Taking a look at my veganism

Why be vegan?

I get this question a lot and all the vegans I know also get asked this question ALL the time. There is no right or wrong answer to this question and most vegans have different answers, but they usually revolve around animal rights and health.

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Why am I vegan?

I decided to try veganism when I saw I needed a change in my diet. I wanted to cut out dairy for a while, but never had the self-discipline to do it. Then I watched the Netflix documentary “What the Health.” I saw how animals were being treated, how the food I was eating was actually made, and the nasty effects eating animal products could have on my body. That was enough for me. I actually just switched to veganism right away. I know this is not for everyone and some people need to cut out animal products in sections. If you want to be successful in this lifestyle than changing your diet at your own pace is key.

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How’s your vegan diet going?

I want to go back to the above sentence where I say that veganism is a lifestyle. Once changing over to the vegan lifestyle I got a lot of questions about how being on the vegan ‘diet’ is. Veganism is not a diet. It’s a choice to be kind to all things. Of course cutting out cheese and ice cream will help improve your health, but there is plenty of processed vegan food out there that isn’t healthy. After switching to a plant based diet I do feel healthier and I did lose weight, but that was because I am constantly checking ingredients and avoiding anything ( even the vegan ones) that don’t make me feel good. Checking ingredients on everything has become part of my lifestyle, and some may say it’s annoying and an inconvenience, but I am proud be part of a lifestyle that promotes kindness.

 

Why I will never go back?

The answer to this question is in my last paragraph. Be Kind. When I recently traveled to Portland I went to the Vegan Mini Mall. This mini mall consists of an all vegan grocery store, a vegan clothing store ( no leather products, wool etc.),a vegan bakery, and a vegan tattoo shop. The clothing store called Herbivore had stickers, magnets, shirts, literally just about anything with the phrase ‘be kind’ scrolled across it. This resonated with me. I want to be kind and I know sometimes I’m not. However, being part of a community that just wants people to be kind is helping me focus on that. That’s why I love veganism because it is backed by a community of kindness and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be kind.

Keep wandering,

Morgan

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My favorite vegan granola

If you are buying granola from the store STOP now! Whether you are vegan or not store brought granola is absolutely loaded with sugar.

To avoid the high sugar intake start making your own granola. It seriously cuts the amount of sugar in half.

This granola that I am loving is 100% vegan and can be paired with unsweetened almond milk or just eaten plain.

Recipe:

2 1/2 cups of rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup agave or maple syrup

3 Tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. In a large bowl mix oats, coconut flakes, sugar, and salt in large bowl.

In a small saucepan heat almond butter, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla extract. Mix until almond butter is melted.

Pour heated mixture over oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated.

Lay wax paper on a cookie sheet and spread granola evenly. Cook for 20-25 minutes.

Remove granola from cookie sheet and mix into a bowl with chocolate chips ( I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels. These have the least chalky taste to me).

Enjoy! ❤

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Baked oatmeal apple mini muffins

Trust me, you will not be able to get enough of these muffins!

Recipe:

1 cup oat flout

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 ripe bananas mashed

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 flax egg

1 small apple dices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Add in liquid ingredients and whisk together. Pour into muffin tray. Add apples to top of better. Bake for 20 minutes.

 

*Recipe and photo courtesy of Tone It Up Nutrition 31 Day Plan*

 

Stir fry zoodles

I have been really experimenting with recipes this week. This stir fry recipe has been a household favorite, even with my boyfriend who has been begrudgingly trying my plant based recipes. 😉

 

Recipe:

4 zucchinis spiralized
1 cup broccoli
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup bok choy chopped
1 cup snap peas
2 red peppers chopped
2 yellow peppers chopped
1/2 yellow onion chopped

Sauce:

1 cup soy sauce
1 garlic clove chopped
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil

In large pan or wok cook broccoli, mushrooms, bok choy, snap peas, peppers, and onion in sesame oil until soft. Add in zoodles with sauce cook for about 3-5 minutes. Can garnish with red pepper flakes and sesame seeds to taste!

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Enjoy!!!

Vegan Alfredo pasta

So, lately I have been trying to adjust into a plant based diet. It is not always easy, but there are so many recipes out there to help you make vegan meals. Personally, when I eat all plant based I feel amazing and although it maybe hard for you cheese addicts to believe this Alfredo sauce is very satisfying.

Recipe:

1 clove of garlic minced
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup raw cauliflower chopped
1/4 cup of veggie broth

Put all of these ingredients in a pan and let simmer until the cauliflower is soft. Then put these ingredients in a blender.

1 1/2 tbsp of nutritional yeast ***
Splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini

Blend these ingredients with the cooked cauliflower and set aside.

Cook spinach, mushrooms and onion in oil in a pan until sauteed.

Cook pasta according to package

Mix pasta, sauteed vegetables, and sauce from the blender.

I like to add red pepper flakes for an extra kick!

Enjoy!!!

***Nutritional yeast is different than active yeast which is used to make bread. The nutritional yeast gives the sauce a cheese taste/texture. Active and nutritional yeast are not interchangeable.

 

The millennial favorite: avocado toast

It’s a millennial’s favorite breakfast. The ever trendy avocado toast! We know that there are many articles out there making fun of us for this avocado favorite. The headlines usually read “Millennial can’t afford to own home due to avocado obsession.”

Well, I’m going to save you a few bucks by giving you my simple recipe for the fancy toast! Make it at home with very few ingredients and who knows..maybe then you will be able to buy a house! 😉

Recipe:

1 Avocado

1 Piece whole wheat bread

Salt and pepper to taste

Garlic salt to taste

Red pepper flakes to taste

All you have to do is mash the avocado with the spices. Pop your bread in the toaster for about two minutes and then spread that delicious green mush on the bread.

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Happy toasting ❤

#keepwandering

 

 

Homemade Guacamole

Hosting a party? Or just want a yummy/ healthy snack?

I’m sharing my homemade guacamole recipe with you! It was a huge hit at a little get together we had a few weekends ago!

This recipe will take about 10 minutes to make and will feed about 6-8 people. If you need a bigger batch just use a larger amount of the ingredients!

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Recipe:

4 Avocados

1 Red Bell Pepper

2 Jalapeños

1/2 Cup of Chopped Red Onion

2 Limes

2 Tbsp of Cilantro

Cumin to taste

Salt to taste

Then just mash it all up and pair with chips! Voila! Perfect party snack!