Plant Powered Protein Day 8: Black Beans // Chipotle-Inspired Burrito Bowl

Day 8 of our #PlantPoweredProtein series brings us to black beans. Black beans are another food that I genuinely love because of their versatility in recipes. From black bean burgers to soups to stews to brownies (yes, brownies!), I love how easy black beans are to cook with, and their extremely mild flavor make them a great addition to almost any recipe. A few other reasons to consider adding black beans into your diet…

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Plant Powered Protein Day 6: Quinoa // Sweet Potato Apple Quinoa Salad

Welcome to day 6 of our #PlantPoweredProtein series! Throughout this series, one of my objectives has been to be discussing or introducing you to foods that are versatile to cook with or use in your diet and today's topic is one my favorites for just that: quinoa.

For starters, if quinoa is unfamiliar to you and the name is throwing you off, it's pronounced "keenwah." I have used quinoa in tacos, in stuffed peppers, in granola bars, in salads, in breakfast bowls, in veggie burgers...the list goes on. Why do I love it so much?


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Plant Powered Protein Day 5: Pumpkin Seeds // Kale Salad Recipe

Not gonna lie: my favorite part about carving pumpkins on Halloween isn't the actual carving of the pumpkin...it's the labor of love with the pumpkin seeds! You know, the scooping out the seeds, the separating the seeds from the slimy "guts" of the pumpkin, roasting the seeds in the oven...yum. And, pumpkin seeds have a special place in my heart - my grandma used to always have pumpkin seeds at her house and I loved having them as a snack with her. She taught me how to crack the shells open with my teeth to get to the actual seed, which was always fun to do as a kid...kind of like a game!

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Plant Powered Protein Day 4: Spirulina // Green Smoothie Recipe

Day 4 of #PlantPoweredProtein and if you thought yesterday's topic was interesting, I can't wait for you to check out today's: spirulina.

Have you heard of it before? If not, plain and simple, it's a natural “algae” that is super high in protein (one of the world's highest vegetarian sources of complete protein) and a really great source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It grows naturally around the world in warm, fresh water-bodies where there is abundant sunlight.

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Plant Powered Protein Day 3: Nutritional Yeast // Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

Oh, nutritional yeast...how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

If you've never heard of nutritional yeast before, welcome to day 3 of our #PlantPoweredProtein series. :)

First off, don't let the name deter you. While "nutritional" and "yeast" aren't the most euphonious of word combinations, the product itself seriously amazing.  If you're still hung up on the name, get this: someone out there on the internet hated the name "nutritional yeast" so much that they started calling it "nooch" instead. Just like that, nooch started taking over the interwebs and is used interchangeably among members of the vegetarian / vegan communities. Nutritional yeast (also known as "hippie dust", by the way...lol) packs between 6 to 9g of protein per serving, depending on the brand. With it's cheese-like flavor, nutritional yeast has quickly become a staple in many plant-based diets as a nutritious substitute for cheese.

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Plant Powered Protein Day 2: Lentils // Lentil Burger + Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

Day two of our #PlantPoweredProtein series brings us to lentils. While lentils may sound pretty boring to talk about, they're one of my favorite members of the legume family. Not only are they an excellent source of lean protein (around 18g of protein per 1 cup and less than 1g of fat), but they are such a versatile food to cook with. I've had them in soups, salads, chili, tacos...and today, we have them in burgers (see recipe below). But before we get to that, here's a little more about why you should love lentils, too.

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Plant Powered Protein Day 1: Tofu // Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Welcome to day one of our #PlantPoweredProtein series!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you'll know that the question I get asked the most whenever I tell someone that I'm vegan or plant-based is: "So you don't eat meat? Where do you get your protein from?"  The repetition of this question inspired me to shed some light on protein sources outside of meat. While I'm sure that a few of the items mentioned in this series won't be a surprise to most of you, my hope is that you'll learn more about the sources that you're already familiar with and be introduced to others that might not initially come to mind.

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5 Ways to Stay Well This Holiday Season

The holiday party season is officially underway in our household! As I have been updating our calendar this morning with everything we have going on in the coming weeks, I felt compelled to share some tips that I have found to be helpful over the years to help manage stress / maintain my wellness during the craziness of the holidays.

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