Vegan french toast

French toast…. the perfect breakfast in many ways.

1. You are using up stale bread

2. It’s like pancakes but you don’t have to make pancake batter and deal with that mess

3. You don’t need a waffle iron

In the past i have made french toast sticks, french toast in the airfryer and a french toast casserole. But i feel like this may be the best recipe yet! Or maybe i was just super hungry…. that is up to you to decide!!!

This recipe is sugar free, aside from the natural sugar in the bread. And you could possibly make this gluten free by skipping the flour and using a gluten free bread, however i can’t guarantee the results will be the same.

You can add some nutritional yeast to the batter, which adds a cheesey/eggy flavour which French toast usually has.

And lastly… you can swap the aquafaba for plantbased milk and swap sweetener for sugar if you like.

My recommendation is to use a sturdy bread… or if you use bread slices like i did. Then leave them out on a plate overnight or roast in the oven at 150c for about 3-5 minutes, just to make sure they are fully dried out.

This also ensures that they won’t just crumble or fall apart when you dip into the batter.

For 3 slices of bread – recommend doubling this if you have sturdier bread

Ingredients

3 slices of bread, preferably stale/slightly dry

2,5 tbsp chickpea flour

1tbsp flour

9tbsp aquafaba

Pinch of salt

Cinnamon

1-2tbsp sweetener

Margarine or oil to fry in

Toppings: banana, berries, vegan nutella

How to:

Begin by mixing together the chickpea flour, flour, sweetener, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Then add the aquafaba and mix until a batter like consistency has formed.

Take your dry/stale bread and dip into the batter. 1-2 seconds each side should be enough.

Then place in a frying pan with some vegan margarine and fry on medium heat until golden brown on each side. Repeat.

Also you can double the amount of batter if making more slices.

Eat warm with some berries, banana and vegan nutella!!!

This is definitely a dish i will be making again soon 🙂

Give this recipe a go and don’t forget to let me know what you think!!

Your feedback and seeing when you recreate my dishes and recipes makes me so happy!

Do animal lives matter more than human lives? | Vegan question

I got a rather interesting – and hypothetical – question asked to me which was… if i had to choose between an animal (in this case it was a cow) or a human, which would i save. And this was based on me being a vegan. (It’s a bit like the… if i was stranded on an island with only a chicken/pig would i eat it type of question all vegans seem to get asked).

Of course i hope that i will never be in this situation… and it sounds rather hypothetical. And the answer to that question is that i would save the human…. which someone may think is strange because “I am vegan and for the animals… wouldn’t i save the animals… you don’t want animals to die?” .

And why would i save the human… well, for many reasons but even if a cow has a consciousness and nervous system, meaning they can think and feel, a human being does have that extra consciousness. Of course i wouldn’t want the cow to die, but in this hypothetical situation i would choose the humanbeing to save.

Of course, if it was between my own dog and a human it might be a different answer… but then again if i had to choose between saving (which i never hope happens) a family member or my dog… that would be a completely different answer and situation… i really couldn’t choose.

In our society, the majority of us DON’T need to eat or use animal products to be healthy, to get nutrients or to live. The majority of people can survive without animals having to die for their consumption.

I don’t believe in factory farming. I don’t believe it is correct for thousands and millions of animals to die each year just to be eaten or in worst case… to die, be turned into food and then just thrown away because the food has gone bad. I don’t believe in the animal abuse/torture that happens on a daily basis just for the production of food…. when the majority of people in society don’t need it. It is more sustainable for the planet to actually not consume so many animal products anyway.

So i am against the killing of animals when it is absolutely not necessary.

In the past it might have been necessary to kill animals to get enough nutrients to survive, develop and grow as well as use the fur for warmth… now a days, we don’t need any – or very little in certain cases – animal products to survive. But the killing of animals is on a much higher level than the actual requirement or need.

I am against using animals to test on for different experiments. I am against locking up animals and in some cases beating them just for the sake of entertainment. I am against using horses or dogs for racing or any other animals just to fight each other.

I am against the abuse of animals in all forms.

This however does not mean i think animals are better than humans or that humans should die out so that animals can live in peace, which some vegans believe.

I still believe humans have a higher conscious level and are more developed…. though it also surprises me then that not more people make the choice to go vegan or atleast try to eat as vegetarian as possible.

These types of questions are interesting and can lead to quite a discussion and debate, which i am fine with having – though i would prefer to have it in real life, not online. However they are also unrealistic and hypothetical situations… and i live in a society where i don’t need to choose between saving either a human or a cow…. i can do both. By eating vegan and also doing things such as giving blood, being an organ donar and helping people in other ways.

This is my thoughts on this topic, and as mentioned i don’t mind getting these types of questions…. however it is easier to discuss and bring up different thoughts and nuances in a real life discussion.

If you have any thoughts on this topic, feel free to comment down below… would love to know how others think.

My thoughts on food waste | How to limit food waste | Masterpost

Something i have noticed alot of online is the amount of food waste that is due to example different video ideas…. Such as making shoes out of sandwiches, making freak shakes which the people just throw away later because they become so inedible. Or just buying a bunch of food which just doesn’t seem to be eaten up, of couse I can never know… they may give the food away, but sometimes they say that the food has gone cold and they are just going to throw it away.

And it just all feels so unnecessary…. And of course there is nothing that one person, like myself, can do about it. Instead there just needs to be more awareness about food wastage and how unnecessary it is. Especially when it comes to things like just wasting food for the sake of a video.

There is food wastage everywhere and if I am honest the biggest problem is big companies such as food stores, restaurants, school, factories where the food is made. That is where the most food goes to waste. I work at a store and it is crazy how much food we throw away each DAY. I wrote a post about it HERE (along with some facts and thoughts about food wastage), if you want to check it out.

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But as individuals we can all do our best to try to limit our food wastage.

I have some meal ideas for limiting food wastage, HERE. & Some tips for what to do with food leftovers! & another post: what to do with leftovers

But I thought I would give some more tips on how to limit how much food you throw away.

Let’s start off with, that everyone has some foodwastage, it is hard not to end up with some food wastage each week or month.

Sometimes you buy food that is already moldy and there is no way to save it. Othertimes you don’t manage to eat the fresh produce fast enough before it turns to go off and mold. And othertimes there may be crosscontamination or the risk of bacteria on the food which means you have to throw it away… and othertimes maybe you burn the food, drop the food or anything else that means you can’t eat the food and have to throw it away.

However, we can all do our part to try to limit the amount of food we throw away, and the first step is:

Tips to limit food wastage:

Planning your groceries and meals so that you don’t buy an excess of fresh produce which you might not be able to eat throughout the week.

Buying frozen food can be a good way to both save money and stop food from going moldy before you manage to eat it. You can read more about the nutrition differences between fresh and frozen food (Hint, there isn’t a huge difference!). Post HERE.

By planning your meals you both save money buy also just buy the food you know you will eat so that you don’t have food just sitting in your fridge. Another option is that if you do cook an excess amount of food, then you can freeze it in for later.  That’s what I do whenever I cook too much of something and know that I may not want to eat only that food for the whole week. It is perfect for the days you don’t feel like, or don’t have time to cook!

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Get better at using up what you have at home before buying more. Sometimes you end up with just a tiny bit of rice or two potatoes, or barely a portion of pasta left and many people have the automatic response to just thor wthose away (from what I have noticed from friends or family). But don’t… instead get creative and making something out of those small remainders. Or…. You could just use that amount when cooking and not leave just a tiny bit left, hahah.

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Practical tips are: If you have a little coffee left, you can pour it into ice cubes and make frozen coffee later. The same goes with example fresh herbs/lemon/mint/lime, so that you can later add to water to make flavoured water.

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If you have a bunch of vegetable scraps left, turn then into your own vegetable broth.

Vegetable peels: You can even turn vegetable peels into chips.. but then just make sure you really scrub and clean then as they could have pesticides or soil on them which you don’t want to ingest in too high amounts. (Home made vegetable crisps: recipe)

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Fruit going bad? If you have left over bananas, slice them and freeze them. – The same goes for other fruit or berries… if they are beginning to go bad, just place them in the freezer to make smoothies later on. (Of course, this also means you have to have a food processer or blender to make the smoothies/nice cream.) Otherwise, if it is apples, pears, nectarines that are beginning to go bad, you can always bake them or fry them and add to oatmeal….. Or why not make a pie out of them if you have time and ingredients for it.

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Maybe you have a little cooked rice or roasted vegetables left which have gone dry…. Then you can refrey them (of course, you should be careful with rice as it is a risk that bacteria can grow in rice. So if you havenät eaten rice within 48 hours I would throw away… however if it was placed in the fridge right away and not left standing in room temperature it might be ok. But typically reheating, cooling and reheating rice over and over isn’t recommended).

How to save fresh salad in packages? I recently learned a tip that once you open a pacakge of fresh salad, example spinach in a plastic bag, take some householdpaper, fold it 2 times (to a little square) and place in the corner of the spinach bag… this will soak up the extra moisture and keep the spinach fresh!

Buying ingredients/food that doesn’t go bad – i.e limiting fresh produce if you don’t have time to eat them. Just buy the food you will eat… i.e if you know you won’t be eating the fruit or vegetables, don’t buy them… I know many who buy fresh produce just in the *hopes* of actually eating them because they have bought them, but week after week throw away the food anyway. Don’t be that person. Either eat the food, or don’t buy it.

Another tip to save food and limit waste is storing food correctly. If you store food in too high or too low temperatures it can make the food (fresh produce) go bad/rot quicker… so make sure to store the food correctly!

 

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Best before vs use by date?

Typically, you can still eat food after the best before date… it just means that the taste or texture *may* be a little off/different, not always… but it is still safe to eat. Just do the smell, look, taste test… your senses should be able to tell you whether it is still ok to eat or not 🙂 But you shouldn’t eat food after the use by date, as then it may not be safe to eat due to bacteria or other risks. Especially when it comes to meat.

Going out to eat? If you don’t finish your meal, ask for a goodie bag/take away. If you don’t want to finish the food at home anyway… ask for a takeaway bag and give to a homeless person (if possible).

Don’t waste aquafaba from canned chickpeas. I know it may seem silly, and i have to be honest, 50% of the time i just throw away this liquid as i know i won’t make anything with the aquafaba before it goes bad. But you can infact make quite alot with this liquid, RECIPES HERE. And i even have an upcoming recipe which is SUPER TASTY using aquafaba. So when you use chickpeas from a can, save that liquid and use the liquid in another dish… example works great in pancakes!

Got leftover bread? Freeze it. Otherwise… make your own bread crumbs or croutons or bread pudding or french toast casserole or if you have tortilla bread, make home made nachos.

Freeze in fresh herbs to use later in dishes. You can even grate the peel or orange, lemon, lime etc which you can later use in baked goods or other recipes. 

Or if you have garlic/chilli/ginger which is going bad, chop them up/grate and freeze in… makes it alot easier when you need them when cooking!

And finally…. food compost. I know not all households have the possibilty for this, but if you can…. do it! Sure, it may mean having to go compost the food every other day (or preferably less because *you don’t have so much food waste 😉 * , but it is much better for the planet!

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I know that the people who may need this post and reminder are the ones who most likely won’t be searching or reading this post…. but maybe to those of you who already are aware of minimizing food waste can remind others to do the same thing! 🙂 Even if we are just “One person”, it all adds up, and we can all make a small difference.

If everyone thought, “i am just one person, what does it matter”, then there would be no change happening in the world… because “just one person” adds up! 🙂

If you have any other tips to reduce food waste, or your thoughts regarding food waste, comment down below!!

Can children eat vegan? | Nutrition advice

Recently i have seen a bunch of YouTube videos and articles about children eating a vegan diet who have become malnourished and very sick. And calling it child abuse to feed a child a vegan diet.

So the question is… can children eat a vegan diet or not?

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Well just like everyone, whether you are an adult, teenager or child it is individual. For some people a completely plantbased diet is the best diet and works great, for others it doesn’t work… either due to allergies or illnesses which can make it hard to eat completely plantbased. Or if someone has certain nutrition requirements which can be hard to meet on a plantbased diet or if someone has digestive issues which makes it harder to absorb all the nutrients required on a plantbased diet.

Children can eat a plantbased diet and be healthy, however then it is also recommended that the parents have knowledge of nutrition and also contact a dietitian or nutritionist who knows a lot about plantbased nutrition to help.

So first off… a bunch of the articles written about parents feeding their children a vegan diet are sort of inaccurate. Or well the parents weren’t feeding the child a balanced vegan diet… they were feeding them a whole bunch of fruit and raw food.

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Barely adults can get enough vitamins and minerals, or energy through just fruit and raw vegetables… nonetheless a child who doesn’t even have any storage of D vitamin, A vitamin or B12 in their liver.

When a child eats a plantbased diet you really need to make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need as well as the energy they need. Children don’t require as much energy per day meaning that they have less room for things like chocolate, ice cream and crisps… but also that they need to eat nutrient dense food to get all the nutrients they need while also not having to eat a lot of calories. Not to mention, children can usually not eat huge portions… meaning that a bunch of fruit or raw veggies just means a bunch of volume without a lot of nutrition. And lastly… feeding children a lot of fiber isn’t recommended as 1) it is very filling, making it hard to eat enough of other foods to reach the nutrition requirements, 2) it can give stomach ache, gases and cramping as it takes a lot for the digestive system to process and digest the fiber and 3) too much fiber can hinder the absorption of other nutrients.

It is recommended that children eat a lower fiber diet and also to avoid giving them things like chia seeds, flax seeds, rice and rice products.

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And then there is also the fact that children don’t have any b12 storage which many adults may have if they have eaten meat or dairy while growing up. B12 is vital for the proper function of the nervous system and for proper growth, and there are serious consequences if there is a b12 deficiency. So you need to give your child b12 supplements for the rest of their life. Just like adult vegans, they need to take b12 supplements.

Also D vitamin supplements or drops is recommended as well as A vitamin.

And if your child is eating a bunch of fruit and vegetables and not a lot of tofu, beans, soy products… then there can be a lack of protein which is not recommended for a growing child.

Omega 3 is also very important, which may be hard to get if you don’t feed your child walnuts, flaxseed oil or rapeseed oil. Note, if you give your child walnuts, they should be chopped or ground to avoid choking. Other important nutrients are iodine which you can get from iodized salt, selenium which you can get from brazil nuts and even zink is important… but typically you get enough zink from vegetables.

Iron and calcium are two important minerals which you may need to be extra aware of if your child eats plantbased. Iron you can get from beans, nuts, seeds, cereals, fortified milks…. And calcium you can get from fortified plantbased milks, tofu, tahini and even green leafy vegetables if your child eats them (you could puree them and add some rapeseed oil or drizzle over some tahini). It is also recommended that both you and your child consume fortified plantbased milks… otherwise you are getting very little energy or nutrients if you consume the unfortified versions. They are also a source of b12 which can be super important for both you and your child.

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It can be a good idea to get allergy tests on your child, to make sure they aren’t allergic to soy or any nuts or seeds, which are typical allergens and also a plantbased diet usually includes a lot of them.

For a child to grow and develop properly, right nutrition is key. And that doesn’t mean your child has to eat meat or dairy… not unless they are showing signs that they aren’t growing properly o get a lot of stomach issues while eating a plantbased diet. Meat is very nutrient dense and is filled with protein and iron which all people need, however you can of course get protein and iron from plantbased sources. And you can get calcium from other sources than dairy, however the animal sources are more nutrient rich and absorb better. But with the right knowledge, and as long as your child seems to enjoy the food and develop properly then a plantbased diet is no problem.

It is of course recommended that you breastfeed your child as long as possible, as breastmilk has almost all the nutrients your child needs and also the right energy for the child to grow and develop. And if that doesn’t work, then giving your child formula…. Not just jumping to sweet potato puree at once.

I would recommend you do bloodchecks every year for your child just to make sure they don’t have any deficiencies.

A plantbased diet can work for your child, but just be extra aware of certain nutrients and how/what they eat. You can’t force your child to eat certain foods and if they don’t like them, they don’t like them. You could of course test to prepare them another way and see if they like them. It is important that your child does get the right nutrition over time…. Even if not everyday is perfect.

Feeding your child a vegan diet isn’t childabuse… people can feed their children chicken nuggets, burgers, cola and chocolate weekly and nobody cares. But as soon as your child eats plantbased everyone makes a fuss. A child can still still eat vegan burgers, vegan chickennuggets and vegan chocolate. However, children also need vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and a balanced diet.

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Feeding your child just fruit and vegetables is NOT recommended and can lead to serious nutrient deficiencies which can have long term consequences. So take contact with a dietitian, read up on nutrition and feed your child a BALANCED vegan diet.

I don’t have children myself but I can make a post with some vegan meal ideas which can be recommended for children and contain a bunch of nutrients!

 

 

 

 

 

Aware but not obsessed? | Organic, plastic free, locally produced food?

The previous day i shared on my Instagram story wondering how people thought about

  1. buying local or knowing where the food they buy from actually comes from
  2. and also about organic vs. nonorganic, considering that organic food is often wrapped in plastic.

So recently i have begun thinking about these two topics. I was shocked when i began to read where some of the food i buy – mostly fresh produce – comes from. I.e i have never really thought about the fact that certain root vegetables which can be grown in Sweden, are still imported from other countries. This may of course be obvious for others.

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And of course i am aware that certain foods and fresh produce can’t be grown or produced in Sweden and so they are imported. If each country were to only sell locally produced food then there would only be like 1 or 2% of the food left in the stores and it would most likely not economically go together. Considering that important and export of food/produce creates alot of money.

Not to mention that you would never really get to try any new or different foods if you were to only buy and eat local foods.

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I also asked about peoples opinions on organic vs. non-organic produce. I buy organic when i can, but it is not my main priority when i go food shopping. I am not so worried about the pesticides on the inorganic produce. Now a days the toxicity/danger of consuming them is very little and has less environmental impact as they once did when they contained more dangerous substances. However, of course the organic pesticides or biorational pesticides have a lot less impact on the environment and less substances that may be unhealthy for humans.

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Of course it is all about dosage... the more fresh vegetables and fresh produce which have been sprayed with pesticides which you eat, the higher the dose. So if you eat alot of fresh produce then choosing organic may  be better. Example if you eat alot of raw food. But if you eat fruits and vegetables in a rather “average” way, then there doesn’t seem to be a risk or problem.

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However certain items such as bananas, coffee and chocolate, it is good to choose fair trade and organic for the sake of the workers, as the chemicals used on the inorganic are very dangerous and the working situations not good at all. So i try to buy fairtrade of these items when i can. And if organic food is just a little bit higher in price – but nothing extreme – then i will choose it when i can.

I do want to start becoming more aware of where the fresh produce i buy comes from. Especially when it comes to foods that can be grown in Sweden. I know that example avocados, bananas as well as beans and lentils can’t be grown or produced in Sweden, but i still want to eat them on a weekly basis.

Basically… i want to become more aware, but not obsessed.

Which brings me to the main point of this post.

For someone who has had a past with a restrictive eating disorder, it could be easy for me to become “too aware” or “too obsessed” and want to suddenly only eat local and organic vegan food. To begin cutting out food because i have become too aware. This of course is not the case.

I wrote about these topics because they were on my mind and something i never really considered before, and well it is something i want to think about and make more active choices when i can. But i won’t let it completely control my food choices or how i eat either.

In the end, eating imported lentils and beans has alot less environmental impact than eating meat or dairy, and that is what matter for me. I may not be able to eat the most environmentally friendly diet, but just eating plantbased/living vegan is enough for me. And the extra things like local and organic is when i can.

My aim is to not give anyone anxiety or put pressure on people to “be perfect” or always make the “best” choice. But instead to raise awareness, and from that awareness you can make your own choices. Just like with knowledge… if you don’t have the knowledge or awareness to make certain choices, then you won’t know. But if you have the knowledge and awareness then you can atleast make a choice.

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And like i said… you shouldn’t let these things control your life, especially not if you are/Have struggled with an eating disorder, then just eating is good enough. (Which is also one of the reasons i don’t recommend eating fully plant based if you are in recovery from an eating disorder, because the main thing is to just be able to eat without guilt or restrictions, and in the future when you are mentally and physically healthy you can begin to eat more plant absed if you still want to!).

This was just my thoughts on the topic, and if you have any thoughts regarding these topis comment down below!