Top 3 YouTube Channels for Plant Based Food Inspiration

So you’ve watched What The Health on Netflix and you want to incorporate more plant based meals into your diet but you’re thinking ‘What the hell can I eat now?’ It can be difficult to know where to start but after a few experimental sessions in the kitchen you will more than likely find yourself enjoying the process. When I decided to go vegan two years ago, YouTube was my number one go-to for meal inspiration. Now there seems to be an endless number of channels with ‘what I eat in a day’ videos and vegan recipes. You may also find some very opinionated individuals on there who may tell you to eat 50 bananas a day or to never set foot in a supermarket again because you might walk past a pot of honey. To save you the time deciphering which ones are a worthwhile watch, here are my top three vegan channels for mouth watering meal ideas. You’re welcome…

  1. Hot for Food

The birth child of Lauren Toyota, Hot for Food began as a blog and naturally transitioned into a YouTube channel when Lauren decided to say goodbye to a career in television. This was the first vegan channel I found and has consistently been a favourite when I want to mix my dinners up a little. There are some great short videos which are super quick and easy to follow, vegan food challenges and also Recipe? videos where Lauren makes dishes from ingredients she has left over in her kitchen, encouraging you to get creative and do the same. Comfort food is the name of the game with Hot for Food – going plant based doesn’t mean you have to eat rabbit food you know!

Pasta is a great way to start when you don’t really know what you’re doing in the kitchen. With this video, you suddenly have three signature dishes under your belt.

 

  1. Pick up Limes

I found this channel over the summer and it soon became a firm favourite. Sadia is a certified dietician who creates really amazing videos which are both hunger-inducing and educational. The channel provides lots of information with regards to nutrition and gives plenty of nutritious yet delicious food ideas to help kickstart your healthier lifestyle.

This is a great video for lunch ideas. I found coming up with lunchtime meals the most tricky, especially when trying to make ahead, so these simple lunch boxes certainly provide some great options to get going with.

 

  1. Nikki Vegan

I love this girl! She creates a lot of really simple, clean meals without compromising on taste. Her content is always well edited with clear instruction so you don’t waste any time. When exploring her video upload history you won’t be short of ideas for teatime. Nicole’s passion for the vegan lifestyle really comes across in her videos but there is no agenda here, no pressure and certainly no judgement which is a breath of fresh air in the vegan community which can be perceived as hostile at times.

When you want a hearty dinner this Autumn, try this pumpkin and sage pasta recipe – seriously yummy!

 

 

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Friday Faves

Here are three little treasures I’ve found recently for happiness and health ✌🏻️💕🌿

1. The Body Shop

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For me, living a more conscious life is about making little changes often. Trying to save the planet is too much to take on all at once and I would imagine you are less likely to succeed and more likely to become down trodden with guilt because in this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible to live without doing something that is damaging to your body and/or the environment.
One little step I have taken recently is to buy these beauties from the body shop:

*Coconut milk body lotion
*Coconut shower cream
*Vanilla body mist

They are all vegan (I checked their list of vegan products). Ethics aside, my skin feels softer than ever and I smell like ice cream – yes! I would highly recommend these items to anyone and I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

2. Big Magic

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Elizabeth Gilbert is a goddess. She is honest and humble and absolutely hilarious. If you’re feeling a little lost on your life path and need a few words of encouragement, Big Magic will be your go to ‘pick-me-up.’

After living in my new home for over 6 months, I finally set up my recording studio in my bedroom and started writing music again. I also downloaded a few photo editing apps to fiddle around with for my food photography. My yoga practice has become part of my daily routine again and I feel more connected to my body now than I have in a long time.

Creative living beyond fear is a reminder that the reason any of us creates anything is because we enjoy it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life so far, it’s that happiness is the key to everything. We don’t have to impress anyone, we don’t have to become successful in the eyes of others. Success is found in a life of fulfilment, having friends to laugh with, partners to love, family ties and activities to inspire us. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for giving me the kick up the arse I needed!
3. Hot For Food – Mac N Peas!

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Going vegan is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have found it incredibly easy and also really exciting coming up with new recipes and sharing them with friends and family (although I do have to tell my friends that I’m okay with it if they unfollow me on Instagram as it’s mainly pictures of food and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea).

As we are on the topic of Instagram, I love trawling through pictures of food and picking up tips and ideas for my next meal. I also love YouTube for this. Most online vegan ‘youtubers‘ really annoy me but I’m a little bit obsessed with Hot For Food‘s channel. Last week I tried their Mac N Peas recipe and OH MY. Wow. It’s so simple and easy to follow and the result is the most comforting, indulgent dinner I think a vegan can have. A massive thumbs up from me and I dare you to give it a go yourself, you deserve it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=510fDkRzNz4

Happy creating!

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To Juice or not to Juice?

This idea of a juice fast or cleanse or whatever you would like to call it, has always sounded rather appalling to me. I love food, probably to the point where I’m a little obsessive. I spend a lot of time thinking about what my next meal will be and it brings me a great deal of happiness. I love to cook, I love to eat, I even love just looking at pictures of food on Instagram for inspiration!

All that being said, talking to a few friends about the subject, I found myself convinced that this was something I needed to do, if only to find out if I could benefit from it. My digestion is severely compromised following a spinal cord injury back in 2014. Due to paralysis, it takes me a lot longer to digest food than ‘normal’ people. Although I know it’s unlikely I’ll be able to speed up my digestion as the damage is done, I wondered if juicing might flush out any unwanted toxins or blockages to see if I could feel a little lighter (not weight-wise, just the usual bloating, having a sluggish tummy etc). Having already gone vegan a few months ago, I have noticed a massive difference but I still want to give everything a go to be the best I can be.

I watched Jason Vale’s documentary on his website after being recommended by some lovely people and that was enough to get me excited. So many people have had great experiences from the juice cleanse with pain relief and digestion, energy levels etc. I am already healthy and active, this was going to be a cakewalk…

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My juicing diary

Day 1

First juice of the day was horrendous. I think I got my quantities wrong with the spirulina. Very wrong! I’ve Been looking at pictures of vegan food on Instagram and getting hungry… Seriously need to get on my bike and get distracted! This is only day one – I’ve been so pumped about this I’m a little concerned about the fact I am not enjoying the juices so far. However, I will persevere and try again tomorrow.

 

Day 2

Still day dreaming about starchy carbs. Feeling better about the flavours. It’s just a real pain to do the actual juicing as it takes over an hour and a half to get through it all. Plus I have to wash the machine twice as it gets filled up and stops working after about 7 juices… Definitely feeling better though, no symptoms of IBS – first day in years!

 

Day 3

Hard day. Very tired and a little light headed. There is a definite need to keep drinking water in between juices if exercising. Feeling a little fed up and wanting real food that I can eat instead of drink. Highlights were the addition of banana and dairy free yoghurt to one of the juices. Delicious! Also more filling. Disappointing having a normal juice afterwards though! So green! Happy knowing there’s not long left to go due to weekend plans cutting it short. I would recommend people from the uk just get it delivered, saves money on the food shop, buying a juicer and blender as well as saving you 1.5 hours every night or morning making them all up….

Day 4

Still hungry! I feel like if you are healthy and active and are interested in juicing, maybe just try 2 days at a time. I’m not sure how much more beneficial the extra days will be unless you have weight problems or issues with pain etc. My stomach feels so empty and exercising its quite tiring which is very unusual for me. Also, I have become quite irritable and snappy. My beautiful and supportive fiancé has been joining me on my juicing journey and he too is becoming a real grump. All I can hear are our bellies rumbling when we sit down on the sofa to relax, our hunger is audible!

So we decided that today would be the end of our juice cleanse. I don’t feel bad for essentially ‘giving up.’ Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies. The fiancé and I had started to lose too much weight and that’s not what we wanted to achieve, I’m 48 kg anyway so I don’t want to be losing any more. Tonight we treated ourselves to some soup made from our left over veggies (yay more liquidised food!) which was so yummy and a little bread on the side just because why not?

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In conclusion, I believe the juice cleanse is a great thing to do for people who either have a bad diet, aren’t exercising regularly, suffer from pain or other medical conditions. I also think it helped me for the first few days to get rid of my sluggish tummy especially after a week of hen party shenanigans. Would I do it again? Yes but for only one or two days at a time. I love food and eat well, I don’t need to deprive myself of what makes me happy and healthy for that matter. To anyone considering doing a juice fast I would say to take it easy, go at your own pace. Maybe try a day or two first and see how you feel. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself as this is quite a dramatic change to make even if it’s not for a long period of time. Good luck!

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