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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My First Trimester

My First Trimester

As I start to write this, I have to laugh because no one knows (aside from immediate family) that I am pregnant. By the time I wrap this up and do post it, you’ll all be in the know. It feels like it is so far away (8 more weeks!) but I have a feeling that it is going to fly by. I absolutely cannot wait.

I wanted to give updates week-by-week for anyone who is interested in this sort of this. My blog will not be a pregnancy blog by any means, but still – a lifestyle blog that will capture what is happening in my world at the moment. Pregnancy will take up a portion of that, and eventually raising a vegetarian/plant-based baby. I can see this blog evolving as my own life continues to, and I think that is beautiful. I hope you guys stick around to evolve with me, too.

So, in an effort to capture the little details of my pregnancy journey, I’ll try to jot down key points here. I’ll try my best to do this for each trimester. Okay, here we go!

NOTE: This pic was taken during week 8 – I promise you’ll see some bump pics next time. I need to get better at recording them!
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My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Routine

My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Routine

For the most part, I have been blessed with great skin. I get the occasional break-out (and it sucks) but I’ve never had a true acne problem. I give major props first and foremost to my Mom, for teaching me to wash my face every morning and NEVER EVER forgetting to take my make-up off and wash the grime away every night. No matter HOW TIRED I am, I never sleep in make-up. The couple times in my life that I did forget to take my make-up off – OOF!! So much grime. It was the worst feeling. I’m telling you – fresh face before bed is everything.

Even now, my mom will still give me tips on make-up removing and face cleansing. Still!!

“Use a face cloth.”
“Don’t pick.”
“Try this brand.”
“Gently scrub.”
“Use make-up remover.”

Just a few of her gems – love ya, Mom ;)

So – after giving her 85% of the credit, the rest goes to the awesome products I’ve grown to love. I’m always trying new products and trying to find what’s best for my skin. I tend to switch it up a lot, too – you know, to avoid getting “immune” to a formula. Since I tend to get a lot of questions about my skin care routine, I wanted to list out some of the products I am currently using. I’m really happy with all of them, and hope this post will open your eyes to something new. Of course – the very best part is that all these are kind and cruelty-free. No animal testing whatsoever!
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Elderberry for a Healthier Immune System

Elderberry for a Healthier Immune System

So, I am the person who asks, “have you been taking your elderberry?!” during the winter months. I got this habit from my mom, and now I’m a believer. If you’re thinking… what the hell is that? That’s totally fine – I’m here to give you the 411. If you’re an avid Walking Dead fan like me, it may ring a bell. Remember when Hershel (bless his heart) used elderberry tea to save lives during the swine flu breakout at the prison? YUP. And you bet your ass, I was SO EXCITED WHEN HE SAID IT!! I turned to Joe immediately – DID YOU HEAR HIM? ELDERBERRY!!

If you still have no clue what I am talking about, it’s okay – I’m ready to explain.

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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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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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Turmeric Broth to Combat Sickness

Good morning, friends :)

Raise your hand if you are a turmeric lover like me? Beautiful golden color aside, turmeric is one of the most beautiful spices to ever come from this ever-giving earth. I’ve blabbed about it a thousand times on here – from turmeric soup to golden milk and lattes (you can find a list of its amazing benefits in that last link). This time, I’m saying “all hail turmeric” for its cold and flu-prevention benefits.
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Why I Don't Eat Eggs

Why I Don’t Eat Eggs

Eggs. This is a question I get a lot – and sometimes, a question I am not entirely sure of how to answer. I eat a plant-based diet (which is essentially a vegan diet with the exception of local honey) which excludes eggs. I used to eat eggs, but have grown to really be repulsed by them… which we’ll get into.

But sometimes people ask me if I would eat eggs if I had my own chickens. I mean… if there is no cruelty involved at all (which is my main concern), it should be fine, right? I think it’s a personal question and it will vary for different people. For me personally, I wouldn’t eat eggs even from my own hypothetical chickens. It’s not because of the cruelty at that point, but I am just kinda grossed out by the idea of eggs in general. Now that I have distanced myself from them for over two and a half years, I really have grown to wrinkle my nose at them. Joe will make eggs for breakfast, and just the smell is more potent than I remember – forget about the smell in the dishwasher! I have to soak his plates in the sink with soap and vinegar for hours before I even put into the dishwasher. He thinks I am crazy, but I can’t help it – I am just very sensitive to eggs and the smell of ‘em.

A lot of people wonder why eggs are cruel in the first place – and I don’t blame them. I never knew before I watched the documentaries and really educated myself on where eggs come from. So when someone asks me, “I get meat but why eggs?” I am not annoyed or put off – I really try to educate them on the real egg industry. I am not one of those people who will get crazy graphic or preachy, but I will just state my case. And I wanted to share my reasons on here.
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Acai Antioxidant Booster Smoothie

Acai Antioxidant Booster Smoothie + Benefits

Happy Monday, friends! I have been on a wicked smoothie kick lately, and I think Trader Joe’s is to blame. They have added a ton of new frozen fruits to our local store and I have been going crazy. Frozen sweet cherries and peach slices are two of my new favorites. I actually haven’t even had a chance to use the peach slices in a smoothie because they are so good as is! I have been snacking on them at night – I just let them sit for a few minutes so they are still frozen, but softened and sweeter.

Fruit aside, the real excitement is their frozen acai packs!! I have no idea when they started stocking these, but I just noticed them a couple weeks ago. Four packs for $4.99. I know, it sounds pricy, but… believe it or not, this is cheap for acai packets. I think they are close to $6 at my Whole Foods. I’ll dish out a little extra once a month to have these on hand – acai is a superfood, afterall.

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Almond Milk

Veg Food For Thought

Just another “I’m Vegan Because…” post since I am on my honeymoon this week! Yay <3

I’ve been making a ton of homemade nut milk over the past few weeks – I can’t get enough of it. Aside from the reason stated above, it’s also creamier and dreamier… and who wouldn’t want to drink that?

Just add 1 cup raw almonds to warm water and let soak overnight. The next morning, add raw almond with 3 cups water to your blender and a tbs of vanilla extract. Blend, strain, and cheers. xx bianca