I follow a plant-based diet because it makes me feel awesome and provides me with the energy I really need to take care of my two little kids AND do Crossfit 4-5 times a week. I love it!!
I spend most of my free time (what little free time I have with two toddlers!) reading cookbooks, food blogs, watching food shows and researching nutritional information. I’ve been studying these topics for years and it’s a subject I love. I completed the Plant Based Nutrition program (Cornell University online program) taught by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study” and co-creator of the movie “Forks Over Knives”. The more I learn about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, the more I LOVE it.
My husband is a firefighter/engineer/paramedic for the city we live in. He’s a big guy (6′ 4″), not your stereotypical veg-food eater. I’m lucky enough to be married to a man who will eat anything I cook, that allows me to push the plant-based meals as far as I want to. I’ve made some pretty “strange” things from what he’s used to eating at the fire station but I think he’s been pleasantly surprised enough times that he is now up for anything. He still eats meat sometimes, at the station or when we have friends over to our house, but he leans more towards vegan food options everyday. He will probably never give up his occasional rib-eye steak but I think he has a newfound appreciation for a hearty non-dairy, meatless meal. And yes… there is such a thing!
Our kids are now 18 months and 3 years old. They enjoy many of the things I make but are both still picky sometimes. I serve them whatever we are eating for that meal and I rarely make them separate meals because I want them to try new things. It’s important to me that they get used to eating “real food” instead of just eating “kid food”. Most people are shocked at what they’re willing to eat but they don’t know anything different!
I really enjoy cooking, it gives me a much-needed break from the (let’s face it) stress of being Mommy/Superwoman of the household. I am constantly on a quest for healthy plant-based recipes my picky toddlers and firefighter husband can enjoy, all while trying to save myself a little time in the kitchen.
PLEASE forgive me if my photos aren’t always the best! It’s tough to be artistic and creative when you have about 30 seconds to prep a plate of food and take a good picture before someone throws their sippy cup or another screams because they’re hungry. If you’re a mom, you totally understand what I’m talking about!! This blog is real life
I really hope you enjoy this blog and that you find something your family can enjoy!