Vegan Snacks: Savory Edition

Vegan Snacks: Savory Edition

Hello everyone,

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

 

 

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Recipe 1: Pizza Roll Bliss Balls

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Vegan Snacks: Sweet Tooth Edition

Vegan Snacks: Sweet Tooth Edition

Guys,

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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How To: Manage and Prevent Anxiety

How To: Manage and Prevent Anxiety

  For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with anxiety and stress. In elementary school, I struggled taking tests, being away from my parents for longer than a few days, and being in new places. I remember when anxiety would pop up as a kid- I would immediately start crying. I had no way of communicating to others what I was feeling, but I knew I hated it. Eventually my anxiety subsided, and I would continue on thinking I just had a stomach ache or something. I was fortunate enough to experience anxiety in waves. There were times/years even where I experienced little to none, but when it did hit- it would hit hard and for long periods of time. My second big round of anxiety was in high school. My anxiety was so bad that I struggled to get to school in the morning. I would wake up and immediately throw up, break out in panic sweats, get tunnel vision, and shake profusely. I missed a lot of school, which did not help when I had days where I would drag myself to school. Because I was missing so much school- I was behind, and it was a big anxiety trigger for me to be sitting in class and have zero idea of what anyone was doing. It didn’t matter how many friends I had- I felt completely alone. Eventually, my parents put me in therapy, and finally I had someone I could talk with who knew exactly what I was going through, and would provide guidance on how to get through it. The best part- I suddenly had a name for this thing that had taken up so much of my life. I felt such relief to be able to say, “I have anxiety.” or “This is an anxiety attack.” My time with my therapist is definitely one of the biggest reasons I have become a therapist, and love working with the adolescent population so much.

  Overtime, I learned to prevent and manage my anxiety, but as I got older- I also had to learn how to know and understand my anxiety triggers. For a while, I ignored them, and would run myself into the ground-ignoring my building stress until I would break. This resulted in a panic attack. Panic attacks are the absolute worst. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack and called 911. When the responder told me I was having a panic attack, I was mortified. Panic attacks/ anxiety attacks leave you feeling drained, embarrassed, isolated, and scared. It’s tough, and I deeply feel for anyone who experiences them.

  For a few years now I haven’t had panic attacks, and have only had anxiety for a few days here and there. When I do get anxiety, I am able to work through it and for the most part continue to do my day as planned. It’s all thanks to these tips and tricks. I have worked for years to find what helps me work through times of stress and anxiety, and have found ways that help me avoid having spells of anxiety. I decided to share these with you all! I’ve also included things that I have learned to use with my clients : ]

If you want more detail on these tips watch my video Here

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How to get a Girl boss Attitude

How to get a Girl boss Attitude

Guys, I am on a high right now. You know that feeling where it feels like you are literally unstoppable, and that anything could happen? That’s what I’m feeling. However, a few weeks ago I didn’t feel this way at all. In fact, I felt the opposite. Not to sound too dramatic, but it felt like I was just floating through life. Like, I would drive from point A to point B and not even know how I got there. I just felt this overall sense of blah. The worst part, I had a list of goals that I wanted to achieve, but hadn’t really been taking them that seriously, which is totally unlike me. I knew changes had to be made. I needed a re-vamp on my life, and stat. Thus, project Girl Boss was born.

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10 Tips To Get Better Skin

10 Tips To Get Better Skin

Hello everyone,

I feel like it has been way too long since I have las posted! I have been traveling a lot, and spending time on a few other projects, but I am here with some nifty information. I don’t know about you- but my skin seems to freak out in the summer. I’m not sure if it’s all of the traveling or the weather, but my skin takes a complete 180. Normally, I have combination skin that tends to lean toward the dry side. I get my fair share of breakouts, but they are manageable.

    However, in the summer it’s a constant struggle to keep my skin from completely falling apart. I struggle with oil, texture, tough breakouts, and tone. It’s so frustrating because I get my rouine down, and then have to start from scratch. Well, I am happy to report that I planned in advance this year, and have not had these issues at all this summer! Yay! So, I want to share my tips and tricks with you guys.

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3 Vegan Donut Recipes

3 Vegan Donut Recipes

Hey guys!

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

Ingredients

Dough

  • 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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Hawaii Blog

Hawaii Blog

Well, our trip to Hawaii is officially over. We had the best time in Oahu! I am so absolutely thankful for all that we were able to do on this trip. We were so lucky and had the best weather while we were there. It didn’t rain until the day we left, which is so fortunate because we had a jam packed schedule.

There were a few things that made our trip do-able, and I want to share them with you. First, we stayed in an AirBnB in a central location. Our AirBnB was located near Moana Falls, which means it was located up in the mountainous area. I loved it! It was so nice to spend the day in the more touristy parts, and then go back to our quiet oasis. Second, we rented a jeep the whole time we were there. Honestly, this made our trip possible. We would have spent a lot of money trying to uber everywhere we wanted to go. Not to mention, it makes the trip a lot more enjoyable to be able to control how and when you go somewhere. Third, we did some of our own food shopping while we were there, which helped us stay consistent with eating healthy, saved money, and was convenient when we knew we were going to be hiking or at the beach all day.

I have been trying to think how to best write this blog, and I have decided to break it up in categories: 

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5 Lies that are Holding You Back

5 Lies that are Holding You Back
  1. Believing that you are always right, or that you know everything.

We’ve all been there. We’re fighting with a boyfriend, a friend, family, or ourselves. We are so certain our perspective is not only right, but has to be true. Rarely, do we ask why. Why are you feeling this way? What belief do you have that is driving this reaction? Furthermore, it is extremely rare that we ask ourselves “What if what I believe is wrong?” In addition, when something isn’t working whether it’s in your professional or personal life we rarely ask, “What is it I’m doing wrong?” “What can I do differently next time?” It’s essential that we ask ourselves these questions. It’s essential that we accept that we just don’t know it all. If not, you are holding yourself back from growing, and eventually getting whatever it is that you are working toward.

  1. Your feelings are a result of someone else and their actions.

Have you ever had your heart broken? It sucks. It’s easy to fall into the habit of blaming the person who hurt you. “I’m hurt by what (Insert name) did to me.” We blame and live in a state of sadness or anger and think “One day I’ll be ok and get over this.” The issue here is you are placing the responsibility entirely on the other person. Responsibility for what happened, and responsibility how you are now. Now this may be harsh, but that’s 100% wrong. You are responsible for your feelings, and what you do with them. Next time you are thinking, “Ugh what they did sucks and I am so hurt because of it.” Stop, and ask yourself what it is that has struck this feeling in you. Most likely, it is because what has happened has distorted your reality in some way. Maybe it’s that you are valuing the wrong things at that time. Take responsibility for how you feel, and if you don’t like it- take steps to change it.

  1. Overnight success is a thing, and is pretty common.

Thanks to the media we have this false idea that people reach ultimate success overnight. This belief is propelled even further because of social media. We only see the success of others. It’s pretty rare that we see stories of people and their failed companies. However, we see the stories of people who launch a company and suddenly they’re millionaires. There is no one, and I repeat no one that is great at anything that hasn’t failed at that very thing before. If you see someone doing something at the level you want to be at know that it simply means they have failed at that one thing more than you. Rest assured that by continuing to fail, adapt, and try again that you are on the track to success. What success really needs is failure, growth, persistence, and time.

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Chocolate Banana Bites

Chocolate Banana Bites

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.

Recipe:

1-2 bananas

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)

Almonds

Cashews

Pumpkin seeds

Coconut flakes

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds

Goji berries

Cocao nibs

Almond butter

  1. Slice the bananas and set aside
  2. 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.
  3. Use spoon to dip banana slices in chocolate
  4. Place slices on plate lined with  parchment paper
  5. Top with desired toppings
  6. Freeze for 30 min
  7. Store in refrigerator
  8. Enjoy!

 

All the best,

Taylor K

Indifference

Indifference

I’m currently re-reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. (Isn’t it funny how you can read or watch something numerous times, and get something new from it each time depending on what it is you’re going through?) While reading last night I read a section about indifference, and it really stuck out to me. According to Manson, “there is nothing admirable or confident about indifference. People who are indifferent are lame and scared… indifferent people often attempt to be indifferent because in reality they give way too many fucks.” (p.15) He goes on to mention that indifferent people are afraid of the repercussions of their own choices so they end up never making any meaningful choices.

I have played the indifference card many times in my life, and I have been making a tremendous effort to change that the past couple years. I was just never able to put into words what it was I was doing. Take a second and look back on your life and think of the times you pretended not to care in order to protect how vulnerable you felt, or to mask how much you wanted something. What was it for? Acceptance? A job? Love? Now think about the times things just seemed to click and you got exactly what you wanted. Guarantee those were the times you just didn’t care and let yourself be.

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