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Naturally nourished travel: Coconut persimmon smoothie + 7 tips for staying active while traveling

Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before heading off on our extended “wandermoon.” How in the world were we going to stay fit without being able to run, surf, CrossFit, bike etc. etc. that we do in our U.S. lives? I didn’t pay too much mind and thought that we would be doing a lot of exercise no matter what and we’d still continue to eat healthy so it didn’t matter too much. But in the first weeks I got a little too comfortable with not being active during our road trip with lots of driving and the only activity being running between car & hostel to avoid the rain. I started waking up super cranky and not in the mood to do a whole lot and couldn’t figure out why. And then it dawned on me. I hadn’t done any physical activity and I felt like a schlub. So off to trek in the rain we went. And then I decided that I would make activity a priority 4 days out of the week. Obviously, this is easier in some parts of the world than in others. Especially when you’re dealing with extreme high or low temps. Check out how Mr. CN and I have been keeping up our active lifestyle over the last 3 months of travel.

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Naturally Nourished Travel Series: No-bake PB chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Some days ya just need a cookie. And some days ya just need to eat a ton of cookie dough and leave the remaining cookies for others to eat. Amiright?

Before coming to Thailand we had been camping for the previous several weeks through the Wild Coast of South Africa & Botswana. We’ve been using some pretty rudimentary kitchen equipment and yet we’ve been able to maintain a plant-based diet so we’re pretty happy with how we’ve been feeling. And let’s not forget the treats, too! I was having a real hankering for some cookie dough and luckily we had all the ingredients on hand while at one gorgeous campground where the closest grocery store was an hour away. Things could have gone very badly if I hadn’t come prepared.  Continue reading Naturally Nourished Travel Series: No-bake PB chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

PB & J ice cream sandwiches (vegan)

It’s peanut butter jelly ice cream sandwich time! Summer is on like Donkey Kong. Pools are open, school is out, and it’s starting to get hot. These sandwich throwback ice cream sammies couldn’t be any easier. With just 5 ingredients (yes, I said 5) and less than 30 minutes you can be lying in your lawn chair with one of these treats in your hand and your feet in the kiddie pool.  Continue reading PB & J ice cream sandwiches (vegan)

Strawberry, chocolate & vanilla almond milk + almond milk pulp (vegan)

Never have I ever made homemade strawberry or chocolate milk (not including the syrup kind). I’ll take a swig of all 3 of these delicious homemade almond milks for that statement. Please try this at home!

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Vitamix homemade nut butters + video

I think we can all agree that peanut butter holds a special place in our hearts. Memories of triangle cut PB & J sandwiches packed in your lunchbox tug at your heart strings, amiright?

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One-bowl healthy banana macadamia coconut muffins

Today was a major fail day in the kitchen. Don’t worry, these muffins are the exception! I really wanted to experiment with making healthy veggie waffles. 10 minutes of scraping out the bits of my waffle iron later, I decided to chuck it into a veggie scramble. So not all bad, just not the way I had planned.  I will win the veggie waffle battle, though. One day.

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No-bake red velvet cake pops (vegan/grain-free)

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. I love playing tricks. Like making you eat your veggies without you being none the wiser. Like in desserts where you can’t even taste ’em? Damn genius, if I do say so myself. Thanks to some challenge inspiration brought on by a conversation between me and D, these are vegan and grain-free to boot. Speaking of the challenge… Continue reading No-bake red velvet cake pops (vegan/grain-free)