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A Vegan Guide to Glastonbury

Are you heading off to Glastonbury this week? If so, a) I’m very jealous, and b) Read my guide I’ve reblogged below to find out about the best vegan eats (and some unrelated fun activities) to try while you’re there.

Being a vegan at Glastonbury is surprisingly easy, and there are so many great options that don’t just involve veggie burgers – this sushi “burritos”, fresh lentil daal, and lots more.

My experience at Glasto last summer was incredible and I know you’ll have an unforgettable time – I really hope this guide helps to make it even more enjoyable! Stay safe and have fun🙂

Natural Nomad

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So last week I ventured off to my first ever festival, Glastonbury, and now I have no idea why I’d
left it so long to go to one. Glastonbury is probably the biggest festival in the UK, but I don’t think I appreciated just how big it was until I arrived – the site is like a small city that pops up for a few days a year, and it has so much more than just music! I thought it might be helpful for anyone thinking of booking a ticket for next year if I wrote a short post about the vegan options on offer: there were a lot and they were incredible.
Whilst festivals are usually known for their burger vans, I can tell you that Glastonbury has so many other options available for everyone including veggies, vegans, health-conscious eaters and coeliacs. The range of cuisines really was…

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Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake: a recipe with Rebel Kitchen

I love the richness of Rebel’s Chocolate Mylk, as it tastes just like the chocolate milk of my childhood yet is super good for you. One of my favourite partners for chocolate is always peanut butter, so I’ve turned the classic peanut butter cup snack into a smooth “mylkshake” that’s perfect for kids and adults alike.

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1 330ml carton of Rebel Chocolate Mylk

2 spotty bananas

2 tablespoons peanut butter

Pinch of sea salt (unless your peanut butter already contains salt)

 

Blend all of the ingredients together until a smooth liquid forms, then serve in a chilled glass alongside your favourite snacks.

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Sweet Chai Mug Cake: a recipe with Rebel Kitchen

Believe it or not, I’ve only just joined the mug cake fanclub, but now there’s no going back. Mug cakes are ideal for those moments when you need something sweet but don’t want to bake an entire cake, with the added bonus of being possible to whip up in a matter of minutes. I loved using Rebel’s Chai Mylk for this cake to give it the sweetness of the warming spices, but I’m sure it would work equally well with any other flavour, or indeed any other plant-based milk. I’d recommend adding some cinnamon or other flavours if you’re using plain milks – get experimenting!

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1/3 mashed banana

1/3 cup self raising flour

¼ tsp baking powder

5 tbsp Rebel Chai Mylk

 

  1. With a fork, mix together the flour and baking powder in a large mug.
  2. Mash the banana in a separate dish until it forms a smooth “gloop” without any chunks in it.
  3. Add the banana and Chai Mylk into the flour, and mix well until it forms a cake batter texture without any lumps.
  4. Microwave for 80 seconds on 800W (but watch it to ensure that it doesn’t overcook or burn – each microwave may vary, and cooking for too long may make the cake too rubbery instead of the gooey deliciousness that it should be).
  5. Allow to stand for one minute to cool. I like to top mine with chocolate sauce or syrup, fruit and chocolate chips for a real party in a mug.
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Mocha Oatmeal: A recipe with Rebel Kitchen

I created this oatmeal recipe in collaboration with Rebel Kitchen, who make a Coffee Mylk drink that tastes just like a sweet, creamy latte. But why start your day with the same old hot coffee when you could make hot coffee oats instead?! Combining coffee and cacao is a partnership that all mocha fans will know works brilliantly, and the creaminess of Rebel’s Mylk in this recipe really lends the porridge an indulgent feel. You’ll never look at mornings in the same way again!

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Ingredients:

2/3 cup oats

1 1/3 cups Rebel Coffee Mylk

1 tbsp cacao powder

2 chopped medjool dates

Toppings of choice – Try cacao nibs, nutbutters and fruit

 

  1. In a small saucepan, stir together the oats, milk and cacao powder until evenly mixed, then leave to one side to soak.
  2. Pit and chop your dates into small pieces (if you don’t have medjools then another variety will work too, or you can just leave them out completely). Add these to the oat mixture.
  3. Place the pan on a medium heat and stir continually until it begins to bubble. At this point, reduce the heat to a lower temperature and continue cooking and stirring it as the oats thicken.
  4. When the porridge reaches your preferred consistency, remove it from the heat and transfer to a bowl before showering in your favourite toppings. Serve immediately (and eat it fast before someone tries to steal a spoonful!)
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“Chai-iced” Latte – a recipe with Rebel Kitchen

The warming spices in Rebel’s Chai make this Mylk taste quite exotic, and it’s fantastic served both hot and cold. I like combining it with other plant-based milks in this recipe to make it slighter lighter but still deliciously sweet. It’s the ideal drink to serve all summer long.

Ingredients:

1 cup Rebel Chai Mylk

2/3 cup plant-based milk of choice (I like soya or rice milk for this recipe)

4 ice cubes, made from Rebel Chai Mylk

 

  1. First, you need to prepare your Cha-ice cubes by pouring Rebel’s Chai Mylk into an ice cube tray (use 3-4 cubes for one latte) and freezing overnight.
  2. Once your ice is ready, mix the liquids in a chilled glass and add the ice cubes. Serve immediately with a straw and a smile.
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Feature: Rebel Kitchen blogger of the month

Hi guys! It’s a few weeks since I posted on here, as life has been pretty hectic with work and travel over the past month. But one thing I have found time for in May is acting as the guest blogger for the Rebel Kitchen team! As most of you will know, Rebel Kitchen make fantastically delicious dairy-free drinks in flavours such as chocolate milk and spiced chai, which are worth buying whether you’re vegan or not. I’m a long-time fan of this brand, so I’m thrilled to have created four recipes using their milks, all of which you can now find on their website at www.rebel-kitchen.com

Now that May is almost over I’ll also be posting the recipes here on my own blog for you to try. The first one – a “Chai-iced” Latte – will appear here tomorrow, and keep checking back regularly for the next three!

Have a good week ahead,

L x

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Review: Lani hair and body oils

If you’ve scrolled through your Instagram feed even just once over the past few months, it would be hard for you to have missed Lani, the little glass bottles of natural oils that are taking the online health and beauty world by storm. I’d heard so many good things about them and had been debating which of their products to buy for weeks when Lani’s incredibly lovely team were kind enough to send me the range to try out and share with you all. Here’s what I thought, including my most and least favourite ones of the collection.

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First, who are Lani? Despite the colourful bottles and tropical ingredients, Lani are actually a UK (not Hawaiian!) -based start-up brand who are committed to proving beauty products using only naturally-occurring oils and no synthetic ingredients. This makes them suitable for vegans as well as those of us with sensitive skin that doesn’t like harsh chemicals. The company started when their founder made a blend of oils at home to solve her own beauty woes – when more and more friends and family started to demand her creations too, Lani was born. With products for your hair, body and face, they now ship worldwide thanks to an ever-growing band of loyal customers. I can see why!

I tried their Hair and Body Treatments, Face Serum and Cacao Face Mask. Read on for more information about each of them and which one I’ll definitely be re-ordering.

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Hair Treatment

Out of the four products I tried, the hair treatment has the nicest smell. It leaves your tresses coconut-scented thanks to the coconut oil, as well as looking super nourished and soft. My hair is quite fine and prone to looking a little bit fluffy, but a tiny bit of this treatment rubbed through the ends gave it a much glossier appearance after just one try. With just four tropical oils as its ingredients (coconut, macadamia, camellia seed and kukui nut), it truly is as nature intended. Another great thing about this is that a little bit goes a long way – after washing your hair you only need a few drops to tame flyaway, so this bottle will last for quite some time.

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Body Treatment

This treatment has a different but no less lovely smell to the hair oil, with tropical notes leaving you feeling like you’ve been on a trip to Honolulu in the time it takes to have a shower. You simply massage a small amount into your skin to moisturise it, leaving it feeling hydrated and soft – again, the only ingredients are six tropical oils, and a little will go a long way. Unlike the hair treatments this product contains ylang ylang oil, which makes it smell so good that you’ll save money on perfume if you use it before an occasion.

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Cacao Face Mask

The newest addition to Lani’s collection, this face mask comes in a powder form and simply requires a few drops of water adding to transform it into a lightweight mousse that can be layered over the skin. The instructions are very easy to follow, and it feels really nice while it’s on your skin as well as once you’ve washed it off. I loved the subtle chocolate smell mixed in with the scent of the natural clays, and I won’t deny that the results were great. However, there is turmeric in it, which does leave you with a slight yellow tinge if you don’t rinse it off thoroughly (and for that reason I also wouldn’t advise using white towels to dry off with!) I’d probably prefer it without the turmeric just to avoid this problem, but it’s still a good buy as long as you’re prepared to scrub your face and sink thoroughly afterwards.

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Face Serum

Finally, my favourite of the four products I tried. The face serum is more concentrated than the hair and body oils so comes in a smaller bottle with a dropper applicator, which makes it really easy to control how much you want to use. I only need around four drops for my whole face, but even this small amount immediately makes my skin feel a lot less tight and itchy (I’m prone to dryness and sensitivity in our temperamental British weather!)

With a host of beneficial oils packed into it, including passion fruit oil to boost anti-aging and jojoba oil to balance your complexion, it’s certainly a powerful little bottle. I loved the addition of fragrance from the jasmine flower too, which is known to be calming and is oh-so-delicate. I always pack this product first when I travel, and I’ll be ordering more of it, that’s for certain!

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Overall, if I could only pick one of Lani’s wonder products to keep, it would have to be the face serum simply because it works so instantly and tackles the driest of skin. However, all four of these will be staying as permanent residents in my bathroom cabinet. There’s also a new Tropical Fruit Radiance Mask that I’m yet to try, so I’ll be interested to see what that one is like too.

The fact that these are all are vegan and use minimal ingredients is fantastic, and I really like Lani’s use of coloured glass bottles – unlike a lot of beauty product packaging they can be recycled, and they are cute enough to re-use yourself as miniature vases. It is so important to recognise and appreciate companies like Lani that value the environment as well as caring for your skin, and I’ll definitely be supporting them for a long time to come.

You can find out more about Lani or buy their products on their website below, or check out their Instagram for some tropical inspiration.

www.lovelani.com

www.instagram.com/lani_hair