Author: Ines Castro

What I Eat In Portugal {Vegan} #3

Hi, thank you so much for being here and reading my post. I appreciate that lately I haven’t been very active here so thank you very much for sticking with me. More will come soon. Today I am sharing with you what I eat in a day, Portugal edition. You might know that although I live in England, I am actually Portuguese and a lot of my family actually lives in Portugal. I try to visit at least twice a year and I absolutely love it here! Even though I visit quite often (considering), I am always amazed by my country’s beauty and its amazing food and culture! Breakfast Fruit is my absolute favourite thing to have for breakfast, specially in Portugal where fruit is so delicious and cheap. Here I have half a mango, one banana and one kiwi. I also had one piece of wholegrain bread with massed avocado. I am amazed at the size of the avocados here! They are so beautiful and creamy! And of course, a classic portuguese espresso. You …

Day In Lisbon

Lisbon will forever be one of my favourite cities. I can not explain Lisbon. There are no words of its beauty and charm, for its bright colours and unique personality. It feels like home yet there is always something to explore and small streets to find out. The day started with a walk by Praça do Comércio, it is always a good spot to start your Lisbon day. There was a lovely fare with traditional products as well as food and drinks by the sea, plus the street music was dreamy. We then headed to a famous viewpoint called Miradouro da Graça and S.Jorge’s Castle. Perhaps it is worth mentioned that it is up a hill. We clearly underestimated it as we decided to walk instead of getting the very traditional and popular N28 tram. I have never sweated so much from walking! The 40 degree heat and burning sun turned out walk more into a workout, however it was still really enjoyable and lovely to see all the small and narrow streets. We were …

Time Off

The end of May and beginning of June were quite stressful! I had a lot of exams, long revisions sessions plus a bunch of other things happened. I started a new part-time job, got a position at my University’s sport committee and even had to go to a job training weekend in London (that was long). I love being a busy person. I feel like I thrive when I have clear goals and tasks to achieve. My weekly schedule was my most precious thing during this period. With 6am starts I managed to workout pretty much everyday, post 2 articles on the blog a week, revise 8 hours a day, do a couple of shifts at work and end my day watching Prison Break with my flat mates. When I finished my exams and finally managed to stop for a bit…I was exhausted. I was absolutely drained. My mind was restless, always looking for the next thing to do. I couldn’t remember the last time I slept later than 8am or not followed a weekly …

May Favourites 2017

May has been an absolutely crazy month. In between revision and exams I have been ill, got a new part-time job, got elected for a position in my University’s student union, got hit by a cricket ball, ate delicious food, spent a lot of time in the library and continued to have a small caffeine addiction. But here are my favourites… To Eat Raw Meals – Since I got a really big shop this month – Big Vegan Food Shop – I had a lot of veggies and fruit that needed to be eaten. My favourite thing has definitely been raw dinners. I had a massive colourful salad for dinner every night for about a week which was super delicious and filling! As I mentioned in my “3 Simple Ways You Can Be Healthier This Spring”, I love eating raw foods as they are so yuumy, hydrating and packed full of goodness. I have been eating at least one raw meal a day (sometimes 2 breakfast and dinner). Makes me feel so guuud and vibrant. But now I ran …

How To Create A Beautiful Mind

In my opinion a beautiful mind is a mind that looks for love and gratitude in the world.  The power of the mind has always amazed me, if we cultivate it we can feel and be truly beautiful. It is so easy to get caught up and overwhelmed with everything around us and stop seeing all the beauty and greatness in the world and within people. So I wanted to share with you today my tips to cultivate a beautiful mind. ★ Journaling ★ Start journaling or find a way to unravel and explore your thoughts and let them out of your mind freely with no restrictions. Journaling is in my opinion an amazing way to do self-reflection, become more mindful and cultivate the mind. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry babe, check out my “Guide To Journaling”  and start opening up your soul. ☾ Practice Gratitude☽ Practice gratitude towards the world and people around you. It might be difficult to think of things to be grateful for at first, but keep practicing and you will …

My Training Plan {What I Do At The Gym}

When I first started going to the gym I didn’t really know what I was doing. I focused mainly on cardio and ab exercises. Although in the beginning I saw a big progress with my running and strength, I didn’t know what to do from there. I knew my plan was getting boring, very repetitive and not challenging for my body as I used to do the same couple of the same exercises every time, therefore my progress started to decline and I shortly stopped seeing results. It was time to make my workouts a bit more structured so could make the most of my workouts. So I went to the internet for answers but all I could find was people telling me that I needed to divide my days into body parts: biceps and back on day, triceps and chest the other day, glutes another, etc. Everything I found was bodybuilding training plans where the main goal was to isolate one or two muscles (or muscle groups) and fatigue them as much as possible. I didn’t like this approach …

Big Vegan Food Shop

So the other day I basically had NO food. My cupboard included some bits of dried soya, half a kg. of rice and oats – bet I could still make quite a lot of that though. But I order a massive food shop which will last me a good long while. I thought it would be cool to share with you what I go. I have made a post like this before – Vegan Food Shop – but I think this type of post is so helpful, if you want to include more plant based foods in your diet (or even try to go vegan) and you don’t know what to buy, this is a great post to get some inspiration from. You don’t need to get overwhelmed by vegan recipes and try to buy all the ingredients for all the recipes. Focus on plant foods, carbs, beans, legumes, fruit, nuts and seeds…that is all you need and it will allow you to make a HUGE variety of recipes and delicious meals! Fruit! I didn’t get load …

What I Ate Today #5 {Vegan at Uni}

I am so excited to finally be doing another ‘What I Ate Today’ post! Thank you for being here. I love sharing with you a bit more of my life and what I do with my days, plus I hope this is helpful to some of you to get some food inspo or new recipes. 7.30am – Morning Snack Woke up at about 6.30am, which is quite early for me. Had a slow morning, did some work on my laptop whilst drinking a cup of Chai tea – I needed a bit of comforting caffeine – and one large and very spotty banana. Only had a little bit to eat as I wanted to go to the gym shortly after and I can not workout with a full stomach. 11am – Breakfast At the gym I did a circuit workout, quite high intensity but really fun. Things I’ve been challenging myself with include lots of burpees and both normal and tricep push ups. After a quick shower and had a big bowl of porridge! I suppose I could call this …

Depop Picks

You know I am a big fan of ethical consumerism! I have been slowly introducing it into my life since last year when I first started learning about Ethical Fashion, Eco-Fashion and Ethical Ways To Shop. Depop has quickly become one of my favourite platforms to buy either used or new pieces for a lot cheaper and without the environmental and social impact. I am honestly obsessed, there are so many bargains I have to control myself. Why even pay full price anymore in high street shops?! Today I am sharing with you two things I recently got from Depop. I am so pleased with them! Hopefully this post will inspire you to give Depop and second hand clothing a try. Topshop Mum Jeans: my mum jeans are all too big for me, I think they might have stretched due to wear, therefore I wanted a new pair for the Spring / Summer. I always go for the same old black jeans, but when I saw these babies I thought they would be great for Spring …

Vegan Chocolate & Hazelnut Smoothie Recipe

I never thought I could love a smoothie so much! Today I am sharing with you my favourite smoothie recipe which has easily become one of my raw breakfasts. I have shared it with a few people (non-vegan) and they all love it and get really surprised when I tell them it is completely raw and vegan. There is probably a similar recipe out on the internet, but until I find it, I will remain very proud of myself for creating this dreamy drink! It is super easy and quick to make and it tastes incredible…almost like nutella haha You will need: 1 small/medium frozen banana 2 pitted dates 4 hazelnuts (also good with almonds) 1/2 cup of raw fine oats 1 very full tsp of raw cocoa powder Blend everything together with about 1 1/2 cups of water, although you can adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want your smoothie. Pro tip: after I blend all my ingredients the smoothie is quite runny, so I  leave it on the fridge for about 5-10 …