So in June of 2015 after watching many Netflix documentaries, I decided to go plant based and get rid of as many chemicals as I could in my life. It's a been a long, hard road and I've made many mistakes, one of which I wasn't eating or doing the right things for my hair. So the picture on the right was about a year ago when I'm hair was breaking off but as much as it sucked I kept down this path with no regrets! To figuring it out!!! 💪👍😍
Literally woke up at 7 am and arrived at the gym at 7.30 today, it’s a new record 😂
I actually almost didn’t go because I woke up later than expected, but then I told myself that I always feel great afterwards so I went, did a quick shoulder, biceps and triceps workout and of course I was very glad I did.
I never regret going to the gym honestly.
I’ve learned that most of the time immediate satisfaction is the enemy of self care, sometimes we have to do things we don’t enjoy too much, like waking up early to workout when you could sleep in, in order to get that good feeling that comes once you’ve done it!
But of course let’s be real, some days that great feeling comes from laying in bed and watching Netflix, and that’s fine too 💁🏻 Balance guys balance is key.
Made a huge batch of my homemade grain-free granola and it seriously smells like fall in my apartment and I am drooling. 🤤
I love this grain free granola because it’s full of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, protein packed, and contains lots of healthy fats. And something better? It’s oil FREE. This is so much cheaper than buying granola in the store and this one has less than 10 ingredients. 😏
So much has changed in a year. You'll be surprised as to how simple manifesting change, opportunity, and happiness can be when you begin to say yes to yourself and start honoring your mind, body, and spirit.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. - Napoleon Hill
This is what "just a little snack" look like
Having appetite between two meals, we are often grabbing a "little snack" unbetween, but it's striking how different the calories can be depending on our choice. If we're struggling with getting enough calories, we should chose more often the foods on the right side (like dried fruits and nuts). Is our goal to lose weight? Then we should eat more snacks like the ones on the left side (fruits and veggies), because they have a very low calorie density.
"Ich nehme mir nur mal eben schnell einen kleinen Snack"...jaja, das kennen wir doch 😬 So eine Hand voll Snack kann kalorisch gesehen sehr unterschiedlich ausfallen. Das Volumen ist bei allen Snacks jedoch nahezu identisch. Falls du Probleme hast, zuzunehmen, solltest du vermerkt die Nahrungsmittel auf der rechten Seite in deine Ernährung oder als Snacks zwischen Mahlzeiten einbauen, denn so konsumierst du viele Kalorien und musst dich nicht vollstopfen. Ist dein Ziel Fett abzubauen? Dann sind die Nahrungsmittel auf der linken Seite, Obst und Gemüse, deine besten Freunde in Sachen Snacks. Hierdurch bekommst du viel Volumen auf wenig Kalorien, d.h. du wirst satt und bleibst locker im Defizit ☺🌱
Für welchen Snack würdest du dich jetzt entscheiden? (Ich würde die Datteln oder gefrorenen Trauben nehmen!🤗)
My grocery budgeting for those who are interested. I’m cheap AF when it comes to name brands, and it makes it so that I can stay below my goal of $45 for the week of groceries. This is only for myself BUT a lot of these items will last longer than this one week (beans, lentils, ketchups, bread). It is 100% possible to eat well on a limited budget, I promise. 🤣🖤
Avocado tomato bread 🥑🍅👌🏼 I made them today so you can see it in my story 👆🏼 I think most of you agree that avocado is heaven 😇 This recipe is super simple and also super satisfying because of the healthy avocado fats 😊 combining simple whole foods can be so delicious and it’s super healthy 💪🏼 that is what my upcoming ebook will be all about ✨ Today I worked on a chapter that was missing because I wrote so much about vegan nutrition but didn’t devote a chapter for “why to go vegan?” 😅 So I’m working on that the next days ✅ Stay tuned ✨🤗
😎Lifestyle Channel👉🏼 @vegainstrength
📋DM for customized Training Plan
✨Vegan Nutrition Guide is coming soon
📹YouTube Channels👉🏼 Vegains & Vegains DE
A little bit of a road test. @tescofood high protein pasta with home made pesto.
A road test in more ways than one. Home made pesto with a whole bunch of fresh basil, a dribble of extra virgin olive oil (hadn't realised I'd run out 😳), a heaped teaspoon of ground cashews, one sundried tomato, salt and pepper. Whizzed in a nutribullet, turned out pretty good despite the minimal oil. Added to 125g of the pasta, some olives and chopped tomatoes. Tasted incredible.
Now the pasta is twice the calories and sugar than the usual wholewheat we buy, but an incredible 5x the protein. So this meal is around 500cal and 32g of protein (and very filling!). Whilst I was checking out the ingredients on this I found a very useful list of vegan own label products on the Tesco website, well done Tesco 👏👏.
LEG DAY - 3 weeks out!!!! 💪🏻👙 Bodybuilding is one of the toughest sports out there. You must show up every week, every day, and every minute in and out of the gym. You push your physical limits and mental strength. The effort doesn’t stop in the gym; it carries on through out each day meticulously practicing posing, planning meals, water intake, cardio, sleep and nutrition whether you’re at home or on the road. You must be on 100% of the time.
Why do I put myself through this? There is no better feeling than having belief in myself that I’m capable of anything, that my hard work and dedication pay off, that with the right attitude and and mindset I can accomplish any goal I have.
The drive, perseverance and grit is in me. It’s in you too. Go find it and make your dream a reality!
A little new series I wanted to start showing easy meal examples.
Chickpeas / Kidney Beans
I chose these two legumes because they are both very easy to find and fairly cheap.
Couscous / Rice
For the grains I went with couscous because it is easy to find, cheap and more importantly easy to prepare (microwave with water). Rice can also be found everywhere, is cheap and can be cooked in a rice cooker.
Broccoli / Spinach
Broccoli is basically “the” green vegetable, you can find it everywhere, it’s pretty cheap and if prepared correctly tastes great. The same goes for spinach
Cherry Tomatoes / Sweet Corn
To make your meal taste good I would definitely add some cherry tomatoes or sweet corn to it, they both bring strong flavours with them.
Extras Sauce :
Taco/Hot/Mexican Sauce or Homemade Taco Sauce
Get yourself some mexican sauce! Bought pre made or a homemade👌 Adds flavour and makes your meal less ‘dry’.
What would you choose?
Maybe other ingredients? Let me know✌️
I am forever getting asked how I can meet my protein needs even though I do not eat red meat.. The majority of my protein needs are met by eating legumes (beans, lentils and peas). They are a great source of protein and they are also low in fat, high in soluble fibre, and contain iron and B vitamins! My favorite are chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans); I add that sh** to everything! •
Falafel is one of my favorite meals - I ate it 4 days in a row while in Europe. Here is my own attempt at making them; Vegan Falafel on Whole Wheat Pitas with Garlic Dill Sauce 🌯
Ive been on a plant based journey for years and I’ve tried every diet along the way (paleo, gluten free, whole food based, plant based, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc)...I’ve strayed away...I’ve come back...spent years of researching and experimenting and at the end of the day meat Is just not for me. It’s gross, high in cholesterol and saturated fat and contains no fiber or vitamins. I love animals too much to contribute to the unnecessary torture and slaughter. Even organic, grass fed animals still carry stress and sadness in their bodies and I refuse to take on that bad karma. 🌱 #Vegan & #Vegetarian works for me 💪🏽🙌🏽🌻❤️💕🍃🌼 My body is not a graveyard for dead matter. #askmewhereigetmyproteinfrom#plantbaseddiet#plantpowered#veganfoodshare#plantprotein#eatinganimalsisweird#friendsnotfood
Meals for 10/29-10/30 are on the website! On the menu: a repeat due to demand :) of the Fried Cauliflower "chicken" w. Lentil and roasted beet salad...general to's tofu...chickpea burgers with slaw...cashew cheez & "meet" ziti w. Homemade marinara....and trying something new...our blackbean burger on a bun with fixings and parsley and garlic potato wedges...2 soups: lentil and potato and leek...desserts: chocolate pudding w. Coconut whipped cream....hearty slice of banana date and walnut bread. Good stuff! Don't forget our bakery items (available next day if you order by noon), and our family sized meals and bulk sides (available next day if ordered by noon). Happy eating, and have an amazing week!!!! #plantpowered#veganbaking#veganrichmond#shoplocalrva#richmondfood#vegans#meatlesseveryday#healthyfood#veganfood#rvavegan#plantprotein#eatvegan#eatyourveggies#richmondeats . Huge shout out to @sweetpotatosoul for the cf recipe inspiration.
Plant powered goodness! Using the #meatlessmonday mantra to encourage myself & my family to think of other sources of protein + fill our plates with nutritious veggies! Our body works very hard to break down protein, so sometimes it’s nice to give it a little digestive rest. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy sources of animal protein very much, but right now I am listening to what my body is craving and for whatever reason right now, that’s alllll the veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes! •
I filled my plate with chopped organic romaine, broccoli & carrot slaw, roasted broccoli & zucchini, 1/2 an avocado, cucumbers, black beans, my usual almond butter dressing, Peptides, hemp seeds and nutritional yeast! Super satisfying ☺️. •
Salted cinnamon banana chocolate chip cookies.... they speak for themselves. Recipe below⬇️
4-ingredient (healthy!) cookies🍌🍪:
2 browned bananas
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp chocolate chips (dairy-free if vegan)
Few dashes of cinnamon
Mash bananas in a bowl, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon onto tray with parchment paper, bake at 325F for 20 minutes. Enjoy! #nomz#nutritiousnomz
Vegan Chana Masala, Daal Fry, rice, pickled onions, and a veggie spring roll 🔥🔥🔥 if you haven't tried Chana Masala, congrats to you because you just played yourself. Since going vegan, I have gained an appreciation for food from around the world. Traditional American food is just boring to me now. #eatmoreplants
👀👀 @eatbanza shells + @violifeamerica cheese + @so_delicious coco milk 🌱
I don’t know who told y’all being vegan was hard, but I have 🙅🏾 problems ☺️ You don’t have to cancel 🙅🏾 out your favorite foods....Just make them healthier. 🦋
This #banzaplus5 is dedicated to all my Mac and cheese lovers out there. 🙋🏾 I got you covered 😏....
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A messy but real representation of what my lunches look like 95% of the time. On the bottom hiding is riced cauliflower, topped with sweet potato, steamed broccoli, spiced chick peas, some hummus and that @traderjoes everything but the bagel seasoning that is almost gone because I put it on literally everythingggggg. 🙌🏼 Hope y'all are off to a good start this Monday. It's 12:30 and I'm still in pajamas. That's either envy-able or sad 🤔
Rooibos Chai Cheesecake Bites by @homegrownprovisions ✨
Author: Homegrown Provisions
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts
¼ cup rooibos tea (cooled to room temperature)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Rooibos Chai Tea Filling
1 cup cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
1 cup vegan cream cheese
¼ cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
½ cup rooibos tea (cooled to room temperature)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
Loose-leaf rooibos tea
Cinnamon and nutmeg to sprinkle
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease an 11" x 7" baking pan with coconut oil and set aside.
Add all crust ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and whirl away until the dough begins to come together. Don’t grind into a paste! It’s okay if the dough has a few smaller pieces of walnuts, dates and/or pecans left.
Evenly press the dough into the bottom of the square pan using your fingers or the back of a spoon.
Bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let crust cool to room temperature.
While the crust is cooling, add all filling ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Whirl away until smooth and creamy.
Poor rooibos chai tea filling evenly over the crust. Use a spatula as needed to smooth out the filling.
Place the cheesecake in the freezer for 4 hours.
When ready to eat, remove the cheesecake from the freezer and cut into small squares (roughly makes about 24 squares).
Sprinkle loose-leaf rooibos tea over the top, along with dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pecan halves.
Serve immediately or let defrost (about 15 minutes) to room temperature for a softer bite.