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Two Yummy Vegan Soups..



1. Pea Soup w/Roasted Edamame Beans

INGREDIENTS FOR SOUP :

1 Leek
1 Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
3 tablespoons Avocado Oil

4 cups/1000ml/35oz Water
3/4 cup/30g/1oz Mint, Chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Mushroom Stock Cube 

800g/28oz Peas 
2 Potatoes
2 heaped tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

INGREDIENTS FOR ROASTED EDAMAME :

400g/14oz Shelled Edamame
2 tablespoons Avocado Oil
1/4 teaspoon of :
Onion powder
Smoked Paprika
Garlic powder
Curry powder
Cumin
Salt
Pepper


DIRECTIONS FOR SOUP :

Blitz your onion, garlic and leek then add the oil to saute for a few minutes

Add your salt, pepper, mint, water & stock to the bowl and bring to the boil.

Add the chopped potato and cook for 10 minutes (or until vegetables are tender).

Add the peas and nutritional yeast and bring back to the boil then let it cool a bit.

Blitz/ Process the mixture until smooth.

Season to taste & serve with the edamame beans sprinkled across the top.

DIRECTIONS FOR BEANS :

Preheat Oven to 180C/350F

Mix the oil and all the spices together in a bowl.

Drop the Edamame in and coat them all and then scatter across a baking tray.

Roast for 15-20 minutes or until crispy (mine often take 20+)

I also made falafels cookies to sprinkle over the top. Just a normal falafel recipe but I make them flat and bake longer so crispy for crumbling over salads and soups 




2. Cheese and Broccoli Soup

The thing I have loved most about turning plant based is that we never have any food waste. The minute I think something needs using up I design a soup/salad/loaf or buddha bowl around it.

I had some broccoli the other night so I looked up broccoli soups and then adapted the yummiest sounding to make it Vegan. Marcus was back for seconds so it wasn't just me that thought it was lush.

INGREDIENTS :

1 Onion
30g/1oz Vegan Butter

400g/14oz Broccoli, Roughly chopped
150g/5.3oz Potatoes, Roughly chopped
800g/28.2oz Water
1 Mushroom Stock Cube 

150g/5.3oz Vegan Cream Cheese 
150g/5.3oz Almond Milk
2 heaped tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast
150g/5.3oz Vegan Hard Cheese, Roughly chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste
Dried Seaweed to re hydrate if wanted

DIRECTIONS :

Blitz your onion then add the butter to saute for a few minutes

Add your broccoli, potatoes, water & stock to the bowl. Cook for 20/25 minutes (or until vegetables are tender). Blitz/ Process the mixture until smooth.

Add the Cream Cheese, Almond Milk & Hard Cheese and Nutritional Yeast then Blend until cheese has melted into the soup.

Season to taste & serve with toasted bread on the side or if you want to stay light on the carbs you can add dried seaweed for seasoning which rehydrates to yummy gooeyness..

The Nutritional Yeast means it tastes cheesy but has the added bonus of fabulous Vitamin B12 and the Seaweed adds Omega 3 which are both things that Plant Based peeps often don't get enough of. 

Who has a favourite soup I can play with to make it Vegan? 

Finding my new role as... MUM


Moving from the UK to Australia was a big thing but I did it at a young age, with no kids and not really any major belongings.

My boyfriend and I at the time (now my husband), owned a flat in London but we rented that and just came with suitcases. We shipped about 4 packing boxes and post Scotland Yard Interview where we were informed those were absolutely gone for good we basically had sweet F.A.

Shocking start, YES, Pressure to make it work, ZERO.

Roll on 16 years and it is 2016. I am married, have 2 kids that love our life where we are, a dog a gorgeous house and some amazing friends. My brother that I have been apart from for 16 years+ has moved to Australia and is pregnant (well his fiance is) AND I run a very successful business with another growing rapidly beside it.

Not to blow my own trumpet but I was good at what I did work wise and not only had lots of people come to me for mentoring but I also spoke at multiple business events on the subject. To my close friends I was the person they know they can lean on. 

Why tell you all this? Both of those qualities were things I treasured and got a huge buzz from in sharing with others. They made me feel of value and service to the world around me.. Not to mention that bringing in money to the bank account I share with my husband was something I was proud about.

So what happens when your husband wants to move to the U.S for a new adventure? Well that story is here but this blog post is about my story after that move..

I sold my business and overnight became 'JUST' Mum or should I say MOM..

Not only was I adjusting to life in a new country but I suddenly didn't work. I had never had home help, family around or even a regular cleaner during my working days so the house keeping was nothing new but not working was ABSOLUTELY out of my comfort zone.

I struggled, there was no validation of my value in being asked to lecture to others on a subject. 
I had no one asking for advice as I knew more than them. 
I suddenly knew why I had lost one of my girlfriends friendships back in the day. 
I felt insignificant.
I felt like a groundhog day slave.

It is one year later now and I LOVE my role as 'Mum'. I have new value and feel more of worth that EVER before.

I slowly brought structure back into my day and created work goals within my new job. 

I had a couple of new people to answer too.. I was still my own boss but I needed to be of service to a new group of people or events

My kids and husbands wellbeing, our dog's exercise, my children's personal growth, the ability to volunteer at school, enabling extra curricular activities and lastly my own passion for fitness.

I went back to my calendar and created a schedule just like I had at work. I gave myself structure and I started to focus on the amazing things I now had time to do that I didn't when I was working.

The simplest of things now give me the buzz I used to get from mentoring and lecturing alongside running a business.

Being able to explain things calmly until my little guys get the importance instead of being frustrated and just glossing over the subject with 'oh whatever' as I don't have time. I am working on them from the inside out..

Taking them to sports and actually watching.. then hiking with the kids and their dog after school instead of having them IN after school care and seeing the happiness it creates in those little faces.

Researching Plant Powered eating and taking our diet to new levels where we can count on one hand how many take aways we have had since. Where we are all leaner, stronger and more knowledgable.


I realise now what value I have found in being a Mum and JUST a Mum, how much pride I take in nourishing my family with food that prolongs their future and has them all looking and feeling better than ever.. I used to place my value on what I was adding to the bank account but now I see another world and I kinda love it!!

Have you made the transition? One way or the other? How did you go with it? 

Visiting Palm Springs.. the TRUTH..


Palm Springs Baby!!.. I assumed it was a vibrant, hip and happening place in the desert. How could I not when all the images you ever see are mid century funkiness in pinks and pastels?

Well the houses ARE mid century and there IS a huge amount of fabulous colours BUT it is a huge area that is really spread out and is mainly residential, with a large portion of those residents being retired alongside the heat for most of the year it results in 60% of the year being rather like a ghost town.



We went there for a 'downtime' holiday so it was perfect. We had a full week in a house with a pool and just chillaxed with a visit to Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain, an afternoon at Wet n Wild, Movies and Dinner out a couple of times.

The first morning I went for a run at 7am and I nearly died by 8am from heat.


The second day I left at 5.45am and laughed my head off as EVERYONE was out and about walking their dogs, doing their exercise and mowing lawns etc.

I had found out the secret.. get up early, get outdoors then spend the day by the pool or in the air con.

There are amazing places to hike and visit close by but we chose the Joshua Tree and went for Sunset. It was magical. I wonder whether I would go back to hike there but to be honest as the terrain is very dry and rocky I would prefer to hike where the plants and growth changes more dramatically over the seasons.




Salvation Mountain is in the middle of nowhere and hotter than hot in the Summer but oh so weird and wacky. It is a shrine to God and feels like some whacky kids program film set. We loved it just for the happy vibes and random location.






The Palm Springs Tramway is like going to another world and SO beautiful. You get up 2.5 miles about the desert and it is cooler and greener with these amazing views across the desert. A total must in my book if you like being amongst nature and climbing rocks.


Lastly if you have kids, Wet n Wild. It is small but fab. On an afternoon you can go in after 3pm for a reduced price and that is more than enough time to get around all the rides for sure.


I need to show you the other places we have been since I took my break from blogging.. anyone else coming San Francisco way soon? 

Do message me :)

VEGAN ZUCCHINI BREAD

I have posted this baby on two occasions on Instagram and always get requests for the recipe as my kids demolish mine and it appears others do not on the version they are making..



One piece of important advice... DO NOT skip out draining the juice from the zucchini.. DO NOT..

INGREDIENTS :

6 tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
1/4 (160ml) cup warm water

1 Sweet Apple
1/4 (160ml) cup warm water
1/4 cup (160 ml) melted Coconut Oil
1 1/3 cups (266 g) Cane Sugar
4 Normal Size Zucchini

3 cups (384 g) Whole Wheat Four
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Salt



DIRECTIONS :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly spray a bread tin

Make the flaxseed egg by mixing the Ground Flaxseed with the 1/4 cup of warm water and set aside
'
Create Applesauce by blitzing your apple with 1/4 cup of warm water in a high powered blender.
Add that flaxseed egg, the coconut oil and sugar until combined.
Grate your Zucchini and squeeze out the excess water then add to your mix.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt (preferably sifted) over the wet
and combine them all REALLY well.

Pour it all combined into your bread tin and bake for around 50 minutes.

Tip your loaf out and let it rest on a rack, only slice once cooled and if you want to turn it into a desert it is AMAZING with a simple Vanilla Soy Ice Cream.


Do you have a favourite loaf? 

lemonade lusts : salihah moore



When you come across an artist and bookmark her website for a personal purchase then walk into a shop a fortnight later and they same artist is stocked there, I would call that a sign. Well I ignored it and then had her crop up at a friends house and AGAIN on another website.

Lets just say I am pretty sure I need to own some Salihah Moore. Salihah is an artist and designer of hand beaded jewellery and wall hangings. 




Originally from California, Salihah developed a deep love affair with the ocean, sand, flora and fauna of the Pacific coast. Working with the seed beads reminds her of sifting through sand grains as a child and being in awe of the hues and variations.

All her weavings are hand sewn at her home studio in Boulder, Colorado with a needle and thread using Czech and Japanese glass seed beads. 


You can find her whole collection HERE...

2 Podiums in 3 weeks.. what did I do?!


Taking up trail running was not a new thing for me as The Northern Beaches of Sydney certainly have their fair share but the elevations here around Marin Headlands where I live are a tad different..

In training for a 50k race you have to get out there and do some intermediate distances in the time leading up to the big date. I did a 30k and a 21k around a month apart and got 1st and 2nd place in my age group.

I will not claim for a second that I would ever have expected it, but now that I have it has caused me to reflect and see what I did right and differently over my past races.

I truly think it has been a combination of things..

RUNNING : Of course, gradually growing the miles/ km's on my feet per week is the first part (once I have finished my 50k I will share my schedule in case it is of use to anyone)..

REFORMER PILATES : Having a strong core and building my leg strength was HUGE for maintaining strength when I hit the hills on those trails

YOGA : I have never bothered to be diligent with stretching whilst training so doing a full hour Yoga Class twice a week was amazing and protected me from injury I am sure

HIKING : On trail runs you can never run the same pace as you do on road races, the hills are super steep and you just have to walk some of them but walking them with strength and holding a decent pace means you really loose very little time but you 100% save your heart rate and core temperature from rising past a point you find it hard to get it back down from

MEDITATION : I will admit I have not been doing this the whole time but the wording is the simplest explanation I have for taking the time to focus on mental clarity a few times a week. On the tough parts of the race my inner monologue was strong and powerful as I had a huge bank of previous positive thoughts I had used as my daily practice.

DIET : I do have to give credit to going plant based for a certain part as quite simply I have never recovered so easily from such a decent load of training activity.
Are you training for anything at the moment? What do you find gives you the most results? 

Your next habit..


I told you last month about the first of our habits that has become our lifestyle.

Did you try it? It is never to late to start but you may want to read this one and decided between the two if it is all new..

As promised I am going to post a new idea each month. One that is easy to accomplish but transformative in its results.

So what is this month?

We call them lovenotes and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen them in my Instastories.

Everyday, whoever wakes first needs to write a little note to the family with thoughts for the day, challenges, inspiration or just praise for something you love about them, your life or the family as a whole.

It's a lovenote.. no need to over think it just share from your heart and spread positivity.

You can do that can't you? Go on.. grab a cute notepad and pen and get started.. 



Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Cake


When you take your family plant based there are certainly challenges ahead.. suddenly they NEED to like a lot more vegetables than they used too, eating out is not as easy as those good old kids menus rarely have a non dairy vegetarian option.

My kids have been awesome. They are 100% plant based at home and when out with us. When they have sleepovers or playdates the rules are up to them. We made it known we would be disappointed if they went the non vegan route if it was easily available and so far they have easily managed to order pizzas, have a vegan burrito or take the pasta option with no meat.

BUT when it is their turn to eat treats fo' REAL, you need to be generous. I bake loads of yummy but healthy vegan goodies at home but for a birthday cake I was ready to rock the mother load for her. we searched Pinterest for ideas of flavours as she picked not 2 but 3 different cakes and asked me to combine them AND 2 were not vegan!

Anywho, her wish was my command and create I did..



INGREDIENTS :

2 cups (480 ml) Almond Milk
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/4 cups (307 g) Pureed Apple (Applesauce)
2/3 cup (160 ml) melted Coconut Oil
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 cups + 2 Tbsp (320 g) Whole Wheat Four
1 1/3 cups (266 g) Cane Sugar
1 cup (96 g) Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Vegan Butter
⅛ cup Maple Syrup

1 cup Cane Sugar
1½ tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ tsp Salt
½ cup Coconut Cream (chilled overnight)
½ tsp Baking Soda
4 cups Popcorn (popped/made)


DIRECTIONS :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly spray 2 x 8-inch round cake pans 
Dust with cocoa powder, shake out the excess and set aside.
Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a large mixing bowl, and leave for a few minutes to activate. Add the oil, vanilla extract, and apple puree and beat until a bit frothy.
Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (preferably sifted) over the wet ingredients while mixing to combine. Beat until no large lumps remain.
Divide batter evenly between your 2 cake pans (should be around 1/2 on each)
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer into the middle comes out clean. 
Let cool completely before frosting.

While cooling, prepare frosting..

Use a handheld or counter-top mixer to whip peanut butter, butter, and sweetener until smooth.
Place in fridge until ready to use. 

and then the caramel..

Make your caramel by placing the sugar, salt and vanilla in a pot over high heat.
Stir until the mixture gets lumpy and a yummy brown.
Add the coconut cream and keep stirring.
Stir for quite a while until all the lumps dissolve and the caramel is all smooth and silky.
Turn off the stove.
Add baking soda and stir until it's mixed throughout.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once the cake is cooled, add a thick layer between the top and bottom layers then frost generously around the sides and top

Pile your popcorn on top of the cake and around the bottom if you want.
Re-warm your caramel in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each one.
Drizzle that caramel all over the popcorn and around the edges.
Go get a knife and get ready to devour it.

What do you think? Too much? What is the best B Day Cake you have ever had? 


September Lemonadelustloving

Gosh does it feel good to be back in a groove of blogging a little more regularly.. we have had some new people joining #lemonadelustloving too which is always lovely..

We have (from top left clockwise) the cute as anything bows from Tiny Finery Boutique, Lovely Candles from Kennedy And Warner, Pretties from that amazing kids shop Kit Design Co and Dinasour Stomp from Little Wolffs 

.. as I will every other month, I need to choose the winner that I will feature 4 or more times on the Insta Feed over the next month AND I will be putting them on my Pinterest Boards too...

This month was really hard!!. I am digging the selection of Kennedy and Warner so thats my pick for this month. Look out for my favourite picks on Insta and keep tagging #lemonadelustloving to be featured yourself.

Have you got friends starting a new business? Make sure they get tagging too..

Is it our duty?


Being a parent brings a whole host of responsibilities.

The simple duty of care to raise them and keep them healthy, to teach them manners and respect, to help them navigate right from wrong but then there is SOOOO much more..

The tiny, ridiculous things.

Recently I was taking a picture of the kids in a group and said 'Let's do a Boomerang'. They all jumped to action with glee apart from one kid who said 'What is a Boomerang?'. The other kids laughed at him and it opened up a conversation for me with his Mum about Social Media and just general online stuff.

She doesn't do social media, no FB, no Insta, hell she didn't even know her iPhone could shoot slo-mo video or how to screenshot.

It's not that she is an idiot on line, it is a choice. She is all over ordering on line and booking stuff, emails etc. She runs a successful jewellery business by word of mouth and has never thought to promote it on line. I have no doubt she could make more sales if she did (even though I wouldn't relish the challenge of building new traffic via any SM these days) but that is not my quandary.

My question is whether it is her parental responsibility to be across SM and all those other developing platforms.

Should she be 'in the know' and slowly teaching her kids so they are not left out?

Should she be aware of how they work so she knows the ins and outs for when her kids want to be on them?

Is it our duty to be current and up to date on all things current and modern as our kids age?








Vegan sources of Protein..


I get asked it ALL the time..

as in E.V.E.R.Y time I say I am plant based I get 'Oh wow, thats so cool. How do you manage the protein?'

So this is a short post of simple facts as really it is a simple answer with easy ways to do so...

AVOCADO
BEANS
BROCCOLI
BUCKWHEAT
CHIA SEEDS
CHICKPEAS
GREEN PEAS
HEMP SEEDS
LEAFY GREENS - ANY OF THEM
LENTILS
MUSHROOMS
NUTS - ALL OF THEM
QUINOA
SOY BEANS
TEMPEH
TOFU

I think I consume 7 or more of those items on a daily basis. Add a day with a salad or Green Smoothie and they possibly ALL get used.

So can we put it to bed?

Plant Based peeps do not suffer for protein...



One a month to keep forever..



We have been adopting new approaches to so many things in our little family of late and its has been pretty darn successful.

Do you know why?

We only do one change at a time, one habit a month.

We decide on a habit we would love to incorporate in our daily lifestyle and we commit to doing it for the full 30/31 days of the next month.

Not EVERY single one has stuck for good as an official daily thing but most have and the ones that haven't are certainly being done well over 50% of the time in the days and months following.

Anyway I figured it was worth sharing the idea and promoting you to do the same so I am going to post a new idea each month. One that is easy to accomplish but transformative in its results.

You up for it?

The first one to attack is so, so simple.

Everyday, the minute you wake, take 5 minutes to just sit. Stretch if you wish but be calm and think of a positive thought, maybe a little mantra, a promise to yourself for the day that makes you happy.

Don't rush into life, don't take a crappy sleep with you or a bad dream, don't let a previous shitty day travel over. Choose to start the day on a positive track and you will be surprised how well you manage to carry that intention throughout that day..

You can do that can't you? 

Live a Better Day, Everyday..



Zero - Ten in tips for a fabulous day, each and every day..

SPEND 0 CALORIES ON EATING PROCESSED FOODS
MANAGE TO GET 1 HOUR OF EXERCISE
DRINK 2 LITRES OF WATER
PERFORM 3 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
HAVE 4 MENTALLY UNPLUGGED MOMENTS
REMIND YOURSELF OF 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
AT 6 AM MEDITATE AND SET YOUR INTENTION FOR THE DAY
LAUGH FOR AT LEAST 7 MINUTES
GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP
DO 9 THOUSAND STEPS PER DAY
GO TO BED AT 10 PM

What do you think? Simple and do able?

The things that shape who you are...


The first thing I want to say is that it is never too late to change the way you are or the person you want to be.

The way you are spoken to and engaged with as a child has such huge effect on who you become as an adult. Its not to say that if you have an abusive upbringing you will become abusive yourself, nor need it turn you into a weak insecure character that fears almost anything, it is more a case of what you yourself do with those thoughts and emotions as you process them and age that will shape the person you become.

I personally feel the biggest thing I can do as a parent is not to force my thoughts and ideas on my kids, rather to show them what I believe in and explain why I say the things I say then let them decide if it resonates with them and whether they choose to take them forward in their own growth path.

If I look at my upbringing and then how I have shaped my adult life it is two fold. I split it between family and friends..

The things I admired or aspired to emulate in my parents I have developed and turned into my own passions. In the same breath the things I see that they made mistakes with or were not so great at I have made sure to develop for myself or just banish from my mindset.

My husband has shaped me in untold ways as he has been by my side since I was 21 years old and becoming part of his family and then creating our own gave me a renewed vision of what I wanted the future me to become. I am lucky to say he is an honest man that speaks his mind but is never mean. He supports me, as I do him, in every facet of life be it our career paths, sporting endeavours or the way we parent.

Friends are a huge impact on who I am today. The real ones bring out the best in you and tell you your faults. I can consistently count on one hand those that sit under that banner at any one time but some come and go taking those hands to two at certain times. Their truth has taught me to listen and learn, to not take rough words as an attack but as an opportunity to become a better me, a better Mum, a better partner and a better being.

Life is here for living.. don't let it be with regrets. If those who surround you don't support you in being the best person you can be then think about this.

You can't change the people who surround you but you can change the people who surround you..

Are you happy with the version of you that you are? 
What have you done to change yourself as you have grown up? 


Lemonade Lusts : The Crush List

Outside of my #lemonadelustloving post where I share small businesses that have tagged themselves on Instagram to get a little extra exposure I want to continue to share my personal lusts with you in Lemonade Lusts posts..













Whats on your crush list at the moment? 

Plant Powered Waffles for the Kids..



I have made these so many times with so many variations and they are always crispy on the outside and moist within. They have Coconut Oil in them and do taste of coconut but even the kids I have served them too that usually hate coconut anything woofed them down without blinking.


INGREDIENTS :

1 & 1/2 Cups / 360ml of Almond Milk
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
1 & 1/2 tsp of Organic Vanilla Extract
2 tsp of Maple Syrup (you can use agave nectar if you prefer)

1 & 1/2 cups / 240g of Gluten Free Flour
1 & 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 cup / 45g of Steel Cut Oats
1 tbsp of Flaxseed Meal
2 tbsp / 25g of Coconut Sugar (you can use raw sugar)

DIRECTIONS :

Add the Almond milk and Apple Cider Vinegar together and leave them to sit.
In a small bowl add the Coconut Oil, Vanilla, Maple Syrup and whisk then leave to sit also.
In a big bowl add your Gluten Free Flour, Oats, Flaxseed, Salt and Baking Powder and stir them all until combined
Add both sets of wet ingredients to the big bowl of dry and mix until all incorporated.
If the batter is a little thick add a drop more almond milk until it seems fluid enough.
Turn on your waffle iron and cook as per normal

OPTIONS TO ADD IN :

You can add Chocolate Chips, Shredded Coconut, Cocoa Powder, Nuts or Chopped Fruit.
If you do you will need to add more milk for sure as it will soak up some moisture, especially the cocoa powder. 

TOPPINGS :

We stick to Nut Butters, Fruit, Maple Syrup or Apple Sauce with Cinnamon but you can go savoury if you want as they are not super sweet.. I also make a massive fruit salad and just break up one waffle for my serving.

My little waffle iron is from here and is perfect for the kids to use (with you around) but there are loads out there to choose from. I adapted this from Minimalist Bakers recipe as my kids don't like things chocolate flavoured and prefer to add my home made Tahini Chocolate Spread and they find Rolled Oats a little too chunky so Steel Cut get no complaints