30 Blog Posts for Vegan Plant-Based Beginners

30 Blog Posts for Vegan/Plant-Based Beginners

I can’t believe it’s been three years this month since the Friendly Fig started! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this blog and community, and how much I enjoy sharing pieces of my life with you guys. So much love and compliments from people – people I know and complete strangers who have turned into friends. It’s very cool to see how the blog has evolved.

To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts to date. This blog started as a way to share tips on eating plant-based/vegan/vegetarian. I wanted to show the world just how easy it is to enjoy food without ending an animal’s life. There have been so many posts written for beginners to get started – because at the end of the day, people truly fear what they do not know. I hope I do an okay job sharing my own personal tips and advice to lessen the fear of “what do I eat then?” and inspire for a healthier and kinder diet. Below are 30 blog posts for beginners that – I believe – embody all that you need to know for a successful and seamless transition.

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Pregnancy Protein Smoothie: Chocolate PB + Banana

Pregnancy Protein Smoothie: Chocolate PB + Banana

Another day, another smoothie recipe. I know these are simple, but if I can help someone nail a high-protein breakfast/snack, then hey. I know I am always searching and sifting through vegan recipes with extra protein (pregnant or not!)

This one gets bonus points for tasting like dessert. Chocolate peanut butter pie-like. I’ve had a major sweet tooth during this pregnancy, so I’ve been opting for lots of fruit, smoothies, date candies, etc. I did cave and ate a ton of vegan cake, but I’m only human!! This at least is full of much-needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s good stuff!

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4 Maca Smoothies for Fertility

4 Maca Smoothies for Fertility

I’m always making a fuss about maca root on here, but I promise it is with good reason. Maca is an ancient herb and root vegetable that provides many benefits to women’s health (and men’s!) Most notably, it may boost libido (improving sexual health) and promote fertility.

NOTE: I am not a doctor or scientist or anything remotely similar. I made the decision to take maca myself based on online research and studies I have read. You should not take this as advice, but inspiration. Visit your own doctor if you are wondering if maca is something you should try.

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A Guide to Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

GUIDE: Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

Throughout this pregnancy, a lot of people have had the same concern and question: Do you eat meat or dairy now? The short answer is “nope!”

To elaborate a bit… I know that there are a lot of scary/weird articles out there that make a plant-based diet seem inadequate in the nutrients department. And of course, growing a healthy baby really comes down to getting all the proper nutrition into your diet – from protein to folate and beyond. The thing is… there are a ton of vegan options for every nutrient category and if you are a balanced and mindful eater, there really isn’t an issue. A healthy and whole vegan diet paired with a prenatal vitamin or two is enough.

The funniest thing to me is the fact that doctors actually have to warn you about animal-based products. I remember during my first prenatal visit at 8 weeks, the medical assistant was reviewing a ton of information with me, from tests to diet. She warned me against eating too much red/undercooked meat, seafood/sushi, soft cheese, deli meat, raw eggs, etc. I quickly let her know that it really wouldn’t be an issue since I eat a plant-based diet and she exclaimed “ME TOO!” and gushed about her own plant-based pregnancy experience. The only warnings I received about plant-based foods were mostly: no raw sprouts or anything that could have bacteria, be careful with hummus and unpasteurized products, no licorice root. (There may be more, but this is the advice I received.)

So, no, I haven’t strayed from my usual diet. This is my lifestyle now and it is what I feel most comfortable putting into my body. Today I wanted to share a quick guide on vegan foods that will help you meet pregnancy nutrient requirements. Yes, protein is doable. Yes, calcium is doable. Yes, it is all doable. Take a look at each header and see just how many options you have available to you. There are even a few recipes, too.
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Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie [Vegan]

Hi friends! I hope you all had a beautiful Father’s Day. :)

About a month or so ago I shared one of my favorite calcium-packed pregnancy smoothies. I discussed how I am not always great about tracking calcium, but it is obviously a really important piece of the puzzle when it comes to growing a strong and healthy babe. Hey, it’s important no matter what, right?

I’ve been playing around with combinations for these types of smoothies and really wanted to share this one in particular because it is super decadent and flavorful. AND and it has even more calcium than the last, coming in at a whopping 745mg (72% of your daily calcium requirement during pregnancy).

I make so many smoothies all the times and often wonder if I should even share because they are so easy, but when I post photos on my Instagram, a lot of people seem interested in knowing exactly what it is. So if you are a smoothie person like me and often wonder what I am sipping on… it’s probably this as of lately!
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Vegan Pregnancy Second Trimester

My Second Trimester

The second trimester update! Not going to lie – this was a glorious time to be pregnant. Aside from the minor aches and pains that come along with it, I had my appetite back in full force and all the energy in the world. We got so much done! I’ll recap the weeks below and basically just gush each week about how amazing her kicks are. It’s indescribable.

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Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Pregnancy Smoothie: Mint Chip [Vegan + Calcium-Packed]

I’ll be honest – sort of ashamed to say I have never really monitored my calcium intake that well. I just sort of forget about it and hope for the best. While I used to take a multi and calcium supplement every once in a while, I put those aside for my prenatals for the time being. I take this vegan prenatal vitamin, which only has 120mg (or 12% if the daily value recommended). Eesh. Not that great, right?

It’s recommended that pregnant mamas are at least getting 1000mg (and after that, 1200-1400mg if you are breastfeeding). Needless to say, I have been trying to be much more mindful.

With all the beans, almonds, and veggies in my diet, I feel pretty good that I am obviously getting calcium, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a boost. Baby girl is taking all that she needs to grow her own strong bones, which means she takes whatever the hell she can from me. I need to stay strong, too.

I’ve found this calcium-packed and vegan smoothie to be my #1 go-to for a HUGE chunk out of my intake. It has 701mg (or 70%) calcium. 70%! That, plus 12% from the prenatal and my normal eating habits throughout the day… I definitely feel some peace of mind after having this smoothie.
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Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

When you’re pregnant, you hear an awful lot about your iron intake. Iron iron iron. Truth be told… in my first trimester, I began to crave meat – for the first time in over 3 years. Talk about terrifying. I was like oh great, why. Whyyyy is this happening. I honestly can’t even begin to explain half the shit that goes through your head when you are making a human, but… this was one of my many thoughts and cravings. I knew that I didn’t really want meat. My body clearly needed something else – and a lot of people told me it was probably craving iron.
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5 Vegan Superfoods To Keep On Your Radar

5 Vegan Superfoods To Keep On Your Radar

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You can never have too many superfoods on your menu. This is a label given to foods and ingredients that are particularly healthy in one way or another. For those living a vegan lifestyle they’re wonderful options to have, and it’s always fun to learn a new one. That said, they can be a little tough to keep track of, or at least easy to forget.

Here are five tasty and versatile superfoods to keep on your radar.

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