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Vegan Tofu Scramble – 5 Minute Protein Breakfast

I bloody love breakfast. It is definitely my favourite meal of the day, I think it is because I’m such a morning person. Of course now I’m here in Bali I’ve been cramming in a lot of breakfasts! I’m SO spoilt for choice here it’s just ridiculous. Honestly, stay here for 3 days and you still won’t have finished the list of epic foodie spots I’d have for you to drool over! The last few months I’ve majored on the tropical fruits as its been pretty exciting to have these in abundance. But in the last few weeks I’ve switched it up, and to match my more intense gym routine I’ve been seeking a more protein rich spread. So this vegan tofu scramble has been the answer to my breakfast dreams.

Quick + Easy + Tasty + Protein Filled + Nutrient Dense = #BreakfastGoals This recipe is something you need in your life and it couldn’t be simpler! You can keep it lean and carb free, or go large and add toast too!

To make up for me spamming the gram with all these amazing foodie photos I’ve decided to start re-creating my favourites so you can make them yourself at home and bring a bit of the Bali sunshine to your cooking! I hope you like this idea and enjoy the recipes 🙂

Recipe Inspiration

In Canggu, Bali, I’ve been loving the delicious vegan tofu scramble dishes at Shady Shack and Vida Cafe. Naturally I’ve been sampling these thoroughly in preparation for this post… market research is the best 😉

Shady Shack’s Vegan Tofu Scramble

Shady Shack - Vegan Tofu Scramble - The Vegan Edit

 

Vida Cafe’s Vegan Tofu Scramble (+ Vegan BLT)

I really enjoyed making my own version of these at home. I did an epic organic food shop from Bali Jiwa so I was also able to use super fresh locally grown, organic, non-gmo tofu and veggies! Obviously I’ve been buzzing to eat this every day after the gym this week!

This super tasty vegan tofu scramble has become a staple breakfast of mine. Give it a try, I know you’ll love it!

Ingredients

220g (or half a standard sized block) Organic Firm Tofu (Organic is important as Soy can be GMO)
4 Organic Tomatoes (halved)
4 Handfuls of Organic Spinach
4 Handfuls of chopped Mushrooms
1 Grated Carrot
1 Grated Courgette
1 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 Tsp Dried Herbs (Basil, Oregano etc)
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
6 Sticks of Asparagus (if in season)
Salt & Pepper to season
Coconut Oil or refined Olive Oil for the cooking

Method

Start by mashing up the tofu in a bowl and mixing in the grated carrot, grated courgette,  herbs, spices and half the chopped garlic.

I prefer to cook this in two pans, to keep the scrambled tofu separate from the rest of the ingredients. It’s a little easier this way! Add a little drizzle of oil into each pan and put both on a low-medium heat.

Pan 1
Sautee 1/2 chopped garlic clove with the mushrooms, asparagus and tomatoes for roughly 3 minutes, then when they have softened add in the spinach on top for the final minutes of cooking. The steam and heat from the pan will cook it very quickly. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

You can choose to keep the ingredient separate in the pan or mix them all together, your preference. You’ll see I have examples of both in the photos 🙂

Pan 2
Transfer the bowl with tofu etc into the second pan, and sauté for 3-4 minutes. I sometimes add a splash of Tamari/Soy sauce too. t doesn’t take long to cook at all, and some of the tofu will start to brown slightly when it is ready.

Serve immediately with a dollop or hummus, a squirt of ketchup or your favourite condiment. This dish is great as it is nutrient dense and a super healthy meal to start the day with. It’s pretty filling, but if you are after a mega breakfast then you could add a few slices of sourdough toast.

Vegan Tofu Scramble 2 - The Vegan Edit Notes + Variations for if you’re feeling #Extra

-If you like things hot, you could add some Mexican vibes by adding a side of avocado, dollop of refried beans, red peppers and you could also add a sprinkle of chilli powder into the scramble mix.
-Those Italian fans could add fresh basil, vegan pesto, nutritional yeast and a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the top to serve.

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A Guide to Healthy Vegan Cafe’s in Uluwatu

The food in Bali is just incredible, there are loads of healthy cafes and restaurants all of which have menu’s chock full of nourishing Vegan cuisine!  The hot climate and rain bursts mean that there is an abundance of tropical fruit and vibrant vegetables, meaning there is lots of delicious and fresh food to feast on! There are lots of healthy vegan cafe’s in Uluwatu so you really are spoilt for choice, and could easily have 5 hearty meals a day and not run out of awesome options.  The hardest decision of the day is deciding where to go what to order!

Having been to Bali twice this year (I can’t get enough!) I’ve crammed in a lot of foodie research that it would be rude not to share…

Uluwatu is a must visit location, a surfers paradise with idyllic views and a super chilled out vibe. Here are my tops health food hangouts!

Temple Lodge

Temple Lodge is a laid-back boutique hotel right on the cliff front above Bingin Beach.  Offering daily yoga classes and a million dollar view, the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab some breakfast after a yoga class, or lunch after a morning at the beach.   The menu includes Ayurvedic juices, coconut porridge and tempe noodle bowls.  A lovely hidden gem, this place offers a quiet haven from which to soak up the ocean views…

The Cashew Tree

Another gem serving healthy fresh food, The Cashew Tree is within walking distance of Bingin beach.  All the food is locally sourced and organic, with the menu featuring kombucha, smoothies and raw desserts! Dishes include Tempe Soba Noodles, Burritos and Rice Paper Rolls.  On Thursday’s the place goes off, with live music and partying!

Yoga Searcher

One of my firm favourites, I already have a whole post dedicated to this awesome organic restaurant.  I’d recommend visiting for breakfast and arriving hungry – I usually order a coffee, juice, smoothie and main dish like these beautiful vegan pancakes!  As a fully fledged yoga haven, facilities include luxury poolside huts,  yoga classes, a cute shopt and a spa where you can book a massage.  There are also weekly evening detox sessions (think sauna –> steam room –> ice bath –> steaming hot pool –> camp fire!) that you can enjoy before a nourishing dinner…seriously epic.  Located on the main road towards Uluwatu Temple it’s easy to find, so you’ve no excuse not to drop in!

Bukit Cafe

Another cafe with serious credentials is Bukit, located on the main strip between Bingin and Padang Padang it’s a great place to pop into between surf sessions.  It has has super friendly staff, a delicious menu and a mountain of fresh coconuts by the bar – what’s not to love!  Offering the obligatory avocado on toast, veggie fajitas and vegan pancakes there are plenty of vegan options for breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus a fridge full of raw desserts!

Single Fin – Nalu Bowls

Whilst Single Fin is mainly renowned for it’s huge Sunday night parties, there’s a softer side to this legendary clifftop venue.  Bali’s famous smoothie bowl bar Nalu Bowls have a shack at Single Fin.  It’s the perfect place to spend your morning – enjoying the gorgeous views of the ocean and checking out the surfers doing their thing!

The Badest Bowls in Bali | @nalubowls | with the Badest view in Bali | @singlefin_bali | via @xploreyourfit 🙌🌴

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Reminiscing about all my favourite healthy vegan cafe’s in Uluwatu has me longing for the tropics – there is such a relaxed vibe there! Together with the incredible food, friendly people and stunning scenery, I miss this special island and it’s safe to say I will be back again soon!

Ruth x

Healthy Flight Essentials – My Top Tips!

Eating well and staying healthy while travelling can be a little tricky, but after a few painful long-haul flights you soon get the hang of it! I’ve learnt the importance of preparation in order to have a healthy flight. There are some super useful essentials to pack for on the plane and when you arrive at your destination.  Travelling with these essentials to help keep me energised, hydrated and free from the dreaded jet lag.

Have a healthy rejuvenating trip with my top tips for a healthy flight…

I prefer to eat before and/or after my flight, and avoid eating plane meals as much as possible.  They are full of preservatives and so I always make sure I pack some nutritious, healthy and filling snacks keep me going instead.  As flying makes me feel sluggish and a bit bloated, for me it’s always best to eat light and focus on staying hydrated. For me, flying is more about the time to focus on myself, read a book, catch up on podcasts, watch a movie, and journal. I love flying for these reasons!

On my recent trip to Bali, I made sure to eat before my 9pm flight and then packed the below snacks for the journey.

healthy flight essentials

I like to take a few superfood powder sachets that contain probiotics to make sure my gut health is tip top!  I shake these up into a coconut water or bottle of mineral water.  Cacao protein balls are a no brainer – delicious and filling. You can of course make all your own homemade healthy snacks or just pop into your local health food shop to pick up some snack bars. It’s handy to have a few on you during a holiday too if you’re going to be active.  Making your own trail mix is another great idea – a bag of nuts, coconut flakes, goji berries, caco nibs, raisins, seeds etc.

One AMAZING tip is to pack a flask! I picked up this cute floral one for a super long trip from Sydney to London – it is brilliant. You can bring a few bags of your favourite herbal teas and ask the flight attendants to fill your flask with boiling water for you.  That way you don’t have to suffer with a tiny weeny cup of tea.

healthy flight flask

Another great tip is to pop a nugget of fresh ginger in your flask before you fly so that you can have fresh ginger tea.  Ginger tea improves circulation, relieves nausea, reduces inflammation and is antibacterial – everything you want when you’re stuck on a super long flight.

It goes without saying to pack a big bottle so that you can get water re-fills.  I take my favourite water filter bottle from Invigorated Water which removes any impurities or heavy metals.  By bringing your own bottle you can keep tabs on your intake much easier. It’s well known that flights are extremely dehydrating so having a large bottle is really important to help you stay hydrated.

I like to spritz my face regularly throughout the flight – it’s refreshing and hydrating on the skin. I really like a facial spritz by Swiss Phytomedics.  It is completely plantbased and full of botanical nutrients such as Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Mandarin.  It is also free from any nasty chemicals and is vegan friendly.

I also pop in a few miniature face treatments and hydrating masks for the flight – when I’m buying my toiletries for a holiday I ask for some product samples. A great way to keep your skin hydrated and an opportunity to try new products. Win win!

If you know someone who is traveling soon and needs these tips, please share this post with them! I’m sure they will thank you for it – let’s spread the wellness hacks far and wide!

If you’re jetting off soon, you can Amazon Prime some of these goodies below…

 

Enjoy your flight and let me know if you have any fab tips to share in the comments below 🙂

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The Elephant Restaurant, Ubud

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud is nestled up on the hillside just off the main road through Ubud.  The menu is 100% vegetarian, and the ethos is focused on sustainability and ‘Earth friendly food’.  In their words ‘we strive to be an ethical business and are recognized by the slow food movement for our environmentally aware and socially fair work practice’ – full marks for conscious cuisine!

The location is idyylic and they definitely get the prize for the best view.  The restaurant overlooks the beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge.

At £3-£4 for a main meal such as coconut noodle soup or a huge salad, you are truly spoilt for choice here. Almost all dishes can be adapted to be Vegan, and there are loads of delicious sides and extras on offer.

There is a huge menu of healthy drinks – Kombucha (pro-biotic fermented tea – really delicious!), fresh juices, smoothies and even cocktails served in a pineapple!

The Rosella Kombucha is delicious, a favourite drink of mine and a great replacement for wine if you’re avoiding alcohol.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Rosella Kombucha

The Strawberry Cooler didn’t last long…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Strawberry Cooler

I really did try an awful lot of items from the menu, as soaking up the view from the comfy sofa was just what I needed after a busy morning! This is the Mango & Dragon Fruit Smoothie…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Mango Dragonfruit Smoothie

If you’re after a cocktail then Spike’s Jungle Fever is one to try – Absolute, muddle fruit, lemon basil, lime & honey, served in a whole pineapple!

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Beverages

This is the White Tiger Salad which is a beautifully presented combination of green leaves, roast pumpkin, sesame, carrot, tempeh, pickled ginger, edamame, nori and cucumber. Nutritionally dense and fresh, this salad is chock full of vitamins and minerals. I chose the lemon tahini ginger dressing which was divine!

The Elephant Cafe Ubud - White Tiger Salad

What does The Elephant’s philosophy of Earth friendly food mean? ‘We are trying to create food that is delicious and health to eat but which doesn’t endanger the health of the planet in it’s making’.

I love visiting and discovering amazing sustainable and health restaurants like here at The Elephant.  It warms my heart to support businesses that put so much effort into providing an incredible experience whilst focusing on working closely with the environment.  The team at The Elephant grow their own herbs, filter rainwater, use recyclable packaging, 75% of food is locally produced, 60% is Organic and they are taking steps to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Green Juice

If you’re off to Ubud, be sure to check out The Elephant for a lazy afternoon soaking up the view and a menu that will leave you spoilt for choice!

To get the seats with the best view visit the website to book a table: The Elephant Restaurant Ubud

Happy Travelling,

Ruth x

ZenUbud Villa – Bali’s Hidden Tropical Paradise

ZenUbud is next door to the Viceroy, which goes some way in helping explain how unbelievably incredible the location is.  The complex is made up of three villas all perched on the edge of the rice paddies, overlooking the lush green jungle.

Villa1 ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Villa - View of Pool - The Vegan Edit

Located just outside Ubud, you get to experience peace and tranquility that’s only a stone’s throw away from the bustle of Bali’s cultural heartland. The best of both worlds.

It’s easy to see why this place stole my heart…

Pool ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Garden - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud is pretty exclusive with only 3 villas, so it’s lovely and quiet; we didn’t need to share the pool at all during our 3-day stay.

ZenUbud Boutique Villas - Bali Infinity Pool - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Infinity Pool - Rosie - The Vegan Edit

This has to be one of the most gorgeous and affordable infinity pool views.  The same view 1/4 mile down the road at the Viceroy is £600+ per night!

Rosie - ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

Even the bathroom is incredible, open to the elements, with a view looking out across the valley.  Fitted with a rain shower, so that you can enjoy the view while you wash.  I can’t imagine any shower beating this one!

ZenUbud - Bathroom View - The Vegan Edit

You get a front row seat to mother nature’s best show, with loads of gorgeous tropical birds flying by.  One morning we spent a good half an hour laughing at a family of Monkeys playing in a tree over the way while we ate our breakfast.

ZenUbud Villa View - The Vegan Edit

Enjoying the sunset from the comfort of the infinity pool when we first arrived was a definite ‘pinch me’ moment. The villa staff even brought us down a welcome cocktail to enjoy while we made ourselves at home.

ZenUbud Boutique Villa - Infinity Pool

ZenUbud Villa - Pool - The Vegan Edit

This place comes into it’s own in the evenings …

Imagine the crickets singing, the fireflies glowing, a sea of stars overhead, and the warm evening air all mingled with the smell of jungle flowers and incense. Truly magical.

ZenUbud Villa - The Vegan Edit - Sunset

Although we had a kitchen in our villa, and there are chefs on site that can cook for you, we decided to order a takeaway as we knew exactly what we wanted.  You can get the most incredible salads, the food is so amazing and fresh.  A great decision if I do say so myself…

We opted for trying Alchemy, an organic vegan café that was on our health cafe hit list.  ZenUbud is barely 15 minutes outside Ubud, so it wasn’t long before we were setting up for a feast!

ZenUbud Villa - Alchemy Takeaway - The Vegan Edit

Coconut Kefir - The Vegan Edit - Alchemy Cafe

How insanely cute are the takeaway boxes made out of banana leaf? Eco-friendly and adorable.  We chose to get a mixture of things to share; a juice, smoothie, coconut kefir, salad, budda bowl and raw chocolate dessert.

ZenUbud Villa - Alchemya Organic Dessert - The Vegan Edit

Alchemy Green Juice - ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

You can see from the photos that ZenUbud is the ultimate tropical paradise.

Unsurprisingly we decided to stay on an extra night here, as we couldn’t bear to leave.  Heaven on Earth!

If you’re ever visiting Ubud (which is a must fyi), then definitely stay at ZenUbud. The location, quality and affordability make it the ideal base from which to explore all the Balinese culture.

I’m looking forward to my next visit.

Ruth x

Check out ZenUbud Villa on TripAdvisor

Yoga Searcher Bali

Bali is such a beautiful country, it’s pretty difficult to pick a favourite place, Uluwatu is definitely very high on my list though.  There are some incredible beaches, cafes, hotels and yoga centres – heaven for a health nut like me.  It was on the way to Uluwatu Temple that I first spotted the amazing Muz Kitchen restaurant at Yoga Searcher Bali as I whizzed past on a moped!  When I’m on holiday, the days are as much about discovering the best Vegan cafes as they are discovering the idyllic beaches.

Muz Kitchen is a must visit if you’re a serious foodie.  As usual with the best health food hangouts, the menu is awesome, offering everything from Acai Superfood Bowl’s to homemade Vegan Banana Bread.  Yoga Searcher pride themselves on offering fresh, organic, plant-based food – Earth friendly and cooked with love!

On my first visit to Muz Kitchen after a morning of yoga, I was pretty hungry and in the market for a breakfast feast.  Following much deliberation, I decided on the vegan Buckwheat Pancakes. It’s rare to find vegan pancakes so I absolutely have to try these whenever they’re on the menu! An extremely good decision…

Yoga Searcher Bali - Buckwheat Pancakes

The pancakes are d i v i n e!  The toppings consist of a perfect combination of caramelised banana, strawberry cardamom cream, pecans, and dried cranberries.

The smoothie pictured is called ‘Midnight Chocolate’, a lovely decadent mixture of blueberries, coconut, vanilla, cacao nibs and homemade almond milk.  The quality and freshness of the ingredients is just great – there’s nothing like local grown fruit and homemade dishes. I’ve got to say the food in Bali is the most fresh and delicious of anywhere I’ve been.Yoga Searcher Bali - Logo

I’ve got to confess that I ended up visiting Muz Kitchen twice in the same day… The food is so delicious and the venue so chilled, I couldn’t help myself.

At night the restaurant is completely transformed into a super cosy and tranquil space.

Yoga Searcher Bali - At Night

Yoga Searcher Bali - Entrance

It’s always best to eat a light meal for dinner, so decided on this really tasty burger with a gluten free bun …

Yoga Searcher Bali - Vegan Burger

…washed down with this delicious watermelon juice

Yoga Searcher Bali - Watermelon Juice

And naturally I had to finish off with the Apple Tart and Cashew Icecream 😉

Yoga Searcher Bali - Apple Tart

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, make sure you stop off at Yoga Searcher in Uluwatu.  They have an Organic Spa, Yoga Retreat, gift shop and gorgeous boutique villa accomodation… as well as amazing food! What more could you want?

I’ll be visiting again later this year and I’m counting down the days…

Check it out here: yogasearcher-bali.com

Ruth x