3 Ways To Incorporate More Greens Into Your Diet.

Greens: it’s something we should probably all be eating a little more off. There are so many health benefits to eating you greens, I know I have been told so ever since I was in primary school. I realised a few months ago that I really wasn’t eating enough of them though. I decided to make a more conscious effort of eating my greens, and I picked up a few tricks along the way which I’m sharing with you today. Personally, I try my best to incorporate greens into at least one meal I eat a day. Hopefully these tips will help you do the same!

1. Blend it up

Adding greens to your smoothies is a well-known health hack. I personally like adding spinach to my smoothies. My go-to combo is frozen bananas, raspberries, spinach, peanut butter and soy milk. It tastes delicious and besides the colour, you would have no clue that there’s spinach in there.

There is also another way to add blended greens into your diet though. Recently, I have been blending spinach with a little bit of water, and adding it to savoury sauces. I have done it with a red spaghetti sauce, as well as a curry. Spinach in itself really doesn’t taste of much, so you can add it to pretty much everything. Although I don’t mind adding whole leaf greens to some of my dinners, at other times I don’t like the added texture of them. That’s where blended greens come in: they don’t temper with the taste or texture, but they do add some great extra nutrients to your meal.

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My Easy Tofu Scramble Recipe.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe with you guys, so I thought today I would share one of my favourite creations with you; tofu scramble. This is a vegan classic and it’s definitely a staple in my diet. It’s perfect for when you’re craving a savoury breakfast, or I often eat it for lunch as well. It takes very little time to prepare and you end up with a filling, nutritious and protein-packed meal.

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My Three Year Veganniversary & The Vegan Starter Toolkit.

Today marks the day that I’ve been vegan for three years! This day three years ago I decided to go 100% vegan, and I haven’t looked back. I have written a whole post about my vegan journey and why I made the choices I did; read all about that here. In this post today I want to talk a little bit about the past year, as well as giving you some advice on how to go vegan, or try to incorporate more plant-based elements into your life.

The past year has been great, vegan-wise, and not much has changed. I’m still very happy in my choice to become vegan and very rarely feel restricted by my choices. I think that one of the highlights of the past year has been seeing so many more companies embracing veganism and offering vegan options. I now rarely find myself in a position where there are no options for me; it’s become so much easier. I do have the benefit of living in London, where new vegan companies seem to pop up all the time. There is a vegan pizza place as well as a vegan kebab shop opening up very close to me soon and I can’t wait!

I am still very firm in my belief that pushing veganism on anyone is the wrong way to go. I would like to think that I am not pushy at all with my lifestyle; I don’t really talk about it unless people ask me and I’m very flexible in terms of where we eat. I am lucky with a great family and group of friends. They’re often more aware of whether there are vegan options available for me, and I’m so grateful for that.

In this post I want to give back to you a little bit and share some of my tips for people starting out with veganism. Specifically, I want to share some tools and resources I used at the start of my journey, and still use often today, that helped me a lot. So here is my Vegan Started Toolkit!

The Vegan Starter Toolkit

Informational resources

When I first went vegan, I found it really useful to educate myself, and to know why I live a vegan lifestyle. Just remember; people go vegan for different reasons. These sources look at some of the different reasons behind veganism, from ethics to health:

  • Cowspiracy: If you want to learn about the impact cattle has on the environment, Cowspiracy is an amazing documentary to check out. I often recommend this one to people who are interested in or just starting veganism, as it’s very informative but also not too daunting to watch.
  • What the Health: Produced by the same team as Cowspiracy, this documentary focusses on the impact dairy and meat products have on ones health. If you’re motivated to eat plant based for health reasons, you’ll find this very intriguing.
  • Earthlings: This documentary focusses on the ethical issues behind factory farms and other animal-oriented industries. Earthlings is not easy to watch, as there are many disturbing images, but it explores the ethical reasons behind veganism very well.
  • How Not to Die: This book, written by Dr. Michael Greger, looks at the top causes for premature death in America, and discusses the foods one should eat in order to avoid such diseases. Not only is it very informative, but it also shows you many reasons as to why veganism is beneficial for your health.
  • How to be Vegan: If you’re looking for a bit of an easier read, I recommend ‘How to be Vegan’, written by Elizabeth Castoria. I bought this book when I was thinking about going vegan, and it helped me so much. There are loads of tips in there, as well as some recipes and just generally good advice.

Social media

I think social media is a great tool to learn more about veganism, connect with other vegans and find some great food ideas. There’s are a bunch of vegan accounts to follow on social media that will provide you with all the inspiration you need, some of my favourites are:

  • Hot for Food: If you’re looking for some amazing recipes, ‘Hot for Food’ is the place to check out. Lauren Toyota, who runs the business, runs you through her recipes on her YouTube channel, and you can also find her recipes of Instagram and her blog.
  • James Aspey: If you’re interested in the ethical side of veganism, James Aspey is a great resource and inspiration. His content can be a little confrontational, but it’s very informative and eyeopening.
  • Gaz Oakley: Another great resource for recipes and food inspiration is British Gaz Oakley, known online as Avant Garde Vegan. He also just brought out a cookbook which looks to be filled with amazing vegan goodies.
  • Veganuary: Although their main campaign is focused on January, they post informative and relatable content all year round.
  • Sammantha Margaret: If you want some beautiful pictures of animals on your feed, you need to follow Sammantha Margaret. Her images really capture the beauty of all animals.

There are so many amazing social media accounts and blogs out there that will help you stay inspired and motivated on your vegan journey. If you’re a big Instagram user, simply browse the hashtag #vegansofinstagram to see the many amazing accounts out there!


With veganism becoming more and more mainstream, there are a lot of vegan events held every year. Attending a vegan event or festival is a great way to meet fellow vegans, enjoy amazing food and listen to interesting talks. They’re great fun and a good way to stay motivated on your vegan journey. Vegfest holds and epic festival in Brighton and London every year, and to see which other vegan events are happening throughout the year, check out this list.

Happy Cow

Perhaps the most handy vegan tool out there is Happy Cow, which is an international guide of vegan restaurants and stores. Simply go to their website and type in wherever you’re going, and all the vegan options in that area will show up. They also have an app, which is great for on the go. This is especially helpful when you’re travelling, but also for exploring your own area. If you’re new to veganism and still trying to figure out where the best vegan options are around you, check out Happy Cow.

Don’t stress

Perhaps the most important piece of advice if you’re planning on trying out veganism: don’t stress. You’re bound to make mistakes every now and then; I still do, three years on. As long as you do the best you can, you’re doing amazingly. The tools mentioned in this blog post can help you on your vegan journey and make the transition a little easier for you. As long as you have a reason in your heart for why you want to continue with veganism, you’re set!

I hope this post was useful for you. If you ever want some more advice, or just want to chat, please feel free to contact me on elineyj@gmail.com!

Hoije ❤

Parts of this post were originally written by me for the Uncaptive Co blog, see here: https://www.uncaptive.co.uk/blog/2018/2/6/how-to-continue-with-veganism-after-veganuary

What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan (#20)

Welcome to the first What I Ate Wednesday post of 2018! Not much has changed; I’ll still sharing with you delicious vegan food I eat on a typical day. If you want to see the kind of food I eat more regularly, and follow me and my life in general a little bit more, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. Now let’s get into what I ate on this particular day:


Weirdly enough, I’ve really been craving smoothie bowls at the moment, even though it’s really cold and gloomy outside in the morning. This was a spirulina banana smoothie bowl, and it was delicious. It was actually my first time ever trying spirulina, and I was really happy with the taste! I’ve heard so many good things about this green powder, and whilst it smells a little funky, you barely taste it in a smoothie. I topped this bowl with peanut butter, raspberries, chia seeds and granola.

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Getting Back Into Working Out After The Holiday Period: My Fitness Journey (Update #3)

Hello! It’s been a while, I know. As most of us, I got a bit caught up in the holiday period and lost track of time. I didn’t only lose track of time though; I also lost track of my fitness routine and goals. That’s what I want to talk about in this post, as well as sharing my tips for getting back into it.

Before I went on holiday, I was very happy and comfortable in my fitness routine. I stretched elaborately every morning, I worked out at home (check out my favourite at-home workouts here!) at least three times a week and overall, I just felt healthy and happy. And then I went on holiday. I went to Oman and although it was an active holiday filled with lots of hiking and swimming, I completely lost my fitness routine. I didn’t stretch in the morning at all, and I think I did a short yoga flow once. Now, to be fair, holiday is for relaxing and so I was expecting and totally okay with letting go of my fitness routine for a bit. On top of that, I got extremely ill whilst in Oman and so at the time, rest was definitely something my body needed. After Oman though, my fitness routine was still absent, but this time without excuse.

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My Trip to Budapest: Top Things To Do.

This past weekend I went to Budapest; it was a three day trip that had been in the works for a while. My friend and I have wanted to visit Budapest for a long while and so we were excited to finally go. I had a great time, and want to tell you all about it. In this post I am sharing the highlights of my trip, and things I recommend anyone to do whilst in Budapest. So if you ever plan on visiting the Hungarian capital, or have already been and want to reminisce, keep reading!

*you’ll notice that a lot of the pictures are very grey; the weather on our trip wasn’t the best and it was very foggy most of the time. The city was still beautiful though!

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5 Self Care Tips For When You’re Feeling Down.

You know those days when you wake up and you just don’t feel great? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you’re feeling down. Yeah, we all have those days; I know I’ve had my fair share. On days like that, self-care is so important. I think we tend to forget that just as we took care of our bodies physically, we also need to take care of our mind. Self-care looks different for everyone but there is one common element: it’s damn important.

Last week I had a several days in a row where I was just not feeling myself. I was sad, angry and felt like a failure. Those are not fun emotions to feel, but I tried my best to practice some self-care techniques I’ve learned over the years. Those techniques helped me to be more optimistic and be able to see that these feelings are temporary. Today I wanted to share some of my self-care tips with you, for days when you’re feeling down and want to figure out a way to make yourself feel better. I hope they’re useful.

Acknowledge your feelings.

First and foremost, I think acknowledging your feelings when you’re feeling down is the most important. So often we feel negative emotions but we choose to keep them tucked away, because we don’t want to deal with them. But the more we do that, the more those emotions build up, and eventually it will become too much. If you’re experiencing negative emotions, take a moment and think about them. Why are you feeling this way? Can you do something about it? Sometimes there’s a clear reason we feel down whilst other times we just feel crappy for no good reason. Either way, you feelings are valid and it is at these points that self-case is so important.

One way I acknowledge my feelings is by writing them down. Writing has always been cathartic for me and I often explore my feelings through writing. For you it might be something different; whatever it is, encourage yourself to identify how you’re feeling and explore your emotions.

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My Favourite At-Home Workout Videos: My Fitness Journey (Update #2).

I’m so excited to share this post with you today! If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now you’ll now that I recently embarked on a fitness journey. To sum it up, I wanted to get active again and feel good in my body. There is one catch though; I didn’t want to spend any money doing it. I’m happy to report that I’m still going strong and feeling great, and I’ve done it all without spending a dime. I’ve mainly been using at-home workout videos. There are a ton out there, but I’ve found a few gems that I feel are so successful at making me sweat, toning my body and making me feel great.

Today I’m sharing those favourites with you. I’ve picked a whole range of exercise videos because one thing I’ve learned on this fitness journey is that it’s all about balance. I like to concentrate on different parts of my body every time I exercise, and so these workout videos I’m sharing with you all have a different focus. Here they are:


I’ve been loving yoga recently, and this particular flow is great in that it makes me sweat and relaxes me at the same time. Adriene’s channel, Yoga With Adriene, is amazing; I have been following her for a while and have tried out so many of her yoga flows. Definitely one of my favourite ‘workout’ channels out there.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan (#19)

It’s Wednesday and so it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday post! Before I show you everything I eat in a day, I quickly wanted to talk about something: carbs. I feel like carbs are such a big thing whenever people talk about healthy eating. I remember a few years back, when I was looking for a way to lose weight, I cut out carbs for a little while. I relied heavily on animal protein (I wasn’t vegan yet then) and certain fruits and vegetables. This way of eating not only made meal times less enjoyable, but it really didn’t do much for my body.

Luckily I’ve realised since then that carbs are amazing. Not only do they taste great (I mean, who doesn’t love bread?!?!) but they are also so beneficial in your diet! You get so much energy from carbs, which is why they are now a staple in my diet. As you’ll see in this What I Ate Wednesday post, I had carbs with every meal. Oats, bread, pasta; these are all foods which I enjoy on a healthy balanced diet. So, with that little talk out of the way, here is what I eat in a day:


Oats are my favourite thing to have for breakfast; the carbs give you energy to start your day off and most importantly, oatmeal just tastes amazing. This time I had some cinnamon oats, made with extra chia seeds and flax seeds, topped with soy yoghurt, almonds and these delicious grilled pears! The pears were such a yummy addition to this breakfast, I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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