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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Ranch, Black Bean, + Corn Tacos [Vegan]

Ranch, Black Bean, + Corn Tacos [Vegan]

Hi friends! I have been really excited these days because my husband, Joe, has been asking for more vegan/plant-based dinners. You can imagine my excitement [!!] He’s always embraced vegan food and is always the first one to find a new local spot for us to try out (which I love him for) but he never made the plunge himself. I don’t expect him to anytime soon, but he definitely lets me know that he is trying to get there. Baby steps, right? For now, if it is vegan dinners that he is asking for… ask and you shall receive!!

These tacos have quickly become a staple for us. Honestly – tacos all the time, right? They are so versatile and easy to make. Whatever I have available in the pantry and fridge is usually what I’ll work with. I was excited with these tacos in particular because of the vegan ranch sauce. Before I adopted a plant-based diet, I was all about that ranch life. Aren’t most people? Yes, no?

Using mayo, soy milk, and some seasoning, it tastes just like ranch and takes the flavor of these to a whole new level. I hope you’ll enjoy.
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Watermelon Juice No Juicer Needed)

Watermelon Juice (No Juicer Necessary)

I’ll be honest. We bought a juicer maybe 2-3 years ago. It wasn’t a crazy expensive one. I can’t remember for the life of me the brand because we haven’t touched it in so long. It’s actually on a shelf in the storage area of our basement. I love fresh juice, but sometimes the whole hassle of getting it setup and then cleaning it is just too much. I like things done quickly, and juicing is not always the quickest task (not to say it isn’t worth it or anything – I know a lot of people who LOVE their juicers). It’s just not for me.

BUT, I love a good juice recipe that doesn’t require the whole shebang. That’s why I looooove watermelon juice. It can very easily be strained with a mesh strainer and it super refreshing during the summer. Plus it is naturally so sweet, so you really don’t have to add much to it! This is a simple recipe, but I wanted to share in case there are any watermelon lovers here who have not tried this yet.

I prefer to eat my watermelon usually, but this is a good way to not waste a watermelon that may not be as sweet as you thought. Buying watermelon is already a gamble… so at least you’ll have another option if you are not into the texture or sweetness of one that you’ve bought and cut up! There’s always another way to use an ingredient. :)

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Vegan Garlic + Asparagus Penne Alfredo

Vegan Garlic + Asparagus Penne Alfredo

Hi friends!

Sometimes I wonder if these cashew cheese pasta dishes are as spot on as I think they are in regards to cheesiness. I know that my tastebuds have changed over the course of 3 years without cheese, but I honestly do think that these are so close. I like making these kinds of dishes for non-vegans just to see their reaction. So this one in particular, I feel like it’s one of those that I’ll need to make for a group of people to gauge their reaction. Because me… well, I think it’s literally heaven on earth.

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11 Vegan Pizza Recipes

Vegan Pizza Round-Up

Pizza pizza pizza. Does anyone not like pizza? We eat it a ton in this family. To be honest, Joe probably makes homemade pizza in the cast iron twice, sometimes three times a week. I’m not complaining! I haven’t been cooking as much lately, and always appreciate when he makes me a good vegan pie.

Over the years, I’ve gotten creative with my pizza recipes – from tempeh burger pizza to a pinwheel squash pizza. Whether you are in the mood for something classic or want to try something entirely new, below are quite a few recipes to choose from. I haven’t done a recipe round-up in a while, so I hope you don’t mind. Bringing back some good ones – they deserve more facetime ;) And… if anyone dares to say that vegan/vegetarian pizza is boring… pffft. Please.
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Mango, Corn, + Avocado Tacos

Mango, Corn, + Avocado Tacos

Good morning, friends! It’s been gorgeous here lately. The summer heat hasn’t got to me as bad as I thought it would… yet, anyways. Maybe I should go knock on some wood or something, but… hey. I’m happy.

But still, I have been stepping away from the stove top as I always do in the summer and opting for light and fresh recipes. Tacos are always a staple in our house, but especially during the summer heat. These have been my go-to combo lately, not only because they taste amazing but they take under 15 minutes to whip up. Nothing better than that! If you have some of these ingredients on hand (even without mango), I hope you’ll try. So sweet, light, and bursting with flavor.
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4 Maca Smoothies for Fertility

4 Maca Smoothies for Fertility

I’m always making a fuss about maca root on here, but I promise it is with good reason. Maca is an ancient herb and root vegetable that provides many benefits to women’s health (and men’s!) Most notably, it may boost libido (improving sexual health) and promote fertility.

NOTE: I am not a doctor or scientist or anything remotely similar. I made the decision to take maca myself based on online research and studies I have read. You should not take this as advice, but inspiration. Visit your own doctor if you are wondering if maca is something you should try.

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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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Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips Review

Current Obsession: Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips

Pregnancy cravings are real, folks. So back in May when we traveled to Florida, I needed something to get me through the 3-hour flight and found these kale chips by Rhythm Superfoods. I grabbed the zesty nacho and literally ate the whole bag before we even boarded the plane. I couldn’t stop for the life of meeeeee – they are so good. Have you had/tried them?
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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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