Vegan MoFo | Creative Nature Superfood Snack Bars

Vegan MoFo | Creative Nature Superfood Snack Bars

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MoFo 2014 BannerCreative Nature Superfood Snack Bars

Today I’m going to introduce you to a new (to me) variety of snack bars: The Creative Nature Superfood Snack Bars! Regular readers are probably aware that I don’t really like date-based bars, so I was a little bit apprehensive about these, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Creative Nature Sublime Seed Creative Nature Heavenly Cocoa Creative Nature Blissful Berry

I was sent three different flavours to try: Blissful Berry, Sublime Seed, Heavenly Cacao and Tropical Treat. While Sublime Seed was definitely my favourite, Jake loved Tropical Treat most! The bars are very fruity and mild, making them an excellent snack. I often feel a little ill when I eat Nakd bars (not that that stops me), which I think is a result of the dates and nuts mix. Creative Nature bars didn’t have that effect at all, I felt that they were far less sickeningly sweet and had much more balanced flavours. They were very easy on the digestive system and left me feeling satisfied an energised, but not at all full or sluggish. I love that they have a fairly high protein content and incorporate super foods!

Creative Nature Bars

I would definitely buy these again and I hope to start seeing them more readily available soon. At £0.99 per bar, they’re not incredibly expensive and considering the high quality of the ingredients, I really think they’re worth the price!

What’s your favourite snack bar?

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Creative Nature supplied these bars free of charge for review purposes. This does not affect the honesty of my review in any way! If I don’t like a product, I’ll tell you.

Vegan MoFo 2014 | Chia Pods

Vegan MoFo 2014 | Chia Pods

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MoFo 2014 BannerChia Pods Review

Chia! I love chia seeds, particularly in smoothies, which get a lovely smooth consistency from added chia. Chia is said to have amazing health benefits, including but not limited to a high protein content and excellent hydration properties when prepared the correct way, so they’re a real superfood!

Chia Pods

When I found these babies in my local Tesco,  I just couldn’t resist. I purchased a Mango and a Vanilla Chia Pod and decided to give them a go!

Chia Pods are made by The Chia Co, which, as the name suggests, specialises in chia products. They currently offer a variety of flavours, although Vanilla and Mango were the only ones available to me. The products is made out of natural extracts or fruit (in this case vanilla and mango), chia seeds and coconut milk. They don’t contain added sugar.

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I really liked my chia pods, although I felt that they were a little bit overpriced at £2.59 per pod, since you can make chia pudding at home for a fraction of the price. However, they are very conveniently packaged, with a little spoon for on-the-go eating, and fit into your handbag, so they’re great to take to work on on a trip as an emergency healthy snack. I would’t buy these for everyday use, but I’ll definitely be repurchasing from travelling or when I’m stranded somewhere and need a quick snack.

Have you ever tried Chia Pods? What did you think?

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Vegan MoFo 2014 | Vegan Life Magazine – The First Issue

Vegan MoFo 2014 | Vegan Life Magazine – The First Issue

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MoFo 2014 BannerVegan Life Magazine - The First Issue

Recently, I blogged about the fact that the UK now has its very first regular vegan publication that’s available in all major supermarkets. I’m happy to say that Vegan Life Magazine has now landed and I’ve been able to look through the first issue! This month, it came together with its sister publication OmYoga, although it will be sold separately in the future.

Vegan Life MagazineThe issue had lots of interesting features, but what really struck a chord with me was the article about vegan art. I’m not going to go into detail here, because I think you should read it for yourself, but I felt that this was a very different angle on animal rights issues. Usually, we’re presented with lots of great vegan food combined with horrifying footage of animal cruelty. While I’m not saying that this is wrong, I think that art often speaks to people on a very different level and provokes thought in a way that hard facts and tantalising food images just can’t, no matter how well presented they might be.

Vegan Life Magazine August 2014

I’ll be the first to say that I’m absolutely no expert on art in any way. I was awful at it in school and I’m not overly excited about it today. However, sometime I look at a piece of art and feel that it really speaks to me. Oftentimes, the thought processes it starts aren’t something I’d be able to put into words, and they’re not usually rational, but much rather result in impressions and feelings that stay with me for a long time. It was no different with the art featured in the magazine. It made a huge impression on me and I think that vegan art has the potential to play a huge role in helping people understand why veganism is indeed the kindest choice.

Have you had any experiences with vegan art? I’d love to hear what you thought!

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Vegan MoFo 2014 | Waltzing Wednesdays | The Rakes – The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect

Vegan MoFo 2014 | Waltzing Wednesdays | The Rakes – The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect

 

 

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For the duration of September, all my Waltzing Wednesdays features will have something connection to veganism, which is only fitting I think!

I’ve also decided to take this feature a bit more seriously and try to post a song every week if I can. I feel like I’ve been neglecting it recently, and I think it’s one of those things that you can’t do sporadically. It has to either be regular or not be done at all. Since music is such an important part of my life, I’ll be posting it more regularly for a while, and we’ll see whether it catches on or gets axed!

I’m also creating a Spotify playlist with all the songs on it, adding to it as I go. You can find it here.

So having said all that, this week’s song is ‘The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect’ by one of my all-time favourites, The Rakes. This song was on the first indie-sampler I ever listened to and definitely paved my way to what is now my home genre (hah. Is that even a term?).

According to Wikipedia, The Rakes’ frontman, Alan Donohoe, is a vegan, making the song an excellent choice for Vegan MoFo!

Unfortunately, the band split up some years ago, but their tracks are still worth a listen!

What are some of your favourite bands? I love listening to new music, so I’d love to get inspired by you!

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Vegan MoFo 2014 | Review | Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

Vegan MoFo 2014 | Review | Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

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And we’re starting off with a beauty post right away!

For many vegans out there, Lush is one of the ultimate luxuries. Gorgeous, indulgent and slightly over-priced cosmetics, with many vegan options, I love to browse their shelves and treat myself. Since my wedding is coming up very soon, I decided to add a few Lush items to my collection and will be reviewing them over the course of the next month!

I think that the Twilight bath bomb is one of my favourites. I’ve mentioned it a few time here on the blog, but I’ve never given it a full review. It’s definitely special enough to deserve a post of its own, though!

Like all Lush bath bombs, Twilight turns your bath water a gorgeous colour, in this case a deep shade of pink, and you leave the bath feeling like your skin has just been deep conditioned. I love this about all the brand’s products, but really, what makes this my favourite is the smell.

Twilight has a sweet, malted smell that is inspiring and relaxing simultaneously. Using this just before bed time never fails to make for a great night’s sleep and soothing dreams, which I greatly appreciate as I frequently suffer from nightmares.

Overall, I really can’t recommend this product enough!

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Twilight is available from Lush shops and online for £3.25.

Vegan Mofo 2014 | Hello Vegan MoFo!

Vegan Mofo 2014 | Hello Vegan MoFo!

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Hello!

I’ve been a bit absent from the blog lately, but now that September has started, that will be over! I’ll be posting every day for the month, and will hopefully be blogging a bit more afterwards, when the wedding is over and I have a little bit more time to spend on the blog.

However, I do have to be honest. I was initially planning to write a breakfast-themed series, with each week given a different category. I had it all planned out – Porridge Week, Juice & Smoothie Week, Brunch Week… and then I realised that with all the changes happening at the moment and my limited spare time, I just wouldn’t be able to keep up with creating & testing recipes, shooting them and posting them. Instead, I’m going to keep up with the regular themes on this blog – reviews, music, beauty posts and, of course, vegan food. There will (hopefully) be a post every day, but they won’t relate to a specific theme (although the food posts will still all be breakfast-appropriate) and they won’t all have to do with food. So if that’s a disappointment to you, I’m really sorry! But it isn’t half as big a disappointment as this blog would have been if I had miserably failed at Vegan MoFo in general.

I hope that next year, with a bit more time and better planning, I’ll be able to give you an EXCELLENT and food-packed Vegan MoFo!

For now, I’m excited to be part of this brilliant blogging event for the second time, I hope you find some things you like here at Moving Scouse and I can’t wait to read and be inspired by everyone else’s posts!

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Review – The VeganKind Box 10

Review – The VeganKind Box 10

The VeganKind Box 10

 

I’m a little late with my The VeganKind review this month, but I promise that’s only because I’ve been so busy! I’m slowly finding my feet in my new job, rushing around getting everything ready for the wedding (6 weeks!) and planning my posts for Vegan MoFo, so the blog has been suffering a little. But I’ll make up for that next month!

TVK Box 10

ProperCorn Sweet & Salty

The first item in this month’s box was Propercorn Sweet & Salty (full size). This has been one of my favourite snacks in the past few months and I was happy to find it in my box! I love popcorn, and this particular variety perfectly balances sweet and salty!

Living Naturally Laundry Tabs

Next up was a non-food item. The very first TVK box, one of the items was a little bag of Living Naturally soap nuts. The brand makes a return with this bag of laundry tabs. I haven’t used them yet, but I’m currently making a conscious effort to replace all my conventional household products with more eco-friendly options, so these are a great option for me. If you have any suggestions for green cleaning products, please let me know in the comments!

Strawberry Freedom MallowsIt seems to be a month of favourites here, since the next product was a bag of Freedom MallowsThis time it was the strawberry flavour, which isn’t my favourite, but they were delicious with hot chocolate nonetheless!

Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein BarAnd another recent favourite! I’ve made no secret of the fact that Pulsin bar are my favourite post-workout treat. Unfortunately, they do contain a lot of sugar in the form of Agave, so they’re not great for an everyday protein pick-me-up. Instead, I like to reserve them for a treat after a particularly intense workout.

Nothing But Red Pepper & Mangetout SnackThis snack from Nothing But was the only thing in the box I really wasn’t sure about. It consists of Mange Tout and Red Peppers, which have been freeze dried. It just wasn’t up my street if I’m honest.

Teen Vegan WristbandLastly, the box contained this wristband by Teen VGN. It’s displayed proudly on my desk at work!

Did you receive a box this month? What did you think?

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Disclaimer: I receive a 50% blogging discount on my subscription of The VeganKind. This in no way distorts my review.

Mainz & Frankfurt

Mainz & Frankfurt

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Mainz & Frankfurt - Moving ScouseEarlier this month, Jake and I travelled to Mainz for a family wedding. I was tremendously excited because we were flying Lufthansa instead of Ryanair. That was rather luxurious. The wedding itself was one of the most gorgeous events I’ve ever been to and included a delicious meal, lots of dancing and a tour of a really old sparkling wine manufactory! I didn’t take many pictures of the celebration as I was far too busy having fun, but believe me when I say that I would be happy if our day was even half as perfect!

Balloons 1Balloons 2Balloons 3Balloons 4The next day, we spent the day in Frankfurt meeting up with my friend Steffi and her boyfriend. I’d never been to Frankfurt before, so I was curious what it would be like. I don’t think it’s my favourite city ever, and the food prices are extortionate but we spent a few lovely hours culminating in mini golf at the Zeilgalerie. If you ever visit Frankfurt, I highly recommend this. It’s only €5 per person and the whole course has been designed by artists. It’s rather amazing.

Frankfurt 1Frankfurt 2 Frankfurt Minigolf 4 Frankfurt Minigolf 3 Frankfurt Minigolf 2 Frankfurt Minigolf 1On our last day, we spent some time exploring Mainz. We didn’t have too much time and it was Sunday, so most things were closed, but we did manage a visit to the Fassnachtmuseum, which is dedicated to the region’s long-standing carnival tradition. We also walked down to the River and saw some gorgeous old buildings, including the cathedral.

Mainz 1 Mainz 4 Mainz 3 Mainz 2Overall, it was a lovely little mini break and just what I needed before starting my full time job last Monday. By the way, I have now survived my first week of full-time employment and it’s safe to say that I absolutely love it!

Have you been anywhere special this Summer?

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Review: Oatly Milk Alternative

Review: Oatly Milk Alternative

Review Oatly Oat Drinks - Moving Scouse

First of all – my mother-in-law’s house has proven to have much better photo styling opportunities than my flat. If we lived closer, I’d take all my pictures there!

Oatly and Cookies

Recently, I was asked whether I would like to review Oatly milk alternatives, and of course I jumped at the chance. I’ve tried the brand’s milk and cream alternatives in the past, and was quite impressed by them, but then I moved to the UK and they kind of disappeared off my radar.

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Recently, however, Oatly have undergone a rigorous packaging makeover (which was highly necessary, in my opinion), and now feature a gorgeous design that makes the product almost too pretty to hide in your fridge or cupboard.

Oatly design

The brand offer several different milk options, including chocolate, organic and plain, as well as their cream alternative. In Sweden, where the Oatly is from, they also sell several other products, including yoghurt and vanilla sauce. I love all things Swedish and have even been teaching myself to speak a few words, so if these products don’t make their way onto the UK market soon you can be sure as hell that I’ll be making up an excuse to visit my favourite country very soon.

Oatly Plain Oatly Organic Oatly Chocolate

I tried three of Oatly‘s drinks: the Organic Oat Drink, the Oat Drink Plain and the Oat Drink Chocolate. I liked all three, but the chocolate flavour was the best for drinking straight as a beverage. The plain drink was also delicious, I enjoyed it in my cereal. We also used it to make pancakes and chocolate chip cookies, both of which turned out great! The Organic drink had far fewer ingredients than the other two, but I found that it didn’t impact the flavour in the least! If organic is important to you, as it is to me, then I would definitely recommend this option, as you’re definitely not losing out on flavour.

Oatly Chocolate Drink

I’m not sure whether Oatly will be replacing my beloved almond milk, but I think I will be rotating it into our regular shops. I greatly enjoyed it and could definitely do with adding oats into my diet a bit more often, so this seems like a great option.

Oatly is available at Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. The cream alternative costs around £0.79, and the milks range from £1.39 to £1.64.

What’s your favourite milk alternative?

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Disclaimer: These products were provided free of charge for review purposes. This will never influence the honesty of my posts. If I thought a product was awful, I’d want to make sure to let you know.

 

 

Real Techniques Haul

Real Techniques Haul

Real Techniques Haul - Moving Scouse

It’s rare that a product raved about on nearly every beauty blog out there just so happens to be vegan, but with Real Techniques brushes, this is the case! That makes it even less forgivable that it has taken me until now to try them for myself. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve only recently started using brushes to do my makeup and have noticed that a good quality brush can make all the difference. So as a graduation present to myself, I decided to purchase three of the brushes and see what all the hype was about.

Real Techniques

All the brushes are a nice size, not too long and not too skinny. They lie in your hand really nicely, making precise application much easier than I’ve experienced in the past. They all have super soft animal-free bristles and the two larger ones stand up on their own, giving you the possibility of displaying them on your dresser! Superdrug stock a good range of the brand’s brushes and regularly have them on offer, so I would recommend having a look at their website if you’re planning to make a purchase!

Stippling Brush

First up is the Stippling Brush. This brush has a fairly petite head, which is good for those of us with small faces. I’ve been using this to apply powder, stippling it onto my face and then swirling the brush lightly to set it onto my skin. It works really well and it will definitely be replacing my old powder brush.

Shading Brush

After I found my e.l.f. eyeshadow c-brush a little large for my eyes, I decided to purchase the Shading Brush since it was a similar shape, but narrower. I can’t even tell you how in love I am with this, I think this might be my favourite of the bunch. I’ve been using it to apply my mineral eyeshadows and it leaves such a neat finish, blending the colours perfectly and applying product easily both to the lid and the crease. I think I might have to buy a second one of these, because it seems to be the only brush you need for eye makeup!

Expert Face BrushLast but not least, I purchased the Expert Face Brush. I’ve been using this with bronzer to contour, and I’m impressed by how well this does the job compared to the last brush I was using. Apart from fitting perfectly under my cheekbones, this also does an amazing job of blending bronzer. We’ve all seen people with two brown streaks in their faces as a ‘contour’, and it isn’t a good look. This brush makes the contour all but invisible, leaving a beautiful shadow effect, which is exactly what you want!

Overall, I’m very impressed with Real Techniques. I’ll definitely be purchasing the brand again, the questions is just which brush to invest in next! Any suggestions?

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