I once loved eggs. They were a huge staple in my diet. Even now I can think of my favorite dishes that involved eggs. Even when I was considering going vegan, eggs were the one thing I struggled to let go. Once my values and priorities changed, cutting out eggs became not only easy, but necessary. This isn’t a post meant to sway anyone to a vegan diet. I just want to start sharing my take on food and nutrition, as I am sharing so much of my lifestyle here and on my other channels.
Even if you decide to keep eggs and simply cut down your egg intake you will be lowering your risk for heart disease, obesity, and various other health problems tremendously : ]
So without further ado, here are the reasons I no longer consume eggs:
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To continue onto the last post I am sharing a few savory snack recipes that are sure to fill you up! They are all vegan, healthy, and packed with flavor. As I have mentioned- I am usually a sweet gal, and Wyatt is all about the savory goods. It can create quite a debate when it comes to whipping up something to snack on. However, these have been a go-to lately.
Making your own snacks is a great way to avoid eating a lot of processed foods. These recipes are easy as they take 4-25 minutes to make! You can even make them as part of your meal prep and have them ready to go throughout the week.
I have uploaded a video where you can follow along HERE
Recipe 1: Pizza Roll Bliss Balls
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I have a huge sweet tooth. I can’t even recall a time where I didn’t end the day with dessert. It’s my thing. However, my fitness goals (aka abs of steel) don’t really allow me to indulge on the daily. So, it has become my mission to create healthy, vegan, and gluten free sweets that align perfectly with my goals. So if you’re in the same boat as I am, and find yourself dreaming of cake and cookies- Don’t fret because I have everything you need in this post. There is a recipe for everyone! I posted this on my Youtube— check it out HERE
Fig Newton Bars:
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So who here loves donuts? If you said “hell yeah” then this post is for you. I decided it would be fun to find three completely different donut recipes, and make them my own. I changed the ingredients to be completely vegan and created toppings that would be healthy-well, healthier ; ) (my adaptations will be written within the recipes.)
The first was a raw vegan donut. This was easily the easiest recipe to make, and took me about ten minutes total. This recipe was really similar to my raw cookie dough recipe. I would say this is more like a cookie dough texture than cake, but still soo yummy.
The second was a vanilla cake donut. This had a much stronger cinnamon flavor than anticipated. It has a great texture, but far more dense than a regular cake donut. You could sub almond flour and get a more cake like texture.
The third is by far the recipe that most resembles a non- vegan donut. It is cakey, thick, and soft. I didn’t adapt too much on this recipe as I wanted to include one that was a more decadent choice.
The toppings were my own creation. I wanted to keep them as simple as possible. In order to get the glazes to harden on the donuts- I placed them in the refrigerator for 10 min once they cooled.
Boyfriend review: Wyatt preferred the raw donut over the other two. He loved the unique ingredients in the chocolate donut, and is now wanting to put aquafaba in everything haha
Raw Vegan Donut
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup cashews, preferably soaked for 4 hours then rinsed (I boiled them for 25 min)
- 2/3 cup pitted dates
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt (I used a tiny bit of salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
To make the dough: grind all the ingredients into a thick, moist dough in a high speed blender or food processor. This may take several minutes. If it’s still too crumbly, add some more dates or a tablespoon of coconut oil or water. Roll into balls and put in the freezer until cold and firm, around 20 minutes.
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I’m constantly looking for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way. These banana bites are the perfect option for a delicious dessert when you don’t want to overindulge. The banana is dipped in a melted blend of superfoods so you get the added bonus of nutritional benefits : ] Try it out, and let me know what you think. The best part? It only takes 30-45 min to make so you don’t have to wait too long to try them out.
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocao powder
3 tbs almond butter (I used unsalted creamy)
1 tbs maca powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
To Top (optional)
- Slice the bananas and set aside
- In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil at low heat. Add in the cocoa powder, almond butter, maca, and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture blended and creamy. Remove from heat.
- Use spoon to dip banana slices in chocolate
- Place slices on plate lined with parchment paper
- Top with desired toppings
- Freeze for 30 min
- Store in refrigerator
All the best,
Smoothies are such a great way to get your required calories and nutrients in a easy and efficient way. Plus, it’s this Florida girl’s way to cool off after a workout. I have created 6 smoothie recipes, and I will be rotating them throughout the summer season. A few tips to take your smoothies/bowls to the next level:
- Focus on the fiber- fiber is necessary for digestion, but when we blend up our foods we lose a lot of their natural fiber. Adding things like chia, flax meal, and hemp seeds will help keep that fiber content high.
- Protein Powder- I like to add some vegan protein powder to my smoothies and bowls to help help to satiate my body, encourage muscle recovery, improve cell reproduction, and manage appetite.
- Include Healthy Fats- coconut oil, almond butter, avocado or flax seed products are great options. This will help stabilize blood sugar levels, keep you fuller for longer, and naturally nourishes your hair, skin, and nails : ]
- Play with texture- I like to make my smoothies into bowls in order to make them more like a meal. I top em off with nuts, granola, berries, nut butters, etc.
** Feel free to sub frozen zucchini, cauliflower, or avocado instead of banana to keep that same creamy texture, but less sugar and carbs**
The Green One
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There are so many reasons we all eat the things that we do. I often get asked why I am plant-based, and truly it was just about me making a conscious decision for myself and for the future. I believe that living a plant-based lifestyle is amazing for the environment, better for the animals, and better for my health.
I will never be one to suggest one lifestyle over another, but I do think it is important that we remain open minded to other peoples opinions and experiences. Everyone is on their own journey, and it is no one else’s job but theirs to evaluate what is best for them.
However, if you are interested in learning about a plant-based lifestyle then check these resources out, and don’t be afraid to try a few recipes!
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