Vegan Cuts Subscrption

Hey beauties! I recently subscribed to http://www.vegancuts.com for their subscription boxes for the snack box and beauty box and love them! I figured I would share what I got this month. The boxes allow you to choose what type of plan you want, or if you don’t want to do a monthly or yearly subscription there are also boxes that you can buy outright one time. They also have a market place with lots of goodies for everyone!

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Eating More Raw

Hello beauties! So I know I told you on my last video that I was transitioning to more raw eating (still vegan of course), and would share with you how my week typically has been going. I am not eating 100%, more like 60-80%. I am feeling better and you definitely can feel a difference in mood and energy even with just the short time, and not a full transition. Eating raw vegan has been shown to diminish signs of depression, increase energy and stamina, create healthier glowing skin, cure illness and disease, and many other wonderful things, and honestly why wouldn’t it? We are eating power packed nutrients that the earth herself is providing. My face has not really broken out, and I have not worn foundation at all the last couple weeks because of it. My hubby and others keep complimenting on my skin, so these little things help me want to continue to stay raw.

So, what have I been eating for my raw meals? I start my mornings off with soaked steel cut oats. I love these because not only are they packed with protein and fiber and extremely versatile, but they are so easy and excellent for me to grab on the mornings when I coach and have to be out the door at 4 a.m (yes leaving my house at 4)! These, well actually my lunch meals too are all super easy and can be changed up in so many ways, even though the base is the same. For the oats all you have to do is get some steel cut oats, place them in a jar with your favorite raw nut milk, and then add your favorite fruits, seeds, nuts, and spices. Close the jar and store in the fridge until ready to eat (note that it takes about 5 hours for them to soften, I make a whole weeks worth at the end of each week that way I always have some ready). My staples to all my morning oats are of course the oats and nut milk, along with chia and hemp seeds, and usually cinnamon. I like to add apples and raw walnuts or almonds, bananas with raw cashew (a little bit of raw carob powder is good too), blueberries with my favorite raw nut butter (tastes like pb&j Sammy), and papaya with raw sunflower seeds and some agave. The creativity is endless.

For lunch or dinner I have been doing a green smoothie which I mix up between kale and spinach and some kind of fruit, along with chia and hemp seeds. If I don’t do the smoothie I have been doing kale salads, which I am currently obsessed with. These too, can be super versatile and delicious as well as very easy to make. I add kale, a fruit, a nut, and other raw veggies and alway season with cayenne pepper, and either lemon juice, a balsamic and/or EVOO or raw agave. A few of my fave varieties are the kale with red onion, tomatoes, carrots, celery, apples/pears, and almonds with a coconut balsamic and a habanero EVOO, or a mix of the kale, raw sunflower seeds and raw cashews, cinnamon, a little cayenne, and raw agave. These salads are superfoods packed with nutrients and lots of fiber as well keep you full. Note that kale must be chewed in its entirety for it to fully digest properly, otherwise it can sit heavy in your stomach. For this reason I chop it in the food processor after I chop it up by hand. Most of us are always in a rush and are never on a slow mode in life, my husband is like this and eats his food super fast and doesn’t thoroughly chew it. So make sure you chop the kale really good and chew completely =)

Snacks are easy, I just nosh on some fresh fruit or veggies with my favorite raw nut butter, or have some seeds and nuts. Try these out and make them your own! Let me know which is your favorite morning oat, green smoothie, or kale (or green) salad!

XOXO

Erica

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Raw Carrot Soup

If you are wanting a nutritious and delicious meal that takes 5 minutes to make, then look no more! I made this yummy raw carrot soup last night and it was super refreshing, especially in this humid Georgia summer month! For the soup you will need 6 medium carrots, 2/3 cup raw almond milk (or you could use your fave plant milk, and if you don’t have raw used your store bought), a handful or two of fresh parsley, and salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin to taste.

Now to make, just add it all in a food processor or blender and blend until well blended! Add about 1 1/2 Cups of boiled water, give it one more pulse or two to mix and then serve in warm bowls (pop the bowls in the microwave if you would like to keep the soup warmer for longer). Garnish with a drizzle of your plant milk and some parsley. Enjoy!

XOXO

Erica

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Grove Shipment #2

Y’all I am still loving being a part of the Grove Collaborative community! Got my second shipment and again I was not disappointed! Still have great prices and love that it all gets shipped to my door! Plus I yet again got some freebies thrown into the mix! Don’t forget to check them out! You will get some awesome gifts in your order too! And lets be honest, who doesn’t like shopping from their pj’s sans bra or brushed teeth, and getting the items delivered to your doorstep with some free stuff!?!?!

XOXO

Erica

Use this link to get your free 5-piece gift set!

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Lasagna Rolls

I am a carb person! I love hearty dishes with pasta, garlic bread, and pastries. Just because I went Vegan doesn’t mean I have to give up on these comfort foods of mine. I always get excited when I can have a soul warming dish that tastes good and is heathy too, not only for me but for the animals who weren’t harmed for the meal as well! These lasagna rolls are so delicious and my 5 year old gobbled them up! For this recipe you will need:

Whole wheat lasagna noodles

8 oz of sliced mushrooms

1 clove of garlic minced ( or dry garlic to taste)

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 15.5 oz jar of marinara sauce (or make your own by blending up some tomatoes, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper)

10 oz of fresh or frozen spinach

8 oz of vegan nut ricotta cheese ( I used mozzarella because I had it on hand)

1/2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp of salt and pepper

2 Tbsp of fresh basil

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees and cook noodles according to package. Put your oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and mushrooms until browned. Add in your marinara sauce and bring to a boil and then simmer until the sauce is thickened. Stir your spinach, vegan cheese, salt, pepper, and yeast until blended in a big bowl. Take your noodles and spoon the spinach mixture onto the noodles and roll up and place them seam side down in a greased 9inch baking dish. Poor the mushroom sauce over the rolled noodles and any extra spinach mixture you have on top and place in the oven

for about 20 minutes or until its bubbly. Sprinkle with basil, serve, and enjoy!

:Recipe provided by emeals

XOXO

Erica

Curry Lentil Soup

So since the weather decided to be cold again, I decided to warm up with some yummy soup. I whipped together some lentils and spices, and I have to say that this is one of my faves now. For this soup you will need: lentils, vegetable broth, chili powder, curry powder, ginger, fire roasted tomatoes, and water. I also added cashews in the mix to spice it up and give it a crunch.

Put about a cup of lentils in with about 2 cups of broth and a cup of water. I was rushing for this dinner, so I didn’t measure anything at all! Lol. Drain your can of fire roasted tomatoes and add to the broth and lentils. Season with about 2tsp of the chili and curry powder, and about a tsp of the ginger. Add the cashews if you would like and cook, stirring occasionally until the lentils are tender.

Serve with some garlic bread and garnished with parsley and cashews. Enjoy the warmth from this savory and simple dish. =)

XOXO

Erica

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Intermittent Fasting

Hello beauties! I hope that this morning is going well for you all! As some of you know, I have decided to take the journey of intermittent fasting. I am almost at my full week as of today, it is Saturday and I will hit day 7 on Monday. I made a little video for y’all which I will post below, on how I was feeling the other day thus far. Monday I will make another video about how the whole week has gone and also post my before and after pictures. Today is my first day that I will be going to Crossfit while still fasting. So though I have been working out through this, usually I do it in the afternoon or evening when I have already eaten. Yesterday I did do a WOD in my garage before I ate and I did really well, and even got the skill of butterfly pull-ups trying it for the first time ever, but I didn’t lift heavy weight. Yesterday I also got a personal record even after doing a previous workout, but we all know that I give my strength up to the plant based eating =)

Ok, so I am going to get headed out to Crossfit, I will let y’all know how I did and how the week went on Monday. I am also enclosing two very simple recipes below for those days when you need a good but extremely quick meal!

For the wraps all you need is a wrap, hummus (or your favorite dip/sauce like the cashew cheeze one I had posted for super bowl Sunday), and a variety of your favorite vegetables sliced up. That’s it! Super easy, nutritious and delicious! I used fire roasted hummus, carrots, zucchini, radish, and cucumber in mine. For the pasta dish all you need is pasta, I used Cybele’s free to eat superfood white gluten free rotini. This pasta comes in a variety of flavors and is so good. Mine was green lentil, cauliflower, and parsnip. You also need a can of fire roasted tomatoes drained, earth balance butter (or any vegan butter, you could even use oil if you prefer) garlic, some pepper and a dash of salt, dried parsley, oregano, and basil. Make the pasta according to the package (I literally boiled it the whole time for like 5 minutes and it was done), add the butter and seasonings, then the can of tomatoes and your all set!

I hope you all have a good rest of the weekend and I will see you on Monday!

XOXO

Erica

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Week 13 of Veganism

Hello beautiful people!!!! Well, it has been just over 3 months of me taking on this amazing lifestyle! I have been becoming more sustainable and environmentally conscious, and more aware of what is really going on behind closed doors in the meat and dairy industries. As I have been becoming more proactive all around the board, I am and will continue to share my experience and views on all of it.

Below is my updated video and pictures of how my body is doing. I decided to take the pictures today as well as the video, as I am on my cycle and I am at my heaviest and most bloated, just so you can see how I feel and look when I am at my worst. I have two days that I am miserable and usually don’t want to leave my bed let alone the house, and today is usually the worst of it. LOL so your welcome world! Apologies for the scary zombie-ish look, but you know I gotta keep it real! Even though I feel at my worst, this is much better than it ever has been! Thank you plant based life!!!!

Below I also posted a picture from the book VEGAN RECIPES&PREPARATION By: Sashia Fraser on what foods to avoid that are additives or animal products. Sometimes you just don’t know when the industries use trickery in their wording. Remember when in doubt leave it out! I just don’t buy it if I cannot read it. Sometimes when you are in a bind and need something quick and on the go, you of course need to get food with words you may not know. Try to look for vegan certified products, and the list below will help you in knowing what trickery you should avoid.

As always, keep up the feedback, comments and questions! I love getting to know you all and some of you have become long distance friends that perhaps I could meet in the future! You are all amazing and beautiful and uniquely you! Keep being a badass! Continue to follow my joinery here, on my you tube channel  and my insta http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55 and twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@byrnerica

XOXO

Erica

 

Video is at the very bottom =)

 

 

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Week 10 of Being Vegan

Hey guys! Tomorrow I hit 10 weeks of taking on this amazing vegan lifestyle and I am feeling great! I cannot stress enough how amazing I feel! Especially after the holidays and having desserts and not hitting the gym everyday, which usually (prior to being vegan) makes me feel lethargic and I can tell that my body has shut down and gained weight, this time around even though we did have some plant based sweet treats, and took a little break from the gym, I still feel great!

Below the video I posted pictures of me while on my cycle and after two weeks of eating plant based sweets and not working out. I have only gained two pounds, and usually I gain 5-7 on my cycle so I am very happy, and feel that it is so much easier to get on track. I am still feeling loads better when on my cycle (sorry guys whom are reading) as before I could not get out of bed 2 of the 7 days. Now I can get out of bed those dreaded days and even be active, and I find that my cycles are less heavy and shorter.

My anxiety is still down, which is awesome! Joes blood pressure is completely normal, and my kids have even fully adapted to this lifestyle with us! That has to say something when your kids want to try it out, and when they do they notice that they feel so good that they want to continue with it too!

Please continue to send questions and comments!!!! I love getting to know y’all! And if you are wanting to try this out, I highly encourage you to do so! I will help you and be by your side the whole time! What do you have to lose? I promise if you stick with it, you will not only lose weight, but you will feel absolutely amazing! You can kick those meds to the curb, and become a healthier and happier version of you!

Erica

XOXO

 

Santas Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soooo just in time for Santa tonight, I wanted to post these yummy and easy chocolate chip vegan cookies (yes Santa is vegan)! I got this recipe from daily Rebecca and love it! The kids enjoyed making them and eating the raw dough without any worries, and they were done in 10 minutes!

Pre-heat your oven to 350 and get to baking! You will need 1/2C of coconut oil and 1 cup of brown sugar that you will cream together. While that is mixing, get 1/4 of almond milk (I used cashew and almond silk) and 1 Tbs of vanilla and add that to the oil and brown sugar. Once mixed (yes it is very liquidy but this is okie dokie) slowly add in 2C of all purpose flour. Add 1tsp of baking powder, 1tsp of baking soda, and 1/2tsp of salt. Finally add your chips (yes the dough is crumby….still totally okay)! Roll and place on a pan and flatten lightly with your hand, pop in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Leave out with some nut milk for Santa to enjoy!

Merry Christmas

XOXO

Erica