My Reflection on Two Years in Japan

To preface, this post is for our friends and family back in the States who are surely going to ask us, “So how was Japan?” because I know that we are going to get tired of answering that question real quick. No offense. Wow. Where to start? The past 22 months have flown by, despite…

Stop Caring so Much About What Other People Think

I used to be consumed by worries about what people thought of me. Shy and reserved, I often silently sat to the side at social events while stressing out about whether or not people would think my introversion came across as weird. I was always known as the “quiet” one, and when my peers would…

How to Make a Vegan Meal without a Recipe

Whenever someone tells me they want to go vegan, this is usually how it goes: Friend: “I’m thinking about trying to go vegan. Do you have any recipes I could try?” Me: “Yes! Here’s a list!” Me: *includes extensive said list of recipes from blogs I recommend and a list of vegan products at the…

Vegan in Japan

Hellooooo! I’m back, after approximately two years since my last post on here. In those two years, I’ve gotten married, graduated from college, and moved to Nagoya, Japan. It might sound a little crazy, but it has all been pretty darn awesome. Anyway, since I’m no longer bogged down by 18-credit hour semesters and loads…

Raw Vegan Snickerdoodles

If you have an excess of dates and nuts on hand, you need to make these snickerdoodle cookies. ASAP. Raw Vegan Snickerdoodles By: Maya Wilson Yield: 12 cookies Time: 15 minutes prep, 20 minutes to chill Ingredients 20 medjool dates, pitted 1 1/4 cup walnuts or other nuts 1/2 cup oat flour 1 tsp cinnamon…

Date Lady Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Dates may be my all-time favorite fruit because they are so versatile.  You can eat them as a snack, use them as a base for a raw cheesecake, or pulse them into energy bites.  But I think the greatest thing about dates is that they make an amazing substitute for sugar in baked goods and…

Chocolate Barney Butter Mug Cake

If you have spent any time in your grocery store’s peanut butter aisle, you have probably been overwhelmed by the number of different nut butter brands….No?  Is that just me? Anyway, when it comes to finding the best almond butter, it can actually be a tricky task.  (At least I think so.) But I’m here to…

Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer Review: Coconut Cloud and nutpods

Coffee is something we can all agree on.  But it’s a different story when it comes to what we put in our morning cup of joe.  For me, I love just a splash of dairy-free creamer.  It adds a richness and creaminess that complements the bold taste of a dark roast.  However, many of the…

Why I Run

Mental illness is a sensitive subject, and those who struggle with it are often too afraid to speak out because they feel ashamed or embarrassed. Despite campaigns that advocate mental health awareness,  the topic somehow remains taboo.  People discuss mental health in everyday conversation; however, the topic is usually avoided when it becomes personal.  I…

Product Review: Modern Oats

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food ever.  It’s simple, wholesome, and versatile (hello, savory oats!), and leaves you feeling full and nourished all morning.  If you follow me on Instagram, you are probably familiar with my oat obsession.  So when I discovered Modern Oats, I knew I had to try all of their mouth-watering flavors of…

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Bites

Peanut butter and chocolate is hands-down the best food combination on this planet.  And if you disagree…well, you must be an alien. So for all of you earthlings, here is a recipe for Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Bites that taste delicious and have a whopping five grams of protein per bite. They’re pretty out of…