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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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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.

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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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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.

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Fajitas ~ Vegan Style

I love burritos, fajitas, and basically any Mexican food (vegan of course). I especially love vegan fajitas. They are simple, easy, and affordable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans or 1 cup.
  • 1 cup of rice (brown or white).
  • Mini sweet peppers.
  • 1/2 of an onion.
  • Sliced tomatoes.
  • 1/2 of an avocado.
  • Lettuce (optional).
  • 2 small corn tortillas.

Directions:

This is a really easy recipe. Cook the veggies in a skillet until they turn light brown. I also put a little garlic and salt in the pan. Cook the rice and beans as you usually would. I put lime juice and cilantro in my rice. Make sure to rinse both the beans and rice before cooking and put whatever seasoning you want. Heat the corn tortillas in a pan for a few minutes on each side. That’s basically it. I put some tomato slices, avocado, and lettuce on the side.

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Cruelty-Free Haul

I’m all about the animals and I’m all about beauty products. I have recently tried some new products that are of course cruelty-free. I have been loving these products and they are also affordable!

Maui Moisture Shampoo (Curly Hair)

This shampoo has super simple ingredients and a lovely smell. My hair feels really clean after I use it and it nourishes my waves.

Shea Moisture Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub

I’ve used many Shea Moisture products. I had some hormonal breakouts and this face wash helped a lot. This product works great and is from a trustworthy and ethical company.

Equate Pure Castile Soap

This is basically the same as Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. The ingredients are essentially the same and it can be used in the same ways. The only difference is-this one is a little more affordable (both are affordable). This is a staple product and I love the way it makes my shower smell!

Hello Mint Toothpaste

Sometimes it’s hard to come across cruelty-free and organic toothpaste. This one was conveniently at my local supermarket. It is a minty/whitening toothpaste. I am impressed with the quality and I would highly recommend it.

Shea Moisture Eczema Therapy Bar Soap

Another Shea Moisture product! This is specially made for irritated skin. I accidentally threw away the packaging so I don’t know the exact ingredients. But, it is african black soap. It soothes any irritation I have and it leaves my skin feeling fresh.

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June Favorites (Vegan)

My summer is flying by! This month I have quite a few favorites. I don’t purchase a lot of things, so most of my favorites are foods or experiences.

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Fruit bowls have been my life this month. This one is banana, blackberries, and dark sweet cherries. I put together my own fruit bowls to save money.

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I visited a new restaurant this month. It’s called HomeGrown and it is great for those who love to eat intentionally. As the name suggests, the restaurant prides itself on natural and local ingredients. While there were only a couple of vegan options, I still very much enjoyed this restaurant and would recommend it to anyone in the Wichita area.

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I love Kombucha. It is a great way for vegans to obtain live probiotics without consuming animal products. It tastes like a mix between a tea and an alcohol-free beer. This one is Kevita Master Brew Kombucha Ginger.

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This month I have developed more of a morning routine. I really enjoy waking up a little earlier. I like sipping on my coffee and I like to intentionally get ready for my day.

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I think it’s mandatory for all vegans to take pictures of their food. I have been eating tons of sweet potatoes this month. This dish is sweet potatoes, lentil falafel, salad, and rice with sugar snap peas.

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This is my last favorite for this month. I also watch Netflix, but this month I have really enjoyed some of the shows and documentaries. Glow, Dexter, Iceman Reborn, and Betting on Zero were my standouts for this month.

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Typical Workout Routine

For me, physical health is not about getting those 6-pack abs. It’s about feeling strong and healthy. Working out is honoring your body and it shows what you are capable of. I try to exercise on a regular basis. Running and Yoga are my favorites.

I typically run or do some cardio for at least 40 minutes (5 days a week). I prefer running outside, but when the weather isn’t ideal I will go to the gym.

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I also do some strength training (3 days a week). For this, I lift lighter weights with more reps. This builds lean muscle.

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I try to do core workouts a couple times a week. Yoga is great for your core, my goal is to do Yoga once a week. Other core workouts include: planks, crunches, Russian twists, Pilates, etc.

Since I run a lot, I sometimes ignore my leg muscles. I do squats and lunges frequently, but maybe not as much as I should.

If you have a hard time finding motivation to go to the gym, I suggest finding an exercise/activity you love and focusing more on that. Some people need more excitement, if you are one of those people I recommend activities like rock climbing, crossfit, skateboarding, skiing, etc.

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It’s more important to feel good and healthy. When considering your fitness routine, this should be kept in mind. It’s not something you should obsess over, but it’s also not something you should ignore.

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