Vegan vs. Vegetarian vs. Plant-Based

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I've been asked by a few people what's the difference between vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based. It's all fairly simple and the main point is to stop the harm to animals.

So, what's the difference?

Favorite Chia Seed Pudding Recipe!

I've come to absolutely love chia pudding! It's a blank pudding canvas and you can transform it into any flavor/taste you would like!

I've made chia pudding a handful of times and it's always been awesome. It's super simple and incredibly difficult to mess up. You'll also only need a few ingredients. Ready?

Lets go!

Free September Printables!!

Hi friends!

I'm know I'm a day late and I would have liked to have gotten these to y'all at least two days ago but better late that never, right?

I went ahead and created two free printables just for y'all!

I've put together a weekly planner and a full month calendar so feel free to download whichever you like. I've also put them both into one PDF doc so you can download both of them together if you'd prefer.

2 Apps to Download Today!

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Are you looking for a few new apps to add to your collection? Maybe apps that'll help you with your vegan/cruelty-free lifestyle changes? Well, you've come to the right place!

I've picked two apps that I really like and want to share with y'all today.

Time To Start Working Out

So, I don't know if I've talked about fitness on here before but I think it's time I dedicate myself to something that will benefit not only my body but my mind as well.

I've told myself time and time again that I'm going to start working out again. I want to start running, doing yoga, doing workouts at home, eating healthy, etc. but I never actually commit to it. I have a hard time committing to pretty much everything. Work, school, eating well, working out, and pretty much whatever I want. I don't know if it's because I'm lazy or because I just don't care but we can all agree, I need to change that. I know I won't get anywhere in life with such a negative mentality. So, wanna join me?

My only goal is to do some form of physical activity everyday day. Either go running, do yoga, or anything I feel like doing for the day. I don't want to limit myself to just one thing because that's what really turns me off. I also believe that doing several forms of physical activities will motivate me to want to be active everyday.

3 Vegan Food Alternatives Worth Trying

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Sometimes I can agree that veganism can be a bit expensive. Vegan cheese and deli slices are actually pretty pricey. Lets be honest, most vegan specialty foods are going to cost you a pretty penny. Unless it's one of those "accidentally vegan" products, which tends to be eaten by most people, and are pretty cheap to make anyway.

Here's the greatest thing though, if there's a high demand, it will hopefully be sold at a much lower! When I first started my vegan lifestyle I lived off rice, beans, salad, fruit, and lots of sandwiches. If I wanted something special like pizza, cake, or lasagna, I'd have to make it without all those fancy vegan meats and cheeses because I simply didn't know they existed. Aren't you glad you're going vegan when all these awesome products are available and pretty easy to reach?

So, here are three vegan food alternatives I think you should try, like ASAP! I've tried each of these at least twice and they've always hit the spot. I'm pretty impressed/proud that we're able to create food products that don't harm animals, the environment, and that actually taste good.

Free Printables Coming Soon!

I've had a few ideas for printables that I thought a few people might like. I'd like to start sharing them with y'all here on Elleplants when I feel like I've created something new and worth sharing all for free! Hopefully this will allow me to practice creating cool and useful printables and maybe one day I'll even be able to open my very own Etsy shop!

If you like to idea of free printables, leave a comment bellow with your thoughts and suggestions! Also, if you'd like for me to create something specific, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do!


Pixi by Petra H20 Skintint Tinted Face Gel

Looking for a new foundation? So was it until I found this one by Pixi.

Since deciding I wanted to start wearing makeup again, I was on the hunt for something that has a little tint, a little coverage, but that looks and feels totally natural. Luckily, I found just that!

I was using the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum but then there's this whole thing about makeup that's made/packaged in China isn't necessarily safe (I'll talk more about this in a later post) so I quit that one since I have pretty sensitive skin. Besides being made in China, it wasn't a bad foundation. It didn't look super great because I have some dry spots and acne so when I put the e.l.f. foundation on, it kind of looked gross.

Podcast of the month: June 2017

So, turns out I couldn't stay away from my blog for very long. It was nice feeling like I didn't have to update/post anything but I miss it. I miss writing and I miss just being here. Even if I don't have any readers, like people that come back to see what or if I've posted, I still love it! I just pretend that people are reading what I'm writing ;)

Anyway, I'm back with another podcast of the month. I've really been into mystery and murder podcasts. Is that weird? Probably not but I'm not too sure how many of y'all are into the same thing. Maybe you want to try listening to something new so I'm sharing with you not just ONE but THREE podcast!!

Here we go!

updated skin products

I've been giving this whole blogging thing a lot of thought lately. I basically have an idea of what I want to do with my life career wise but I still dream of being a real life paid blogger. I think that would be pretty dope. Anyway, while I've been trying to figure out my life, I've started running, doing yoga, eating breakfast, and loving myself. Since I've been practicing a couple new self love things,  my acne has really started to clear up and I've even added a few new products to the mix, ditched an old favorite, and kept a few oldies.

New to the mix:

WIAT #3: June 13, 2017

Curious about what I eat on a normal study day? Well, you've come to the right place!

WIAT #2: June 5, 2017

Hello sweet readers,

Last week I wanted to kick off my new #makeitvegan series with a recreation of the Cheddar Corn Fritters by Buzzfeed but unfortunately, life happened I never got around to it. I originally planned on posting on June 1st, then on I pushed it to June 2nd, and now it's June 5th and I still haven't even purchased the ingredients I still need. Now my biology class started and it's going to take up even more of my time so I'll try my best to get that new series going. I'm so sorry for the delay if you were actually looking forward to that.

Anyway, for today I'm going to do a What I Ate Today post and hopefully you find this interesting.

Soy-Free Vegan Protein

I think the number one thing I always got asked when switched to a vegan lifestyle and even after I made the switch was, "But, where do you get your protein?". That's also the number one question you might get asked as well so prep your answers now! Some people have a soy allergy and/or soy intolerance and finding other plant protein sources might be tricky if you're not sure. So, besides eating tofu, tempeh, and other soy based products, I've made a simple list to share with you other sources of vegan protein sources.

Podcast of the Month: May 2017

After listening to several different podcasts in the last month or two, I was still struggling to decide which podcast I wanted to share with y'all for the month of May.

Several of the podcasts I was regularly listening to mentioned one particular podcast that apparently was amazing! I told myself I would listen to it but weeks went by and I still hadn't listened. This past weekend was my birthday, my younger sister came into town to surprise me and lo and behold, little miss Mary mentioned she also listened to this particular podcast and that I should definitely get on that ASAP!

So, here I am telling you about this podcast that everyone is listening to, including myself.

Which podcast am I referring to?

Dairy is Scary! + Dairy-Free Food Alternatives

More and more people are becoming aware that cows milk is actually bad for us. If you think about it, it actually makes sense. Mama cows make milk for baby cows just like human mamas make milk for baby humans. See, it's that simple! Consume the milk that's made for your species and once your old enough to live without it, switch to plant-based milk! 

If you need more convincing, keep on reading!

Get to Know Me! [23 Facts About Me]

For my birthday this year I thought I'd share a little more about me. I've read a few of these while browsing different blogs and they are actually pretty interesting.

I decided to share 23 things about myself, since I'm turning 23 years old today! I had a little bit of a hard time coming  up with this list but I really hope you find this enjoyable and informative.

Why Cruelty-Free?

I truly believe that it's unethical to test anything on animals.

Weither it's cosmetics, medicine, cigarets, tampons, paint, or even non-toxic vegan products.

Why Vegan? + Vegan Food Alternatives

First of all, why not?

What's holding you back from making a positive lifestyle change?

Is it your health, convenience, taste buds, culture, religion, lack of motivation to change, or maybe you're just not as informed as you'd like to be?

I get it. Although I was pumped when I decided that I wanted to follow a vegan lifestyle, I still had a lot of questions. I didn't know very much about it and I still wanted to make sure I would be healthy and happy while helping the animals, planet, and myself. There were also a lot of foods I thought I wouldn't be able to give up so maybe veganism wasn't the life for me.

But, here's the greatest thing about this lifestyle, there are so many vegan alternatives! Just by Googling "vegan alternatives" I found a bunch of results so it's really not that hard.

So, why vegan? Because not only are you helping your own health, you're saving so many innocent animals and our dying planet. 

If you want more reasons to go vegan, keep reading!

Podcast of The Month: April 2017

Have you ever heard of Rachel Brathen? You know, the Yoga Girl? If you're on Instagram and never heard of the Yoga Girl, WHY?!

She has the coolest yoga Instagram ever! All kinds of inversions and yoga videos, beautiful captions, an adorable baby, cute dog named Ringo The Gringo, she saves animals in Aruba, and honestly she's just an overall superhero!

So something super exciting happened!

My Favorite Ways to Oatmeal: Top 5 Oatmeal Tips

Hands down, one of my all time favorite breakfast is oatmeal! The greatest thing about oatmeal is that you can pretty much add whatever you want to it and it usually turns out awesome and delicious!

Since I've been on this super huge oatmeal kick, I've tried a few different variants and I've pretty much loved them all. So many people have told me they hate oatmeals because it's bland/boring/tasteless and I totally get that. You have to add something, or many somethings, to make your oatmeal taste awesome. I'm sure there are a few people out there that like their oatmeal as plain as a white tshirt but this post isn't for those people. If you're looking for some interesting ways to spice up your oats, keep on reading!!

3 Tips for Staying Full While Vegan/Plant-Base

After following a vegan/plant-based diet/lifestyle, you definitely learn a trick or two that'll make you feel good on the inside and out.

Today I'm coming to you with three easy tips to make sure you stay fuller longer while maintaining you vegan/plant-based lifestyle!

Wearing Leather As a Vegan

There's a simple solution for every problem, it's just up to you to find it. 

Last Minute Vegan Chili

I love chili! It's probably one of my top five favorite meals. Usually, my go-to recipe is this one by Kathy. It's delicious and hardy and omg it's just bomb! It's super quick to make and always amazing even if I add or leave out something. Give it a go, it might be your favorite too!

Today I'm out of sweet potato and canned beans so I'm making my very own chili recipe from scratch. I have a dry lentil/bean mix that was bought in the bulk section on Sprouts and I want to get it used up.