Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

When you’re pregnant, you hear an awful lot about your iron intake. Iron iron iron. Truth be told… in my first trimester, I began to crave meat – for the first time in over 3 years. Talk about terrifying. I was like oh great, why. Whyyyy is this happening. I honestly can’t even begin to explain half the shit that goes through your head when you are making a human, but… this was one of my many thoughts and cravings. I knew that I didn’t really want meat. My body clearly needed something else – and a lot of people told me it was probably craving iron.
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Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Eat fries for dinner. Seriously – they don’t have to be greasy, unhealthy, and loaded with trans fats. To be honest, Joe and I enjoy a plate of fries and dip for dinner more often than I care to admit. It’s just soooo good. So filling. SO CHEAP. Potatoes, man. They are cheap cheap cheap.

I try to balance out the fact that we’re eating just fries for dinner by pairing with a dip. While I usually opt for some cashew cheese dip on the side, I thought a black bean dip would be perfect. Black beans are loaded with protein (not to say cashews aren’t) and add a healthy dose of fiber. Side of lime for extra flavor and some fresh lettuce leaves. Romaine lettuce is is super fresh paired with fries. Trust me – just try it!

The best part is that these fries are oil-free, so go to town.
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Vegan on a Budget: Under $50 Shopping List for PriceRite

Vegan on a Budget: Under $50 Shopping List for PriceRite

More budget and money-saving tips! I love reading posts like this, so I hope you can appreciate.

In the past, I’ve shared my $50 vegan shopping list for Trader Joe’s. As we’re trying to save more and more for baby girl on the way, we’ve opted to buy more from PriceRite. Do you have a PriceRite near you? I believe it’s a New England (or maybe just upper East Coast?) chain but oh man, it is SO INEXPENSIVE AND CHEAP! And cheap does not mean poor quality in this case, because the fruit and veggies are awesome here, as well as other name brand products. One of the ways that PriceRite keeps it costs down is the fact that you need to bring your own bags, so don’t forget yours (if you do, they are only 10 cents a bag).

I’ve been so impressed with our shopping habits these days that I wanted to share what a week’s worth of vegan/plant-based food from PriceRite looks like for under $50. I hope it helps! I love having proof that eating vegan/plant-based does not mean expensive. You can still be frugal and eat like a queen (or king). ;)
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Vegan Jackfruit Enchiladas Recipe

Vegan Jackfruit Enchiladas

Another recipe I tried recently that came together better than I expected. One thing about me is that I really just trying throwing things together to see if they work. Sometimes they do, sometimes not. These vegan jackfruit enchiladas definitely were a hit with me and my husband. I apologize for the pretty crap photos… there’s not really any great way to take a nice picture of enchiladas (not in my case, anyways!) But taste is what matters here, right?

I made these quickly in the midst of us both binging Shameless (any other fans?) Not sure what took us this long to watch, but we’re hooked! We blew through the first season in two days. Haha!
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5 Vegan Superfoods To Keep On Your Radar

5 Vegan Superfoods To Keep On Your Radar

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You can never have too many superfoods on your menu. This is a label given to foods and ingredients that are particularly healthy in one way or another. For those living a vegan lifestyle they’re wonderful options to have, and it’s always fun to learn a new one. That said, they can be a little tough to keep track of, or at least easy to forget.

Here are five tasty and versatile superfoods to keep on your radar.

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Vegan Tofurky + Cheese Hash

Tofurky + Cheese Hash

Good morning! Another recipe I could not wait to share. I created it by accident, really. It was a Friday… there was almost nothing in the fridge because our shopping day is Saturday morning. But… there was 4 slices of tofurky leftover, literally maybe 1/4 cup of vegan cheese shreds, 1/2 red pepper, and 1/2 onion. The pantry is always loaded with potatoes, so hey… hash it is!

There’s 14 grams of protein in 5 slices of Tofurky (hey, over 10 grams for 4 slices) and lots of nutrients in the veggies. Perfect pregnancy breakfast, right? I’m also going to say that this recipe below served just me (I am very hungry these days) but could definitely serve 2. Double it up for a family serving, because even a meat-eating family would enjoy this potato hash. It’s super flavorful and the toasted tofurky adds an awesome crisp/crunch to it.

Side note, I’ll be away for a few days visiting family in Florida! It’ll be pretty quiet on here, but I’ll be keeping up on IG when I can.

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Vegan Pregnancy: Protein Sources Recipes

Vegan Pregnancy: Protein Sources (+ Recipes)

The biggie when you are (and aren’t) pregnant – protein! A lot of people tend to ask me how I am doing without eating meat during pregnancy, and I always have the same answer… I mean, fine! I did have some cravings in the beginning of my pregnancy but nothing that a substitute mock meat product couldn’t fix. To be quite honest, when I went to my first doctor’s appointment and we discussed my diet, she was really pleased. She ran through her checklist and warned me to be careful eating too much red meat and fish, and then quickly corrected herself to say – oh, never mind! Really – the doctor actually tells you to avoid most meats. She told me to load up on whole grains, veggies, and protein – and yes, beans and lentils and couscous all count for protein!

I am not a doctor and do not claim to know what is best for you (or anyone!) but I know that I feel safe and comfortable with my own plant-based diet during pregnancy. I am getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that I need (alongside a standard prenatal routine) and yes, that includes protein!

So today, I wanted to share some of my go-to plant-based protein sources throughout this pregnancy, as well as some recipes that can help you reach your goals. I aim for 70 grams of protein per day. I may not always hit it perfectly, but I do the very best I can.

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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Second Trimester

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

Still hungry as ever, and still trying my best to eat well. It’s definitely hard some days. Some of my more recent cravings have been bagels/toast with tofutti and cream cheese (still), tomatoes in general, pickles, sour gummy candy, chunky peanut butter, salt and vinegar chips, and Del’s lemonade (local frozen lemonade). Definitely hitting all those cravings in the below photos.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.

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Vegan Macaroni Salad with Just Mayo

Vegan Macaroni Salad [with Just Mayo]

Hi guys! I have to be honest – I haven’t been doing much in the kitchen, considering how much I have been eating lately. A lot of what I eat is very quick and usually just some chopped up veggies with a side grain. Not much experimenting going on.

But the other night I did end up making a new macaroni salad recipe on a whim. Joe was excited when he got home because he loves mayo-based mac salad (and so do I) but I haven’t made it in a while since going vegan. ENTER JUST MAYO. Just Mayo is my absolutely favorite vegan mayo because it literally tastes… just like mayo (texture, consistency, taste, everything). This recipe tastes just like the good ‘ol pasta salad recipes I used to love at cookouts.

The key to my recipe is having pickle juice. Vinegar is one thing, but… the pickle juice truly elevates the flavor (in my opinion) and this isn’t just because I am pregnant, I promise. Haha!
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Homemade Simple Lavender Syrup

Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup

Most people who know me know that I am a sucker for anything lavender. Lavender iced coffee, lattes, iced tea, muffins, scones… if it had lavender in the title, I’m going to want to try it. Since a lot of coffee shop and bakeries around here don’t usually carry lavender drinks and baked goods, I grabbed my own lavender buds and made this sweet syrup. It’s perfect for homemade iced coffee, lattes, or baking. Plus, it was really easy!

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