Vegan Pumpkin+Oat Pancakes

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Hey guys!

This past weekend I whipped up a new recipe and want to quickly share it with you all!!

If you love pancakes, pumpkin, and being healthy this recipe is perfect for you if you have an extra 10 minutes in the morning!

** This recipe is very easy to eyeball amounts, but I will try to add measurements as best as I can!

What you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin Purée (1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Rolled Oats (2 cups)
  • Almond Milk (1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Cinnamon (sprinkle to preference)
  • Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla Extract (dash)
  • Maple syrup (1 tablespoon)
  • Blender

Instructions:

  1. Blend together all ingredients listed above.
  2. Cook on medium heat in pan.
  3. Finish with desired toppings.

**Recipe makes about 10-12 small pancakes

Bon Appétit!!

Sam

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What I Buy At The Grocery Store

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Hey everyone!

I take pride in how healthy I eat considering it has taken me YEARS to stay consistent with my habits. I know how hard it can be to try and fill your pantry yourself without the help of your mom (welcome to college), but I think I can help at least a little bit! I would like to share the things I grab at the grocery store for those of us who need some help/inspiration or those who would like to start their health food journey! Also, I’m aware that some “vegetables” are actually fruits, but I listed them according to where they are located in grocery stores.

I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, leans proteins, and non-dairy products. I will include some **suggestions beyond what I buy. 🙂

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Vegetables:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • **Potatoes
  • **Brocoli
  • **Celery

I like to have a mixture of vegetables that I can eat raw, and a mixture that I can cut up and sauté! I usually will eat carrots and cucumbers raw, roast the sweet potatoes, and sauté everything else together! Spinach goes great with eggs, and onions add flavor to everything! Spaghetti squash is a great healthy alternative to spaghetti pasta!

Fruit:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Nectarines (if in season)
  • Melons
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • **Strawberries
  • **Apples
  • **Watermelon
  • Lemon/Lime

The options are really endless when it comes to fruit. I suggest you narrow it down to what you’ll really go through in a week, because fruit goes bad very fast. I eat a banana almost every morning with my oatmeal along with all my berries! Any other types of fruit I like to keep around to be able to grab something healthy to snack on throughout the day! Lemon and limes are good for detox waters and flavoring!

Protein:

  • Egg Whites
  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • **Salmon Fillets
  • **Deli Sliced Turkey Breast
  • **Tofu
  • Black Beans
  • **Pinto Beans
  • **Lentils

I stick to very basic proteins simply because I don’t really eat them. When I go out to eat I will usually get a meal with chicken, and eat mostly plant based at home just because it’s cheaper! I eat a lot of black beans and egg whites to make sure I get a good amount of protein at home. Turkey and veggie burgers are great alternatives to regular hamburger patties! I’ll be honest, I’ve gotten kind of lazy when it comes to making proteins at home on the stove or grill, so I look for substitutes that are still healthy and easier to prepare.

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Nuts and Grains:

  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Fruit and Nut Mix
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Unsalted Rice Cakes
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • **Brown Rice

I am obsessed with oatmeal, so I constantly have a mason jar filled with rolled oats. My go-to snack is fruit and nut mix, and prefer to buy my own amount from the bins at any health food store. I like to add quinoa to any meals that needs a little protein boost, and snack on tortillas chips and rice cakes.

Non-Dairy:

  • Almond Milk (unsweetened original)
  • Almond Milk Coffee Creamer (vanilla)
  • **Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • **Non Dairy Yogurt

My body does not process dairy very well so I have eliminated it from my diet, and have seen amazing results. There are so many alternatives to regular dairy products that taste just as good, if not better!

Other Must-Haves:

  • Hummus
  • Snack Bars (my favorite are Lara Bars)
  • Vegan Chocolate

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I prefer to have at least 5 options of fruits and vegetables in my kitchen at all times. This allows me to have many options of combinations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to pair with my beans, proteins, or grains. Once you have committed yourself to healthy eating, you will find that it requires multiple shopping trips a week, because your produce will either run out or go bad. For me, healthy eating is a hobby. I love always researching what my body needs to thrive, and creating my own recipes with new items.

What’s most important is that you eat what makes YOUR body feels good! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-Sam

 

Talk Coffee To Me

 

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So yeah, I’m addicted to coffee and have been for a while. My addiction isn’t the cute “omg but first coffee” t-shirt collection, it’s more like “omg I’ve had a migraine since 8 am someone get me coffee before I die”.

I’ve decided to share all my go-to coffee orders with you guys, so I named them according to when I like to drink them, or how they make me feel lol. Whether you’re an aspiring coffee drinker, looking to change up your order, or just want to see some cute pictures of coffee, you’re in the right place!

Iced Coffee: 

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  • Mid-Day Pick Up: Iced coffee w/ 1 pump of vanilla syrup, soy or almond milk, and cinnamon
  • I’m Exhausted: Cold Brew w/ 2 pumps vanilla syrup, soy milk, and cinnamon
  • Just Some Coffee For Fun: Iced vanilla latte w/ soy or almond milk

When I need more of a wake up, I tend to get stronger drinks like the cold brew, but I will get a latte if I’m just wanting the taste of coffee!

Hot Coffee:

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  • Warm But Not Fuzzy: Hot coffee w/ a side of soy milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Morning Blend: Hot coffee w/ 1 pump of vanilla syrup, soy or almond milk, and cinnamon
  • Too Early For This: Hot coffee w/ brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Warm And Fuzzy: Hot vanilla latte with almond milk

I usually only have hot coffee in the mornings and when I’m cold. Hot coffee is THE BEST with a little cookie or something sweet to pair.

At Home Coffee:

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  • Don Francisco’s Vanilla Nut Medium Blend
  • Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer: Vanilla
  • Silk Soy Creamer: Vanilla
  • Silk Soy Creamer: Original
  • **All these products come in a variety of flavors as well.

 

I don’t always stick to vanilla flavoring. I sometimes will try hazelnut, caramel, or pretty much anything that sounds good! Vanilla is just always my go-to! I only drink almond and soy milk with my coffee, but other alternatives include nonfat, 2%, coconut, and more!

There are many other reasons I love coffee besides the caffeine! Drinking coffee has a long list of proven health benefits, can be used as a way to satisfy your boredom hunger, and can be a great way to catch up with friends!

Bottoms up!!

-Sam

 

Vegan For A Week?

Hey everyone!

Clearly by the title of this I have been vegan for the past week! Why? Well because why not?? I feel strongly about creating a diet for yourself that keeps your body feeling and looking good. I like to experiment with different eating styles and got to the point where I felt that I could eliminate all meat and dairy because I was almost never eating them. I wasn’t aiming to become vegan, but I don’t really enjoy eating meat other than chicken, and I am lactose intolerant making my intake of lactose not pleasurable lol. I did not add supplements to replace the nutrients in my diet that were missing, I relied solely on the food I was eating. I also exercised every day.

Here is a day-by-day breakdown of how I felt throughout the week:

Day 1: (Wednesday July 5th)

  • No difference from yesterday, probably still have some meat in my system.

Day 2: (Thursday July 6th)

  • Still feeling good!
  • Can’t seem to get full.

Day 3: (Friday July 7th)

  • Super hot day, felt good because my meals weren’t heavy in my body in the heat.
  • Went out to dinner and had to order an appetizer because of limited options. :/
  • Resulted in more snacking.

Day 4: (Saturday July 8th)

  • Long day of standing in the sun, felt very tired all day.
  • Found energy to go to the gym, but extremely tired and hungry after.

Day 5: (Sunday July 9th)

  • THE WORST DAY BY FAR.
  • Hungry.
  • Headache.
  • Feelings of almost passing out.
  • Constantly eating but not feeling better
  • *****I feel bad but I actually had to cheat on this day because of how poorly I felt. I ate a piece of shredded chicken and a sushi roll with shrimp and instantly felt better.

Day 6: (Monday July 10th)

  • Bounced back and felt great!
  • Great gym workout.
  • Couldn’t get full though.

Day 7: (Tuesday July 11th)

  • Headache.
  • Tired.
  • Sluggish.
  • Head felt cloudy.

 

Reflection:

I really really thought I would have enjoyed being vegan, but throughout the week I consistently felt hungry, tired, and bloated. Besides not feeling my best, what I disliked the most about my diet was how many carbs I was eating to try and get a good amount of protein. The amount of beans and grains I consumed left me feeling bloated and usually unsatisfied after I ate. I personally would rather eat a piece of chicken than cups and cups of endless beans to get my protein, so I feel leaner and stay full longer. The amount of beans were also very hard on my stomach and would irritate it when digesting. I completely understand that a vegan diet works great for some people and I’m so happy it does, but I think my body thrives on lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies ALONG with lean proteins like chicken and fish. Going vegan made me realize that I pretty much just want to eat GOOD food. I want to know where my meat comes from (Free-Range?) as well as my produce (local, organic?). I will continue to leave dairy, red meat, and pork out of my diet as much as possible while still enjoying vegan dishes just because I like them! I did not enjoy how much I had to restrict myself when going out to eat, which made me realize that I don’t want deprive myself of fun foods because they’re okay to have every now and then. 🙂

I hope this inspires some of you to try new types of diets or made some of you realize that you are perfectly fine with your diets now!!

Here are some pretty meals I ate during the week…

 

 

-Sam

Lazy Girl (or boy) Vegan Cookies

So I’ll be honest…being healthy is hard work. A big part of eating healthy and wanting sweet snacks is making them yourself. I hate following a recipe, buying ingredients that I pay way too much for, and end up throwing them all away because of course my attempt ended up as a Pinterest fail. Fear no more my fellow lazy people, these cookies are made of strictly ingredients that you most likely already have or can buy in reasonable quantities. These cookies require very minimal effort and are perfect for someone who wants to read the directions once and wing it from there. I should probably let you know I don’t even know why these are called cookies because they are really more like granola bar bites. Here are the things you’ll need for about 12 cookies…

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  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • dried fruit and crushed mixed nuts of your choice (I used a trail mix with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, and vegan dark chocolate. I also added extra dried cranberries)

**I want to be as specific as I can but I pretty much eyeball all the ingredients to my liking, in which I suggest you do as well.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl. (using your hands works the best with smashing the banana)

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3.   Place onto cookie sheet with parchment paper exactly like regular cookies.

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4.    Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy!!

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If you’re expecting these to taste like the oatmeal raisin Quaker Chewy bars, I’m afraid you’re going to be a little disappointed…but these are really good! These cookies can be customized many different ways. Try adding apples and cinnamon instead of dried fruit and nuts, or a dollop of peanut butter. I recommend you eat them within a day or two at most, because the banana doesn’t stay fresh much longer than that. Thanks to my friend Nicole for making these with me!!