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MY FAVOURITE VEGAN FOODS

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Are you only eating fruits? This is one question i get asked all the timet!!:-) Well, I LOVE FRUITS SO MUCH and am craving fresh fruits 90% of the time.:-) Fruits are full of antioxidants and make you fit, healthy and happy! Here is a list of my favourite vegan winter foods which you will always find in my kitchen. 🙂

Dates

I loooooove Dates!!!:-) If you follow my Instagram stories you know that i am addicted to dates!:-) Medjool Dates are my favourite! I eat around 20 dates every single day and couldn’t live without them! They are so sweet and tasty! You really don’t crave any other sweets if you eat dates. If you are worried about the sugar in dates, read my post about all the benefits of dates. 🙂

GOLDEN KIWIS

Whenever they are available i buy ALL of them and sometimes eat 15-20 golden kiwis at a time. They are sooooo delicious and super high in vitamin C!! Definitely a must if you haven’t tried them yet.:-)

PINEAPPLE

Sweet, ripe Pineapple is so so good!! Pineapple has a lot of enzymes as well which is great to maintain a healthy gut. Start every meal with a cup of pineapple to improve your digestion. It really works!:-)

MELONS

I am addicted to melons!! They are so sweet and juicy!! 🙂 Watermelon is my favourite one but unfortunately only available during the summer. Honey melons are also so refreshing and hydrating!! They make the perfect breakfast or post workout snack as they digest so easily and are super sweet and delicious. Now during the winter season, I usually find honey melons & Sapo de Melo melons at small middle eastern supermarkets.

MANGOS 

OMG Mango season is THE BEST. I love to have a mono meal of mangos for breakfast or lunch and usually eat then around 5 large mangos. If you can’t find good quality mangos just buy the ones you find and let them ripen at home for a couple of days. I sometimes even leave them for a week until they are super ripe and sweet. As mangos can get a bit pricy i suggest to buy them in large quantities and ask for a discount. 🙂

GREENS

I love to make green smoothies and have to have a large green salad at least every two days!! For salads, I love batavia lettuce, rocket, baby spinach and chicory. I basically use all kinds of greens, lots of cherry tomatoes, 2 finely sliced zucchinis (I use a potato peeler) and 1/2 avocado + lemon juice for the dressing. It’s quite a simple salad and fits to every dinner. Eat the salad before the rest of the dinner for better digestion. 🙂

Tomatoes 

I eat tomatoes every single day! Tomatoes and cucumber are the only non sweet fruits. They don’t contain any sugar and are great source of antioxidants. My favorite ones are cherry tomatoes!! Tomatoes basically go with everything 🙂 Salads, Zucchini Noodles and Bruschetta are my top 3. 🙂 Have a look at my oil free bruschetta recipe. It really is SO SO GOOD! 🙂

Zucchini

I lately fell in love with zucchinis!! Sometimes you just need a new way of preparing something to discover again how much you actually like it. I love to use a potato peeler and finely slize the zucchini. That way you get super thin “zucchini pappardelle” and they are perfect for salads or zucchini noodles recipes. It’s also super convenient as you don’t need a spiralizer and we all have a potato peeler at home don’t we? 🙂

POTATOES

Potatoes are A DREAM. Since I am from Germany, I am the biggest potato lover!!! I’m always looking forward to have potatoes when i go home to Munich. Germany just has THE BEST POTATOES!! So creamy and delicious!! I wish they were just as good in London! 🙂 I love to have plain steamed potatoes and usually peel them either before or after steaming. They also make the perfect snack and are super easy to take away. I would recommend to always buy organic potatoes and to leave the skin on if you plan to take them with you as a snack for the next day. That way they stay fresh longer. 🙂

AVOCADO

I used to not like avocado at all when i was younger, but I acme such a big fan since i started to use Avocado as a my salad dressing. I basically use 1/2 avocado and the fresh juice of 1 lemon and mix that into my greens. Massage the greens into the avocado until they are all slightly covered. Its a great way to eat healthy fats without using oil. It’s just so much healthier to get your fats from whole foods instead of using oil which is 100% isolated fat.

Sourdough bread/ Rye Bread 

Bread is probably my only not so healthy addiction. 🙂 I LOVE fresh sourdough bread and usually buy it from the Farmer’s market in South Kensington or from a place called “La Fromagerie” in Marylebone. For those of you who live in Munich, my favorite bread is from “Manufactum”. Seriously the best bread :-)! There is just nothing better than fresh toasted sourdough bread with slices of Avocado and some fresh lemon juice on top. My other favourite way to eat bread is to make Bruschetta. Fresh ripe tomatoes on toasted county bread is just HEAVEN!! 🙂

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and got inspired to eat more fruits & veggies here and there! 🙂  Going vegan was definitely one of the best decision ever! 🙂

xx Caroline

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28 comments

Sydney January 8, 2017 Reply

Hello my name is Sydney and I am a newer Vegan who is trying to lose weight. I absolutely love your body and I have done some pretty unhealthy things to get a body like that, but I always gain the weight back. Is there anything you would recommend for me? Thank you so much (PS I’m a big fan ☺️)

    Caroline Deisler January 11, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sydney,
    the high carb vegan diet is PERFECT for long term weight loss:-)! You need to give your body time and be a bit patient. Focus on eating high carb low fat, the more raw fruits the better, cut out salt and do cardio a few times per week.
    The longer you are on that lifestyle the more benefits you will have!:-) And you will def be able to lose some weight while eating as much as you want which the the key point about that lifestyle!:-)
    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

      Sydney February 28, 2017 Reply

      I have been on this diet for around a week after breaking off of it for a few days, and it has worked wonders for me! The thing is I still have a habit of calorie counting and tend to under eat. What should I do to eat enough without thinking about the calories? Thank you so much you continue to inspire me every day!!

        Caroline Deisler March 1, 2017 Reply

        Hi Sydney,
        so glad to hear that! 🙂 Just always eat as much as you want without thinking about the calories. Eat an abundance of fruits and other healthy carbs at every meals and don’t look at it like calories. :-)) It takes some time and usually gets better every month! 🙂
        xx Caroline

Skyler Graebner January 8, 2017 Reply

What do you think about Jams and Jelly? I never eat them, but i see a lot of vegans do and I was curious on what your thoughts were. xoxoxo

    Skyler Graebner January 8, 2017 Reply

    and like maple syrup, agave, etc. xoxo

      Caroline Deisler January 11, 2017 Reply

      I rarely use these sweeteners as i prefer fresh whole foods and things like dates:-))
      xx

    Caroline Deisler January 11, 2017 Reply

    HI Skyler,
    jams and jelly are usually full of processed sugar. Make one yourself or find a good one that doesn’t have additives and processed sugars. 🙂
    Hope that helps! 🙂
    xx Caroline

veganjourney January 10, 2017 Reply

Love all your blogposts 🙂 you are such a big inpsiration and you are always so positive. Thank you so much for your daily motivation!! I tried to stay vegan since November and I feel so balanced with myself, though its very hard in the beginning, because I sometimes feel like I don´t have enough power.. Also have to say that I am very active and love to go running etc… I try to eat a lot carbs like fruits, rice and bread.. Do you have any tips?
But it was one of the best decisions I had so far and I hope it will work for a longer time 🙂

    Caroline Deisler January 11, 2017 Reply

    Hi Love,
    thank you so much! Thats so sweet of you!:-) Really glad to hear that you feel amazing on that lifestyle. Make sure you really eat enough so you won’t have a lack of energy. The site Cronometer can help to track your calories. 🙂 The best carbs are fruits, dates and potatoes. After that comes rice and bread. (Bread can make you tired sometimes as its a bit harder to digest)
    Let me know if you have any other questions!:)
    xx Caroline

      veganjourney January 16, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much for your answer 🙂 Can I ask you, how often you take B12 supplements? I heard, that it is very important for vegans to take B12, because vegan food does not includes any B12!? I try to do make a cure every month.. But I don´t know, if it is necessary. Thank you a lot for your answers so far, have a nice week, xoxo

        Caroline Deisler January 18, 2017 Reply

        I take it twice a week. I would recommend to get your blood tested first to see if you need it. I usually make a blood test once a year to keep track of my vitamin/ mineral levels.
        xx Caroline

C February 8, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,

I started to be vegan 3 weeks ago. I just wanted to know if you had some issues at the beginning? I’m also doing a colon right now & my stomach often feels a little bit “confused” after eating a lot of fruits. Do you have any recommendations for the starting of the healthy lifestyle? AND do you know if the dryed dates at the supermarkets are fine to eat or would you recommend to order them online? Unfortunately I can’t get any fresh dates at the market. :/

Thank you so much!! You’re such an inspirational person. 🙂

C.

    Caroline Deisler February 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi Carina,
    thank you so much!:-) Makes me so happy to hear that you feel inspired. 🙂

    i was just about suggesting you to do a colon cleanse. Its great that you are doing it as it really helps your body to cleanse itself and to better absorb all the nutrients and minerals.
    Dried dates are fine, however, I much prefer Medjool dates as they are so much softer and sweeter. I always order my Dates from I Their organic medjool dates are AMAZING. :-))

    Have a wonderful day.
    xx Caroline

    Caroline Deisler February 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi Audrey, 🙂

    I could give you a long explanation to every paragraph from that article, however, I think it always comes down to your own experience. 🙂 I doubt that you would agree with any of what they are saying if you go high carb vegan for a month or two!

    let me know if there is one specific part that you want me to explain in more detail. 🙂
    xx Caroline

Lorence February 11, 2017 Reply

Hi!
I don’t know how to deal with but it has been 3 months that I’m going into vegan lifestyle and I’m super tired, have constipation and have some others diseases probably because of my low iron levels. I checked my blood yesterday and I was pretty convinced that I didn’t do right my diet. I was mad because it did disturb my daily life.
Is it impossible to be like you physically by eating meat?

    Caroline Deisler February 14, 2017 Reply

    HI Lorence,

    you may have some detox symptoms and i think it would be very helpful for you to do a colon cleanse. You can either to that at home in form of an enema or at a medical spa in form of a colonics. I recommend finding a good place for colonics and do it a few times over 1-2 month. Your body (colon) needs to get rid of old toxins etc. to be receivable for all the nutrients you are eating now.
    Eating meat is not going to help you.
    My advice is to eat as simple as possible, meaning fruit mono meals and simple dinner with only 1-3 ingredients. Also, drink a lot of water and make sure you get enough sleep and exercise a few times per week.

    I am sure doing all this is going to help you!:-)
    xx Caroline

      Lorence February 14, 2017 Reply

      Oh god, that’s why I was feeling that my body’s changed recently, feel something wrong. Well I believe that you’re right! I get bad breath recently…and after my blood check up my doctor gave me some tablets for my constipation or my colon’s problem and told me to drink water containing ++++ magnesium. So I go to the toilets often and it’s better now. So should I take some tablets of colon cleanse? I’m pretty afraid going to a medical spa etc because I read on the net concerning that.

        Caroline Deisler March 1, 2017 Reply

        Hi Lorence,

        I would suggest to stick to drinking A LOT of water for now and see if that helps. Magnesium water, lemon water, ginger water are all boosting your digestion so it might actually be enough for you and you don’t need a colon cleanse. However, if you feel like your body needs to get rid of old “toxins etc.” a professional colonics can do wonders. You really gonna feel much better afterwards and your colon needs to be “clean” in order to absorb all the nutrients from fruits and veggies.

        xx Caroline

Mia March 16, 2017 Reply

Would you recommend corn?

    Caroline Deisler March 20, 2017 Reply

    Hi Mia,
    yes fresh corn is great. I would cook it myself instead of buying it in a can as those usually contain sugar.
    xx Caroline

Natasha April 6, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline! I was wondering if you have any green smoothie recipes for me to try? You have inspired me to go on the high carb raw vegan diet and so far I love it. I feel like I need to eat more green smoothies like you talk about, but I don’t know any good recipes. Can you help?

    Caroline Deisler April 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi Natasha,
    thats amazing! So happy to hear that you feel great on the high carb vegan diet. :-)) I love simple green smoothies and often times only use 3 different ingredients. A great combination is Parsley, spinach, Mango & Water …its high in protein, iron and antioxidants and the mango makes is very tasty too. :-)) I also love spinach, kale (only 1 leave as its quite bitter), pineapple and water. You can answers add lemon and ginger to give it an extra boost. In general I think its good to use fewer ingredients and to buy them fresh every day so you make sure you get all the nutrients and vitamins. Im not a big fan of using frozen spinach or frozen fruits. :-)) Hope that helps a bit. Have a lovely day! xx Caroline :-))

      Natasha April 6, 2017 Reply

      Thank you I’m going to make those today! 🙂

Maria May 15, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,
I am just starting with vegan habits and following your advices, and my stomach is feeling that, I have the need to go to the bathroom like 4 times a day, is that normal? Ive been trying many things to loo se weight and feel confident, but it has not worked… Do you eat legumes? What do you think about pea protein? Also I have had headaches… I swim twice a week and also I do bbg…
I admire you and you inspire me a lot!!

    Caroline Deisler June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Maria
    thank you so much! So happy to hear that you feel inspired! It is def normal to go to the bathroom more often on a vegan diet which is a good thing! 🙂 Your body is cleansing and getting rid of toxins.

    I love to eat vegetabels and also have steaemed potatoes, sweet potatoes almost every night with my salad.

    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

Silvia July 13, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,

Your website and Instagram page are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing all your best tips and healthy lifestyle ideas. I am mostly plant based, however I noticed that fruit is causing me to feel very bloat d so I pretty much stay away from it to avoid bloating while trying to lose weight. I see that you eat a lot of fruit and still look slim and have a flat tummy. Do you have any tips or suggestions?

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