Tips for Eating Plant-Based on a Budget

Tips for Eating Plant-Based on a Budget

Specialty products such as vegan breads, yogurts, protein bars, desserts, and packaged products can be expensive, but whole food plant-based eating doesn’t have to be. You’ll often end up saving a lot more by buying dried chickpeas and legumes (even organic kinds) than you would by buying meat. While prices on lentils, beans, whole grains, and spices aren’t particularly seasonal (stock up when they’re on sale; they’ll last a long time), if you’re buying strawberries in January or asparagus in November, you’ll likely end up paying more. So, pick your own berries in summer or buy them in bulk during their...

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Your Gut Microbes on a Crash Diet

Your Gut Microbes on a Crash Diet

Drastically restricting certain foods on a temporary basis—otherwise known as “crash dieting”—is a typical strategy for weight loss. But such extreme short-term strategies could end up backfiring. One study found overweight mice that had successfully slimmed down through dieting developed a persistent gut microbiota pattern that actually contributed to faster weight regain once they resumed a normal diet. Furthermore, the extent of the animals’ weight regain after the crash diet was predictable, based on how their gut microbiota looked. All of this is to say: you’re probably better off forgoing drastic dietary changes and sticking to lifestyle changes you can maintain...

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alive’s January 2021 Challenge: Go Plant-Based for 31 Days

alive’s January 2021 Challenge: Go Plant-Based for 31 Days

Welcome to the first month of alive’s 12 Months of Wellness challenge! We want to reiterate that this isn’t a resolution. You don’t fail the January challenge if you have a bite of your mom’s famous cheesy lasagna. This is about progress. About eating more plants because they make you feel fantastic … and they’re pretty great for the planet too. Eating plant-based meals has so many A+ health benefits. And as for the environmental benefits: Oxford University research suggests plant-based diets reduce the emissions caused by food by up to 73%. Ready to show yourself (and the planet) a little love? Here’s how these...

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Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf

It’s a new year, and rather than dread facing it with a checklist of changes and resolutions, there are a couple of things you can do without a lot of stress-driven determination. This month, our focus is on digestion and protecting and enhancing our immune systems. We’re resetting our bodies to avoid the typical seasonal flus, colds, and other illnesses that can potentially shut us down in the winter. And, of course, nurturing yourself from the inside out is a wise practice no matter what’s lurking out there. After a season of excess, we’re lightening the load and focusing on eating...

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 1-9-2021

Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 1-9-2021

How are we already this far into January? Time’s flying! SUNDAY ROASTED SWEET POTATO TACOS from Rhubarbarians Prep Ahead Tip: The potatoes can be marinated overnight. Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten free. MONDAY SHEET PAN FAJITAS from I Heart Vegetables Prep Ahead Tip: This recipe comes together quickly and easily. Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Recipe is gluten free. Use vegan shreds to replace the cheddar cheese. TUESDAY TOMATO, COCONUT, AND RED LENTIL SOUP from Joanne Eats Well With Others Prep Ahead Tip: No need to prep ahead. Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Recipe is already vegan and gluten free. WEDNESDAY VEGAN BUDDHA BOWLS WITH PEANUT SAUCE from Hummusapien Prep Ahead Tip: Sauce can be...

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Lovely Meals Lately + Life Update

Lovely Meals Lately + Life Update

Fam! How’s it hanging? I’m still over here pregnant as ever. An interesting turn of events… In case you missed my life update over on Instagram, I was unexpectedly discharged from the hospital on December 29th after being told I don’t actually have vasa previa. Luckily, the OB who was supposed to deliver me via c-section on January 4th decided to do one final scan the week before. I learned that this is not standard practice, meaning if she hadn’t ordered the scan, I would’ve delivered him a month early for no reason. How did this happen? Well, this experience has taught me...

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 1-16-2021

Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 1-16-2021

Saturday is here! Enjoy! SUNDAY APPLE, PEAR, AND WALNUT SPINACH SALAD from Rhubarbarians Prep Ahead Tip: Recipe is ready in only 10 minutes! Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Use vegan cheddar cheese or omit the cheese. Replace the honey with maple syrup or agave. Recipe is gluten free. MONDAY PINTO BEAN SOUP from I Heart Vegetables Prep Ahead Tip: This recipe comes together quickly and easily. Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten free. TUESDAY PERSIMMON AND POMEGRANATE SALAD from Joanne Eats Well With Others Prep Ahead Tip: No need to prep ahead. Vegan/Gluten Free Substitutions: Recipe is already vegan and gluten free. WEDNESDAY CREAMY VEGAN TOMATO BASIL PASTA from Hummusapien Prep Ahead Tip: No...

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Hearty and healthy Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. The BEST texture and ready in under 30 minutes!  Hey what’s up hello! Here we are back in veggie burger land. Now that I’ve nailed the dreamiest veggie burger texture, I want to make three million and five versions. Today’s recipe is inspired by my Pumpkin Walnut Burgers, which in my humble opinion, totally give new meaning to veggie burgers. No mush allowed! Textural perfection only! Although it’s been a hot minute since I posted a veggie burger on the blog, we’re no strangers to burgers in the hummus household. These Easy...

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Living Room Refresh

Living Room Refresh

Here are some ways I gave our living room a refresh! Sometimes it’s the smallest tweaks to decor that can lead to the clearest mind : )  My Living Room Refresh >> If you guys know me well (and I know some of you know me better than I know myself ) you remember that every January I like to give my living room a refresh. I take out all the red and green and go super minimalist all around. This comes as no surprise considering I rearranged my childhood bedroom once a month, every month, my entire life. There is...

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Why Blue Apron’s Wellness Recipes Get My Thumbs Up

Why Blue Apron’s Wellness Recipes Get My Thumbs Up

Here’s a deep dive into the new Blue Apron wellness recipes and the superfood ingredients they offer. This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  Why the Wellness Recipes Get My Thumbs Up We have been enjoying Blue Apron for the past few months, and I have a good sense of the variety of meals they offer. Plus the addition of the wellness recipes means even more healthy food to come to your kitchen! If you’re like to try some wellness recipes, sign up here for $60 off your first 3 boxes. A few reasons why the Blue Apron wellness recipes get my thumbs...

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