getfitrena said: Idk if you saw, but Lorde is following you on Instagram!
I did see it; cue mental breakdown! I think it’s so lovely to be followed by one of many amazing, successful kiwi teenagers… girl power! Young people can do ANYTHING 🌟
Anonymous said: What are your go to school lunch ideas that are quick and easy to prepare and can be easily taken to school?
Prepare yourself for one hell of a list, my friend:
- Bliss balls of various flavours (think nutella, coconut with a dark chocolate coating, salted caramel cashew, spiced pecan, chilli cacao, pistachio and rosewater, chewy banana oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie dough etc.)
- Salads of any variety (earthy grated beetroot and baby spinach leaf salad with an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing; baby kale with boiled red potatoes and homemade vegan aioli; fresh rocket with marinated mushrooms, avocado chunks and balsamic vinegar; kidney bean and cos lettuce with vegan aioli and roast potatoes)
- Leftovers from the night before (vegan pad thai, spicy Thai or Indian curry with wild or long grain rice, chilli maple and tamari stirfry with your favourite vegetables)
- Puffed non-GMO corn or rice crackers with some crazy toppings (hummus and dukkah, almond butter and sliced strawberry, hazelnut and cacao butter with banana, peanut butter and crushed raspberries, raspberry chia jam with crushed pistachios, coconut butter and salted date caramel)
- Mega fruit salad with some random fruit you’ve never tried before and a yummy sauce (strawberries, dragonfruit, mangosteen, papaya, durian, lychee, longan, red bananas, blueberries, green pears, medjool dates etc. with a peanut butter, coconut butter, rosewater, or cacao and nut butter dipping sauce/drizzle)
- Ditch school, hit up your nearest supermarket, buy a tub of coconut/soy icecream, pat dogs, watch the clouds, have a ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ type day, you deserve it
Most of these ideas just appeared in my head right now, so if you’re ever stuck for meal options just have a little look in your head and be a little outrageous!
Anonymous said: Hey Ashlee, I was wondering do you buy all of your food organic? And if so where do you buy it? I am a fellow New Zealander and it is often hard to find organic food that won't break the budget :(
Hi bug! I would be lying if I said that I purchase entirely organic food, but I do try my best to do so wherever practically and financially possible - that’s all any of us can do! I mostly shop for organics at my local organic store, which is a co-operative which is cool because it’s very community oriented and the fresh food is largely sourced from local growers. In all honesty, it’s rather expensive, particularly if you buy a lot of fruit and vegetables e.g. bananas. You might be better off asking for them to order a box in for you instead! I have seen organic potatoes and various flours, grains, cereals, and so on in New World supermarkets that are organic (look for the pink price labels), otherwise, it’s summer coming up and there are bound to be a bunch of fresh produce vendors parked up on the side of the road - take advantage of them whilst you can! Good luck, don’t stress too much, and simply try your best (you could always grow your own, Earth mama?).
the-albatross-and-i said: You're such an inspiration! Follow-up q to your answer re: do you judge people who eat meat - I guess I'm trying to find the motivation to go vegan (but I flipping love dairy products so much), any resources for me to learn more about the impact of dairy farming - I've seen a lot about meat farming which appals me, maybe some of the similar re: milk would do the trick :)
Thanks so much Meher - you’re also exceptionally inspirational for willing to give the whole vegan thing a go; it can be rather intimidating and apparently ‘exclusive’ at times! I can’t say that I’ve watched any vegan documentaries due to that fact that I’m extremely squeamish and emotional, but here are a list of ones that have been favourably reviewed by members of the vegan community as found on This Rawsome Vegan Life - hopefully there’s is something in here that’s along the lines of what you’re looking for. Not all of them are about dairy farming, or even veganism, but if you have a look though there’s bound to be something. If there’s anything else, pop me a message! I’m very proud of you for wanting to learn more - it’s a step that not many people take!
Super Juice Me!
Making the Connection
Queen of the Sun
Forks Over Knives
Zeitgeist (all of them)
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
Hungry For Change
The Future of Food
Meet Your Meat
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
The 11th Hour
Anonymous said: Hey lovely just wondering what your staple foods are? xx
I wrote a response to a question just like this a few weeks ago, but here’s an elongated and more extensive list - hope that it helps you out a little and gives you a few ideas! Scrolling through my recipes tag or my Instagram page should also give you a rough idea, in case I’ve missed anything major:
- Potatoes (sweet potatoes and regular potatoes)
- Tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- Leafy greens (mesclun, rocket, iceberg, baby spinach, cos, kale)
- Herbs (parsley, coriander, basil, thyme, rosemary)
- Oats (gluten-free if possible)
- Unsweetened plant milk (rice, hemp, almond, soy, hazelnut)
- Raw cacao powder
- Virgin coconut oil
- Maple syrup (the natural, pure tree-sap kind)
- Coconut sugar
- Matcha green tea powder
- Apples (rose, granny smith)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tamari soy sauce
- Poppy seeds
- Cabbage (red, green, savoy)
- Peanut butter
- Chia seeds (black or white)
- Coconut chips
Anonymous said: About your gap year/travels: Are you going alone? How are you going to pay for it?
Every time somebody mentions the word ‘travel’ I go into a massive spasm of joy and excitement! I’m going to work for approximately 5 months continuously when I finish school in a few weeks - this combined with the money I’ve saved from my ebook, working as a teen ambassador for Yahoo! NZ, and my birthdays (hehe) should be enough to last me a while. I’m travelling there with my best friend - we’re going to be using Eurail to trundle our way across Europe, explore all its nooks and crannies until the majority of our money has run out, then we’ll most likely split up, where she’ll be going off to either do work aways or work as a stewardess on super yachts, and I’m hopefully going to find some work in the UK at a little cafe or something and get to know the culture and history of the place a little bit better. Then we might join up, travel a little more, then return home through Asia or something funky! Mind you, this is just the very rough plan at the moment - it changes daily and is bound to do a complete 180 by next week. Ah, the beauty of planning! Spontenaity is often best, I think. I’d like to keep it vague but I don’t know how viable that will be considering we’ll be over there in the height of the European summer…