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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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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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.

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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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How To Style A Bomber Jacket

The times that I find the coolest second hand clothes, is when I go with an empty  idea of what I want to find.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a charity shop to bring away some things and I stopped by at the clothes section. There I found it. A black oversize bomber jacket. I saw it, immediately tried it on and it felt like in the movies! You have to understand that I come from Barranquilla, Colombia and I never wore a jacket there like this before. The weather was just too hot for that. Now that I live in The Netherlands, I love that I can wear all kind of clothes and finally have my own black bomber jacket.

The next time you go to a charity shop, don´t be scare to check the clothes section. You never know what treasure you might find! Give it a try and show me your finds  😉

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Picture by Marisa Elisa

 

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Picture by Marisa Elisa
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Picture by Marisa Elisa

Secondhand outfit of the day

I am wearing:

Jacket // size M // Vintage // from “De kringloop” in Amersfoort
Jeans // size 36 // Vintage // from “De snuffelmarkt” in Amersfoort
Shoes // size 38 // NN // bought online at United Wardrobe

Do you like my clothes and want to buy an item? Send me a message on Instagram.

With Love,

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I HAVEN’T WASHED MY HAIR IN THREE MONTHS. NO POO: MY EXPERIENCE

On November 2016 I stopped using regular shampoo. I started the “No Poo” (no shampoo) method and haven’t washed my hair with commercial shampoo since… Honestly, I haven’t been happier with my hair!

To go “No Poo” is to stop using shampoo and use natural ingredients like rye flour or baking soda instead. Why would you want to do this? Chemicals in shampoo can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair. They can be hazardous to your health and to the environment. And the most important reason is that your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
In a past post I explained my reasons why I stopped. You can read more about  it here.

Today I want to give you an update of how is my life is going without commercial shampoo.

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These are my new hair products: Corn flour, rye flour, apple vinegar and organ oil.

To my surprise, the first week went OK. I washed my hair for the first time with a mix of rye flower and water (two spoons each). At the tips of my hair I used apple vinegar as conditioner. My hair was clean but greasy, it was a different kind of grease than it was in the past. This didn’t bother me much. I played around with hairstyles and wore hats, braids and beanies. That week I washed my hair twice. My advice is to strain the rye flower a couple of times and put away the waste. I didn’t do it right the first time and I got little white pieces of the flour in my hair. Once my hair was dry, the white pieces fell down and my hair looked fine. From that time on, I strain the rye flower a couple of times before I mix it with water.

The first and second week went the same but from the third week on my hair got a little better. I could see some improvement, which inspired me to continue with this method. My hair was less oily and my natural waves came back! The back of my scalp was still the oiliest part, but it did not look bad. That week I washed my hair only once with rye flour and apple vinegar. And in between days I used corn flour as dry shampoo.

By the end of the fourth week I washed my hair only once per week and I used dry shampoo in between washing. My hair was clean and normal. Only the back of my scalp was still very greasy. But I was very happy to see my natural waves again!

A little problem occurred in week five. I had developed dandruff. To remedy this, I took one lemon. Before I washed my hair I cut the lemon in half and massaged my hair with it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinsed it off. After that I continued with my washing method. Since then I massage my hair with lemon once per month.

From week 6 on, my scalp and me were use to this method and finally my hair started looking less greasy and more like it used to look before. During that week I was traveling, but I still didn’t had any problem with my shampoo, because I still was only washing my hair once per week, and using dry shampoo in between washes.

From week six on, my scalp and me were used to this method. Finally my hair started to look like how it was before. I still washed my hair only once per week and used dry shampoo in between washing.

Since then my hair and my scalp are back to normal. It´s been fourteen weeks since I started and my hair looks good and healthy!

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Happy healthy hair! Picture by Marisa Elisa

This is my routine:

  •  I wash my hair once per week with rye flour as shampoo and apple vinegar as conditioner. I only use the vinegar for the tips of my hair.  Every 3-4 washes I use baking soda as shampoo.
  • To prevent dandruff, I massage my scalp with lemon every three or four weeks.
  • I use corn flour as dry shampoo once or twice in between washes. I apply the shampoo to my hair with a make up brush.
  • Once per month I use 100% natural argan oil as hair serum.
  • If possible I let my hair air-dry. If this is not possible, I dry my hair in the lowest heat of my hair dryer.
  • To strengthen my waves, every other day I sleep with my hair breaded.

This is my experience with the no poo method. So far I like it and I will keep doing it. The coming month I will be traveling to Colombia and I am looking forward to see how this experience is going to be over there! Don´t worry, I will keep you posted 😉

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Picture by Marisa Elisa

If you feel inspire and want to read more about the no poo method and the different kind of ingredients you can use as replacement of commercial shampoo, I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there ,a lot of inspirations and options to start this journey.

Do you feel inspired and do you want to read more about the no poo method? I recommend you to read more about it here.  I found there a lot of inspiration and ingredients options to start this journey.

Do you use this method? Please let me know in the comments what your routine looks like! You might have tips as well.

With love,

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