So as you may know, if you follow me on instagram, I am rallying for a plastic free zone.
I am still learning every day as to how plastic effects the environment and in turn every living being on this planet including ourselves, so i thought I’d make a list of alternatives that can be used instead.
Starting with plastic bottles.
‘More than 480bn plastic drinking bottles 🍼 were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300bn a decade ago. If placed end to end, they would extend more than halfway to the sun. By 2021 this will increase to 583.3bn, according to the most up-to-date estimates from Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report.
Most plastic bottles used for soft drinks and water are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet), which is highly recyclable. But as their use soars across the globe, efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are failing to keep up. ‘
I’m going eco warrior princess mode this week with my posts..😆 because it’s not too late to make a change.
I have my favourite reusable bottle I bought from Amazon with me everyday that I remember, to cut down on my plastic use
People always ask me what it is because of its Beautiful colours and that alone attracts someone in my reach into buying one and cutting down on their plastic use. (You don’t have to pressure people or start campaigns everyday to send a message. )
Actions speak louder than words…
If you want to buy the bottle, click here >> ‘REUSEABLE BOTTLE’
They have tons of colours
VEGGIE MIX + RICE MEAL PREP #1
Veggie mix with rice ready in 35-45 minutes. With only 7 all natural plant based ingredients. Making 4 separate meals which are Vegan and only cost £0.90p each. So if you are on a budget or do not have enough time to cook every day, you love how easy this makes life.
- 1 1/2Cups (roughly 260g) Wholegrain Brown rice
- 150g Cherry Tomatoes
- 200g Chestnut Mushrooms
- 250g Sweet potato
- 150g Courgette
- 90g Frozen Chopped onion ( or fresh )
- 80g Spinach
- 1 Tsp All Purpose seasoning
- 2 pinches Sea Salt
- Rinse rice and put into pot with 3 1/2 cups of water. Put on stove high heat until water starts boiling.
- Wash and slice your Sweet Potatoes into small cubes. Put into a pot of water and bring to a boil.
- While you are waiting for those to boil, Grab another pot with a tiny bit of water or oil and add Chopped onions. Turn on stove to medium heat and cook onions for just over 5 minutes making sure to stir them.
- Chop up your veggies ready to add to pot with onions.
- Add chopped mushrooms to onions and cook for another 5-7minutes.
- Make sure to keep an eye on your rice and sweet potatoes, if they have started to boil you can turn down the heat to a low-medium heat.
- When your mushrooms and onions are golden and soft , add seasonings and mix in.(optional)
- Add sliced Tomatoes and juice to the onion mushroom mix. Simmer for 5minutes.
- Add chopped courgettes to veggie mix pot and stir in let them cook together for 5minutes.
- When your potatoes are soft turn off the heat and drain the water. Also if your rice is ready(there should be no more water in the pot ) turn that off also.
- Add the potatoes to the Veggie mix and mix together, and tear spinach and place into pot also, stir and cook for around 5 more minutes.
- Dish out equally into Tupperwear boxes and leave to cool down covered on the side. Once cool place inside fridge if you are going to eat in the next 2 days, and that are longer than 2 days will be best off going straight into the freezer.
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?
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SUGAR FREE BREAKFAST PANCAKES!
(Adapted from Minimalist bakers chocolate chip pancakes)
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp milled flax seed+2.5tbsp water)
- 1 very ripe medium banana
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar free peanut butter ( I used Sun pat )
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or sub other plant milk – I used Alpro )
- 1/2 cup whole oats
- 1/4 cup wholemeal flour blend
- 1 Ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp sugar free peanut butter
- (or toppings of your choice)
Preheat a skillet to medium heat.
Prepare flax egg by mixing flaxseed meal and water and letting set for 3 minutes.
Mash your banana with baking powder.
Add flax egg, oil, salt, peanut butter, and almond milk and stir.
Stir in oats and flour.
Place pancake mix into skillet into 4-5 equal pancakes and flatten. Heat for 3-5 minutes each side until golden brown.
- Serve and add toppings you like. I spread on peanut butter and sliced a banana on top.
My life is just doing something amazing right now.
I have a dream …
That one day I could… simply put… live off the land.
No longer did I want to rely on the super market to provide me with all my produce. No longer did I want to accidentally consume chemicals (e.g pesticides), and so much more…
I dreamed of a day where I could walk out into my own garden in the morning or evening and pick what I needed from the plants and enjoy my fresh meal, just like that.
However I have always lived my life in small flats with my family, with no garden and very small balcony spaces.
Two years ago, in 2016 I decided I wanted to kick off this dream by growing what I could in the small space that I had. I took in a few small houseplants at first, I really fell in love with cactuses and succulents.
I then moved over to Shoreditch for a short while where I began to take in and care for some larger house plants, which…I kind of killed or nearly killed most of them now. uh sorry… I was not a fit mother please don’t hate me.
But I wasn’t going to let a few failed attempts stop me from achieving my dream, so I started growing produce like potatoes , spinach, tomatoes, etc. I loved it, but for some reason in Shoreditch the air where I was living was super dusty and my plants kept contracting mites/ aphids , bugs… No matter what I did they always came and devoured my plants, it did stress me out for the longest time and made me feel like I just didn’t have the green finger and I contemplated giving up and just having 1 or 2 house plants instead.
Time went on and eventually I moved back home with my family and we were in a new flat with a front balcony space and not much else.
I asked my mum if I could use that space to grow plants and she was delighted to have me grow plants there. (even when i started all the neighbours were telling us how nice it all was and started growing stuff of their own. I love that!:D )
I have to say, I am not the richest person in the world so at the beginning it was all pretty bare and nothing much was going on for the longest while. Over time I went to places like B&Q to shop the plant sales , I visited places like wilkos or searched the internet for hours for the cheapest tools , even hunted the streets and I went to a few nurseries to get cheap baby plants and seeds so I didn’t have to spend so much money on fully grown plants .
This did make my job harder, as I had to teach myself a lot about how to grow from seed and care for the plants in all seasons, but this was really worth it because now I have a much bigger understanding of a wide array of plants and their growing cycles.
Again , I was doing better than before but I did kill a lot. Even recently I killed a ton of plants that I had spent a lot of money on because we had a very frosty cold winter….which hasn’t happened in years, I believed they would be fine out there and then it snowed – that meant game over…
When Spring came along this year I had to rid the space of all the dead… I was back to near empty. A little sad but still undefeated. (At least all my house plants were still alive and healthy)
I took my booty down to the nursery again to purchase a bunch of plants and since then I have collected a few more along the way.
It has most definitely been a hot spring and summer…the hottest ….and to be honest I think the plants absolutely love it.
Currently my house plants and balcony garden is flourishing!
After lots of trial and error, I’ve almost figured out what they all like. .
I’m actually really happy about all this green because recently I have decided to take this path/dream more seriously and go to college to study horticulture ( I got in!haha ) This is going to make a big jump in my current knowledge and really help me in future.
😁 I start September yay!😄.
I also found a person nearby, as well, who’s offering up their massive garden so I can grow my crops all year round.💚✌
– This is a little crazy for me as I have never worked in a garden space, I’m literally going to have plants growing in the ground omg! .. This could either go really badly or absolutely amazing. I’m sure my course will help me out. (still deciding whether i should take it on right now though)
Another crazy thing thats happening is that in the winter the tree I told you I was adopting is coming! (It’s gonna be 2 years of nonstop watering to make it as big and strong as the giants surrounding it but it’ll be all worth it when I have a healthy beautiful tree, that can live maybe 100-300 years and I can indulge in all the amazing fruits – still got to decide what tree to get -please help me with suggestions 😅).
I honestly thought , for the longest time, that I was only going to be able to grow a few bits on my small balcony and now suddenly all these opportunities are happening and my dream to live off of fresh foods that I grew myself is becoming a reality 😍.
I put out my dream into the world and here I am making it a reality 😁😁😁
Its actually so weird how life has played out, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I would be growing plants and learning about plants… its a very weird reality for me right about now.
Which fruit tree do you think I should grow? I want to try something different and exotic that can grow in UK …😋🤔🤔
Love and Light