Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I love making anything that involves turning cashews into something cheesy. I love this recipe because it's quick and easy to make and pretty good for you!

When I use this as a pasta sauce I like to mix in some broccoli. I chop the broccoli into small pieces and mix it all together. The picture is different because I was sharing my meal with someone who doesn't enjoy broccoli.  You can also add peas and some fresh herbs to make another tasty dish.

When making this recipe it's best to use raw organic cashews if you can. Soak them in water anywhere from 20 minutes as a minimum to overnight. If you don't have a highspeed blender definitely soak them overnight so your sauce is creamy.

I like to add a small amount of carrot to add a little sweetness and color. That is my preference but it's not completely necessary. The lemon can be very important because it helps make the sauce taste like cheese and not cashews. The nutritional yeast is also very important for the cheesy...

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How can you tell if you're balanced?

You would not catch me in a million years on the edge of a cliff like this woman in the picture doing a balance pose....ever! Anyone who knows me knows this is true. However, it is very important to me to try to keep my life and health balanced and to do yoga in the safety of my living room.

How can you tell if you're balanced? This is a good question. I believe no one is ever really completely balanced all the time, this would be hard to sustain. What is really more realistic is trying to stay as balanced as possible to support good health. 

So what does this mean? 

Well, you have all these different areas of your life.

  • Health
  • Physical Activity/Fitness
  • Home Environment
  • Self-Care
  • Relationship
  • Social Life
  • Money
  • Career
  • Education/Self Improvement
  • Spirituality 

We need to pay attention to all of these different areas and when something seems a little off try to bring it back to balance the best you can. It's kinda like riding a bike. You are consistently...

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Magical Minty Face Mask

 

 

One of my favorite skincare things to do is go to lush and buy their facemasks. I have mastered this minty mask pretty good and I change up the ingredients depending on how my skin is feeling.

Here is a list of the ingredients and their benefits for your beautiful face.

Oatmeal, ground - 

  • Helps to keep the skin hydrated
  • Gently cleanses the skin
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Helps to soothe and nourish the skin
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Has antioxidant properties
  • It's non-irritating, suitable for all skin types, and inexpensive!

Dried lavender flowers, ground-

  • It's anti-aging
  • It can help equalize the skins PH balance
  • It's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
  • It contains antioxidants to nourish the skin.

Kaolin clay - 

  • It's gentle and good for all skin types
  • It detoxes and cleans pores
  • Absorbs excess oil
  • It can soothe skin that is inflamed
  • Removes impurities from the skin to help fight acne

Honey, optional(omit if you want it to be vegan) - 

  • Moisturizes the skin
  • ...
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Surprising Plant-Based Food Swaps

food swaps plant-based Apr 22, 2020

When you first start to transition over to eating a plant-based diet it can be a challenge to figure out how to replace animal foods with plant-based options.

Here are some common and uncommon food swaps that you can use along your journey.

 

 

  

Use nutritional yeast to replace cheese - Nutritional yeast is de-activated yeast. It looks like a light flaky powder with a cheesy nutty flavor often it is fortified with B vitamins. There are so many different ways to use it. You can add it to soups, use it as a topping for popcorn and blend it with cashews to make a cheesy nacho topping. It's a must-have for a plant-based kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Use dates to replace added sugar - Dates are a great substitute to add sweetness to your smoothies, nut milks, and other sweet treats. Dates compared to sugar have some nutritional value and added fiber so even though it's still a form of sugar, you're getting some added nutrition.

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Black Bean Meatless Meatballs

This has been one of my most favorite things to make recently because they're great to snack on and pretty versatile on how you can eat them.

It's best to make these with a food processor but I think you can manage if you have a coffee grinder for the oats and then you can mash the beans with a fork or blend together in a mixer.

Another great thing about these is the simple ingredients. If you already have a plant-based kitchen then you most likely have everything on this list. However, if your new to plant-based cooking then the nutritional yeast and the found flax might not be something you have laying around. These ingredients are not hard to find and if you're thinking about eating a plant-based diet then they will not go to waste.

Let's get started!

Prep time 15 Minutes

Cook time 35 min

Servings  - 4

Preheat oven to 350°

1 cup of oats, ground up in food processor or coffee grinder. Use gluten free oats if needed.

 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast

1 can of black beans,...

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20 Ways To Sleep Better

healing sleep Mar 03, 2020

20 Ways To Sleep Better

 

  1. Have a bedtime routine - Having a calming routine and sticking to it helps your body know when you're getting ready to go to sleep and helps you relax and fall asleep easier 

  2. Stick to a schedule – Setting a specific time that you awake and head to bed every day sets your body into a rhythm. Combined with some of the other practices can lead to a great night's sleep. 

  3. Cut back on the caffeine – Everyone metabolizes caffeine differently and some people have it in their systems for up to 12 hrs! Cut back and possibly replace with some herbal tea.

  1. Stop watching TV and using your phone a couple of hours before bedtime – Exposing yourself to too much light and the stimulation of some of the action shows, video games, and social media can very very disruptive and make it hard to fall to sleep.

  2. Dim the lights a few hours before bed - Exposure to light can stimulate the nerve pathway from the eyes to the brain that...

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Hearty Vegan Chili

chili plant based vegan Feb 25, 2020

 

I use this recipe very often when I'm meal planning. You can double the recipe and freeze half this way you always have some home-cooked food on hand.

It's quick to prepare, inexpensive to make, delicious, and super healthy. What more can you ask for?

What you will need:

2 Tbsp. of Olive oil

2 Cups of diced onion, yellow

5 Cloves of garlic minced

1 Cup of finely diced carrots

1 Cup of finely chopped celery

1 Large red or green bell pepper diced

1 28 oz. Can of diced tomatoes

1 ½ Cups of veggie broth

5 tbsp. Tomato paste

1 15 oz. Can kidney beans drained

1 15 oz. Can of pinto or navy beans drained

Add more beans for your liking.

3 tbsp. Chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp Sea salt or to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste start small, ¼ tsp.

 What you need to do:

  • In a large stock pan heat olive oil on medium to low heat. Add onion and garlic cook for 3 minutes. Add carrot, celery, and peppers and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Add...
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Understanding Food Labels

food labels Feb 12, 2020

Reading labels now has become somewhat confusing. From the food you buy at the grocery store to the food you eat at the restaurant, trying to figure out what differences between terms like "free-range", "grass-fed", and "organic" can be a little challenging. I myself struggle with many of these terms mostly because I eat a plant-based whole food diet and don't have to deal with them on a daily basis.

Here is a list of some of the common ones you will see! If you see something new, make sure you do a little research to figure out what it's all about! I hope this helps you with your trip to the grocery store!

 

ANTIBIOTIC FREE

"Antibiotic-free" means an animal wasn't given antibiotics during its lifetime. Other phrases that indicate the same thing include "no antibiotics administered", and "raised without antibiotics".

 

CAGE FREE

"Cage-Free " means the birds were raised out of cages. What this doesn't tell you is whether the birds were raised outdoors on pasture or indoors...

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Vegan Potato Broccoli Soup

I can't think of a better time to cook up some soup. February is usually one of the coldest months so why not make some delicious soups to warm you up.

This first one was inspired by one of my Mom's old cookbooks. I decided to pick some recipes from the cookbook and make them vegan and healthy!

This hearty soup is healthy, satisfying, and totally delicious comfort food!

Let's get started!

What you will need

Prep time-25 min. Cook time-15 minutes Servings-8

Vegan-Gluten Free

2 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Optional, can use water as a replacement)

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large red onion, diced

2 celery ribs, chopped

4 Carrots, sliced

2 lbs of Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced

1 15 oz can of great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 large head of broccoli cut into bite-size pieces.

6 cups of water or veggie broth

2 tbs or 1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup heaping of nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk. (I like cashew for its...

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Baked Garlic Tofu with Broccoli, Brown Rice and a Garlic Ginger Sauce

bowls plant-based tofu Jan 28, 2020

This is the last bowl of the series. Next week I'll be starting a new series and I'm thinking everything wraps!

This week's recipe is super easy and I think it might be my favorite. I love garlic and there is lots of it in this recipe.

Prep all of the food at the beginning of the week and enjoy the leftovers during the week. Just throw the bowl together, heat it up, and enjoy a delicious, healthy, plant-based meal in 5 minutes!

Let's get started.

What you will need

Serving Size - 3  Cook time - 30 min

For the tofu:

1 15oz block of organic tofu

1 tbs cornstarch

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

For the rice:1 cup of brown rice, cooked

For the Broccoli:

1 small head of broccoli cut into bite-size pieces, steamed

For the Sauce:

1/4 cup of coconut aminos or tamari

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs maple syrup

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 inch of ginger, grated or diced.

What you need to do

For the tofu:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove tofu from...

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