5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

Hi friends!

I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!

This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!

Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.

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200 Indie Bohemian Baby Names

200 Indie + Bohemian Baby Names, part 2

Hi friends!

I wrote this same post in the past, and it has been such a hit. Being as obsessed with names as I am, I wanted to follow up with a part 2 – there are plenty more indie and boho names out there, and they are a great addition to part 1 of this post – no repeats! I hope you don’t mind ;)

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Nourishing Vegan Acai Bowl

Nourishing Acai Bowl

Now that I [finally] realized Trader Joe’s carries acai packs, I’ve been on a kick. They are much more inexpensive here than I have seen anywhere else. While I love grabbing a bowl at my favorite local spot, it’s much more budget-friendly to make your own gorgeous acai bowl. I like mine extra sweet piled with a few favorite toppings.
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Vegan Smoky Coconut Chickpea Soup

Smoky Coconut Chickpea Soup

Hi friends, happy MLK Day!

Another soup recipe – what else is new? I have been trying to get creative in the soup department and branch out from my usual “veggies and greens” – like my favorite green goddess soup. While I could definitely eat that everyday, I love experimenting. This soup, for example, was definitely something new for me. I had cans and cans of chickpeas in the house and really wanted to make a high-protein dish for the week. So hey, chickpea soup it is.

The star of this soup is actually the smoked paprika, though. I’ve never been able to find this stuff in stores and finally my mom found it and picked some up for us. I can’t stop using it!! Smoked paprika is a game changer, my friends. She found it at our local Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can definitely find it online, too. Its subtle smoky flavor is warm and rich. You’ll want to add it to everything.
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Vegan Maca Cherry Smoothie

Maca In The Morning [Cherry Bomb Smoothie]

I’ve shared maca benefits and smoothie recipes on the blog in the past, but always expressed a love/hate relationship with it. But, more recently I have been craving the nutty flavor. It is definitely unique, and at first it kinda made me gag, then it was tolerable, and now I am at peace with it. Strange how your taste buds work, right? But honestly, I am glad I am coming around because I really always wanted to love this stuff.

I’m actually trying to include a teaspoon of maca into my smoothie every day for the next month or so to see if I notice any difference in how I feel. Mainly, to help balance hormones, promote fertility, and boost energy.

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Trader Joe's Vegan Haul

My Vegan Trader Joe’s Haul

Hi friends :)

I hope life is good with all of you – nothing crazy going on over here. We’ve been enjoying the quiet of January and getting ready to go to Florida in February. My parents have a place down there, so I am excited for warm weather and to explore Delray, West Palm Beach, and possibly Miami. I hear there are a ton of vegan/plant-based spots, and I’ll surely post about it once I get back. I’m so excited!! If you have any recommendations for me, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

Other than that, I thought I would just write a simple post today sharing my usual vegan haul from Trader Joe’s. We go shopping once a week, which has worked for us for years now. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. While I definitely grab some speciality items from TJ’s every once in a while (I mean, they always have new awesome products), we stick to pretty much the basics. I usually come up with some meal ideas beforehand to make sure I grab everything I’ll need for the week.

So, take a look below if you’re interested to see I’m grabbing at the grocery store. I hope it inspires your own shopping list, too!
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Spirit Animal Ink

Spirit Animal Ink

Hi friends – spent some time on the last day of 2016 by getting my third tattoo – and I’m still swooning.

Ever since I could remember, I’ve felt a strong connection to the whale. To be honest, I think it was the movie Free Willy that did it. I was obsessed as a kid, and ever since then, it was orca and whale everything. I had a whale themed bedroom, a ton of books, went whale watching as often as time and money allowed, and wanted to be a marine biologist. While the marine biologist bit didn’t stick, my connection never faded. I’ve been wanting a tattoo on my forearm for a while now, and I knew that a whale friend would be the perfect addition. I love tattoos, but I am picky and very cautious. But with the whale, I just knew that every time I look at it, I’ll smile. That will never change. They make me so happy.

So friends, meet my spirit animal, Luna. Of course I had to name her. Symbolism is a large part of what I do for a living, so I wrote a quick excerpt of what she means to me.

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Vegan Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Good morning, friends!

Update: Overnight oats have literally changed my life. I don’t know why I never made them before, because they take literally 5 minutes to whip up (you know, aside from waiting overnight to eat them). I often struggle with breakfast before work… I get pretty bored easily and sometimes end up eating leftovers instead of making something breakfast-y (nothing wrong with that). But, I do want to start eating more oatmeal, and I feel like I say this a lot on here. I hate that sugary packaged stuff, so finding my own ways to sweeten and brighten a bowl of oatmeal is necessary.

Goodbye to trying anything else but THIS. There are endless ways to prepare a mason jar of oats – chocolate, vanilla, fruity, peanut butter, carrot cake, cinnamon, ahhhh. I mean, endlessssss. I kicked off my love affair with this recipe with chocolate. Can’t go wrong with chocolate. These oats are dreamy. DREAMY!! They are sweet (without crazy added sugar), filling, and so creamy. I really can’t believe I have never made them before. I think this is the start of a very beautiful relationships with oatmeal… 2017 is looking really good for us.
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10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

New year! Wee!

I know 2017 is going to be a year for the books already – will it top 2016? Yeah, I think so. Life has been uber good to me.

I love kicking off the year with a post like this, because I know a lot of people decide to “reset” and going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based is usually at the top of the resolution’s list (which makes me very happy). I’m here to help if that is the case for you… because everyone that knows me knows that I love nothing more than giving all the plant-based and vegan diet tips that I have. I am very passionate about this!

I know that transitioning is not easy, and I know that it can be extremely frustrating when you are face-to-face with a weak moment or day. Please – never get frustrated with yourself. It is never about being perfect – it is about doing the very best you can to feel the very best you can. Falling off the wagon is all a part of the process. Instead of feeling defeated, you should feel proud for revamping your lifestyle in the first place – no matter what your reasons are for doing so (weight, animals, planet, health – whatever!)

When all else fails, you’ll always have a place to go for motivation and inspiration… because I am all about that here! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for any omnivores out there looking to transition to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. These goals are attainable – especially if you try tackling them one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a whole ‘nother year to get to where you want to be – what matters is that you are on this road NOW, and you are going to do great things!
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