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Essential Vegan Swaps 0

Whether you are completely new to the Vegan lifestyle, a veteran Vegan or just thinking about making some changes – we realise that it can be difficult especially when you miss some of those old favourites.

 

We have put together a little list of the top essential “swaps” that can help you keep a guilt free lifestyle without compromise!

 

  • Dairy Milk for Almond Milk / Soya Milk
  • Egg (for cooking or baking) for Flaxseeds (or Chia) - read our previous article on how to prepare this!
  • Butter (for cooking or baking) for Coconut Oil
  • Sour Cream for Silken Tofu
  • Scrambled egg for Tofu
  • Honey for Agave Syrup
  • Cream (for cooking or baking) for Coconut Milk
  • Mayonnaise for Mashed Avocado

 

Do you have any swaps that have helped you keep to the Vegan Lifestyle (or any tips!) let us know in the comments. We are big believers that eating cruelty free shouldn’t be difficult!

10 Foods to Improve your Mood 0

As we head in to winter, the amazingly warm and sunny summer we have just had can seem like a distant memory leaving you feeling down.

The food that you eat and the drinks you have all have an effect on your mood so, to help you combat some of those woes, we have put together our list of favourite mood enhancing foods.

  1. Dark Chocolate

High quality dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins (the chemicals in the brain that create the feelings of pleasure) so if we ever needed a better reason to eat chocolate, we have one here.

  1. Beans

Due to how your body digests them (slowly), these help with reducing blood sugar highs and leave you without that irritable and tired side-affect that comes from the crash.

  1. Berries

Blueberries, Raspberries or Strawberries…these little fruity snacks can reduce the production of Cortisol (the hormone released when we are stressed).

  1. Herbal Tea

Swapping your usual high caffeine coffee or tea can drastically help mood swings however that’s not the end of why you should indulge in this herbal alternative. There are links between tea and relaxation and concentration. With so many flavours – we don’t think you will get bored!

  1. Coconut

Just smelling the scent of coconut has shown to reduce stress (anyone else think of a tropical beach?) however eating coconut regularly has proven to reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.

  1. Turmeric

Studies show that this powerful root can help fight the symptoms of depression. This is due to the anti-anxiety properties and the ability to help with chronic fatigue.

  1. Nuts

Eating these little snacks has been found to increase serotonin levels in the brain which can lead to brightening mild depression. The recommendation is to grab your daily intake of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts and feel a bit brighter.

  1. Seeds

One of our biggest superfoods at the moment and, in particular Chia Seeds, carry major health benefits (as well as being able to keep you fuller for longer). They also have a hidden and very important side affect, they improve your mood due to being rich in Omega 3.

  1. Spinach

Any leafy greens that you can include in your diet are proven to lift your mood. They contain magnesium which increases Serotonin levels and in turn boosts your mood.

  1. Water

Quite frankly, the most important of all. The more water you drink, the better the mood and it’s that simple!

What is your go-to mood boosters? Let us know in the comments below!