NEW Vegan Market launching in Reading TOMORROW!

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply looking to include more plant based and/or cruelty free products in your life it’s time to get excited! Why? Oh, only because there is as a NEW vegan market launching in Reading TOMORROW from 10am!

The market, which will be held at Station Road, takes place on the final Saturday of every month and has been setup by Ethic Collective, who aim to bring together those with a desire for sustainable and ethical living.

What to expect at tomorrows market:

  • Hot food – Vegivores and Nourish.
  • Cheeses – Silver Moon.
  • Sweet delights – Hartland Fudge, cakes by Cocolico.
  • Beauty products – Mind, Body and Soul Therapies, Essential oils by Sam
  • Art – QItiji

To find out more and plan your visit head over to:
Meetup event page
Facebook event page

A heads up that the April event will take place on Saturday 28th April to coincide with Are You Listening music festival and will boast many stalls. You can inquire about stall space at the market by popping them an email.

I will be heading down for sure, so maybe catch you there. Enjoy!

Peace and love!

n i c o l a   n a g e v
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Anti Racism March and Vegan Fried Chicken

Hi guys,

So I have just started my vlogging journey! Yesterday I headed to London with some friends for the Anti Racism March. Afterwards, as a reward for standing for hours in minus degrees and snow we headed to Temple of Camden for some vegan fried ‘chicken’.

Check it out here:

I am filming two other videos over the next week so if you like what you see be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss out on the next ones. I don’t know where I’ll end up taking this channel. It’s very much going to be a journey for me. Most of what I’ll be filming is based around veganism, animal rights, lifestyle and mental health.

Please give a thumbs up (or down) and drop a comment if you feel compelled.

Happy Sunday! N x

Nicola Rose Streak
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What I eat in a Day

Hi guys,

Just a quick post to give you a bit of an insight into what my diet looks like on an average day! I would say this is one of the healthier days so perhaps my next ‘What I eat in a Day’ blog will reveal all the naughty things I not so secretly eat.


Breakfast

Breakfast is hands down my favourite meal of the day. When people say they don’t eat breakfast I genuinely feel sad for them for missing out on something so great! I usually have Oats. Luckily for me, this healthy breakfast option is my absolute favourite. If I could I would have oats for breakfast lunch and dinner, I’m not kidding.

So usually in a rush for work I take a container of oats with frozen berries, ground flaxseed and agave nectar. At work I then add hot water. Sometimes I’ll substitute flaxseed for chia seeds, depending on whats in the cupboard. On the weekend when I have a bit more time, and preferably after I have done some sort of fasted cardio, I will cook the oats in almond or oat milk and add cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, cocoa nibs and a chopped banana, with a swirl of agave nectar. The latter is higher in calories, hence the cardio.

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Lunch

During the working week I tend to take a packed lunch rather than needlessly spend any spare money going out and buying from the supermarket. I guess I do tend to stick to similar options, which I know if probably a bit boring but a lot of people seem to just have a sandwich so I like to think I switch it up a little bit. I usually either have a wrap, soup or leftovers from dinner the night before. Yesterday I had a Spinach wrap with hummus, siracha, cucumber, mushrooms, spinach and two Linda McCartney Veggie (SFV) sausages.

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Dinner

I try to stick to this rule: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. Quite often I go to the gym straight from work and so by the time I get home it’s about 8pm. Therefore I try to have something light otherwise I don’t sleep well. Usually on evenings where Tom and I are both around we will make a big batch of something tasty to last us a few days. This saves time and money. Last night I had leftover lentil bolognese with giant cous cous and curly kale!

Dinner 2


Snacks

I usually have breakfast about 9am and lunch around 2/3pm so I’ll have an apple and a banana as late morning snacks. If I know I’m going straight to the gym I’ll often grab a Trek or Cliff Bar or occasionally I’ll just eat a tin of pulses just to give me some extra energy. Yes, I eat the beans straight from the tin – I don’t care!

So there you have it. This is a particular healthy day to me, although not uncommon really. Look out for my next post which will show you some of the naughtier things I eat!

Thanks for reading – N x

Nicola Rose Streak
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The Best Independent Vegan Eateries in and around Reading, UK

Hey gang,

After the success of this years Veganuary and with it being Plant Power Day I thought I would write a post about my recommendations for best vegan eateries in and around Reading. Knowing that the vegan community in Reading is ever growing I thought this would be especially helpful to new vegans in the area who aren’t sure where to go. It also seems that more and more non-vegans are looking to try new things in an effort to cut down on meat, dairy and eggs and so this is for you guys too!

I like to think I know Reading pretty heckin well, having lived in and around Reading my entire life, so I hope that this is useful to some. If, like me, you enjoy scouting out smaller, independently run businesses then you’ll enjoy this, as I aim to run through a variety of independent food outlets. After this I will be writing a follow up post with my best recommendations on eating vegan at chain restaurants found in Reading.

Unfortunately Reading doesn’t yet have an all vegan restaurant or cafe so my recommendations are those which have great, tried and tasted vegan options and have been positively reviewed by my friends and family also. It surely can’t be long before someone opens up shop though as there is definitely a gap in the market.

*After writing this I realised that nearly all of my recommendations are not actually in central Reading but in a small town just across the River Thames called Caversham which is super easy to get to by foot, bike, bus or car.

1# Nomad – a snug bakery situated on Prospect Street in Caversham, just a hop over Caversham Bridge from Reading. Nomad has a constantly changing menu thanks to owner, Laura’s passion for experimenting with new recipes. This cute bakery makes fresh bread daily and has many savoury lunch options from soup to paninis, as well as vegan sweet treats from healthy flapjacks to giant naughty monster cakes. My personal favourite is a Macha Muffin with Oatly Tea or a toasty, letting Nomad have free rain on what veggies they put in. If you’re lucky you might even get to try some of Laura’s delicious seitan – ask about it when you go in. The restaurant is super allergy friendly and so if there is something you like the look of but aren’t sure is suitable Laura and the team will do their best to accommodate you. What I love even more about Nomad is their regular calendar of events which include a Vegan themed evening once every other month or so. You can also privately hire Nomad for an evening dinner party. Find out more here!

 

2# We are Vegivores – a mobile vegan catering business that pops up in and around Reading. They attend a local, small business food market every Wednesday 10am-5pm in the Market Place, just around the corner from Broad Street. I highly recommend you go and check them out on your lunch break if you work locally. They also appear regularly in Bracknell, Wokingham, Newbury and on the Reading University Campus – so students go get your fix! Keep up to date with their movements on Twitter.

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3# The Flowing Spring – a short drive out of town along Henley road you’ll find a quirky pub restaurant that was awarded gold in the free-from eating out awards in 2017. Flowing Spring are very proud of being able to cater to peoples dietary needs, even easily telling you which beers, ciders and wines are suitable for vegans. As you can see my partner and I enjoyed the burgers (one falafel and one veggie mince) but they also have other options available. They also have a calendar of events from unplugged music nights, star gazing and car and bike shows. I recommend checking them out in the summer when you can enjoy their big pub garden!

 

4# Tutu’s Ethiopian Table – Easily the most unique and ethical cafe/bars Global Cafe. is based on London Road, behind the Oracle car park and Vue cinema. If you like authentic Ethiopian cuisine this place is definitely for you. Although Tutu caters for meat eaters she also creates a whole range of allergy friendly foods for coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans. Global Cafe also has a bar that stocks a wide range of locally sourced, fair trade and organic beers, wines, spirits, coffees and teas to wet the tongue. The venue also hosts a number of events from live music to book clubs and is often the hub for Reading Vegan Meetup so keep an eye out for future events. Tutu also takes her Ethiopian table with her to cater at local events so be sure to sample her vegan options if you see her!

 

5# Alto Lounge – although part of the ‘Loungers chain’, Alto Lounge offers more of a unique feel than most common chains. It is a modern cafe/bar on Church Street, Caversham which you can visit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. They have been providing a full, separate vegan and gluten-free menu since 2003. The vegan menu features 4 brunch options and 5 mains as well as tapas and cakes! To date I have only sampled the vegan breakfast but have heard good thinks about the other options. They also offer soya, almond and oat milk for your tea or coffee.

 

If you are from Berkshire or have visited and have any other suggestions or have gone to any of these places drop me a comment, I’d love to hear about it!

Peace – Nx

Nicola Rose Streak
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Vegan Stick-to-your-ribs Porridge

Nothing is better on a cold, crisp morning than a steaming hot bowl of delicious oats, whilst snuggling under a blanket with a good book. Whats even better is that no animals were harmed in the making of this bowl of greatness, which is naturally good for your heart health.

Good for heart health you say?

Yes! Old-fashioned rolled oats keep you satisfied for longer and naturally contain a form of soluble fibre called oat beta-glucan which dissolves inside the digestive tract to form a paste which binds to excess cholesterol and helps to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into the body. Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower bad cholesterol. I like to add Cacao nibs as they contain phytonutrients which help absorb free radicals that cause damage in the body. Phytonutrients have been said to enhance immunity, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. They can also be found in colourful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices.

Whats more, by adding some fruit (I’ve opted for banana and raisins) and an unrefined sweetener like agave nectar you get the natural sweetness that satisfies that pesky sweet craving!

What’s not to love!?

Ingredients

  • 40g Oats (I prefer old-fashioned rolled oats)
  • 10g Flaxseed
  • 20g Walnuts
  • 20g Raisins
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 10g Cocoa Nibs
  • 1 Small Banana, Chopped
  • 1-2 Cups Oat Milk (or other vegan milk – I use Oatly Original)
  • A squirt of Agave Nectar

Directions

  1. Add the Oats, Flaxseed, Walnuts, Raisins and plant milk to a pan.
  2. Bring to boil and turn down the heat. Continually stir, being careful to avoid the oats sticking to the pan.
  3. Add the cinnamon and warm through for 5-10 minutes adding extra milk if the consistency is too thick for your liking.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add the banana, cocoa nibs and agave nectar.
  5. Fill your belly with goodness!

You’re welcome! xx -N