Vegan Cheese sauce

I have been dairy free for about a year now,  and I used to love cheese! I mean, the bluer the cheese the better. Eating a lot of cheese never actually made me feel good, but it would be the price I’d pay for some cheesy pizza or creamy pastas.

I went dairy free quite early on in my health journey, and just got used to not eating any cheese or yogurt. Also, living in Asia,  cheese can be quite pricey and was not something I would want to spend a lot of money on.

(After going vegan, I knew there were a lot of vegan cheese options, but they are even harder to find in Thailand. Just this weekend I found some vegan cheese options for the first time in Bangkok in a International supermarket! And as strange as it may seem, I didn’t end up buying any! I was so used to my own delicious cheese sauces that I didn’t feel like spending (way too much) money on, although vegan, processed cheese. It is for sure nice to have it as an option for when I am craving a wine and cheese kind of night, but knowing I can make my own version in abunda

nce is a good feeling. )

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Vegan Basil Pesto

I have always loved Basil Pesto!  It is such a creamy, flavour-packed addition to so many meals. I usually fold it into pasta; add to a salad or veggie bowl, use as a base for burgers or just on some crackers with cucumber and tomato.  Pesto was usually a treat to buy in the shop, and I always ate it quite sparingly as it can be a little oily. And then when I went vegan, I could not buy it anymore as it contains Parmesan cheese.

Becoming more comfortable in the kitchen, I started to make my own basil pesto.

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Some of my favourite staples in my fridge

When buying groceries, there are for sure some staples that always go into my trolley. Items that I use on a daily basis and that I don’t even need to add on my shopping list. Some of these I buy regularly and some are items that last quite long.

  1. Lemons

Although lemons are unfortunately so expensive here in Thailand, I can’t help but buy them regularly. I add half a lemon to a liter of water first thing in the morning. I have a liter of water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper every single morning. It is so thirst quenching and re-hydrates me after my sleep.   Also, I make sure I have enough lemons for my weekly hummus!

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One year journey – how I went from a high animal-based diet to plant-based living and lost 17kgs

A year ago on May 14th 2017, I started on a health journey.

I started off with a ketogenic diet program, Health Pointe. I liked the way it was very structured, gave me food lists, with macro-nutrient information and a go to journal to complete every day. At this point I was not cooking a lot of my own food, I ate out a lot and had a happy hour cocktail or two quite regularly and for sure ordered pizza or Indian on a Friday night. I didn’t exercise a lot, but did try a few exercise programs now and then with no results. (More on that in a future post) This program only required you to count your steps and keep moving. It encouraged a daily step-total of 10 000 plus steps. I decided on 14 000 steps, and tried to make that the least amount to reach every day. (Treadmill, garden walks, dance parties in my living room at night if I still needed a few more steps and the gym was closed, luckily I also have a very active job that keeps me on my feet for most of the day)

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