For a yummy small lunch or sides for dinner. Try out this sweet potato recipe.
VEGAN LENTIL SHEPHERD’S PIE
For a yummy small lunch or sides for dinner. Try out this sweet potato recipe..
Author: SKY CHRISTINA
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 45 – 50 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes – 1 hour
Category: Lunch / Dinner / Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Plant based, No added sugars
( you will need a large tray, a knife, foil and a cutting board for this recipe)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Fajita Seasoning ( 1TBS-2TBS – enough to lightly top cover all potatoes )
1 TBS Garlic Pepper (optional)
(Red Pepper Flakes if you want more spice)
Olive oil ( enough lightly line bottom of tray )
Pinches of Sea Salt (optional)
1 Sweet Potato ( fits in the open palm of your hand.)
Start washing your Sweet Potato.
Grab Knife and chopping board and slice Potato into fries shapes. (you may skin your potato if you want to and cut off the ends)
Preheat oven to Gas mark 5 (375F)
Prepare a flat wide tray, line with foil. (if you do not have foil then just use a clean tray)
Line that foil with Olive oil to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the tray. (a little can go a long way so do not put too much)
Place your chips onto the oiled tray skins facing upward.
Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top of potatoes. (optional)
Sprinkle on all seasonings, Fajita and Garlic pepper.
Place in oven, near the middle lower part of your oven, set your timer for 20 minutes.
After 20 mins flip the fries onto the over side to cook evenly.
Place back in oven and cook for another 20-30minutes, depending on your oven.
After 20-30 minutes check, with a fork, if all the potatoes are soft inside, if not place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes.
Now your food is ready sprinkle on top some salt (optional) and serve.
Enjoy maybe with a side salad (like pictured) or maybe even a Bean Burger.
You can make this same recipe with white potatoes too for a different flavour. Also everyones oven cooks things a little differently so make sure to check on these regularly while cooking, i don’t want you to have burnt or undercooked potatoes.
The benefits of going refined sugar free REDUCED FOOD CRAVINGS When you eat foods high in refined sugars, your blood sugar levels become unstable. A more balanced blood sugar level equals less cravings and less hunger. This is due to the fact that when you hit low blood sugar levels, the body will actively seek out ways to bring those sugar levels back up. Thus pushing you towards high energy/ sugary foods. dopamine and other hormones that are triggered by refined sugar also play a part in your cravings.
The benefits of going refined sugar free BETTER APPEARANCE Refined Sugar causesinflammation in the bodywhich can break down theelasticity in your skin,Which can cause wrinkles. Refined Sugar also robs thebody of minerals which thebody needs to keep skin nailsand hair healthy. So cutting out refined sugars can help with skin issues such asbad acne, dull weak hairand many other issues.
The benefits of going refined sugar free MORE ENERGY
Consuming refined sugar causes Unbalanced blood sugar levels, WHICH can cause you to crash regularly. Refined Sugar raises the blood sugar levels very high really quickly, and soon after, the body works hard to bring the blood sugar levels way down to control it. Which can leave you exhausted and craving again. Whereas consuming whole unprocessed sugars, helps to balance blood sugar levels, which slows down the release of energy over time, THUS GIVING YOU MORE ENERGY.
The benefits of going refined sugar free FAT LOSS
Refined Sugar triggers your hormone Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) making you more likely to eat more than you need. Refined Sugar is also full of empty calories, which will leave you unsatisfied and craving more food. Cutting out refined sugars may not make everyone lose fat, but can help to maintain the fat levels you currently have. Excess sugar is mostly stored as fat by the body, as it is seen as a valuable resource to hold onto, this is why you may gain weight. Whole unrefined sugars are better to consume than refined, because they include fibre and other nutrients which digest slower (CAUSING YOU TO BE FULLER FOR LONGER) and can be used as energy.
The benefits of going refined sugar free LOWER RISK OF ILLNESS
Cutting out refined Sugar allows systems in the body to work to their fullest potential, preventing illness from taking over. Refined Sugar causes inflammation, which CAN cause a lot of bodily health issues and can also cause depression. Refined Sugar also weakens the gut, which plays an important role of absorbing nutrients needed for optimal health, causing unnecessary illness.
EXCESS OF REFINED SUGARS IN OUR BODIES CAN CAUSE: – Obesity and metabolic syndrome – Heart disease – Type 2 diabetes – High blood pressure – High cholesterol – Chronic inflammation – Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – Dental plaque and cavities
The benefits of going refined sugar free CLEARER MIND
When refined Sugar effects your energy levels and causes inflammation, it has a grand effect on the mind. Cutting out refined Sugar can help you with issues of lack of focus, anxiety, brain fog, and negative thinking.
Research indicates that refined sugar can contribute to memory loss and an inability to concentrate. Research also suggests that inflammation created by refined sugar intake, is the cause of disturbances in the brain’s chemistry.
The benefits of going refined sugar free BETTER SLEEP
Having more control of your blood sugar and energy levels can make it easier for you to go to sleep.
A study done in 2016 with 2 groups of healthy adults, one with limited added sugars and fats and more fibre, the other ate whatever they wanted. Researchers found that the 2nd group ate more added sugars and fat and had trouble with sleeping whereas the other group had improved their sleep.
Consuming refined sugar can cause a delay in your body’s release of melatonin, a hormone which controls your sleeping cycle and helps you sleep deeper.
The benefits of going refined sugar free IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH/ BETTER MOODS
Consuming refined sugar can rapidly fluctuate the blood sugar levels which can worsen mood disorders. Research has shown that cutting out refined sugars from your diet, reduces risk of depression. Countries with high sugar intake also have correspondingly high rates of depression. Drugs and sugar both flood the brain with the same “feel-good” chemical dopamine. Which can cause addiction, dependency and irritability, if refined sugars are over consumed. Refined sugar has also been known to increase risk to those who already have anxiety. Sugar isn’t a direct cause of anxiety, but due to the release of Adrenaline and Insulin, this can heighten the feelings of anxiety.
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When we say Vegan and Cruelty free makeup it means using products that do not include any animal products and also are not tested on animals.
I’m not someone who wears a lot of makeup, so I do not run out easily and I bulk buy when products are on offer. So I only recently had to start looking for new products now that my old ones had finally all been used.
So I have been Vegan for 4 years and I have only now started my research into the Vegan beauty world.
I have come to realise that it is not so plain and simple, knowing which brands are Vegan and cruelty free.
Yes some brands ( I love brands that do this ) label their products with the appropriate labels but there are many who don’t, so currently I am living off of the brands that are labeled. Thats mostly Superdrug branded items (e.g B beauty) which most people look down on but to be honest, I love them. They work for my skin, they’re affordable and they make me look good haha ( and i don’t break out so i’m winning)
I have also been lucky enough to be able to get free goodie bags from events I have been to in the past, which have given me Vegan cruelty free makeup.
I have been doing research online about different brands that offer cruelty free makeup, but do you ever get some brands where one google link says yes this brand is cruelty free, then the next one says they’re not? It’s actually kind of frustrating, especially when the brand themselves won’t even clarify.
In the video above I was requested to do makeup looks that use vegan makeup, so I thought i’d start off with something simple.
This is definitely my go to look whenever I want to put on makeup.
and there you have it. I’m either wearing no makeup or wearing this:
Hope this helps, and I’m looking forward to the future where I can just go one site or one section of a shop and the cruelty free products are clearly labeled or have their own section like food. However I do appreciate that there are some options available for now.
Let me know what brands you are using right now in the comments.