Saturday Morning | Vegan Adventures

So I live literally right near a creek and I love going and walking up stream and acting like a freaking bush women, haha it’s just so pretty and filled with nature. I actually saw two deer that I tend to see around from time to time, some fishes swimming, ducks playing and lots of bugs, of course haha. Here’s a few pictures I snapped along the way! 

Also, can we just take a moment and all be excited about the fact that FALL IS HERE!!!

xo.

I finally gave in… 

I’m not one for ever doing these ‘fitness challenges’ because I chose to change my lifestyle not my physical activity and eating for x amount of days, then goback to the regularly scheduled program. 

Yet, here I am about to try a 21 day shredding challenge. I figure, I already go to the gym 4 times a week and eat fairly healthy SOOOOO why not change up my workouts a little and be a slightly more careful about what goes in my mouth.

I found this challenge on Muscle and Strength it’s called “Fast & Furious: 21 Day Shredding Workout Cycle & Diet”so many words I don’t particularly like in the title, but hey loosing a couple pounds never hurt anyone. 

First thing I noticed was the meal plan, it’s unfortunately not Vegan friendly but a few changes here and there and of course it can be followed on a Vegan meal plan. I liked how this was changed up based on sex ( yes, as a predominantly male industry a lot of the plans you’ll find are catered to men) and weight. Now, I don’t suggest following this to a ‘T’ because whomever made this, generically created it for as many people as possible to use! You need to take everything into consideration, so medical issues, work, social events etc…

I’m going to be starting this next week, honestly…well see how long I make it haha! 

Il’l be posting daily for 21 days to show progress (obviously that won’t be on the daily) my meal plan (Vegan-style) and my workouts, my thoughts and how I feel during this…. adventure?

Stay tuned! 

A special getaway | I almost died?!

My hubby and I have been married two years as of September 5 2016. Every year we plan a little getaway to spend time just us (& our fur-baby of course) be with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Even though the bugs (well the fly’s) were outrageous and one night the weather was low-key horrifying, it involved me accidentally seeing that where I was, was under a ‘severe storm watch’ which of course, got upgraded to a ‘tornado watch’ (keep in mind where I’m from, does NOT EVER get Tornados or any weather of the sort) and me being the crazy over analyzer that I am, started FREAKING OUT and figuring out all the ways I could potentially die. Of course the Weather Network had to inform us on what to do if and when this Tornado hits – you know stay indoors, go into a room with no windows (preferably a basement) those kinda things… well as you can see from the pictures our cottage was, less than ideal. I had to take it one step further and stalk the Weather Network like it was my ex-boyfriend and research the crap out of how-not-to-die by Tornado – I honestly started replaying Twister in my head and contemplated tieing myself to something that was very, very deep in the ground. After many texts to my dad, literally telling him to pray for my life… and many hours of stalking…. thank goodness a tornado didn’t hit us and the weather warning was lifted and all in all we had SUCH an amazing time. The End, hahahaha 

Here are some pics below! Enjoy xo 


We went from September 7 to 12 and of course, it was another full Vegan adventure (junk food edition) from Vegan nachos to burgers, loaded fries & everything in between …. and a MAJOR detox is currently underway. Which, of course will have to be another blog post 🌿 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Lunch Edition

As promised one of my favourite lunch recipes from the ‘Oh She Glows Cookbook’. We’re keeping it super healthy for this post so naturally, we’re going to talk salads BUT not just your average lettuce, some greens & dressing salad this is going to be a perfected chickpea salad sandwich (because hey, we’re vegan which means we love carbs…)

L U N C H

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

2 stalks celery. finely chopped

2 green onions. thinly sliced

1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle (makes everything taste so much better)

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

2-3 tablespoons store bought or homemade (homemade ladies, all the power too you) vegan mayonnaise

1 clove garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

&&& of course bread! I personally need a Gluten-free bread (allergy) but any will do!

TA-DA

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I’ve made this before just minus the sandwich aspect and it was SOOOOO good! You don’t need a lot as the chickpeas are quite filling, but you know sometimes when something tastes so good one thing leads to another and before you know it you’ve finished the entire batch. But hey, a little chickpeas never hurt anyone!

I’d love to know what your favourite lunch recipes are! Leave them in the comments section or share with me on Instagram @alittleveganlifeblog OR twitter @alittleveganlife.

Stay tuned for my next post. It’s something I’m SUPER excited to talk about! If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you should, hello) it’s something that’s been taking over my story!

 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Breakfast Edition

I’ve blogged previously about this cook book called  “Oh She Glow” by Angela Liddon but I wanted to do a little updated post and share some of my new fave recipes.

I’ll link Angela’s website here as well as where you can find her cookbook.

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I have been absolutely in love with this cook since I got it. At first it was a little intimidating because whether I like to admit it or not….I’m not the best cook on the planet, but these recipes are super easy to make & so so so delicious.

B R E A K F A S T

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effortless vegan overnight oats

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 large banana

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

This serves 3, the prep time is SUPER quick…only 5 minutes and you let this chill overnight before eating! This is great for those who meal prep every week it’s super simply to make and you can totally grab it and go in the morning, a low maintenance breakfast is a big yes in my books. 

  1. In a small bowl wisk together the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight to thicken.
  2. In the morning, stir the mixture, put it in your favourite container (I’m obsessed with mason jars so ya’ll know that’s where my oats are) & your ready to begin your day.

If you follow me on Instagram ( & this new snapchat…instasnap?…story) I’ve been taking pictures of the recipes themselves so you can screenshot them and try them out!

Also, I’d love to know some of your favourite vegan recipes cause Lord knows I need all the cooking help I can get! Leave me a comment on here or show me on Insta or Twitter!

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Tomorrows blog will be my favourite lunch recipes from the Oh She Glows cookbook!

Hope you enjoy xo

Mixing Foods & Digestion

 

Recently I’ve been experiencing those reoccurring stomach issues that I thought going Vegan had FINALLY solved (not the only reason I went vegan) but of course the stomach issues are back for vengeance.

My mom (don’t know why she decided to wait 26 years to tell me) had told me the other week that ever since I was little’ I’ve always had stomach issues’…thanks mom. So something that I thought had started in my teens was actually an issue since birth.

Luckily, the other day someone had mentioned to me about mixing foods and how that affects our digestion… I actually felt kind of stupid because, what the heck why didn’t I think of this before. SOOOO instead of going to the Dr…..again x50 I went straight to the one thing I can rely on in life… the one thing that knows everything about anything…Google hehe.

So here it is. How I’m figuring this whole digestions thing out and I hope that I can maybe help someone whose having the same super annoying issues I’m having. Enjoy!

My first tid bit of info comes from ‘BodyEcology’ and an article titled,

‘Food Combining: The Little-Understood Secret to Optimal Health & Weight Revealed’ 

” What happens in your stomach and digestive tract is important AND can be the key to long-term health and weight loss!”

 Eat Fruits Alone on an Empty Stomach

 Eat Proteins with Non-Starchy Vegetables and/or Ocean Vegetables

 Eat Grains and Starchy Vegetables with Non-Starchy and/or Ocean Vegetables

They also touch on the details of food combining and what you should and shouldn’t eat together.

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Enjoyxo

some pre-birthday camping.

we still haven’t completely mastered the camping etiquette but I’d say we’re getting pretty close – it’s trial and error basis. this past camping trip we made our way to the port perry area – about 2 and a half hours from our house. we went to this place as a pre- birthday camp to see if we liked it enough to spend three (we usually do two) nights for my husbands birthday and of course the fishing needed to be exactly what he was looking for.

everything went well, we had gotten our fur baby (he’s more like a real child) a pool to play around in, a eating tent (who really knows that they’re called) and a few odds and ends to make our lives a little easier, this was all thanks to the first time we went camping and realized what we needed to do differently.

needless to say it was a great place but not the place. so now were back on the hunt looking for a magical place to call home for three days. my husband is also kind enough to eat totally vegan with me every camping trip, and boy have we basically mastered that, thanks to pinterest, lol.

i’m so sad! no only did i only took a few pictures – i gotta get use to living my life through my camera, i recently got a new phone and my photos of course all disappeared. for now, the pictures from their website (double m campgrounds) will have to do.

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stay tuned for my next blog post – ultimate camping list for over packers and camping newcomers. 

check out my previous blog post here – a vegan long weekend