Vitamins for Vegetarians

Let’s Talk Vitamins

Vitamins and supplements – it’s a thing when you eat entirely plant-based. Yes, you are eating waaay better and ingesting all the nutrients through fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, and the works. However, some stuff (ahem, hi b12!) is a bit tougher to get into your diet and if you have any doubt that you may or may not be getting enough… well, I say it’s better to be safe than sorry.

I wasn’t too worried about vitamins at first and was kinda “whatever,” about it, but that changed quickly. I definitely noticed some not-so-great changes over time and now here I am – preaching about vitamins! I’d like to get a little personal today, so I hope you’re into it. I want to share some of the side effects that I faced and what vitamins I have added into my lifestyle to get back on track.

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Tips for Waking Up Early

Tips for Waking Up Early (+ Why You Should!)

Hello from 5:07 am :)

Okay – sure, 5:07 seems very early. I know. Buttttt… I don’t hate it. Most people in my life think I am absolutely insane for being such an earlybird, but I love my schedule so much. I’m so productive first thing in the morning! It’s become my time to destress and write first thing… coffee/tea, pajamas, lavender oil diffuser, and the glow of the himalayan salt lamp. Oh, and Miss Minnie snuggled by my side. While the rest of the world is quiet and still, I’m basking in the silence. It’s my time. The funny thing is, when Joe tries to get up and enjoy “my time” with me… I’m like wait, what are you doing up?! PLEASE STAY QUIET. Hahaha.

But no, I love that he is starting to adopt a smidge of the earlybird lifestyle. He used to sleep in until around 9-10, but increasingly getting up around 8 now. I love it. Even on Saturdays, we are up and at it and ready to hit the market and get weekend chores rolling. Done by 10-11am, and then free to enjoy the remainder of the day. Again, I really freaking love it.

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Vegan Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Roasted Cabbage (+benefits)

As promised, simple, whole recipes. Roasted cabbage is one of my favorite snacks. I eat it alone, or mix in some grains and other roasted veggies for a hearty dinner. Aside from being easy to make and delicious, I would definitely consider cabbage to be a super food. It may not look like much, but don’t let that deceive you. I’ll share some star benefits after the recipe.

And one of the best things about cabbage? It is dirt cheap (like, 60 cents a lb cheap).

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Coconut Oil Uses Benefits

What To Do With Coconut Oil

hi there, coconuts ;)

Any other people out there obsessed with coconut oil? I grew up in an Italian household, so olive oil was always our oil of choice. Hey, it still is, usually… but I have definitely expanded my palate when I adopted a plant-based lifestyle. I started to experiment with different oils in both cooking and baking. Coconut oil definitely ranks near the top, and I have really learned to embrace its subtle, sweet taste. I think it adds a lot of depth to meals, and also has proved to be amazing as a beauty ingredient, too.

I use coconut oil in a lot of random ways in my life, so I wanted to share a few of my key coconut oil habits (as well as some health benefits). It’s important to shed light on products that you may not necessarily feel compelled to try. If you are not a coconut oil believer, maybe this can change your mind.
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How to Detox After a Night of Eating Heavy

How to Detox After a Night of Eating Heavy

Show of hands for everyone who’s felt bloated in the worst way the morning after a night of heavy eating? Your fingers feel swollen, you can’t suck your stomach in, and you just generally feel sloppy, right? I expect every single one of you reading this to nod at the screen because honestly, we all do it! Thing is, I never regret it. It’s fine (and glorious) to go all out every once in a while. That’s life, and some of the best memories I have are from nights where my girlfriends and I stayed up all night eating junk food and indulging in mindless chatter and conversation. There’s no need to beat yourself up over eating too much. It happens, we wake up, and we mind what we put into our body the next day. Life is a balancing act.

I wanted to share a couple habits of mine for those morning-after-days when I’m tempted to walk around the house sans pants because I feel so sluggish to wear or do anything. Minding what I put into my body the next day does wonders for my mental state, and helps with the bloat. These are just a few things that help me – it may be different for everyone, but let’s hear it for some detoxing inspiration ;)

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Protein Sources Vegetarians Vegans

Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

Good morning, friendssss :)

Lately I’ve been brainstorming what other topics I can cover on here aside from just recipes. I am going to try my best to sprinkle in more home posts, photos, and just general life happenings. I think it keeps the content from getting stale or boring. I’ve been also trying to think of vegan-inspired posts that would be helpful to you. At first, I was staying clear of some of the obvious ideas, but then I thought… why?! This isn’t just a place for established vegans… it’s for everyone, especially those who are interested in a more plant-friendly way of life. I’m going to try and write a couple posts coming from a vegan 101 angle.

That being said, I think (ahem, know) that a lot of non-vegan/vegetarians are concerned about protein. It’s basically one of the first questions asked when you announce that you don’t eat meat. Let’s start there.
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Vegan Toasted Tempeh Recipe

Vegan Protein: Toasted Tempeh + benefits

Hi friends! I’m coming down from the high of the long weekend. It was the absolute best – from amazing food to the gorgeous weather… ahhh. Joe and I went to the beach, drank delicious iced coffee, tried a couple new restaurants, had good friends over for a cookout, watched fireworks, enjoyed a couple drinks on the porch while listening to the new blink album (which is to die for, by the way). We got a little crazy (well, maybe just me… blink excites me! Anddddd I couldn’t stop dancing and bopping around) and it was just so so much fun. It’s weekends like this that really make me stop and think about how incredible my life is. I’m so blessed, so grateful, and just so happy.

So now, back to work and back to some plant-based blogging ;)

Tempeh tempeh tempeh. Of all the meat/protein replacements out there, tempeh is always going to be my favorite. It’s a vegetarian or vegan’s best friend! Not just because of its yummy nutty flavor, but because it is so *so* good for your health.

Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay), is fermented soy beans. When I put it like that, it doesn’t sound too appetizing. But I promise that it’s not as weird as it sounds. It’s firm and chewy in consistency, and has a sweet nutty/earthy taste. When toasted with spices (like the recipe below), it is crunchy, flavorful, and an amazing source of protein. Just 1/2 cup of tempeh is only 160 calories and packs 15 grams of protein (more so than tofu!)

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What Makes You Feel Alive

Things That Make You Feel Alive

hi friends!

This is a post that I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. I really wanted to give it a lot of careful thought and pull together moments that resonate with me, but hopefully also with you. I may or may not have mentioned on here before that I suffer from bouts of anxiety. I have been working on overcoming it each day (and I hope to write a post about that soon, too) and have been making minor changes in my life to help manage it.
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50 Vegan Products Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s Haul: 50 Vegan Products

If you’ve been following along for some time, you know that I am in a relationship with Trader Joe’s. I think I say this every time I write a post about them… it’s fine.

There has been so many great vegan products exploding out of TJ’s lately that I had to round-up all of my favorite vegan items. And no, these are not all of them. The best thing about Trader Joe’s is that they continue to revamp and add new items to their stores each month. There is really never a shortage in cool new products, and the best part – like 80% of them are vegetarian or vegan. This store is literally a dream.
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Vegan Fruit Veggie Challenge

New Veggie or Fruit a Week Challenge [Downloadable Charts Included]

hi friends!

I’ve had a couple people come to me to learn more about a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and that has totally been making my life. And every time someone asks me how I incorporate so many vegetables or know how to cook them, I always tell them the same thing: try them all! Don’t be afraid to branch out of the usual onions, celery, carrots, spinach, corn, and potatoes. There are soooo many great veggies and fruits that deserve some love.

When I first went vegan, the first thing I did was tell Joe that each week I would be trying a new veggie. Years later, I have at least tried most of these and have learned to love and appreciate them. Sure, I don’t like all of them (like beets or wheatgrass… I just can’t do it) but at least I tried. I never thought I would like brussels sprouts or collard greens, but now these are some of my favorites. Your taste buds with adjust over time, trust me. The more you familiarize yourself, the easier it is to eat a wide variety – same goes for fruit.

So, I thought it would be fun to put together a 12-week challenge for anyone who is interested in expanding their produce palate.
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