Oatastic

img_8153Today a super super easy recipe, but also a very helpful and healthy recipe! Sounds good right? Easy, because it only has 4 ingredients (and one of them is water). Helpful, because you can use it in so many things. Like overnight porridge, smoothies, over cereal, with granola or to make granola, in tea or coffee and anything you can think of needing milk. Healthy, because it includes oats, it only has a tiny bit of agave nectar and a pinch of salt. The only thing you need, what is maybe not that common, is a nut milk bag (or you can also use a cheese cloth/muslin). You can easily order those from Amazon, so please don’t let this keep you from giving this a try. Because it’s super fun and nice to make.

img_8151RAW OAT MILK

-1 cup rolled oats
-4 cups cold (!) water
-1/2 tsp maple syrup
-Pinch of salt

-Put the water, the maple syrup, the salt and the oats in a blender and blend it for 30-60 seconds.
-Strain it with a nut bag straight away.
-Keep it in the fridge.

Are you going to try this simple oat milk recipe? Where would you use it in? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me with @freedomevermore on Instagram. Thank you! X

Vegan Advice #2

qaLet’s talk about veganism! Once in a while I like to do a ‘Vegan Advice’ post, where I’ll be giving answers to questions I get asked a lot. Every time I will answer 3 questions. You maybe read my first Vegan Advice already. That one answered the following questions: ‘Can I still eat something nice in a restaurant?‘, ‘How would my environment react?‘ and ‘Can I do it?’. This time I will answer 3 questions too: ‘Where do I get my protein from?’, ‘Can I eat the eggs from my own chickens?’ and ‘Do cows have to be milked?’. These are questions I get asked all the time. If you’re vegan too, I’m quite sure that you get these questions all the time as well. Especially question number 1..

16Where do I get my protein from?
Lets start this 2nd Vegan Advice with a classic. I think this is the most common question you get as a vegan. That’s why, whenever I get asked, it always makes me laugh a little bit. There are still a lot of people out there who think that you need to eat chicken, eggs and greek yogurt to get a sufficient amount of protein. Luckily plants have a lot of protein too. Very good quality protein. For everybody who doesn’t know yet or for people who would like to have a reminder, there we go: Black beans, Lentils, Tofu, Chickpeas, Soy, Edamame beans, Peas, Tempeh, Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia Seeds, Spinach, Broccoli, Almonds, Peanut butter, Spirulina, Tahini, Nutritional yeast.. and I can go on and on, but these ones are some important ones, which are particularly high. What means if you eat lots of these things, there will be no problem with your protein intake. Always aim to eat a varied diet though, don’t only get your protein from peanut butter guys, haha!

img_5915Can I eat the eggs from my own chickens?
Of course you can, but it wouldn’t be a vegan thing to do. So what are you suppose to do with the eggs? I would (and many people do) feed them back to the chickens. Chickens in the wild tend to do this too, to get the lost nutrition back into their body. The chickens nowadays, especially the ones who are bred to lay eggs, lay a lot more eggs than a chicken normally would. It’s insane to think about breeding an animal in a way so ‘we’ can make a profit. Some chickens will always lay a lot of eggs for a long period of time, that’s simply how they were bred. Very sad if you think about it. Other chickens won’t lay any eggs after a while or only just a few a year. This last situation is normal. Imagine a chicken who has to lay 1 or several eggs a day? It would be very vulnerable for predators and a waste of nutrition. Eating eggs is just not a unnatural thing to do. It’s not ours to take. So eating the eggs of your own chickens would also be unnatural. Normally, chickens who were used to lay a lot of eggs, will lay fewer eggs after a while. Especially if there is no rooster around. I was always told that a chicken who lays a lot of eggs, is very happy and a chicken that didn’t lay eggs was unhappy. Now I’m thinking about it, it always was the other way around..

IMG_0696Do cows have to be milked?
If I get this question, I’m always a bit flabbergasted. I do admit that as a child I did believe this too, because this is what you’re told. I am surprised if an adult asks me this though. No offence, because if you never thought about it and you were always told that cows exist to give us milk, then you don’t know. But a cow is not a magic milking machine. In order to give milk, a cow has to, just like any other animal and just like us humans, give birth first. By drinking milk you’re not only supporting the fact that the baby is stolen from the mum 1-3 days after giving birth, but you’re also supporting that more cows come into this world every day. More cows will suffer, more milk will be produced, more cows will be killed and also the more cows there are, the worse it is for the environment. Cows and other livestock are responsible for more than half the CO2 in the world. Apart from that, milk is one of the worst thing you can drink if you want to live a healthy life. So a cow will not suffer if you don’t milk it. If you don’t milk a cow after giving birth, the calf will drink the milk and stay with his/her mum for at least 6 months. Slowly it will drink less milk and slowly the milk will ‘dry up’. Exactly the same as with humans.

Did you already know the answers to these questions or did you learn something? Are there any other questions you’re struggling with? I’d be more than happy to help! Please let me know by leaving a comment below or by sending me a private email. You can also contact me via Instagram by sending me a message, by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Foamy Chai

img_3598My favourite drink this winter (and I’m sure I’ll drink this all year around) is definitely the Chai Latte. You ca find this delicious drink in a lot of cafes and restaurants nowadays. Only 1 problem.. the Chai powder they use, almost all contain cows milk. Hmmm.. Not cool! This is why I make it myself a lot and I thought, I will give you this little recipe too. It’s hardly called a recipe though, because I don’t want to tell you how to make tea. I just have to share this with you, as it’s super yummy. I’m sure you will love it! The only thing you need is a good Chai tea (Clipper – Love Me Truly / Yogi – Green Chai), the best milk there is (Oatly Foamable), some sweetness and a dash of cinnamon. It’s super easy, but oh so satisfying. If you have an electric milk foamer, then it’s even better, because then you can easily foam up the milk. It’s a great investment, haha! Enjoy guys.. thank me later!

FOAMY CHAI

Serves: 1

Chai tea
1/4 cup Oatly foamable milk
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon palm sugar
dash of cinnamon

-Boil water and wait until it’s cooled down slightly (5-10 min), before you put the tea in. Make sure to leave a little space for the milk.
-Let the Chai tea sit in the water for 3-5 minutes.
-In the meantime foam up the milk.
-Stir in the agave nectar.
-Pour the foamy milk in the tea.
-Sprinkle the palm sugar and cinnamon on top.

Are you a tea drinker? Or not? I’m sure that even when you’re not a big tea drinker, you’ll appreciate this warming drink. 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

Oat Milk / Raw Bars

img_3075OATLY BARISTA
A good plant-based milk.. is always quite a thing isn’t it?! It has to be free from sugar and any other crap, it has to be creamy, taste great by itself, taste great in coffee and tea and if it’s possible it should foam too! There are so many different milks to choose from, but they can’t have it all. Until Oatly came with ‘foamable’. It’s creamy, what makes it great for if you want to use it in your coffee (cappuccino) or tea, it tastes A-mazing by itself and it’s super foamable (it’s in the name.. hehe..). Oatly is a very good brand in general, because they are pure, honest and they don’t use sugar or any other crap. I always liked them from the start and I think their design looks fab! I didn’t stop buying Oatly Barista since the day I discovered it. I now make sure there is always a pack in the house, in case I want to make a lovely Chai Latte, a bowl of porridge (cold or warm) or just drink it on its own. It’s delicious, my absolute favourite milk! Check out their website if you’d like to know more.

img_3331RAW BARS
I think many people know the Nakd bars, as they sell them basically everywhere. How many of you tried them? Because I really like Nakd bars. They make a great snack for if you have to wait a little longer until your next meal. They’re guilt free, as they’re fully raw, only contain a few ingredients and they don’t contain any processed crap. My favourite one is the ‘peanut butter’, but I also really like ‘cashew’, chocolate’ and ‘carrot’. I do like the soft bars, with the nutty flavours best. I’m not a big fan of the crunchy and fruity flavours. I mostly eat them after or before my work out. They’re great to provide you with a little energy boost or to fill you up after burning up your energy. I think they’re great. One of the good things is, like I said earlier, that you can buy them almost everywhere. What is very perfect when you want a good healthy snack, but you’re on the way. They have a lot of flavours, so I’m sure there is one you like. You can check out all the flavours on their website and find out which one in your favourite?!

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