Vegan Chocolate Crepe Cake

Crepes are a breakfast or dessert staple in the part of Europe that I come from. Growing up, I had them most weeks with jam, Nutella or fruit. I LOVE crepes. My mum used to make them quite often, and I loved waking up to freshly made crepes in the morning. Brings back some fond memories of my childhood.

When I first became vegan, I thought I would have to say goodbye to them forever. Little did I know that there are many substitutes for eggs and dairy milk. And they can be made gluten-free as well. When I do that, I normally use a good all-purpose gluten-free flour. [continue reading…]

How To Practice Digital Minimalism At Home – Episode 023

There has been a lot of discussion around digital clutter in the minimalist community as of late. Rightly so, technology has quickly taken over physical clutter in many ways. From physical letters, folders, CD’s, records, tapes, DVD’s, notebooks, photo albums, you name it; we’ve just moved them to a digital format. They all still exist, maybe just not on our coffee table or storage shelves. 

With the digital age, boredom no longer exists. We have managed to fill every waking minute with something. With the world at our fingertips, smartphones fill in the void of what once was a welcome lull for a few minutes while you waited in line to order your lunch at a cafe or the train to arrive at the station. [continue reading…]

Through previous articles and podcasts, something keeps creeping into my mind about how we can all make a positive impact on the world.

It’s the notion of using your skills, curiosity and passion for inspiring, educating and entertaining an audience to make better decisions and ultimately saving more animals.

So I wanted to write a post on a topic I’m comfortable talking about in the context of activism, blogging. My goal is to provide ideas for those who may have the skills to start a vegan blog.

This idea of having more vegan content creators is fascinating to me. As much information as there is on the internet about a vegan lifestyle, it pales in comparison to the non-vegan content. [continue reading…]

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Cashew Cream

I know that there are probably a million recipes out there for a chia seed pudding, but I’ve been making this one for years and absolutely love it. So I thought I’d share it with you as I’m sure you will too.

I first started eating chia seed puddings around six years ago when I wanted to begin eating a little cleaner in the morning for breakfast and also not reach for the naughty snacks when I got a bit peckish. Chia seed puddings seemed like the perfect alternative. Super easy to make, a lot of room for creativity and combination of flavours, and most importantly, satisfying. [continue reading…]

Vegan Businesses Can Change The World – Episode 022

Michael wrote a post over three years ago out of frustration of not seeing enough vegan options on the market. In that time, many of the business ideas that he listed for others to potentially pursue, we have seen come to fruition. 

With the rise in popularity, veganism has opened the opportunity for more entrepreneurs to invest in a growing market. This is exciting because there is much less risk involved and it has been proven to be a successful and reliable way to grow in an emerging market. 

We’ve also been dreaming lately about how awesome it would be to see a vegan deli that has all the same options as a normal one but vegan. You can get your pickled and fermented vegetables as well as vegan cheeses and meats. When we started doing some digging, it was great to see that places like this already exist, but just not anywhere near us.  [continue reading…]

What’s So Great About Minimalism?

I must confess. I LOVE minimalism and everything it represents—to the point where I consciously created this blog, wrote a book, and then later a podcast, covering topics on minimalism. Heck, even my company is named “Minimalist Company”!

So, you want to know what is so great about minimalism? I have a lot to share on this topic as you can probably imagine, but I’ll keep it simple. Here’s my bias answer sharing five benefits I’ve experienced personally as a result of minimalism. [continue reading…]

How To Make Homemade Kombucha Three Ways

I’ve been making kombucha at home for about five years now. I remember when I got my first SCOBY and starter from a fellow health coach in a little jar. She gave me all these instructions and things to watch out for to give me the best chance of the kombucha succeeding. I quickly jumped online, watched a few videos, and made sure that I was super prepared. I ended up being pretty overwhelmed by all these ‘rules’.

What I quickly realised was homemade kombucha is a super simple, cost-effective way of getting good bacteria in your gut. It has become very popular around the world as a healthy soft drink alternative. My main problem with the store-bought ones is that most of them are super sweet. When it’s really sweet, it means that the bacteria haven’t had the chance to eat enough sugar yet (which is the fermentation process), or that they have added sugar back into it to make it almost like a soft drink to appeal to a broader market. This defeats the purpose of drinking it for its benefits completely! [continue reading…]

When we think about sustainability, what are some of the first images that come to mind? Typically we would say someone that lives off the grid and is entirely self-sustained. But when we all want to do our bit for the planet, this concept and lifestyle needs to be more approachable. We need to challenge the accessibility of sustainable practices by asking more questions and doing even the smallest things.

In this podcast episode, we share with you how we live our lives day-to-day to be more sustainable, and our honest thoughts on what has worked and where we could certainly improve. This isn’t about being perfect or saying that you’re doing one thing and not another, but we’re sure that we have a lot of relatable experiences and tips that may be food for thought.  [continue reading…]

Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare

Harmful Ingredients That Can Be Found In Your Everyday Cosmetics

As a minimalist, I buy things with intention. That doesn’t only extend to clothes, items in the kitchen, furniture and homewares, but also what I use in the bathroom. Today, I will be focusing on talking about cosmetics. More importantly, the little emphasis we give to the type of cosmetics that we use. You can also read my thoughts on this topic in a previous article that I wrote.

Over a decade ago, I used to use products with harmful chemicals. Ones that would have me running in the opposite direction today. You know the products that I’m talking about. Maybelline mascara, Pantene Pro-V shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, Nivea body lotion, The Body Shop perfumes, and the list could go on and on.

I’ve transformed my skincare, makeup and body care products to only using organic, vegan and toxic-free products. Yes, you spend a little more on them, but I honestly couldn’t tell you how important it is to remove them from your life and not put that toxic load onto your body. With these types of products, they are more concentrated as they don’t have any fillers, so the product does go a little longer than their toxin-laden counterparts. [continue reading…]

Warm Tempeh & Lentil Salad

I absolutely adore warm salads that have a great depth of flavour and can be pre-prepared. A salad like this is great for sharing as a side or having it as a main. I either like to have super simple salads like just plain lettuce or rocket (arugula) with a simple vinegar, olive oil and salt dressing or something with lots of flavour that is more of a meal like this Red Rice Salad with a Tahini Dressing or this Mediterranean Pearled Couscous Salad that I made just yesterday for lunch.

This meal is perfect for making on the weekend and taking to work over a couple of days as its nice chilled as well. You can also pair it with some good quality bread if you find that it’s not filling enough. I’m thinking of all the big eaters out there like Michael and me!  [continue reading…]