Hey hey friends! As you may or may not have seen on Instagram (in this post), I opened up and allowed myself to become completely vulnerable. I shared my “why” for this blog – for embarking on this journey. Ultimately, it’s for you. For your families. For love. Because, isn’t that what this life is all about? More and more, I think it is. It’s about connecting. Not hiding our “scars” or perceived “imperfections,” it’s about laying it all out there – this is me. And, I’m perfectly imperfect. There’s light and there’s dark. I’m an “and” not an “or.” And, so are you.
“This is me. And, I’m perfectly imperfect. And, so are you.”
This brings me to this series that I am compelled to share. I want to help as many people as I can with all of the knowledge I’ve gained over the years, with my trials and triumphs and with my heart.
Going plantbased isn’t just better for our world, it’s better for our health. So many diseases today are caused by unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. Even if it does not matter to you today, one day it will. And, I’m here to help you before it gets too late.
I am a total advocate for plant-based eating more now than ever. I have seen so many people healed by the power of plants. They’re filled with so much life force, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – even PROTEIN. Did you know that per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef? And, broccoli is also full of amino acids, fiber and mood-boosting and cancer-fighting vitamin B6. While red meat has repeatedly been linked to cancer.
But, you know what? I’m not here to judge or to preach a vegan diet. I don’t snub my nose at meat eaters. I know we are all doing the best we can. But, I also know that when we know better, we do better.
“When we know better, we do better.”
When I was a little girl, my main diet was hotdogs and ham. And reeses cups. We ate mashed potatoes from a box, corn from a can that was sweetened with a pile of sugar and a piece of white buttered bread with every dinner. I did not come from a wealthy family. At all. My parents were absolutely amazing, and they did the best they knew how. I may not have had the healthiest food, but boy, did I have the most love. My childhood was filled with love. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
“I may not have had the healthiest food, but boy, did I have the most love. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”
So, when I say I don’t judge you. I really mean it! I just want to help. Lifestyle diseases stole my parents from me far too early. I don’t want that to happen to you or your families. So, I want to show you how yummy and satisfying plant-based meals can be and how easy they can be to prepare. I want you to experience the power of plants for yourself, no matter where you are in your journey. I know that eating is so personal. I know it’s hard to give up your favorite foods. And, I don’t want you to. But, I do want to show you healthier substitutes that still taste just as good, if not better. You can do this. It’s not hard. It’s not more time consuming or more costly. Let me show you how you can feel satisfied, feel happier and have more energy than you’ve had in years by eating more plant-based meals.
Let’s start with your morning meal. Maybe you typically have eggs and bacon, buttered toast or something with cheese. Try swapping it out this week with one of the following:
Glowing Green Smoothie: The breakfast of champions — Kimberly Snyder’s signature smoothie. Add a bunch of kale and spinach, a frozen banana, apple, pear, celery and lemon juice. Blend blend blend! Here’s the link to her full recipe.
Quinoa or oatmeal porridge or Overnight Oats: So easy to make and with the addition of some nut butter, hemp, seeds or even vegan protein powder if you have it on hand, this makes one substantial, filling, stick-to-your-ribs (in a good way!) breakfast. It’s sure to keep you full until lunch!
For quinoa porridge: Take about 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa and put it in a saucepan with about 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk (If too dry, slowly add more until desired consistency). Warm up over low heat, stirring constantly. Once warmed through, remove from heat and spoon into bowl. Top with banana slices and almond/peanut/cashew butter. Add a drizzle of maple syrup for more sweetness or alternately, use chopped dates. Yum!
Chia seed pudding: Too easy, Mate! And full of skin-loving omegas. Try this tropical one or make this simple base and add whatever toppings you’d like from the plant kingdom like fruits, nuts, coconut shreds, cacao nibs…
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 3/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk like almond, coconut or hemp
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons grade b maple syrup/coconut nectar or vanilla stevia, to taste
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let sit for at least 15 minutes (or overnight) and give a stir and add toppings before serving.
Farmer’s Brekkie Bowl: Sautee some sliced mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes in a scant amount of coconut oil. When nearly cooked, add kale or spinach to the pan. Cook until greens turn bright green. Remove from heat. Start toasting your slice of gluten-free or sprouted vegan bread. Grab a bowl, add the greens, mushrooms and tomatoes. Then slice up some cucumber in spears, add 1/4 to 1/2 an avocado, some kimchi or sauerkraut and ENJOY! Yum!
“Eat like you love yourself. Eat like your life depends on it — because it does.”
Meal prep it. Make it the night before. Make it a family affair and create the Farmer’s Bowl together on the weekend, creating bowls from whatever local seasonal goodies you pick up from the market. Savor. Eat like you love yourself. Eat like your life depends on it – because it does.
Are you ready? And, are you so excited? A positive mindset will take you so far on this journey and in life in general. I believe in you. And, if you need support, I am here. Let’s do this together. Any questions? Request? Comment below on insta @pb_n_julie xx, Julie