Spiced Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie

Hey love bees! 🐝

Here in Somerset the days are getting shorter, the trees are turning golden, and there’s an autumny chill in the air!🍂

I don’t know about you, but I adore this time of year, and always relish the return of warming teas, hearty meals and pumpkin soups and pies!

I also love adding sweet, mashed pumpkin to my smoothies, and today I’d like to share my easy recipe for spiced pumpkin pie smoothie! 🎃

This smoothie is beautifully sweet, surprisingly filling and is completely cruelty-free!

It’s also a powerful energy and immune booster, and is packed with beta-carotene, manganese and omega-3 fatty acids. 👍🏼

Have a great day, and enjoy! xx

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 🍂
Serves 1
A deliciously thick and moreish, spiced pumpkin pie smoothie! 🎃
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  1. 1 Cup of pre-cooked mashed pumpkin
  2. 1 Cup Unsweetened Hemp Milk
  3. 1 Frozen Banana
  4. 2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  5. 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  6. 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Sip slowly and enjoy!! 👍🏼
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Pea, Mint and Spinach Bakes [Vegan Recipe]

Pea, Mint and Spinach Bakes

Hey love bees! 🐝

At the weekends I love making batches of my favourite vegan foods, to eat throughout the week.

Preparing your food in advance can be a great way to save time and energy on weekdays, and it can also help you to plan your grocery shopping more efficiently!

By planning your snacks and meals in advance you will know exactly which ingredients are needed (to avoid over-purchasing and wastage) and by having lots of delicious, healthy foods at hand, you’ll be less likely to go on a hunger-driven shopping spree and be lured in by unhealthy (or expensive) temptations. 

Planning and making your meals ahead of time is also a really great strategy if you are new to a plant-based diet, as it can help to prevent overwhelm and will encourage you to stay on track.

These delicious pea, mint and spinach bakes are quick and easy to make, and are ideal for reheating throughout the week – either as a snack or as part of a healthy meal. Personally, I loving having them for lunch, dipped in chutney, hummus or hot sauce!😋

Nutritionally, they’re packed full of protein and are high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as B vitamins (especially folate). They’re also a great source of essential minerals such as manganese, magnesium and iron.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have an incredible and joy-filled day! 💚

Pea, Mint and Spinach Bakes
Yields 20
Go green with these tasty, low-fat vegan bakes made from peas, mint and spinach!
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20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 3 Cups Gram Flour (aka besan/chickpea flour)
  2. 1 Cup Water
  3. 200g Frozen Green Peas (aka garden peas)
  4. 1 Diced Green Bell Pepper (around 110g)
  5. 100g Diced White or Yellow Onion
  6. 80g Fresh Spinach
  7. 3 Tbsp Dried Mint (or 6 tbsp fresh mint)
  8. 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  9. 2 Tsp Dried Coriander Leaf (aka cilantro)
  10. 2 Tsp Garlic Granules
  11. 3/4 Tsp Salt
  12. 1/2 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃ (392℉)
  2. In a food processor combine half (100g) of the frozen peas with the water, spinach, salt, mint, coriander leaf, cumin, garlic granules and black pepper. Blitz until well combined.
  3. Thaw out the rest of the peas and add them to a bowl, along with the diced green pepper and diced onion.
  4. Pour the ingredients from the food processor into the bowl and stir well to coat all of the ingredients.
  5. Carefully stir in the gram flour to create the batter. Stir until all of the ingredients are well coated.
  6. Next, line an oven tray with baking paper and make the mixture into 20 round, flat patties.
  7. Bake at 200℃ (392℉) for 10 minutes then flip the patties over and bake for another 3-5 minutes.
  8. Serve with salad and relish. Enjoy!
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Life Update – Study, DIY and Overwhelm!

Chrissy Faery

Hey love bees! 🐝

How’s it going? I hope you’re all doing well!

It’s a sunny September day here today and I’m just finishing up my latest assignment for college. Nutrition is my passion and I’ve learnt so much during this course, but it’s got to the point now where I’m just counting the days until it’s done! (Just one more month to go, woohoo!)

I really can’t wait to have more time to devote to my business, blog and a whole host of other projects that I’m super excited to start work on!

I’ve also begun renovating our home, so I’ll soon have more time for that too! I’ve been getting tons of inspiration from Pintrest lately and have decided to cover one of our walls with white-washed pallet wood! (I think I’d have everything made from pallets if I could!)


Amongst other things, I’m also going to be laying new floors, fitting new radiators, and changing up all the electrics. It’s a lot of work, but I’m excited to be picking up new practical skills along the way! (Thanks to good ol’ Youtube!)

One day, I’d love to use some of what I’ve learnt to build my own off-grid house! (I just need to figure out where I can do it, as they’re strict about that kinda thing here in England!)

I’m still doing my strength training too, with heavier weights and less reps now. I haven’t been as consistent with it as I’d have liked though, so that’s definitely something I need to work on!

I’m a huge fan of list-building and planning my daily, weekly, and monthly goals, but I’m still struggling to perfect my daily routine. Right now I’m all out of balance as there’s way too many things to do, and not enough time to do them!

I think this is common, especially with people who’ve been chronically ill for years though. Once you feel better it’s far too tempting to try and make up for lost time, and start doing way too much!

Hopefully I can figure things out though, and can get back to posting more regularly! I have tons of recipes that I want to share, so hopefully they’ll be worth the wait!

Take care and have a beautiful day,

Love Chrissy xx


UK Plant Milk Comparison – Which Dairy-Free Milk Should You Choose?

Hey love bees! 🐝

Lately, we’ve been taking a look at some of the health benefits and ethical reasons why you should ditch the dairy, in favour of delicious plant milks. Today though, let’s take a peek at some of those plant-based options!

All plant milks are free from cholesterol, animal hormones and opiates, and make delicious, nutritious and versatile alternatives to dairy milk. 👍🏼

Whatever your personal tastes, dietary requirements and preferences, I hope this post will be helpful in suggesting some plant milks that you’ll love!

Soy Milk

Soy Milk

Let’s begin with soy milk!

Soy (or soya) milk can readily be found in most mainstream British supermarkets, and has long been the go-to plant milk for those who don’t consume dairy.

It has a thicker consistency than nut milks, and compared to other plant milks, is said to be the closest in texture to cow’s milk. (I’m intolerant to soy so I can’t personally verify these claims, but I have it on good authority that this is true!).

Soy milk is said to be ideal for adding to drinks, smoothies and cooking, and is a wonderful source of protein. (It actually contains even more protein than dairy milk!)

It can be found in enriched, organic, sweetened, flavoured and light varieties and is usually nut and gluten free. Unfortunately, if you’re intolerant to soy (like me) though, you won’t be able to enjoy it!

Addressing the Phytoestrogen issue…

In recent years, some people have become concerned about drinking soy milk, due to the phytoestrogens it contains.

Now, while it’s true that soy products do contain naturally-occurring compounds that act in a similar way to oestrogen, it has been shown that you’d need to be drinking soy milk in excess of several litres a day, in order render any effect from them.

Unfortunately, I have seen people choosing cow’s milk over soy milk due to their fear of phytoestrogens, without realising that dairy milk is packed full of actual oestrogen (the same kind that’s found in the human body!).

Personally, if I wasn’t intolerant to soy, then I’d happily consume soy milk! If the phytoestrogens do bother you though, I’d definitely suggest trying some of the other plant milks, to find one that best suits you!

Brands of soy milk found in the UK:

* Alpro (Enriched, organic, light, sweetened and flavoured varieties)  
* Provamel (Organic, sweetened, enriched and flavoured varieties)
* Valsoia (Enriched, light, sweetened and flavoured varieties)
* Bonsoy (Enriched)
* Soya Soleil (Enriched)
* Supermarket’s Own Brand

Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Let’s move on to almond milk! Over the past few years, almond milk has absolutely exploded in the UK, with it quickly become a staple in many homes.

It has a mildly nutty flavour with a smooth, thin texture that makes it ideal for adding to drinks, smoothies and cereals. It’s low in calories, naturally high in vitamin E, and is often fortified with calcium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.

Almond milk is a great alternative for those who are unable to drink soy milk, however, due to it containing almonds, it’s unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers. (Surprisingly though, commercially produced almond milk actually contains a very small percentage of almonds – often around 2-3% – so much of their nutty goodness is lost!)

Addressing the carrageenan issue…

Almond milk is often thickened with carrageenan; a substance that’s derived from seaweed, which has been shown to be carcinogenic, when given to animals in large quantities.

It is not thought to be dangerous for humans (and the amounts found in certain plant milks are very small) but if this is something that concerns you, then you can choose brands that do not use it.

Brands of almond milk found in the UK :
* Alpro (Sweetened, enriched, roasted and flavoured varieties)
* Almond Breeze (Sweetened, enriched,
* Rude Health (Carrageenan free, organic)
* Plenish (Carrageenan free)
* Provamel (Carrageenan free, organic, sweetened, and blended varieties)
* Ecomil (Carrageenan free, fortified, organic, flavoured)
* Supermarkets own brand.

If nut milks are your thing, you may want to give cashew milk or hazelnut milk a try too! Compared to almond milk, hazelnut milk has a much sweeter flavour, although I wouldn’t suggest the Alpro brand, as it contains lots of added sugar!


Oat Milk

Oat milk is much thicker, with a sweet, creamy texture that makes it ideal for adding to smoothies, coffee and cereal. It is also rich in fibre and contains beta-glucans which have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol.

Because oat milk is naturally thick and sweet, it usually doesn’t contain additives such as carrageenan, added sugars or sweeteners.

Some people say that they find the texture slightly grainy, whilst other’s praise it’s ability to absorb flavours when used in cooking.

Oat milk can be found in organic and gluten free varieties, however, many brands of oat milk do contain gluten and are therefore not suitable for coeliacs, or those with gluten intolerance. Most oat milks however, are suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Brands of oat milk found in the UK:

* Provamel (Organic)
* Provitamil (Enriched)
* Oatly (Organic, enriched, flavoured and frothing varieties)
* Alpro (Enriched)
* Rude Health (Organic and gluten free)
* Oat Dream (Gluten free)


Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is amazingly creamy and nutritious, and is a fantastic plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.

It is rich in magnesium and higher in fat and protein than many other plant milks, which make it ideal for adding to coffee and smoothies, as well as using in baking and cooking.

Hemp milk is normally suitable for those who are unable to consume soy, gluten and tree nuts, and is therefore a great choice for those with allergies/intolerances to such foods.

Some may consider hemp milk to have a bit of an acquired taste, however personally I love it and it’s my favourite plant milk of all! As hemp milk is less popular though, not all supermarkets will stock it. 

Brands of hemp milk found in the UK:

* Good Hemp (Enriched, sweetened, and flavoured varieties)
* Ecomil (Organic)

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk doesn’t just come in a tin for cooking with, it now comes in a thinner, drinkable form!

Coconut milk is sweet, silky and flavoursome and is often thought to taste somewhat similar to dairy milk. It contains more fat (and saturated fat) than the other plant milks, and some brands (such as Alpro) have a much stronger coconut taste, whilst others (like Koko) are more subtle.

Coconut milk is much lower in protein than the other plant milks, and is often enriched with calcium, as well as vitamins B12 and D2.

Brands of coconut milk found in the UK:
* Koko (Enriched, light, and flavoured varieties)
* Coconut Dream (Enriched, flavoured)
* Rude Health (Organic)
* Alpro (Enriched, sweetened, blended, flavoured)
* Provamel (Blended, flavoured)
* Chi (Enriched, flavoured)
* Ecomil (Sweetened, enriched, and organic varieties)


Rice Milk

If you’re after a low-fat plant milk, then rice milk might just be your thing! It has the lowest fat content and is naturally very sweet, making it ideal for using in hot drinks and smoothies!

As rice milk is much thinner than other plant milks, I personally find it less rich and flavoursome – however many people actually prefer this type of texture and flavour.

Rice milk can be made using white rice or brown rice, and the non-enriched varieties often contain fewer additives and preservatives than many of the other plant milks.

Rice milk is usually gluten, soy and nut free, which makes it ideal for those with food intolerances and allergies.

Due to it’s high GI score however, it’s unsuitable for diabetics.

Brands of rice milk that can be found in the UK:

* Provamel (Organic, flavoured varieties)
* Rude Health (Brown, organic)
* Rice Dream (Organic, enriched and flavoured varieties)
* Alpro (Enriched)

So, there we have it! We’ve taken a look at soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and rice milk – Some of the most popular plant milks currently available in the UK.  I hope you saw something you liked! 😀

Which ones do you fancy trying? Or which one is your fave? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you live in the USA then perhaps you’re already familiar with other plant milks such as pea, quinoa and flax? I know I’d love to try all three! Hopefully before long, they’ll be hitting the shelves here in the UK!

Have an amazing day, and don’t forget to share this post with anyone you think it might help,

Love Chrissy xx


Chrissy’s Top Tips

  • Aim to choose unsweetened varieties, with as few additives as possible.
  • If using a plant milk that’s enriched with calcium, give the carton a shake before using it, as it tends to sink to the bottom.
  • If cost is a factor, be sure to look out for a cheeky deal! The most popular brands are regularly on sale in most supermarkets!
  • If you have the time, why not try making plant milks from scratch? It’s easier than you might think, and there’s tons of good recipes online!





The Cruel Reality of Dairy Milk Production

There are many compelling reasons to avoid dairy products, and in my last post we looked at some of the serious health risks that dairy consumption poses.

Today though, I’d like to approach this topic from an ethical standpoint and discuss some of the lesser-known truths behind commercial dairy milk production.

When you decide to purchase dairy products you are funding a powerful industry that routinely commits acts of unimaginable animal cruelty. Tweet This

I’m not just talking about the odd case of animal neglect or mistreatment (which would be bad enough in itself), I’m talking about a constant cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse, that dairy cows endure throughout their lives.

What you read below might shock you, however, if you’re still consuming dairy products (and you consider yourself to be a compassionate person) I urge you to read on.

Dairy Milk

What many people fail to realise, is that as mammals only produce milk when they’re pregnant, dairy cows must be continually raped throughout their lives, in order to keep them producing milk.

Cows are artificially inseminated whilst being restrained in a device, that’s commonly referred to in the industry as a ‘rape rack’. This prevents the cow from moving, whilst she has a probe containing semen inserted into her vagina. A human arm is also forced into her anus and up into her colon, to guide the probe into place. 😧

Once pregnant, dairy cows are then milked throughout the duration of their pregnancy (a practice which allows extremely high levels of naturally occurring hormones, to leech into the milk).

Then, just a few short days after giving birth, the mother and her newborn calf are painfully ripped apart. The loving bond between the mother and baby is strong (just like that of a human mother and baby) and when they become separated forever, they experience severe psychological trauma and grief.

Can you imagine how it must feel to be forcibly impregnated, and then have to suffer the loss of your child, over and over again? It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of – but for dairy cows, this is their reality.

Newborn Calf

Perhaps you’re wondering what happens to the calves once they’ve been torn away from their mothers?

Well, if the baby is a boy then he’ll either be shot immediately, or go on to be raised for veal or beef (where his life is ended abruptly, far short of his natural lifespan). If the baby is a girl, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.

If the baby is a girl however, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.

During their years of being sexually exploited, dairy cows regularly contract painful infections such as mastitis (a bacterial infection of the udder). Because of this many cows are given antibiotics, to either treat or even prevent this condition. This is why traces of antibiotics, as well as dead white blood cells (pus) can be found within commercially sold milk. (If you live in Europe then up to 400 million somatic cells per litre, are permitted under EU regulations. The majority of these cells are pus.)

Enlarged Udder

When dairy cows reach around 5 years old (a fraction of their natural lifespan) they eventually become so exhausted that they stop producing the quantity of milk, that the dairy industry deems sufficient. After this, their lives are seen as expendable and they are promptly sent to the slaughterhouse to be killed for cheap (usually processed) meats. 😥


Each drop of milk is a token of all the atrocities that these poor creatures have suffered, but thankfully we can all create change, by choosing not to support this industry.

In my next post I’ll be looking at the variety of plant milks now available, which are not only safer for your health but are also cruelty-free!

If you’d like to find out more about the truth behind dairy farming please visit http://www.whitelies.org.uk

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6 Reasons to Ditch the Dairy in Favour of Healthy Plant Milks!

health risks of drinking milk

Every time I go to the store, I swear the plant-based milk section has grown! There’s now more cruelty-free options available than ever before, and with demand for these products increasing, there’s never been a better time to ditch the dairy in favour of these delicious and healthy alternatives! 💚

In my upcoming posts I’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular plant-milks out there, as well as discussing the heart-wrenching animal cruelty that’s involved in dairy milk production.

Today though, let’s consider some of the health risks that dairy consumption poses.


6 Reasons to Ditch Dairy Milk From Your Diet.


weight gainMilk is Loaded with Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sugar and Animal Protein.

Dairy milk is a high-fat fluid, that’s been created to grow a tiny calf into a 400lb cow, over the space of around 4 months! Because of this, dairy consumption can lead to rapid weight gain and obesity in humans.

Around half of the calories in cows milk are derived from fat and surprisingly, even low fat varieties still often contain around 35% fat! Unfortunately, the labelling on milk can be very misleading, as the fat percentage given is based on the milk’s overall weight (which includes it’s water weight), instead of it’s total calorie content.  

Most of the fat found in dairy milk is also saturated fat, which has been shown to increase insulin resistance and raise blood cholesterol levels. Not only this, but both of these symptoms are strongly associated with the development of some of our biggest killers – including heart disease, diabetes and strokes! [1]

Dairy milk is packed with lots of animal protein as well, which (unlike plant protein) can be extremely harmful to our health. Higher consumption of animal protein has been associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, and multiple studies have demonstrated that cancer cell growth can be switched on and off, by administering and restricting doses of casein (the main protein that’s found in milk). [2]

Where do vegans get their protein?


Even Organic Milk is Packed Full of Hormones, Which can be Carcinogenic!

You may be surprised to learn that even the ‘purest’ cows milk contains over 60 different naturally occurring hormones.

One of these hormones is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which stimulates cell growth (of both normal and cancerous cells). People who consume more dairy products have been found to have higher levels of IGF-1 in their blood and unfortunately, this is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers. [4]

The steroid hormone oestrogen is also found in dairy milk, and consuming more dairy products has been shown to increase the amount of circulating oestrogens in the blood. This can lead to an elevated risk of developing testicular, prostate and breast cancers. [5] These naturally occurring sex steroid hormones can also play a significant role in the development of severe acne. [6]


we don't need milk for strong bones

Milk Consumption Doesn’t = Strong Bones!

Despite the rampant propaganda that most of us have been sold, higher dairy milk consumption is actually not associated with a decreased rate of bone fracture! In fact, a twelve year study showed that women who consumed the most dairy milk actually had double the amount of hip fractures, compared to those who ate very few dairy products or none. [7]

Where do vegans get calcium?


Dairy Milk Contains Addictive Opiates, Including Morphine!

If you’re having trouble quitting dairy products, then it may be that you’re addicted! I’m not joking, milk actually contains small amounts of codeine and morphine, which are produced naturally inside the cow’s body!

Not only this but milk also contains a protein called casein, which when digested, breaks apart, releasing a whole host of opiates called casomorphins.

Casomorphins can be particularly harmful when consumed by lactating mothers as research suggests that these substances may suppress the respiratory centre in the nursing infant’s brainstem, and be linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death). [8] They may also cause infant colic, and it’s been suggested that opiates from casein may also play a role in the development of postpartum psychosis. [9]

These opiates are even more concentrated in skimmed milk and cheese, which could explain why some people have a such hard time giving up cheese when switching to a plant-based diet! (I promise you though, it can be done!)

Lactose Intolerance

Consuming Lactose Beyond Infancy isn’t what Nature Intended!

In adult humans, lactose intolerance is actually the biological norm! In more people than not, it develops naturally during infancy when our mother’s breast milk is no longer required. When this occurs our bodies stop producing sufficient amounts of an enzyme called lactase, which is used to digest lactose (a sugar that’s found in milk).

Many people however (particularly those of caucasian descent), have developed the ability to keep producing lactase into adulthood. This means that they’re able to consume milk beyond infancy, without experiencing any discomfort.

For those of us who do suffer from lactose intolerance (which can occur at any time in life) the unpleasant symptoms include abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea.


Milk Production Cruelty

The Dairy Industry Commits Acts of Unimaginable Animal Cruelty.

The continuous cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse that dairy cows endure throughout their lives is truly horrific, and this is something that I’ll be looking at in more depth in my next post.

Have you switched to plant milks yet, or are you thinking about it? I’d love to know your thoughts! xx


* The only exception is for those eating an entirely fruit-based diet, as fruit contains relatively little protein.

Sources Referenced:
[1]  http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/these-12-studies-show-saturated-fat-is-not-just-a-heart-hazard
[2]  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/36179464_The_growth_and_development_of_aflatoxin_B1-induced_preneoplastic_lesions_tumors_metastasis_and_spontaneous_tumors_as_they_are_influenced_by_dietary_protein_level_type_and_intervention
[3]  http://www.who.int/entity/nutrition/publications/nutrientrequirements/WHO_TRS_935/en/index.html
[4]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21196186
[5]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477605/
[6]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464
[7]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9224182
[8]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12948848
[9]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21478761


Finding my Strength After Illness

Hey love bees! 🐝

Oops! I seem to have dropped off the face of the planet lately (or at least this virtual internet world) but I’m so happy to finally be back! How have y’all been doing?

My life has been really crazy lately! I’ve been super busy with work, college, DIY projects, and my exciting new hobby; weightlifting!

I can’t lie, physical strength has never really been my strong point! I was always the kid who failed miserably at doing the monkey bars, and after being bed-bound for years with chronic Lyme disease, my body has become weaker than ever!

For a long time I felt vulnerable, weak and dependent on others. But these struggles are now what motivates me to get my body strong! 💪🏻


I recently bought myself a set of 30kg dumbbells (the ones that are marketed at men, because I like a bit of a challenge!😆) and I’ve been using the Virtual Trainer app to help me work out with them, for just over two hours each week.

I’m currently using the smallest weights that came with the set (making each dumbbell weigh around 3.5kg) and after just a few weeks I’ve started seeing gains already (albeit very small ones!).

I’m a massively long way from reaching my body goals, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to be embarking on this fitness journey!

I’ve also been studying sports nutrition (as part of my nutrition diploma) which couldn’t have come at a better time, as what I’ve learnt has been helping me to make the most of my workouts!

All in all, things are really looking up! I’m feeling great, I’ve got some exciting new opportunities brewing ( but I can’t really talk about them just yet!) and I’ve been developing a ton of new recipes to share with you guys, which I’ll be posting up here soon!

I’m really looking forward to blogging more regularly, and getting to know you all better!!

Have a fantastic day,

Love Chrissy! xx


Low-Fat Vegan Bean Burgers [Recipe]

Low Fat Vegan Bean Burgers

I have to admit that before I was vegan, burgers were never really my thing.

Growing up, my (then unidentified) gluten intolerance ensured that any burger-eating experiences were always rather horrific, and from a young age I was terrified to eat beef, following the BSE epidemic.

Looking back, my concern for contracting CJD was really quite myopic, as the animal products that I continued to eat were still packed with naturally occurring steroid hormones, as well as animal protein, cholesterol and saturated fat (known contributors to the development of our number one killer, heart disease!).

Thankfully, with these absolutely mouthwatering bean burgers there’s no need to worry about mad cow disease or heart disease! They’re super delicious, completely cruelty free (to both the animals and the people you’re feeding them to) and are an excellent source of dietary fibre, essential minerals and protein.

I like making mine with gluten free oats (although you can use whichever sort you wish) and I usually prefer to skip the bun in favour of a big crunchy salad and a generous helping of hot sauce!

These low-fat burgers are cheap to make, and are ideal for throwing together in a hurry. They’re definitely a summer favourite in our house and I really hope you enjoy!

Low-Fat Vegan Bean Burgers
Yields 10
Beautifully mouth-watering bean burgers that are quick and easy to make!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
18 min
  1. 2 400g Tins Red Kidney Beans (Drained and Rinsed)
  2. 1.5 Cups Oats
  3. 1/2 Cup Water
  4. 1/4 Cup Tomato Purée
  5. 1 Tbsp Dried Paprika
  6. 2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  7. 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  8. 1 Tsp Garlic Granules
  9. 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  10. 1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
  11. 1/4 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  12. 1/4 Tsp Salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃ (392℉)
  2. In a food processor combine all of the ingredients listed above and process until it forms a thick, uniform mixture.
  3. Take a ball of the mixture in your hand and form it into a patty approximately 1-1.5cm thick.
  4. Repeat for all of the mixture, placing the patties onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 200℃ (392℉).
  6. Flip the patties over and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  7. Serve in buns with ketchup, wholegrain mustard or hot sauce, or eat with a big, crunchy salad.
  1. When making the patties you may wish to work with wet hands, to stop the mixture from sticking to you!
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Veganism and the Environment [Infographic]

Hey loves!

I recently came across this beautiful infographic, so I thought I’d share it below. 💚

I’m aware that it does use the term ‘Global Warming’ (I think Climate Change would be much more appropriate) but regardless of this, it clearly shows the burden that animal agriculture is bearing, on our environment and our resources.

If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, be sure to check out the documentary Cowspiracy. (I believe it’s available on Netflix).

Veganism by the numbers.

Infographic by CulinarySchools.org


‘How Not to Die’ by Dr Michael Greger [Book Review]

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Image Credit: DrGreger.org

If you saw my last post then you’ll know that I recently had the chance to meet Dr Michael Greger; the leading plant-based physician, internationally recognised speaker and one of the kindest, most genuine people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet!

It was his short, informative nutrition videos that first led me to discover the benefits of eating a whole foods plant-based diet, and he was the first doctor who truly empowered me to take control of my health.

I’ve been following his work now for years and I’m a huge fan of nutritionfacts.org, his popular nutrition education website that provides daily blog posts and videos, showcasing the latest discoveries in nutrition.


Today, I’ll be reviewing Dr Greger’s highly anticipated new book How Not to Die, which was released in the UK back in February.

Now, if you’re familiar with Dr Greger’s work, then you’ll know that he’s an absolute beast! 😍 His mind-blowing energy and passion for helping others is extraordinary, and he meticulously researches all of his content to ensure that it’s as accurate and as unbiased as possible.

All of his work (his book included) is also completely non-profit, meaning that there’s no underhand financial incentive, behind the powerful message that he shares.


In How Not to Die Dr Greger carefully evaluates the findings of the highest quality medical research to provide an unbiased and reliable insight into the reason behind why the majority of people in the west, are unintentionally shortening their lives.

In the first part of his sizeable book Dr Greger focuses on each of the leading causes of death in the US (which are almost identical to those in the UK). He then uses the most valuable and highly regarded scientific findings, to demonstrate the relationship between the food we’re eating, and our capability to develop these afflictions.

The conditions he covers include heart disease, lung diseases, brain diseases, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver diseases, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He also discusses the fatalities which result from medical intervention!

This initial section of the book is an invaluable resource for anyone who’s suffering from the conditions listed above (many of which can be greatly improved or even completely reversed through simple dietary changes). It is also essential reading, for those wishing to improve their health and prevent these diseases in the first place.


In the second half of How Not to Die Dr Greger goes into greater depth about the importance of including a variety of whole, plant foods in our diets. In this section he discusses the unique benefits of different fruits, vegetables, legumes, funguses, whole grains, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and beverages.  He also gives advice on portion sizes, supplements, organic vs non-organic foods and exercise. He even gives some nifty tips on how to get children to eat more veggies! 🌽

Although I’ve not tried them yet myself, there are also some delicious sounding recipes in there too, but (unlike many other books of this genre) they don’t make up a large portion of this book, which is something I personally prefer. (If it’s recipes you’re after though, you may wish to check out the Forks Over Knives Cookbook).

In the latter part of his book, Dr Greger also discusses the ‘Daily Dozen’, which is his checklist of eleven foods and one exercise session, that you should to aim to consume/complete each day. This list is based on Dr Greger’s extensive knowledge of health and nutrition, and is something that he uses himself.  (If you’re interested in using this checklist too, you can search for Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen app on the apple and android app stores!)

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  Although this book is based on proven science (with a multitude of references to back it up) it is written in a very easy-to-read and down-to-earth style, that almost anyone will be able to understand. Dr Greger’s personal anecdotes and brilliant sense of humour also make How Not to Die a very entertaining and relatable read.

In a world where an epidemic of chronic disease is robbing millions of people of their lives, education on how to prevent such conditions is long overdue and vital.

So, whether you’re a vegan already, thinking about switching to a plant-based diet or still an avid meat eater, I’d highly recommend this fascinating book, as it could change (and even save) your life!

How Not to Die is not about living forever; it’s about slashing the risks of developing many avoidable diseases, and not dying before our time! 💚

I genuinely hope you read this book! xx



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