Flower-Child Probiotic Overnight Oats | Vegan & GF

Why am I calling these overnight oats Flower-Child? Because they contain a combination of flowers that make this a lightly sweet overnight oatmeal with bursting with fruit-based prebiotics & probiotics! I am a huge fan of overnight oats because they are quick & easy to assemble + are excellent for whatever your mood is into that day when it comes to flavor + toppings.

Lets talk probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms/bacteria. Prebiotics are non digestible carbohydrates that are food for probiotics. We carry around 100 trillion microbial cells in our body. Probiotics are noted for aiding digestive health + supporting the immune system because of its friendly, beneficial bacteria (some more on that here)

Ora Organic’s Trust Your Gut Organic Probiotic & Prebiotic Powder contains 20 billion probiotics per serving and scoop provides 20% of your daily fiber needs. It’s freeze dried so it can be stored in a dark space and the powder makes it versatile for using it in recipes! The best part is that Trust Your Gut is all plant sourced: probiotics from tapioca, jerusalem artichokes, & its fruity taste comes from organic apples & raspberries. The powder is completely vegan, allergen friendly, gluten free, & organic (duh).

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The First Mess Cookbook + A Review

The First Mess cookbook is a plant-based symposium by Laura Wright. For the past few years she’s created a repertoire of decadent vegetarian and vegan recipes accompanied by lyrical writing and exquisite photography on her award winning blog.
Nourishment and sensory-overload (in a good way) is what comes to mind when I think of Laura’s food philosophy. Like many, I first discovered her blog  a few years ago when I was in search of more plentiful plant recipes to fill keep variety flowing in my life. Because of my own need to avoid gluten and wheat based recipes, her website was (and is) a ripe source of information and produce based goodness.

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The Best Damn Plant Based Lasagna from then One Part Plant Cookbook GF/V

I know this is a pretty huge claim but let me tell y’all, Jessica Murnane nails the damn thing in her cookbook One Part Plant. Naturally its plant based so its essentially vegan and with the addition of gluten free noodles its safe for those with the common allergies and autoimmune conditions.

I managed to make this lasagna zero waste, thus I gave myself a huge pat on the back for it. The Tinkyada lasagna noodles come packaged in cardboard with no plastic or filler. I was ecstatic to find these at my local Whole Foods and while I have tried other brands of gluten free lasagna noodles in the past, I didn’t like them. To the point this was my first attempt in say 3 years to make lasagna. Yes that long. I purchased the veggies in reusable cotton bags and we happen to have fresh thyme growing outside. I still dream of the day gluten free pastas are available in bulk form. I’m giving you some side eye Whole Foods & Sprouts

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One Part Plant Cookbook Feature + Jessica Murnane’s Journey with Endometriosis

There are plenty of reasons why someone may become interested in eating well. For Jessica Murnane the focus stemmed from her personal health issues. After years of struggling with physical ailments, misdiagnosis’s, and the emotional grind of not knowing what was “wrong with her”, a doctor (out of many) properly diagnosed her with Stage 4 Endometriosis. Though she was headed for a hysterectomy at the age of thirty-three, a friend emailed her some information about adapting a healthier, realer way of eating to improve her condition.

Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside of the uterus. This can be very painful for woman and There is no cure for Endometriosis and the accurate diagnosis is most commonly identified by laparoscopy which is what Jessica underwent.

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I  feel we talk about health topically but we don’t often discuss the real story behind it. Because often its not “pretty” and it may involve us becoming vulnerable to the reality of it all. Jessica took a different approach and opened up about her journey with Endometriosis. She’s had surgeries; she’s adopted a precious kid, and she’s not scared to open up about the lows on her popular podcast One Part Plant. I have spent the past year listening (and re-listening) to the One Part Plant podcast.  (notable faves include Amanda Chantal Bacon, Mckel Hill, and Laura Wright)

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