NEW! A Vegan Ice-Cream Bar in Amsterdam

When it’s hot outside, we want ice-cream. But when you’re vegan, it’s not always that easy to find the Ice-Cream you want. If you are vegan or you’re trying to cut down on dairy, you will be happy to hear that the Juicebrothers are selling amazing vegan ice-cream flavors at their new location in Amsterdam!

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The Ice-cream bar at Juicebrothers Haarlemmerplein Source

In collaboration with Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream, they now sell delicious flavors like Black Sesam, Tumeric and even Spirulina! Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream is an organic brand that originated in Brooklyn New York. Besides their New York and Los Angeles stores, they are now making waves overseas. The vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. 

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Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream announcing their collaboration with The Juicebrothers

We’ll can’t wait to try it!

Juicebrothers
Haarlemmerplein, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Wander-Lust

Mr. & Mrs. Watson, a Vegan Food Bar to open in Amsterdam

If you are following the latest food trends a little bit, you know that plant based food is making waves right now. Many cities around the world cater vegans and vegetarians with amazing vegan hotspots and Amsterdam couldn’t stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Watson is going to be a vegan food bar in the heart of Amsterdam and opening this coming July!

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The idea to open a plant based food bar came only natural when founders Aleid Koopal & Kirsi Rautiainen discovered that there is only 1 vegan restaurant per 1000 vegans in Amsterdam while in Berlin and New York you can find vegan restaurants all over the place. They thought this was way to less of course and with the current knowledge about climate change, they knew something had to change. Did you know that the agriculture industry is causing more pollution than the whole transport industry combined together?? (yes, this includes airplanes!) Crazy right? No wonder people – that used to love meat, become flexitarians or even vegan.


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So back to Mr. & Mrs. Watson. What will they serve and what can we expect from this vegan food bar? For a sneak peak you should check out their Instagram account! (looking goood) Expect vegan pizza’s, pad Thai, cakes, waffles, special drinks and even vegan cheese! Their mission: to make vegan food attractive and more accessible to a larger audience. They explain more in this video:

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The location will be at the Linnaeuskade in Amsterdam East photo by Mr. & Mrs. Watson

We are looking forward to this one when it opens and of course we will keep you updated!

Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Linnaeuskade, Amsterdam East

www.watson.bar

Love,

Elke

Want to know more about veganism and why it’s totally hot right now? Check our interview with vegan hottie Isabella Machiné or check where all the vegan restaurants in Amsterdam are based!

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*Header photo by Mr. & Mrs. Watson

Recipe » Vegan Pumpkin Curry inspired by India

I looove curries. Not just because they taste so damn good, but also because of the colors and the many ways you can prepare them. I have never been to India but their cooking style inspires me. They use a lot of herbs into one dish, sometimes more than 10 (!) and it can take up to 4 hours to prepare the perfect curry. But let’s face it, we live an active lifestyle and we do not always have the time. I decided to share this easy to cook Vegan Pumpkin Curry recipe with you so you can enjoy a little taste of India in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients for 4 people:
» 1 pumpkin
» 1 aubergine (I’ve added this in my recipe but you can also do without)
» 1 chopped red onion
» 1 chopped glove of garlic
» 400ml coconut milk
» 1 tin of chopped tomatoes in their juice
» 1 sachet of fairtrade curry paste
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400g of chickpeas
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fresh coriander for garnish

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Always go for the fairtrade option! 

Preparation:
Pretty simple actually!
1. Cut the pumpkin into small squares, remove the skin and wash.
2. Fry the onions and chopped garlic into some coconut oil until glazed.
3. Add the pumpkin and a dash of coconut milk and stir for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the coconut milk and the curry paste. Add the tin of tomatoes, bring to boil and let the whole bunch simmer for about 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes you add the chickpeas. Leave for another 5 minutes and turn off the stove.
6. Add a bit of salt, pepper and coriander if you like to.
7. Serve it with rice, couscous or quinoa (I know, that’s not Indian, but hey)

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Voila! You’ve got yourself a vegan pumpkin curry! For the best flavor, you let it cool down, add the pan into the fridge and enjoy it the next day when all the flavors are even better.

This recipe will cost you around 6 to 8 euro’s and it’s sooo easy to make!

Love,

Wander-Lust

The First Ever Vegan Food Court Will Open in New York

We love New York because it’s constantly evolving and discovering new trends. Food is a big thing over there and even though New York is a big city with lot’s of pollution, it’s also becoming more conscious about sustainability, health and animal welfare. We were happy to hear that the big apple will open the world’s first vegan food court!

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Unfortunately we need to wait a while before we can all enjoy this vegan walhalla because they are planning to open in early 2019. The food court will be named Home Food Hall and will be the first permanent food hall serving totally plant-based foods. They are now looking for 15+ vendors from all over the world to take part in the first vegan food court. Some of the vendors are already signed up and among these are the popular Beyond Sushi and Cinnamon Snail, both based in New York.

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Beyond sushi will be one of the vendors in the first ever Vegan Food court.

Besides the food they will also open a boutique fitness space hosting yoga, pilates, dance, meditation, kickboxing classes and more. They will also rent spaces where you can host get-togethers, events or private screenings. Home Food Hall will be established in Midtown East.

Follow The Home Food Hall on Instagram or Facebook to follow the updates.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Strong Food » a Healthy Hotspot in East Amsterdam

I found Strong Food by chance because I was visiting a friend who lives around the corner of the Javastraat. I was looking for something to eat and in between the shops and exotic supermarkets, I found a cute new healthy food joint that caught my eye.

Having lived in East Amsterdam for 2 years back in 2012, a lot has changed and the Javastraat has flourished. Next to the Turkish, Moroccan and Suriname supermarkets, you will find trendy hotspots, shops and bars. The Javastraat is ready to embrace new, healthy and sustainable food. Strong Food has all those ingredients. The store has a Scandinavian look but a middle eastern feel to it. There are bags of grains, seeds and dried fruits on the floor across the kitchen where everything is freshly prepared. Upstairs you will find some tables and chairs where you can enjoy coffee, tea and delicious healthy bowls.

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Pure and honest
Strong Food believes in pure, non-processed food. Processing happens in a natural way like drying or pressing. They sell Almond, Hazelnut and Cashew milk instead of cows milk. They mainly prepare vegan foods because they believe it’s good for the body but also the planet and I couldn’t agree more. They use ingredients like nuts, superfoods, grains and seeds and from those basics they create delicious To Go meals like soups, vegan harira, hummus, salads and sweetness. You can also buy a lot of products like proper corn, honey, oils, seeds and tea. 

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Some of the products you can buy at Strong Food

I ended up leaving with a Hummus/Feta sandwich for just €2,95 and I found that all the To Go products are sold at a very reasonable price. This proves that healthy food doesn’t always have to be expensive. I highly recommend you to pop into this healthy new hotspot!

Strong Food
Javastraat 30, Amsterdam
Facebook / Instagram

Love,

Elke

The Poke Bowl, how does this trend affect our planet?

This article might raise a few discussions but I feel it’s important enough for it to be ignored. Recently I have seen a few trends, hypes that are clearly turning a blind eye to our environment and we must ask ourselves the question, is it all worth it? Take this new trend; The Poke Bowl. A bowl with rice, sashimi, avocado and other vegetables. It’s a hit on Instagram and new businesses are playing into this. It’s certainly working as I recently seen an advert on Facebook promoting this new Poke Bowl restaurant in Amsterdam and the post already got more than 500 likes and hundreds of comments from people saying they cannot wait for it to open. But what most people don’t realize is that there are almost no fish left in the oceans for us to fish. Ocean overfishing is simply the taking of wildlife from the sea at rates too high for fished species to replace themselves. If we continue in the rate we are going, there won’t be any left in about 40 years! That’s soon people!

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Gaining popularity; The Poke Bowl

Our supermarkets are chock-full of cod and salmon and shrimp and tuna and every other big, slimy, underwater delicacy. Sushi restaurants are multiplying exponentially. To arrive at the conclusion that there will be no more fish by 2048, Check this article posted by HowStuffWorks.com. It basically comes down to the fact they discovered that more than 90 percent of of the original water-dwelling species in those waters have lost at least half of their populations. 

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So what about farmed fish?
The problem with breeding fish is that it’s not happening as proper as it should be. Meaning that fish will grow in small water tanks giving them skin damages and health issues so farmers must add antibiotics and other chemicals into the water. Not great for the oceans/lakes and our health..

Not mentioning the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) These are man made Chlorinated industrial chemicals that are highly toxic if eaten in high proportions. Based on the available data on PCB concentrations in fish, different organizations recommend that we have a limited intake of certain species of farmed fish. Ever wondered how your fish get’s that lovely pink or red color? That’s because farmed fish is added with synthetic pigment. Great.

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Example of farmed fish

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Bycatch.The result of overfishing, killing several species like turtles, dolphins and sea lions

So what now?
Yes, wild fish is a lot better for our health as it contains 20% more protein and 20% less calories than captive bred fish. That kinda sucks right? The only solution is to eat less fish or no fish at all. I started by cutting fish out my diet except shellfish. I hardly eat shellfish and I’m pretty sure I will stop eating it all together but it takes some more time to adjust I guess. (I used to be a Sushi addict so it’s already a big leap for me) Step by step we need to change the way we consume fish, meat and dairy to save our planet. This doesn’t mean everybody needs to become a vegetarian or vegan but eating a lot less would help. As consumers we are the only ones way to make a change.

To find out more about overfishing and what you can do, please visit Greenpeace or check the redlist to see which fish are most endangered.

Love,

Elke

Wanna try some tasty vegan hotspots in Amsterdam? Check:

These are the best vegan spots in Amsterdam

I have been getting several request from our followers and readers about where the best vegan spots in Amsterdam are. Yes, eating less animal products is becoming somewhat of a trend and Amsterdam is one of those cities that is quick to respond. More and more restaurants are giving you the vegan option. Just to be clear; A Vegan (or plant-based) diet means that you are not consuming any animal products like meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and yes, even honey. For the people who live a plant-based lifestyle, it’s not always easy to go out for dinner but Amsterdam is thankfully becoming more adapt to those who seek the vegan option.

Here are the best places to find your vegan luck:

YAY Healthstore and more
I recently worked with YAY and they catered at my Green Up Your Life event.
Everybody was super enthusiastic about their delicious pumpkin tarts and vegan sushi. They are one of the best vegan spots in town.
I’ve written a blogpost about them a few months back so for more info, check here.
Albert Cuypstraat 101 – 103, Amsterdam
www.yayamsterdam.nl/en Unfortunately they have closed but they promised to be back at a new location.

One of the best vegan spots in Amsterdam. YAY Healthstore
One of the best vegan spots in Amsterdam

Hummus Bistro D&A
The name should give it away, they serve a whole lot of hummus! Although the also serve meat, they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.
You can choose up to 5 different kinds of humus (I didn’t even know they existed!) You can share or go for the, somewhat special all day breakfast. Just ask them if they can make your meal vegan and they will accommodate you. Tip: order the roasted cauliflower! 
Hummus Bistro is open for breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner from Mon – Sun.
Westerstraat 136, Amsterdam
No website but check their Facebook

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Hummus galore! 

Vegabond
I love this store and their location. It’s in the middle of Amsterdam and looks really cool from the outside.
When I came round I had a tasty tempeh wrap and a coffee with coconut milk. Happy Elke. But besides their food and drinks, they sell different kinds of products like vegan cheese, wine, sauce, pizza and chocolate. I must admit that although this place has the full potential to be hip and happening, it still attracts a stereo type vegan-audience. And there is nothing wrong with that of course but I hope that a broader community will find out about this place so I can say to my friends; “Let’s have a coffee and Vegabond instead of Starbucks today!”.
Leliegracht 16, Amsterdam
www.vegabond.nl

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Source: Vegabond

Dophert
I recently discovered this vegan spot in Amsterdam-west near the Westerpark. Writer Lisa Steltenpool had her second book presentation here.
They are open for lunch until 5.30 pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday) but every 3rd Thursday of the month they open for a special burger night including sweet potato fries and (plant-based) milkshakes! The’re also open on the 1st Thursday of the month and offer a set menu that changes every from time to time.
Spaarndammerstraat 49, Amsterdam
www.dophertcatering.nl

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Hip and delicious Dophert

“These vegan spots are just the beginning of a new food era”

Golden Temple
This place is great for dinner! Situated in the “Utrechtse Straat”, it’s one of the oldest vegan friendly restaurants in Amsterdam.
They don’t use any meat, fish or eggs in their meals but some dishes contain dairy products so check before you order.
Try their daily soup option or one of their main meal salads or Indian dishes. The music might be something to get used to as they play mantra music sometimes. (the same tune over and over again) They have a nice seating area at the window where you sit on cushions and can enjoy the view of people walking past.
Utrechtsestraat 126, Amsterdam
www.restaurantgoldentemple.com/en

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Nacho’s with homemade guacamole and a lentil soup

Koffie ende Koeck
This vegan lunchroom is also very close to the Westerpark just like Dorphert. The menu is a 100% vegan and includes homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup and breakfast. The offer a high Tea but make a reservation to avoid disappointment. 020 737 2731
The owner is a young woman called Maartje. She’s a qualified vegan chef who is even better in baking cakes!
Haarlemmerweg 175, Amsterdam
www.koffieendekoeck.nl

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Some of their amazing assortment. Pictures from Instagram Koffie ende Koeck

De Culinaire Werkplaats
Wow, this is kind of amazing. This is a restaurant where food is treated as a form of art and let’s be honest, it totally is!
They only use vegetables and fruits but with a twist. They focus on animal welfare, organic farming, fair trade and personal health.
Take look at their impressive cocktail and drink list, it’s really good. You can cook yourself in the workshops they offer and get tasty inspirations.
Another nice touch is that at the end of your meal, you can decide what would like to pay for it!
They are open for food on Mon, Thu, Fri and Sat from 7pm to 11pm.
Fannius Scholtenstraat 10, Amsterdam
www.deculinairewerkplaats.nl

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They treat food as an art in this vegan spot.

Beter en Leuk
A menu full of vegetarian and vegan dishes! Located in east-Amsterdam, this breakfast & lunchroom is great for chilling out.
Besides the nice coffee, they also serve the infamous Dutch Weedburger! Workshops are hot right now and Beter & Leuk offers a vegan sushi workshop and a vegan brunch workshop. You can also buy jewelry, clothes and healthy food items. Sounds like a great place right?!
They also deliver via Foodora and Deliveroo
1e Oosterparkstraat 91, Amsterdam
www.beterenleuk.nl

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Healthy and nutritious Source: Beter en Leuk

Lavinia Goodfood
Pure, honest, nutritious vegetarian and vegan foods at Lavinia Goodfood. It’s a great looking spot in Amsterdam that’s been around since the beginning of 2014. Lavinia has a deli where you can choose your daily freshly prepared dishes from. Take away or enjoy this nice place for a few hours.
Kerkstraat 176 & Amstelveense Weg Amsterdam
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Super cute, Lavinia Goodfood

Mastino V
Vegan pizza galore! They have just opened their doors and you can bet that these vegan pizza’s are just as good as the real deal. They are also glutenfree so no worries what so ever!
Bilderdijkstraat 192, Amsterdam
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More vegan hotspots will be opening such as a Vegan Junk Food Bar and the Dutch Weed Burger Shop.

Also worth mentioning:
Go with the Glow, not a hotspot but a monthly vegan brunch hosted my the beautiful sisters Machinè. More info here. I interviewed Isabella before Metro and Vogue online found out about her vegan lifestyle. (yes, yes) Read the interview here.
De Peper, they are a creative non-profit collective that throw vegan dinner parties about 4 times a week at a very low price. www.depeper.org
The Alchemist Garden, raw and vegan food but I’m not crazy about the service here and their prices are extremely high. Facebook
The Cropbox, Lazy afternoon? No worries! This amazing vegan friendly lunch delivery service is the healthiest you can get! www.cropbox.nl

The Vegetarian Traiteur, It use to be the Vegetarian Butcher but they changed it into a deli where you can buy anything but meat! Vegetarian, vegan of flexing? This is the place for you. Amaze your friends and offer them with look-a-like meat or fish that pretty much taste the same but no animals were harmed! http://www.vegetarischetraiteur.nl/
SNCKBR, not fully vegan or even vegetarian but they do offer the option! Bonus: they serve vegan ice-cream from Professor Grunschanbel! Article.

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Go With the Glow, Vegetarian Traiteur and Cropbox. Source: Facebook

Enough choices I would say! I’ve got 99 problems and protein ain’t one!
Did I miss a vegan hotspot you think should be in the list? Comment below!

Love,

Elke

Green Up Your Life. The report

What started as an idea, grew out to be something quite big.
I’ve always been a “green girl”. From a young age, I’ve always had an intense love for the world and the animals living in it.
I guess this is why I love traveling so much. Seeing the beauty of this world. But when you’re young you only see the good stuff. As I grew to an adult, I also learned that we, humans, have done a lot of damage that we must fix if we want to keep the earth the way we found her.

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I needed to do something

Why do something?
After seeing a few documentaries like Cowspiracy a few months back and watching the news about hurricanes, earthquakes, animal extinction and extreme drought, I wanted to to something. I wanted to inspire people and make them more aware of what was going on.
If we continue to consume animal products the way we are now, we are doomed. We are currently living on this earth with a crazy amount of 7.125 billion people. This number is rapidly growing and as you know people are getting older. All those people want food but unfortunately, 870 million people are starving. Is it because we don’t have enough food? Hell no. We have plenty. We grow more and more every day. But we’ve decided to give our grains to livestock so we (I’m talking globally) can eat cheap burgers. It just doesn’t make any sense right?

I knew I couldn’t do this alone so I was lucky to find my fellow earthling and asked Emanuelle Vos to join forces with me. 
After a few weeks of brainstorming, we picked an amazing location across from the Amsterdam Zoo called the Freedom Lab Campus and decided on a name. Green Up Your Life was born! 

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Screening
Because we wanted to inspire people, we decided to host a screening. We watched lot’s of documentaries and with the help of our friend Daan van Citters, we created a short film of 20 minutes that clearly explained what is going on. We started off light and funny with comedian Arjen Lubach so the subject wouldn’t be too heavy. Followed by a more serious message and finally we ended our film with an impressive music video from the documentary film “Racing Extinction“.

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Emanuelle Vos and I at the Green Up Your Life event

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Serious faces

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Speech, Speech, Speech!

Guest speakers
We invited two guest speakers to talk about sustainability and a plant-based diet. Our first speaker was Lisa Steltenpool, the writer of The Vega Revolution and Kickstart. She knows all about a plant-based diet and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She spoke about how becoming vegan has helped her physically and all the other benefits that come along with this lifestyle.
After Lisa, we asked Kiki Calis, head of production at DGTL Festival, to take the stage.
She told us about how DGTL is becoming more and more sustainable by recycling plastic, using re-usable cups and talked about the new announcement of becoming a meat-free festival! Yes, that’s a big deal. From now on, they will only serve vegetarian meals at DGTL Festival. This includes crew and artist. I love it!
It takes about 1550 liters of water to serve one beef burger. By making this change, DGTL will save up to 14 million liters of water. (yes really).
Watch their video about going veggie here:

The Event
We wanted to make this event as easy going and cool as possible. Vegan’s are often portrait as unhealthy, pale and boring people and we wanted to change that perspective! We collaborated with a couple of really cool brands that supported our idea.
The YAY Healthstore catered the most amazing food (all vegan of course) while the Juicebrothers took care of the soup and healthy juices.
Jajem and Cawston Press took care of the stronger drinks, while guests enjoyed a live cooking presentation of Hendrawanto and Lisa Steltenpool using ingredients from the Vegetarische Slager. An event isn’t complete without something sweet so Professor Grunschnabel hosted a small vegan ice-cream stand (with the most amazing flavors!) and Mumu Vitamin Chocolates handmade 70 organic bonbons for us.
People’s Avenue showcased their sustainable and organic clothing and people had fun in the specially pimped photobooth by Boooth. (see picture)
No good event is complete without a nice goodiebag! Vita Coco, Unlimited Health, Glamour Magazine (who have recently announced that they will be more sustainable), YAY Healthstore, Prof. Grunschnabel, Mooi anders florist all contributed but the biggest goodie was from DGTL Festival! There was a green envelope hidden in 2 goodiebags and if you were the lucky finder, you got yourself a weekender for the festival on Easter Weekend!

“Green up your Life doesn’t want to force you in becoming a vegan, we started this to raise awareness. Then people can decide what they want.”

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I’ve got 99 problems and protein ain’t one..

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Fresh (vegan) food of Yay Health

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Delicious juices of the one and only Juice Brothers

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Inspirational presentation of nutrition expert and author Lisa Steltenpool

During Green Up Your Life, we wanted to use the space as much as possible by writing some documentary tips on the whiteboards and letting our guests write their comments on the post-it’s provided. We were overwhelmed by the positive reactions as we also invited people who are massive meat lovers. 
Some guest even became vegetarian or decided to have a meat and fish free month after last night! 

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Writing down positive messages on the wall

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Wander-Lust with the boys of Notre Vue

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Goodies!

It’s a first step in the right direction and I’m not sure where this new journey will take me but I always knew I would do something with this subject. 
We need more pioneers and someone in the government to say; we need to change our ways. I hope this event inspired enough people to do just that.

To see the video that we played during the event, check here.

Follow Green Up Your Life on Facebook and Instagram.

Love,

Elke

Photo’s by Kirsten van Santen

Recipe » Japanese Tofu Salad

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a recipe but when we do post it, it’s gonna be good!
One of the new foodtrends of 2016 is to eat less meat or explore vegetarian and vegan recipes.
At Wander-Lust we always post recipes inspired by travels or countries.
This time we go Japanese! This vegan Japanese Tofu Salad recipe is so easy, you can be done within 15 minutes!
The ideal lunch for when you’re rushing but feeling like something healthy.

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Colorful ingredients from Albert Heijn

Ingredients for 2 persons:
» 1 firm tofu block chopped in small squares
» 2 carrots (grated)
» 1 zucchini (grated)
» 1 avocado » sesame seeds
» 2 tbs of sesame oil
» 1 tbs of rice wine vinegar (you can also use red wine vinegar)
» 1 tbs of ginger (finely chopped)
» 2 tbs of miso paste (available at most toko’s)
» 2 tbs of clear honey

flaxseed oil for the japanse tofu salad
Flaxseed oil is very good for you because of it’s Omega-3

Optional extra’s :
» 1 small can of Sweetcorn
» 1 tsp of Java sambal (hot!)
» 1 tbs of soy sauce

How to prepare:
Wash the zucchini and carrots and use a grater to create thin and long strings.
Cut the tofu in half and take some kitchen paper and press this onto the tofu to soak up the the water. If you don’t do this, your salad will be too moist!
Add the carrots, courgette and tofu in a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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“This Japanese Tofu Salad is ready within 15 minutes!”

The dressing:
To create the dressing you firstly take 2 spoons of miso paste, 1 table spoon of sesame oil (I love this oil so I use a little more), the flaxseed oil and the chopped ginger. If you want you can use a garlic press for this! Add the honey for extra thickness and sweet flavors.
Mix everything until you have your finished dressing. You can add some Japanese soy sauce for a bit of salt but that’s up to you.
I love a bit of spice so I always add a spoon (or 2) of “Javaanse sambal“.
Finally, pour the dressing over your vegetables and steer. Easy peasy!

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Et voila, your healthy vegan Japanese Tofu salad!

Tip » Leave the salad in the fridge for a couple of hours so all the flavors can soak into the tofu.
You can keep the salad for 2 days if refrigerated.

For more recipe’s check here:

More meat free inspiration? Check my post about Vegans are Hot!

Love,

Elke

Recipe + Interview » Being Vegan is Hot!

This week our World leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel and David Cameron are coming together to talk about climate change.
The summit, also referred to as the COP21 (Conference of Parties), are finally making promising progress after seeing the first press conference on TV.
The 6th summit started yesterday and will run until December 11th and it will be held in Paris.
If you care about the earth’s future as much as we do, this is a day we should take a second and think about how we can help by becoming “Greener”.

One of the main reasons for our greenhouse gas emissions are due to Animal Agriculture. I have addressed this issue before in my blog post about the documentary Cowspiracy. (Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio)
After watching this film, I decided to try and become a vegan. I have been doing this for about 2,5 months now and although I am still struggling with some foods like prawns, oysters and other shellfish, I have eliminated other fish, eggs, milk (from animals) and cheese. The change wasn’t too drastic for me because I have already been a vegetarian (that ate fish) for over 27 years.
I must say, I feel a lot better! Not only mentally but also physically. But the word VEGAN still has a certain reputation.

“Vegan is not sexy? Think again!”

I spoke to one of Amsterdam hottest ladies Isabella Machinè about her recent diet change and her look on sustainability. Lucky for us, she also kindly shared  a delicious vegan recipe just for Wander-Lust!

When and why did you decide to become vegan?
I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and vegan for about 6 months now. Why did I became a vegan? Well: to save animals, decrease climate change, decrease the chance of getting a heart disease, decrease the chance of getting cancer, decrease deforestation, decrease water pollution, live longer, lose weight, have better sex and again: save animals :-).

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When did I decide to switch from veggie to vegan?
I became aware of how being a vegetarian still doesn’t really have that much of a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Dairy cows are some of the worst treated in the industry. And why(!?) should we drink milk that is supposed to be for baby cows?! You won’t drink your mothers milk after the age of 1 right? I simply don’t want to be part of any animal cruelty, pollution of mother earth and I certainly don’t want to eat death. If you have Netflix and you want to get to know a little something of what is going on in the world I would highly recommend ‘Cowspiracy’. This documentary is hands down the most shocking and game changing film I’ve seen. The documentary ‘Earthlings’ is what originally turned me vegan. I practically turned vegan over night and never went back. But I know this won’t work for everyone. If you care about climate change, deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones and world hunger then I strongly suggest you watch this! Also read the book “Skinny Bitch”. Seriously, read it.

Has it been difficult?
No it hasn’t been difficult at all. Ironically, the hard part is the constant explanation I have to do. People often ask me why I turned vegan, and if it isn’t hard to be one etc. etc. Being a vegan is not hard at all! It’s a discipline you’ll have to get used to. One does this by simply thinking well about what sort of food he or she consumes. Instead of looking at recipes with meat or dairy products, look at those that do not have these ingredients. You can find everything about food on the internet, just type ‘vegan recipes’ in our beloved Google and you’ll have recipes for days, years even! And when you have found yourself buying the healthy stuff, make this a normalcy. It’s all about priorities! 

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Isabella feels better than ever after choosing the vegan lifestyle

You are an interior designer/stylist, how important is sustainability in your work?
Very important, and so it should be for everybody in every profession and sector. It’s no coincidence that the leaders of 180 countries come together to discuss how we all should conquer the 2 degrees celcius increase that we are heading towards. Now is the time to drastically change how we deal with our climate. As for me in my work I always look to find solutions to not have to consume more energy than that is needed for a certain project. When hunting for unique pieces I am carefull about the heritage of the products. Sometimes I can work with a budget that will allow me to work with craftsmen which is a great way of being sustainable and this is also a guarantee for quality. And of course second hand products!

What’s your biggest tip when it comes to going-green?
Let’s say I’m a missionary for veganism. I would advice everybody to seriously start looking on how to stop their consumption of animal products. I could name countless ways of how one can reduce their use of energy and how one can contribute to reduction of Co2 emissions but the answer lies within turning vegan. That should be the thirst thing on everybody’s agenda.

Isabella’s Smoothie bowl
For this smoothie bowl you need:

• 1 banana • 2 fresh figs • 1 kiwi • a handful of kale • 1 scoop of vegan protein (I use @gardenofliferaw_nl ) • Almondmilk •
Throw everything in a blender until you get a creamy texture, top it off with fresh figs and seeds! Et Voila!

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Isabella’s delicious breakfast recipe

One of my favorite recipe’s online at the moment is this crispy tofu & rainbow veg sushi by Renee Press.

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Who said that vegan food was boring?

Other hot vegans are:

» Liam Hensworth (Is it hot in here?)
» Natalie Portman
» Famke Jansen
(Our Dutch pride and Joy)

» Andre 3000 (I bet you didn’t know this right?)
» Olivia Wild
» Jared Leto 

» The VeganBro’s (2 Aussies that completely transformed after becoming vegan. Oh yeah, ther’re funny as hell)

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2 hot vegans: Liam Hemsowrth and Olivia Wilde

Are you ready for a 30 day vegan challenge? Try it here! (Dutch) or here (English).

Love,

Elke