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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 know I am a coffee lover. Usually have a classic Americano (plain black coffee), but in Portugal, espresso is a must have.

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Snack 1.0

On my way to Lisbon I decided to have one of these seed crackers. We were going to cycle around Lisbon so I needed a little something to keep me full. These crackers are really filling and super delicious. Sunflower seeds are my favourite and as you can see, they are full of them! I believe they are from Aldi, so really affordable as well.

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Lunch

We were at LX Factory in Lisbon which is one of my favourite spots in Lisbon. It is an old industrial complex which is now filled with restaurants, coffee shops and beautiful curated shops and brands selling the most beautiful things. From clothes and accessories to home decor, technology, traditional products and handmade crafts. Everything is gorgeous!

We surprisingly only found two places with vegetarian options. We went for the one with a vegan lasagne, obviously! I love lasagne and this one was probably one of the best vegan lasagne I’ve ever had! It was creamy, had a beautiful texture and the greens were also amazing.

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Snack 2.0

After cycling and walking around Belem for another couple of hours, we went to a supermarket and bought some supplies. We sat by the river and chilled. I had the juiciest orange ever, one apple, a handful of mixed nuts, handful of dried apricots and some mango juice and water. I love simple yet delicious foods.

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Dinner

And finally, the last meal of the day. This one it is quite hard to describe, as you can see there is quite a lot going on. For the main I had white rice with white beans in tomato sauce with peppers and courgette. On the side I also had a mix of delicious mushrooms, onion, more reed peppers and more courgette.

I went back for a second round of the main (about half of this portion), which was a mistake as I was so full by the time desert came. I only manages to eat half a slice of watermelon and half a slice of melon. I was sooo full! But one thing I learned from this: always ask if there is desert so you know how much you can eat in the main haha.

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That is the end of my day and everything that I ate. Once again, thank you so much for reading. I will leave below the previous “what I eat in Portugal” posts in case you want to check them out.

What I Eat In Portugal {Vegan}

What I Eat In Portugal {Vegan} #2

Lots of love,

Ines x

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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.

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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.

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IMG_1520We 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.

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We were so tired from the heat, we decided to go back down to Praça do Russio, grab some food and get the metro (underground) to visit the Gulbenkian gardens. These are my favourite gardens in Lisbon. My dad used to take me and my brother there all the time. It has two museums made of concrete and beautiful intricate paths surrounded by trees, grass and lakes.

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We found two great concrete benches in the shade and finally sat down. There was a slight breeze which helped to cool us down. We had our food and lay there for an hour or so, reading, napping and socializing with the local residents…ducks and black birds. Exploring the gardens was also fun. Even though I’ve been going there for years, there is always something new to see, a new path you have never noticed.

We then got back in the metro, had a coffee outside in the Restauradores and headed back down town, doing a bit of window shopping and enjoying the new fresh breeze. We were exhausted by the time we got home but it was such a lovely well spent.

The End. Thank you so much for reading and letting me share with you my day in Lisbon. I really hope one day you get the chance to visit this beautiful city if you haven’t already, it is sooo worth it! Lots of love,

Ines x

 

 

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 schedule or ‘do-to’ list. On top of that I had a week full of “last week of the year” events to attend.

So I decided to take some time off. I embraced the fact that I am officially in my Summer Holidays!! No more weekly schedules. I treated myself to long nights of sleep…although I still tend to wake up at around 9am. Slow days with no clear plans. A lot of Netflix and meditation.

To be completely honest, there were days when I didn’t feel great. I felt like I should be ‘more productive’ with my days. However, I kept reminding myself that having some ‘mind space’ is the best I can do for myself right now. I worked so hard, my mind was so busy for weeks. It is time to be gentle with myself again.

I wanted to take a 2 week break from the blog. On the day I was going to post for the first time, I spilled water on my laptop (perfect timing universe)! Don’t worry, it has dried and I am happy to announce the laptop has survived with no clear sign of damage. But I am really happy to be back here!

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//Upcoming//

This Summer is going to be a busy one (always busy haha). To start with, I am off to Portugal in about 2 days which I am really exited about!

Expect to see a lot more posts here on the blog. Now that I am back, I feel a lot more motivated and excited to start sharing more with you guys. If you have any requests for posts let me know in the comments below. Also, if you would like to keep up with my days and adventures, follow my Instragram (@ines_castro88).

Thank you so much for reading my random thoughts. I am looking forward to writing more in the future. Lots of love,

Ines x

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 out of veggies haha.

Morrisons Crunchy Peanut Butter – I always buy the well known healthy brands of peanut butter like Whole Earth or Meridian, simply because they have less ingredients and the percentage of actual peanuts is higher than cheaper brands. However, this month I found the most amazing crunchy peanut butter in Morrisons. Although supermarket’s own brands often use ‘cheaper’ ingredients in their products, this peanut butter is made of 100% peanuts and it tastes amazing! It is not too thick, not too runny…simply perfect. Plus it is a lot cheaper when compared with the other brands. I am obsessed as you can tell! (actually need to go buy more).

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To Watch

Suits – Why have I just started watching this now? I don’t know. But it is so good! Suits is an American series which focuses on the life of a corporate lawyer Harvey. His personality is brilliant! Then there is Mike, he is extremely clever and works with Harvey even though he has never gone to University and is not a certificate lawyer. The series is basically just about them dealing with cases whilst also dealing with drama inside the company. I feel like my description doesn’t sound very appealing, but it is a really easy and entertaining series to watch. Definitely give it a go.

Luther – This is a great British series all about a brilliant detective called Luther. It is quite an emotional series, there are a lot of murders and Luther himself goes through a lot. I found it quite addictive to watch as something always happens when you least expect it. I’ve even watched it at the gym once! Idris Elba is an amazing actor who is simply perfect for the role of Luther. Just a great criminal series! Even if that is not your usual type of series, watch the first episode, it is worth it.

To Wear

Shorts – The weather in England during the month of May was very strange (as per usual), it rained non-stop for a week and then we had the warmest sunny days ever! My legs had to come out! I love wearing shorts, I feel so comfortable and free! So I was very glad I got to wear shorts and get some sunshine. Last night I wore skinny jeans for the first time in a long time…it is just not the same.

Adidas Gazelle – I recently posted an article about my recent “Depop Picks” as I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to get great second-hand clothes. One of my purchases was a pair of black and white Adidas Gazelle trainers and since them I have not stopped wearing them. So glad I got them! They are super comfortable and quite fashionable for a trainer which I really like as all my other trainers are “gym trainers”.

Neon Orange Jumper – See that jumper in the picture below? It is bright orange! I know it does not look very extravagant in the picture but honestly babes, it is bright! Every time I wear it I get lovely comments from people which is very kind. I never buy very colorful clothes, my pop of color is either white, grey or dark green but for some reason (perhaps the nice weather) is making me really excited to add come colour into my wardrobe. It is definitely a fave!

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To Read

Revision Notes – This month all my reading has been towards my exams. Biomechanics, Nutrition, Psychology and Physiology were my reading topics for the month of May. Not the most exciting thing, but it is not going too bad. So yeah, a lot of lecture slides, notes and really heavy books. However, I am really excited to get some new books for my summer reading. I have a huge “To Read” list but can’t decide what book to get. If you have any suggestions, please let me know babe.

To Do

Charity Shopping – I found the most amazing charity shop near my University campus and I literally have to control myself every time I go there because everything is so cheap and so nice. It is so nice to go charity shopping, you never know what you will find and because everything is so cheap I can buy things I usually wouldn’t and experiment a little more with my style which is always fun. Also, the volunteers who work there are so nice and lovely.

Waking Up Early – This month I consciously try to improve my sleeping pattern. So I have been going to bed at 10pm (or just before) and waking up before 7am every morning. Honestly I never felt so good. I get a great sleep and wake up full of energy. I feel like I get a lot more done during the day and feel very motivated in general.

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Sit On A Field – This is the most random thing ever. But with the lovely weather and blue skied we have been having, sitting on a field with my friends has been the best thing. We listen to music, chill, talk and get some sunshine. I sometimes also go sit outside to revise in the sun which makes revision slightly more enjoyable. Simply being outside is literally the best thing ever, I love it so much and can not wait for summer so I can continue to enjoy this amazing weather.

How I Built This – What a great podcast! Each episode is an interview with an entrepreneur(s) talking about how they built their business and made it successful. I have just finished listening the story behind Wholes Foods which I found so inspiring. It is great to hear the stories of people who had so many set backs but yet persisted and  managed to build amazing businesses. They share great life lessons and valuable tips on how to keep going and thrive when the odds are against you. Definitely recommend! Every time I listen to it I feel like starting my own business, perhaps one day.

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Posts of the month…

Nottingham’s Vegan Market #3

Vegan Chocolate & Hazelnut Smoothie Recipe

Depop Picks

What I Ate Today #5 {Vegan at Uni}

Big Vegan Food Shop

My Training Plan {What I Do At The Gym}

How To Create A Beautiful Mind

That wraps up another favourites post. Sorry I accidentally skipped April, it was quite a busy month, however I did post some of my favourite articles during the month of April here on the blog, so make sure you have a browse and make sure you didn’t miss anything. Thank you so much for being here and reading the blog. As always, lots of love,

Ines x

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 find more and more things to be grateful for everyday. I feel like gratitude is one of those things that the more you try to see it, the more you will find it. You can find it everywhere.

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♥ Spend Time Alone ♥ Make sure you spend time with yourself everyday. This could be whilst you do some journaling or perhaps try meditation, do some stretching, read a book or simply listen to music or a podcast whilst you reflect on your goals, your values, your beliefs. Spend time to get to know yourself, explore where you are at the moment, where you want to be in the future, why you have those certain goals, how do you plan on achieving them. Are you doing what you love at the moment? – these are just a few things you could reflect on and think about whilst you get to know yourself deeper.

❋ Reduce Clutter Around You ❋ I am a big believer that the less clutter around you, the less clutter in the mind. There is nothing like a clean room to clear the head. I like to go through my things quite often and get rid of the things that don’t have a purpose in my life anymore and don’t add any value to my life. I do this with clothes, shoes, papers, books, anything really! And it is my way to ensure I am surrounded by things that add to my life instead of cluttering it.

✿ Take Good Care Of Your Body ✿ There is no doubt that the body and mind are ultimately one. What you put in your body directly affects your brain and mind. For a beautiful mind, you must nurture your body. Eat good and delicious foods. Have an active lifestyle and sweat a few times a week. Rest and get enough sleep. Drink plenty of water. Having a healthy body and spirit will make it a lot easier to cultivate the mind in a positive way.

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♥ Inner Beauty ♥ Focus on your inner beauty. Whenever you compliment yourself, focus on your qualities, your beautiful traits and values. Same goes for other people, focus on their personality and qualities. This will train your mind to look further than what is superficial and reduce judgement towards yourself and others.

I hope you found something that serves you in this post and that these tips are helpful in your journey to mindfulness and self-reflection. Thank you so much for reading babe. Los of love,

Ines x

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.

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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 at all and I personally found it unuseful and boring. I just wanted to get fit which for me meant having an overall strong body (not just strong biceps or triceps haha), being able to run and cycle for a longer period of time (cardiovascular endurance) and be mobile and flexible with my body (be able to do push ups, pull ups, planks, handstand, etc).

A few years ago, this combination of weight lifting, body weight exercises (agility) and endurance was not talked about much, however nowadays we can see that happening in Crossfit which is something I am very eager to try!

Anyway! That was a little background on my gym story.

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Today wanted share with you my training/workout plan. I know there are women out there who feel exactly how I felt before, we don’t want to bodybuilding stuff, but we still want to be strong and fit. Here is how I split my workout days in order to have an active lifestyle that allows me to work on everything I love.

❊ Cardio + circuit (Monday) – I usually run on this day. After my many injuries, I completely stopped running for a very long time. One day I decided to run and realised how SLOW I am! I felt so unfit, so I am starting to slowly get back into it. I usually run for about 30-45mins on a constant pace (whatever feels comfortable that day). I end the workout with a little ab circuit (4 or 5 exercises), some planks and a long stretch.

❊ Functional – HIIT (Tuesday) – in this day I create my own HIIT workout which involves a high intensity exercise (such as burpees, squat jumps, jumping lunges, etc), followed by a moderate intensity exercise (such as push ups, ab exercises, planks, exercises with weights, etc). I always make sure I choose exercises to work my entire body (not just ab exercises or arms) so I can get a full body workout. I choose about 8-10 exercises and do 4 rounds in total. This is a quick and effective workout.

❊ Yoga (Thursday) – I love going to yoga on Thursdays in the evening. I don’t usually go to the gym that day as I don’t like to be fatigued for the class. It is a 1 hour class which involves loads of techniques from meditate and relaxation to vinyasas, flows and balance poses.

❊ Upper Body + Stability (Friday) – I love lifting weights but recently I’ve been focusing on more functional exercises, therefore on this upper body day I mainly (although not exclusively) do body weight exercises such as push ups, tricep exercises, shoulder presses and a lot of planks and plank variations to work on core stability as well as arms.

❊ Cardio + circuit (Saturday) – I love cycling, so I always have at least one spinning day, usually cycle about 20km and then finish off with a short ab circuit and a long stretch.

❊ Strength Lifting Day (Sunday) – I focus on lifting heavy. I do Olympic cleans, squats and stiff deadlifts as well as heavy lunges, some lunge jumps and accessory exercises with elastic bands. This is my favourite day, as I love lifting big weights and working on big muscle groups. Doing Olympic lifts allows me to not only work on my leg muscles but my whole body, as I need my abs and back for stability, as well as my arms and shoulders. And I also do some jumps and elastic band work just to incorporate some body weight and power moves!

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This is how I split my training days in order to work on everything I love and maintain full body strength, mobility as well as endurance. I am very flexible with my programme, sometimes instead of running I will cycle or the other way around. Sometimes I might decided to have two HIIT days just because I thought of some really cool exercises I want to try…it really is based on how I am feeling, these are just guidelines.

I hope you found something in this post that serves you. I know I would have found post this helpful a few years ago. I am planning on doing a lot more fitness related posts as it is something I am very passionate about. I appreciate sometimes I can get a little bit too technical, as I am doing a sports degree and I am used to having to explain everything to the detail, but I will try my best to make it accessible and easy to understand. Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you have any questions. Thank you for reading! Lots of love,

Ines x

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!

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Fruit! I didn’t get load of fruit because I usually by fruit weekly rather than a huge amount at once. This time I got a bag of tangerines, 5 bananas, a couple of apples, a case of delicious strawberries and lemons for sauces, salads and to flavour water. I will most likely get some oranges, mango, more apples and other bits next week.

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I got a lot of potatoes: normal white potatoes, sweet potatoes and baking jacket potatoes! I also got a bag of carrots (which I’ve been obsessed with), parsnips (great for soups), red onions (my fave!) and a butternut squash, my favourite way to cook it is to roasted, it makes it really sweet and delicious.

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More carbs! I had some brown rice at home so I didn’t get any this time, but I usually buy a massive bag. I got some wholewheat penne pasts, normal white pastacouscouswholemeal tortilla wraps (they are great for quick lunches or a snacks), green split peaspumpkin seeds (a daily essential) and a pack of rough oatcakes, they are a great filling snack…amazing with coffee.

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Beans beans beans! I got kidney beans, mixed beans, baked beans (reduced salt), green lentils, two cans of chopped tomatoes (so versatile and great for everything) and finally two cans of coconut milk which I love putting in Thai and indian curries. I also got some tofu which I never ever do (don’t know why), but I am excited to experiment with some recipes.

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Time for some veg loving. Okay I know tomatoes are a fruit, please forgive me haha. I got some cheery tomatoes and salad tomatoes for my huge bowls of salads for dinner. Also got some beautiful peppers, aubergine, mushrooms (an essential), broccoli (one of my favourite veg), beetroot, cucumber and garlic. For some reason I also threw in there some passata with basil (great for pasta sauces) and hummus (my favourite thing in the whole word). I also got some frozen peas and frozen sweet corn but I forgot to take a picture of those.

That is all I got from my ASDA delivery. However, I needed a couple more things that I couldn’t get in ASDA, so the next day I made a quick trip to Morrisons.

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My last bit of food shopping included a huge bag of spinachkale and lettuce which I really like using salads and in everything else really. Also got more bananas, they were reduced for being spotty but they are perfectly fine and I love my bananas very ripe anyway. Got some blackforest fruits (for yummy smoothies), dates (obviously!), unsweetened soya milk and some toilet paper.

That concludes today’s post, as I said previously, I hope this helps you come up with your shopping list. Of course, everyone has their on ‘essentials’, this is just what I personally like to eat. Simple, easy yet delicious food that are easy to incorporate in any recipe. Thank you so much for reading. Lots of love,

Ines x

 

 

 

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.

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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 my ‘post-workout’ meal, but I literally don’t eat anything special just because I went to the gym. Regardless, oats, penaut butter and seeds are really good protein and carbohydrate sources, the most important nutrients for mucle recovery.

I cooked 1/2 cup of oats with 5 shopped dates in water. As for toppings, the usual: 1  generous teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes. Devine! 

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1.30pm – Lunch

A very quick ‘mid-revision’ lunch. I couldn’t be bothered to cook but still wanted something warming and filling – I was quite hungry by now. I put two medium white potatoes in the microwave (for 6 mins). Whilst the potatoes were cooking, I fried one red onion and some green beans in a pan until the onions were golden and sweet. On the side, I opened a can of cooked mixed beans and heated half of the can with about two tablespoons of pasta tomato sauce. When the potatoes were ready, I assembled everything together and topped it with some black pepper, paprika and fresh parsley. Sooo delicious and quick!

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4pm – Coffee

Nothing new here, you know I am a big coffee drinker and I always look forward to my daily cup of black coffee. Also had a small juicy orange. There’s something about eating an orange that immediately makes me feel refreshed, and that’s exactly what I needed mid revision!

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5.30pm – Snack

Just wanted something quick to hold me up until I started cooking dinner. Nothing better than peanut butter on toast. Filling and delicious.

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7pm – Dinner

I wanted to use the other half of the mixed beans can I opened for lunch. So I decided to make a burger! I was actually really impressed with the final result. I wouldn’t call it a recipe, it definitely needs some work done to it, but here is what I used to make 1 burger:

Half a can of cooked mixed beans, 1 clove of garlic, about 3 large sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of pasta tomato sauce and 1 handful of fresh parsley. I blended all those ingredients with a bit of water (I used a bit too much, only use a tiny tiny bit). In terms of spices I adds some chilli powder, smoked paprika and black pepper to taste.

Gave everything a good mix and fried it on a pan with a bit of olive oil for a couple of minutes both sides. After frying it for a while I pop it in the oven for about 10 mins at 180 degrees in order to take some of the moister out.

Served it with 1/2 cup of brown rice, 1 large cooked carrot and green beans with chilli sauce.

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On the day I decided to record what I eat I barely had any food in the house. That was my last can of beans. The only fresh veggies I had were one large carrot and one onion! And my green options were limited to a bag of frozen green beans hence why there is not much variety with my greens and veg.

My online shop arrived that night (Don’t worry, I now have food!). I will share with you all the yuummy food I got in my next post. Thank you so much for reading. Lots of love,

Ines x

 

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.

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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 and cold British Summer days. I got them a size smaller than the usual, they were quite tight at first but after wearing them a few times they feel amazing! They are in perfect condition and were literally a fourth of the price of Topshop jeans from the high street.

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Adidas Gazelle: I am a trainers girl! I have quite a few trainers but I always felt like there was a ‘gap’ in my trainer collection. All my trainers were either running or gym trainers, not just ‘lifestyle’ trainers (in my head that makes sense). I’ve always wanted the Authentic Vans in black and white, but everyone has them and they are too expensive for my student budget. I was eyeing these for a while, and when I saw a pair on Depop in great condition for a fraction of the original price…I could not resist! I think they look great with pretty much any outfit in my wardrobe and are super comfortable. The only downside is that suede is very difficult to clean and I already managed to get them quite dirty, but I will figure something out.

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Thank you so much for reading. Let me know your thoughts on second hand clothing in the comments! Feel free to check out my Depop shop @ines_castro88, where I sell bits of my wardrobe I don’t wear anymore as well as vintage pieces I find in Nottingham. Lots of love,

Ines x

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

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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

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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 minutes before drinking. This will make the smoothie thicker and creamier due to the oats we added.

If you find that your blender does not completely blend the dates, leaving chunky bits at the bottom of your cup, try to soak the dates in warm water before making your smoothie. I highly recommend making the smoothies with raw cocoa powder and not any chocolate drink powder as it won’t have that crisp sweet and bitter taste of cocoa.

I hope you have a go at this easy raw smoothie, it is a great way to incorporate raw meals into your diet. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, thank you so much for reading! Lots of love,

Ines x