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Vegan Advice: Dorm Rooms

Many people think “going vegan” is hard and I have noticed that a common reason/excuse is college. As a vegan and a college student, I feel I can offer some advice for other vegans in college or people in college wanting to eat more plant-based. I also made a youtube video of some advice and a grocery haul so please check that out also⇒https://youtu.be/hCk-GMHoy8k.

Buy a crate for packaged and dry goods

Most dorms don’t have a full kitchen or if they do, you are not allowed to keep your food in the cabinets for long periods of time. I suggest getting a crate or box to put food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Snacks, legumes, rice, bananas, bread, and potatoes could all be kept in your room.

Stick to affordable, but nutritionally dense food

Rice, quinoa, legumes, bananas, potatoes, and peanut butter are all affordable foods and healthy for the most part. I also suggest buying most of your fruit and vegetables frozen to save money. Frozen fruits and veggies are packaged at peak freshness so you know that you’re getting all of the nutrients that food can offer.

Use mason jars as containers

Instead of having bulky packages lying around, store things in mason jars or other small containers. Saving space is extremely important because dorm rooms are small and on the plus side you can reduce waste by using mason jars.

Label and use containers

This is an obvious one, but label your food. Put your name and the date on the foods you put in the refrigerator. Also, you might want to be a V on your food so people are aware of your dietary restrictions.

Use the community refrigerator or share a mini fridge with your roommate

This goes along with the previous tip. Utilize the community refrigerator that most dorms have or share a mini fridge with your roommate. You don’t need to purchase a lot of cold foods, but plant-based milks, greens, and leftovers should be put in the refrigerator.

Think about investing in a ninja blender or any small blender

I use my blender every day. It allows me to make quick breakfast smoothies and it doesn’t take up too much space.

Use reusable bags

Using reusable bags when shopping not only reduces plastic waste it is also more convenient and you won’t take up space storing old grocery bags.

Don’t get a meal plan

Seriously please don’t waste your money on meal plans. You won’t have that many options other than salads and you will be more tempted to eat animal products. You’ll save money by just shopping for your own groceries.

I hope you enjoyed these tips, if you have anything else to add please leave it in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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Current Nutrition Favorites

I’ve always prioritized my health. Lately, I have valued healthy living even more.

I want to share some of my nutrition favorites. Keep in mind that I am vegan and my dietary needs might be different than yours. Do what you think is best based on your diet/lifestyle.

Zinc

Because I eat only plant foods, it is sometimes harder to obtain metals such as Zinc. I started taking zinc because I was experiencing breakouts on the face even though there were no changes in my skincare routine or nutrition. If you are suffering from non-hormonal breakouts on the face; it could be an indication of low Zinc, Vitamin A, or Vitamin K. Some other vegan sources of zinc are flax seeds, kidney beans, and pumpkin seeds. Zinc is also good for hair growth.

Spirulina

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I love making smoothies, but I don’t always love massive amounts of spinach in my smoothies. Spirulina is a green powder derived from algae. It is a good source of many nutrients like B-vitamins, protein, and iron. Spirulina also improves energy and digestion. The powder doesn’t have a taste when blended in drinks. I usually only do a half serving because I find that I don’t need a full serving (2 teaspoons).

Track (app)

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You might be wondering how I knew I needed more Zinc. I downloaded an app called Track and you put in your meals and it gives you a breakdown of the nutrients, calories, percentages of macros, and activity. This is a great app, especially for others eating plant-based. If you feel you might be deficient in something, I recommend this app. If you are consistently deficient, then I recommend going to your family doctor and getting a blood test. This app also helps me maintain a low-fat vegan diet (mostly whole foods), which is when I feel the best.

I hope you enjoyed these nutrition favorites! If you have any, please leave them in the comments!

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Start Your Day Off Right

We all have heard a million times how important it is to start your day off  “right”. I was never a morning person. Recently, I have made it a priority to wake up on time and develop good morning habits. Getting a positive start truly makes a difference!

Drink Water!

We hear this all of the time, but how many of us actually drink enough water in the morning? You have to remember that you haven’t had any water for at least 8 hours. Drinking an appropriate amount of water in the morning helps digestion and also gives us energy to tackle the day. Water can also reduce blemishes and dark under eye circles.

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Nourish Your Body

You must eat or drink something nutritious. If you don’t want a cooked meal or if your stomach is upset, then go for a fruit and vegetable smoothie. If you want something hot, oatmeal is always a good choice or even toast with your favorite toppings.

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Journal

I like to write in the morning to get my brain juices flowing. I try to write at least a page. I usually write down the dreams I had the night before or quotes I like. I also like to write about what I want to accomplish that day or that week.
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Listen to Music 

If I am more tired than usual in the morning I like to turn on some music. This makes me want to move more and it gives me more energy. It also allows me to concentrate on writing. I do this during the school year if I have homework.

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Get Moving 

Lounging on your bed in the morning will make it harder to accomplish things throughout the day. Being active in the morning promotes a full and satisfying day. You don’t have to do an intense workout. You can simply go on a walk or spend some time stretching.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips on starting your day off right!

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BLOCK

Sometimes I am just tired. I can’t post new and “deep” content all of the time. I like posting meaningful personal essays, but I have been drained and uninspired lately. All of my pictures are turning out the same and I sound like a broken record.

I can’t produce what is going on in my head. You might have noticed that lately I have been posting recipes and other “fluff” content. There is nothing wrong with these posts, but it is all I can do at the moment.

While I’ll still be posting, I am going to take more breaks. I have so much planned for the next few weeks. I don’t want to waste my time on posts that are not quality.

I am apologizing beforehand. I probably will not be posting too much until I can overcome the writer’s block and settle into a school routine. I am grateful for everyone that reads and follows my blog!

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Baked “Fries”

Who doesn’t love French Fries?!

I love fries, but I don’t love fatty and salty foods. Baked fries are a healthy alternative to traditional fries.

First, preheat your oven to 450°. Then, cut one Russet Potato into wedges. Place wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I don’t use a lot of oil when cooking, so I drizzled water over the potato wedges and then added seasoning. I used water because I wanted the wedges to be crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside. I added garlic powder and cumin (I know it sounds weird). Just use whatever seasoning you like. Then you bake the wedges for 12 minutes on each side.

If you still want to use a little oil that’s fine, you just don’t need to drown the wedges in olive oil. These are great for when you’re craving junk food, but still want to have a semi-healthy meal.

Thanks for reading!

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Summer in Kansas is idyllic.

Sunflower fields and blue skies for as far as the eye can see.

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Vegan Chili

This is not the most summer friendly recipe, but if you want something filling and hearty then you need to make this chili.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pinto beans.
  • 1 cup of corn or 1 can.
  • 1 Onion (yellow or white).
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce or paste.
  • 1/2 an avocado.
  • 1 sweet potato.
  • Seasoning
    • 1/2 tablespoon of salt.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin.
    • 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
    • Cilantro (optional).

Directions:

~Cook the beans according to the package, you can also add black beans if you want. Drain any excess liquid and add in the corn, tomato, and onion. Cook this mixture for about 15 minutes. Add in the tomato sauce/paste and seasoning mixture. If you want a thicker texture use tomato paste. Cook the chili for about 30 minutes. You can let it sit for a while if you want, I find the flavors absorb more that way.

~I also made some sweet potato “dippers”. For this, you just chop the sweet potato into wedges and bake for 12 minutes on each side (450 degrees). I just put salt on them, but you can use whatever seasonings you want. I also topped the dish with avocado slices.

If you have a favorite vegan chili recipe tell me about it in the comments!

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Looking Out

I don’t usually write about extremely personal experiences, but I feel that I need to tell this…

It was just a normal day. I went shopping and everything seemed fine. I was in line checking out and someone stood in line behind me, which is a normal thing. But, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I instantly felt uncomfortable even though nothing was wrong at that moment.

The man behind me was mumbling and breathing heavily. I was panicking on the inside and it felt like the cashier was taking ages to ring up my items. The man kept moving closer and closer to me. I was stiff. I don’t really want to write something vulgar so I’ll just stop this part here. The man behind me did something inappropriate and I am sure you can guess what happened.

Anyway, I should’ve yelled at him or told the cashier. But, for whatever reason I didn’t want to cause a scene and I just wanted to run out of the store. I took my bags and I left the store in a hurry. I started driving home and I thought I was safe. A few minutes later I looked behind me and the man from the store was behind me. Obviously this freaked me out, but I live in a somewhat small town so I tried not to act paranoid. His truck was very close to my car however and if I switched lanes, he switched lanes. I realized that he was following me. I started driving to random places because I didn’t want him to know where I live.

I didn’t know what to do. I just kept telling myself, “I want this man to go away”. About 10 minutes later, a police officer pulled him over. He wasn’t speeding, so I don’t know why he was pulled over. But, I feel that someone was looking out for me. The situation could’ve been much worse. The police officer pulled him over at a perfect time. I was able to drive home, while the man was talking to the police officer.

Looking back on this experience, I could’ve done some things differently. I should’ve told someone and maybe he wouldn’t have followed me. Regardless, I am grateful to whoever or whatever force allowed me to drive home safely. Thanks for looking out for me.

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Breakfast Smoothie + 200 Follows

I’ve probably posted a smoothie recipe already, but I wanted to post an updated one. Lately, I’ve been loving a smoothie in the morning before I workout. I don’t have a full size blender, I have a ninja single serve blender so keep that in mind when following this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • At least 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • I cup of spinach or 1 tbsp of Super Greens Powder
  • 1 tbsp of ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Splash of aloe vera juice
  • Splash of plant-based milk (I typically use soy or cashew)

This smoothie fills me up and aids in digestion. Also, the high fruit content is good for skin health and hydration. This smoothie gives me energy to start my day and it is full of nutrients. If you want to make this sweeter add a little bit of agave or maple syrup. If you want to turn this into a smoothie bowl, add more banana for a thicker texture.

I also wanted to thank everyone that reads my blog! I have reached 200 followers and 1,000 total likes. For some people, this might not seem like a lot. But, I am so grateful that people enjoy and get value from my content!

 

 

 

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