Pea Milk!

Yes, please get your jokes out before we continue with this topic….:)

We have been on a lookout for a plant based milk that tastes great and, if not equally, more nutritious that traditional cow milk. Over the last couple of years, we have tried all sorts of products- almond milk (decent product but low nutritional content), soy milk (claims are around about high estrogen levels), coconut milk (literally taste like coconut), cashew milk (yummy but high in fat content), rice milk (way too watery), etc. We haven’t been able to find anything that can satisfy our taste buds and provide proper nutrition. Furthermore, with Arya’s arrival, nutrition became a topic of utmost importance in our daily lives!

Entry of Ripple Pea Milk– sold in the dairy section along with cow’s milk..

May I say, “Yummylicious”, “more calcium than traditional dairy milk”, “high protein content”, “added Vitamin B12”, “no preservatives”, “95% lower footprint than almond milk”….

I think we have found a winner- for now atleast! I wouldn’t hesitate a bit to feed this beverage to my daughter. Currently, Ripple is the only mainstream brand making this product, but Boathouse is right behind, and will be launching their product in traditional grocery chains.

I am so excited about the future of plant based lifestyle. I am looking forward to Arya growing up knowing that plant based is less cruel and healthier way of living one’s life. Its not just good for our bodies, but for our souls as well. We have to feed both to be healthy- physically, mentally and spiritually!

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Authentic You

This TED Talk by Caroline McHugh is one of the most intriguing concepts of authenticity I have ever heard! Watch it for yourself. I look forward to your comments if any….:)

 

 

Pregnancy and Loneliness

From feeling elated to completely defeated, I have felt all sort of emotions while being on the journey of rearing and growing up with Arya.  On one hand, hormones and lack of parenting experience wrecked havoc on my confidence of being a carer, and led me to dark places of my mind. On the other hand, I felt absolute joy and proud of being able to grow a human inside of my body and bringing her to this world! Through this roller coaster ride, I gained various valuable lessons, but one that was absolutely surprising to me- the overwhelming loneliness being part of motherhood!

Upon retrospecting of my own pregnancy experience, I now realize that loneliness began the day a woman gets pregnant. Unlike the happy and joyous view of pregnancy that is normalized in our society, pregnancy usually consists of utmost sickness and total loss of control over one’s body. Women grow in size and can possibly suffer from various physiological and psychological challenges.  One would assume that there would be tons of support available for anyone going through such challenges- if not empathy, someone will sympathize! However, I realized our society normalizes and ignores these experiences and patiently waits for child’s birth. Unfair and biased advice such as ” muscle through one’s problems”, or being labelled with “low pain tolerance” are commonly dictated to pregnant women who dare to speak about the pain of growing another human inside their bodies. A woman’s experience in her professional world is not much different. The health issues often gets exaggerated by one’s resolution to continue their work until later stages of pregnancy. From being pulled off from meaningful work to being threatened by termination is commonly reported by pregnant women.

Loneliness invades a woman’s inner self even prior to the arrival of her child.

 

 

 

 

Reviving it…

Its been ages since I last posted on my blog. I think life had become quite monotonous and I was not able to find energy and excitement to continue investing in a blog.

Over the last two years, lots have changed and I have decided to revive this blog!  With a new baby and a new house (That’s right- I am also a mom to a tiny human now!), I think it is safe to assume that I am up to my eyeballs in work. Having said that, with all these new responsibilities come new opportunities to explore uncharted waters! More to come!

 

 

 

Vegan Banana French Toast

Winters are at its peek and I am always so inspired to whip up some hot and yummy breakfast…..

Before I went vegan, my husband loved French toast- sometimes, I feel bad that he is not able to enjoy his favourite meals because of my dietary choices- so, today, I was hunting for a way to make one of his favourite breakfast items- French Toast!

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1 mashed banana
1 tbsp of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 tbsp of natural vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp of flour of your choice (I used all purpose white flour)
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of vegan sugar
3-4 slices of thickly sliced french bread (I make mine at home but you can use store bought)

Method

– Mix all the ingredients together to make the batter
– Heat the pan on medium heat for about 4 min. You may want to use some coconut oil to lightly coat the pan
– Soak the bread slice in the batter on both sides. Make sure to not over soak the slices
– Fry the slices on the pan on both sides
– Serve with lots of Maple Syrup…..yum!

This time around- I do not have the picture to show- My husband devoured it before I could get to taking a picture- I will upload one next time…:)

Enjoy!

Vegan Pancakes….Yum!

It was a lazy Saturday morning today- woke up and hubby started to ask about breakfast! Since I spent the last week in bed with a flu- I was pretty motivated to try some yummy breakfast…

I looked outside the window and it was wintery morning- which made me want cinnamon and nutmeg! So, I decided on some yummy pancakes….here it all came about…

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup almond milk (vanilla almond milk will work even better)
dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
pinch of salt
1- 2 tbsp of raw vegan sugar
3-4 tbsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of egg replacer (You can use either a banana or apple cause instead of egg replacer)

Method

– Mix all ingredients together and whip the batter well to remove all knots
– Heat the pan with about 1 tsp of coconut oil
– Pour the batter on the pan, spread and cook the pancake till light brown on both sides
– Serve with organic maple syrup!

Suggestion: This recipe works wonderfully with fruits as well- you can take the liberty of add little pieces of apple or banana in the batter…:). Also, make sure to cook the pancakes at medium low heat- we do not want to leave the middle of the pancake uncooked while burning the outsides…:)

Pancakes 1

As you can see- Jazzy couldn’t stop drooling….:)

Pancakes 2

Enjoy!