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

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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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 Food Documentaries

10 Eye-Opening Documentaries

Good morning, loves :) It’s a cloudy morning and I’m up at 5:47 AM. I love blogging when the house is still quiet. It sets a good mood for the day, before having to go to work for 9 hours and all the hustle and bustle. I have my oil diffuser on (lemongrass and lavender!) and Lord Huron is playing in the background. Side note, Lord Huron is an incredible artist, and you should listen to this song. Anyone else a fan?

Anywayyyyssss. Today, I’m talking to all the Netflix bingers, Netflix-and-Chillers, and couch potatoes. When people ask me how they can get started with a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, I always tell them the same thing: watch the documentaries. I’ve said it over and over again on here, but it’s worth saying again because these are what really pushed and inspired me to go all in. After watching these, I never looked back. Whether you are looking to go vegetarian/vegan, bored, or just need some eye-opening facts to kick health into gear, these will do it for ya.

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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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