Iced Cinnamon Spice Almond Milk

Iced Cinnamon Spice Milk (My Coffee Substitute!)

Hi friends — it’s been so gorgeous over here lately. I hope you can say the same wherever you are! Now that the warm weather is here, I have started craving my usual iced coffee with soy milk again. I have to say – the winter is easy for me to nix the caffeine because I don’t like hot coffee (though I do love lattes). And yes, I know you can enjoy coffee while pregnant, but I just choose to not have it as much. I’ve caved a couple times and grabbed decaf, but other than that, I’ve been good. Less coffee also leaves me with more money in my pocket, so that’s a plus.

I did concoct this interesting iced cinnamon spice milk one day and since then have been loving it as a “iced coffee substitute.” Almond milk has been my go-to source for calcium this pregnancy. Just one cup has at least 40% of my daily recommended intake. It also features dates, which are notorious for providing the body with energy (so hey, kinda like that caffeine boost?)
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Vegan Summer Smoothie Bowl

Summer Smoothie Bowl

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?

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HIPPEAS Review + Giveaway

Product Love: HIPPEAS + Giveaway

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.
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10-Minute Bean Salad Vegan

10-Minute Bean Salad

This is a really easy recipe, I know. It’s nothing crazy or unique, but it is one of my favorite quick dishes – and it has been helping me get more protein in my diet lately. They recommend 60-70 grams of protein for pregnancy – and I mean, it is definitely doable but I do need to make mental notes for myself to make sure I am remotely close some days! Between the black and kidney beans and the avocado, this dish makes it easy for me to get at least 15-20 grams of protein in a heaping serving (because duh, I am starving).

The best part is that it takes literally no energy or time to make. In under 10 minutes – done. Works for me! I was on the couch in no time.
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A Guide to Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

GUIDE: Vegan Nutrition During Pregnancy

Throughout this pregnancy, a lot of people have had the same concern and question: Do you eat meat or dairy now? The short answer is “nope!”

To elaborate a bit… I know that there are a lot of scary/weird articles out there that make a plant-based diet seem inadequate in the nutrients department. And of course, growing a healthy baby really comes down to getting all the proper nutrition into your diet – from protein to folate and beyond. The thing is… there are a ton of vegan options for every nutrient category and if you are a balanced and mindful eater, there really isn’t an issue. A healthy and whole vegan diet paired with a prenatal vitamin or two is enough.

The funniest thing to me is the fact that doctors actually have to warn you about animal-based products. I remember during my first prenatal visit at 8 weeks, the medical assistant was reviewing a ton of information with me, from tests to diet. She warned me against eating too much red/undercooked meat, seafood/sushi, soft cheese, deli meat, raw eggs, etc. I quickly let her know that it really wouldn’t be an issue since I eat a plant-based diet and she exclaimed “ME TOO!” and gushed about her own plant-based pregnancy experience. The only warnings I received about plant-based foods were mostly: no raw sprouts or anything that could have bacteria, be careful with hummus and unpasteurized products, no licorice root. (There may be more, but this is the advice I received.)

So, no, I haven’t strayed from my usual diet. This is my lifestyle now and it is what I feel most comfortable putting into my body. Today I wanted to share a quick guide on vegan foods that will help you meet pregnancy nutrient requirements. Yes, protein is doable. Yes, calcium is doable. Yes, it is all doable. Take a look at each header and see just how many options you have available to you. There are even a few recipes, too.
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Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie [Vegan]

Hi friends! I hope you all had a beautiful Father’s Day. :)

About a month or so ago I shared one of my favorite calcium-packed pregnancy smoothies. I discussed how I am not always great about tracking calcium, but it is obviously a really important piece of the puzzle when it comes to growing a strong and healthy babe. Hey, it’s important no matter what, right?

I’ve been playing around with combinations for these types of smoothies and really wanted to share this one in particular because it is super decadent and flavorful. AND and it has even more calcium than the last, coming in at a whopping 745mg (72% of your daily calcium requirement during pregnancy).

I make so many smoothies all the times and often wonder if I should even share because they are so easy, but when I post photos on my Instagram, a lot of people seem interested in knowing exactly what it is. So if you are a smoothie person like me and often wonder what I am sipping on… it’s probably this as of lately!
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Baked Fries + Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce

Baked Fries + Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce

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.
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Second Trimester

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

Coming in on the second trimester home stretch over here – I can’t believe it is almost over. Still hungry as all hell, so there is a ton after the cut. You’ve been warned.

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

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Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Pregnancy Smoothie: Mint Chip [Vegan + Calcium-Packed]

I’ll be honest – sort of ashamed to say I have never really monitored my calcium intake that well. I just sort of forget about it and hope for the best. While I used to take a multi and calcium supplement every once in a while, I put those aside for my prenatals for the time being. I take this vegan prenatal vitamin, which only has 120mg (or 12% if the daily value recommended). Eesh. Not that great, right?

It’s recommended that pregnant mamas are at least getting 1000mg (and after that, 1200-1400mg if you are breastfeeding). Needless to say, I have been trying to be much more mindful.

With all the beans, almonds, and veggies in my diet, I feel pretty good that I am obviously getting calcium, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a boost. Baby girl is taking all that she needs to grow her own strong bones, which means she takes whatever the hell she can from me. I need to stay strong, too.

I’ve found this calcium-packed and vegan smoothie to be my #1 go-to for a HUGE chunk out of my intake. It has 701mg (or 70%) calcium. 70%! That, plus 12% from the prenatal and my normal eating habits throughout the day… I definitely feel some peace of mind after having this smoothie.
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