Connecting With Body and Baby

Connecting With Body + Baby

Hi friends – just some musings and thoughts over here. I wasn’t really planning on sitting down and writing this post, but these thoughts have been on my mind… and I just kind of started spilling.

In the first trimester (and even early in the second) when my belly wasn’t showing, some days definitely felt like nothing was going on (well, aside from the reminder from nausea). I didn’t like feeling that way, and it encouraged me to start a daily routine of talking with my babe. Some days I’d be lying in bed before waking up, and sometimes it would be the quiet moments while lying in bed before Joe settled in. Just me and my little girl (and some lavender pillow spray).
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Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

I’ve been craving a lot of sweets this pregnancy. Luckily I am also craving a ton of fruit all the time – so I don’t feel too guilty about that. But sometimes fruit just isn’t enough. I won’t lie – I’ve given into the junk cravings (mostly sour candy – anyone else crave sour everything when they were pregnant?) But I am trying really hard to balance out the junk days with some healthy alternatives.

For me, this is dates. It’s cliche to say “dates are nature’s candy!” but they truly are nature’s candy. They are so sweet! I don’t like to overdo it with them, but they definitely will curb a sweet tooth when necessary. The good news is, along with their natural sugar content, they are also a natural energy booster and are packed with a ton of vitamins. When blended with peanut butter, you get a rich, protein-packed dip (and super sweet!) It reminds me of a healthier caramel.
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My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials Vegan

My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials

Nausea on and off, on and off. I got very lucky the first few weeks of pregnancy, but nausea hit me hard around week 7. I’m sure this happens to everyone, but at first I was like… oh how bad could it be, really?

Well, it could be bad. The worst part is knowing that this is happening and there’s not much you can do. You just need to realize that your body is working very hard to create the most magnificent human being, and all you can do is try and cope. So… I made it my mission at Target to find all the things that would keep me going – especially during work hours. I had a few really rough days, but happy to report that I got through it with the help of these products below.

What worked for me may not work for you, but hey… you never know. I hope this inspires any mom-to-be’s out there who are at their wits end and just need something to try.
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Vegan NY System Hot Weiners

Vegan NY System Hot Weiners Recipe

Okay, here comes the Rhode Island girl in me. If you are from here, you know what the deal is with NY System Hot Weiners. These loaded hot dogs are basically a state delicacy. Before I went vegan, I could eat 3 or 4 of these in a sitting (gross, I know). But the flavor is all in the sauce, mustard, onion, and celery salt. I haven’t had one since becoming vegan. And you can imagine with pregnancy… I started having a bunch of odd cravings that I normally wouldn’t. This being one of them. So when my husband was making himself chili dogs over the weekend, I could’t help myself. I grabbed all the vegan ingredients I’d need to make these babies.

Rhode Islander or not, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you can still enjoy nostalgic staples – even NY system! That’s the beauty of veganism – you honestly can whip ANYTHING up sans animal products. These are definitely proof!

I won’t be eating these regularly. I actually have NEVER bought vegan hot dogs before in my life! I tend to stick with tempeh, tofu, and seitan rather than mock meats. But a pregnant woman wants what she wants. Definitely a treat.

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Spring Musings

Spring Thoughts

Spring – so happy that you’ve finally showed up. The winter blues were starting to get to me (and I’m very much done with snow until next year!) The season of rebirth and renewal – the season of an awakening. Birds chirping, flowers blooming, and the sun shining. The Earth is warm, and the ground is defrosting. It’s a shame that most of our spring in New England can be rainy and wet. But hey, I’ll take the rain over the snow anytime. And mostly, I am excited for our large Cherry Blossom tree to bloom in the front yard – it’s what I look forward to most.

Here’s another seasonal inspiration + appreciation post.

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Chocolate + PB Banana Bites Vegan

Chocolate + PB Banana Bites

Hi friends :)

Simple recipes lately – it’s all I can really handle at the moment. These are not original or unique or anything. I mean, it’s a pretty straight-forward snack recipe but I wanted to share for inspiration. I’ve had a sweet tooth like crazy this pregnancy, and I have been trying to satisfy it in healthy ways. These definitely hit the spot, because who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? It’s the ultimate comfort dessert. Plus… so easy and quick to make!! They last long in the freezer too (if you don’t eat them all in one sitting).

I hope you like!
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Baby Girl Wish List

Baby Girl Wish List

When we found out the gender… basically, it was all over. Let the shopping begin. And when I found out it’s a GIRL on top of that… eeeee! Let’s just say it took everything in me to not spend my entire paycheck on Etsy items.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites – you know, so maybe it won’t just be my ovaries exploding over here alone. Haha!
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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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What I've Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy - First Trimester]

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – First Trimester]

Hey there friends – I’ve been compiling all the things I ate over my first trimester, and now I can finally share with you! So warning, there is A LOT after the cut. Not going to lie though – a lot of what I ate is not on here because it was way too boring and just not interesting (plus I kept forgetting to take photos – rather, did not have the energy or drive to!) I had a rough couple weeks (7-9 were ughhh) and I ate a whole lot of carbs. Think: bread, dry cereal, pasta with butter, crackers, potatoes, frozen waffles, etc. But in between and towards the end, I did get to eat some good stuff and that’s what you’ll find below. Plus… so many oranges. All I want is orange juice and oranges. It’s wild. xx

Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!

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