My favorite green and plant based food (all vegan)

I love to eat green food, so nutritional and healthy. I am vegan, so it is all plant based.

Introducing my favorite foods to you:

Do you like sprouts ? It is my new old obsession. I used to germinate seeds and then forgot about it until a friend told me about her sprouting activities. So, I took the sprouting jar out of the cupboard and first grew spicy radish and lentil seeds.

Sprouting makes the seeds, grains or nuts easier to digest and betters the nutritional value. It is everywhere: In your health food store you can find sprouted granolas, bread made from sprouted grains, etc.

Soaking and sprouting grains also partially degrades counterproductive anti-nutrients, like phytic acid, which can inhibit absorption of some minerals including iron and zinc.

Some green breakfast ideas:

Delicious tomato bread with vegan cream cheese with some seeds and sprouts on top. Delicious!

Another classic is avocado toast. Both always accompanied by a matcha latte with vegan mylk . Yummy!

Another great breakfast or snack idea is a smoothie bowl. Use recycled coconut shells as beautiful bowls. Every food looks much nicer in these beautiful natural bowls. It is an indispensable eco chic kitchen basic for me. If you have your liquid smoothie in a glass use a reusable straw, please!

My number one smoothie that everybody likes is green.

Ingredients :

2 thick slices of fresh pineapple

Large apple

small piece of ginger

1 avocado

half a teaspoon of spirulina (check that its taste is not very fishy or just skip)

juice of 1 lime

Handful of spinach leave

Put everything into a food processor. Put in a bowl and decorate with granola, fruit, nuts or whatever you like.

Lunch idea:

Apart from multi-colored salads and buddha bowls, I love this pesto as topping for real pasta, veggie pasta or salads. So easy and yummy!

No kidding, this vegan pesto tasted better than the „real“ thing!

So easy and quick to prepare!

Ingredients:

  • 2 hands full of basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup of hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 teaspoons of nutritional yeast
  • pinch of salt

Put everything in a food processor for the pesto.

Frie onion rings and zucchini slices and champignons in a pan. Put the pesto on top. Ready! So yummy!

You can also use coriander leaves instead of basil. Very delicious as well!

Let me know your preferred green food in the comments!

Inspirations on how to detox plastic from your life

 

You nearly cannot escape it. We are surrounded by nasty plastic, it is everywhere. It is nearly impossible to live without it; our food (even organic food) and other products are packed in plastic or made of plastic. For convenience´s sake we use plastic cups, cutlery and plates. Convenient for whom? For our planet definitely not as it takes up to 1.000 years to decompose in landfills. Industrial-scale production of plastic products started less than 100 years ago. Did you consider that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists?

Nearly nothing lasts forever, except plastic! Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists today! Petroleum-based plastics like PET do not decompose in the same way that organic material does. Unlike wood, bamboo or food scraps, plastic is unrecognizable to the organisms that normally break organic matter down and thus does not biodegrade. Instead, plastics undergo a process called photo degradation, which is essentially sunlight breaking the plastic into tons of tiny pieces over time, the so called microplastics.

If plastic floats in the ocean (look up Pacific Garbage Patch) it has a much greater exposure to sunlight and can photodegrade in as little as a year. However, while photo degradation dissolves the trash from the larger perspective, the resulting tiny plastic particles are actually toxic chemicals that then make their way into the stomachs of sea and air animals, onto the shorelines, and into direct contact with humans. Plastic is extremely destructive to the oceans and all its species. Roughly one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans!

It should be obvious by now, that we should start to de-plasticize our lives, right? Plastic lasts nearly forever and only a tiny little part gets recycled. Its additives like phthalates and BPA mimic hormones, and are well-known to cause serious health problems, like infertility, cancer and brain damage.

It is time to take action and decrease our plastic consumption. Every small step is into the right direction! Ready to decrease your plastic footprint?

Here are 25 tips to reduce your daily use of plastic and live a more eco-chic lifestyle:

 

On the go:

 

SHOPPING? PLAN AHEAD.

Forego the plastic produce bags and purchase fruit and vegetables in your own cloth bags.Take reusable cloth bags to the supermarket and other shops (always leave some bags in the car) or use cardboard boxes for your shopping. Forgot your bags? Think twice about using single use plastic bags from the stores. Instead ask for discarded boxes.

BUY IN BULK

Bring your own storage containers and cloth bags and buy in bulk.Try to avoid individually wrapped products and snacks.

 

SAY NO TO DISPOSABLES

Take your time and enjoy your coffee in the coffee shop or take your coffee mug or mason jar with you to fill up (hey, it is sometimes even cheaper). Do not use straws or invest in a metal, glass or bamboo straw. Bring your own bamboo cutlery or metal spork.

DRINK IT UP

Use glass or stainless steel bottles and drink filtered tap water, avoid beverages in PET bottles. Use binchotan charcoal packaged in paper as filter for your water as it does not contain any plastic at all.

MINDFUL SNACKING

Need a nibble? Eat an apple or take your snacks in a stainless steel lunch box, also great for school lunches to go. Insulated food jars are perfect for warm lunches or picknicks.

LESS TAKEOUT FOOD

Buy less takeout food or pick it up with your own stainless steel containers.

 

At home:

 

COOKWARE and HOUSEKEEPING

Use spoons and other kitchen gadgets made of wood, metal or bamboo. Clean your home with wooden brushes or metal sponges. Use glass containers for storage. The good old mason jar is my choice.

AWESOME PANTRY

Upcycle your once single-use glass jars to reusable glass jars to store your pantry staples you can buy in an unpacked store. You can also store leftovers in your fridge. No more plastic tupperware.

WRAP IT

Ditch plastic wraps and use reusable and eventually compostable bees wax cloth instead. It keeps your food perfectly fresh.

 

REFILL IT

Some stores offer refills on products like household cleaners and detergents. Even better, use homemade household cleaners, like vinegar, soda and lemon.

EAT WITH YOUR HANDS

Prepare finger food for your party and say no to plastic plates, cutlery and cups. If you need cutlery, buy wooden cutlery. You can also personalize glasses with masking tape.

 

SKIP THE BALLOON

Balloons are nothing more than single-use plastic as well. Birds frequently choke when they try to eat them.  Celebrate your birthday parties decorating with eco-chic garlands made of leafs, flowers or used paper, like maps, books and magazines,

 

PICKY WITH COCKTAIL PICKS

Use stainless steel cocktails picks when you throw a party.

 

WATERING PLANTS

A metal watering is so much more attractive and decorative than the ones made of plastic.

 

WEAR ALL-NATURAL

Buy clothes made of natural fibers, like cotton, wool, silk, tencel, linen and hemp. Avoid synthetics and go for the organic version. Use your clothes even to make a statement, like with @EcoChicTribe´s organic cotton statement shirts. Shout your statement out to the world and inspire others to change as well.

WASHING CLOTHES

Synthetics shed micro plastics when washed. Go for natural fibers and use a bag (guppy friend that is tightly woven) to wash synthetics to prevent micro plastics from entering into the water.

 

KID´S TOYS

Wooden toys are much more attractive than plastic toys and teething babies will not ingest all the unhealthy chemicals. Wooden building blocks, stacking towers, nesting toys, puzzles, animals and dolls will last for many years or even generations. Truly long-lasting and eco-chic.

 

HAIRCARE

Use a comb made of bamboo or wood.

 

DO THE SWAP

Swap cosmetics bottles in your bathroom for soap bars. Apart from normal soap, there are shampoo and conditioner bars and even body butter bars.

ZERO WASTE PERIOD

Ladies, take the step and go for a menstruation cup. It´s awesome! No waste and you save so much money.

 

NO HAIR, PLEASE!

Invest in a stainless steel safety razor. No more plastic singles razors, please.

 

SHOW YOUR TEETH

Say goodbye to plastic tooth brushes and finally go for the eco-chic bamboo version. Looks so much nicer in your bathroom.

 

DEODORIZE

Use an alum stone deodorant that will last you for a loooong time and save so many plastic packages.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN

Make your own yogurt and store it in glass jars. Look up DIY cosmetics tutorials and also make your own cleaning products from natural ingredients. Bonus: you know exactly what´s inside.

 

PEN PALS

Use refillable rollerball pens. Don´t take any free disposable plastic pens in hotels, fairs or meetings. Use binders and folders made of recycled cardboard and use paper packaging tape and cardboard boxes and envelops for your packaging and mail.

 

Find some books to inspire to a plastic-free and more sustainable life in this section!

And apart from avoiding plastic in your daily life you can also do clean-ups, be it on your own or as an organized event. Or you even might organize a clean-up of your beloved area of your own. Whenever we go to the beach or to a forest, we pick up trash. Makes me feel happy!

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