kind of way. It’s not a craving for 1 specific thing though. Just I notice that I think about salads a lot. I only think about healthy food though, I have no interest in bad food at all. Again I drunk 3 litres of water today and 3 cups of tea.

DAY 5 / Bananas: 20
As it’s Friday today, I always sleep in a bit. What also means I started to eat later. It was ok though, because for breakfast I put 7 bananas in the blender, with a handful of spinach and water. Drinking this over the morning is a lot easier than eating the bananas on its own. Though my skin still had some breakouts in the last few days, I can see that it’s getting a little better. To be honest, this week (the week before my period) is always a good week for my skin, so I’m not sure if it’s just that or that it’s also thanks to the bananas. I think I have to be more patient to find out. Around 15:00 I thought about other food quite a lot again. To solve this I grabbed half an iceberg lettuce from the fridge and ate it like an apple (what level of vegan is this?!). It really helped and it was so delicious. In the evening I went to watch the movie Beauty&TheBeast (aHmazing btw.. best movie I’ve ever watched in the cinemas!!) and I always get popcorn.. I love popcorn! Today that obviously wasn’t possible, so I prepared a chocolate milkshake what contained 3 bananas and 1 tbs of raw cacao powder and I brought a banana on its own. My boyfriend didn’t easy dinner yet, so before we went to the cinema he quickly ate a pizza. He sat in front of me, eating one of my favourite foods. He wasn’t being mean btw, I told him to just eat. Nobody should change around me just because I decided I only want to eat bananas. As there was dairy cheese on the pizza I didn’t crave it at all. Though I think, even though the pizza smelled delicious, if it was vegan, I would still be ok. I feel very satisfied eating bananas. I’m very surprised I’m so ok with all this delicious food around me. Today, after the movie was finished I ate banana number 100! Was kind of a funny thought, knowing I ate 100 bananas in 5 days. I also drunk 2,5 litres of water and only 2 cups of tea.

DAY 6 / Bananas: 20
I was sleeping in until around 9:30 and didn’t start breakfast until 11:00. What wasn’t very clever as that means I have less time to eat 20 bananas. So I blended up 5 bananas with a handful of spinach and a glass of water and drunk it straight. Me and my boyfriend went to Portobello Road Market, but before we left I ate 3 bananas so I’ll not get hungry and tempted but all the yummy food there. We normally get a falafel wrap and eat it at Starbucks, but this time I didn’t get one, but only had a green tea. I was ok with it, though it’s a lot nicer if you can eat together. Eating 20 bananas while starting so late was easier than I thought. Because I was very hungry coming back from Portobello Market, so I blended 6 bananas with some celery and really enjoyed that. In the evening I was kind of craving a meal, so I ate quite a lot of celery and cucumber. Especially the combination of them both was very enjoyable. I can feel how my tastebuds are more sensitive as I could taste how salty the celery was in comparison with the fresh cucumber. Later in the evening I had serious cravings, to something savoury and saucy, like a proper meal. This is the first time I have cravings, maybe because I know it’s only 1 more day. I acknowledge that it was just a craving and created a healthy raw recipe I’ll enjoy on Monday. I also drunk a cup of tea and went to bed a little earlier than I planned to. I had only 2 cups of tea again today, but I did drink 2 litres of water.

DAY 7 / Bananas: 20
I woke up at 9:00 today, what meant that it was already 10:00, as last night the clock moved forward one hour. I slept very long and deep, 9 hours. I only woke up once at 6:00. So I started to eat my bananas a little later again. I guess that is what happens in the weekend. I made myself a banana/spinach smoothie and I got ready for the farmers market. It was lovely to see all the yummy colourful vegetables, it always makes me happy. Though I knew I had to wait for a salad until tomorrow. Later on in the Sainsbury’s, to get the rest of my groceries, it was also a little hard. I love grocery shopping, but everything what I bought was for the following week. I didn’t have huge cravings though, I’m just looking forward to a proper meal again. I made myself another big smoothie with bananas and celery (the one I bought at the farmers market), after eating 3 bananas on its own.
Though I did have bowel movements every day, today was the first time I had big bowel movements. I’m not sure why, but it’s a good sign. Tomorrow my body will be all ready to receive lovely fresh salads. I turned the last few bananas into a raw cacao soft serve. It was delicious. And swallowing that last bite, meant I ate 140 bananas in 7 days. Yesterday and today I was a bit bloated. My intestines must be working really hard to get a lot of toxins and waste out of my body. I’m wondering how it goes when I start to eat other things from tomorrow. I only had 1 cup of tea today, but I did drink 2 litres of water.


DAY 8
So this morning on the scale, it turned out I lost 1,5 kg this week. Quite good isn’t it? I could already feel it during the week, but what means a lot more to me is that I feel so light and have so much energy. I started the day with a big glass of luke warm water, with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. This is how I start my day every morning, also when I was on Banana Island. I did some yoga and it went really well, it made me feel so good. Then I made myself a green smoothie with, guess what.. bananas! This shows you how much I love bananas. I did make the smoothie like I normally make it though, so not only with spinach and water. Yesterday I bought myself a little ripe papaya, to eat as the first thing after all these bananas. It was delicious. I love papayas! Then I also ate a very juicy and sweet tangerine. So enjoyable. At work I had some strawberries and then waited all the way until lunchtime. The moment I’ve been waiting for. I had a huge raw salad with spinach, chard, radish greens, radishes, baby corns, sugar snaps, avocado, ground coriander, smoked paprika and a little sesame seed oil. It was soo nice! I really love salads. Very satisfying after 7 days. Then in the afternoon I snacked on some blueberries, 1 apple and 2 pears. At dinner time I was really hungry and made myself some courgetti. I used a whole big courgette and I made very yummy raw sauce from: fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, fresh basil, celery, salt, thyme and a little ground coriander. It was very delicious! There was some sauce left, so in the evening, whilst watching my favourite show ‘The Big Bang Theory’, I cut up a cucumber and started dipping. Yumm! Going to make this more often. I also drunk over 2 litres of water again and 3 cups of tea. What a successful day! In the next few days I will keep eating more raw foods, but I will also introduce my body again to some cooked foods, like: beans, sweet potatoes and porridge. 

CONCLUSION
Thinking I would eat more than 20 bananas and even feeling anxious about eating double that amount, was quite an hilarious expectation, looking at the fact that I struggled to even eat 20 in the end of every day.
Now one of the questions I was asked most during this week on Banana Island was definitely: ‘Do/Will you still like bananas?’. Yes I do! I love bananas! I enjoyed eating bananas a lot and I’m still enjoying them now. I think bananas are just perfect food. They have so much goodness inside of them, they’re so tasty and you can make amazing food combinations with them. They’re really my personal Super Food!
So overall I found it a very nice experience and it helped me a lot with looking at food in a more healthy way. For all these reasons, I would definitely do it again. Maybe in the summer.. I hope more people will join me then!

DAY 14 / Back to normal
So last week I ate very healthy, apart from a little chocolate here and there (sorry, I’m allowed when on my period, hehe..). This morning I was the same weight as I was after Banana Island. I think if I wasn’t on my period, I would have lost a little weight maybe. It’s still a good sign, because it means that the weight I lost on Banana Island is still off. I can also see that my skin is better. It’s smoother and I have less break outs. Even though I was on my period, I didn’t have huge cravings. Normally I have cravings 24/7 and I can eat a lot, especially the week before and I’m hungry the whole time, but I felt so much better.
The day after Banana Island I had a raw day as you can read in DAY 8. I did this to slowly introduce my body to different food again. The day after that I introduced beans and the day after that, I had some porridge for breakfast. Though from about that day, my stomach was getting really upset. I was very bloated and my tummy (from my stomach to my lower intestines) was painful all day. I think that I ate something (maybe a vegetable) that was bad and I didn’t notice. Or maybe it was becuase introducing all these foods again, but I don’t this was the reason. I kept eating healthy and normal, but only from today I actually feel better. I don’t want you to be discouraged from trying Banana Island, because I think it was because I ate something wrong. I still have a lot of energy and overall I feel very good. I feel so much better than before I started Banana Island. It really helped me to get back on track. This week I will exercise more and get properly fit again. The lovely sun coming out more often, is really helping me with that!

Would you like to go to Banana Island too after reading this? You should! It was a very nice experience and I would (and will) do it again! If you have questions or you need some encouragement, don’t hesitate to CONTACT me! You can also do that in a comment below or via Instgram! 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’!

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Rawligion

img_5733I can’t remember how I discovered Rawligion, but they have been on my to-go list for a lot longer than I wanted them to be. I was very curious about this restaurant, because there are not a lot of restaurants like this. Rawligion is raw.. not a big surprise, or was it? Hehe.. One of the reasons I was so excited to go here, is because it has a very good story. Rawligion actually exists ‘thanks’ to an illness of Rawligion’s creator. What modern medicines and knowledge couldn’t cure, juicing and raw foods did. How amazing is that?! It’s so inspiring and makes you think and realise that what you put in you body is so important. You are what you eat!

img_5735I was so excited about the food. All this goodness! There are 2 big fridges where you can pick your food yourself. You can order a yummy smoothie and then pay at the counter all together. Almost everything is vegan. I asked the girl when I came in if everything was vegan and I thought I was asking for the sake of asking, but then she told me that they weren’t. They almost are though, there is only one dessert which contains something derived from dairy (but isn’t dairy in the end? huh?) and they used honey in some things. I picked a noodle meal and it img_5736turned out that, of course, the dessert I picked was the only non vegan one. So I swapped it for another one. I ordered a smoothie and again, of course that was the only one they didn’t have anymore. Haha.. it went well! So I went for the Bluerella instead. It was a delicious smoothie and I really liked the chocolate dessert too. I did like my main meal too, it was just a bit too saucy for me or something. The sauce wasn’t particularly my thing. It was tasty though, just next time I’ll pick another one. I did really like the structure, that was very yum! Next time I think I will go for the ‘kale salad’.

img_5734I love the interior!! Standing in front of Rawligion already makes you excited to go in. I really like their name and logo, it’s so simple and still very original. Perfect! When inside you can see this lovely counter with lots of green. It looks fresh and very appealing. You just want to order a smoothie, so very clever! I did imagined it to be a lot bigger though, more restaurant like, but in fact it’s very small. I think people go here mainly for a take away or for just a quick meal. What is a shame, because I can totally see something like this in restaurant style. There are some seats in the back. Nice ones. The little tables are attached to the bench you can sit on. It’s different and I like it. There are plants hanging from the ceiling and all this green around you makes you feel in touch with nature. Great atmosphere and great marketing at the same time. The staff was very friendly and helpful, even though I kept choosing the wrong things. All together, I like Rawligion, it’s very different form what I know. Lovely experience!

WHO? Rawligion.
WHERE? 3 Tottenham St, Fitzrovia, W1T 2AF.
CUISINE? Raw food.
VEGAN? Yes! (apart from 2 small things)
OVERALL? 8 (incredibly healthy food, great interior, very different)

What do you think of Rawligion? Are you into raw food and would you go? Please let me know in a comment below or show me on Instagram by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Autumn Warmth

tI like Autumn. I love how the trees change colour, the dark grey skies full of rain, rainbows, sunsets.. Autumn is all about colour. It’s also a little bit cold, but it’s not freezing. Let’s say it’s that kind of cold I can handle, haha! I think London parks are so beautiful now, with the beautiful trees all green, yellow, red and orange. You can find lots of acorns, hazelnuts, conkers.. and what about the chestnuts you can find in most parks, free lunch! Going for a stroll in Autumn is definitely no punishment. Though, isn’t it nice to come home to a warm cup of tea?! That is nice! So nice! Did you know you can easily make tea by yourself? Here is a delicious spicy (if you want it less spicy, reduce pepper corns and ginger) tea recipe with lots of goodness, what will also give your immune system an extra boost!

t3AUTUMN WARMTH

serves: 4

1l water
1 apple (cut into 4)
3 cm ginger (peeled)
2 cm turmeric (peeled)
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cardamom pods
10 black pepper corns
2 star anise

-Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and put it on a medium fire.
-When it boils, put the fire down and let it simmer for about 15-20 min.
-Pour the tea through a sieve into a cup.

Do you like Autumn? Lovely strolls through the woods, collecting all sorts of things?! Are you going to make this recipe? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

RainBOWL

6They say ‘eat the rainbow’. Well, now you can. The more colours in a salad, the better I always think. I love cauliflower and I didn’t eat it for very long as it always gave me big tummy aches. I now know it can happen when you cook it for too long. In this salad I use raw cauliflower, what is super tasty and a lot less chance to have a tummy ache after. I never had a tummy ache from raw food anyway. What only teaches us how healthy and good it is for our bodies to eat raw. The whole salad is raw by the way and it’s very delicious. The flavours really improving each other and you feel so full of energy after eating it. Personally I like to eat raw salads for lunch, but of course you can enjoy the any time. Here is the recipe guys:

RAINBOWL

5Serves: 1

salad
1 cup cauliflower rice
1 tomato (chopped)
1/3 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 cup peas
1/4 cup corn (from cob)
1 hand red cabbage (diced)
1 small carrot (grated)
fresh coriander (to taste)
dressing
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 clove garlic (mashed)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
salt/pepper (to taste)

-Use a food processor to make rice out of cauliflower and then mix all the vegetables in a bowl.
-Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a container with a lid and shake well.
-Pour the dressing over the vegetables and serve with some fresh coriander.
-Add salt/pepper to taste.

4Are you a fan of raw meals? Do you eat only raw or just occasionaly? Are you going to try this lovely colourful salad? Please let me know in the comments below or you can also show me by tagging me or by use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Dress Appropriate

13288788_1157047297672705_121811961_oAlmost all my lunches are big salads. And they’re almost all raw. That’s how I get more than enough nice yummy veggies into my body. Most of the time I just mix everything I can find together and that’s what I call lunch. Haha! Now I do have a favourite dressing what makes everything taste nice. So if you’re not so good with eating your raw veggies, this might be the solution to that! I like it so much, that I almost want to drink it. Only that would be crazy. You must know that I never was such a dressing/sauce person before. I’d like to eat everything plain, so I can taste the true falvour. But lately I got a bit more into it and found out that a nice sauce or dressing can actually really add to the taste. What means that all the natural flavours all together make a perfect mix. Don’t smother it with sugary, fatty sauces.. that wouldn’t be appropriate and respectful for all those lovely crunchy veggies. Here is my favourite(let’s sat ‘the best’) dressing for any salad:

DRESS APPROPRIATE 

13275067_1157046947672740_1611245658_oserves: 4-6

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic (mashed)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp himalayan salt
1/2 tsp turmeric

-Simply put it all together in a jar(with lid) and shake, shake, shake!
-You can keep it in the fridge for a few days.


And just in case you’d like to try it exactly as the picture shows(it’s basically what my salads look like in general), here is the recipe fot the salad too!

SIMPLY SALAD

serves: 213262627_1157047114339390_753605627_o

150 gr lettuce/spinach
1/2 cucumber (chopped)
10 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1 carrot (chopped)
12 sugar snaps (chopped)
4 baby corns (chopped finely)
1/4 red onion (chopped)
1 spring onion (chopped finely)
1 avocado (chopped)
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds

-Mix everything together in a big bowl and add the ‘Dress Appropriate’ dressing (recipe up there ^).
-Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

Are you going to try this recipe? I would love to hear that, so please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Picobello Portobello

13242326_1151392921571476_143253370_oThis is one of the first recipes I made and thought ‘this one I’ll use for my blog one day’, way before I started my blog. I made it so many times and I just love it. It’s very filling, healthy and sooo creamy! This is definitely one of my favourite recipes, though I must admit, I have a lot of favourites. I just love food, haha!
I also think this recipe works very well before or after an intense work out. Full of protein and it’ll fuel you up again in no time. But it’ll also do really well as a lunch, together with some nice crispy lettuce on the side. And I don’t know about you, but I love raw mushrooms, what means, if you leave out the tofu and the oven, you could easily turn this into a raw meal. Great for detoxing!

13234626_1151392878238147_1079407431_oServes: 2

2 portobellos mushrooms
stuffing
1 big avocado
1 clove garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
salt/pepper (to taste)
crumble
100 gr tofu
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
salt/pepper (to taste)
olive oil
decorate
lettuce
spring onion (chopped)

-Preheat the oven at 200C.
-Crumble the tofu together with a bit of olive oil, the turmeric, the cayenne pepper and a bit of salt and pepper in a frying pan and fry this for about 5 min on high fire.
-In the meantime put the avocado, the garlic, the lemon juice together with some salt and pepper in a food processor (or use a fork) until smooth.
-Cut out the stalks of the mushrooms and fill them with the avocado mixture. Crumble the tofu on top and put them in the oven for about 15 min.
-Serve the on some fresh lettuce and sprinkle some spring onion on top.

13241711_1151392938238141_1923754777_oDo you like mushrooms and avocado? Then I’m very sure you’ll like this! Are you going to try this recipe? From the oven or raw? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X