3 things I’ve learned to save the planet:
1. There’s beeswax wraps for your food instead of foil or plastic wrap. (You can also just put your leftover food in tupperwave or glass in the fridge.)
2. Mason jars are magic.
Apparently if you can bring them into the grocery store, weigh them empty, then add your bulk items and weigh again.
I’m super stoked my local Safeway has been adding bulk items.
3. You can rent an eBook from any library with the OverDrive app. Pretty nifty.
(Secret tip: if you download the book on a device, then turn off the WiFi, the library can’t take it off your device even if the book is due back in. Boom.)
Cool new YouTuber: Lavendaire
You can search the web but instead of Googling it, use Ecosia! They take 80% of their profits from ads and plant trees. How awesome is that?!!! Enough said. Go make it your default browser.
I’ve been playing with baked good recipes to find some new options for desserts/snacks. I’ve discovered a quick and easy, yummy mini muffins. I based the recipe after the William-Sonoma banana bread recipe.
My tweaked recipe:
1 cup pancake mix
2/3 cup plant-based protein powder (vanilla flavor)
splash of vanilla extract
sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
applesauce or water or oil (to add moisture to the mix)
vegan chocolate chips (as much as you’d like for the ratios of dough to chocolate)
(my fav melty choc chips, found at my local Safeway –>
Pop them in the oven in mini cupcakes tins (spray the tins or put vegan butter on them to keep the muffins from sticking). Oven temp at 350 degrees. Bake until you can stick a knife in the middle of a thick one and it comes out clean. Cool on a rack and try not to eat them all in 10 minutes. (Been there, done that.)
Do you ever feel like you want to save the planet and all the animals in it but there are so many other fuckers who are just out there fucking it up? Yeah, me too. Does it even matter if I buy this eco/vegan-friendly whatever product since we have such bigger problems in this world? Some days I would say, no, it doesn’t matter. But other days, I would shout a hells yeah! Since today is one of the quieter days where I feel like it doesn’t matter, I’m going to remind myself (and you, reader) that it actually does make a difference.
Think of it like in gaining or losing weight (or muscle). There’s a point where suddenly everyone is like, “Oh, you’ve lost weight” or “Look at that muscle definition.” While little ol’ you has been over here eating salads for months and trying not to eat the 17th cookie. You see you everyday, so there’s no difference. But every tiny minuscule choice that you make adds up and makes the body mass you are. This is a magical thing (and also annoying) ’cause you can make a difference with one choice at a time.
Same thing with saving the planet. If you choose to buy that product that is nice to the animals and doesn’t have a whole bunch of chemical crap in it, it’s telling the market that this is what the consumer wants. So when the factories and big companies make their plans for next year’s products, they know WE want to have less chemicals, more natural ingredients, and we would rather be nice to the creatures, not use them.
All this verbage is to say, make that choice, that small tiny little choice. Then when you make 17,000 choices a day, your sending messages out there and striding down a better path.
Concrete examples of things I’ve found at Target (who doesn’t love Target?!!):
1. Compostable trash bags
Shout out to my sister for finding these!
2. Seventh generation cleaning supplies
3. S.W. Basics (make-up/skin care)
5 ingredients or less, for everything!
You know when you want a piece of cake, just ONE slice, but then you buy a whole cake and you just end up eating most of the entire thing ’cause it’s sitting on the kitchen counter whispering to you? Yeah, me too.
I stumbled upon this YouTuber Liv B and she has a yummy vegan mug cake recipe. Again, back to the whole CHOCOLATE CAN BE VEGAN thing, which blew my mind. Takes the same, super yummy and it’s just ONE SLICE. Hallelujah.
P.S. If you want to eat the whole cake, you go ahead and do it. No shame and no judgement here. My friends can attest to many nights I’ve had cake for dinner. End of story. Be free. Eat the foods you want.
4 tbsp flour of choice
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin puree, applesauce (or oil if you don’t mind it)
1 tsp oil
4 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips
Video below, start at 2:16 for the mug cake :p
This will change your life. How many times do you pee a day? Don’t answer that.
Since I’m chugging so much water a day (fun fact: you’re supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day. i.e. 140lb, drink 70oz of water)
Anywho, if you end up peeing often throughout the day, you’ll end up washing your hands often as well. (Please tell me we all know you have to wash your hands after you use the restroom? Okay, good.) I stumbled upon this Ted talk about how to fold a paper towel. I’m not sure how I found it in the interwebs but lo and behold, changed my life.
1. Shake your hands after you wash them to get excess water off
2. Take ONE paper towel (only one!) and fold it in half. Science happens and now more water is absorbed because it’s folded.