Plant-based diet

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I want to incorporate more plant-based meals into my lifestyle. I’m already a vegetarian, but I want to eat more organic, fresh foods. Right now my ideal meal plan for breakfast includes fruit, like bananas, plums, peaches, and cherries, oatmeal, cashews and mixed nuts, peanut and almond butters, and maybe on occasion spinach with apples, berries, and sliced almonds.

For lunch and dinner, I’d like to have healthy grains, like brown rice, quinoa, and whole grain bread, muffins, and crackers. I want to include more veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and corn, and great sources of protein like chickpeas, red beans, black beans, nuts, seeds, peas, quinoa, chia seeds, and sun-dried tomatoes. For snacks, I wanna keep dried fruit handy, as well as dark chocolate.

Like any lifestyle, I think it’s important to be relaxed and not put too much pressure on yourself to be “perfect.” But educating yourself and making small choices each day makes a big difference over time. I find that planning my meals for the day, and maybe even for the week, especially when it’s time to buy groceries, can be a great way to achieve small goals.

Life is a journey, and doing small things to take care of yourself along the way tends to feel really good 🙂 Even the things you achieve today are worth celebrating ❤

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust. noun. “a strong desire to travel.” I first learned this word when a girl from my arts high school had it tattooed on her foot. I am most consumed with a strong desire to travel. Lately I’ve been thinking about the places I want to go, the place I may want to live. The world is so big and filled with amazing things. I want to see views that make me feel in awe of the world’s wonders. I want to experience places that make me feel alive. Mountains, oceans, and caves, but also cities with new things to explore and discover, and new people to meet.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some lovely places, mostly in the U.S. North Carolina, Philadelphia, Orlando, West Virginia, New Jersey, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Barcelona. Living in New York, I’m able to explore the concrete jungle that is Manhattan, and the cultural joy that is Brooklyn. I’ve also enjoyed seeing a bit of the places upstate. I just love how diverse New York is, with everything from exciting city life to vineyards to farmland. It’s fantastic.

Usually when I travel, it’s to visit family, which is good. Family time is wonderful. But I would like to travel more as a tourist. I really want to go to Maine, Vancouver, and California. I’d also like to see Norway, Copenhagen, Switzerland, and Dublin. It’s always nice to discover places you never even knew existed, or to look into planning a trip somewhere and realizing it’s more beautiful than you imagined.

I also want to explore new things closer to home. There’s so many interesting things and places out there. But I’m also content to be where I am. Each day brings its own gifts and possibilities. Sometimes the simple things are all you need.

The Beauty of Living Out of a Suitcase

One thing I love about traveling is having to pack a suitcase. There’s something so wonderful about the minimalism of it. It lets you focus on the bare necessities, and something about that is so freeing. As I fold my clothes, pack my toothbrush, and think about the journey ahead, I feel content. I only have to have the most important things with me. I can let go of the clutter that’s weighing me down in the form of material things, and consequently, I can let go of the things weighing me down mentally as well. Travelling as a way of life is a wonderful thing to aspire to. I hope I can travel as much as possible. But for now, I take the little opportunities as they come. And I bring just a little of what I own, so that I can experience a whole lot of the world.

My Vegetarian Grocery Shopping List

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As a vegetarian, a common question I am asked is, “What do you eat?” Since I eat a number of different things throughout the day, it can be hard to narrow it down and answer that question on the spot. It’s kind of like when someone asks, “What kind of music do you like?” Most of us listen to so many different kinds that it can be hard to choose an answer.

Because asking what vegetarians eat is a common question, I thought it would be helpful to create a sample vegetarian grocery list. As someone who has been eating food at a college campus dining for the past few years, I am still learning what kinds of foods to buy and what kinds of meals to eat at home. Because grocery shopping often requires one to have a budget in mind, I like to organize the items I want by category. My main categories are: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. Here is my sample shopping list:

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal
  • Green Tea
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Almond milk
  • Granola
  • Eggs
  • Raisin Bread

Lunch:

  • Salad
  • Brown Rice
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Avocados
  • Cheese
  • Veggie Chick’n Patties

Dinner:

  • Spaghetti
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Green Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Chickpeas
  • Cauliflower

Snacks:

  • Rice Cakes
  • Raisins
  • Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pistacios
  • Granola Bars

Naturally, these categories can overlap. I also wouldn’t necessarily get all of these things in one shopping trip. It’s just an idea of the kinds of things I might buy for the week. If you are a vegetarian, or would like to be one, I hope this list is helpful for you.

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