Daggy Gym Gear Wins Every Time

People who see me exercise generally know that I can be a real dag when getting sweaty. For yoga I’ve got the stalwart faded and stretched mandala leggings I thrifted for $4, a cheap cotton tank, and if I’m lucky, my 6-year old Lululemon jacket that I have literally worn about 1000 times (not exaggerating). When it comes to cycling, the standards are…well…defiantly off-base and not what the cool kids are wearing these days. Sure, I’ve got the cycling knicks (because who wants sore bottom bits?), but there’s no geometric-patterned neon jersey, and my sturdy sneakers replace clip-ins. I’ve got a daggy, non-aero helmet, I am definitely not #sockdoping and I wear my regular sunnies. Shame, right?

…I am definitely not #sockdoping and I wear my regular sunnies. Shame, right?

Well, not really. And it’s not because I wouldn’t love a beautiful women’s specific cycling jersey – I am just yet to find one that doesn’t look like it was designed using clip art. I understand all the benefits and practicalities of wearing proper cycling shoes. I swear I’m not being stubborn, it’s just that I don’t CARE enough to let it stop me from doing what I love and enjoy that keeps me mentally and physically healthy. I’m a bit of a believer that rules are meant to be broken (or at least tested).

There’s studies on how wearing active wear all the time can help you feel more confident and want to exercise more – our clothes have a symbolic meaning that effects our behaviour. The theory is that wearing your butt-lifting gym gear down to the shops can influence how you see yourself, and the identity others give you, which has a cyclical effect that may encourage you to actually get to the gym. Yes, I get all that, I get colour theory, and how we are affected psychologically by our type of clothing (it’s called enclothed cognition), but I have to say I’m not buying it (or those new Fabletics yoga pants, unless someone wants to get them for my birthday). Don’t kid yourself that’s all you need. At least not completely.

Wearing your butt-lifting gym gear down to the shops can influence how you see yourself, and the identity others give you, which has a cyclical effect that may encourage you to actually get to the gym. But don’t kid yourself that’s all you need. 

The thing is, a lot of the gear we wear when exercising, apart from being practical, says more to others about who we are. It’s a construction, an ideal representation of what we want people to see and believe about us, which can in turn influence how we feel about ourselves. And sure, if I had a beautiful new kit, I might feel like I’m part of the cycling culture because I’m wearing the common ‘uniform’, but when it comes down to it, that feeling can be cultivated regardless of what we wear.

And that cultivation, that motivation comes from the inner, not the outer – it’s a chosen mindset that you decide yourself, not something that others ‘give’ you. You don’t need a new pair of yoga leggings to convince you of anything about your yoga practice. I don’t have to have clip-in shoes to cycle up Norton Summit. You don’t even need shoes to go for a walk. The point is, you can do it despite those things, regardless of whether you want, ‘need’ or have them and definitely despite what others may think. Let motivation come from within – to commit to health, enjoy nature, and be with friends. To do it. That’s something a pair of leggings can’t always offer.

So go out there, be your daggiest, flarey-est, most or least kitted up self and remember the clothes don’t make the lady.

 

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Easy Chia Pudding | CAROB CINNAMON & VANILLA

I love making food from scratch, but honestly, I don’t do it very often because of the time involved. I have been known to whip up an amazing vegan pumpkin pie, but sometimes you just need something quick. And those with kids would be familiar with the ‘I’m hungry’ call that comes so often, especially during growth spurts!

 

So finding something that’s easy, filling, healthy, vegan and tasty for Tahlee was a must, and chia seeds were on the agenda again.

 

As with our ULTIMATE Peanut Butter, Chia & Banana Breakfast Smoothie, for a vegan kid’s snack, I tend to go for healthy fats and fibre, and then we go big on carbs for main meals.

 

Chia seeds keep tummy’s full and have those all-important Omega 3s and 6s so important for healthy brain development.

 

Tahlee guides us through just how easy it is to whip up a little carob, cinnamon and vanilla chia pudding right here:

What’s your go-to vegan snack? Let us know in the comments below.

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The ULTIMATE Peanut Butter, Chia & Banana Breakfast Smoothie

This breakfast smoothie started out a few years ago, at the advice of a friend who was trying to get some healthy fats into her toddler’s day. With chia seeds, flax seeds and peanut butter, it’s got a pretty good dose of Omega 3’s and 6’s.

I started our girl on them shortly after and she’s been gulping them down ever since.

It’s been through a few iterations since then, but I have to say it’s our fallback breakfast. Good ‘ol reliable peanut butter, creamy rice milk (or whatever non-dairy milk we have at the time) and some medjool dates for sweetness. If we’re out of dates I sub with maple syrup, and I have been known to flavour it up with some pure vanilla essence at times.

I urge you to try this ULTIMATE Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie – especially on your kids! It’s got a great combination of their nutritional needs all in one glass.


What’s your go-to breakfast smoothie? What about your kid’s?

How to Make the Best Jelly in the World – Without Hurting Anyone

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Wobbly, wobbly jelly.

 

Jelly is fun. Jelly is sooo yummy. It’s probably the silliest dessert out there. Kids love it. And what about trifle?

 

But the regular ‘Aeroplane’ jelly you can get from the supermarket?

 

I don’t think you’re ready for THAT jelly. It’s actually a pretty nasty dessert.

 

And that’s because regular jelly – and TONS of other food like lollies, ice cream, marshmallows, dips, yogurt and even vitamin capsules – contain a pretty gross ingredient called gelatine.

 

The complete grossness of gelatine is because it’s made from boiled animal fat, bones, ligaments and connective tissue. Mmmmm yummy. Aaaand cruel to boot. 

 

Not exactly appetising or in line with how you care for animals.

 

Still feel like jelly? A gummy bear perhaps?

 

That’s ok, because ta-da! – there’s plenty of gelatine-free jellies available, as well as all of your fave desserts and treats.

 

It’s just a matter of getting on Google in your area to find new sources of your all-time favourites that are gelatine- (and therefore cruelty) free. The beauty of the internet means there are tons of online stores around the world who will deliver your delicious desserts straight to your door.

 

In the meantime, checkout our sweet video on how to make vegan jelly using Just Wholefoods Strawberry Jelly Crystals.

 

 

Thanks for watching and now you’re ready for that jelly!

 

What a Vegan Kid Eats in a Day

When we first decided to go vegan just over four years ago, we hunted down every piece of information we could find on optimal nutrition at different stages of growth. We wanted to make sure that as a family, we were meeting our overall caloric and nutritional needs, especially for our daughter who was just over two at the time.

I have to tell you, it was damn hard finding real-world examples of vegan kids. When you’re out there on the brink of making a life-changing decision like going vegan, you really need that information and reassurance that you’re making the right decisions on your child’s diet.

It seems that a lot of people are hesitant to share their kid’s diet (or even change it) in fear that they will bring on the ‘haters’ and those in opposition. I’m skipping worrying about that part as I feel confident that what we have decided as a family is the best option for us, animals and the planet. It has taken this long to feel that way though, and that’s why we decided to share a little of our family, in the hopes that we may help others understand what it’s like being vegan and having kids.

I read a lot (and continue to) – but the best sources of information in the beginning were ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids (Idiot’s Guides)“>A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids‘, Hello My Name Is Vegan Freak:Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan Worldand vegsource.com.

We continue to make the best possible choices we can, each and every day, even when it’s inconvenient, awkward, or cost-prohibitive. We’re not fixed or ultra-rigid in our daughter’s diet (the rare free-range egg makes an appearance, or a chocolate is snuck in via grandparents), but we do try our best to gently and openly let her know why we choose to be vegan.

We are by no means an ‘ideal’ example – even the video below doesn’t show what we view as a great diet to have every day (definitely way too much toast and not a great dinner!). But I want to share a real, honest example of what it can be like being a kid in a vegan family for one day, not a glossy and unrealistic poster-child.

So hear is an average day in the life of a vegan kid:

Are you thinking of going vegan with your family?

What tips would you give someone thinking of going vegan who has kids?

x Lauren