Banana protein mini muffins #vegan

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.
https://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/banana-bread.html

My tweaked recipe:

1 cup pancake mix

2/3 cup plant-based protein powder (vanilla flavor)

3 bananas

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 –>
https://www.amazon.com/SunSpire-Baking-Semisweet-Chocolate-Dream/dp/B005P0F2LW

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.)

Enjoy!!

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Animal-friendly brands in YOUR Target #savetheplanet #benicetoanimals #vegan

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
https://www.target.com/p/biobag-174-food-waste-compostable-tall-kitchen-trash-bags-13gal-12ct/-/A-15293824#lnk=sametab
Shout out to my sister for finding these!

2. Seventh generation cleaning supplies
https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=seventh+generation

3. S.W. Basics (make-up/skin care)
5 ingredients or less, for everything!
https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=Sw+basics

xoxo
fellow planet-saver

Fold your paper towel #savetheplanet

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)
https://www.toneitup.com/recipe/drink-your-water-but-why/

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.

To summarize: 
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.

Done.

Alternatives #reuse #savetheplant

Swap out this for that:

 

  • paper napkin FOR a cloth napkin

    Cut up an old t-shirt or an old towel that’s falling apart, stick it in your lunch box and viola. Super easy! I found out that I really don’t make a giant mess at each meal, so why do I need a new paper napkin at each meal? I ended up using one cloth one for an entire week of lunches. Refolded and used new fresh corners when necessary and washed it with my clothes at the end of the week. Boom. Done.

 

Hippie Deodorant #benicetoyourbody

So we all use it, daily. Hopefully.
I’ve discovered through trial and error and found a couple healthier, less toxic deodorants that exist in this world that don’t have aluminum in them to clog up your pores. Now why is this bad? Number one, because your pores are made to breathe, let them breathe. Number two, having aluminum that close to your lymph nodes, which are a part of the massive lymph system that helps keep you alive and not sick, is not a good thing.

  1. Crystal
    This one is my favorite. It comes in different forms but keep an open mind when you first switch over. The salt stick is the one I use but apparently the roll on works just as great. The salt does not clog up the pore, so you still sweat, but it doesn’t smell. Hurray!
    http://www.thecrystal.com/faq.cfm
  2. DoTerra
    This one is the most similar to “regular” deodorants because it’s a waxy base and you rub it on. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the smell, otherwise it did the job. You know when you switch perfumes or body wash and suddenly you feel like someone else is following you, then you realize it’s you that smells different? Yeah, it felt like that. It has more of a woods smell with cypress, tea tree, and cedar wood as it’s main ingredients.
    https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/natural-deodorant
  3. Tom’s
    Also has a similar waxy base and rub on type of vibage going on. Although Tom’s is a company I really love because their products are nice to the animals and usually vegan, this one I had a reaction too but that just might be my skin. It was a no-go for me but maybe an option for other skin types. (I’m also crazy sensitive to jewelry and such.)
    http://www.tomsofmaine.com/product-details/new-long-lasting-deodorant-stick

    When you switch over from the normal flowery high school gym room smelling deodorants to almost O-natural, let your body process the old aluminum out. It’s recommended to take a couple days and not wear anything. (You might want to do this not in the middle of summer when you’re at someone’s family BBQ.) Be gross, sweat out the aluminum, then start up using the natural one. Again, this was through trial and error. Find what you like and stick with that. Your lymph nodes will thank you and probably so will nature.

Vinegar is magic #home #savetheplanet

The magical power of vinegar:

1.  Add about a shot or two into your washer (along with your regular detergent) to help get rid of those odd smells that linger *cough cough gym clothes*

2.  Mix with some water and clean your counter tops. No need for Windex or other serious chemicals.

3.  Stop up the sink drain or bathtub, then add some vinegar and water and let it soak. It’ll eat up all the crystalized water.

It is magic! Super cheap too; like $2 for a gallon, which lasts basically forever.
Enjoy the magic for yourself 😀