Trader Joe's Vegan Haul

My Vegan Trader Joe’s Haul

Hi friends :)

I hope life is good with all of you – nothing crazy going on over here. We’ve been enjoying the quiet of January and getting ready to go to Florida in February. My parents have a place down there, so I am excited for warm weather and to explore Delray, West Palm Beach, and possibly Miami. I hear there are a ton of vegan/plant-based spots, and I’ll surely post about it once I get back. I’m so excited!! If you have any recommendations for me, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

Other than that, I thought I would just write a simple post today sharing my usual vegan haul from Trader Joe’s. We go shopping once a week, which has worked for us for years now. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. While I definitely grab some speciality items from TJ’s every once in a while (I mean, they always have new awesome products), we stick to pretty much the basics. I usually come up with some meal ideas beforehand to make sure I grab everything I’ll need for the week.

So, take a look below if you’re interested to see I’m grabbing at the grocery store. I hope it inspires your own shopping list, too!
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10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

New year! Wee!

I know 2017 is going to be a year for the books already – will it top 2016? Yeah, I think so. Life has been uber good to me.

I love kicking off the year with a post like this, because I know a lot of people decide to “reset” and going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based is usually at the top of the resolution’s list (which makes me very happy). I’m here to help if that is the case for you… because everyone that knows me knows that I love nothing more than giving all the plant-based and vegan diet tips that I have. I am very passionate about this!

I know that transitioning is not easy, and I know that it can be extremely frustrating when you are face-to-face with a weak moment or day. Please – never get frustrated with yourself. It is never about being perfect – it is about doing the very best you can to feel the very best you can. Falling off the wagon is all a part of the process. Instead of feeling defeated, you should feel proud for revamping your lifestyle in the first place – no matter what your reasons are for doing so (weight, animals, planet, health – whatever!)

When all else fails, you’ll always have a place to go for motivation and inspiration… because I am all about that here! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for any omnivores out there looking to transition to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. These goals are attainable – especially if you try tackling them one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a whole ‘nother year to get to where you want to be – what matters is that you are on this road NOW, and you are going to do great things!
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10 Vegan Stocking Stuffer Ideas

10 Vegan Stocking Stuffers

I love giving gifts. I know that everyone says that, but I reallyyyyyy really love it! I always tend to go overboard, because I can’t help myself. If I see something that someone will love, I have to grab it. Sometimes I will grab something months and months in advance and just hang onto it until a holiday or birthday.

I don’t have too many other vegans in my life (my mom!) but I think it’s fun to think about all the cool stocking stuffers that I’d appreciate as a vegan. A lot of people may not know where to begin when gift shopping for a vegan or vegetarian, so hey… here are some awesome ideas from on veg-head to another. Last minute shoppers, enjoy!

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10 Favorite Vegan-Friendly Sit Down Restaurants in Disney

10 Favorite Vegan-Friendly Sit Down Restaurants in Disney

Hi friends :)

Just talking about my favorite place in the world – again. I was reflecting on all the incredible meals I’ve had in Disney. It really is the most magical and vegan-friendly place on earth… which is everything to me. You will never go hungry here! I’ve counted down my favorite quick service stops in the past, so it’s only right that I show the sit-down restaurants some love – and I mean A LOT of love. These places have my heart.

The number one thing to remember when you are dining in Disney – if you are making an online reservation, be sure to check off your allergies. This way, the chef will be prepared for your arrival. You can also email SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com or call (407) 939-3463 to make sure they are aware. I have done both in the past to be safe and have never had any issues when I arrived!
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Eating Vegan at Universal Orlando

Eating Vegan at Universal + The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Time to share my vegan experience at Universal Orlando Studios, Islands of Adventure, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I’ll be blunt and upfront about it – it’s not very vegan-friendly when you compare it to Disney. HOWEVER, it was certainly not impossible for me. I took a few photos of what I ate, and will recap some of the other items I didn’t snap but still enjoyed. Out of any place, Wizarding World was the easiest place to veganize (yay!) And the pumpkin juice was vegan, so all was well with me.
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Vegan Egg Replacers

Vegan 101: Egg Replacers

I still have people asking me on a regular basis about my vegan diet and how I keep up with it. I absolutely love it! I love answering these types of questions, and I think it’s worth writing about on here. One question I was asked recently was about egg replacers and how to substitute. It’s a great question, and I am glad to see that people are finally starting to break away from using eggs.

The treatment of hens in factory farming is just awful – it’s not just a farmer going into a coop and collecting eggs like we’ve all been led to believe. If you can distance yourself from eggs, good. I am always a bit torn when people ask if I would eat eggs from my own hens (if I ever had hens, that is). My honest answer is no, simply because eggs just gross me out in general now. They are smelly and funky… I am just not interested anymore. But if you absolutely cannot give up eggs and raise your own hens… I’m not opposed to that. As long as the animal is treated with care and allowed to just do its thing and be, then why not? To each their own, right?

So, back to replacements. There are really two ways you can break this down: replacing eggs in cooking and replacing eggs in baking. I’m going to share my personal preferences for each category, and hope that you learn something new or feel inspired by these egg substitutes.
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Eating Vegan in Disney World 2016

Eating Vegan in Disney World 2016

Hi friends!

As promised, I’m here with quite a round-up of all the vegan food I enjoyed in Disney. As always, it was 100% vegan-friendly and I never went hungry. Actually, I definitely ate way more than I should have… but hey, honeymoon!

As long as you let your server/cast member know that you have an allergy/are vegan, they are very accommodating. Almost every time I mentioned it, they would grab the chef to come speak with me about options and review any ingredients/dishes I had questions about. It is very refreshing to see so much care!
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Disney World Honeymoon

Disney Honeymoon Plans + Tips

HI! This post is probably going to be long and consist of tons of yelling and excessive [!!!] because it’s all about our dreamy honeymoon in DISNEY! Disney, yes. I think I’ve said it before on here… but yes we are going to Disney because we are literally 2 big kids. It doesn’t matter if we go every year… there is just no place we’d rather be or celebrate the start of our marriage than the most magical place on Earth. Rollercoasters, delicious vegan food, fireworks, shows, shopping, pool, ahhhh. It’s everything. We’re also doing Universal for 2 days, AKA THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER! Eeeeeee! I haven’t been to Universal in at least a decade, so you can imagine my excitement.

I thought it would be fun to share some of our plans (I am quite a planner – down to pool time) and some of what I’m packing. Just a little peak into my travel bag and life ;)

Warning: really long post ahead.
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Meal Prep Bulk Cooking Tips in My Plant-Based Kitchen

Sunday Bulk Cooking Tips in My Plant-Based Kitchen

Hiii guys :)

I’m really excited to be writing this post today, but it is a question that I get A LOT… like all the time. Bulk cooking and prep for the week. It’s one of my favorite routines (just ask Joe!) During the summer (especially the scorching summer we had earlier this year), I rarely cook. It’s all about salads and grilling. But now that the weather is cool, I get to start my Sunday prep routine back up – weeeee!

The thing about bulk cooking – it initially seems like a pain in the ass, right? Cooking everything at once and portioning things out and cutting things up, rah rah rah. Sure, it sounds daunting, but if you do it right… it can quickly become one of your favorite things, too. I promise. SO. I wanted to share my Sunday bulk cooking tips here, because I am asked all the time how I manage to do it… plus, I want to make it a little less daunting.
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10 Vegan-Friendly Quick Stop Restaurants Disney World

10 Favorite Vegan-Friendly Quick Stop Restaurants in Disney

Here I come with another vegan Disney post, because I am soooo excited to just GET THERE at the end of the month for our honeymoon!

Most of the time when we tell someone we are going to Disney for our honeymoon, we get the typical, “really, why?” I mean, sure… we go every year and I have been going for my whole life but honestly… I just can’t help myself. Disney World is my favorite place in the whole world. It’s pure magic. It takes me out of everyday life and plops me right into a dream. It’s a special place for both of us (and we have no shame in that!) Also… we are not those people who can just lay on a beach for a week. We need to be constantly moving, and we need rollercoasters. Basically, we are two large children who love nothing more than a Mickey pretzel, some fireworks, and a side of adrenaline. AND I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY! This is why I am marrying Joe, after all. He gets me ;)

So when people say, “really why?” I mean… WHY NOT!! There’s so much to do, and there is a reason why it is the #1 honeymoon destination, yeah? YEAH. TAKE ME TO THE CASTLE, NOW.

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