Recipes

Cashew Sour Cream

One of the condiments I LOVED before going vegan was sour cream. It was one of those things I made sure to always keep well-stocked and it never went bad. That's because I would put sour cream on everything. Something about it was just so satisfying. After going vegan, I never purchased any of the… Continue reading Cashew Sour Cream

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Lifestyle Tips

I Just Don’t Think I Could Ever Go Vegan

"I just don't think I could ever go vegan." I honestly can't count the number of times I've heard this statement since going vegan. Just mention the fact that you choose to eat this way, or that there's no butter or eggs in the cookies you brought to the BBQ, and it's guaranteed that at… Continue reading I Just Don’t Think I Could Ever Go Vegan

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

My Vegan Story

I haven't always been vegan. Shocking, I know. But in all seriousness, I grew up eating some meat and TONS of dairy. Meat was never really my favorite, but I ate it if it was put in front of me. Cheese, however is a totally different story. I loved cheese. I ate it every single… Continue reading My Vegan Story

Transitions, Veganism

Top 5 Tips to Slowly Transition to Veganism

As I've shared more of my story, I'm approached by people who are interested in trying some new recipes and experimenting with a more plant-based diet. When I share recommendations based on my own research and experiences, the same thing always comes up: There's no way I can be fully vegan. Truth is, you can,… Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Slowly Transition to Veganism

Recipes, Veganism

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

I love a good veggie burger. Anytime Kyle and I go out to dinner, that's the first thing I look for on a menu. Now that we live in a new town, it's like a game trying to find the best veggie burgers. The problem is, very few of the restaurants (only 2 so far)… Continue reading Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

Fitness, Recipes

Baked Oatmeal Varieties

A few weeks back I posted this recipe for Baked Berry Oatmeal. I am mildly obsessed with this baked oatmeal and have made it every Sunday for the last four weeks. No joke. It's that good. This oatmeal is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. I bake one batch on Sunday and that's enough to get me… Continue reading Baked Oatmeal Varieties

Fitness, Transitions

Confidence

Confidence is a fleeting feeling. Sometimes you get on a roll and confidence is limitless. Other times, confidence wavers. In the last few years, my confidence has been pretty consistent. How did I build that? How do I regularly feel confident? It's because I keep the promises I make to myself. If it sounds simple,… Continue reading Confidence

Recipes, Transitions, Veganism

Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

It's no secret that I love to cook. There's just something about taking ingredients and combining them in ways that make delicious meals that soothes my soul. It's therapeutic for me and it's also the way I show those that I cook for that I care. What can I say? I'm Italian. Feeding people is… Continue reading Meal Preparation- Setting Yourself up for success

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

Why does going vegan seem so hard?

I was recently approached by a gym friend about the fact that I'm vegan. He had no idea that I was until he saw my Instagram page (which makes sense since we usually just have the cordial, 'Hey! How's it going?' chat). As we were talking, he kept mentioning how hard it must be to… Continue reading Why does going vegan seem so hard?

Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

Setting Big Goals and Making Small Decisions 

I've really been enjoying listening to podcasts lately. After my last competition in July, I had been feeling a bit uninspired by music in general at the gym. I tried training without music and it was uncomfortable and not in the way that helps you to improve. At about the same time I was seeing… Continue reading Setting Big Goals and Making Small Decisions