Vegan Chocolate Protein Milkshake

Protein Boost: Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I just am not a fan of protein powders. Even when people tell me, “you can’t even taste it!” It’s like… yeah, yeah I can. Probably doesn’t help that I sit there and try to pinpoint the protein taste, but anyways… I just am not into them. So I’ve been relying heavily on smoothie ingredients that are loaded with protein on their own to avoid the dreaded powder. For me, my go-to has been cashews. Just 1/4 cup of raw cashews has 7 grams! Loaded.

This is a smoothie, but I mean… I’m calling it a milkshake. It is so creamy and indulgent. It is loaded with protein, healthy fats, energy (from the date), and all that good stuff. It’s basically dessert, in the best way.

It’s a simple recipe, but I think you’ll appreciate it. Especially if you are an expecting plant-based mama who is looking for easy ways to sneak in more protein! Or you know, not expecting but just want something decadent and delicious chockfull of good ingredients.
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Lunch Plate Inspiration + Nutrition

Lunch Plate Inspiration + Nutrition

Good morning, friends! I’ve been obsessed with this lunch plate pictured above – not only because it takes no time to assemble, but it’s also full of all the good stuff my body + this baby is craving. I am so happy to have my normal appetite back. There are a few exceptions – still not into thai food (bummer) – but I have been going to town on fruits, veggies, and legumes. This is the stuff I live on – and the ingredients that I thrive on. It’s a simple lunch plate, but I wanted to share for inspiration and also thought I’d dissect it by some of the all-star ingredients. Each have a role on this plate, and that’s something that I always keep in mind when putting this kind of meal together.

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What I've Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy - First Trimester]

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

Hey there friends – I’ve been compiling all the things I ate over my first trimester, and now I can finally share with you! So warning, there is A LOT after the cut. Not going to lie though – a lot of what I ate is not on here because it was way too boring and just not interesting (plus I kept forgetting to take photos – rather, did not have the energy or drive to!) I had a rough couple weeks (7-9 were ughhh) and I ate a whole lot of carbs. Think: bread, dry cereal, pasta with butter, crackers, potatoes, frozen waffles, etc. But in between and towards the end, I did get to eat some good stuff and that’s what you’ll find below. Plus… so many oranges. All I want is orange juice and oranges. It’s wild. xx

Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls Vegan

Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Balls

Happy Monday, friends! How are you? I’m feeling so good lately – more energy, less nausea. Joe and I also bought tickets for alt-j at one of our very favorite outdoor venues this summer. I’ll be 33 weeks pregnant – oof. But alt-j is one of my favorites, and I’ve never seen them! I gotta do everything before this little lady comes… and this will be a summer night to remember, I’m sure of it. I bought tickets toward the back and on an end (who knows how much I’ll have to get up and down at that point – lol!) The best part is the venue is right on the water, so if I need to take a breather, there’s that. Yay – I cannot wait!

Excitement aside, for now. Ha!

So like I was saying, thankfully I’ve had more energy lately. But… pregnancy is still exhausting, to put it lightly. I always heard people say it, but you really don’t understand until you are going through it. Some days, I feel like I got hit with a sedative. Even making breakfast in the morning will have me a bit winded and ready to sit back down. So, I’ve been trying to make breakfast in batches – quick and easy on the weekend to have during the week. It’s easier to grab something pre-made when I am rushing around to get to work (especially since I’ve been sleeping in more!)

These peanut butter cookie energy balls have been a go-to for me. Aside from tasting like dessert, they are made with dates. Dates are known for boosting energy levels. That’s because the carbs in dates are mostly simple sugars. Simple sugars are easily and quickly converted into glucose for cells to use as energy (according to NaturalLifeEnergy.com!) Paired with some oats, walnuts, and peanut butter… these babies are a protein and nutrient powerhouse.
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My Vegan Prenatal Vitamin Routine

My Vegan Prenatal Vitamin Routine

Hi friends!

I already had a couple people come to me with this question, so I wanted to share my prenatal vitamin routine for those who are plant-based/vegan/vegetarian and who see kids in their future. One wouldn’t think that vitamins could be an issue, but it’s true – there are a lot of vitamins out there that use animal products. Sometimes, even just the protective gel around the vitamin features animal-based products. Because of this, it took me a little longer than usual to choose prenatal vitamins.

I started taking prenatals about 3 months before I actually got pregnancy. I did this for a few reasons: 1) I wanted my body to get used to this new vitamin before the morning sickness arrived, and 2) they say it helps with pregnancy to build up the nutrients. A lot of your baby’s development will happen the very first few weeks of pregnancy (before you may even know!) and it is so important to make sure the nutrients are there.

Now – disclaimer, I am not a doctor. I am just a blogger sharing my experience with prenatals. I took these to my own OBGYN to get the go-ahead based on my own health. You should always consult your own doctor before assuming.
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Vegan Cereal Options

15 Vegan Options for the Cereal Lover

Hiyaaa friends :)

I recently found a vegan version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch – one of my faaaavorite cereals as a kid. I could have screamed in the aisle. It actually made my day. I know that cereal in general is not the best nutritionally, but sometimes you just need a bowl of cereal before bed. I’ve been eating more of it now, too – during pregnancy, you just want carbs. Or, at least I do. Plus… you can’t take the cereal out of the cereal kid.

When I first went vegan, cereal was one of those things that I was completely bummed about – all the good cereal is not vegan, right? Thankfully, I’ve found out through the years that organic and natural companies are putting a spin on old favorites, minus the cruelty. There are actually a ton of vegan cereal options, and I want to share some of my favorites with you. So anyone else who loves nothing more than a bowl of Frosted Flakes – this one goes out to you.

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Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

It’s a quite day at our place – Minnie is kneading into my leg and Joe is playing Playstation… and I am wrapped in my favorite blanket with tea and this stew.

As usual, I had some leftovers and veggies that were on the outs. Whenever I open a can of pumpkin (usually for a smoothie) I try to make sure I have a game plan for the rest of it. Pumpkin puree works beautifully in a stew like this because it helps to thicken without adding any unnecessary flour or cornstarch. I also had extra cauliflower, celery, aaaaand carrots that were on the way out (and I really hate throwing vegetables out!!)

So, 30 degree day + leftovers = big, piping pot of stew. No oil or unnecessary additions… just whole nourishing, whole foods. Beats canned soup any day of the week.
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vegan green goddess soup recipe

My Favorite Green Goddess Soup

I’m excited to share a go-to recipe in my kitchen. I like to call it Green Goddess Soup (because goddesses make everything cooler) but it is basically just all your awesome green vegetables pureed into a warm, velvety, cozy soup. You bet this dish is chock-full of nutrients, vitamins, and all the good stuff that comes from the Earth. It features green all-stars, including: spinach, broccoli, green peppers, peas, and zucchini. Full of fiber, which makes it belly-filling. The addition of nutritional yeast gives it a subtle cheesy tiny. It’s really the perfect pot of soup to keep on hand all week – or freeze it for later.

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Visiting WDW + Universal Orlando with Food Allergies

Visiting WDW + Universal Orlando with Food Allergies

Hi friends :)

By now, everyone knows that I am obsessed with eating vegan in Disney posts (and even Universal!) So you can imagine my excitement when I was called upon to share some of my thoughts and knowledge on the topic in a travel guide for visitors with dairy, gluten, and other food allergies. Uh, yes! I’d love to be featured and share as much knowledge as I can – I know how tough it can be when you are on vacation and struggling to find food that will nourish your body. No one wants to be sick on vacation, right? Not to mention, no one wants to eat bagged chips or granola bars the whole time, either. On vacation, you are entitled to real food – meals prepared to your liking and to your every need.
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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

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

Hey there friends – another round-up of what I’ve been noshing on. Sorry there aren’t too many – it’s been busy over here and I’ve been forgetful. But hey – there’s some ideas! Enjoy. xx

Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!

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