Better & Brighter

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2 1eI’m baaack!

Well, I never really left, but I was off for a really long time. I just lost inspiration to post, mostly because I was still a bit lost. I’ve been able to do some soul development though and I am excited to get back and start fully sharing myself. I’ve been doing a lot of rebuilding, and I am excited to share everything I can.

I started this blog because I wanted to help inspire people, help motivate people to start eating better and caring more for their bodies. As I went along on my own personal journey I learned so much about myself, although of course there is so much more to learn.

Raw Almond Squares

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I’ve always loved dessert, probably not as much as a lot of people but sweets were always a weakness of mine. Now I eat mostly sweet things, naturally sweet that is. Since I try to follow the 80/10/10 raw vegan lifestyle, I eat mostly fruits and a bit of veggies. And since I try to keep my fat intake low, I only indulge in these treats once in a while.
I’ll be honest though, it’s been a few months since I’ve made these, and I only really tried writing down the ingredients and how much of it I put. But I thought that I should start writing these things down so I can remember them, and in case anyone ever wants to try making it themselves. I’m not greedy with recipes (not like I have any reason to be, I’m a fashion design student, not a culinary one) because I want to share healthy ideas and alternatives to those who want to eat and live healthier.

So once in a while, I like to make these little delicious little squares of deliciousness. There are so many ways to make these, many different variations and substitutions, but I’ll share this one first.

Almond Butter Cookies

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How I’ve missed the smell in my baking kitchen at home, when the sweetness starts to travel from the oven and makes its way into the dining room. It’s been a while since I’ve baked anything and quite frankly, I was getting scared. I never really got used to baking vegan, I used to bake often with eggs and dairy, but I no longer want to do that. Ever since I turned vegan I sort of stopped eating so many baked goods. Also, I eat mostly raw these days so baked goods are hardly ever an option for me. But when you want your family to eat healthier goodies, you gotta do what you gotta do.

I still remember baking every weekend for my family, my younger sister would ask me to bake some cookies, or I would make some granola bars, or baking some cupcakes to give as gifts. Goodness, I had so much fun baking I even made a Reese’s chocolate cake with tons for Reece’s, although back then I thought I was already making healthy treats! I was baking with brown sugar, whole wheat flour, organic eggs, and never ever touched margarine. But since I now follow a mostly 80/10/10 raw vegan lifestyle, baking that way just isn’t even something I want to be doing. Ever since finally going vegan early last year, I can’t even think of using any fair or eggs in anything I make. It’s still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

I made these almond cookies before but it had eggs, but aside from that, it didn’t have any refined sugar, these don’t either. Surprisingly, they turned delicious! Even my youngest sister who is 10 years old enjoyed them, she came back down for a second. This batch also just disappeared within 30 minutes. These could probably also work with peanut butter, actually. I’ll test that out and tell you how it turned out if ever.

Sesame Bread Sticks

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I think that the best way to get kids to eat healthy vegan food is to make delicious tasting vegan food! Kids can be tricky since they are quite picky when it comes to food. My younger sister isn’t exactly vegan, and I can’t force her to eat a completely plant-based diet without the fear of her completely rebelling against me and eating all the pork and beef once she’s out of our sight. I mean, we all hate being told what to do, right? So at least at this point I still get her to eat healthy food and her diet is mostly plant-based with the occasional cheese and fish, or chicken when she’s at her friend’s places (although I do wish the parents of her classmates fed their kids healthier food, but I’ll get into more of that another time).

The trick is to find foods they love, and make a healthier plant-based version of it they can enjoy! For example, my sister loves pancit (vegetable stir-fry with rice noodles) So I have made her many different vegan versions of that as well as simple vegan pizza. Speaking of pizza, I do have a very easy vegan pizza recipe I need to share with you soon. Another thing I know all kids love are crackers! So I made her crackers once and she loved it! So today, I tried again, but this time I tried to go in all on my own!

Bye Bye, Apple Pie!

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Do you love apple pie like I do? I used to looooove apple pie ala mode! Of course the apple pie isn’t complete without a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But those days are so gone! I don’t even crave it or miss it! This magical thing happens when you stop putting foods high in refined sugar and processed stuff into your body, it just stop wanting it. I mean, it still looks good, but I’m just like, nah, I’d rather have something else! Hard to believe, but it’s true. The less of it your body remembers, the better! So if you think it’s impossible to beat a sugar addiction or a junk food obsession, think again because it’s possible, you just have to be dedicated to it.

So what do I do if I want something as delicious tasting a something I used to love? I get into the kitchen and have some fun! This time I wanted to make an Apple pie in a jar, to go, smoothie style. I mean, there are also raw apple crumbles and pies, but I have no way of getting dried mulberries here and I’m not actually craving it, so I thought I would just make an apple pie smoothie, possibly made into a float.