Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

Healthy Pregnancy Snack: Apples + Date PB

I’ve been craving a lot of sweets this pregnancy. Luckily I am also craving a ton of fruit all the time – so I don’t feel too guilty about that. But sometimes fruit just isn’t enough. I won’t lie – I’ve given into the junk cravings (mostly sour candy – anyone else crave sour everything when they were pregnant?) But I am trying really hard to balance out the junk days with some healthy alternatives.

For me, this is dates. It’s cliche to say “dates are nature’s candy!” but they truly are nature’s candy. They are so sweet! I don’t like to overdo it with them, but they definitely will curb a sweet tooth when necessary. The good news is, along with their natural sugar content, they are also a natural energy booster and are packed with a ton of vitamins. When blended with peanut butter, you get a rich, protein-packed dip (and super sweet!) It reminds me of a healthier caramel.
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My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials Vegan

My Pregnancy Nausea Essentials

Nausea on and off, on and off. I got very lucky the first few weeks of pregnancy, but nausea hit me hard around week 7. I’m sure this happens to everyone, but at first I was like… oh how bad could it be, really?

Well, it could be bad. The worst part is knowing that this is happening and there’s not much you can do. You just need to realize that your body is working very hard to create the most magnificent human being, and all you can do is try and cope. So… I made it my mission at Target to find all the things that would keep me going – especially during work hours. I had a few really rough days, but happy to report that I got through it with the help of these products below.

What worked for me may not work for you, but hey… you never know. I hope this inspires any mom-to-be’s out there who are at their wits end and just need something to try.
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Vegan NY System Hot Weiners

Vegan NY System Hot Weiners Recipe

Okay, here comes the Rhode Island girl in me. If you are from here, you know what the deal is with NY System Hot Weiners. These loaded hot dogs are basically a state delicacy. Before I went vegan, I could eat 3 or 4 of these in a sitting (gross, I know). But the flavor is all in the sauce, mustard, onion, and celery salt. I haven’t had one since becoming vegan. And you can imagine with pregnancy… I started having a bunch of odd cravings that I normally wouldn’t. This being one of them. So when my husband was making himself chili dogs over the weekend, I could’t help myself. I grabbed all the vegan ingredients I’d need to make these babies.

Rhode Islander or not, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you can still enjoy nostalgic staples – even NY system! That’s the beauty of veganism – you honestly can whip ANYTHING up sans animal products. These are definitely proof!

I won’t be eating these regularly. I actually have NEVER bought vegan hot dogs before in my life! I tend to stick with tempeh, tofu, and seitan rather than mock meats. But a pregnant woman wants what she wants. Definitely a treat.

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Chocolate + PB Banana Bites Vegan

Chocolate + PB Banana Bites

Hi friends :)

Simple recipes lately – it’s all I can really handle at the moment. These are not original or unique or anything. I mean, it’s a pretty straight-forward snack recipe but I wanted to share for inspiration. I’ve had a sweet tooth like crazy this pregnancy, and I have been trying to satisfy it in healthy ways. These definitely hit the spot, because who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? It’s the ultimate comfort dessert. Plus… so easy and quick to make!! They last long in the freezer too (if you don’t eat them all in one sitting).

I hope you like!
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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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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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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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Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Smoked 3-Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Hi friends! I’m excited to share one of my favorite chili recipes – warm, cozy, smoky, and belly-filling. Joe mentioned that he was craving chili while we were out shopping and I immediately thought YES, I LOVE YOU. I grabbed all the odds and ends I needed and the result is wonderful. I love adding 3 different types of beans to mine for extra protein and fiber – plus the tempeh and portobello makes it extra hearty.
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