Interview: The Pros & Cons of Eating Meat

Happy Holidays! 

The holidays can be a time of mixed emotions for many. The reunion of friends and family members, the shopping and caroling, and the unavoidable contemplation of goals achieved and those yet to be completed. Then there's the many issues that food and eating create at the holidays. It can be tough to stick to your usual way of eating once the holiday season rolls around. Naturally, this creates a sense of instability and uprootedness, especially if you're spending the holidays with people who don't follow the same way of eating that you do. 

This time of year is especially challenging for me, as I typically follow a whole foods, plant-based diet (minimal processed foods, no animal products, etc.). While spending 10 days with my family who eat any and all animal products is less than ideal for my routine, I've found a way to stay true to my values and health and I encourage you to find out how you can do the same.

If the conversation of plant-based vs. SAD (standard American diet) arises during your holiday celebrations, you'll want to be prepared. Check out this article I was interviewed for by Conan Milner of the Epoch Times.

Wishing you all healthy, happy holidays and a productive and joyous new year!

Protein-packed Pumpkin Power Balls

Tis the season for all things pumpkin! In the spirit of fall I made these yummy power balls last night and Instagram seemed to love the result! Full disclosure, it was inspired by Sunwarrior's pumpkin cookie recipe, I just did a little modification to make it my own.
Comment below to let me know how yours turn out! 

- 1/2 cup of organic pumpkin
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used PB2 but you can sub any nut butter with no added sugar)
- 3 tbsp. organic maple syrup
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Orgain, Sunwarrior, Vega, etc.)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir
3. Add in vegan chocolate chips
4. Scoop batter onto parchment paper, do not worry about shape at this point as you will roll the completed product into balls anyway
5. Bake for 15 minutes
6. Place completed "balls" (they'll likely look like pancakes at this point) on a plate and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
7. Remove and roll into balls
8. Enjoy!!