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Hello wonderful people! In my most recent YouTube vlog you will see Marco and I going out for dinner in Glasgow. Now to be fair we probably split our restaurant time 50/50 between vegan and non vegan restaurants. We love vegan restaurants of course but they tend to be dress down, very much chilled out, more bar/gig scene than dress up restaurants. That is why we venture out to non vegan restaurants that happen to cater VERY well for vegans as well as non vegans. In this week’s restaurant venture you will see us hit up a well known restaurant in Glasgow, Red Onion. Neither of us had visited before, mostly because we were unaware of the vegan menu on offer but boy we will be returning!

This is the type of restaurant you go to for a nice vegan meal, the fine dining type of experience. The kind you would get to dress up a bit to go along to, or the spot you would pick for an occasion dinner. It is a lot more “date night scene” than the typical vegan gig joint you find in Glasgow!

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner and head chef himself, a personal chef to none other than Bryan Adams over the years serving up vegan food to the star. Yes I know, it is pretty cool! Naturally we went for the vegan taster menu.  A 6 course taster menu filled with the best flavour combinations known to my taste buds. Yes I am going to talk this restaurant up because the food was supreme.  You can also order vegan items from the regular menu but I would highly suggest giving the 6 course taster menu a go! It was a totally different experience to anything Marco or I had ever had before.

You can see a copy of the menu above. My favourite 3 items out of the 6 had to be the “haggis” bon bons, the roast pumpkin tart and of course the brownies – duh. Every single course we had was honestly 10/10, absolutely delicious, full of fresh flavours and just simply divine. I honestly cannot recommend trying this menu out enough! Check out the restaurant website here for full info and to book a table for your next dining out venture, I promise you will not be disappointed!

What a better way to start a Monday, fluffy slipper socks, over sized hoodies and a big plate of protein rich waffles for breakfast! I admit I was excited for winter time to come in, get the cosy clothes on and start making some tummy warming recipes, but after yesterdays 2 degree weather I think I have changed my mind!

Waffles are such a staple for me and I feel I have perfected them. This portion serves two or just one really hungry vegan so make accordingly 😉  I have found the blend of My Protein instant vanilla oats and their vegan blend active women vanilla protein to be the perfect pair in getting these waffles just right!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 140G INSTANT OATS*
  • 60G VANILLA PROTEIN*
  • 1 BANANA
  • 240ML ALMOND MILK
  • 1 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • TOPPINGS:
  • AGAVE OR MAPLE SYRUP*
  • STRAWBERRIES
  • PEANUT BUTTER*
  • CACAO NIBS*
  • CHIA SEEDS*

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METHOD:

 

  1. BLEND ALL INGREDIENTS APART FROM TOPPINGS UNTIL WELL COMBINED
  2. POUR IN A WAFFLE MAKER (SUCH AS THISAND COOK FOR 5 MINUTES

 

1.THE VEGAN BIG MAC:

2 Fry’s Family meat free burgers
1.5 sesame seed rolls
Shredded lettuce
1/4 onion sliced
2 slices violife vegan cheese

Gerkins

Sauce:
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tbsp French dressing
3 tsp relish
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp ketchup
1/8 tsp salt

METHOD:

  1. Peel, slice and steam potatoes until cooked
  2. Add to a baking sheet along with burger patties and cook for 20 minutes (flip burgers halfway)
  3. Slice the onion and lettuce
  4. Mix together the sauce ingredients until well combined
  5. Layer the burger with patty, sauce, onion, lettuce, cheese until all ingredients used
  6. Top the burger with a sesame bun and sprinkle chips with salt

2. THE VEGAN NANDOS

2 Quorn vegetable burgers
2 wholemeal pitas
2-4 tbsp nandos sauce
Nados peri salt
250g potatoes
Shredded lettuce
Tomato
Spicy Mayo such as sriracha

METHOD:

  1. Peel, slice and steam potatoes until cooked
  2. Dip burgers into Nandos sauce to marinate
  3. Add to a baking sheet along with chips and cook for 20 minutes (flip burgers halfway)
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle chips with peri salt and return for 5 more minutes
  5. Toast pitas, fill with burger, lettuce, tomato and mayo
  6. Serve with chips and salad

 

3. CHUNKY MONKEY BEN N JERRY

2 frozen bananas
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp walnuts
30g vegan fudge (i used free from factory)
1 tbsp syrup
1/2 tbsp cacao powder

METHOD:

  1. Blend the bananas, protein, vanilla until smooth
  2. Stir in half of the nibs, fudge and walnuts
  3. Pulse once to mix in
  4. Scoop out and top with other half of nibs, fudge, walnuts
  5. Mix together the syrup and cacao for a chocolate sauce!

 

FULL VIDEO HERE!! 

HEY GUYS! Welcome back to another recipe post, yes another pancake recipe post! oops. But they are just too good and there are so many ways to make them I have to keep sharing! These are the chocolate protein pancakes layered with runny almond butter, topped with syrup and nibs! Yes omg genius. Get in my belly. oh wait you already did.

INGREDIENTS:

60G vegan blend chocolate smooth by MyProtein (shop here using code STEFUK to save 20%)

4 tbsp flour or 5 tbsp oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup almond milk or other non dairy milk

1 banana

Layer with almond butter also from MyProtein

Agave syrup also from MyProtein

Nibs also from MyProtein

METHOD:

Blend together all ingredients except toppings

The mix should be really thick

Scoop out onto a heated pan and cook either side until sides are browning

Stack and layer with almond butter, nibs and agave!

Indoors or outdoors, city or suburb, it doesn’t matter where you workout, so long as you get it done! I have found myself between all 4 situations in my fitness journey, it just depends where you are and when! Lately I have spent a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air, getting some me time whilst getting a sweat on. Where I live there is a mix of suburb and city, concrete jungle stairs and tree filled streets. I find the nature filled pathways to be refreshing and naturalistic whilst the concrete foundations to be great for mixing up the cardio. Why just run pathways when you can run stairs? Take your green pathways and turn them into nature trails, take your outdoor staircases and turn them into hills – these make for great hiit training!

I am bringing you this blogpost with Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. With this watch you can choose to break free from the old and typical and burst into the new .. turn your city into your circuit. I have been running pathways at steady speed and then taking to the stairs for some hiit and plyometrics. Try jump squats, lunges, toe touches and stair sprints on your outdoor run and really mix up that routine.

Taking the Suunto Spartan Wrist HR I am able to track my heart rate between my steady state runs and my HIIT to really see how both are affecting my body, I love mixing the two up! The best thing about it is the convenience of having this function in a watch. How easy is it to wear a watch whilst exercising?! Suunto watches take it a step further, rather than just recording basic exercise you can pre select a specific exercise to get a more accurate response: i.e. I selected the running sports mode. So whether you are in the gym, running outdoors, cycling or swimming, Suunto has got you covered!

To check them out and find out more for yourself click here to visit their store now! 

Yes you did read that title correct, no your eyes do not deceive you. Cinnamon roll pancakes! Ok so I never used to like cinnamon until I started having turmeric lattes and cinnamon rolls (jeez I sound like an LA kid, am I lost?!). But true, cinnamon was never my thing but actually maybe the foods it was in was not my thing, so yeah basically I like cinnamon now! But only when in something super sweet. Like a cinnamon roll. Or cinnamon roll pancakes!

Now do not be fooled, these may look and sound unhealthy but in fact they are super healthy, made with a few simple ingredients and packed with plant protein … yeah I sold it didn’t I?

INGREDIENTS:

8 TBSP FLOUR OF CHOICE

60G PROTEIN POWDER (VANILLA – shop here using code STEFUK to save 20%)

1 TSP CINNAMON

1 TBSP COCONUT SUGAR (shop here using code STEFUK to save 20%)

1/2 BANANA

1 CUP ALMOND OR NON DAIRY MILK

1 TSP BAKING POWDER

1 TBSP MAPLE SYRUP ( shop here using code STEFUK to save 20%)

METHOD:

NOTE: THESE PANCAKES ARE VERY THICK AND FLUFFY DUE TO THE QUANTITY OF PROTEIN POWDER PRESENT

THE MIX SHOULD APPEAR SCOOP-ABLE RATHER THAN POURABLE FROM YOUR BLENDER

BLEND ALL THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER MINUS SYRUP, SCOOP INTO PAN AND COOK EITHER SIDE UNTIL BROWN (MAKES AROUND 5 LARGE PANCAKES)

FROSTING:

1/2 SCOOP OF VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER

1 TBSP ALMOND BUTTER

1 TBSP SUGAR

ALMOND MILK TO GET THE RIGHT CONSISTENCY

STACK ALL PANCAKES AND LAYER WITH FROSTING, SPRINKLE WITH MORE CINNAMON AND SYRUP

 

Hi Guys!
My Name is Natalie Matthews.  I am an NFF bikini Pro, NPC Nationally Qualified bikini athlete, and Certified Vegan Chef.
I would love to share one of my favorite breakfast and post workout snacks that I have almost every day during prep. You can follow me on instagram here!
I enjoy starting my morning off with oats, berries, or a green smoothie, but lately, I’ve been combining everything into smoothie bowls.  I seem to never get tired of them.  They don’t take long to make and are packed with healthy ingredients to help you start the day off right.  This smoothie bowl is also perfect as a pre/post workout snack.  Eat this and conquer your day!
Green Boost Smoothie Bowl
Makes one bowl
Ingredients
3 oz of spinach (about 1 cup packed)
2 frozen bananas
2 pitted dates
2-3 tbsp peanut butter powder
1 tbsp flax or chia seeds
1 scoop vegan protein powder
Optional toppings:
berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries
dried fruit
granola
coconut chips
cacao nibs
oats
cereal
vegan chocolate chips
nuts or seeds
Instructions
Start by adding spinach to the bottom of a high-speed blender or food processor.  On top of the spinach, add bananas, dates peanut butter powder, flax seeds, and protein powder in that order.  Add some water if needed.
Blend thoroughly on high until you have a thick Ice cream consistency.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and get creative with your favorite toppings.
This recipe could also be left as a smoothie by adding a half a cup of water or vegan milk and pouring it into a glass.  This is an excellent way to get a ton of nutrients on the go!

Hola amigas! I hope you are all having a really good week 🙂 I am bringing you something so exciting and trust me there will be plenty more recipes like this … healthy desserts with a protein punch twist! Oh yes. Healthy . Dessert . Protein packed. Need I say anymore?

I bought pretty much all ingredients from Myprotein, you guys know I am sponsored by them and this is because I LOVE their products, their vegan range is second to none. I got fancy in the kitchen today and went for this cookie dough recipe that was not only healthy but also bursting with protein to make it extra healthy .. i.e. post workout worthy if we were really going that far!

To shop any products from MyProtein please click here, and use code STEFUK for 20% off, 100% commission made the month of August is being donated to Jubilee House, a home here in Glasgow for women and children escaping domestic abuse 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

3 TBSP FLOUR

30G VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER

2 TBSP NUT BUTTER (I USED PEANUT)

2 TBSP LIQUID SYRUP

4 TBSP ALMOND MILK (ADJUST TO OWN CONSISTENCY LIKING)

2 TBSP DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR NIBS

 

 

METHOD:

  1. COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS TO FORM YOUR COOKIE DOUGH!
  2. REFRIDGERATE AND KEEP FRESH FOR 2 DAYS
  3. ALTERNATIVELY ROLL OUT INTO ONE LARGE COOKIE AND BACK FOR 8 MINUTES (SHOULD STILL BE SOFT AND LET TO COOL FOR 10 MINUTES TO SLIGHTLY HARDEN) – COOK AT 175 DEGREES FAN OVEN

 

Hey guys!

I had the pleasure of staying at the most chic beautiful hotel in London for the second time and I wanted to share it with you 🙂 I stayed at La Suite West last year as part of winning Peta UK hottest vegan competition so I knew how great this hotel was. I was down in London this week for a fun work trip and hit up La Suite West for my over night stay! It truly is such a gorgeous boutique style hotel and has an all vegan restaurant attached!

The surrounding area is stunning, very London instagram worthy! Inverness Terrace is a very picturesque British street and La Suite West makes it even better. In the heart of Paddington with 2 undergrounds minutes away from the hotel, this location makes it so easy to jump on a tube and go anywhere you want in London! Oxford Circus is a short tube ride away if you want to go shopping, or Covent Garden is also nearby for some vegan food! You might want to check out the hotel restaurant menu first though, all vegan menu by Nosh Garden Kitchen! I will be back to try out the all vegan afternoon tea pictured below!

 

 

 

I must admit I have an obsession with white and also with marble. This made me swoon over the bathroom. Yes I get excited over instagram worthy bathrooms ok!

 

 

Ready for a perfect night sleep. If you want to check out this hotel or restaurant for yourself click here to make a booking for your next trip to London!

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