Caramel Date Smoothie for Pregnancy

Caramel Date Smoothie for Pregnancy

Anyone else here a huge fan of dates? These babies were life-changing once I gave them a shot. I started by using them in smoothies for natural sweetness. I’m also a huge fan of making my own date syrup to use in homemade applesauce in the fall (so good – you need to try!) Eventually, I got to a point where I started using it to make frozen candies, caramel dip for fruit, and then just eating them plain with a big dollop of peanut butter. YUM. There’s so much you can do, and so many reasons why you should be including them in your diet.

Yes, dates are high in sugar, but they provide a ton of energy and benefits – especially during pregnancy. I’ve gotten into a habit of checking on foods and their benefits during pregnancy over the past 8 months and I was really excited to hear how glorious dates are.

Fast forward to now… ready to pop and bring my sunshine girl into the world. Dates may help ease and shorten labor – really? Sold. Of course, I am not a doctor and do not know if this is true (can anyone attest to this claim?) but I’m down to do whatever may help. Enter the caramel date smoothie.

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Baby Girl Jungle Nursery Tour

Nesting: Our Nursery Tour

I’m soooo excited to finally be sharing this post! I was really dragging on taking photos (some are not the best quality, but I tried my best with the lighting). But finally, here we are. The room is ready and I’m pretty much losing my mind over seeing her sweet little face. Only a few more weeks!

So… I don’t really know what to call the theme? It’s sort of all the things I love… animals, flowers, bright colors, etc. I guess you could say it is a girly version of a jungle or Lion King theme, maybe? Whatever it is, it is bright, colorful, and airy and just makes me so happy. I find myself just sitting in here and looking around, soaking it up. It’s my favorite room in the house.

I’ll try and share as much detail as to where I got some of the sweet products and decor, too. So without any other introduction, welcome to our nursery!
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Third Trimester

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

Lots of calcium, protein, and as much nutrients as I can get as I come in on the home stretch. I can’t believe we’re in the single digits for weeks left in this pregnancy. I’d say I’ve eaten pretty well (with the exception of the first trimester… that really sucked). If you’re interested in seeing past food posts during this pregnancy, you can browse them all here.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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Pregnancy Protein Smoothie: Chocolate PB + Banana

Pregnancy Protein Smoothie: Chocolate PB + Banana

Another day, another smoothie recipe. I know these are simple, but if I can help someone nail a high-protein breakfast/snack, then hey. I know I am always searching and sifting through vegan recipes with extra protein (pregnant or not!)

This one gets bonus points for tasting like dessert. Chocolate peanut butter pie-like. I’ve had a major sweet tooth during this pregnancy, so I’ve been opting for lots of fruit, smoothies, date candies, etc. I did cave and ate a ton of vegan cake, but I’m only human!! This at least is full of much-needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s good stuff!

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2017 Baby Girl Shower Haul

Baby Shower Haul

Hi friends! There’s really no words to describe what a beautiful day I had for my baby shower. If you follow me on IG, you know that I have been battling a terrible sinus infection for a couple weeks – and yes, I was not in great shape the day of my shower. I’ll admit, it was a bit overwhelming and tiring! But I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying the time with loved ones. We were literally showered with all the love in the world. I do not have many pics from the day (especially of myself – I wasn’t in the mood for photos with my puffy/tired eyes, even with sunglasses!!) but I wanted to share a couple sneak peeks below.

I’m also including a list of some of my gift haul. We are so blessed to have amazing friends and family who provided so many gorgeous and practical gifts. I hope it may even serve as inspiration if you are putting together your own registry – now or later.

Enjoy it all after the cut! xx
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Choosing a Name: Our Favorites

Choosing a Name: Our Favorites

Hi friends! I think everyone here knows how obsessed with names I am by now (based on, you know, all the name posts). But when it actually comes time to name your really-truly-on-the-way baby… Joe and I bumped heads a bit. Names that I thought I loved suddenly didn’t feel right, and vice versa. It took us a little bit, but I think we finally have a strong first and middle contender. Her name is being used in our home and we’re getting used to calling it/saying it/singing it/the whole nine. We decided that we’re going to keep her moniker a secret from the online world until she’s born, but I thought I’d share our working list! These are some of the names we tossed around (and most of the time, did not agree on) but hey. They’re all gorgeous!

Any guesses on what we’re naming her? ;)
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Third Trimester

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

Now entering third trimester plant-based goodness. How is it my third trimester already?! Still have a good appetite and trying to do my best to hit all nutritional goals. I think I’ve been doing pretty okay!

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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Iced Cinnamon Spice Almond Milk

Iced Cinnamon Spice Milk (My Coffee Substitute!)

Hi friends — it’s been so gorgeous over here lately. I hope you can say the same wherever you are! Now that the warm weather is here, I have started craving my usual iced coffee with soy milk again. I have to say – the winter is easy for me to nix the caffeine because I don’t like hot coffee (though I do love lattes). And yes, I know you can enjoy coffee while pregnant, but I just choose to not have it as much. I’ve caved a couple times and grabbed decaf, but other than that, I’ve been good. Less coffee also leaves me with more money in my pocket, so that’s a plus.

I did concoct this interesting iced cinnamon spice milk one day and since then have been loving it as a “iced coffee substitute.” Almond milk has been my go-to source for calcium this pregnancy. Just one cup has at least 40% of my daily recommended intake. It also features dates, which are notorious for providing the body with energy (so hey, kinda like that caffeine boost?)
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A Guide to Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

GUIDE: Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

Throughout this pregnancy, a lot of people have had the same concern and question: Do you eat meat or dairy now? The short answer is “nope!”

To elaborate a bit… I know that there are a lot of scary/weird articles out there that make a plant-based diet seem inadequate in the nutrients department. And of course, growing a healthy baby really comes down to getting all the proper nutrition into your diet – from protein to folate and beyond. The thing is… there are a ton of vegan options for every nutrient category and if you are a balanced and mindful eater, there really isn’t an issue. A healthy and whole vegan diet paired with a prenatal vitamin or two is enough.

The funniest thing to me is the fact that doctors actually have to warn you about animal-based products. I remember during my first prenatal visit at 8 weeks, the medical assistant was reviewing a ton of information with me, from tests to diet. She warned me against eating too much red/undercooked meat, seafood/sushi, soft cheese, deli meat, raw eggs, etc. I quickly let her know that it really wouldn’t be an issue since I eat a plant-based diet and she exclaimed “ME TOO!” and gushed about her own plant-based pregnancy experience. The only warnings I received about plant-based foods were mostly: no raw sprouts or anything that could have bacteria, be careful with hummus and unpasteurized products, no licorice root. (There may be more, but this is the advice I received.)

So, no, I haven’t strayed from my usual diet. This is my lifestyle now and it is what I feel most comfortable putting into my body. Today I wanted to share a quick guide on vegan foods that will help you meet pregnancy nutrient requirements. Yes, protein is doable. Yes, calcium is doable. Yes, it is all doable. Take a look at each header and see just how many options you have available to you. There are even a few recipes, too.
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Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie [Vegan]

Hi friends! I hope you all had a beautiful Father’s Day. :)

About a month or so ago I shared one of my favorite calcium-packed pregnancy smoothies. I discussed how I am not always great about tracking calcium, but it is obviously a really important piece of the puzzle when it comes to growing a strong and healthy babe. Hey, it’s important no matter what, right?

I’ve been playing around with combinations for these types of smoothies and really wanted to share this one in particular because it is super decadent and flavorful. AND and it has even more calcium than the last, coming in at a whopping 745mg (72% of your daily calcium requirement during pregnancy).

I make so many smoothies all the times and often wonder if I should even share because they are so easy, but when I post photos on my Instagram, a lot of people seem interested in knowing exactly what it is. So if you are a smoothie person like me and often wonder what I am sipping on… it’s probably this as of lately!
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