The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription Review

Who doesn’t love cruelty free beauty finds? This is my first ever cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription box review, and most definitely won’t be the last.

What is The Cruelty Free Beauty Box?

They are a 100% cruelty free & vegan company which send boxes to your house full of beauty goodies.  All brands that they work with have to be Vegan as well as Cruelty free, which ticks off all my boxes! I was kindly gifted this from a family member for my birthday, so every 2 month’s for 6 months I will receive a box. I’ll receive three boxes in total, over a 6 month period and I have no clue what will be inside which is so exciting! On top of that, anything I fall in love with I can re-purchase from the site.

https://www.thecrueltyfreebeautybox.co.uk/

How Much Does The Box Cost?

There are three different type of subscription boxes, so it really depends on the size of the box and duration of how long you wanted to take the box for. They have 3 box sizes:

  • Mini box: 3 – 6 products
  • Original Box: 5-8 Products
  • Deluxe Box: 7-12 Products

I was kindly gifted the original box. If you want to see the full breakdown of pricing, follow this link.

What was Included in this Cruelty Free Beauty Box

What wasn’t include is the question? As well as having lot’s of beauty products, there was even one of my favourite vegan chocolate brands, some nuts and a hairbrush! Please find full list below:

Apologies for the amateur video, it was my first ever video on Instagram and I had no clue what I was doing!

Balade en Provence – Solid Night Cream

How in my 31 years, had I not invested in a night cream? I’ve always had fairly decent skin, she says whilst touching wood, so I never felt like there was any value from a cream whilst sleeping! Occasionally I would use my day moisturiser as a night moisturiser, if my skin felt drier than usual in the colder months.

When I opened the box, I was a little confused as it looked like soap. All you need to do is, glide the bar over your face and the warmth from your skin will melt the bar. Then use your fingers to massage the product into your face, as you would any night cream. I can hands down say, this is one of my favourite products in the box. I honestly wake up with soft, hydrated skin and I LOVE it.

100% will be re-purchasing.

The Salt Parlour – Bath & Body Oil

This bath & body oil, can be used whilst bathing as well as after a shower on your skin. It is recommended to use whilst in the shower, as the floor can get VERY slippery. This oil was super hydrating and I loved it. It smelt great too.

Would I re-purchase? Is it worth £17? I’m not 100% sold, as there are so many oils in the market for a lot cheaper. It’s definitely a nice treat to be gifted, as you can tell it’s a more luxurious body oil, but I’m not sure if I can justify that price personally.

PITT BALM – Deodorant Balm

I was most sceptical about this product when opening up the cruelty free beauty box as I’ve never ever rubbed on deodorant. I found the concept so strange and it took me a few weeks to get my head around it. Once I had used it for a few weeks, I then found the concept of spraying on deodorant odd. It’s crazy how your mind set can change so quickly. These deodorants are made up only 7 natural ingredients, which makes them free from any harmful ingredients. This product is also waste free, you can refill the carton at hot spots around the UK. 

I did enjoy using this product, and I would re-purchase. On the flip side to that, I am keen to see others in the market too as natural deodorant is a new concept for me.

LONDON Copyright – Eyeshadow in Sundown

I absolutely loved this eyeshadow colour, it’s the perfect burnt orange shade with a matte finish. I love neutral colours and make up, so this was the ideal shade for my skin tone. I’ve used this as an eyeshadow as well as a pop of colour on my cheeks.

Would I re-purcahse? Yes I would, and I’m keen to try other shades.

cruelty free box

Ben & Anna –  Sensitive Toothpaste

I’ve never really purchased sensitive toothpaste, I’m always the girl that looks for the most whitening ones. I found this toothpaste very neutral on my teeth, not abrasive at all. It was mint flavoured, however I could have done with a more ‘minty’ taste. It comes with a cute little spatula to apply the toothpaste onto your toothbrush. They do have others in the range, such as the whitening one which I will most likely try next.

Would I re-purchase? I wouldn’t repurchase this sensitive one, as it doesn’t leave me with that fresh feeling after brushing my teeth. Would I try their whitening one? Absolutely!

Lue by Jean Seo – Fade

This product claims to treat dark spots and discoloration on skin to diminish the effects of scars, acne, sun damage, and aging. I have to admit, I have pretty clear skin so I’ve only recently started using it in the last couple of weeks. I do feel a slight tingle when I apply it, which makes me think it must be having some sort impact on my skin. It’s too early for me to say whether this product is effective and I will come back to update my review in the coming months.

Moo Free – Cinder Toffee

Who doesn’t love chocolate? This toffee chocolate was delicious! I’ve had Moo free chocolates before and I absolutely love their range of chocolates. A few of my favourites include sea salt & Caramel and the original.

Would I re-purchase? For definite!

Good4u – Veggie Protein Shots

I loved this small pack of BBQ nuts, great just before or after a workout or even as a 3pm pick me up snack.

Would I re-purchase? Yes!

Bamboo Massage Hairbrush

I wasn’t expecting there to be a product in the box that I could keep for life, so this was a lovely surprise. I couldn’t seem to find this product on the website anymore, however there are number of bamboo hairbrushes in the market. The brush claims to promote hair growth by massaging your scalp for a few minutes a day to the roots. I personally haven’t seen any difference, however I haven’t used it every day. Also, my hair grows at a speedy rate, so to track if it’s growing at a faster rate is difficult! I do love this brush and use it pretty often, even just to massage your head it’s a nice sensation.

Would I re-purchase? Well, I guess I don’t need to as this brush is for life hopefully. Would I recommend others to buy? Yes I would.

Why Should I Invest in The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription?

I’ve only recently started only buying from brands that are cruelty free, so this subscription box has massively helped me find brands that I had not heard of previously. I was struggling to find brands that were ethical, vegan and cruelty free. I had no idea where to start, and manufacturers of beauty products can put almost anything they like on their packaging, which makes it increasingly difficult. By supporting this company, you are speaking up for those that are voiceless as well as strengthening the voice that tells companies that testing on animal is NOT acceptable.

Why Everyone Needs To Be Buying Only Cruelty Free:

  • Animal testing is cruel.
  • Animal testing may not even work.
  • There are thousands of safe proven cosmetic ingredients.
  • So many brands are already cruelty free.
  • Cruelty Free Products have less non-toxic chemicals.

Above are just a few of the reasons why everyone should switch to cruelty free living. If you want to see the full blog post on the reasons to only buy cruelty free, click here.

There are a number of cruelty free and vegan beauty boxes in the market. Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried this company or any others. Would love to hear from all my lovely readers! 🙂

Also, make sure you check out my Instagram where I post all things vegan and cruelty free every single day!

Ami x

Can A Vegan Live With a Non Vegan? The Ultimate Guide

Can A Vegan Live With a Non Vegan? The Ultimate Guide

Whether you transitioned to a vegan diet, whilst living with your partner or you’ve always been vegan, here’s my ultimate guide on how to live with a non vegan.

Personally, I transitioned to a vegan diet whilst living with my husband. This is probably the hardest adjustment as previously we used to eat and cook meat together. Now, I don’t cook any meat because it’s against what I believe in. Of course, the ultimate best scenario is that both you and your partner are vegan and you live happily ever after.

Whether you’re in the same situation as me or not, I’ve outlined all the scenarios below:

  • From day one you’ve been vegan since you’ve met your partner & you’re now moving in together.
  • Since moving in with your partner, you’ve transitioned to a vegan lifestyle.
  • You have transitioned to a vegan lifestyle since dating your partner, but you are now moving in together.
  • You’re both vegan, living together and cooking the best vegan dishes. You’re only here out of curiosity so carry on reading.

Communication Is Everything

Communication is incredibly important when you transition to a vegan diet. It’s so important that your other half understands why you have transitioned to a vegan diet. Everyone has their own reasons to transition to a vegan diet, whether that’s for animals, environment or your personal health. Make sure you discuss your reasons. As well as you speaking about your whys, your partner needs to be in the best situation to really take all the information in. Don’t try have this conversation, whilst you’re both in the middle of doing other tasks. Take that time to sit down, so they understand why exactly you’ve made this transition.

They may not agree with your view point, however as your partner they need to respect your viewpoint. I’m lucky, as my husband saw the good in me turning to a vegan diet. He does embrace it and I love him for that! It wasn’t ‘abnormal,’ to him as his sister has been a vegan for a number of years. Although he hasn’t converted, he completely understands why I made the transition.

You Need To Establish a System

What are you OK and not OK with? Do you mind meat being eaten in the house? Will your partner be willing to eat vegan meals? Will they expect you to cook their meat? Would you be OK with that if they do? Will they replace some simple substitutes like milk? Are they willing to give vegan food a try or are they adamant to stick to their meat?

You need to work out a system and what you are willing to do and not do. Again, going back to communication this needs to be communicated back to your partner so they understand.

Be Respectful of Each Other

Whether you were vegan before you were living together or you transitioned to a vegan diet, it’s so important to respect each other. Just because you’re not 100% aligned in the ways that you live, you chose to be with that person for a reason and don’t ever forget that. If you ever feel as if you’re being mocked for being vegan, talk about it as it’s the only way you’ll get through it together.

Will You Cook A Non Vegan Meal?

Personally, I haven’t cooked eggs or meat since I transitioned to a vegan diet as the concept feels like it’s against my ‘religion.’ I chose to transition to a vegan diet firstly for the animals and health, but also just as importantly the environment. For these reasons, how could I be fine with cooking meat and eggs? It’s entirely up to you what you decide in regards to cooking. If you are purely transitioning to a vegan diet for personal health reasons, then you may not have any issues cooking meat. It all goes back to the WHY.

Would You Share Cutlery and Utensils With Your Non Vegan Partner?

Me and my husband share everything in the kitchen including pots and pans, however I have spoken to other vegans which would not be OK with sharing. Personally, as long as it is 100% cleaned, I don’t mind sharing a pan that has previously had meat on it. If you want separate utensils, make sure that you can clearly establish which set is yours, like having a different colour or size.

Do You Need To Re-Organise The Kitchen?

Are you ok with sharing fridge and shelf space? Even if you are, it may be easier for you to have specific shelves in the fridge and cupboard space in the kitchen. How about keeping meat on a shelf at the top and keeping the rest open to vegetables and anything else you may have in your fridge. Any vegans worst nightmare is getting processed meats leaking on their vegetables, so even if you don’t mind sharing shelf space it would be worth separating vegan and non vegan items.

Surprise Them With a Vegan Meal

Sometimes, the easiest way to convert a non vegan is through their stomach. Have you tried cooking them your favourite vegan meal? Even if it doesn’t mean they convert, at least they can appreciate the great foods that vegans can and do eat. I truly believe that anything non vegans can do, vegans can do with a conscious mind! There are so many meat alternatives, so go start swapping out meat alternatives and see if they notice. Ok, that does sound like trickery and I’m not telling you to deceive your partner but it may be a fun little experiment! By your partner eating delicious vegan food, it may inspire them to incorporate more vegan items into their diet. If you need some help with vegan recipes, go buy this book below – It is honestly incredible!

How About Sharing Some Vegan Sides?

At dinner time, why don’t you make your vegan main whilst they make their meat main and share sides. Make all the sides vegan, which is super easy. You could share a large bowl of salad, even creamy mac and cheese or how about falafel? By incorporating vegan sides, into meal time it makes both your lives easier rather than both having to cooking separate sides.

How Do We Go About Food Shopping?

Do you buy your food together? Are you OK with your money going towards meat products? There is actually no right or wrong answer to how you go about this specific situation. Personally, I’m married and we buy our food from one bank account and it doesn’t bother me that some money goes towards meat. However, I can understand why it may upset some so you need to determine what you will and won’t accept. This could mean that you have separate budgets for food. Again, you need to work out a system that works for the both of you.

vegan and non vegan couple

How About Eating Out Together as a Vegan and Non Vegan Couple?

As a vegan and non-vegan couple, you can still enjoy going out to eat. Depending where you are in the World, most restaurants will have vegan options. It’s important to make sure that you check a menu before you do go out to eat, as it will give you a bit of stress relief before going. I do tend to call ahead of time, as sometimes a restaurant may not be very clear on their menu whether some items are actually vegan. A number of dishes can be made vegan, even if not specified on the menu. If you other half does want to go to a restaurant, where there are limited/no vegan options, sorry to say it but they may need to find another friend/family member to go with. Unless, of course you’re OK with watching them eat, which would never be me!

Don’t Pressure Them to Change

Pressuring someone to change, when they have no intention to will only frustrate you as well as them more than anything. I personally wouldn’t want anyone to think they can tell me what to eat, so why should I tell someone else what to eat? It’s important that they respect your view point, but demanding them to change is unfair as it is for them to demand you to eat meat again.

Time & Patience Is Key

Vegans I find are generally patient people, but it can be easy to get frustrated in specific situations. Having to explain yourself again and again is never fun. At the end of the day you will either be OK with living with a non vegan or you won’t. Adjustments will take time for the both of you and as long as your communicating, you will definitely get through this together.

I hope you liked this blog, this is one that is close to my heart being married to a non vegan. Let me know how you find living with a non vegan partner and any advice you can offer in the comments below.

Ami x

Pinatex? Pineapple Leather? The Ultimate Guide!

Pinatex? Pineapple Leather? The Ultimate Guide!

Pinatex? PinaWHO? Ever heard of pineapple leather? The ultimate guide to sustainable and cruelty free vegan leather.

What Is Pineapple Leather?

Honestly, I had never heard of pineapple leather, also known as Pinatex until very recently. If someone had told me, their shoes were made of pineapples, I may have laughed thinking it was some weird joke that I really didn’t understand! How can such a sweet, delicious fruit be made into clothing? Well it isn’t the actual sweet part of the fruit, pineapple leather is made from the leaves which makes a lot more sense!

Upon research, I’ve learnt so much about about how pineapple can be used in ways other than just cooking. Just to give you some background, Pinatex was developed over many years of research and development by Dr. Carmen Hijosa. Carmen saw that the use of pineapple leaf fibre which is typically an agricultural waste product, provided the opportunity to build an industry for developing farming communities, with only slight environmental impact.

How was Pineapple Leather Discovered?

This all started back in the 1990, when Dr Carmen Hijosa was consulting on the leather export trade.

“Shocked at the environmental impact of mass leather production and chemical tanning she realised this could not continue, but knew that PVC alternatives were not the solution. She was driven to research a sustainable alternative. Inspired by the abundance of natural resources, including the use of plant fibres in traditional weaving such as the delicate Barong Tagalog garments, Carmen sought to create a new, non-woven textile that could be commercially produced, provide positive social and economic impact and maintain a low environmental footprint throughout its life cycle.”Ananas Anam

How Is Pineapple Leather Made?

Piñatex is created by binding the long fibres from pineapple leaves together to create a non-woven substrate. These leaves are normally left to rot after fruit is harvested, but Pinatex repurposes them to make leather. The leaves from the pineapple are cut up first as well as layered, before they go through the industrialization process. Pinatex can be dyed any colour and has a weirdly close resemblance to animal leather.

Is Pinatex Biodegradeable?

Pinatex unfortunately isn’t 100% biodegradable, as it is petroleum based, however Aananas-Anam are working on it. On the flip side to that, Pinatex  is created from pineapple leaves that are the byproduct of existing agriculture. Their use also creates an additional income stream for farming communities.

Why Should We Use Leather Alternatives?

pinatex pineapple leather

There are a number of reasons why consumers and companies are trying to find alternatives to leather. The one that first springs to mind is animal suffering for their skin. However, as well as leather posing an ethical issue, it does also cause an environmental one. The process that stops animal skin from rotting to turn it into leather, means that huge amounts of toxic chemicals are used. These toxic chemicals generally end up in water supplies as well as soil.

In comparison to real leather, Piñatex is a cruelty-free and sustainable option.

What Can Be Made From Pinatex?

Over the years, Pinatex has gained huge popularity. Not only is Pinatex used in clothing, you’ll find it in shoes, watches, accessories and even home furnishings! YES, I said home furnishings. I can’t wait to see what else Pinatex will be used for in the future. Here’s just a few brands that are using Pinatex:

  • H&M – They have launched their conscious exclusive collection, which has introduced the use of Pinatex in their clothing. They have also launched two other materials, which they’ve never used before. One of them being Bloom foam which is a flexible foam that comes from algae biomass. The second is Orange Fibre, which is a silk like fabric that comes from citrus juice by products.
  • Votch – This is a London based vegan friendly watch company. They have a range of watches, where the straps are fully constructed from Pinatex.
  • Tamasine Osher Design – London based artisan furniture company that creates one-off and limited edition bold pieces. They have created an incredible spider chair, which is made from Pinatex.
  • Hugo Boss – This German Luxury Fashion Brand have designed a vegan shoe range, which are made from Pinatex and they are 100% vegan. They come in a number of colours, go check out the range.

It’s amazing that there are so many vegan alternatives in the age that we live in, and I’m determined to try them all out! If you want to understand a bit more about vegan fashion, go check out this blog.

Let me know in the comments below your favourite vegan leather..

Ami x

Delicious Vegan Egg Muffins Recipe

Delicious Vegan Egg Muffins Recipe

Vegan and need a quick, easy & savoury breakfast or snack during the day? Look no further! These vegan egg muffins will satisfy your cravings and they’re also super delicious.

What Are Vegan Egg Muffins?

Before I turned vegan, I used to make egg muffins and pack them with vegetables which were high in protein and tasted great. When I transitioned to a vegan diet, I needed a replacement to satisfy my cravings! Initially, I started replacing them with my tofu scramble. However, when I needed a quick snack throughout the day there were times when I just wanted to pick something out the fridge already made. After much practicing and trying out a number of recipes, I’ve made up my own. This delicious and pretty easy recipe, creates a mouthwatering muffin and it is packed full of nutritional vegetables. It’s entirely up to you, whether you eat them whilst they are hot or cold, they’ll taste amazing either way!

These vegan egg muffins are SO filling too, you only need a few of these to fill you up for hours.

vegan muffins

How Can I Add Protein to My Vegan Muffins?

I love stuffing these little muffins with protein hits. My personal favourites to add to these vegan muffins are spinach and broccoli. Chickpea flour has surprisingly a high content of protein as far as protein in flours get, which is what I’ve used in this recipe. It’s so important to get protein in your diet in every meal and if you need some help along the way, go check out my article on why do vegans need protein?

Why Should I Make These Vegan Egg Muffins?

  • Hearty & Filling
  • Delicious
  • High in Protein
  • Packed with nutrition
  • Perfect Breakfast or Snack throughout the day

Can You Freeze These Vegan Egg Muffins?

Absolutely! As mentioned earlier, you can enjoy these hot or cold. They are so easy to store and I strongly believe that tofu tastes so much better when it has been frozen. Cook a batch on Sunday, pop them in the freezer and enjoy them throughout the week. To defrost them, heat them in the microwave until they are warm. This will take about a minute or so in the microwave.

How Should I Cook Them?

I know it seems obvious, but when I look out for recipes I always wonder where abouts in the oven should be they placed. Am I the only one? I do feel like this needs to included as part of recipes, as putting it too low will mean they need to cook for longer whereas putting them too high might mean they burn or the top half only gets cooked. These muffins do not need turning over, so to ensure they are cooked through they do need to be put on the middle shelf of your oven.

And here it is..

Delicious Vegan Eggs Muffin Recipe

Vegan and need a quick, easy & savoury breakfast or snack during the day? Look no further! These vegan egg muffins will satisfy your cravings and they’re also super delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: veganblog, veganbreakfast, veganeggmuffins, veganeggs, veganmuffins, vegansnacks

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Chickpea Powder
  • 4 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ cup Almond milk (or any non dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • cup Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Vegetables for The Filling

  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 cup Chopped Broccoli

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, almond milk and water until well combined.
  • Add in all the seasonings and mix well. (Mustard, spices, baking powder & olive oil.)
  • Let sit and rest for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Finely slice and dice the red peppers & broccoli. Sautee for about 5 – 10 minutes on a medium heat on a pan on the hob.
  • Divide the sauteed veggies evenly between muffin tins.
  • Then do the same for the chickpea flour mixture. Pour to about ¾ of the muffin tray as they will rise slightly during cooking. Make sure you mix and stir the veggies and chickpea mixture in the muffin tray.
  • Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes in preheated oven at 180°C.  Check if they are cooked with a toothpick, by inserting and making sure it comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for at least 5-10 minutes. Use a sharp knife to loosen edges and remove muffins from the muffin tray. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I really hope you enjoyed this recipe. Let me know if you tried these muffins in the comments below and how you found them.

Enjoy..

Ami x

What Is Vegan Clothing?

What Is Vegan Clothing?

This article will help you understand what vegan clothing is and how to identify whether the clothing you are buying is vegan.

When you decide to turn vegan, you first transition to a vegan diet generally. If you’re anything like myself, you’ve also looked into sustainable living which includes cruelty free beauty, sustainable fashion and zero waste living. It’s pretty simple when cutting out meat and dairy, however it’s not so clear cut when it comes to vegan clothing. I’m here to make it that one step easier!

So, What Exactly Is Vegan Clothing then?

In short, vegan clothing is keeping animals off your body and out of your closet. Over time, more and more of us are ditching wool, fur and leather in the hope of finding just as great cruelty free alternatives. There are vegan clothing brands which are always coming up, which use innovative materials as well as existing materials to create cruelty free clothing.

Why Should I Care About Whether My Clothing Is Vegan?

Until very recently, I didn’t question what materials went into my clothing. The only things that I cared about was whether they looked great and fitted my body well. I never questioned the harm to the animals that went into the clothing I wore. Most production which involves animals is so cruel. Sadly, companies most the time care about creating products fast, rather than ethics.

What Should Vegans Not Be Wearing?

It’s crazy when I researched into vegan clothing and found out how many pieces of clothing actually contain animal materials. In my head, prior to research I only really thought of leather, snake skin and fur as non vegan products.

Here are some more to look out for:

  • Silk (Comes from Silkworms)
  • Angora (Rabbit Fur)
  • Suede (Comes from a number of animal skins)
  • Down (Feathers which are used in a number of winter jackets for warmth)
  • Cashmere (Goats hair)

Does buying Second Hand Clothing Make My Clothing Vegan?

No, as second hand clothes can also have animal products within them. Buying second hand is touching on buying more sustainably rather than vegan. You should be especially careful of vintage clothing as using animal trims and details were very common in the past. The older your clothing is, the more likely it is to be made from animals.

What Exactly Can Vegans Wear?

First of all, the best material has to be cotton as it is so readily available for vegans. Majority of clothing products have been made from cotton. Other Vegan fibers include:

  • Linen
  • Polyster
  • Lycra
  • Spandex
  • Bamboo
  • Pvc
  • Nylon
  • Cork
  • Acrylic
  • Denim

Of course, this does involve you looking at the label and checking the exact material included in clothes. There are number of sustainable and vegan brands out there. Let me know if you want a list in the comments below and I’ll write another blog for you all. A few of my favourite vegan brands include Beyond Skin, Ruby Moon and Stella McCartney.

My personal aim is to shop sustainably as well as vegan. If you’re unsure about what sustainable fashion is, go check out my latest blog which explains the three pillars of sustainable fashion.

Ami x

15 Powerful Vegan Quotes

15 Powerful Vegan Quotes

I don’t know about you guys, but I love reading powerful, inspiring vegan quotes. Here are just a few of my favourites:

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

Sir David Attenborough

“We can sit back, do nothing and watch our planet be destroyed. Or we can take action, become advocates and start making lifestyle choices which are kinder to people and the planet.”

Kira Simpson

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Gandhi

“Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn on their coronary artery. Some would call that extreme.”

 Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

“Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering?” 

Moby

“I remember very clearly the day my mom made chicken fingers. I was like, ‘Wait, this was alive? This had parents? I’m not eating it anymore.” 

 Jenna Dewan-Tatum

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.” 

Harvey Diamond

“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.” 

Paul McCartney

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”

JOAQUIN PHOENIX

Joaquin Phoenix is by far one of my favourite actors. If you disagree, did you not see him in the Joker?!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
vegan quotes

“If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.” 

Johnny Depp

 “People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.” 

Anonymous

“My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations.”

Peter Singer

Sometimes, I find it really helps me looking at powerful quotes from vegans to re-assure that I am doing the right thing. I also love how many celebs have transitioned over to a vegan diet, as they can have a huge positive impact with the amount of influence they have. If these quotes have made you think about transitioning to a vegan diet, go check out my step by step guide.

What are your favourite vegan quotes? Comment below and let me know!

Ami x

3 Summer Smoothie Recipes

3 Summer Smoothie Recipes

Summer is creeping up in London she says, whilst it’s pouring with rain outside. Hopefully in the next couple of months, the Coronavirus lockdown will be lifted in time for the sunshine. There’s no better way to accompany the sun, than with a few delicious smoothie recipes. So here you go.. You can thank me later!

I always find frozen fruit is SO much better in a smoothie than fresh fruit!

1) Summer Berry Smoothie

If you like berries, citrus and creamy smoothies, this recipe is for you. You just need these 5 ingredients:

This recipe needs the banana and raspberries to be frozen to provide a cold, creamy thick base. Also, make sure you use unsweetened almond milk.

What does The Summer Berry Smoothie taste like?

  • Creamy
  • Sweet
  • Refreshing
  • Slightly tart
  • Delicious!

Summer Berry Smoothie

Delicious Creamy Smoothie
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten Free & Vegan
Keyword: smoothie, smoothierecipe, summersmoothie, vegansmoothie
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 140 g Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana
  • 120 ml Pomegranate Juice
  • 180 ml Orange Juice
  • 180 ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Taste and adjust flavour as required. Add more milk or fruit juice if it is too thick. Add more frozen banana if it’s not sweet enough. Serve immediately.

Next, we have a Superfood Summer Smoothie.

Superfood Summer Smoothie

The Superfood Summer Smoothie is another creamyand fruity smoothie, which is also packed with nutrients to fuel your body for the day ahead. Depending on how much ginger you add, it can have quite a quick to it too.

This smoothie is loaded with summer fruits and packed with antioxidants and of course vegan too.

Superfood Summer Smoothie

Delicious superfood summer smoothie that is packed with tonnes of antioxidants!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: smoothierecipe, summersmoothie, vegansmoothie
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Peaches
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 tbsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. If too thick, add more liquid and blend longer. If it’s too spicy from the ginger, add in some more fruit. Serve straight away.

Finally, my last recommendation is the Coffee Summer Smoothie.

Coffee Summer Smoothie

At the moment everyone is having the ‘cloud coffee,’ that I keep seeing on Instagram which is great and delicious. However, this recipe is a way you can have your coffee and your breakfast in one. It will also wake you up, after one of those Friday nights out!

What Does This Coffee Smoothie Taste like?

  • Coffee obviously! If you don’t like coffee you most definately won’t like this recipe.
  • Smooth
  • Rich
  • Creamy
  • Delicious

This smoothie is best served straight away.

Coffee Summer Smoothie

Delicious Creamy Smoothie that Will Wake You Up!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: coffee, coffeesmoothie, veganrecipe, vegansmoothie
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 3 Frozen Bananas
  • 2 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 4 tsp Instant Espresso Coffee Powder
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and serve immediately.

Take your best photos of your smoothies and make sure you tag me on Instagram. Let me know what you think of these recipes in the comments below.

Also, whilst you’re here go check out my banana oat cookies that would go great as a side with these smoothies!

Enjoy..

Ami x

How has Coronavirus Impacted the Vegan Food Industry?

How has Coronavirus Impacted the Vegan Food Industry?

Coronavirus (COV-19) is the worst pandemic that I’ve seen in my 31 years and probably will ever see in my lifetime, but is there any good that can come out of it? Well, yes there is as many of my fellow vegans will agree!

Where did Coronavirus Come from?

There are tonnes of conspiracy theories that are now circulating, however in majority of the public mind the origin story of Coronavirus seems well fixed. The story is that the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal that has caused this wide spread pandemic. Much like swine flu, bird flu, and SARS (which was also caused by a coronavirus linked to a Chinese wet market), COVID-19 spread from animals to humans, starting with those who worked in or visited the market. It is suspected that they contracted the virus by eating or touching an animal who was infected.

So Who Has been Impacted?

One in five Brits, which is more than 13 million have cut down on meat consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to a survey conducted by The Vegan Society. Is this purely from fear of catching a disease from meat? Well partially.. Due to the panic buying in the UK, 41% of those have reduced their meat or dairy consumption because of their preferred product not being available. 43% chose to reduce their meat consumption out of concern for the environment, health or animal rights reasons.

As well as meat alternatives on the rise, 15 percent of respondents said they have reduced their dairy intake during lockdown. Almost more than half of respondents that made this switch will continue to purchase soy & almond milk. In regards to meat alternatives such as one of my personal favourites the beyond burger, approximately 50% will continue to purchase these products after lockdown.

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The Number of Vegans Are on The Rise!

Ever since Game changers went viral at the back end of 2019, Veganuary in 2020 showed the highest number of people trying out the vegan diet. That’s not to say it was the only reason that people turned to a vegan diet, however watching that documentary was the trigger for many like myself. On top of that, we are now living through the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of reasons why people are buying vegan products. Some are convenience, cost, whereas others have concern for their own well being, the environment and animal rights.

Until people start trying vegan products, there’s always a misconception that vegan food is ‘boring’ and ‘doesn’t taste great.’ Now, people in the UK are trying these products and actually enjoying them. It has opened up their eyes to the vegan world. I personally feel like vegans are the only happy people when their favourite supermarket product is out of stock. It’s a sign that veganism is on the rise! Power to the Vegans!!! OK I sound like I’m part of some strange cult right now.. So I’m going to mellow my tone a little..

The more people that convert to a vegan diet, the more companies will need to provide new vegan products. Also, let’s not forget how much turning vegan helps the animals, environment as well as our health. As horrific as this pandemic is, it’s important to look at the positive aspects too.

Is It a Phase?

There’s always that concern that people will go back to their old ways of meat eating after COVID-19. Let me know if you think it’s a phase or will we get some true converts from this COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are someone that is looking to change to a vegan diet, here’s a step by step transition guide for you.

Ami x

5 BEST Vegan Documentaries

5 BEST Vegan Documentaries

In 2019 there were 600,000 vegans, or 1.16% of the population which is a staggering increase from the 150,000 (0.25%) in 2014. It’s now 2020, can we increase it by at least another 1-2% this year? With the Coronavirus pandemic, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2020 gives way for the biggest increase in vegans.

I personally went from eating meat to vegan overnight, after watching 5 documentaries in the space of a week. They were all huge eye openers and the lack of knowledge I had about the meat industry, prior to watching the documentaries was next to nothing. The increase in the number of vegans is due to a number of factors, but the one that is most prominent is people educating themselves on the impact of the meat industry. For many vegans like myself, it was a hard-hitting documentary that first inspired them to make the switch.

These must-watch documentaries will hopefully open your mind as well as your heart to the downfalls of animal agriculture and the many benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. They may not make you switch to a vegan diet, but they may encourage you to swap out one meat-based meal a day for a plant-based one. They may even get you to try out a vegan 30 day challenge.

Even if you don’t make any difference to your diet, you’ll definitely learn something new from at least one of these documentaries.

Let’s start with the one that I initially watched, which triggered the change for me – The Game Changers.

The Game Changers (2019)

This film, directed by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan, focuses on the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes. This film stresses more of the performance benefits of eating a plant-based diet -vs- just showing the negatives of eating too much meat.

It follows a diverse group of athletes that have thrived on a plant-based diet with the aim of dispelling the myth that consumption of animal products is key for athletic performance. You won’t see footage of animal cruelty like some other vegan documentaries, so rest assured. It definitely has a positive light hearted note throughout the film, rather than focusing on the negatives.

It’s 100%  an entertaining watch, and even if you have no interest in turning to a vegan diet, I highly recommend watching it. If you are interested in vegan fitness, go check out my blog on where vegans get protein from as it will help you on your journey!

The Game Changers can be watched on Netflix or you can buy it from Amazon.

What The Health (2017)

What The Health focuses on the detrimental effects animal foods have on human health.

Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn speak to various medical professionals and researchers about the growing effects that animal products have on the human body. I don’t want to give too much away, but in summary they realise that major health organisations have conflicting interests when it comes to educating the public, uncovering the massive corporate influences that impact on a nation’s health.

This was the second documentary I watched after The Game Changers and I was really taken back by what I saw. If you or anyone you know, that is suffering with any health condition, I would really recommend you watch it. It will have you thinking twice about eating meat, for the sake of your health.

You can watch this on Netlix or buy the it from Amazon.

Cowspiracy (2014)

Cowspiracy was created by the same people who made What the Health. It is a groundbreaking environmental documentary following filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This film is focused on saving the planet, which is often an overlooked reason to go vegan, but in my eyes it is one of the biggest reasons!

You can watch this on Netflix.

Forks over Knives (2011)

This documentary has a similar focus to What The Health. It provides insights to the importance of a low-fat, plant-based diet in preventing or even reversing disease. It also follows the lives of people who were completely changed for the better by changing their lifestyle and diet.

This film is a great watch, and it shows how moving to a plant based diet can really improve your health.

Again, you can watch it on Netflix.

Earthlings (2005)

This is probably one of the more ‘extreme’ vegan documentaries. There have been a number of stories about people watching Earthlings and then immediately making the switch.

vegan documentaries

Shaun Monson exposes the animal suffering endured at puppy mills, factory farms, research labs and more. Yes, it will shock you, but it is the harsh reality of what actually happens!

You can buy it here from Amazon or you may even be able to find it on Youtube.

Are These Documentaries Biased?

Any documentary, is meant to make you feel a certain way, however all these documentaries have studies which back their claims and in a number of cases they are showing live footage. In my opinion, no they are not biased.

These documentaries have been made to open your eyes about what is going on in the meat industry and the impacts it can have on your health, the animals and the planet. I personally think that people who think these documentaries are ‘fake’ or ‘biased’ don’t want to make that transition, so would rather ignore the facts in front of them. Wake up people!

Let me know if you’ve watched these documentaries and how you found them..

Ami x

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur, but Is It Enough?

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur, but Is It Enough?

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur For good

Canada goose is finally getting rid of it’s coyote fur trims, which has been made as a pledge as part of a sustainability drive. They have announced they will stop using virgin fur from 2022. They also plan to buy back fur from its customers’ coats for recycling. This means that they will no longer be supporting coyote trapping in Europe and North America.

They have rightfully received a lot of pressure from animal rights campaigners over its use of fur, down, and treatment of animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has petitioned for Canada Goose to ditch fur products for decades.

According to Canada Goose, the decision made was not in response to the campaigns and petition.

“We’re absolutely not switching for any other reason than we believe switching from new fur to reclaimed fur makes something sustainable more sustainable,” Dani Reiss, the group’s chief executive told the Financial Times.

Real Fur is Cruel

At the moment, cruelty can be found in every stitch of Canada Goose’s jackets and other clothing items. Coyotes used for the fur trim of the jacket, suffer in steel traps. They are then shot or beat to death! It’s honestly revolting the way they are killed and mother’s that are trapped and want to get back to their kids end up chewing off their own limbs.

Watch this video below, which shows what really happens to these coyotes.

The cruelty that these coyotes go through, just for a a strip of fur on a jacket is disgusting. It is great that Canada Goose are moving in the right direction but..

Is It Enough?

This move can be seen to many, including myself as brainwashing the public. As well as coyotes being killed for a fur trim, there are duck and geese whose throats are still being slit for feathers which are used in their parkas.

Canada Goose have no intentions to give up fur for virgin animal products entirely. They also plan to still insulate jackets with virgin down geese feathers, so in my opinion, no it is not enough.

Comment below and let me know your opinion..

Ami x