Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 

These vegan plant based mashed cauliflower potatoes are fluffy and creamy! I’m sure you are already familiar with the cauliflower craze, but I’m going to throw one more recipe at you. I love mashed potatoes, like most Americans. I just don’t love all the carbs and dairy. So in attempt to make mashed potatoes equal parts healthy and dairy free I hit the kitchen and mixed a few of my favorite things together. The mashed mixture turned out fluffy, soft and tasty! No need for butter! This recipes serves about 8, I made it so large so I could freeze at least half. When I purchase potatoes I try and use them fast so that they don’t grow ears. I also must say that I also love having frozen food ready to help on the busy days, which tend to come more than not.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of gold’s potatoes (7-8 large potaoes)
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 Tbs of pepper
  • 1 Tbs of Trader Joes Everyday Seasoning
  • 1/2 handful of fresh parsley and/or basil (optional)

How To

Wash and peel all potatoes. Cut potato in quarters and place in large pot. Wash and cut cauliflower head into similar size as potato quarters and place in same large pot. Add water to pot, water should rise above potatoes and cauliflower pieces. Place pot on stove over medium heat. Contents will be ready when they can be easily pierced with a fork. Once ready, drain and place in a separate bowl. Mash, mash mash! Mix in almond milk and spices and stir. Cauliflower mashed potatoes are now ready to be served. Enjoy!

Prep time: 25 minutes 

Cook time: (about) 25 minutes 

Enjoyers: 8

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My Daily Second Trimester Pregnancy Smoothie 

I love smoothies. They’re a great way to pack nutrients into my day. Being pregnant, I’m extra sensitive to my daily nutrient intake…did I eat enough protein, fruit, veggies? The answer, sadly, is commonly no. Especially this pregnancy, I’m chasing around a 10 month old (I know, we’re crazy for being pregnant again so soon!). Since my pregnancies are so close, I’m also running an extra risk of being nutrient deficient because each pregnancy takes so much out of the mom. Needless to say, good nutrition is so important when you’re carrying for a little one. 

This smoothie is rich, chocolat-ie, and super yummy! It contains 30 grams of protein, tons of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and so much more! 

Getting enough protein during pregnancy is vital. Most moms know you need about 70 grams per day. That is a lot for me since my diet is mainly fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is a challenge to get my needed amount. 

 The Whole Journey blog talks about the importance of magnesium, vitamin C, and collagen during your second trimester (this is when the baby’s skin and bones are forming.). Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium, vitamin C, and antioxidants! Raw cacao contains more magnesium and antioxidants than any other food on the planet! Definitely deserving of the title super food

Magnesium is needed for nerve activity and function. Thus adding appropriate amounts to your diet can compliment baby and moms health. 

Vitamin C is excellent for many things including antioxidant activity, tissue repair, and collagen protection. A benefit to adding raw cacao to your diet, instead of coco, is that cacao, being raw, contains Vitamin C. Heat destroys vitamin C, thus all processed chocolate has zero vitamin C. 

Collagen is a vital part of skin, ligament, tendon, blood vessel, and bone growth. As you can imagine, providing your body with good nutrition while pregnant gives your body the necessary tools to support baby’s rapid growth without depleting the mom.

So let’s make a smoothie! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of almond milk 
  • 1 scoop of high quality protein powder. I used Sunwarrior Classic Protein Chocolate sprouted and fermented brown rice protein. 
  • 1 serving of high quality collagen
  • 1 banana 
  • 1 cup of ice 
  • 1 Tablespoon of raw cacao
  • 1 handful of spinach 

Directions 

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend together. Serve immediately. 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Enjoyers: 1  

Disclaimer: post not intended for medical advice, talk with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet. 

Homemade Baby Wipes 

So when I was pregnant with my first, a friend asked if I was going to make my own baby wipes. I quickly responded with a “No, probably not.” It seemed unnecessary. Sure, I prefer natural products, which is why she asked, but who has time to make wipes? It wasn’t until recently that I realized making wipes would be really easy. It is better for baby (chemical free ingredients that agree with your baby) and cheaper. The whole process took about ten minutes! It was fun and the wipes smell super good.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 roll of strong and soft paper towels
  • 2 cups of warm water (to help ingredients mix)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of baby oil
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoon of baby wash (I use Honest)

Optional:

  • 1/2 Tbsp 100% Aloe Vera (especially if not in baby oil)
  • Baby safe essential oils

Directions

Cut paper towels in half using a serrated knife, set aside in air tight container. I used Via because they’re both strong and soft. I normally prefer a paper towel not made with chlorine but, I couldn’t find one strong enough, and a thin towel would disintegrate as you use it…gross!  Warm the water and add all ingredients, mix and pour over paper towels. Remove cardboard center and pull center paper towel piece so it’s ready for use. Place lid on and all done! Time to go clean some baby bums 😉

Grapefruit Limeade

Do you have a favorite summer drink? I personally love grapefruit flavored beverages! I can be bad at drinking the recommended amount of water each day, so having fun drinks around the house really helps. 

Grapefruit is good for your blood pressure and over all heart health. They’re packed with nutrients including lycopene and positively influence lipid levels. I’ve also read a study that found that men who regularly ate grapefruit have an above 50% less chance of prostate cancer! Go grapefruit! 

This limeade is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart and it’s looks pretty in your glass! Perfect for a summer barbecue or just when lounging around the house! 

Ingredients 

  • 2 Grapefruits 
  • 3 limes 
  • 6 cups of water 
  • A handful of mint 
  • Stevia or honey to taste 

How To

Squeeze juice of limes and Grapefruits into pitcher, save grapefruit pulp. Add water, sweetener, (if desired) and mint. Stir and add ice. Top with grapefruit pulp for extra color and texture. 

Your drink is ready to be poured and enjoyed!


Prep time: 10 minutes 

Enjoyers: 4 

Salted Chocolate Almonds 

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted- I have lots of ideas to try out and post about, I’ve just been busy with a little home renovating and all day nausea…..yes, I’m expecting a baby in the fall! We were super surprised since our first born came just last year! Why not keep the good times rolling?

I attempted something simple last night. I’ve been trying to up my protein since it is recommended that I eat 70 grams per day. That is a lot for me, considering I’m not much of a meat eater. So almonds it is! I wanted to try and jazz up these, some what boring nuts in a healthy way.

This is one of the more simpler post but still fun and classy.


Ingredients

A couple handfuls of raw almonds

1/4 cup Homemade chocolate chips melted

Ground Himalayan pink salt

How To 

To start, gather ingredients and create assembly line of almonds, chocolate and salt. Dip almonds in melted chocolate one at a time and place on parchment paper. Let cool and repeat dipping if chocolate seems to thin. Before completely cool sprinkle almonds with salt. Not only do salt and chocolate go well together they make the almonds look beautiful! Keep in fridge and serve.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Chips 

 

 Okay, I already know what you’re thinking. Homemade chocolate chips? Why would I make something that is so easy to buy? I thought the same thing before I found reasons to make my own. It started with an intolerance to dairy that developed after I was pregnant with my first son. I found non-dairy chocolate chips at a local natural grocery store but, they were double the price of the semi sweet ones I used to get at Trader Joes. It was then that I started doing research and came across some recipes for chocolate chips and thought it would be great to make them sugar free. Another perk about making your own is using all cacao products as opposed to coco. I love adding cacao powder to my hot drinks and smoothies. Cacao, according to the ORAC scale, is the highest antioxidant food that we know of! Anti-cancer and beauty power, yes please! I love finding new ways to add it to my foods.

I soon came across a recipe by Forest and Fauna that captured exactly what I wanted to create. I tried this recipe and loved how they turned out. I love the flavor the maple sugar gives it and the soft texture of the chips from the cacao butter and coconut oil. I give Forest and Fauna full credit but, thought I’d share my spin on their recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs Cacao butter
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil
  • 5 Tbs Cacao powder
  • 3 Tbs Maple sugar

How To

In a medium sauce pan bring about 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Place cacao butter and coconut oil in glass cup and place in sauce pan. Keep glass cup in sauce pan till cacao butter and coconut oil have melted. Once melted mix in cacao powder and maple sugar until completely combined. I first tried using coconut sugar but, that was a mistake because it doesn’t completely dissintergrate. Forest and Fauna had the brilliant idea to let chocolate mixture cool in a silicone trivet, which also works as a mold. Spread chocolate evenly over trivet and place in freezer for about an hour. Since I use coconut oil the mixture is on the softer side, letting it freeze for longer is better. Turn trivet over and work out chocolate chips into a bowl for storage. Store in fridge. Yum Yum Yum!