Vegan Berry Smoothie

Heyy!!

So this is a smoothie I have a lot, and it’s great because i’ve made so many variations of this one recipe. This recipe makes 2 full cups of delicious smoothie!

Ingredients:
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  • 1 Banana
  • ¼ cup of Rolled oats
  • (Around) 1 cup of Frozen Mixed Berries
    (or any fruit you want)
  • 1 ½ cup Soy Milk
    (doesn’t matter if its lite soy milk or not, its your choice)
  • Chia seeds
    (Add as much as you want, I usually just add roughly a teaspoon)

    Take note:

  • If you want to make the smoothie thinner and easier to drink, add some water perhaps.
  • To make it thicker, you could either add less soy milk, or add more fruit or oats.

    Method:
    Literally just put all your ingredients in a blender, and blend away!

    I usually blend it for 30-40 seconds, but you could do it for however long you wish. If its thicker, you may want to do it for longer, and vice versa.

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    ALSO take note that in this recipe, I did use FROZEN berries.

    It’s completely fine to use fresh fruit, but I personally like the freshness and the coolness that frozen berries give my drink. It makes it refreshing.

    So I suggest that if you do use fresh fruit, maybe throw in some ice just to make it nice and cold!

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Cowspiracy

ATTENTION: This is probably the most important message I could share with anyone. The most important thing I want to educate EVERYONE one. I want you to do me a favour if you’re reading this. Read ALL of it. For me, and for the planet. I want you to, when you read it, and watch it, share it with anyone and everyone you know. Please. Thats all I ask.

So, I just watched a movie/documentary called ”Cowspiracy”. You may or may not have heard of it, it was released in 2014. And it COMPLETELY and TOTALLY changed and inspired me. It made me realise so many things, I could never fit it all in to one blog. Luckily, if you watch Cowspiracy, you would know exactly what I am talking about. When watching this, I learnt SO many knew facts and statistics that greatly shocked me.

Cowspiracy” Is a documentary made by an American called Kip Andersen. It is about how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups. And watching how those major environmental groups completely ignore, or disregard this topic, really shocked and frustrated me. They don’t even address it on their websites.

Given that description, some people may find it boring, or unnecessary even. But let me tell you, after watching it, I feel like the best person in the world. Going vegan was the best decision I’ve ever made. After watching that, no one could convince me otherwise. And it isn’t until you watch this documentary that you would maybe have the same opinion as I do.

I won’t write down here all the statistics I learnt, mainly because there’s too many to pick from, but even watching the first 30 minutes of Cowspiracy will give you a brand new perspective on our environment and how humans don’t even realise the damage we do.

Sure, we can take shorter showers, and ride our bikes rather than driving, but in comparison, it would make no difference to our environment than if we stopped the farming of animals.

I don’t really know what else to say about this right now, other than WATCH IT PLEASE, IM BEGGING YOU. And when you watch it, (don’t be that person and ignore one of the biggest issues of our society today), Let me know and tell me what you think. Tell people about it. I think Cowspiracy says more than anyone else could.

This documentary is on Netflix, for those of you who have it. Not sure if its on apple TV, but if you can try to find it.

I understand some people may have different views, like my family. It’s very hard to convince them of my views because they have their own, they’re not vegan or vegetarian. But I just wanted to share this with you, whether you agree with this or not.

 

Hong Kong Adventures

Hong Kong – Asia’s World City.
Population, roughly over 7 million people, yea. It’s pretty damn crowded. No wonder everyone lives in high-rise apartments.

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As populated and some what polluted as it may be, Hong Kong is definitely a place you want to put on your bucket list, especially if you’re not familiar with anything of Chinese culture.

As a former Hong Kong resident myself, I know a thing or two about this place. Not only have I lived there for over 5 years of my life as an expat, I have gone to different schools there, as well as actively participated in the different Chinese festivals and celebrations. I even learnt a lot of the language – Mandarin. Although on Hong Kong Island (where I lived) the main language is Cantonese – a dialect of Mandarin.

Hong Kong has many tourist attractions. From Ocean Park, to 5 Star Hotels, to the different Chinese festivals, to Disney Land, even the food could draw you in to the country. Experiencing all of this would be a part of you and stay in your memory for the rest of your life.

(New years eve fireworks and Chinese New Year are some examples of amazing experiences I wish I could share with those who haven’t seen it)

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  Hong Kong is a very International place, whether it’s the people who live there – who come from all over the world. The airport – with connecting flights to almost anywhere you could think of flying to. The food – not everything is Chinese (I was glad because i’m not a big fan of a lot of Asian foods), and the Language. You will find that most of the people, at least on Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island (the island that hosts the airport, Disney Land etc.) will speak fluent English. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting around Hong Kong if you don’t know any Chinese.

I have a friend who’s lived there for over 3 years now and they don’t, nor ever did have a car. Public transport in Hong Kong is phenomenal, and so easy. Just use your Octopus card (and yes I did say Octopus card) to get around in buses, trains, ferries, even some taxis, and you can also use your octopus card to purchase things in some stores including any corner shops like 7/11.

Let me know if you want to know anything more about Hong Kong! I’d be happy to tell you about it. 😀

Grand Cayman Isle

O land of soft, fresh breezes
O verdant trees so fair,
With the Creator’s glory
Reflected ev’rywhere,
O sea of palest em’rald,
Merging to darkest blue,
Whene’er my thoughts fly Godward,
I always think of you.
Dear, verdant island, set in blue Caribbean Sea,
I’m coming, coming very soon, O beautious isle, to thee.
Although I wandered far,
My heart enshrines thee yet.
Homeland, fair Cayman Isle,
I cannot thee forget.

Located in the western Caribbean, about 150 miles south of Cuba, 460 miles south of Miami, Florida, and 167 miles northwest of Jamaica, lies the Cayman Islands. So small, you can’t even see it on a map.

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I used to live on the Island on Grand Cayman (the main, bigger one in the picture). The other smaller islands – Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – I have never actually been to. But I just wanted to share with you this beautiful place in the heart of the Caribbean.

I haven’t been back there since we left – in 2007. I may have been young, but I still remember it all. I had great friends there. Not to mention it’s a Caribbean Island – It’s pretty damn beautiful. My favourite place to go was probably Rum Point Beach, located at the top point of the Island.

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I lived in George Town, on the West side of the Island. Most of my life was there. But i guess it didn’t really matter where you were because the whole island is tiny. You could go across it all you liked.

In 2010, the population of Grand Cayman came to roughly 52,600 people. It may sound like a lot, but it certainly didn’t feel that populated.

The Island is very flat, there aren’t any mountains or high hills. The surrounding waters are so clear, so crystal blue. Some may even say it’s a pale emerald (look back in the Cayman Island National Song at the top of the post.)

This is Rum Point Beach:

Rum-Point-Grand-Cayman-Island.jpgWreck-Bar-Rum-Point-sign.jpgRum-Point-6.jpgAnother top place to go, which is also a family activity, is to go out to Sting Ray City. If you look on the map, you may notice a rather large area of water over the Island. That water is very shallow and clear. Up closer to where the coast line would be, is a place that I called Sting Ray Bay, but is actually called Sting Ray City. It’s home to hundreds of Stingrays, and you can go swimming with them!

Now I realise it does sound a tad bit scary, considering the whole Steve Irwin incident. But back then, I didn’t think twice of it. I have swum there a few times, with the stingrays. I was younger, and therefore shorter, and I couldn’t touch the sandy ocean floor back then, so my only concern was the waves that kept hitting me on a rather windy day.

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Becoming A Vegan

Transitioning in to a vegan diet can be difficult. It can change many things, many aspects of your life. Especially if you’re young, like me, if you go to school and live with your parents – who may or may not be supportive of your decision to change.

I became a vegan late 2015. It was a very sudden transition too. The morning of the transition, I wasn’t even a vegan, nor was I vegetarian. I ate meat and dairy products, in fact, the day I went vegan, I had a chocolate bar  that morning. (I know i probably shouldn’t have been eating chocolate in the morning but that’s not what matters)

So… I was in the grocery shops with my mum after my Saturday sport that morning. And I had told her what I had been thinking for a while – I was thinking about becoming a vegan. I don’t think she took it that seriously at first, but when I got home, I chopped myself a banana, and put it in a bowl with some blueberries and raspberries, and labelled myself a vegan from then forward.

When becoming a vegan, you probably shouldn’t have transitioned like I did. It would probably be better, theoretically, if you were a vegetarian first, just so you could ease in to the life without animal products.

But nothing’s wrong with going straight in to it, in fact, I applaud you for being so eager if you do.

But things change.

Cutting all animal products out of your diet can have some serious effects on your health if you don’t do it right. But, I want to promote veganism, that’s what i’m here for.

Having a vegan diet, or as people call it – a high calorie, low-fat diet – can be extraordinarily good for your body. Not only are you eating healthier, but eliminating all animal products can have some other amazing health benefits.

For a start, it’s impossible for you to get dietary cholesterol, since it all comes from fatty animal products like meat and dairy.

Secondly, A diet rich in whole grains is beneficial to your health in many ways, including lowering high blood pressure.

Even some types of cancers can be reduced or even stopped by incorporating a vegan diet in to your lifestyle – A major study showed that men in the early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even reversed the illness.

Other cancer rates like breast cancer and colon cancer in a person can be significantly reduced with a Vegan diet.

However, doing this vegan diet the wrong way – either not getting enough of the right nutrients or enough calories – can have some effects (which you can make right by doing it the right way). Some of these aspects include your body energy, weight loss (either a healthy weight loss or not), hair and nail quality and so, so much more.

Several studies show that living a vegan lifestyle can even lengthen your life. They show that vegans tend to have healthier skin, smell less, don’t have bad breath and generally feel better.

Many people begin a vegan diet out of concern for animals (like me). Whether opposed to the conditions of animals intended for food or eating animals in general, going vegan will help your conscience rest easily.

Also, Growing plants takes much fewer resources than growing animals. By eating vegan, you can help reduce the toll on the environment.


 

This article will most likely not be the last veganism article I write. There’s so much more to talk about, and i’ll try to get through them, but until next time, cya 😀

Understanding Australia

G’day! How ya doin?

To start off, you may think all Australian’s say those cliché “Aussie sayings” like, “G’day” and “put another shrimp on the barbie”, when realistically, you wouldn’t find many people who say them regularly. Actually, let me correct you on that last one – no one says “put another shrimp on the barbie”. Mainly because, here in Australia, we don’t eat shrimp, we eat prawns. And if that comes as a shock to you, I recommend that you do in fact read this article, so you can actually get some info on the best country in the world (Australia) – written by yours truly, an Aussie.

I guess I should introduce myself then. My name is Georgia, and I live in Sydney, Australia. I would also like point out (to those clueless folks who think that Sydney is the capital of Australia) that Sydney it’s not the capital. It is in fact Canberra. From what I’ve learned of Australian history, way back in the olden times (for Australia), they were trying to decide which city should be the capital – Sydney or Melbourne. You see, at the time, the two biggest cities were rivaling each other, and as a compromise, Canberra – a smaller city between the two rivals – was elected the capital of the land down under.

Now, pretty recently I’ve heard a few rather ridiculous assumptions that come in in the form of questions from America, mainly. I don’t want to offend anyone or America as a whole, but some of the crap that you think we do is remarkable.

No, I’m afraid we don’t ride Kangaroos to school. We do in fact speak English here, yes. Well… if you were to come visit us, and especially for the first time, you may want to divulge in to the unique educational experience of learning the distinctive ‘slang’ that is the Australian language. As you will soon discover, Australians are very lazy when it comes to abbreviating and shortening words. It’s even in our accent.

Take some words like flower, or computer. If you’re from America, you do pronounce the “er” at the end of the words. A slight variation, but none the less and “er” sound if you’re British. But us Aussies, we have a very unique accent, and a very unique way of saying words. And, we don’t take to offence. Rather, we embrace our Aussie accent (some more than others *cough* Bogan’s *cough*).

We would pronounce the end of those words with an “a”, for example – “Flow-a” and “comput-a”.

Allow me to enlighten you on a few Aussie slang words that you may or may not have heard of:

Breakfast – Brekky

Avocado – Avo

Ambulance – Ambo

Afternoon – Arvo

Devastating – Devo

Biscuit – Bikkie

Mosquito – Mozzie

Friend / buddy – Mate

I could probably write two whole pages on words that we say. And when I say “we”, I really don’t mean all of us. Although a lot of Australians may use all or most of the “Australian language”, but, of course, there are some who may not say them all, or may not even not say any of them. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t say at least one of those words.

Getting back on track, I wanted to answer some questions.

You may or may not have heard of Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed is part of my daily life (sorry, not sorry). Whether it’s youtube videos or Buzzfeed quizzes, or even youtube videos about Buzzfeed quizzes.

There is a Buzzfeed article labeled “21 questions America has for Australia.”

Here are a few of those…

 

The first 2 questions revolve around our currency. Well let me tell you, America, our money is colourful, not because it’s a fashion contest (but if it was we would so win). It’s colourful so we actually know what notes are which, instead of looking at the same boring, green paper note. If we get our wallet out and see a pink note, we know straight away that it’s a 5-dollar note. If its blue, we know it’s a 10-dollar note. (And so on)

And why it’s plastic not paper? That’s so the money can’t tear. I don’t know how many times you American’s find a ripped note, but here in Australia, I don’t think I’ve ever been handed a ripped note.

There’s this question, I see, that says – “Is ANYTHING available in your country?” (In terms of stuff online)

I admit, Australia can’t access some Internet sites, and I’ve experienced this first hand (rarely). But of course there are loads of things we can access. It’s not like we are in our own little world that no one else but us can access online.

The next question, I had to laugh at. “You guy’s ever heard of shirts?”

And there’s a picture of 6 people, most without shirts on, but just basically our casual wear (beach clothes).

I will elaborate on this section for a while, and tell you some things that you may not have known.

Now as you would probably know already, Australia can get pretty darn hot. So you can’t blame us for walking around without a shirt or bikini top or something.

By pretty darn hot, I mean PRETTY DARN HOT.

Summer times, even in the city, can get to extreme, but just imagine how much hotter it is towards the centre of our country (not that many people live there anyway). A semi recent census stated that at least 82% of the population lives within 50km of the coast. (That’s around 31 miles for you American’s).

In Australia, it is very common (mainly in and around summer) to see people walking around with no shoes on.

And if they are wearing shoes, we’re all wearing thongs (flip flops). In Australia, we call them thongs. Laugh all you want, maybe even look at us funny, but if you call them flip-flops here, we’ll know you’re from outta town.

Also, don’t be surprised if you see people bare foot even in shopping centres/malls – especially if it’s near a beach.

The next question: “What’s with the Celsius? Who do you think you are? England?”

Then they have a picture comparing 30 degrees Fahrenheit (snowing) and 30 degrees Celsius (a warm beach).

Well, America, I hate to break it to you, but only you and a couple other VERY small places use Fahrenheit as their temperature measurement unit. The rest of the world is in their right mind (no offence).

Our way is so much easier. It all comes down to the 0’s.

You see, 0 is freezing, because that makes sense. Not 32 degrees. Why are you making it so hard for yourselves?

Question 11 made me laugh. “How are you this bad at baseball? (And why do you call it cricket)”

*Insert crying/laughing emoji here*

Are you for real? Baseball and Cricket are two completely different sports. That’s all I have to say, other than look it up.

Question 17 states this: “How is “high” your SECOND-LOWEST fire danger rating?”

So, as I said previously – Australia is a bloody hot country in the summer, so the bush fire ratings go as follows from the lowest to the highest fire danger rating:

Low-Moderate -> High -> Very High -> Severe -> Extreme -> Catastrophic / Code Red

Depending on the temperature, the day, and the amount of wind in the day, the rating changes accordingly. It basically states the chance of bush fires in that area, on that day.

I’m going to answer the last two questions…

20) “And how is the one creature that CAN’T kill you outlawed?”

Then underneath there’s a picture of a sign showing a rabbit penalty of $30,000.

First of all, you have to know that rabbits are only banned in certain states, like Queensland for example. Secondly, you may be interested to know why they are banned.

So before European settlement in our country, there were no rabbits inhabiting this land. They were foreign to this country until the Europeans introduced them to Australia by the First Fleet in 1788. There weren’t many of them at first, I think there were 24 that were first released, but they bred like wildfire.

The rabbits were destroying our land. That’s basically why they’re banned. They cause trouble. But here in Sydney they aren’t banned. One of my closer friends owns a bunny. His name is Smudge.

And lastly, and one of the most important questions to be answered…

“And seriously…what is the deal with vegemite.”

There are several things I want to say to every non-Australian who has ever tried vegemite and didn’t like it. But I’ll keep it to a minimum.

I see American people on youtube try vegemite. They turn their nose up at it as soon as their tongues touch the stuff. I would firstly like to mention that taking a spoon of vegemite is probably not the way to go, okay? Not even we do that (but if we did we would still like it).

The TRADITIONAL way we eat vegemite, is to spread a little bit on toast with some butter.

Vegemite is NOT used like peanut butter. We spread nowhere near as much on as we would peanut butter.

And, if you try vegemite the right way and still don’t like it, well… not my problem, nor is it any other Australian’s fault. You don’t like it? Sorry. Doesn’t mean you gotta bad mouth it like people do. There’s nothing to say.

You don’t hear me complaining to you about how disgusting Twinkies are. (But of course that’s my personal opinion, which I don’t advertise).

We like Vegemite, and that’s that.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little article on Understanding Australia; I liked writing it, even though I could have kept going for days. I think it was geared more towards American’s than anywhere else. But even though you guys had some seriously stupid questions, you guys are still our allies on an international scale, so, all I’ve got to say is…

G’day mates! 🙂

Hey, hey, hey :)

I’m new to blogs and all, I wanted to make this to share my ideas, creations and tips with whoever you are that is reading this. If you did stumble across this page, I would appreciate it heaps if you were to check it out and show some love ❤ I’ll be trying to publish something new at least once a week so, keep an eye out for something!! Until then, cya next time 😀