Dairy-free Discoveries: Cashew Nut Butter

Welcome to another Dairy-free Discoveries post. And the dairy-free find I’ve been loving lately is…

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…Cashew Nut Butter!

I love peanut butter. I used to eat it a lot when I was younger, but I am now allergic to peanuts and a few tree nuts, including pecans, walnuts and especially almonds.

It was a friend who discovered this cashew nut butter for me. I was so happy because cashews are one of the few nuts that I love and can still eat with no reactions.

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As you can see, I’ve almost finished it

The consistency, unfortunately, isn’t as smooth as peanut butter. It is hard to spread and the taste isn’t as intense, but this is because it contains half the sugars that peanut butter does. Despite these cons, I am enjoying having an alternative.

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My favourite way to eat cashew nut butter is with sliced banana on bread/toast. It is filling and a great substitute for those who suffer with peanut allergies.

This small pot is £4.69 which is expensive for its size. However, you can find larger tubs – like the Meridian brand – which should be worth the price you’re paying for it.

Have you tried cashew nut butter? If you haven’t, would you? Now that I have, I’m not looking back.

Look out for December’s Dairy-free Discoveries post.

Mich x

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Motivational Monday: Knowing Your Value

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope it really is for you. You may not have gotten up on the right side of the bed this morning, but don’t let how you feel determine what the rest of your day is like.

“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are”

One of the reasons why people can be undecided is because they don’t know what they stand for. I’m not talking about finding it hard to make insignificant decisions like what to eat that day, but the big things – decisions that can have a snowball effect and make a serious impact on their lives.

Your values play a part in defining how you live your life. When you know what you stand for, you won’t compromise. You don’t want to be made to feel uncomfortable by succumbing to something you don’t agree with.

Peer pressure can have a lot to do with why people find it hard to make decisions or rather, why they end up making the wrong decisions. Instead of being firm and saying “no”, they give in. I have been in this situation many times before. I went along with what everyone else was doing even though I wasn’t comfortable. Back then, I was weak minded and a follower of the crowd. And because of this, I was always unhappy.

I found happiness when I chose to define my values. I finally knew myself. And now I don’t find it hard to make decisions that will benefit me, even if the majority don’t agree.

I hope you know what you stand for.

Mich x

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Dairy-free Discoveries: Oatly Oat Milk

I’ve decided to introduce a new segment to my blog. Everyone must surely know by now that I developed a milk and egg allergy two years ago. It was difficult to deal with for the first year, and that was my transition period – coming to terms with the fact that I can no longer eat what I like when I like.

It’s such an ugly allergy because you are so limited. There is milk and egg in almost everything! But it did get easier, and I am now at a point where I’m used to not being able to eat whatever I want.

Thankfully, the world is changing and adapting to the influx of vegans and those who are gluten free. I’m not vegan by the way. I still love my meat.

Anyway, every month I will be sharing one of my dairy-free life-changing discoveries in this Dairy-free Discoveries segment. You have no idea how happy I am when I find an alternative I can eat!

So let me introduce my first discovery:

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Oatly Oat Drink and Oatly Barista Edition

Finding a milk alternative took me such a long time. Along with the milk allergy, my body began to reject many of the nuts I could eat before, so almond milk was a no-no for me. I’m also allergic to soya and all the other milk alternatives are watery, so this didn’t work for me when I was used to drinking the green-lid milk. My mum would buy the long-life milk from Costco, which is deliciously creamy. So, I set my standards too high and kept disappointing myself.

But when I discovered the Swedish Oatly’s Oat Milk, I was in heaven! To be honest, the blue version – the original – is still watery, but it works for having cereal in the morning. But it does not work for tea and coffee. It makes bits rise to the top, which I detest.

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The Oatly Barista Edition Oat Milk is a lifesaver! It’s creamy and you can froth it up, making it perfect for baristas to use. I cannot live without this milk! It is also sweeter and includes calcium, so I’m still getting the goodness I need.

Oatly has made my dairy-free life that little bit easier to deal with.

I hope you liked my first installment of Dairy-free Discoveries. Let me know what you think.

Mich x

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Faith = Belief

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Hey all. Coming to you with a late Motivational Monday post.

“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

In other words – faith!

Lately, I’ve been living life like this – looking forward to something; believing that something great is going to happen.

When your mindset is like this, not only will you believe, but you will also provoke things to happen. You will take actions that lead to great opportunities, because you trust that the end result will be positive.

When you don’t look forward to anything in life, you don’t take actions to make things happen. And so, you don’t experience new things and become frustrated.

Obviously, things don’t just happen out of thin air. A lot of the time, we have to take the first step before we see results. But as long as we are doing that having faith that something will come of it, it may not happen after one, two or three tries, but it will. And that is what matters.

I challenge you to go about your day – and every day – looking forward to something. Have a good one!

Mich x

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Get Stronger

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Happy Monday everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Motivational Monday’s post, but here it is:

“Life doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.”

This couldn’t be closer to the truth. No one has ever lived a problem-free life. Sorry to break it to you, but life can be unfair at times. It can come at you hard. Sometimes it gives you a break, but in general, life is a teacher.

The hardships that you face either make you or break you. And when they make you, that is when you get stronger. You cannot get stronger if you do not overcome, because there is always a harder battle waiting for you later on down the line. You cannot move on to the next step without wining the current battle you are facing.

The next time you go through a problem, or if you are going through a difficulty at this moment in time, remember that 1) no problem lasts forever and 2) when, not if, you overcome it, you will be stronger and wiser. You will have the experience to be able to take on whatever else may come your way.

I hope that this message has motivated someone today. Have an excellent Monday!

Mich x

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Virtuous Woman

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Good morning beauties and happy Monday!

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies.”

Isn’t this quote so beautiful? It comes from an incredible book and talks about an amazing woman.

The definition of virtuous is to have or show high moral standards.

We don’t find many women like this nowadays. Some may think it’s “extra” or “boring” to be virtuous, but it is a special trait that many lack.

This verse says that a virtuous woman’s worth is far above rubies, meaning she is valuable, and particularly so, because she is rare. Especially when most are following the crowd and giving in to peer pressure to do things they don’t even want to.

I choose to be true to myself and my beliefs. I have a conscience that won’t allow me to act unlike myself, because I believe in my worth and in who I am. I won’t be forced to do things I don’t want to and I don’t care if that makes me “weird” or outdated” to some.

I’d rather be virtuous than a follower.

What about you?

Mich x

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What Are You a Product Of?

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Good morning beautiful people. I am back with another Motivational Monday post for you all.

“You are a product of your decisions, not your circumstances.”

We like to play the victim, don’t we? We sure can be petty sometimes.

“It’s not my fault my dad doesn’t want anything to do with me”. “I didn’t ask to be born into this family”. “I can’t help that we live in this rundown area”.

Sound familiar? If not, I’m sure there’s been a time when you’ve complained about something that you can’t change, which is just as bad as the examples above.

It’s not because you were born into a poor family that you have to be poor for the rest of your life, or because you live in an area where people don’t make anything of themselves in life, that you have to be another statistic. Its not because you don’t look like her that you can’t have just as much of an impact as she does, and then some.

Why can’t you be the one who decides to make the difference? The key word is decide. You choose to do you, whether doing you is starting up a successful business, buckling down and getting that First degree, or giving in to peer pressure, getting involved with the wrong crowd and doing illegal things to make quick money. Either way, you can’t complain later on because you chose to do you, abi (meaning ‘isn’t it’, ‘yes’ or ‘right’ in Yoruba)?

Let’s just hope that the decisions you make get you somewhere in life, so you can be proud that you didn’t allow the circumstances to shape you.

Have a wonderful day.

Mich x

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