Good morning, everyone! It’s crazy to think that I’m blogging from the place it all started. When I was in college, I remember sitting at the Vine Coffee shop here in Ottumwa Iowa, opening up my laptop, and starting my blog. I had one of the best weekends back home and I can’t wait to share it all with you. My family is absolutely crazy in all the good ways and this weekend was just a reminder that I need to come home more often. I will be sharing my adventures from Iowa this week along with YouTube videos! 😊
I have about two more hours before everyone starts waking up to head down to breakfast. Our flight leaves later this afternoon, so we’ll be heading up to Des Moines around noon. I thought it would be a great time to squeeze in a blog post, so I went downstairs to grab some coffee, and now I’m ready to share my weekly eats with you! This week is a little different because I challenged myself to eat a vegan diet. Not only was it a vegan diet, but I wanted to make sure it was a healthy vegan diet, so none of the processed “chicken” nuggets or bags of sweet potato fries. I wanted all of the food to come from whole ingredients, so I decided to challenge myself to eat 80% raw. Of course, I’m a newbie, so I had roasted sunflower seeds without thinking about it, had an accidental gluten hiccup (not fun), and heated up my almond milk for my cappuccinos. But overall, I completed the challenge pretty well. I threw it all out the window once we landed in Des Moines though because I wanted to have an amazing weekend without worrying about my food being raw vegan. I also have to give anyone who is a raw vegan/vegan so much credit for their dedication because it’s not always accessible, so you guys are awesome! To be honest, I really enjoyed this, and if I didn’t have to travel, I could probably stick to the raw diet. This little challenge taught me to reach for things like bananas, avocados, and nuts for snacks instead of grabbing a protein bar or other processed foods. Eating food that wasn’t cooked made me feel full longer and more energized. I know I’ll take a lot from this and apply it to my everyday lifestyle.
When you’re eating a raw vegan diet, grocery shopping will be easier each time because you will have learned what you like eating, what you go through the fastest, and what is absolutely forbidden from ever entering your cart again.
For my first haul, I picked up unsweetened almond milk, cacao powder, gluten-free oats, paleo style muesli, Garden of Life raw protein powder, tomatoes, avocado, green onion, mango, lime, sauerkraut, kale, macadamia nuts, coconut aminos, seed crackers, baby spinach, bananas, ginger butter, vegan dark chocolate, and unsweetened coconut milk yogurt. When you’re eating a raw diet, it’s hard to waste produce. The produce is thrown into smoothies, salads, cut up for snacks and used for salad dressings. The raw vegan diet can actually be pretty simple. The first salad dressing I made was incredible! I couldn’t believe it was all plant-based. It reminded me of the Caesar dressing from one of my favorite vegan spots in Charlotte. I knew I had to make more of the dressing because it was going to make eating salads so easy. I couldn’t get enough, and I just wanted more!
The dressing is thick, so you have to use your hands to massage the kale and spinach with it. I topped the salad with mangos, cashews, sunflower seeds, avocado, red onion, and more splashes of the coconut aminos. I grew a real love for mangos during the challenge. I don’t know why I never buy them.
After the gym on Monday night, I ended up making the same exact salad. Before going to bed, I made a little jar of overnight oat with the Happy Rolled Oats, Paleo style muesli (which is just fruit and nuts), and almond milk. The overnight oats aren’t sweet, so I added cinnamon and nut butter in the morning.
On Tuesday, I had some overnight oats with my coffee early in the morning and then snacked on apples, cashews, and almond butter in the late morning. Another thing that is so good that I forgot to take a picture of is almond butter drizzled over mango slices. YUM!
I made sure to have a smoothie every day. Smoothies are a great source of iron, protein, and other quick nutrients you may be missing out on during a raw vegan diet. My smoothies had spirulina, matcha powder, protein powder, pumpkin seed protein, almond milk, and ginger. I changed them up now and then, too.
Along with my smoothie, I had a salad with all the good stuff! I was getting really tight pains in my stomach and thought it was the diet changes, but wanted to check the cracker ingredients just in case. I thought I saw gluten-free, but the somersault crackers were dairy free and vegan, not gluten-free. This made so much sense. My stomach was in knots! Once I stopped eating those, the bloating went down and my stomach chilled the heck out!
I know this is so against raw vegan, but I had to treat myself to keep me powering through. I finished the oats in the afternoon with a mocha cappuccino! I added a square of vegan chocolate to the bottom of the coffee cup and added froth oat milk and espresso. Such a treat! If you are a vegan and need a mocha latte/cappuccino alternative, this is it!
These turmeric coconut wraps are my newest obesseion. I couldn’t believe how good they were! You can get them for super cheap at Thrive Market!
I filled the wrap with my homemade salad dressing, kale, mango slices, and cucumber!
I was really hungry after the gym on Tuesday night, so I had 1/2 banana, one cup almond milk, ice, cacao powder, pumpkin seed protein, and spirulina for a late night dinner/dessert.
I started Wednesday off with a delicious smoothie!
This smoothie had a banana, spirulina, pumpkin seed protein, cacao powder, almond milk, power matcha, and topped with almond butter.
This Rawtella came in the mail on Wednesday afternoon and I was so excited! It’s delicious! Rawtella is a raw-vegan version of Nutella. It’s perfect with strawberries.
Ingredients: Organic raw fresh and soaked/dehydrated hazelnuts, organic raw cacao nibs, raw coconut sugar.
I made a quik trip to the grocery store on Wednesday afternoon to pick up more lettuce, fruit, and nuts! You do go through a lot of produce during a raw vegan diet, which is so healthy for you, but can definitely get pricey! But once you know what you enjoy and eat most of, you can just grab it in bulk to save money.
I had to make more dressing because it’s life! I added sesame oil and brazil nuts to this one and it was much creamier! Yum!
Dinner before the gym! I had my greens tossed with the homemade dressing, mangos, Mary’s jalapeno seed crackers, shaved brazil nuts, and coconut aminos! If I was craving hot food, drinking tea with my meal helped kick the craving. It gave me the warm feeling. I’m sure eating a raw vegan diet during the winter would be tough, but like everything, you get used to it.
I had another salad after the gym, but added some butternut squash spirals for extra crunch!
On Thursday morning, I walked the dogs and then made a spirulina & banana protein shake before heading out to get my hair done!
I was at the salon for about three and a half hours! It was 2:30 pm, and I was only running on a smoothie. I stopped at Whole Foods to get a bottle of water, some mango slices, a power shot, and pineapple to eat on my drive home!
I also stopped at Starbucks and picked up a coconut milk cappuccino! I had three hours of housework and packing to catch up on, so I needed that extra fuel.
I picked up some small little items to bring with us on the plane and to our hotel. This Get Back To Human chocolate is amazing! We had a piece last night when we got back to our hotel room
After cleaning the house and packing for the trip, I made a yummy salad for dinner!
The salad had an edamame salad on top from Whole Foods, a couple tablespoons of quinoa, cucumber, romaine, onions, and my homemade dressing! Even though this salad was so delicious, I was ready for a hot meal. All of the raw produce an abundance of vegetables was a shock to my system. I told myself I was going to stick with it until I got to Iowa, and I’m so happy I did.
I packed some nuts for the plane just in case we got hungry!
Before we left for the airport, I made a breakfast smoothie! Whenever I fly, I make sure to have a dose of magnesium to help with my mood/anxiety! No matter how many times I fly, I always get that “first day of school” feeling before getting to the airport. Once I’m in my gate, it’s all fine and dandy!
I broke the raw vegan diet around 3 pm on Friday. My family and I went to a really cute cafe in Des Moines! You’ll get to see all the pics real soon!
I know this post is so different from the normal recap Monday’s but I wanted to make sure to put something out before heading to the airport! I hope you all have a fabulous week, and I cannot wait to share pictures from my weekend! 💜 I’ll be able to reply back to your comments once I get to the airport!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever tried a raw vegan diet before?
- Do you get airport anxiety?
- Ask me anything about my experience with eating raw!