Black Beans + Chickpeas / Custard

BLACK BEANS + CHICKPEAS
Where do you get your protein from?! Well, from this! Black beans and chickpeas form Biona. Not only this obviously, but I use black beans and chickpeas most often as my main protein source. Mostly I eat them in my salad. I wash them first and then I add 1/2 a can to my raw veggies and mix it up. I absolutely love this and do this almost daily. It’s so easy and super tasty. Another thing what I do is make dips and spreads. With the chickpeas I make houmous and in a very similar way I also make a spread with the black beans. Super delicious and  healthy to put on a sandwich and crackers. I especially like it, because you know exactly what you put in it. Also, because you can make a lot, it’s perfect for parties! Just serve some raw veggies (cucumber, carrots) and crackers with it and people will start dipping and spreading, I’m sure.

CUSTARD
This is such a thing here in the UK. This custard of Alpro reminds me more of ‘vanilla vla’, than of custard, but it’s very nice. ‘Vanilla via’ is something similar we have in Holland and we eat it as a dessert. The old fashion way to eat is, I believe my grandparents must still do it, is with a bit of yogurt and a splash of syrup (red squash) in the middle. Like it isn’t sweet enough, haha! I remember my dad used to mix a whole pack of this, with a whole pack of yogurt and then added apples, bananas, raisins and cinnamon. He’d mix it up in a big bowl and then we divided it into smaller bowls for pudding. It was always my favourite. Good memories! A shame it was dairy though. Anyway, this vegan custard is super delicious with the Dutchie Pie I made, so make sure you’ll give it a try. Try heating it up a little bit and it’s even better.

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Raw bars / Stock

rbRAW BARS
Originally the ‘Rawbite’ bars come from Denmark, but are now available in more than 30 different countries. When 3 guys met by chance (though they’re sure it was faith) they came up with the idea to create an honest and natural snack for on the go. They come in 8 different flavours: Protein, Spicy lime, Apple cinnamon, Raw cacao, Coconut, Vanilla berries, Cashew and Peanut. I tried them all except the Cashew. They’re all very nice and have a very nice structure. My favourites are ‘Apple Cinnamon’, ‘Coconut’ and ‘Peanut’. That is just really my thing. I mostly use them when I go to the gym as a pre or post work out snack. They work very well for that. The ‘Protein’ bar even has 20 gr of protein and they all give you a boost of energy.I also think it’s super handy to have in your bag for when you’re on the way and it’ll take a while before your next meal. What I really like is the colours and the simplicity of this product. You can get them in a lot of health shops/supermarkets like the ‘Whole Foods Market’ and ‘Portobello Wholefoods’. Check out their website for more information.

stockSTOCK
I sometimes like to use stock as it’s such an easy and quick way to make a sauce or soup. My favourite stock is the ‘yeast free vegetable’ and the ‘garlic and herb’ from Kallø. I like them so much because they are all natural, organic, gluten-free, they don’t add sugar or any other crap and their palm oil is responsibly sourced. I think the ‘yeast free vegetable’ is ideal for making any kind of soup and I like to use the ‘garlic and herb’ to make a yummy pasta sauce. Unfortunately not all supermarkets sell Kallø or they only have a few options (especially the ‘garlic and herb’ can be hard to find). I’m sure they have them in the ‘Whole Foods Market’ in High Street Kensington and sometimes you’re just lucky to bump into the right one. For more information you can visit their website, because Kallø also sells rice/corn cakes, cereals, breadsticks and gravies. PS: Don’t forget to check out the little poems which are written on the back of every product! + ..don’t they have a cool design?