Frozen Grapes

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Like most of society, I have a sweet tooth.  For many years, I could and would eat dessert throughout the day, sometimes even as a meal. As you know, even though a cupcake may taste good at the time, it leaves you feeling bloated and sick later on, especially if you eat too many of them.  When I started on this journey of eating healthy and clean, with virtually no added ingredients, I had to learn to live without processed sweets and to embrace the goodness of yummy fruits and vegetables.  

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Vegan Rice Pilaf

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Life has been pretty hectic lately.  I recently had another beautiful baby girl.  Although she has been a complete joy, it has been a bit more challenging to get things done during the day.  I usually have to take my double wide stroller when running errands, which isn’t exactly the most comfortable piece of equipment when maneuvering oneself in a store.  One thing I’ve found especially difficult is going grocery shopping with my 2 month-old and 2 year-old.  Because of this, my husband has made many grocery runs since our second daughter, Liana, was born.  Last week, after coming home with our groceries, my husband accidentally threw out my recipe list for the week.  I managed to recall several of the meals I planned, but was left unsure of the last meal, so I had to get creative and use the food I had left in the house.  Has anyone else done this before?!  It is actually quite fun!  After doing some thinking and seeing what I had in my pantry and refrigerator, I came up with a great healthy and flavorful rice pilaf.  And, of, course, it’s vegan!  Here is the recipe!  Hope you enjoy!

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Minimalist Beauty Supplies

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I’m definitely not the “average” girl.  I don’t have makeup, perfume, nail polish, hair supplies, and beauty creams crammed under my sink (my husband is VERY thankful for this 🙂 ).  I have found that “simple” works best for me and definitely makes for getting ready quicker, especially when having two children. My minimalist views extend to beauty as well.  Less is more.  In my personal opinion, a woman who looks natural is far more beautiful than one who cakes on makeup.  I want my made up face to look only slightly different from my bare face.  I also don’t want to mess with a bunch of beauty supplies.  I feel the same about my clothes as I do my makeup and beauty enhancements.  Each is valued and treasured.  I choose my purchases with thought and sometimes by doing research.  

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Oodles of Noodles

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I am currently almost 9 months pregnant, and I can’t seem to get enough of noodles with vegetables.  I’ve been craving warm pasta dishes.  As I mentioned in my last post, the pasta I purchase if always free of additives and preservatives.  I cut out processed food two years ago and it was the best thing I could have done for my health.  Lately, I’ve been combining different types of noodles. For last night’s dinner I made a combination of lentil and rice pasta and then, of course, added a ton of vegetables and a delicious organic pizza sauce.  If you’re feeling like a good warm savory vegan and whole foods plant-based meal, here is a recipe I hope you enjoy.

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Rice Pasta with Vegetable Medley

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I’ve been craving delicious pasta dishes lately.  When I’m choosing a good noodle to use for my meal, I always read labels and see if I can find one that has whole ingredients as well as a minimal number of ingredients.  Usually, I will purchase either a rice, bean, or 100% whole wheat pasta.  Those I have found are all natural, contain zero additives and preservatives, and are good for your health.  I always top my pasta dish with an organic no sugar added tomato sauce and a heaping pile of fresh steamed vegetables.  I like my meals to be simple, quick to prepare, and healthy.  Once you start adding too many processed ingredients to meals, it takes away from the healing benefits of the food and turns a dish into something artificial and unhealthy. Here is a simple pasta recipe I made the other night that I hope you will enjoy.

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Inspirational Minimalist Quotes

I always get inspired when I read quotes.  Whenever I read passages from different minimalists, I feel renewed and ready to declutter and rid myself of excess baggage.  Clutter can cause a huge amount of stress.  A house filled with stuff can be hard to clean and can be an overload of stimuli on the eyes.  Continuously purchasing things can also burn a hole in one’s wallet.  Living with less is freeing and purging can be very therapeutic to the soul.  So, if you’re ready to be moved and are motivated to live lighter, here are some minimalist quotes that will energize you!

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Eating Healthy When Away From Home

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Sometimes, it can be so hard to find healthy whole plant-based foods while traveling.  My family recently went on vacation to a popular place (that I won’t name) and there was hardly anything for my daughter and I to eat (my husband still eats meat and dairy on occasion).  I kept thinking to myself, “Why are the odds stacked against those wanting to eat nourishing whole vegan foods?”  Almost everything offered at this place was processed junk.  Options like fried foods, candy, and chips were everywhere, yet I couldn’t manage to locate a single piece of fruit!  Luckily, I packed a backpack full of food as an emergency backup plan incase something like this would happen.  Fried foods, processed foods, meat and dairy are in abundance which is why disease rates and obesity keep rising, sadly.  Fortunately, there are ways to eat healthy when traveling and visiting certain types of restaurants.  I’ve outlined some healthy choices you can make when away from home.

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Pasta Topped with Corn, Peas, and Tomato Sauce

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Looking for a super easy hearty dish to make for your family members that will fill them up and keep them healthy, look no further.  This pasta dish takes only about 10 minutes and has no additives or preservatives.  When making my pasta dishes, I always choose a macaroni that is made entirely out of beans or that is 100% whole wheat.  Always read the ingredients on the back of the box to ensure you aren’t purchasing noodles that are enriched (mainly white flour) with wheat or other ingredients.  My latest obsession is a pasta made entirely out of green lentils by a brand called Tolerant.  One serving of this penne contains 21g of protein and only 1g of fat and sugar!  It’s delicious and because it is made out of beans, you get full and stay full.  I’ve listed the recipe to my dish below.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Green Apple Jolly Rancher Nice Cream

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Hello!  As the weather gets warmer, there is nothing better than cooling off with a delicious frozen treat.  But, instead of the unhealthy dairy version, why not try something that tastes just as good and is good for you!  This delicious nice cream is made entirely out of bananas and is topped with sliced green apples.  The green apples give it the taste of a green apple flavored jolly rancher!  This delicious dessert not only tastes amazing but is jam packed with health benefits.  Bananas are known for promoting heart health, healing depression, aiding in weight loss, protecting your vision, keeping bones strong, and preventing cancer. Green apples are filled with antioxidants and fiber which can prevent diseases.  They also can ease digestion, prevent diarrhea, and will give you a boost of energy.  In addition, these apples cleanse your skin and keep your gums and teeth healthy. So, why wouldn’t you trade your dairy for this beautifully nourishing treat?!

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