TOP 5 VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN AMERSFOORT

Well, let´s be honest, been vegan in Amersfoort is rather an exotic out-of-this-world kind of thing. On this blog post, I am talking about normal restaurants where, as a vegan, you can find some dishes to eat. Besides the yoga studio/cafe Bindi* there is no 100% vegan or vegetarian restaurant in the city in Amersfoort.  Don´t let this stop you from having a nice dinner on the weekend because I have found some vegan-friendly places for you. These are my top 5 favorites:

1. SEM sla en meer

Picture from Instagram by @semslaenmeer

What to order: Create your own bowl of salad. You can choose from these ingredients as the basis: mesclun, spinach or arugula. For the filling, you can choose one of these: quinoa, bean mix, lime beans, and cauliflower rice. For the veggies, you may choose up to three of these: zucchini, sun-dried tomato, cherry tomato, broccoli, radish, cucumber, corn, white cabbage, sugar snaps and red bell pepper. Additionally, you can add vegan chicken! They sell the one from the “vegetarische slager”. All the dressings they use are vegan. My personal favorite is the one with soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil.
Address: Kortegracht 6

2. Italian Restaurant Lorenza

Vegan pizza
Picture from Instagram by @raw_manda

What to order: As a started the baked champignons with garlic and white wine and as the main course the vegetarian pizza without the cheese but with arugula instead. The pizza has artichoke, capers, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. You can order any vegetarian pizza without the cheese, but this one is the one I like the most.
Address: Lieve Vrouwestraat 14

3. Charlie’s Burger33

Charlies burger33
Picture from Instagram by @lysan85

What to order: The “Woodstock” burger wich is a vegan burger with quinoa as the main ingredient. Here is the thing: You have to order it without cheese and creme fraiche.
Address: Krankeledenstraat 18

4 Thai restaurant “Mi-Yao”

Mi-Yao Amersfoort
Picture from Instagram by @miyao2017

What to order: As a starter the deep-fried spring rolls. They are filled with cabbage, carrot, garlic, glass noodles and soy sauce. As the main course, you can order the green curry and the tomato salad. Make sure to order the curry without fishsauce. The portion of rice is very small so I recommend you to order an extra portion right away :). As a desert, you can order Thailand’s favorite: sticky rice with mango.
Address: Krommestraat 41

4. Thai restaurant “The street food bar”

Picture from FB @thestreetfoodbaramersfoort

What to order: Noodles with veggies, noodle soup with veggies or the fried veggies with rice.
Address: Arnhemsestraat 26a

* I didn´t count Bindi because they don´t open during the weekend and this list is meant for the weekend.

Do you know any vegan-friendly restaurant in Amersfoort that I am missing? Let me know in the comments below.

With love,

Alisson

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THIS IS WHERE I GET MY VEGAN RECIPES INSPIRATION FROM

Having a vegan lifestyle is one of the best decision I have made in my life. I eat now only fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables and feel so much healthier than before. This form of eating is relatively new for me, so I am always on the look for recipes to try out. I discovered a very simple way to find vegan meals via the page from the Albert Heijn supermarket. On the search field (on the left menu bar) you can just type in “zoek: veganistisch” and then you get a lot of ideas of what to cook. And what I love is that I am sure I will find the ingredients I need in the supermarket here in The Netherlands.

I have been using this page for a while now and I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes. They are all easy and quick to make and some of the recipes even have a video!

1. Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Guacamole is the easiest and fastest recipe ever. All you need are tomatoes, onions (I prefer red ones), avocado, lemon juice and I like a little bit of coriander and cayenne pepper powder. Everyone has a different way of dong it but I like this recipe the most. To accompany it I use tortilla bread, chips, toast or I add it to salads and burgers.

2. Broccoli soup

Brocoli soup

Soup is my favorite way of eating my veggies. I normally make soup out of the veggies I find in my house. But my all-time-favorite is this Broccoli courgette soup. All you need is broccoli, courgette (with the skin), onion, garlic (It’s not in the recipe but It´s my personal add-on) and herbs broth.  I like to eat soup with bread or rice. Broccoli is a very good source of fiber, vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron among other nutrients our body needs. Zucchini is full of antioxidants and fiber. It is also a great source of potassium, vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, magnesium, omega-3, copper, and phosphorus.

3. Curry with Chickpeas

Vegan Curry

Curry with chickpeas, coconut milk, and rice. I LOOOOOOOVE curries. Green, yellow, red, massaman, you name it I just love it. This recipe I use as a guideline but I like to add all kind of veggies I find in my fridge. Chickpeas are my favorite source of protein. One cup of boiled chickpeas has 270 calories, 45 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of a number of other minerals including magnesium, zinc, and copper, as well some other B-vitamins.

4. Summer salad with mango

Summer salad

On hot summer days, my body feels like eating cold recipes and this salad is my favorite. In the country where I come from, we eat mangos the same way Dutch people eat apples. When I tried this salad with mangos on it I found my go-to summer ingredient. The ingredients of this recipe are mango, avocado, red or yellow bell pepper, lemon juice, strawberries, coriander, and lettuce. I like to accompany this salad with falafel balls or any kind of beans burgers.

5. Potatoes and veggies in the oven

Potatoes from the oven

This recipe is super easy and a no-brainer. Literally just cut all the ingredients and spread them evenly on a large roasting pan and set them in the oven. I like to add a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary. This recipe suggests normal potatoes, but I prefer to use sweet potatoes and bell peppers mix. I also like to add onions, carrots, champignons, broccoli and all the veggies that I have at home and feel like eating.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, D, iron, mag­nesium, potassium. Their rich orange color indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in the body.

I hope you like this recipes and try them this summer.
Do you have a favorite source to get vegan recipes? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NAIL POLISH

Let´s be honest, do you read the ingredients of the cosmetics you use? And do you know what are those ingredients? Well, I never cared. Why would I? I grew up using creams, shampoos, make-up and my favorite: nail polish. I was never aware of the ingredients until I started to walk this conscious path of mine. I do my best to stay away from animal products in my food, and now I am doing the same to stay away from cosmetics that have animal ingredients in it or has  been tested on animals. One day, out of curiosity, I took a nail polish bottle and I was surprised that I actually did not know any of these ingredients. While doing research I found out that some of the bottles containes toxic ingredients like:

-Toluene: a solvent, degreases the skin and may lead to inflammation.
-Dibutyl phthalate and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): a plasticizer.
-Formaldehyde- resin: a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
-Colophonium: a sticky flammable substance.
-Paraben: a chemical preservatives. It´s not proven to be bad, but also not proven to be totally ok to use it on a regular basis.
-Xylol: a solvent. May be a health hazard when absorbed through the skin and the respiratory tract.
-Acetone: a chemical solvent.
-Silicone: Recognize by the names that end in -cone or -siloxane.

Besides, some of the bottles contains animal-derived ingredients. Why on earth would there be animal-derived substances in your nail polish?! Still, I´m in shock. Animal-derived ingredients that can be found in nail polish are:

-Guanine: It might be listed as ‘pearl essence’. But guanine is derived from fish scales and acids that are located in animal tissue. You’re most likely to find it in products that have a shimmery, pearly effect. Or in glitter polish colors.
-Carmine: Red hues of nail polish are a warning sign, they often contain carmine. By boiling and crushing beetles, the red color is created and that’s what gives the color.
-Oleic Acid: Comes from the hard fat found at the animal’s kidneys, stomach, and other organs. In cosmetics, oleic acid can be used to thicken a solution.

One of my new goals is to find as much as possible animal-friendly products and add them to my daily basis. While searching for a vegan and non-toxic brand,  I found the German brand OZN. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional nail polishes.

animal friendly nail polish

The nail polish looks just like a regular one. Though the smell is less strong and the covering is as good as a normal one. The paint dries very fast. When I used the color pink, I needed two coats, whereas the color red and black only needed one. The biggest surprise for me was the nail polish remover. It is odorless! And after I used it I felt my nails rather soft and oily than dry.

 

 

 

OZN Colors
Look at all these colors!

 

As you see above, OZN has a wide color palette. A bottle costs 14,90€.
You can shop them online HERE or at The Beauty Editor in Amsterdam at the Eerste Van der Helstraat 1 A25

Veganistisch nailpolish
Hello, non-toxic nail polish. You are here to stay 🙂

I hope you enjoy this post and please let me know in the comments below if you know of any other vegan, cruelty-free and less toxic nail polish brands.

With love,

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VEGAN STARTER TIPS

Today I´m celebrating 5 months of been vegan! Wuhuu and I couldn’t feel happier about it. As you might know, I have been conscious about fashion and support second-hand and ethical brands since a long time. Funny enough, I was never conscious of what I eat. Coming from Colombia, a land where if you don´t eat meat you get chicken, I grew up thinking that I needed to eat meet at least once per day

I started to get more awareness about the veil industry and the consequences to the environment when I watched the documentary of Leonardo Di Caprio “Before the flood”. I was in the mood for more documentaries about it and that´s when I watched Cowspiracy. After that, literaly from one day to the other I started my vegan journey. I still have a lot to learn, but after 5 months I feel confident to give my top 6 starters tips.

1. Clean up your shelves and fridge
Once you made the decision of start eating vegan, make sure that your house is vegan proof. Go through your shelves and fridge and put aside the nonvegan food you still have. You can then decide whether to finish it up or give it to your nonvegans friends and family. It is important that once you made the decision, your house is vegan proof at least in the kitchen.

2. Print out a poster of vegan nutrition
Hang posters on your fridge with information about where to find Calcium, Protein, Iron, vitamin D, B12, and Omegas. Those are the top nutrients that vegans may fall short on. You can go through Pinterest and choose the one you like the most. This one HERE was very helpful to me. With the pass of the time, you will learn this. It is important that you have them visible so that you eat enough of all the nutrients your body need. In HERE you can find more information about how much of each you should eat.

3. Stuff your shelves and fridge with vegan approved food.
Go for a big grocery shopping haul and get all the fruits and vegetables that are in season and that you like as well as all seeds, nuts and legumes and grains. As seeds and nuts, I  bought almonds, walnuts, pumpkin-, flax-, chia-, and sesame seeds. And legumes and grains I got kidney beans, red and brown lentils, green peas, peanuts, chickpeas, rice (integral), oats, corn, couscous (integral), quinoa (integral). This stash is basic for this new way of eating. For me, it lasted long until I needed to go to the supermarket again. This is helpful because you won´t run out of vegan things to eat and you can combine these ingredients with fruits and veggies.

4. Plan ahead and be prepared
Make sure you always have enough food that you can eat in your house, at work and basically in your bag. On my bag, I always carry with me an apple or any other fruit that won´t smash and dirty my bag, and I also have hummus sandwiches or peanut butter sandwich with me. I used to commute to Amsterdam and waiting in the station is the perfect moment to eat. If you are always prepared you won´t be hungry and you will save some money. 😉

5. Have fun!
Once you are all settled, you can start experimenting with new recipes and discover new fruits and vegetables. I live in The Netherlands and I have found great recipes via http://www.ah.nl. Simply type the ingredients you have + vegan and you will find a lot of recipes to choose from. This technic you can also use in Google.

6. Stay connected
The second I decided to been vegan I joined a couple of vegan communities that I find very helpful. It is important to find people like you, with the same struggles. I found very helpful people in these communities. If you are using Facebook, join some vegan groups and dare to ask questions and be active. Once in facebook, write down on the search function the word vegan and you will find groups and you can choose a few that are in your country and language. I started following also vegan blogs and vegan Instagram accounts.This has personally helped me to continue my journey as a vegan and feel connected to others.

If you want more information about the vegan lifestyle this is a list of films and documentaries that might help you to understand more about this topic:

Cowspiracy – Watch Here
Earthlings – Watch Here
Forks Over Knives – Watch Here
Food Choices – Watch Here
Food, Inc. – Watch Here

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Watch Here
Blackfish – Watch on Netflix!
Meet The Truth – Watch Here
Glass Walls – Watch Here

 

Dear veteran vegans, what would you add to the list? What are your tips for new vegans?
Are you already vegan? I made a copilation of 20 funny vegan meme. Check them HERE.

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TOP 20 FUNNY VEGAN MEMES

A little bit of vegan fun. As you know, I am celebrating my 5 months vegan anniversary. During this time I have been collecting favorite memes. Here they are for you to enjoy:
When you go into deep conversations with someone who understands you

 

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Vegan help

 

Vegan in The Netherlands

 

Vegan tips

 

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Vegans

 

VEgana

 

Vegan how to

 

Vegan

 

Vegan fun

 

How to be veagn

 

The happy cow

 

Vegan lifestyle

 

Vegan challenge

 

Vegan life

 

Life vegan

 

Happy cow

 

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Do you also like memes? Send me the link of your favorite in the comments below. 🙂

With Love,

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VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE MAKE UP HAUL

Last month I went to Berlin to visit my girlfriends who live there. As you may recall, I lived in Germany for eight years and I still have a lot of connections there. Every time I go to Germany I like to go shopping for vegan products. What I love about this country is that veganism is far developed already (further than The Netherlands)! All the restaurants I went to, had vegan options. And I do not only mean salad and fries! This time I went on the search for vegan and cruelty-free makeup and here is what I found.

Vegan and cruelty free make-up
Alverde natural cosmetics.

I went directly to the shop called “DM” and went straight ahead to their home brand section “Alverde”. This brand is one of the most famous certified natural cosmetic brands. Please note that not all their products are vegan, most of them are, but to be sure check if it has the V symbol at the back of the package

Alverde products:

  • don’t contain any synthetic fragrances or dyes
  • are free from derivatives of petroleum
  • are silicones- and derivatives free
  • do not contain any genetically modified substances
  • are all animal cruelty-free (they are not tested on animals)

For me this was motivating enough to get all my makeup essentials from this brand.

I bought ten things that I use on a regular basis. I don’t use all of this every day, but occasionally I use eye shadow, red lipstick and black mascara. For all this items I paid €33,60! Crazy right?! Next time you go to Germany, stop by at the DM and treat yourself with some vegan and cruelty-free makeup 😉

Vegan and cruelty free mascara
Liquid Eyeliner black €2,95
Vegan make up
Kompaktpuder TERRA €3,75
Vegan kosmetik
Nothing but VOLUME Mascara black €3,95

Alverde has more cosmetics than the ones I bought. You can check the complete collection here and make sure to visit the DM shop, next time you go to Germany.

Alisson Simmonds Alverde
This is me wearing Alverde products. I used the compact powder, the concealer, the liquid eyeliner, the rouge and the pink lipstick.

Check here more vegan and cruelty-free make up.

Do you know of any affordable vegan and cruelty-free brands in The Netherlands? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

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