NO BAKE Easy Vegan Nut Butter Bars

Hi Guys!

It has been a while ! I am back to work from maternity leave, started teaching for FIT4MOMSCV and have a energetic 7 month old! I wanted to share a recipe that I L I V E D off of ( let’s be honest LIVE off of) all during my maternity leave. These easy vegan bars helped with my milk production, taste amazing and kept me FULL !

Nut Butter Vegan Oat Bar

Vegan Chocolate Sauce

  • Coconut Flakes
  • Cacao Nibs
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 of maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of cacao
  • 4 tables of almond butter

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl that is safe for the microwave melt the peanut butter/almond butter and maple syrup for 20-30 secs.
  3. Add in the oats and fold together.
  4. Press the oat mixture into the 8-inch pan pressing down firmly.
  5. Sprinkle some coconut flakes and cacao nibs on top of the oat mixture
  6. In another microwave bowl, heat the coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond butter.
  7. Stir coconut oil, maple syrup and almond butter together with the cacao.
  8. Pour this chocolate mixture over the bars and sprinkle again with coconut flakes and cacao nibs for extra chocolaty goodness!
  9. Freeze for 30-40 minutes, or until firm. Remove from freezer and slice and ENJOY!

Why my baby is the reason WHY I workout-Not My Excuse!

My baby will be 4 months old next week ! 4 MONTHS OLD ! This maternity leave is flying by faster than I could ever imagine and my not so little baby is growing way too fast. It seems like since he was born we have been on the go. I remember our first “walk” was when he was 4 days old and I could barely get around our loop. At 6 weeks pp we joined Fit4Mom and have been going there almost every morning at 9am.  Some may think that I am doing this to get my “pre-baby body back” but without a doubt in my mind can say it’s something entirely different. I work out because of my baby, not despite of! He is the reason I get up everyday and go work out at my mommy class. He is the reason I do workouts at home and take the dog on long walks. He is the reason I want to be my best self. Before he was here, I was always chasing a number on the scale or a pant size. Now I’m chasing after more time with him. More time to be here with him. More time to be able to hold onto him just a little bit longer and have the arm strength to do so. I want to be able to play games with him, kick the ball around, keep up with him and be part of his fun. I want to be able to take him on adventures, be able to hike around, race him up stairs, or swim with him in the ocean. He is my reason why!

I want to show him what a healthy lifestyle is and to give him that person that he can look up to – someone who is healthy and always trying to be her better self.  It is so easy after having a baby to start into bad habits, but I want him to see something different. I want him to see that you can be happy and healthy after baby. Exercise can help with this. Exercising helps you clear your mind after you’ve had a rough day, it gives you that rush of joy after you finished a hard workout, it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete something that you didn’t think you could do. I’ve never heard a person say I wish I didn’t do that workout. It’s always the opposite. Working out is hard to start, but once you do you’ll feel better physically, mentally and emotionally as well. If I am happier, my baby will feel that and he will be too. He is my reason why!

Mama’s out there: you may never have the same body post baby… but you can have a new and improved one! You should feel so proud to have been able to create your little bundle of joy. Once you begin working out and start seeing those results, you will gain even more confidence than before. You should look in the mirror and be impressed for what you created and that you are trying to be a better you. This will have a positive impact on your baby! Your baby should be your reason, and heck, why not your excuse !

After reading this I hope you have found your reason why. I know what mine is. He is a blue eyed, strawberry blonde, huge tank of a 4 month old laughing at me as I write this. I know you’re tired but go and get out, get some fresh air, take that dog on a longer walk, find a Fit4Mom class or dust off an  old work out you used to love before baby. You deserve it mama!

 

 

xoxo,

plant based mommy

 

 

 

How I told my husband I was Pregnant!

 

How I told my husband I was pregnant?! Wow, I can’t believe it has been almost a year! Keaton has been here for 3 months now and to say that now my life is better than ever – is an understatement.

It was a Wednesday when I found out I was pregnant. Physical symptoms were non-existent and never in my life would I expect a pregnancy test to come back positive. I took it merely just try it and see what it would say (expecting a negative sign of course). I was working at a convention in Anaheim later that afternoon and had a plan to meet up with Brandon on Friday at Stagecoach. I took the test that morning and to my surprise it came back positive! I remember pacing around the house thinking what is going on? I then took another test and that came back positive too!! I decided that I needed a few more tests so I walked about a mile with my dog to our local Walgreens. I have literally no idea why I didn’t drive as it would have been much faster than to walk a mile there and a mile back. I bought 3 other brands and I remember telling the checkout clerk that I had already taken a few,  and he said that I probably didn’t need to buy anymore. I got home and as you probably can already figure out the other tests were positive too. I ended up calling a doctor’s office that I am close with and the nurses fit me in the schedule for an hour later. Once I got to the doctor’s office, they told me to pee on another stick and confirmed that YES I REALLY AM PREGNANT (as if the other 5-6 tests were wrong?)! I honestly still can’t believe it and our beautiful baby boy is already here! 

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Plant Based Mommy Shop Now Open !

Hi Everyone! I wanted to do a little post about my little Vegan Shop for Mommy and Baby that I have been working on ! I have several more items in the works but for now I am introducing Vegan Leggings and a Veggie Baby Onesie ! I hope you will take a look at them! If you need faster shipping or international shipping please email me at plantbasedmommyblog@gmail.com

All Items use 100% Organic Cotton and are all Made in the USA !

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5 Tips to Going Vegan

5 Tips to going Vegan

  1.  Know your reason why you want to become vegan. Are you doing it for health reasons, the environment or for the animals? When you feel like you’re struggling go back to this and remember the reason you are doing it in the first place.
  2.   Go at your own pace. I did not turn vegan overnight and you might not either. That is OK! Every step you make is another step in the right direction. You will get there ! If you need a vegan mentor please feel free to reach out to me. You can reach me on my Facebook Page, Instagram or email plantbasedmommyblog@gmail.com . There are also tons of facebook groups you can join in order to get help from others as well!
  3. Be prepared for questions and comments from others. Your eating will not be the hardest part about going vegan, at least it wasn’t for me! The social aspect is much harder to deal with then not eating any animal products! You will get the question about where you get your protein(which you can state from beans, quinoa, brown rice, vegetables, lentils etc) and you will here the comment “I could never give up meat or cheese” over and over and over again. Let this roll off your shoulder. Those who want to listen and care will. It’s not worth getting into an argument over. People always have opinions so just humble yourself and keep moving on to a healthier lifestyle !
  4. Buy some vegan cookbooks and clean out your fridge! This is so easy and fun ! If you don’t have any animal products in your house you are less likely to eat them ! So get rid of them and open up a new cookbook and get cooking ! You will not only feel better with this lifestyle but will have more energy to be able to cook! Below are some of my all time favorite cookbooks!

*   Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes

*   The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

*   The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

                   

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Home Birth VS Hospital Birth- What’s the difference?

Home birth vs hospital birth – what are the differences? When you first find out you’re pregnant, one of the first thoughts that probably enters your mind is to see an OBGYN. Why is this? Because it’s the norm? There is a lesser known another option with several names – Midwifery, natural Out-of-Hospital Birth, or using a Midwife for an At-Home-Birth, that may be more suited for the birth that you want. So, what is a midwife and what can she do? Midwives specialize in low-risk, normal pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. Midwives believe in birthing naturally either at your home or a birth center. By using a midwife, you have more of a hands on approach to your pregnancy and delivery and are not subjected to many procedures that you may not need during your pregnancy. When you use a midwife, you are much less likely to use pain medication and your risk of C-Section is statistically reduced. With midwifery care, you are less likely to have complications or have the need for medical interventions, such as Pitocin to speed your labor along. You are given the time to let your body go through the process of delivering a happy and healthy baby!

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vegan caramel sauce

Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce- Easy and Healthy!

Today I wanted to share with you Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce that is easy and healthy! Dates are excellent source of iron, fiber, antioxidants and has been said to help with a faster labor ! I ate dates throughout my last few weeks of labor and had a 10 hour labor. I am not sure if they contributed but they’re so delicious I would eat them again!

What you will need:

10-20 Organic Medjool Dates ( I usually use Medjool Dates but have used Barhi and Honey !)

Filtered Water

Food Processor or Vitamix

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Vegan Street Fair 2017

Getting ready for Vegan Street Fair! 

  Built By Plants Shop

Where do I begin about Vegan Street Fair?  20,000 people, 100’s of vendors and a whole lot of REALLY GOOD food happened yesterday at Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles.  We went to the original Vegan Street Fair two years ago, but the huge turnout and ticket process made it difficult. This year, it was MASSIVE and had no tickets, YAY! If you didn’t make it this year , I hate to break it to you but you missed out. We arrived a little after 10:30am and found a close parking spot. We started strolling our way in and found to our surprise that some vendors were already up and cooking. Earlier in the morning we had marked down all of the vendors that we wanted to visit and where the booth was located ( THANK YOU Vegan Street Fair for making menus and locations available before the event!!). A few of ours were not open yet so we kept on strolling…. Our first stop was A Dirty Cookie! We had a double chocolate, vanilla almond milk filled, cookie shot. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, I don’t know what is. It did NOT disappoint ! Continue reading “Vegan Street Fair 2017”