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!
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?
Good morning, sunshine :)
Sharing a very easy recipe today that looks like fancy breakfast, but really, it only took you 10 minutes tops to put together. That, plus it is also super healthy. Fruit for breakfast is my favorite – it’s clean, sweet, and starts my day with a ton of vitamins and nutrients to get my energy up and running.
Topped with a few different superfoods (hello chia and cacao nibs), I think (hope) you’ll enjoy. Also walnuts, which I have been eating like crazy throughout this entire pregnancy. That’s a good thing, because walnuts are a great source of omegas and are encouraged for pregnancy. Just 1/4 cup is all you need to receive your daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats (among a plethora of other things). Weeeee healthy fats!
Okay, onto this tropical and summery smoothie bowl. Everyone loves a loaded smoothie bowl, right?
Before I adopted a vegan diet, I enjoyed my fair share of junk food. One of my favorite nostalgic snacks growing up is cheese puffs. There’s just something about them!! But of course, I can’t remember the last time I ate cheese puffs, even before going vegan. It just wasn’t something I bought on the regular.
Enter HIPPEAS. I picked up the vegan white cheddar at Starbucks once (airport snacks for the win) and was blown away by how similar they were to my favorite childhood snack, but also… really, chickpeas?! Even better. Vegan, organic, gluten-free, and non-gmo. With 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in a bag, I was sold. And I really couldn’t get over how dead on they were for flavor.
I’ve made and eaten this very simple dish (or side dish) so many times in the last few months that I might as well share the recipe here. Baked fries are so easy and quick. Joe always raves about them, too, which makes me happy. If we don’t know what to do for dinner, it’s always “well, how about you make some fries at least?” Sure thing – I’ll eat fries every day of the week! I bake mine and only use cooking spray so they are much healthier than you would think. Paired with this cheesy cashew cream dipping sauce and you’re golden. Comfort food at its finest hour.
So if you are stuck on what to make, I highly recommend fries and cashew cheese dip. The fiber and starch from the potatoes will fill you up and the cashew dip is loaded with protein.
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.
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.
Just another recipe from the pregnancy craving chronicles. I had leftover beefless crumbles from that time I made vegan NY system hot weiners, so hey. Why not?
I’ve never even been a huge fan of chili and cheese fries, but the idea of this really excited me because anything having to do with potatoes and cashew cheese is amazing. The cashew cheese is also loaded with protein (about 7 grams) and the beefless crumbles are also a great source (12 grams in just a 1/2 cup!) And even better, this was a really quick and easy dinner to make – minimal energy.
If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it.
Second trimester – weeeeee!! Thankfully my appetite for healthy food came back full throttle toward the end of my first trimester and right into the second. Finally!! I feel so much better – more energy, “cleaner”, and just not as sluggish. And now I can focus on all the good stuff that this little girl needs. Judging by all the fruit I have been consuming, I may birth a watermelon. ;)
There’s a ton after the cut – more energy = more motivation to take pics of my food. So, get ready! Aaaaaaand as always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.