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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vegan Meal Ideas


Finding a solid vegan meal plan was always difficult for me. I'm someone who likes hearty, filling meals and I honestly never liked veggie filled salad-y type meals. I always joked when I first stopped eating meat that I was a vegetarian who hated vegetables. But now that my pallet has expanded and I've seen the wondrous beauties of lots of different vegetables, I am now starting to get excited about trying new healthy, veggie filled meals. I still don't like salad though.

All the below meals are meals that I'd typically eat throughout the day. I take dietary supplements to ensure a healthy balance of vitamins in my diet which is why some meals may have more protein or vitamins than others. Now that that's out of the way, let's continue on with the meals.

Breakfast
Typical Breakfast Meals:

Toast
I usually have toast in the morning. I've been using this Oatnut Whole Grain bread from Arnold recently and it's the best bread I've ever had. It has really good ingredients which is surprising because most breads are filled with all kinds of preservatives and other unnecessarily bad ingredients.
To top the toast, I usually add either peanut butter w/ sunflower seeds or (vegan) butter or avocados. Whatever I'm feeling that day.


Oatmeal
I recently started eating cold oatmeal and it is seriously amazing. I fill a bowl with about a half cup of oats and pour in some almond milk, completely covering the oats. I cover the bowl and leave it in the refrigerator over night and in the morning it's literally waiting for me in the fridge. I usually add a banana or any other fruits I have in stock and recently, I've been adding a tiny bit of agave nectar which is my new favorite sweetener.

Fruit
Whether it's fruit on it's own or blended up in a smoothie, I LOVE having some sort of fruit for breakfast.

Lunch
Typical Lunch Meals:

Peanut Butter Sandwich
Even if I had a PB sandwich for breakfast that day, I usually always have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. It's a good source of protein, especially if the peanut butter is all natural.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This is such an easy little meal, I get hungry and excited just thinking about it. I cut up about half a cucumber and half a big tomato, or a few small tomatoes, and dress them with olive oil and red wine vinegar. This is a recipe my mom always makes as a side and it's one of my favorites.

Dinner
Typical Dinner Meal:

Veggie Pasta
I tend to have a wide variety of dinners, but one of my favorite easy dinners is veggie pasta. You literally gather all the vegetables in your fridge and cook them over olive oil or bake them. Mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, really any vegetable will work. I then add it to some pasta. I usually add some chick peas or black beans and then that's it. Super quick and easy.


Snacks Throughout the Day

Nuts
Cashews are my favorite nuts and I tend to snack on them whenever I feel peckish.


Brussel Sprouts
This may be very weird, but I LOVE snacking on cooked brussel sprouts. I really don't know why.


Fruit
I don't just like fruit for breakfast. I like fruit all the time. Bananas and nectarines are at the top of my most eaten fruits at the moment.

Tortilla Chips w/ Salsa or Guacamole
Chips and salsa is a go-to snack for me. I recently found healthy tortilla chips with little salt added which gives me absolutely no reason to NOT eat this as a snack. I also recently found peach and mango salsa and I've been obsessed with it.


Dessert

Dairy Free Ice Cream
I'm really not much of a dessert person, but for some odd reason, I always find either a So Delicious or Tofutti ice cream in my freezer and I just have to eat it because it's there. I have to.


And that's all! I didn't realize how much I actually ate throughout the day until I typed that all up.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Anxiety

I haven't been posting a lot lately and I would LOVE to blame it on my laziness, like I always have in the past, but that's not entirely the case this time. I've had anxiety for as long as I could remember, and recently it's been the worst it's ever been. If you've been a reading my blog for a while, then you'd know that I've never shied away from talking about my anxiety because I feel as though talking about it, especially on a larger scale, can help not only myself, but others who feel the same. I haven't mentioned my recent anxiety lately because I've never had to deal with unexplainable daily anxiety. I don't like writing about things I'm unsure about, and this recent anxiety is exactly that.
I first started this blog almost two years ago wanting to write about my troubles with anxiety in hopes of someday curing myself while helping others cure their anxieties. Throughout the past few weeks, I realized anxiety is a lot trickier than that. I don't have any tips on how to cure it and I can't remember the last day I went without having some sort of anxiety, which is really scary. I really wish I could give you guys some sort of home remedy to rid yourself of anxiety based off of my personal experience, but I can't because nothing has ever worked for me. Deep breathing sometimes helps, but that's about it.
All I can really say with complete certainty is that I have good days and I have bad days. In order to get through the bad days, I try to tell myself that the good, anxiety-free days are right around the corner. Yesterday was a really bad day, but today was 100% better.
I'm not entirely sure if I'll even post this because I'm not used to being so honest about something I really only ever deal with in my head. Even before when I'd talk about anxiety, I would kind of make a joke of it because I was somewhat, oddly, comfortable with my worrisome thoughts.
If this post could maybe help someone reading this, then I guess it's worth stepping outside of my comfort zone. If you're like me, then you like knowing that you're not the only one going through something tough. Just take it one day at a time.

With all that said, hopefully I'll have more posts up in the near future.

xo, Sarah Holt

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