There’s a new Pesto Princess in town – Basil & Chilli (dairy free and full of all the deliciousness). I am and have always been a serious pesto fan, and when it comes to the leaders of the pack, Pesto Princess is an obvious choice. Continue reading “PESTO PRINCESS SUMMER PASTA SALAD”



Last week an extremely exciting package arrived at my door! Kauai sent me a box full of vegan goodies, including my favourite raw bars and the Kauai Strawberry Protein Powder!

I have never really been one for protein powders, but I decided to give this one a go because I know the Kauai brand well and I seriously love their food. And goodness I am glad I gave their Protein Powder a try, I am loving it. Since receiving the package I have used the Strawberry Protein Powder in smoothies, pancakes, and beautiful smoothie bowls like the one you see here.

In all honesty, I have been using this product purely for the yumminess it adds to my sweet breakfasts, and very little for the extra protein – which I feel I am already getting from my diet. So for that reason, you know it must taste good!

If you are not one for strawberry flavours, Kauai has a vanilla and chocolate protein powder too, and I am sure they are both delicious as well.

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Let me describe the product to you a bit more so you can decide whether or not you’d like to give it a go! Unlike many other protein powders, this one doesn’t have that distinct earthy taste, rather it tastes very much like strawberries and is super sweet! What I like about the sweetness is you can leave out any other sweetness you would usually add to a pancake mix, smoothie or smoothie bowl!

This is how I made my four ingredient Kauai Strawberry Protein Smoothie Bowl…

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop Kauai Strawberry Protein Powder
  • 1 cup almond mylk

Toppings: Strawberries, desiccated coconut & buckinis.

  1. Place the almond mylk or plant mylk of choice along with the scoop of protein into a high-speed blender (I use my NutriBullet) and blend well to combine. Blending these together first helps to remove any grainy texture from the protein powder.
  2. Add the frozen bananas and strawberries and blend again until at an ice-cream consistency. Add more mylk if needed.

Serving suggestion: Top with your favourite nut butter for a creamy addition to this deliciously sweet bowl.

This bowl is…

  • Delicious
  • Sweet
  • Healthy
  • High-protein
  • Plant-based
  • Vegan

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This product is now stocked by all Checkers branches which makes sourcing it so easy. It is much more affordable than other plant-based and vegan protein powders, which I am definitely happy about! Who says being healthy needs to be expensive when you know what to shop for. I for one am all about an inexpensive road to health and wellness.

So that is it! This four ingredient bowl of goodness fits perfectly into a busy lifestyle and is full of plant goodness! I am so excited for the weather to start warming up so that this can become my go to breakfast in the mornings – I’ll definitely give oats a skip for this one.

If you are a fan of Plant Protein Powders and love using them in recipes, I would love to hear from you! Please share below in the comments and I’ll give it a try!

Stay warm Cape Town!

Amber Gisele X



Last week I had a killer craving for rice paper rolls. If you are not a fan or have not yet given them a try, trust me, they are a treat! As someone who absolutely loves veggie sushi, these green summer rolls provide an extremely similar taste – which is full on yumminess! I pair mine with pickled ginger and light soy sauce to really get into that sushi realm, but you can pair it with any dipping sauce of your choice!




I absolutely love healthy food, and this love for healthy food paired with a degree in English made for an easy transition into food blogging. I’ll admit that I have not been spending enough time on this platform due to being ridiculously busy with the writing of my new eBook, but I would like to change that. Even if that means writing a blog post for you all at 05.30 like I am this morning! Continue reading “BEET, BUTTERNUT & GREENS PIZZA”



Here it is, the perfect side salad for any tasty meal! I created this Kale, Pecan & Cranberry side salad with The Simplest Eggplant Lasagne in mind, and because something as tasty as this lasagne recipe needs no help from sides to shine, I kept it super simple with bold and fresh flavours. With the lemon tahini dressing, the flavour profile of this side is simply delicious. The sweet cranberries and toasted nutty pecans just further enhance all this deliciousness, and you can be sure that a generous amount of both is added to this dish.  Continue reading “KALE, PECAN & CRANBERRY SIDE SALAD”



I am so excited to finally be sharing the recipe for these Peanut Butter Energy Balls with you all – they truly are a life saver on those long days at work; the perfect energy boosters. I am a sucker for a combination of sweet and salty treats, and this is exactly what you will find with these. The salted peanuts and the sweet dates are a match made in heaven, and of course the creamy peanut butter just tops it off, perfectly merging all the delicious flavours. Continue reading “PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS”



Being a great cook has little to do with fancy tools and equipment, although having some sort of tool that you can learn to make work for you, is essential. I have been wanting to make an eggplant lasagne for the last couple of months now, but what was stopping me was not having a baking dish. I know, shocking right? I had nothing drawing me towards buying a brand new, sparkling white one, and luckily we scored this awesome old school dish from my boyfriends parents – not even a day later I had this baby in the oven!  Continue reading “THE SIMPLEST EGGPLANT LASAGNE”