Nourishing Vegan Acai Bowl

Nourishing Acai Bowl

Now that I [finally] realized Trader Joe’s carries acai packs, I’ve been on a kick. They are much more inexpensive here than I have seen anywhere else. While I love grabbing a bowl at my favorite local spot, it’s much more budget-friendly to make your own gorgeous acai bowl. I like mine extra sweet piled with a few favorite toppings.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

Inspiration overload right here. Another round-up of all the belly-filling, nutritious bowls of food that I have been eating. And you know… vegan donuts. Have you noticed a trend yet? Basically… throw a bunch of veggies, grains, and whatever-else-is-in-the-fridge into a bowl and call it a meal. Works for me!

Also – I have been sharing my meal photos much more now that I finally created a separate Instagram account for the blog! If you haven’t already, please please follow along… lots of plant-based foodie love. My handle is @thefriendlyfig. xx
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

I am so loving this recipe right now. I have been making it for a few weeks now and figured it is the perfect time to share with Thanksgiving around the corner! Any other pumpkin pie fans? I’ve always loved mine with some Cool Whip on top. But looking back now, oof. Cool Whip is disgustingly terrible for your insides. Plus, pumpkin pie is definitely a treat with all that really goes into the standard recipe – so much sugar!! But since it is the season and I’ve been craving it like crazy, my goal was to make a sugar-free, healthier alternative. I say sugar-free because this version is made with dates as opposed to processed sugars. Aaaaand it is the perfect substitute for me. I fix my craving without feeling like crap afterwards!

Plus… the filling is always the best part, right? Screw the crust – vegan pumpkin pie pudding.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

I really dig this new format of sharing what I am eating – compiling over the course of a month rather than a structured day. It’s easier for me, and there is a ton to see for you guys :)

Aside from our honeymoon (splurge splurge splurge), I have been really paying attention to my diet lately. I am looking to make some small changes here and there (I kinda always am trying to see what works best for my and how I feel). My mom and I were discussing our eating habits at length recently and we both think it’s time to cut back on the oil we cook with. We’re Italian, so you can imagine how much olive oil we cook with now – literally, it’s on everything. I am also a huge coconut oil advocate – and I’ll still use it to a certain extent… like on my popcorn! – but I do want to also watch my intake and cut back… just to see if I notice any changes or difference in weight/health/etc. We’ll see! I’ll report back if there is anything significant to report. I feel like this oil thing may be harder than when I adopted a vegan diet and gave up cheese!

I also kinda fell off the no-sugar wagon – well, fell off but not as bad as before! For example, I never use sugar in my coffee anymore (huge win for me). I’m also not into the flavor shots anymore, either. Now that the wedding had come and gone and we’re back from the honeymoon, I am ready to commit again and watch my intake. If I do have sweets, it will be something that is totally worth it on the weekend.

I haven’t made up my mind about dates yet – they are loaded with sugar, but… natural sugar? Not sure how I feel yet. Maybe if I am dying for a sweet and losing my mind, I’ll have a date. But… maybe not! I guess we’ll see how I feel. I won’t kill myself over it ;)

Anyways, now that I have rambled on and on about my diet changes as of lately, let’s get to what I have actually been eating. Lots of good stuff (as always!) to inspire.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

Life has been a whirrrrlllllwind over here. I haven’t had much time for structure. I feel like this is the first October that will be a blur for me. It feels like something is going on every week… and really, that is how it is! One week into married life, and I feel like we still have so much to do… well… me. Between name changing and then getting ready for our honeymoon, it’s definitely been hectic over here!!

Instead of a diary of my day, I have just been taking photos of my food and would like to compile it all here. This is basically what I have been eating for the past few weeks. Lots of different meals, foods… you know. Variety is key to not getting bored, amiright? ;)

THERE IS A TON AFTER THE BREAK – just a warning. I love taking pictures of my food, so… you know. I think I may like this way of doing things better, too. I may just do a once a month compilation of everything I’ve eaten. I hope it gives you some insight into my eating habits, as well as ideas for your own diet!

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Spicy Curry Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Curry-Roasted Chickpeas

hello, wild things!

It’s a gorgeous night – I’m sitting on our screened-in porch with the whimsical fairy lights overhead. I’m blogging, Joe is all over a musician’s message board, the breeze is blowing, the trees are swaying, and the birds are (surprisingly) still chattering. It’s beautifully peaceful, and these are the nights that I hold close to my heart. I just want to bottle this moment up.

I have a simple snack recipe to share. I’ve been on a total chickpea kick lately, which isn’t a bad thing because these things are nutrient and protein powerhouses. Chickpea. I love the word chickpea. I told Joe this recently and tried to explain it to him. He wasn’t getting it. But really… it’s the word chick and pea put together. Both words are already kinda cutesy, and together… it’s just a great combo. Chickpea chickpea chickpea! He thought I was crazy. You probably think so, too. Hey, it’s the little things. ;)

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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hi friends! Another plant-based day entry. Lots of vegetables for this lady, as you’ll see. With summer closing out, my fruit choices will shift – more apples, pears, pomegranates, and grapes for me. Occasionally, I will try to grab mangoes if they look good because I neeeeeed them, but mostly I just get disappointed. Fall, I love love love you above all the rest, but your choice in fruit lacks compared to summer. It’s fine, though. Autumn everything else makes up for it.

Anyways, here’s what I’m noshing on lately.
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The Friendly Fig Vegan Food Diary

My Plant-Based Food Diary: What I Ate

Hi friends! I feel like I haven’t wrote one of these posts in a little bit, so here’s a quick update on what I’ve been munching on lately. I really hope these posts serve as inspiration for anyone who is looking to eat more plant-based meals (or making the transition entirely). Definitely let me know if you’re still digging it. I don’t want to bore anyone to death ;)

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