I’m Back! Welcome to 2018 and Plant-Based Eating

Welcome to 2018! I am back! So I am wayyyyyyy late with this post. And to be honest I think it’s because with the new year starting I hit a wall, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on this platform anymore. Did I really want to make it a lifestyle blog? Did I want it to be more writing central? So many questions flying about in my head. But I decided that at least while I figure that out I can just post about whatever I am really enjoying at the moment. And from late 2017 to now that would be plant-based eating. I have been a vegetarian for around 2 years and recently made the switch to a plant-based diet. I am not going to spew a ton of information (unless you would like me to) but if you are interested check out Peta’s website. As you may know food is one of my favorite things. From the cooking to the eating to the people you share the food with. I love every aspect of it. So when I started my plant-based diet I wanted to share my recipes on another platform… Instagram. Now you can find my recipes at @plantsandbenefits. On this platform, I share my recipes and the health benefits you find from using the ingredients I include in my recipes. Whether you are plant-based or not please check out the account for basic nutritional information and recipe ideas (because you can never have too many of those <3)

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I will be posting regularly again soon (Once a week- at least). Please let me know if you would like to see anything specific on the blog you can leave a comment down below or email my business email account at sophiaelisakat@gmail.com. 

Also if you would like more information on a plant-based/vegan diet on this platform for ex. my personal experience, any tips, book recommendations etc. please let me know 🙂 My Instagram is public so you can also message me there.

See you soon ❤

-Sophia

Avocado Toast ~ My recipe

I LOVE avocado toast! And I get that it has become the latest trend but I still wanted to share my go-to recipe! (in-case you hadn’t happened on the thousands of recipes out there 😉

Here goes…

Ingredients: Serves 1

  • 2 slices of bread (I use Ezekiel)
  • Half a Haas avocado
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • half a lemon
  • Pepper flakes (optional)

 

Steps:

  1. Toast your bread.
  2. Cut your avocado in half and then scoop the half avocado into a bowl.
  3. In the bowl squeeze your lemon and add your salt, pepper and optional pepper flakes.
  4. Then spread on the toast!
  5. Enjoy!

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I enjoy my avocado toast with some sliced cherry tomatoes and a fruit (here I chose Kiwi). I also love my avocado toast either with some tea (Earl Grey) or with some coffee and almond milk!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Whenever it is pouring outside I feel the need to bake, specifically the need to bake oatmeal cookies. But the knowledge of the sheer amount of butter and brown sugar terrifies me. Therefore my goal, for god knows how long, has been to create a healthier alternative to the classic oatmeal cookie.

It has to be chewy.

It has to have cinnamon.

It’s got to be delicious.

With those ideals in mind I got to work in the kitchen and devised this utterly DELICIOUS recipe that I am beyond proud of and ridiculously excited to share!

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The Ingredients: Makes 22
Vegan butter 1/4 cup melted (I used Earth Balance) or coconut oil

3/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 2/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 2/3 cup rolled oats**

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

 

**I also tried this recipe with steel cut oats and it actually turned out very well as well! So if those are the only oats you have feel free to try these cookies out!

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Calories located at the bottom of the post!

Steps:

  1. First you are going to want to mix the melted ‘butter’, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. And preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once that has been incorporated and hot butter has cooled a little you may add the two eggs and mix.
  3. Then you are going to want to add all the ingredients to the large bowl, mix all the ingredients, both the dry and liquid, together after all the ingredients have been added.
  4. When the mix has created a doughy consistency you may start putting tablespoon sized dough balls onto a greased baking tray.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 min. (The longer the time the larger your tray is) They will be a little too doughy when they get out of the oven but that is okay! Once you let them cool for 15 minutes they will harden up for the perfect chewy cookie (they are even better the next day) .
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as my family and I did ( they were gone is two days… whoops?).

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

Sidenote: Also enjoy these pictures of my dog trying to steal the show… or a cookie…

 

***Nutrition: 168 calories per cookie