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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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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Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Wings + Ranch

Buffalo Tempeh + Ranch [vegan]

I’ll admit that before going plant-based, I was a buffalo wings kinda girl. While I can’t even think about eating wings today, I do still love all things buffalo-flavored, so this recipe is for those times when I crave it… which was last night.

We don’t cook too much in the summer due to the heat but I wanted to make something nice (and awesome) for Joe for dinner last night. He’s been asking for more vegan dinners lately, which I may have mentioned before. It makes my life and I will happily oblige. What’s better than some buffalo “wings” made much healthier and kinder? We’re both huge tempeh fans, so it was perfect. He thoroughly enjoyed them (weeee!) and so did I. So if you have a meat-eater in your life that you’re trying to ease into more plant-based choices, I think this substitute recipe will be a hit.

Just a forewarning – I do recommend marinading the tempeh for about an hour or so. If you remember to start the recipe a bit early, you’ll be golden.

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Vegan Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats + Bob’s Red Mill GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! Another overnight oats recipe – surprised? I’ve been on a kick, especially since they are 1) cold, and 2) quick and easy. Oh, and good protein, calcium, nutrients, yada yada. Basically, overnight oats are a pregnant women’s dream (during third trimester in the summer, at that!)

I’m so happy to have teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, to bring this recipe to you. I’m a huge fan of all their products – from grains to oats to granola and everything in between. I also LOVE their ground flaxseed (it’s my go-to when egg replacing in recipes). With their high-fiber vegan oats and vegan granola, I’ve concocted the below. I was really excited to find that their granola is vegan – a lot of granola brands out there are not always vegan (it’s something to be mindful of). This type is free of honey.

Plus, if you’re totally digging this recipe or are as big of a fan as I am, you have the chance to win both ingredients featured in this post. Details for this giveaway after the cut!

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30 Blog Posts for Vegan Plant-Based Beginners

30 Blog Posts for Vegan/Plant-Based Beginners

I can’t believe it’s been three years this month since the Friendly Fig started! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this blog and community, and how much I enjoy sharing pieces of my life with you guys. So much love and compliments from people – people I know and complete strangers who have turned into friends. It’s very cool to see how the blog has evolved.

To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my favorite posts to date. This blog started as a way to share tips on eating plant-based/vegan/vegetarian. I wanted to show the world just how easy it is to enjoy food without ending an animal’s life. There have been so many posts written for beginners to get started – because at the end of the day, people truly fear what they do not know. I hope I do an okay job sharing my own personal tips and advice to lessen the fear of “what do I eat then?” and inspire for a healthier and kinder diet. Below are 30 blog posts for beginners that – I believe – embody all that you need to know for a successful and seamless transition.

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Roasted Tempeh + Veggies

Roasted Tempeh + Veggies

I’ve been making this dish like crazy lately – almost every week, honestly. My amazing aunt had us over and prepared this for me. I was so impressed! It’s not always easy to cook with tempeh, but there’s nothing this woman can’t do! I asked if I could share her recipe here, and she was thrilled. I was, too! If your a tempeh person like me, I think you’ll love it. It’s full of flavor and easy to prepare

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Vegan Shoe Alert: OluKai

Vegan Shoe Alert: OluKai

Hi friends! How are you guys? I’ve been good over here – very busy to say the least… between baby prep and just general summer events and whatnot. Every weekend has been packed, but good. Staying busy makes the time go by much faster as we burst with excitement to meet our sweet girl!

I’ve also been so fortunate lately to have amazing vegan brands collaborating with me and sharing their products. When OluKai footwear reached out, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. A vegan shoe brand that carries slip-ons – yes!! If you guys know me, you know that I basically live in slip-ons or my Vans sneakers. I’m all about casual comfort. I was really excited to grab a pair of these and start wearing them out this summer.
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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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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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