When you have a certain mission, a strong message you want to spread – you can’t just always surround yourself with people who are already in your team. To make a change we have to step out of our comfort zone from time to time. You guys know how much I value social media to share stories and create inspirational content – but I also really enjoy to get out into the real world, meet new people and discuss ideas and topics close to my heart without hashtags and a like button.
Jil at a conventional beauty fair?
YES! Last Sunday I supported the organic and plant-based brand Provamel at the GLOW beauty convention in Berlin. It was so cool to push out the message of PRO NATURE & PRO INNER BEAUTY in between all the make up and skin care brands.
The Provamel fair stand truly felt a breath of fresh air! It was so beautifully designed with lots of huge flowers, fruit pictures and real plant leafs on the walls, beautiful bouquets with roses and orchids and the highlight: a wheel of fortune for the fair visitors. All kept in soft pink and lush green colours. Sooo pretty ♥ Conventions can be quite exhausting with all the artificial lights, loud music and so many people around – so this booth was a blessing for both eyes and mind!
And tastebuds: The girls from Provamel & Sister Mag prepared delicious smoothies for everyone – a perfect chance to start a conversation and introduce them to the plant based alternatives to dairy. Honestly, one of the best things we can do to spread the message is to provide people with tasty vegan food!
They also had the chance to try out all the different variations, from soy and oat to cashew or almond milk. It was so fun to see their reactions and actively remove negative connotations with the term vegan! It’s sadly quite common that “vegan” is associated with restriction and weird tasting substitute products – when in fact it’s about choosing a way of living that is much more natural and proven to be healthier and more sustainable. I actually had some amazing conversations about the plantbased lifestyle and many people were surprised by all the different options – the wide product range by Provamel can bring so much variety into our diets. It’s quite tough to pick a favorite after testing myself through all the products! They are all just so good – but I was very impressed by the cashew milk. YUM!
The smoothie recipes were so good that I thought it would be nice to share my favorites with you:
Lemon Turmeric Smoothie
150g Provamel soy alternative to yogurt (unsweetened)
100ml Provamel soy drink
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon peel
1/2 tsp turmeric
optional: 1 tbsp chia seeds
HEALTH TIP: I try to get at least 1/2 to 1 tsp of turmeric into my system every day: either in delicious warming golden milks, veggie stir fries or yummy smoothie – like this one. It has so many health benefits and is especially known for its anti-inflammatory effect.
Kiwi Spirulina Smoothie
200ml Provamel almond drink
1 handful spinach
1/2 lime or lemon (peeled)
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp spirulina
HEALTH TIP: Spirulina is an algae and a real superfood. Filled with protein, vitamins and phytonutrients. It has 3900% more iron than spinach – crazy right?
Pink Berry Smoothie
200ml Provamel oat drink with calcium
50g frozen mixed berries
1/2 pink grapefruit
HEALTH TIP: Ginger is by far one of my all time favorite natural remedies. It’s incredibly beneficial for our immune system and can help with so many ailments, from colds to nausea! It’s also filled with antioxidants to protect the body from harmful free radicals.
In my last blogpost I shared my thoughts on inner beauty with you. This topic is so important and in between all the conventional beauty brands, that oftentimes advertise their products by making us feel “not good / pretty enough” without them, this message truly stood out. Make up, styling tools and clothes can be a fun way of discovering ourselves, a hobby, art. But they shouldn’t be seen as something that you need in order to be acceptable. You are beautiful and loved the way you are – without all the colours, layers, extensions, blushes and brushes. I’m a girl myself – and sometimes I really enjoy dressing up and playing around with different eye make ups – but it shouldn’t become more than that.
I think it’s much more important what we put INTO our bodies than onto our skin. We are what we eat! The quality of our nails, hair and skin tell so much about the lifestyle we lead. When we are in alignment with our soul, when we feel comfortable in our skin and when we choose to fuel our system with fresh and healthy foods, then we can shine from the inside out. That’s true glow!
Pro Animal Love – that was one of the headlines in the Provamel fair brochure and I’m so happy that they make this such a big part of their message – because it is THAT important! After becoming vegan myself in Spring 2014 I felt this immense weight lift. It was such a relief to stop eating animals, like I had stopped living a lie I didn’t even realize I was lying about. I couldn’t believe that I had been eating animals for so long! We all carry compassion within us and when we open our eyes to the facts that steaks and sausages are in fact cows and pigs, that the conventional milk we grow up drinking is mother’s milk of another species and that our Sunday breakfast eggs are actually chicken periods – going vegan to me is the most natural and only possible choice. To me there is no difference in dogs and pigs or horses and cows. How can we pet one, even take them to bed with us – and barbecue the other? All animals want to live. How pain is sensed is remarkably similar and well conserved across mammals and humans – and again: there is no humane way of killing any being. If you contemplate trying out a cruelty free way of living I would urge you to check out these documentaries:
- Forks Over Knives
- What The Health
Earthlings shows real footage of all the ways animals are used for food, clothing, and our entertainment. It might be graphic – but I love this quote by vegan activist Gary Yourofsky: “If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?”
Another aspect I’d love to highlight is the fact that Provamel gets all ingredients (except coconuts as they simply do not grow there) from local farmers in Europe! They make a point of developing long and respectful relationships with all their farmers which benefits everyone – the farmers and their families, mother Earth and the quality of the products.
It’s been an honour to collaborate with Provamel for this campaign. I’m so grateful to be able to support and work with a company, whose values truly align with my own.
Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know how you like the smoothie recipes!! ♥
In collaboration with Provamel!