Vegan Chocolate Protein Milkshake

Protein Boost: Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I just am not a fan of protein powders. Even when people tell me, “you can’t even taste it!” It’s like… yeah, yeah I can. Probably doesn’t help that I sit there and try to pinpoint the protein taste, but anyways… I just am not into them. So I’ve been relying heavily on smoothie ingredients that are loaded with protein on their own to avoid the dreaded powder. For me, my go-to has been cashews. Just 1/4 cup of raw cashews has 7 grams! Loaded.

This is a smoothie, but I mean… I’m calling it a milkshake. It is so creamy and indulgent. It is loaded with protein, healthy fats, energy (from the date), and all that good stuff. It’s basically dessert, in the best way.

It’s a simple recipe, but I think you’ll appreciate it. Especially if you are an expecting plant-based mama who is looking for easy ways to sneak in more protein! Or you know, not expecting but just want something decadent and delicious chockfull of good ingredients.
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Lunch Plate Inspiration + Nutrition

Lunch Plate Inspiration + Nutrition

Good morning, friends! I’ve been obsessed with this lunch plate pictured above – not only because it takes no time to assemble, but it’s also full of all the good stuff my body + this baby is craving. I am so happy to have my normal appetite back. There are a few exceptions – still not into thai food (bummer) – but I have been going to town on fruits, veggies, and legumes. This is the stuff I live on – and the ingredients that I thrive on. It’s a simple lunch plate, but I wanted to share for inspiration and also thought I’d dissect it by some of the all-star ingredients. Each have a role on this plate, and that’s something that I always keep in mind when putting this kind of meal together.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls Vegan

Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls

Happy Monday, friends! How are you? I’m feeling so good lately – more energy, less nausea. Joe and I also bought tickets for alt-j at one of our very favorite outdoor venues this summer. I’ll be 33 weeks pregnant – oof. But alt-j is one of my favorites, and I’ve never seen them! I gotta do everything before this little lady comes… and this will be a summer night to remember, I’m sure of it. I bought tickets toward the back and on an end (who knows how much I’ll have to get up and down at that point – lol!) The best part is the venue is right on the water, so if I need to take a breather, there’s that. Yay – I cannot wait!

Excitement aside, for now. Ha!

So like I was saying, thankfully I’ve had more energy lately. But… pregnancy is still exhausting, to put it lightly. I always heard people say it, but you really don’t understand until you are going through it. Some days, I feel like I got hit with a sedative. Even making breakfast in the morning will have me a bit winded and ready to sit back down. So, I’ve been trying to make breakfast in batches – quick and easy on the weekend to have during the week. It’s easier to grab something pre-made when I am rushing around to get to work (especially since I’ve been sleeping in more!)

These peanut butter cookie energy balls have been a go-to for me. Aside from tasting like dessert, they are made with dates. Dates are known for boosting energy levels. That’s because the carbs in dates are mostly simple sugars. Simple sugars are easily and quickly converted into glucose for cells to use as energy (according to NaturalLifeEnergy.com!) Paired with some oats, walnuts, and peanut butter… these babies are a protein and nutrient powerhouse.
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Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

It’s a quite day at our place – Minnie is kneading into my leg and Joe is playing Playstation… and I am wrapped in my favorite blanket with tea and this stew.

As usual, I had some leftovers and veggies that were on the outs. Whenever I open a can of pumpkin (usually for a smoothie) I try to make sure I have a game plan for the rest of it. Pumpkin puree works beautifully in a stew like this because it helps to thicken without adding any unnecessary flour or cornstarch. I also had extra cauliflower, celery, aaaaand carrots that were on the way out (and I really hate throwing vegetables out!!)

So, 30 degree day + leftovers = big, piping pot of stew. No oil or unnecessary additions… just whole nourishing, whole foods. Beats canned soup any day of the week.
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vegan green goddess soup recipe

My Favorite Green Goddess Soup

I’m excited to share a go-to recipe in my kitchen. I like to call it Green Goddess Soup (because goddesses make everything cooler) but it is basically just all your awesome green vegetables pureed into a warm, velvety, cozy soup. You bet this dish is chock-full of nutrients, vitamins, and all the good stuff that comes from the Earth. It features green all-stars, including: spinach, broccoli, green peppers, peas, and zucchini. Full of fiber, which makes it belly-filling. The addition of nutritional yeast gives it a subtle cheesy tiny. It’s really the perfect pot of soup to keep on hand all week – or freeze it for later.

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Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Smoked 3-Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Hi friends! I’m excited to share one of my favorite chili recipes – warm, cozy, smoky, and belly-filling. Joe mentioned that he was craving chili while we were out shopping and I immediately thought YES, I LOVE YOU. I grabbed all the odds and ends I needed and the result is wonderful. I love adding 3 different types of beans to mine for extra protein and fiber – plus the tempeh and portobello makes it extra hearty.
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Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been taking a teaspoon of maca a day and having fun trying to come up with new ways to enjoy it. My favorite is by smoothie, and I think I nailed it with this one.

Also – having taken it for a bit now, I can tell you that the taste doesn’t bother me anymore. I hardly notice it – finally! I think this smoothie in particular does a great job at covering up the taste (for any of those who are not into it… I get it).

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Thai Tofu Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Thai Tofu + Peanut Lettuce Wraps

I can’t stop eating peanuts to save my life lately. I’ve been topping them on salads, rolling up in rice wraps, sprinkling on lettuce wraps… eating straight from the bag while working. It’s strange how your taste buds will shift out of nowhere. I never really liked peanuts. I mean, yea, peanut butter and the flavor and all but never a huge fan of the actual nut. Until now.

I also think peanuts have a weird reputation for being fattening (which yes, any nut is pretty fattening when you eat past the recommended serving!) but they actually pack their own cool health benefits. But anyways, I’m pretty hooked. To balance out the extra fat content in peanuts, I like to pair them in a light and refreshing way – lettuce wraps are my go-to.
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Smoothie Superfoods

In My Smoothie: 6 Favorite Superfoods

Smoothies are my favorite way to pack in all the nutrients I can. Mainly, my go-to is chocolate peanut butter + banana, but I will usually try to sneak in something better than just that… whether a tbs of chia seeds or some flaxseed oil – and sometimes, spinach! I thought I’d share six of my favorite smoothie superfood add-ins with the health benefits that stick out to me. There’s plenty more, too. Research research research!

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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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