I STARTED YOUTUBE!

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Click here to watch my very first video!

It’s been on my mind for a while to start making videos for YouTube, honestly though, it’s something I’ve always dreamed about. I want to make videos that people will enjoy, and want to watch!

I don’t have a fancy camera with a view finder, so I can’t see what I’m filming therefore my skills are not so great yet – but I will learn, I want to learn! I have a little booklet of ideas on what I want to make videos on so throughout the week I’ll be trying to record a lot.

I enjoy social media, for an outlet to share my creativity, thoughts, ideas – it’s great. I’ve been inspired by so many people, I want to be apart of it so I thought why not? I’m not exactly confident, especially on camera, but like I said, I will get there! I still want to blog too, I want to do a lot of things with media so this journey will be interesting and I do hope I can inspire others!

Please watch my video and give me some feedback! Like it if you do and if you want to see me bloom further subscribe! I plan to make videos a lot, I’m excited for it, I hope you will watch me!

-Jade♡

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Avocado Toast in 5 Minutes!

I was debating whether or not to post this since it’s literally the easiest and simplest kind of toast there is!

I love avocado toast (I used to hate avocado so much, weird right?), everyone loves avocado toast so I thought I’d share how I make my kind of avo-toast!

There’s a million and one variations but for me, this is a staple – my fave way to eat it!

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One avocado, butter, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, hemp hearts – that’s all there is to this perfect piece of toast.

I used a whole avocado, I know some people prefer to use just half but I adore avocado so much I just prefer to eat the whole thing, like an open faced sandwich!

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Avocado Toast (5 mins!)


INGREDIENTS:

  • *unsalted butter (as much as you need)
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted
  • 1 avocado, sliced or mashed (you can use half)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts or sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • sprinkle of salt & black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  • Toast the bread and then spread butter on each slice
  • Slice avocado or mash it then add to each slice of toast.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper and hemp hearts
  • Enjoy!

*I used earth balance vegan butter – you can use any kind you like!

You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or as a snack, I always enjoyed having sandwiches growing up, so I love to have this for lunch, generally after a work out so I feel satisfied and full!

-Jade♡

 

 

Stressed? Colour To Calm

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Recently I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by life  – totally stressed out and tired. Personally I find dealing with stress in a creative way helps me get my emotions out as opposed to getting super angry. That’s where this magical little colouring book (for adults, of course) comes in, it can keep me occupied for hours on end and really helps me to relax.

I bought this almost over a year ago, and the only reason I did was for something to do on a 7 hour flight to Canada, I simply though “oh colouring, ought to pass the time!” for sure it did, it was also fun. I purchased it from Waterstones for around £6.99 – there were so many to choose from but I liked the designs inside that this one had to offer!

You literally get enthralled for hours and hours by the beautiful and detailed designs, it feels like 5 minutes pass by the time you’re done. Honestly, there’s so many colour combinations that you can come up with that your mind becomes overcome with creativity and you just can’t pull yourself away. I find colouring whilst I’m listening to music or a TV (any background noise) pushes my creativity further, it’s as if the words help the colours to flow and represent my mood!

After colouring for hours I can rarely finish one page – which is okay, coming back to it with a new perspective and mood is also fun. I love to see my progress and the page really comes to life, It’s a really amazing way to keep you entertained, it’s not only helpful to deal with stress. In a sense, it’s like you are the one in control, you make the choice on what you want to do – whereas with stress, can you really control that? It’s a pretty great coping mechanism, art really helps to relieve this and I can honestly say that after I’m done my mood is completely lifted.

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I really think more adults should look into getting one of these books, I’ve seen them even in pharmacies here in Canada for around $2, you don’t even need to have fancy pens to colour in with, pencils, crayons even paint (I used water-colour!!! SO FUN!!!) can be used to make your mark on these pages!

Trust me – you will feel amazing, free and so excited to colour! If you are feeling like you need a distraction, or need to feel calm whilst having space to yourself this an activity book such as this would be perfect, I find it so worth, I’m so glad a bought it a year ago and I only wish that I’d used it more often and sooner too. Give it a try! It’s such a throwback too! You will only have positive thoughts with this!

-Jade♡

Getting Back Into Fitness

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If you’re like me and go into a hibernation mode after working out hard for months on end and lose the motivation so you just stop completely, then there’s always ways to get back on track! Exactly what I’m doing right now – getting back to my old ways of becoming fit again, don’t be deterred from getting back into it, even though it’s pretty daunting, once you start again you remember how good it feels!

I haven’t worked out for more than 6 months (I know.. That long!), I’d worked out 5 days a week focusing on mainly Pilates & Yoga, minimal cardio. For some reason I just stopped – I didn’t feel like it, I was tired, numerous reasons. Only now have I realised that I’ve become pretty unfit and got a bit chubbier in my legs (all my weight goes to my legs!!) so that has kick started my motivation to go back to feeling fit, being healthier and looking better! I do eat a vegan diet, but that also includes vegan snacks (brownies, I adore them) and not working out at all – leads to being unfit.

My tips on getting back into fitness:


Take it slow! – Chances are your body isn’t in the same place it was when you were working out regularly, for me I went a bit too ham first time and ended up in pain for a days! Ease back into workouts by doing some light exercise for 15-20 minutes the key is just to get your body used to moving again! After you’re feeling like you can take on more then increase time and intensity. I’m starting with jogging, yoga and light Pilates until I regain my strength!

Find motivation from others! – I love to get inspired by seeing other’s progress, and seeing them working hard to achieve their golds always get’s me motivated to do the same. I find it helpful to follow ‘fitness’ accounts on Instagram (realistic ones – I don’t want to be a bikini model, just healthy and fit!) it also can provide support as you can talk to these people, or ask questions, you can even ask them for advice.

Work out with a friend! – I workout with my boyfriend, he will be doing his own weight work whilst I’m doing Pilates or we will run together. Working out with a friend makes working out more fun, you can motivate each other to push through and even laugh in the process!

Rest when you need to! – If you’re just getting back into working out then I suggest taking more rest days for the time being,  your body needs more time to recover and get used to the exercises that you’re going to be doing. This also relates to sleeping, you need to rest well so you’re body can recover whilst you sleep and also to replenish your energy.

Find what works for you! – Find a workout that you actually enjoy doing (I know, who likes to run?!) for me I love doing Yoga, it relaxes me and makes me feel good, and I do it at home by watching videos online so I feel more comfortable, I also enjoy Pilates – 3 times a week I will try for intense cardio such as running or watching a POPsugar fitness video (having someone yelling at you is great, in a nice way of course)!

DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH! – After working out always stretch, especially if you’re just getting back into it, stretching helps with the tightness that you feel after working out, you should do this BEFORE and AFTER a workout to prevent injury.

Set some goals! – My personal goals include getting fitter and looking better (who doesn’t want to wear anything they want?!) , I want to be able to run stairs again and not feel out of breath! It’s good to set goals that you can work towards such as running for a certain amount of time, you want to fit into an old pair of jeans, you just want to be fitter, this is all super helpful for motivation as well.

Recognise how far you’ve come! – When you feel like giving up just remember all the reasons why you started and start to focus on progress that you’re making, if you focus on how much you’ve progressed you’re going to feel happier and encouraged to keep going!

Once you get back into working out I feel it becomes addicting, you feel good about changing your body for the better, but it’s important not to push too hard all the time, allow yourself breaks and allow yourself to not be solely focused on working out!

-Jade♡

 

 

Super Easy Veggie Stir Fry {Vegan}

This is a super easy and fast recipe for those days where you just want to EAT! Sometimes I feel super lazy and don’t really feel like cooking, so this is where this delicious and fast meal comes in perfect, all you need to do is prepare some sauce and use any left over (or fresh) veggies you want to add in!

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I adore stir fry’s (who doesn’t?!) they’re the perfect combination of everything you want in one dish – the one I’ve made here consists of red, green and yellow pepper, carrots, asparagus and tofu with an wonderful sauce to accompany! You won’t believe how easy it is!

I used a blend of frozen vegetables which saves a tone of time on chopping up various vegetables (keep in mind frozen can be slightly more expensive!) I also used some leftover green peppers, smoked tofu marinated in the sauce which is beyond easy to make and finally garnished with hemp hearts! This recipe is insanely easy and simple, I hope you van try it out!

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Veggie Stir Fry Recipe:


Ingredients:

  • Frozen vegetables (any that you prefer) and/or any fresh vegetables
  • 1 Package Firm Tofu
  • Hemp Hearts (or sesame seeds)
  • Flour or Corn starch

*Usually I just eyeball the amount that I want to use, you can use the guideline on the vegetable package however, usually it’s 1 cup!*

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes

 

Method:

  • Chop up the Tofu into small cubes.
  • In a bowl combine all of the sauce ingredients together and stir well then add in the tofu to marinate for a few minutes.
  • In a frying pan on medium-high heat a small amount of oil.
  • Add in the tofu and (leave the sauce in the bowl) cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the vegetables and sprinkle a small amount of flour (or cornstarch) so that when the sauce is added it will thicken up.
  • After a few minutes of stir frying the veggies add in the sauce and stir.
  • Let everything simmer for around 2 minutes then give a final stir.
  • Transfer into a bowl and sprinkle with hemp hearts or sesame seeds and serve

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This is seriously so easy and it tastes really, really good, I always eat mine with rice with some other veggies (usually broccoli) on the side. I usually make this twice a week, my boyfriend really likes this too – especially he sauce, which is super versatile! You can use this sauce for a lot of other dishes, I’m going to try using it in a wrap next time. I hope you can try this recipe out!

-Jade♡

Super Easy Vegan Pancakes

I want to start this post off by saying I’ve actually never been the best at making pancakes (I know.. not the best start, stick with me!) they always burn or are raw inside, but since I started using this recipe the pancakes always turn out AMAZING, and the best part is they’re incredibly easy to make, no dairy, no egg, just perfection!

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I’ve been using this recipe for a long time, ever since I became vegan I’d want to make pancakes but honestly I have no patience to make an egg replacer from flax, banana inside of pancake batter isn’t my thing either (on top, YES PLEASE), I just wanted fluffy, fast pancakes that were simple to make – that’s why this recipe is perfect!

I’ve changed a few things over time, included and excluded so of course feel free to add in anything to your batter that you’d like, I suggest dark chocolate chips or blueberries, I would do this but my boyfriend prefers a plain base where syrup and fruit can be added!

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Fluffy Vegan Pancake Recipe:


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or any non-dairy milk / doesn’t need to be vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter – I use Earth Balance (or vegetable oil)
  • 2-3 tbsp water (or milk)

*add in any additions you’d like to the batter such as spices, fruit or chocolate*

Method:

  • Sift all the dry ingredients together into a medium bowl and stir slightly to in-cooperate.
  • Add all of wet ingredients – expect the water, and mix well, the batter will be pretty thick but that’s okay.
  • Add water by the tablespoon until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Heat a pan to medium-high and add in a little butter.
  • Scoop 3/4 cups of batter into the centre of the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface (2-3 minutes) then flip the pancake and cook until browned (1-2 minutes)
  • You should have around 9 pancakes.

If you have a griddle this would be much easier I’m sure! I use a regular frying pan and they always come out great every time, nice and fluffy (SO GOOD), I think this recipe is the easiest and best for vegans that I’ve personally come across – and I’ve tried a lot over my time, I love everything sweet!

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We ate our pancakes with maple syrup since we had no fruit at home, (this was at 11pm) I usually don’t eat pancakes for breakfast – I feel it’s more of a desert and prefer to eat them in the evening, which another reason why this recipe is great, it’s fast! I can prepare a batch in no time – I hope you find this recipe useful and as yummy as I do!

-Jade♡

 

Matcha Oatmeal

For a while now I’ve been very curious as to how Matcha (green tea powder) would taste in oatmeal. I adore the flavor of Matcha, especially lattes – which are my absolute favorite way to have Matcha. It can also be found in candy, chocolate and ice cream.

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I finally decided to try some in my oatmeal in a very simple way – I was curious and I have seen it floating around the internet! I bought my Matcha powder form my local Korean/Japanese store for around $6. Some can be more expensive however, and that matters as the higher the price is the higher chance of getting a better quality powder!

Matcha (for me anyway) would require a little bit of sweetening as the flavor is very ‘earthy’ I simply use a small amount of maple syrup and it’s perfect.

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Matcha Oatmeal Recipe:


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Method

  • Bring 3/4 cup of non-dary milk to a boil (I use 1/2 water 1/2 milk), add in oats then reduce heat to a medium and stir occasionally.
  • When some liquid has absorbed stir in the Matcha powder and maple syrup and stir well.
  • When you’ve reached a desired texture remove from the heat and add into a bowl – add any toppings you love. (I used dark chocolate and hemp seeds)

*I used measurements based on my oatmeal package for 1 serving of oatmeal – please adjust accordingly to suit yourself!*

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Overall, I enjoyed the taste and it was a new experience. However saying that I couldn’t finish the bowl, and I ALWAYS finish my bowl, I may be small but I can surely eat a lot! The flavour was quite intense for me after a while, I think because I didn’t add enough toppings, maybe with some coconut and banana it would be better. I possible will try again in the future! But for now I think this is a nice recipe to try, but I’m doubtful I’ll be crazing Matcha oatmeal again.

-Jade♡