Thursday, August 30

15 Delicious Vegan Breakfast Recipes Roundup




It's the most important meal of the day! And perhaps the most delicious. It's breakfast! The typical American breakfast isn't particularly vegan-friendly (bacon and eggs? No, thanks!). But with a few tweaks, you can have even the most traditional fare with a vegan twist. Whether you're into savory or sweet, these recipes are great any time of the day, brinner anyone?





Perfectly Fluffy Vegan Biscuits

Try these with vegan butter, jam, or even gravy!
















Bean, Potato, & Veggie Breakfast Skillet

This delicious skillet meal is a whole breakfast in just one pan.






















Tofu Scramble

My personal favorite thing to eat for breakfast! Add a bit of black salt for that classic sulphuric, eggy taste.


















Vegan Rice Paper Bacon

They don't call it "life-changing" for nothing!
















Light & Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

My go-to breakfast for lazy Sunday mornings or for dinner when I don't know what else to eat! I can't get enough of pancakes during this pregnancy. haha






















Easy Vegan French Toast

Thought you couldn't have French Toast as a vegan? Think again!





















Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This yummy bowl is packed with protein and a fun texture change from traditional oatmeal.






















Protein-Packed Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Upgrade your tofu scramble by turning it into a burrito!






















The Perfect Vegan Banana Bread

When those bananas are too ripe to be eaten, it's time for banana bread.






















Chickpea Flour Omelette Muffins (Vegan Egg Cups)

Chickpea flour is well known for making vegan omelets. In this fun recipe its used for vegan egg cups!






















Vegan Pecan Pie Poptarts

A must-try!






















Amazing Blueberry Muffins

The perfect recipe for when blueberries are on sale!






















Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Everyone local to me is freaking out about the local apple orchards opening up because it means apple cider donut season is starting! This vegan version will allow you to join in on the fun too.






















Vegan Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

McDonald's who?






















Overnight Chia Pudding

Prep the night before and run out the door with this easy overnight pudding!



















Which recipes will you be trying for breakfast this week?!





*This collection of recipes is meant to serve as a resource to help you find vegan breakfast recipes from many talented bloggers around the web. The photos used in this post belong to bloggers who are linked in the corresponding recipes.

Thursday, August 23

Pregnancy Reading List

I am a planner. A researcher. Maybe a little bit of a control freak. In my mind knowledge truly is power. The more knowledge I feel I have the more in control and I feel and the better I can plan, at least in theory. Pregnancy is definitely a whole new life chapter and one which I knew very little about going into it. Which meant I had to hit the books and acquire some knowledge! The following is a list of the pregnancy-related books that I have read so far (I've also read several parenting and childbirth books which I will list in separate posts in the future) along with what I thought of them.



Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!


If you read only one pregnancy book then let it be this one! This was actually the first pregnancy book I read and I really felt like most of the ones I read after where just rehashing what I'd already learned, maybe with a different spin on it.

The Mayo Clinic guide gives you a full run-down, from preconception through birth, of what's going on inside your body and with your baby, month by month and week by week. It tells you about all the symptoms you can expect to experience and well as any potential complications.

One thing I appreciated about this book was that it covered pregnancy loss. I actually started reading this book during my last pregnancy and I was grateful for that section when I did experience a miscarriage as it's not something that many books cover.


Another book which I definitely would recommend is 'The Kind Mama' by Alicia Silverstone. Alicia is a fellow vegan and in this book, she explains how a vegan lifestyle can improve your chances of conception and your health during pregnancy. She also discusses many of the medical procedures which you will be offered during your pregnancy and immediately after your baby's birth and offers a different opinion than what you are likely to hear from other books which may be more medical based or choose to take an unbiased approach. Alicia is definitely biased towards a natural approach and while I didn't agree with her opinions on many things, it did prompt me to do my own research about several different topics and thus I was able to come to a truly informed decision for myself and my baby. And if for no other reason than that, I would definitely recommend this book. She also offers some interesting recipes for you to try!



Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be


Not a must-read but definitely a fun read if you were a drinker, like me, prior to pregnancy. This book offers cocktails inspired recipes for pregnant mamas so you can still feel like you're having a fancy drink after a hard day of making a baby! There are also recommendations for how to make the drinks alcoholic for dad or for yourself once you're able to drink again!













The Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide


This short book is a great primer for how to have a healthy vegan pregnancy. It doesn't go into what's going on with you and your baby so much like many other pregnancy books, instead focusing mainly on nutrition. Unfortunately, there's still a very common mistaken belief that you cannot have a healthy pregnancy or baby while living a vegan lifestyle. That is simply untrue and this book will help you to be the healthiest mama you can be so you can have the healthiest baby possible, and you might just learn the knowledge you need to shut down the naysayers too, a win-win!








What to Expect When You're Expecting


The classic! No pregnancy book list would be complete without 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'! After reading 'The Mayo Clinic's Guide' I didn't really feel like I needed to read this book as it similarly went over what happens with your body and baby week by week and month by month. However, I did like the question and answer layout of this book. It made it a bit more conversational and personal to read. This book really leaves just about nothing out and at some point or another will likely cover just about all of your pregnancy-related questions! I still would recommend 'The Mayo Clinic's Guide' first but this one definitely gets a high recommendation from me as well.









While this book could definitely be considered more of a parenting book than a pregnancy book, I'm choosing to include it in this list because it includes advice about many of the items that'll you'll be buying for baby while pregnant! Therefore, if you're wanting to purchase environmentally friendly and safe products for your baby I'd recommend reading this book while pregnant, before you already have a nursery stocked with non-green things. 'Green Baby' covers everything from diapers to toys to baby food and is a very good primer for green living with a baby. I'm no purist so I definitely haven't followed all of the advice in the book but it did open my eyes to many of the things to look out for when making choices about what to buy for my baby.





I'm going to be honest, I didn't actually finish this book - which is a given considering I haven't been pregnant/had my baby for a year yet! But still, I wanted to recommend this book anyways for anyone who feels like there's just so much to do and so little time to do it. This book breaks down the steps you need to take each week and each month during your pregnancy and the first few months with baby to help make sure everything gets done and that your life isn't in total chaos. Some weeks the tasks are easy, some weeks they're a bit more work, and some weeks they're fun (like going shopping!). So if you're feeling overwhelmed with preparing for baby, consider giving this book a read.










So that covers it! Those are the pregnancy-related books that I've read to give me an idea of what the heck is going on with my body during this pregnancy and how my baby is developing. Now that I'm in my third trimester I've switched over to reading natural childbirth books, which I will most definitely do a list on in the future.

What pregnancy books have you read that you'd recommend to a friend? Comment below and let us know!



Monday, August 20

Second Trimester Survival Guide

Oh boy! Time sure is flying by. As I write this I'm already well into my 28th week of pregnancy and settled into the third trimester. Looking back on the second trimester I finally understand why people say it's the best trimester (at the time, I wasn't really feeling the love! haha). I had more energy, no more nausea, my bump wasn't huge yet, and I got to find out the sex of my baby so it was a really exciting time!



But with that being said, it wasn't free of its own trials and tribulations. I had some unsavory symptoms during the second trimester just as I did during the first and just as I am now going through during the third. But I did my best to cope with them and with that, I'll be sharing the tips I learned with you!


Sciatica

This was by far the most miserable symptom I experienced during my second trimester. It was mainly a result of lifting and activity at work. Now that I'm no longer working (I just quit this past weekend! WOOHOO!) it rarely bothers me. But during my second trimester, I tried everything to help ease the pain!

  1. Over-the-counter pain medication. When I just couldn't take it anymore I took some Tylenol to ease the pain! I talked to my doctor and he actually recommended ibuprofen to me until the third trimester as he said it would reduce inflammation in addition to the pain. However, I chose to just stick to Tylenol. It's worth asking your doctor which medicines they approve for you for pain relief!
  2. Heating pad!! Sitting on a warm heating pad helped more than anything else did. It was such a huge relief to my aching bum.
  3. Rest. My sciatica hurt the most on days when I was on my feet a lot. So some days when I was off work I'd just sit or lay day as much as possible to give my hips a break.
  4. Pregnancy pillow! Not only will these help you sleep better but they'll help you sleep in a position which is optimal for easing your hip pain. I seldom felt more comfortable than when curling up to my pillow at night.
  5. Lift-restriction. I actually got a 20lbs lift restriction from my doctor during my first trimester in order to stave off getting sciatica. Unfortunately, I still got it. But if you do heavy lifting at your job then it's worth asking your doctor to write you a restriction to ease the burden.
  6. I switched to part-time. At a certain point, my sciatica got so bad that I just couldn't continue the workload I had been doing, even with the lift-restriction, so I switched from full-time to part-time at my job. When I did I started having flare-ups far less often! This definitely won't be an option for everyone but if it's feasible for you then it may be worth considering, even if only for a short period of time, to give your body a break.

Nosebleeds

Never in my life have I had a nosebleed. Until I got pregnant that is, now I've already had 10! The first time was quite a shock for me but now I've almost gotten used to them.
  1. The best thing to do when you have a nosebleed is to pinch the bridge of your nose together for several minutes until the bleeding stops. Don't tilt your head back as this could cause the blood to flow back and down your throat!

Round Ligament Pain

Towards the end of my second trimester, I started experiencing more frequent round ligament pain, especially when going out for my daily walks!
  1. A maternity belt can help provide extra support for your bump, reducing cramping while walking. (Spoiler alert: they also help with the back pain that will be coming in the third trimester. So invest in one now!)
  2. Switch positions and move slowly. Sometimes round ligament pain hits when you get up too fast, when switch positions while sitting or laying down too fast, or when you're sitting or laying in an awkward positon (according to your uterus). Remember to move slowly and adjust your positioning and the cramping will likely subside quickly.

Heartburn

It started in my first trimester and it hasn't gone away yet!
  1. Keep taking those Tums!
  2. Keep drinking that Heartburn Tea! (Mentioned in the First Trimester Survival Guide)
  3. Reduce your intake of spicy and acidic foods.
  4. If all else fails, talk to your doctor about other medications you can take. Mine prescribed me Zantac which has helped tremendously!

Itching Belly

As my bump has been growing faster and faster I've noticed it's started to get itchy as my skin stretches (a likely sign that stretch marks are on the horizon, yay me!).
  1. Belly butter! You can use whatever kind of lotion or cream you want to soothe your itchy skin but I chose to make mine own belly butter using equal parts coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter with some vitamin E oil and Rosehip oil thrown in for good measure. It feels great on my skin and smells like chocolate!





Those are really the only negative symptoms I experienced during the second trimester! It's definitely a shorter list than during my first trimester and it's sure it be a shorter list than the symptoms of the third trimester (as I've already had some new ones crop up!).

What symptoms have you experienced during the second trimester of pregnancy and how have you coped with them? Share your experiences with me in the comments below, I'd love to hear them!